Father’s Day is the perfect time for an indulgent meal, awesome gifts, and, if you’re a family of film buffs, a movie marathon.
If you’ve exhausted your Blu-rays of Die Hard, Taken, and Sharknado, Netflix can help make the day memorable. So, grab a couple of drinks, settle down on the sofa with your dad, and enjoy watching these movies that are perfect for Father’s Day.
For Dads in Touch With Their Emotional Side.
This is a classic slice of science-fiction from 1982, directed by Steven Spielberg.
You probably know the story already: an empathic alien is stranded on Earth and finds shelter with an American family. With them, E.T. starts to understand mankind. Nonetheless, it’s always worth rewatching on special occasions, as it highlights the importance of having loved ones around.
And if you haven’t watched it before, you’re in for a heart-warming treat. Just be warned that there may be tears…
For Dads Who Love Superheroes.
Anyone can be a hero. Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse proves that. But remember, with great power comes great responsibility. It’s a sentiment drummed into this animation’s lead, Miles Morales (Shameik Moore), when he gains incredible superhuman abilities—and meets individuals with similar powers from different universes.
Peter Parker AKA the amazing Spider-Man, dies, meaning it’s up to Morales and co. to stop the Kingpin’s madcap plan. But this plan has family at its heart. Miles’ relationship with his father is particularly emotional, but there’s so much to love about this movie, including its innovative animation style.
It’s a stylish, hilarious, and ingenious film that’s probably the closest we’ll ever get to seeing a comic book brought to life on the big screen. If you’re eager for more comic book content, we recommend Netflix’s original Marvel shows .
For Dads Who Need A Pick-Me-Up.
A positive outlook on life always helps, and that’s exactly what you get with Yes Man.
In Yes Man, Jim Carrey plays Carl Allen, a lonely bank loan officer who’s fed up of life. So he challenges himself to say “yes” to everything.
This proves to be more difficult than it sounds, and Carl is soon doing things he never imagined he’d ever do: he learns how to fly; talks someone out of committing suicide; and takes a spontaneous weekend vacation with Allison (Zooey Deschanel), a woman he’s only just met.
It’s loosely based on the 2005 book of the same name, and the author, Danny Wallace, makes a brief cameo.
For Dads Well-Versed in Dad Jokes.
Ricky Gervais made his name with the original, British version of The Office, in which he played overbearing and cringe-inducing boss, David Brent. The character is probably best-known for an especially embarrassing dance routine, cementing him as a comedic icon.
In this follow-up movie, filmed in a similar mockumentary style, Brent is back, trying to make his name as a rockstar. It’s just as toe-curling as it sounds. Nonetheless, Gervais recorded a full album as Brent, joined by Coldplay’s Chris Martin.
Anyone who loves The Office should also check out the best British comedies to watch on Netflix .
For Dads Who Still Love Disney.
You’re never too old for a Disney film, and The Princess and the Frog is both forward-looking and nostalgic.
That’s because this 2009 story is the studio’s brief return to hand-drawn animation—the first since 2004’s Home on the Range. Directors, Ron Clements and John Musker, previously worked on hits like The Little Mermaid (1989), Aladdin (1992), and Hercules (1997).
Disney’s first African American princess, Tiana (Anika Noni Rose), tries to live up to her dream of owning her own restaurant in New Orleans, following in the footsteps of her late father. That’s when she meets a frog who talks her into kissing him.
It’s not her wisest decision, as anyone who has read the book will know.
For Dads Who Love A Classic Quest.
Harrison Ford’s iconic archaeologist has to find the holy grail of treasures: The Holy Grail. Also, familial love and understanding.
In this charming conclusion to the original Indiana Jones trilogy, Sean Connery plays Professor Henry Jones, Indy’s grouchy-yet-enigmatic father. The pair have great chemistry and Connery makes you like an otherwise gruff character.
Steven Spielberg’s productions often mull over estranged parental relationships, notably in E.T. the Extra Terrestrial and Hook, and this is one of his finest.
It’s also the best Indiana Jones film, but let’s keep that between ourselves, eh?
For Dads Who Remain Young At Heart.
Everyone gets in a rut now and then, and needs reminding of the small joys in life. That’s what this 2018 movie is all about.
The titular character (Ewan McGregor) is now a middle-aged businessman whose childhood dreams have long-since fallen by the wayside. That’s when he gets a visit from someone special who he promised he’d never forget: Winnie the Pooh. Together, they must find their friends in Hundred-Acre-Wood and rediscover the small things that make life special.
For Dads Who Love A Classic Western.
Clint Eastwood is Blondie (“the Good”), Lee Van Cleef is Angel Eyes (“the Bad”), and Eli Wallach is Tuco Ramírez (“the Ugly”). Arguably, it’s the quintessential spaghetti Western.
It’s surprising, then, that it got mixed reviews upon its release in 1966. In the intervening years, it’s gained critical acclaim as an ideal conclusion to the Dollars Trilogy (A Fistful of Dollars; For a Few Dollars More). The fights are nicely choreographed, but the real stars of this piece are the cinematography and soundscape.
For Dads Who Enjoy Biopics.
Mary Poppins is a classic Disney film that perennially gets shown on TV. But you don’t even need to be a fan of Mary Poppins to enjoy Saving Mr. Banks. It’s the affecting true(-ish) story of P.L. Travers, creator of the magical nanny, and the journey to get Mary Poppins on the silver screen.
This 2013 film details Walt Disney’s initial misunderstanding of Mary Poppins, as Travers’ troubled past and love for her father is slowly revealed.
For Dads Looking for a Relaxed Afternoon.
Starring Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars) and Kelsey Grammer (Frasier), this is an easy-going Netflix production that’s far from taxing but nonetheless provides a good laugh.
Bell plays Rachel, who decides to still go on her honeymoon, despite being left at the altar. By a quirk of fate, she finds her estranged father (Grammar) there too, and the pair spend their holiday getting to know each other again.
There are some great Netflix Originals available to watch, including Netflix Originals that have since been cancelled , and while Like Father isn’t a shining example, it’s a fun way to pass a couple of hours.
What Movies Will You Watch on Father’s Day?
No matter what you watch, it’s important you set aside some quality time to spend with your dad this Father’s Day.
You don’t necessarily need to watch a film that’s all about fatherhood either—just find Netflix movies you will love and hang out together for a couple of hours.
Affiliate Disclosure: By buying the products we recommend, you help keep the site alive. Read more.