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The Best Movies to Watch with a Father Figure

Personal Growth

August 05, 2020

Although Father's Day has already passed, the qualities that these movies show are qualities we see in our fathers everyday. Not every family is the same after all. Some people have a dad like Mia Thermopolis in The Princess Diaries, some have a step-father like in Daddy's Home, others simply have a "father-like" figure.

Regardless, of who or what your 'father' is to you, fathers hold a special place in our life. They're strong role models who show us how to be tough and loving, at the same time. They're there for support, guidance, advice, and they love us for who we are as strong independent women. Whatever type of father you have in your life, these movies will show you all fathers have the same intention for their children: they'll do anything to protect and love their child.

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1. Daddy's Home

This comedic movie is great if both your step-dad and biological father are involved, or want to be, in your life. From the perspective of both the step-dad and biological father in this film, they try to one-up each other to show their kids who the better dad is. In the end, both of them realize that they both have qualities that the children love, and are ultimately great parents when they work together.

Whether you have a biological dad or a step-father, or even if both are involved in your life, this movie shows how funny and great dads can be. Because despite how hard we think they are on us, they always end up showing us they can be funny and this film clearly shows that.

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2. Instructions Not Included

Even though this movie is in Spanish, there are subtitles. Valentín has always been bachelor in life, so when a woman shows up at his door with a baby, which apparently is his, he has no idea what he's gotten into. He then realizes the woman isn't coming back and left him alone with the child.

Valentín must now raise their child, and has absolutely no idea how. Valentín crosses to the U.S. to find the child's mother, who lives in LA. He ends up staying in the United States, getting a job as a stunt double.

However, throughout the movie he shows how much he cares and loves his girl, Maggie, by giving her the world. Towards the end of the movie, things take an unexpected turn. In all, this feature shows how much a father is willing to sacrifice for his daughter. Overall, this film is perfect for any family and showcases a great father-daughter relationship.

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3. Mrs. Doubtfire

Daniel Hillard has always loved his kids, but it becomes hard when his wife files for divorce and he can only see his children on weekends. Daniel has to follow certain requirements in order to be considered for joint custody. However, he finds a way to spend time with his kids and it is Mrs. Doubtfire.

He dresses up as an 80-year-old housekeeper/nanny to be closer to his family. While being Mrs. Doubtfire, Daniel learns new things like how to cook, clean, and even learns a few things about his children. This funny film clearly shows that this father will do anything to be with his children, including dressing up a woman.

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4. Mamma Mia

This classic romantic musical is great for the family with a complicated father history. Sophie is getting married, but wants her father to walk her down the aisle. This presents a problem because three men could be her father.

She sends invitations to all three, and of course they all come. As she tries to find out who is her father, she becomes closer to them and creates a bond with each one.

Sophie's mom Donna, played by Meryl Streep, doesn't like all of Sophie's possible fathers coming because it means she would have to confront them and eventually tell Sophie who her real father is. In the end, Sophie ends up walking down the aisle, but with who? Guess you'll have to watch to find out. No matter what your relationship with your father is, this movie is full of laughs and catchy musical numbers.

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5. The Pacifier

This film is perfect if you have a strict or firm father. Shane Wolfe has a new mission as an Elite Navy Seal; protect the children of a scientist who was assassinated. It becomes a challenge, as he tries to take care of five children of different ages, needs, and personalities.

There's Zoe; a teenager trying to pass her driver's test, Seth; a problematic teenage boy who just wants to be heard, Lulu; fearful but not afraid to make it known, Peter; who requires a bedtime song to go to sleep, and Tyler; the baby. Throughout the movie, Shane develops a close bond with all of them, and eventually becomes their "father figure". It takes a while for all of them to get used to Shane, but eventually they all see him as a father figure who would protect them no matter what.

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6. The Pursuit of Happyness

Based on a true story, this movie shows how much a father is willing to go to provide a better future for his child. Chris Gardener didn't have the best childhood or relationship with his father. He knew when he became a dad, he had to give his kid a good childhood and an even better future, no matter what it took.

His wife first left him, because he couldn't sell enough x-ray machines to pay rent, and she had to work double shifts. Chris was then evicted out of his apartment, and he and his son had to live in different places like a hotel and a subway station bathroom.

It got so bad that they had to stay at a homeless shelter. While all of this was happening, Chris was taking a stockbroker internship at Dean Witter. At the end of the program, they would select one intern for a job at Dean Witter.

He faced great obstacles and tough challenges, but it all showed that he wanted the best for his son. Chris went through so much for his son, and it paid off. This motion picture is great if you want to have a closer bond or relationship with your father or father figure.

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7. Definitely, Maybe

Will Hayes is at the beginning stage of a divorce, when his daughter, Maya, asks her dad to tell her the story of how he and her mom met. Will then tells her the story of how he had three serious relationships, changing the names of each one so Maya could figure out who her mother was out of the three. Maya liked figuring this "love mystery story" out and pleaded her dad to tell her the story.

Throughout the story, Maya finds out that her dad was very different back then. He drank and smoked, which surprised Maya. The movie gets more interesting as we all try to figure out with Maya who her mother is.

In the end, Maya finds out who she is and is obviously happy she figured out the love mystery. However, she's disappointed that her father was getting divorced still. She realized that in the story her father told her, every woman that he would get close to having a relationship with, they would break his heart, and now, he's still hasn't found the one he absolutely loves.

Maya then helps her dad find, and get back together with the one that slipped away. All in all, this feature is great for you and your father if you already have a strong bond. It shows that daughters really depend on their father for support, advice, and guidance, and vice versa.

Samantha Ferrer
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Samantha Ferrer is a 21-year-old in California and is currently in her fourth year of college. She enjoys reading, writing, spending time with close friends, and binge-watching her favorite shows and movies. Samantha also enjoys watching Rom-Coms and John Hughes movies. In her free time, you can find Samantha thrift shopping, and enjoying/looking at nature.