For Father's Day weekend, we're recommending a whole bunch of movies on Netflix to watch with Dad. From classics to noughties and 2010s movies, covering action, comedy, biopics and other genres, you'll definitely find something you'll agree on with pops from this list.
Without further ado, here are the best movies on Netflix to watch with Dad. There are over a dozen here so you should be covered for the whole day and evening!
It's a modern classic that's quoted endlessly, and features a scene where Will Ferrell rubs his balls on a drum set. In fact, Will Ferrell actually kept the prosthetic balls as a keepsake. Leaving aside the obvious choices of Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly, you've got two truly gifted and completely unlikely choices to play their respective parents - Mary Steenburgen and Richard Jenkins. It oddly works.
‘The Mitchells vs. the Machines’ is a lot of fun. It’s funny, looks fantastic, and incorporates some fantastic action sci-fi sequences. The voice acting is great, with Danny McBride as the gruff, traditional patriarch and Maya Rudolph as the consistently optimistic matriarch fitting the bill effortlessly, plus Olivia Colman is great craic as the villain. The characters are lovely and likeable too, with Katie making for a sweet lead, Aaron being a cute, dinosaur-loving nerd, and the pug is just stupid and thoroughly lovable.
The Big Lebowski
"The Dude" Lebowski, mistaken for a millionaire Lebowski, seeks restitution for his ruined rug and enlists his bowling buddies to help get it. This cult classic is endlessly quotable with some iconic characters who, aside from Jeff Bridges' "Dude", include John Travolta's Walter Sobchak, Steve Buscemi's Donny, and John Turturro's Jesus Quintana, who got his own spin-off slash sequel in recent years.
"This might be my masterpiece," is the last line of Tarantino's new movie, which could be the director's contentment with his farcical WWII actioner, a movie he's been planning for ten years. It may not be a masterpiece, or even his masterpiece, but it's a hell of a lot of fun. This movie saw Tarantino back making movies for the audience and not just his mates. It's also the movie that brought Christoph Waltz to prominence with mainstream cinema. The film would never have been made were it not for Waltz as Hans Landa.
See No Evil Hear No Evil
Released in 1989, 'See No Evil Hear No Evil' is one of our older entries for movies to watch on Netflix with Dad. It has aged like a fine wine thanks to the timeless, hilarious performances of leads Gene Wilder and Richard Pryor, and their magnificent chemistry. Pryor plays a blind man while Wilder's character is deaf. The two make friends and eventually get accidentally caught up in a crime caper when they (sort of) witness a murder. A high concept movie expertly executed.
Referring to this gem as 'Ghostbusters set in the west of Ireland' does the trick, but it's so much more than that. For this writer's money, it's not only the best Irish comedy to come out of 2019. It's also the funniest movie of that year. A driving instructor is reluctantly sucked back into her alternative career of communicating with ghosts; at the same time, a one-hit wonder singer makes a deal with the devil.
Straight Outta Compton
This biographical flick depicts the rise and fall of the rap group N.W.A and its members Eazy-E, Ice Cube, and Dr. Dre. It came three years before 'Bohemian Rhapsody'. Thus you can argue that it was this movie (not the controversial Queen biopic) that revived interest in the musical biopic. Cast members O'Shea Jackson Jr., Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins, Aldis Hodge and Neil Brown Jr. all impress.
Basketball got some major hype on Netflix in 2020 between docuseries 'The Last Dance' and '90s classic 'Space Jam' being recently added - and 'Space Jam: A New Legacy' is on the way. If you can't get enough of that content, 'Coach Carter' is a great one to check out. Samuel L Jackson plays the real life figure, who benches his team of high school players when they break their academic contracts with him.
The place is Moscow, the year is 1953 and after being in power for nearly 30 years, Soviet dictator Joseph Stalin dies after an inconveniently brief illness. Amid the shock, the members of the Council of Ministers engage in a chaotic bid for power. Armando Iannucci's political satire stars Andrea Riseborough, Jason Isaacs, Rupert Friend, Simon Russell Beale, Steve Buscemi, Jeffrey Tambor and Michael Palin. It will have you laughing until you cry.
Da 5 Bloods
If you're looking for something a bit longer, but still throughly compelling, to sink your teeth into Spike Lee's 'Da 5 Bloods' is now on Netflix. According to our review, "Spike Lee's follow-up to 'Blackkklansman' is another sharply-realised, evocative drama." It is a "striking historical drama that earnestly attempts to confront the demons of war and the legacies they leave behind." This was the major shut-out movie of this year's Oscars.
The Blues Brothers
Among the best movies on Netflix to watch with Dad, we had to pick 'The Blues Brothers'. It's got everything - great music, impressive cameos, neat suits, and a whole lotta laughs. John Belushi and Dan Aykroyd play the titular Jakes siblings. They are "on a mission from God" to get their band back together and raise money to save an orphanage.
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Music has always been a major component in the Coens' output, none more evident than 'O, Brother Where Art Thou'? and its use of bluegrass music. Only the Coens would attempt to retell Homer's 'Odyssey' in the Depression-era South, yet that instinctive choice of both subject and setting feels like it was preordained. The era was known for having huge names like Ulysses Everett McGill and Menelaus 'Pappy' O'Daniel and the idea of John Goodman playing a club-wielding, Bible-selling cyclops is too good to pass up.
In 'Cape Fear', Robert DeNiro plays Max Cady, a tattooed rapist, recently released from prison. His public defender, Nick Nolte, is now living an idyllic life with his wife and teenage daughter. After Nolte botched DeNiro's defence and made sure he went to prison, DeNiro's character returns to seek vengeance on him. Directed by Martin Scorsese, the film harks back to the original, as well as drawing influence from Alfred Hitcock and other 1960's thrillers. It goes on a little bit and DeNiro can be accused of, well, over-acting. Nevertheless, it's a gritty, nerve-wracking thriller and one of the best films Scorsese and DeNiro worked on together.
My Octopus Teacher
'My Octopus Teacher' deservedly came away from the Oscars with the Best Documentary award. Sure that's a genre that some are uninterested in. But this film feels more akin to 'Charlotte's Web' crossed with Disney Pixar, than a high-brow doc. The gorgeous, highly emotive feature depicts the unusual friendship that develops between a filmmaker and an octopus in a South African kelp forest. Get ready for 85 minutes of pure movie magic.
A Los Angeles taxi driver picks up a sharp-suited fare. He is shocked when a dead body almost plunges through his windscreen during the first stop on the journey. The enigmatic passenger then reveals he is a hitman with four more contracts to carry out before the night is over, and forces the driver to help him. Michael Mann's thriller stars Tom Cruise and Jamie Foxx and is a thrilling watch from start to finish.