10 Father-Son Relationship Movies From Hollywood You Shouldn’t Miss

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Updated on 2 Mar, 2015 at 7:18 pm


Indeed, Pa is supposed to teach us the manly prowesses and to support us as a lifelong guide to strengthen our manhood. Throughout our timeline, we’ve watched stack of father-son relationship movies in which some fathers were unrefined, some were morons, some were superman and some were non-idealistic, but one thing was common in all these traits – good or bad, they were still fathers. These 10 father-son relationship movies are guaranteed to make you laugh and get misty-eyed at the same time.

1. Field of Dreams (1989)

Based on the novel “Shoeless Joe” by W.P. Kinsella, ‘Field of Dreams’ is a poignant movie based on father-son relationship theme, and which is naively outstanding on almost every frontier.

To be very honest, if you have ever played catch with you dad, then definitely you’ll be touched by the script and performances of this awe-inspiring movie. After watching this movie, you’ll realize that it must get a ringing THUMBS UP.

2. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

Third installment and arguably the best of the Indiana Jones series, this movie is widely adored by cinema crazies for showing an impeccable chemistry between Sean Connery as a father and Harrison Ford as a son.


‘Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade’ is no doubt an action-pack flick, but it’s the father-son relationship which is considered as the crux of this movie.

3. There Will Be Blood (2007)

Winner of two Academy Awards, ‘There Will Be Blood’ is a powerful and emotionally draining movie which is broadly appreciated by cinema lovers for presenting the theme in an extremely promised and confident manner.

Counted among one the most popular father-son relationship movies, ‘There Will Be Blood’ stars Daniel Day-Lewis as a self-assured father and Dillon Freasier as a silent son.

4. Finding Nemo (2003)

‘Finding Nemo’ is a brilliantly animated masterpiece which is counted among one of the most highest grossing films of all time. Directed by Andrew Stanton, Finding Nemo depicts the story of an overly-protective clownfish (Marlin), finding his lost and only son to survive, Nemo.

Depicting the incredible underwater world, Finding Nemo is a must watch flick.

5. Big Fish (2003)

Based on the novel of the same name, ‘Big Fish’ is a captivating movie in which a father, confined to his deathbed opens a catalog of amazing stories as an young adult to his son. This touching movie was directed by Tim Burton and stars Billy Crudup as William Bloom, an alienated son and Albert Finney as Edward Bloom, a dying father.

It was Ewan McGregor, who gained enormous popularity for playing the role of young Edward Bloom.

6. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

Directed by Robert Benton and winner of five Academy awards, ‘Kramer vs. Kramer’ is a straightforward answer to the questions that pop-up on the subject of male parenting. Along with the terrific character play of Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman gave his career-best performance, taking up the responsibilities of his son; played by Justin Henry.

There are some scenes in this humorous yet heart-rending movie which leaves a viewer in a big mess of blubs and tears every damn time.

7. Road to Perdition (2002)

‘Road to Perdition’ is a classic masterpiece which depicts Tom Hanks, a father of two sons who is a hit-man by profession and Tyler Hoechlin as his one of the son, helping his Pa in a mission of revenge.

Initially, this movie depicts the life of a son who is curious to know about his father’s job and the money on which their family live, but later move toward a violent end reserved for mobsters.

8. The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)

‘The Pursuit of Happyness’ is an uplifting movie based on the true story of  Chris Gardner, an eminent multi-millionaire American entrepreneur who struggled from the status of down-with-luck to luck-on-foot. Will Smith played a great father trying to protect himself as well as his preschool-aged son (played by Jaden Smith) from becoming roofless, while at the same time trying to work in the competitory field of stocks.

Go ahead and watch this movie! You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll applaud and you’ll realize that why this movie deserves to be taken in by the masses.

9. The Godfather (1972)

Best known for its tremendous re-watch-ability, ‘The Godfather’ is a story about the battle of a son (Al Pacino) to accept and finally live up to the bequest his father (Marlon Brando) has left him (doesn’t matter the bequest is honorable or diabolical).

I’m damn sure, after finishing this movie, you’ll come to known why ‘The Godfather’ is considered as a milestone in the history of movie making.

10. Life is Beautiful (1997)

From a comedy to a struggle for survival, this heart-wrenching movie is a genuine evidence to the love that a father has for his son.


Originally made in Italian, Life is Beautiful (La vita e bella) outshines its peers, emphasizing the fact that human spirit is above all else.

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