Adam Sandler's movies are often met with all kinds of different takes, ranging anywhere from hot to cool. We'd like to think his comedy about unconventional parenting, Big Daddy, is heartwarming enough to transcend any sort of serious critique.
The Star Wars series has always been about family, for better or worse. The heart and soul of that family dynamic is rooted in the events of the second film, The Empire Strikes Back.
Vincente Minnelli's comedy about the trials and tribulations a father faces over the course of planning his daughter's wedding is about as sweet as can be. Nancy Meyers's 1991 remake of the same name is practically just as good, trading Spencer Tracy for the equally charming Steve Martin.
Disney/Pixar's Finding Nemo arrived during the studio's heyday in the early 2000s. Following a clown fish in search of his son Nemo, the movie is genuinely touching in its portrayal of the lengths a father would go to to ensure his child's safety.
The Indiana Jones movies have always radiated a sense of homeyness and warmth, from the way Spielberg lights the films to the way Harrison Ford portrays the titular character. Naturally, the addition of Indy's father in the third installment, The Last Crusade, is a welcome (and inspired) inclusion.
Michael Keaton remains a profoundly charming and instantly appealing lead. This was especially true back in the early 80s, when he showed off his comedic chops in the John Hughes-helmed hit Mr. Mom.
Robin Williams gave every single role his all, no matter how ridiculous. Mrs. Doubtfire, a comedy about a dad who dresses as a housekeeper in order to see his kids in the wake of his divorce, is evidence of this.
Peter Bogdanovich is both an actor and a director, which means his films always carry a sort of lived-in feel that comes from a filmmaker who understands his leads. Paper Moon, a period piece about an unconventional father-daughter pairing, shows off Bogdanovich's immense talent.
Easily one of Wes Anderson's best, The Royal Tenenbaums is a movie about multiple generations of fathers as they come together to honor the patriarch of the Tenenbaum family. Ben Stiller, Gene Hackman, Danny Glover, and a plethora of other performers make this one of the best movies about fathers to date.
Like Finding Nemo, Liam Neeson's Taken shows the lengths a father will go to to make sure their child's okay. However, this action-thriller takes the missing child narrative to its most extreme.