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The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made

Updated August 10, 2020 2.8k votes 368 voters 26.7k views50 items

For this list we're ranking the best movies for fathers and sons to watch together, ranked by your votes. The best father-son movies come in many forms. Some father son relationship movies are about struggle while other movies about fathers and son films are comedies. A few of the greatest father and son movies are even a bit on the creepy side.

What films will you find on this best father son movie list? One of the greatest movies about fathers and sons, with one of the most complex relationships, has to be The Godfather. As much as Michael tried to resist taking over the Corleone family business, he finally gives in and lets his father know that he is with him. Field of Dreams is another one of the top father-son relationship movies of all time.

All work and no play made Jack Torrance a dull boy and a bad father in Stanley Kubrick's 1980 film, The Shining. Other good films that appear on this top father son movies list include A Bronx Tale, Big Fish and There Will Be Blood.

Which father-son movie do you think is the best? Take a look at this list and give your favorite film a thumbs up to move it up towards the number one spot.
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    The Lion King is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made
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    The Lion King

    Whoopi Goldberg, Jeremy Irons

    Released1994

    Directed byRob Minkoff, Roger Allers

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    Finding Nemo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made
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    Finding Nemo

    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe

    Released2003

    Directed byAndrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

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    Mrs. Doubtfire is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made
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    Mrs. Doubtfire

    Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan

    Released1993

    Directed byChris Columbus, Chuck Jones

    Mrs. Doubtfire is a 1993 American comedy-drama film directed by Chris Columbus, based on the... more on Wikipedia
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    The Pursuit of Happyness is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made
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    The Pursuit of Happyness

    Will Smith, Thandie Newton

    Released2006

    Directed byGabriele Muccino

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    Indiana Jones and the Last Cru is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made
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    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    Harrison Ford, Sean Connery

    Released1989

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade is a 1989 American adventure film directed by Steven... more on Wikipedia

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    Field of Dreams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made
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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 on Wikipedia
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    Big Daddy is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made
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    Big Daddy

    Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart

    Released1999

    Directed byDennis Dugan

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    The Godfather is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made
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    The Godfather

    Al Pacino, Marlon Brando

    Released1972

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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    A Goofy Movie is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made
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    A Goofy Movie

    Pauly Shore, Joey Lawrence

    Released1995

    Directed byKevin Lima

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    Star Wars Episode V: The Empir is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made
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    Released1980

    Directed byIrvin Kershner

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    Legends of the Fall is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made
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    Legends of the Fall

    Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins

    Released1994

    Directed byEdward Zwick

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    Big Fish is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made
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    Big Fish

    Miley Cyrus, Ewan McGregor

    Released2003

    Directed byTim Burton

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    Frequency is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made
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    Frequency

    Jim Caviezel, Elizabeth Mitchell

    Released2000

    Directed byGregory Hoblit

    Frequency is a 2000 American science fiction thriller film. It was co-produced and directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    Catch Me If You Can is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made
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    Catch Me If You Can

    Leonardo DiCaprio, Amy Adams

    Released2002

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

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    Sleepless in Seattle is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made
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    Sleepless in Seattle

    Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan

    Released1993

    Directed byNora Ephron

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    The Road is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made
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    The Road

    Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall

    Released2009

    Directed byJohn Hillcoat

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    Life Is Beautiful is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made
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    Life Is Beautiful

    Roberto Benigni, Horst Buchholz

    Released1997

    Directed byRoberto Benigni

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    Back to School is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made
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    Back to School

    Robert Downey Jr., Rodney Dangerfield

    Released1986

    Directed byAlan Metter

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    Road to Perdition is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made
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    Road to Perdition

    Tom Hanks, Daniel Craig

    Released2002

    Directed bySam Mendes

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    Daddy Day Care is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made
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    Daddy Day Care

    Eddie Murphy, Lacey Chabert

    Released2003

    Directed bySteve Carr

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    A River Runs Through It is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made
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    A River Runs Through It

    Brad Pitt, Joseph Gordon-Levitt

    Released1992

    Directed byRobert Redford

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    World's Greatest Dad is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made
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    World's Greatest Dad

    Robin Williams, Krist Novoselic

    Released2009

    Directed byBobcat Goldthwait

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    Fences is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made
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    Fences

    Denzel Washington, Viola Davis

    Released2016

    Directed byDenzel Washington

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    Dad is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made
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    Dad

    Kevin Spacey, Ethan Hawke

    Released1989

    Directed byGary David Goldberg

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    Made in Italy is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Father-Son Movies Ever Made
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    Made in Italy

    Liam Neeson, Micheál Richardson

    Released2020

    Directed byJames D'Arcy

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