Father's Day is this weekend so if you're looking for movie inspiration, here are the movies to watch with your old man.
Field of Dreams (1989)
"If you build it, he will come.." We'll start with a real heartwarmer: a bonafide Kevin Costner classic that's a wondrous story of father/son reconciliation disguised as an Americana baseball fable.
With its winning central performance from Costner, expert support from legends James Earl Jones and Burt Lancaster, and one of the most beautifully emotive scores of the late James Horner's career, it's hard to hold back the tears. That final catch sequence still gets us.
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Indiana Jones' parentage remained something of a mystery until the third instalment of the series, arguably the warmest and most likeable of the lot.
One of the reasons why it works is down to the casting of Indy's (Harrison Ford) pops. Steven Spielberg was adamant he wanted James Bond in the role, and he got him in the form of a wonderfully crotchety, bumbling Sean Connery who charms the pants off us as Henry Jones Jr. The chemistry between him and Ford really is the stuff that cinema magic is made of.
Richard Linklater's breathless, utterly transporting journey through 12 years in the life of one kid is nothing less than a piece of time sculpture, the actors physically ageing on screen in front of us.
Central character Mason is played by Ellar Coltrane and one of the mainstays throughout his life is his roguish, happy-go-lucky but fiercely devoted dad, played by utter conviction by Linklater regular Ethan Hawke. The conversations between the two characters, particularly as Mason begins to face up to the complexities of adult life, resonate with the kind of emotional truths rarely found in cinema.
Austin Powers in Goldmember (2002)
What a stroke of genius it was for the third Austin Powers movie to cast the legendary Michael Caine as the horny superspy's dad.
Caine of course brings with him a whole host of espionage history – he was the bespectacled Harry Palmer in 1965 movie classic The Ipcress File – and he gamely sends up his own image in the third, raucous Powers spoof.
His Nigel is as fond of the innuendo – and the ladies – as his son, both Caine and star Mike Myers sharing wonderful screen chemistry.
Father of the Bride (1991)
Of course, it's not all about fathers and sons. This hit remake features one of the most sweetly affectionate father/daughter relationships we've ever seen as Steve Martin's neurotic dad must come to terms with giving away his daughter at the altar.
It's one of the most relatable movie premises anyone can think of, regardless of your age, or which side of the family spectrum you fall down on.
What are your essential Father's Day movies? Let us know @Cineworld.
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