Father's Day

'Fatherhood' starring Kevin Hart is on Netflix.
10 Great Movies About Dads & Daughters To Watch On Father's Day

From lighthearted comedies or gritty dramas, Netflix has plenty of options.

by Lindsay E. Mack and JM Farkas
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If you and your dad are both big movie-goers, then celebrate the upcoming holiday with some cinema. There are so many father-daughter movies on Netflix to watch with your dad this Father’s Day, you have a choice of whatever flick suits your fancy. Whether you’re into lighthearted comedies or gritty dramas, there’s something every father and daughter will love watching together.

In fact, why not make a whole Father’s Day celebration centered around movies? Cook up some recipes dad will love (from burgers to dessert), then settle in for a movie night. Plus, if you aren’t exclusive to Netflix, there are many more movies to watch on Father’s Day on other streaming services, including Finding Nemo and Father of the Bride.

Honestly, the most difficult part will be picking the movie (or movies) to watch together, because there are so many options on Netflix at the moment. There are plenty of father-daughter sports movies (including two based on wrestling), a film based on a singing competition TV show, and a good old-fashioned treasure hunt movie. There’s even a wedding movie where the bride’s father is (rather adorably) fixated on giving her a dream wedding. Whatever your preference, there’s a Netflix movie starring a father and daughter you’re sure to love watching with your own dad.




Kevin Hart plays a single parent who admittedly has no idea what the hell he is doing (join the club) after his wife tragically passed away. In a performance that’s both hilarious and incredibly moving, Hart takes the viewer along for the difficult ride of raising a daughter on your own. From epic fails doing his little girl’s hair to screaming right beside her on a freaky clown-filled carnival ride, Hart’s character does whatever it takes to be the kind of father his sweet girl needs him to be. He also learns a thing or two about relying on others for help. As we all know, it takes a village. Sometimes several villages!

Watch Fatherhood, rated PG-13, on Netflix.


Dad Wanted


After Blanca’s father tragically passed away in an accident, her grief-stricken mother forbids her from partaking in her adventurous passion — motocross. Eager to enter a BMX competition that her mom would never allow, the 10-year-old tween hosts a casting call to hire an actor to pose as her father. (With a prize of 100,000 pesos, the competition is worth a little out-of-the-box thinking.) The feel-good movie features some adorable moments between the BMX cyclist and her hired father figure. While this sweet Mexican family-comedy is subtitled in Spanish, the themes of loss, independence, and belonging translate into any language. Plus, it’s a great reminder to your father that if he overdoes it with the Dad Jokes, you can always recast him.

Watch Dad Wanted, rated TV-14, on Netflix.


Double Dad


Essentially the Brazilian version of Mamma Mia! (without the singing), Double Dad follows Vicenza, an optimistic 18-year-old, on her search to discover her birth father. But navigating Rio de Janeiro is quite an adventure for the girl who grew up on a free-spirited commune (and has never even been in an elevator). Things get even more interesting when the two men who might turn out to be Vicenza’s father are both equally awesome, although in very different ways. With a supporting cast of lovable characters who help Vicenza on her journey of paternity in the big city, Double Dad will remind you to follow your heart wherever it may take you.

Watch Double Dad, rated TV-G, on Netflix.


Finding ‘Ohana


While visiting their father in Hawaii one summer, two siblings go on a hunt for a lost treasure and end up learning about their family heritage along the way. Pili and Ioane “E” are born and raised in Brooklyn, so they have a lot to learn about island life. One reason the kids are visiting is because their father is facing both health and financial issues. With the help of some amazing locals, both Pili and E have their own journeys in tropical O’ahu. Gorgeous scenery, plenty of adventure, some summer romance, and strong family bonds are at the heart of this feel-good movie.

Watch Finding ‘Ohana, rated PG, on Netflix.


First Match


Fifteen-year-old Monique lives a difficult life in Brooklyn’s Brownsville and is deeply affected by years in the foster care system. After a series of unfortunate choices, she joins the boy’s high school wrestling team while trying to manage a relationship with her estranged father. He convinces her to enter the world of underground fighting when he realizes his daughter’s strength and talents. Although First Match isn’t a typical feel-good father-daughter movie, this gritty drama has plenty of heart, and it’s almost guaranteed to make you an instant fan of Elvire Emanuelle. The star of the film gives a complex and emotional performance you won’t soon forget.

Watch First Match, rated TV-MA, on Netflix.




A young singer demolishes a singing competition show with the goal of meeting her father, who just happens to be one of the judges. Only problem is her father is a pretty awful human being who throws out vicious critiques to the contestants (think: the resident Simon Cowell) and just so happened to have dumped her mother. Things get even more complicated when the teen becomes an instant sensation and must navigate the tricky waters of reality TV fame. Could she even fall into the same showbiz traps as her famous father? This Polish musical movie is perfect for fans of American Idol or anyone who gets choked up by Kelly Clarkson’s “Piece by Piece,” a song about her relationship with her dad.

Watch Fierce, rated TV-MA, on Netflix.


Like Father


Starring Kristen Bell, Kelsey Grammer, and Seth Rogen, the 2018 drama/comedy is filled with heart. Bell stars as a busy advertising exec who reunites with her estranged father after being left at the altar. After the wedding that never happens, dad and daughter get super wasted and somehow end up on a ship. Hey, better make the most of that honeymoon cruise in some way. Like Father is written and directed by Laura Miller Rogen, Seth Rogen’s wife, so it’s no surprise that she cast her other half in the role of a fellow funny cruise-mate. Like Father sails along with a gentle reminder that sometimes you have to get away to find home again.

Watch Like Father, rated TV-MA, on Netflix.




Lionheart is a Nigerian film that follows the story of Adaeze, the pride and joy of her father’s heart. But when the chief and business owner gets ill and can no longer run his company, Adaeze is disappointed to learn that she is not left in charge of her dad’s business. Instead her father asks his unconventional (and far less capable) brother to take his place and save the company. Adaeze and her uncle work together to rescue the company from financial ruin, but Lionheart echoes the warning that maybe it’s best not to go into business with your family in the first place! A charming movie about one daughter’s quest to deal with family ties, sexism in the workplace, and pleasing her dad.

Watch Lionheart, rated TV-PG, on Netflix.


Ride Like A Girl


Based on the true story of Australian jockey Michelle Payne, Ride Like a Girl is the perfect movie for horse-lovers or anyone with a rebellious and unstoppable spirit. Teresa Palmer gives a convincing performance as an athlete and young woman who will not give up. The bond between this father, a horse trainer, and his daughter, an aspiring jockey, is particularly beautiful in this film. Cheer along as an underdog wins over the crowd and stick around for particularly compelling documentary clips at the end of the film, where Payne tells her haters and all the male chauvinists to “get stuffed.”

Watch Ride Like a Girl, rated PG, on Netflix.


The Week Of


Adam Sandler and Chris Rock co-star as dueling dads with very different ideas about how to properly tie the knot on the week of their children’s impending wedding. While Rock plays a father who is a distinguished doctor with meticulous taste, Sandler plays the kind of dad who believes that a magician belongs in a wedding ceremony. Rachel Dratch is funny as always in her role as the mother-in-law-to-be. The Week Of is a laugh out loud family comedy that breaks down the ups and downs of two families coming together (and sometimes tearing each other apart) before celebrating wedded bliss.

Watch The Week Of rated TV-14, on Netflix.

Once the credits have rolled down the screen and you and your dad have been thoroughly entertained, why not turn to him on his big day and give an even bigger hug.

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