THE PURSUIT OF HAPPYNESS (2006) Grab the tissues, because this poignant drama is sure to bring the waterworks. Based on the true story of Chris Gardner, a businessman who previously struggled with homelessness while raising a toddler, the movie chronicles his efforts to land a job and secure a better life for his son. Smith gives an Oscar-worthy performance as Gardner while Smith’s real-life son Jaden plays his movie son.
Ian and Barley, two elf brothers, go on a magical adventure to reunite with their late father, but not without some challenges along the way. It features plenty of timely themes and a star-studded cast.
FATHER’S DAY (1997)
When Collette’s (Kinski) teenage son runs away from home, she enlists the help of two former romantic partners by telling them both that they’re both the father of her child. But it’s only a matter of time before both men (played by Crystal and Williams) cross paths and figure out what’s really going on.
BIG DADDY (1999)
At 32 years old, Sonny Koufax (Sandler) is the textbook definition of a slacker, and he has no intention of changing. That is, until his girlfriend leaves him for an older man. In a desperate attempt to win her back, he decides to adopt a 5-year-old boy. But things don’t exactly turn out the way he expected.
FATHER OF THE BRIDE (1991)
George Banks (Martin) knows all too well how challenging it is for dads to let go of their precious little girls. When his daughter, Annie (Kimberly Williams), shares the news of her engagement, he’s not too thrilled about having to give her away. Come for the non-stop laughs and stay for the sweet, sentimental moments.
DADDY DAY CARE (2003)
Sign us up for literally any movie where Regina King is the breadwinner in the family. In Daddy Day Care, her character’s husband, Charlie (Murphy), decides to open a daycare center after getting laid off from his job. However, Charlie struggles to keep the business afloat—and it certainly doesn’t help that his top competitor, Gwyneth Harridan, is trying to shut them down.
THREE MEN AND A BABY(1987)
Whether you’ve watched it once or a million times, Selleck, Guttenberg and Danson will always be hysterical in this classic. The film follows three successful roommates who go from being single bachelors to single dads when an abandoned baby suddenly appears on their doorstep. Although caring for the little girl proves to be extremely challenging, they all grow quite fond of her.
FINDING NEMO (2003)
The Academy Award-winning film follows Marlin (Brooks), a worried clownfish who tries to find his missing son, Nemo (Gould), after he’s captured by scuba divers and domesticated as a pet. Marlin goes to great lengths to reunite with his boy, proving that dads will stop at nothing to protect their kids.
KRAMER VS. KRAMER (1979)
Right after landing a major opportunity at his job, Ted Kramer’s (Hoffman) wife informs him that she’s leaving both him and their son. Left with no other options, Ted sacrifices his career to take care of his son as a single dad. But chaos ensues when his wife returns and demands custody of their child.