Sunday 25 August 2019

7 of the best movies to watch with your Dad on Father’s Day

Aftershave sets are nice, novelty aprons are great, but when it comes to Father’s Day, nothing beats spending some quality time with your old man.

This year, why don’t you ditch the clichéd presents and actually spend the day together instead? Play your favourite sport, go for lunch or simply curl up on the sofa and enjoy a good film.

If you need a little movie inspiration, look no further. We have created a perfect list with films from a variety of different genres. From comedies to edge-of-your-seat dramas, our Father’s Day movie list has something for everyone. Don’t forget that you can watch all these movies and more on the Sky Cinema Pass on NOW TV.

1. The Godfather Trilogy

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We’re going to make you an offer you can’t refuse - The Godfather Trilogy. This Father’s Day, why watch one film when you could enjoy three? Dive into the underground world of New York gangsters Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) and his son Michael (Al Pacino), as they build their empire and make more than a few enemies along the way.

The films have garnered a cult status over the last number of years thanks to the excellent writing, acting and production. The trilogy has earned over $429 million worldwide, while The Godfather Part II is viewed by many as the best sequel in cinematic history.

2. Mission: Impossible - Fallout

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The latest in the Mission: Impossible series could be the best one yet. Released in summer 2018, the film follows Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) as he tries to prevent (yet another) disaster of epic proportions.

Arms dealer John Lark and a group of terrorists known as The Apostles plan to use three plutonium cores for simultaneous nuclear attacks around the world. When the weapons go missing, Ethan and his crew find themselves in a desperate race against time to prevent them from falling into the wrong hands.

This is Tom Cruise at his swashbuckling best. You’re guaranteed plenty of explosions and lots of chase scenes. We would expect nothing less. 

3. Saving Private Ryan

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Arguably Stephen Spielberg’s best film, Saving Private Ryan is in a league of its own. The film demonstrates all the gruesome realities of war, but it also contains genuinely funny moments and heart-warming scenes.

Captain John Miller (Tom Hanks) takes his men behind enemy lines to find Private James Ryan (Matt Damon), whose three brothers have been killed in combat. During their epic rescue attempt, the men are forced to face their own mortality and follow commands with courage and pride. It’s hard to believe that it was released over 20 years ago.

4. BlacKkKlansman

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If true stories are your Dad’s thing, this is the film to watch. BlacKkKlansman is an American biographical crime film directed by Spike Lee and based on the 2014 memoir Black Klansman by Ron Stallworth.

Set in the early 1970s, the film follows Stallworth (John David Washington), the first African-American detective to serve in the Colorado Springs Police Department. Determined to make a name for himself, Stallworth sets out to infiltrate and expose the Ku Klux Klan.

The film is packed full of tension and – surprisingly - lots of laughs. Beneath the entertainment is a stark warning about racism in society which is as relevant today as it was in the 1970s.

5. Taxi Driver

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Taxi Driver is probably one of the best films produced in the 1970s. Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) is an ex-Marine and Vietnam War veteran living in New York City. An insomniac, Bickle spends his nights working as a taxi driver.

After meeting Betsy (Cybill Shepherd), a worker on the presidential nomination campaign of Senator Charles Palantine (Leonard Harris) during his late-night shift, he becomes obsessed with righting the city’s wrongs. One of his top priorities is to rescue Iris (Jodie Foster), a 12-year-old runaway and prostitute who he believes wants out of the profession. The film follows Bickle’s descent into instability with beautiful cinematic shots and strong directing from Martin Scorsese.

6. Skyscraper

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Skyscraper is a 2018 action film written and directed by Rawson Marshall Thurber. Dwayne Johnson (The Rock) plays Will Sawyer, a former FBI agent and US war veteran who now assesses security for skyscrapers. The film follows Johnson as he attempts to rescue his family from a newly-built Hong Kong skyscraper after it is taken over by criminals and set on fire.

If you’re a fan of The Rock then this is the film for you. His performance is seriously impressive both in terms of physical feats and emotional depth. It’s definitely one of his most human roles to date. Expect plenty of adrenaline-fuelled moments interspersed with impossible last minute escapes. It’s what he does best.

7. Big Daddy

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If your dad is a fan of Adam Sandler movies, then this is the perfect choice for you. Big Daddy is centred on 32-year-old man-child, Sonny Koufax (Sandler). Sonny has recently been dumped by his girlfriend for an older man. In a desperate bid to prove his maturity, he adopts five-year-old Julian (Dylan and Cole Sprouse).

The film has all the hallmarks of an Adam Sandler comedy - slapstick humour, crude jokes and bodily functions galore. There is also a sentimental side to this tale that makes it one of his best movies. Give it a try this Father’s Day.

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