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The Best Movies for Expecting Fathers to Watch

Updated September 21, 2019 409 votes 45 voters 4.7k views30 items

List RulesFilms about fatherhood and expecting fathers. Vote up the best films for expecting fathers to watch.

Becoming a parent is the biggest decision you’ll ever make, and can also be the scariest. Most expectant fathers worry they won’t be strong enough, won’t be able to provide for their family, or won’t teach his kids the most important things in life. What better way to calm these fears than by watching a great movie about fatherhood? What are the best movies for expecting fathers to watch?

This list has the best movies for expecting fathers to watch, ranked by the community. Some of these movies are classics, while others are not as well known. Some are heartfelt and reassuring stories about the ups and downs of fatherhood, while others provide comic relief for nervous expecting fathers.

This list features the best movies for expecting dads including, John Q., The Hangover Part 3, Father of the Bride, Knocked Up, Friends with Kids, The Pursuit of Happyness, To Kill a Mockingbird, and Big Fish. Vote up the best movies for expecting fathers to watch below or add one you love that isn't already on the list!
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  • The Pursuit of Happyness1
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    The Pursuit of Happyness

    Will Smith, Thandie Newton

    Released2006

    Directed byGabriele Muccino

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    Knocked Up

    Jessica Alba, Eva Mendes

    Released2007

    Directed byJudd Apatow

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  • Juno3
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    Juno

    Jennifer Garner, Ellen Page

    Released2007

    Directed byJason Reitman

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  • Road to Perdition4
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    Road to Perdition

    Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig

    Released2002

    Directed bySam Mendes

    Road to Perdition is a 2002 American thriller film directed by Sam Mendes. The screenplay was...  more

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  • What to Expect When You're Expecting5
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    What to Expect When You're Expecting

    Jennifer Lopez, Cameron Diaz

    Released2012

    Directed byKirk Jones

    What to Expect When You're Expecting is a 2012 American comedy-drama film directed by Kirk...  more
  • Look Who's Talking6
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    Look Who's Talking

    John Travolta, Bruce Willis

    Released1989

    Directed byAmy Heckerling

    Look Who's Talking is a 1989 romantic comedy film written and directed by Amy Heckerling and...  more

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  • To Kill a Mockingbird7
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    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck

    Released1962

    Directed byRobert Mulligan

    To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1962 American drama film directed by Robert Mulligan. The...  more

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  • Nine Months8
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    Nine Months

    Robin Williams, Julianne Moore

    Released1995

    Directed byChris Columbus

    Nine Months is a 1995 romantic comedy film directed by Chris Columbus. It stars Hugh Grant,...  more

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  • Father of the Bride9
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    Father of the Bride

    Steve Martin, Diane Keaton

    Released1991

    Directed byCharles Shyer

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  • Three Men and a Baby10
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    Three Men and a Baby

    Tom Selleck, Ted Danson

    Released1987

    Directed byLeonard Nimoy

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  • Life as We Know It11
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    Life as We Know It

    Christina Hendricks, Katherine Heigl

    Released2010

    Directed byGreg Berlanti

    Life as We Know It is a 2010 comedy film written by Ian Deitchman, Kristin Rusk Robinson, Jon...  more

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  • For Keeps12
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    For Keeps

    Pauly Shore, Molly Ringwald

    Released1988

    Directed byJohn G. Avildsen

    For Keeps is a 1988 American coming of age comedy drama film starring Molly Ringwald and...  more
  • Field of Dreams13
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    Field of Dreams

    Ben Affleck, Matt Damon

    Released1989

    Directed byPhil Alden Robinson

    Field of Dreams is a 1989 American fantasy-drama film directed by Phil Alden Robinson, who...  more

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  • Friends with Kids14
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    Friends with Kids

    Megan Fox, Jon Hamm

    Released2011

    Directed byJennifer Westfeldt

    Friends with Kids is a 2011 independent American ensemble romantic comedy that was written,...  more
  • Parenthood15
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    Parenthood

    Keanu Reeves, Steve Martin

    Released1989

    Directed byRon Howard

    Parenthood is a 1989 comedy-drama film with an ensemble cast that includes Steve Martin, Tom...  more

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  • Seven Pounds16
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    Seven Pounds

    Will Smith, Rosario Dawson

    Released2008

    Directed byGabriele Muccino

    Seven Pounds is a 2008 American fantasy drama film, directed by Gabriele Muccino, in which...  more

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  • Sextuplets17
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    Sextuplets

    Mike Glock, Rick Alvarez

    Released2019

    Directed byMichael Tiddes

    Sextuplets is a 2019 American comedy film directed by Michael Tiddes. An expecting...  more
  • 30-Love18
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    30-Love

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  • About Time19
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    About Time

    Rachel McAdams, Margot Robbie

    Released2013

    Directed byRichard Curtis

    About Time is a 2013 British romantic comedy-drama film directed by Richard Curtis. A young...  more

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  • Paper Moon20
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    Paper Moon

    Tatum O'Neal, Randy Quaid

    Released1973

    Directed byPeter Bogdanovich

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  • Hours21
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    Hours

    Paul Walker, Génesis Rodríguez

    Released2013

    Directed byEric Heisserer

    Hours is a 2013 American thriller film directed and written by Eric Heisserer. The film stars...  more
  • Paternity22
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    Paternity

    Burt Reynolds, Beverly DAngelo

    Released1981

    Directed byDavid Steinberg

    Paternity is a 1981 film comedy that stars Burt Reynolds, Beverly D'Angelo, Paul Dooley,...  more
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  • Big Fish23
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    Big Fish

    Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor

    Released2003

    Directed byTim Burton

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  • Away We Go24
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    Maggie Gyllenhaal, Maya Rudolph

    Released2009

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    Maybe Baby

    Hugh Laurie, Emma Thompson

    Released2000

    Directed byHugh Laurie, Tom Moore, Ben Elton

    Maybe Baby is a 2000 British comedy film starring Hugh Laurie and Joely Richardson. It was...  more

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