6 Movies that Beautifully Portray the Father-Child Relationship

A father is any child’s first hero. You tried to do just what your papa did and repeated all that he said. A father has the power and ability to influence and overwhelm a young mind subtly but suitably. A rare charm that is so very unique to fathers around the world. Some movies have managed to capture the power and innocence of a father-child relationship so much so that it moves you visibly. Here’s a list of some such movies that beautifully portray the father-child relationship.

The Pursuit of Happyness

The Pursuit of Happyness

1. The Pursuit of Happyness

A real life story of a real hero, The Pursuit of Happyness is a film that is based on several firsts and numerous lessons. The bond between the father and the son may be one of the several important take-aways from the film that is portrayed in a very intense and powerful manner. Will Smith plays the character of Chris Gardener and interestingly Will’s own son Jaden Christopher Syre Smith plays the role of his 5 year old son in the film. One man’s relentless pursuit to end life’s struggles and bring his family out of adverse situations is what the film is all about. When the world comes closing down on Chris, he pulls up all the strings and teaches many important lessons to his son. One of the most important messages he gets across to his son is to never let disappointment bog him down and the father lived up to it himself.

I am Sam

I am Sam

2. I am Sam

Sean Penn essays the role of a mentally challenged man Sam Dawson who fights for the custody of his seven year old daughter Lucy played by Dakota Fanning. Beyond being an entertainment flick, I am Sam has a thought to share with the world. The age of the daughter and the mental age of the father are the same. While some conflicts are shown in the movie, the daughter shows maturity not to hurt her dad and her father in turn, despite his disability fights firmly for Lucy’s custody. A touching story that emphasizes on the fact that for being a father, all that is required is just plain love.

Father of the Bride

Father of the Bride

3. Father of the Bride

Both the 1950 original with Spencer Tracy and 1991 remake starring Steve Martin are clear winners. Although this family comedy has many hilarious scenes, it very distinctively portrays the love and fear of a father as his daughter grows up and more importantly chooses her man. Moments of happiness and sadness engulf the father figure in both the films that carefully reflect the love of a dad for his daughter so much so that he does all adjustments to see her happy.

Mrs. Doubtfire

Mrs. Doubtfire

4. Mrs. Doubtfire

A classic family comedy that is one of Robin Williams’ best character portrayals, Mrs. Doubtfire is popular not just for accomplishment of technical heights but also for the reflection of a dad’s love towards his three kids. The lead role’s transformation triggers many laughs but also very subtly weaves the message of how important a father considers raising children. Robin Williams as the father and as the governess does complete justice to the roles and their idiosyncrasies.

Finding Nemo

Finding Nemo

5. Finding Nemo

An animation movie that turned millions of heads. A one-of-a-kind film that appealed to children and adults alike. Finding Nemo is a movie that every father must watch with his kids. The little clownfish Nemo gets lost and travels far and his dad Marlin gets out in search of him risking all odds. The movie goes on to prove that fatherly love transcends all species.

Duma

Duma

6. Duma

A classic tale of love between an animal and a human family. Duma, Swahili for cheetah, expresses his love for a boy but with no words and the boy sets out to return the animal to his wilderness out of a deal that he strikes with his dad. But his dad’s untimely death throws him apart but he still sets out to honor his father’s commitment. The bonding between the father and son in the first minutes of the film is simple but endearing.

  • The Pursuit of Happyness
  • I am Sam
  • Father of the Bride
  • Mrs. Doubtfire
  • Finding Nemo
  • Duma

The above listed six movies present an eclectic collection of daddy dear’s unconditional love to his children. These are films that have the power to stay in the minds of every father and every child.

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