10 Films to Watch … Movie Fathers

Fathers, without them we wouldn’t be here.  Cinema portrays fatherhood in many different ways.  There are tyrannical fathers, loving fathers, manipulative fathers and downright nasty ones.  In honour of the UK’s  Father’s day, let’s have a look at ten movie fathers that have been portrayed on the big screen.

Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back 1980

Darth Vader

Luke Skywalker is on his hero’s journey, and amongst the adventure, he learns who his true father is … Noooooooo!!!!!

Mrs Doubtfire 1993

Robin Williams as Mrs Doubtfire

Robin Williams plays an actor who has endured a bitter divorce, and must dress up as a housekeeper in order to spend time with his family.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade 1989

Harrison Ford and Sean Connery

After his father Henry Jones has gone missing while pursuing the Holy Grail, Professor Henry ‘Indiana’ Jones Jr finds himself against Nazis to stop them from obtaining its powers.

Juno 2007

J. K. Simmons

Our father in this film is J. K. Simmons as Mac MacGuff, and what a dad he is eh?

Chinatown 1974

John Huston

John Huston is our father in this tale of corruption and incest.  Jack Nicholson’s character does his best to save the situation, but corruption beats goodwill.

Boyhood 2014

The life of Mason, following his journey from early childhood into young adulthood.  Ethan Hawke’s representation of father is achingly poignant.

Magnolia 1999

Tom Cruise and Jason Robards

This film is a myriad of interrelated characters searching for happiness, forgiveness and meaning.  None of the fathers in this film are particularly nice, however this is one hell of a powerhouse performance by Tom Cruise.  This was also Jason Robards’ final performance as Cruise’s dying father. 

Taken 2008

Liam Neeson

Liam Neeson plays a retired CIA agent  who will stop at nothing to save his daughter (Maggie Grace), who has been kidnapped while travelling in Paris.

The Royal Tenenbaums 2001

Gene Hackman plays a narcissistic father whose behaviour has made him estranged from his family.  He is up to the same old tricks to bring them back together.

Finding Nemo 2003

Marlon (Albert Brooks), a clown fish, goes through numerous adventures so that he can find his only son , Nemo in this animated adventure.

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