For Father's Day weekend, we're recommending a whole bunch of flicks to watch with your old man. 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!
No Country for Old Men
The critically-acclaimed Oscar-winning neo-Western 'No Country for Old Men' was added to Netflix just recently. It's led by a trio of great performances in Tommy Lee Jones, Javier Bardem (in the role that made him a star) and Josh Brolin. It follows a hitman who puts fate's hands into the toss of a coin, a county sheriff, and a man caught in the middle of them.
Almost everyone has seen 'The Hangover' at this stage. But it's just one of those comedies you can watch over and over. Bradley Cooper, Ed Helms and Zach Galifianakis play three friends (well, two of them are friends anyway) at a bachelor party gone wrong. Having lost their memories of the night before, and the groom, they retrace their steps with hilarious consequences.
An oldie but a goodie. You could even do a double bill of this and 'The Irishman', also starring Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci. Ray Liotta plays real life gangster Henry Hill whose marriage and relationship with crime partners Jimmy Conway and Tommy DeVito proves ever eventful and dramatic. That's putting it mildly. Expect threat, violence and a whole lotta F-bombs.
Most know Viggo Mortensen as the heroic Aragorn, son of Arathorn, from the 'Lord of the Rings' trilogy. In this feature, the actor proves he is a chameleon as he plays the father and teacher of six children as they live out their lives in the forests of the Pacific Northwest. Mortensen earned nods for the Oscars, Golden Globes and BAFTAs for his performance.
Enter the Dragon
If you and Dad are in the mood for some action, you should check out one of the definitive examples of the genre. The legendary Bruce Lee died tragically at the age of 32 less than a week before its release in 1973. The movie became one of the highest-grossing films that year. 'Enter the Dragon' sees Lee turn spy as he enters a martial arts competition to gather evidence against a drug lord.
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 last year. It was the funniest movie of 2019. 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 musical biopic 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', so there you go - it was this movie (not the controversial Queen biopic) that revived interest in the genre. Cast members O'Shea Jackson Jr., Jason Mitchell, Corey Hawkins, Aldis Hodge and Neil Brown Jr. all impress.
Basketball seems to be all the hype on Netflix right now between docuseries 'The Last Dance' and '90s classic 'Space Jam' being recently added. 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.
This is one of the newer movie entries on our list but the Matt Damon starrer has definitely earned its status as a modern classic. Dubbed "'Cast Away' in space', the sci fi feature follows Damon's astronaut character's fight for survival on Mars after being accidentally left behind during a space mission.
Da 5 Bloods
If you're looking for something brand new to check out on the streaming service, Spike Lee's 'Da 5 Bloods' has just been added. 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."
The Man from U.N.C.L.E.
Dodgy accents aside, 'The Man from U.N.C.L.E.' is actually a lot of fun. It's Guy Ritchie's last great movie, if we're perfectly honest. The spy movie stars Henry Cavill and Armie Hammer as a CIA agent and KGB operative working together on a mission during the Cold War. There's a lot of humour and some terrific set pieces here.
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.
Before collaborating on 'The Equaliser', director Antoine Fuqua worked with Denzel Washington in 'Training Day'. Denzel ended up winning the Best Actor Oscar for his ruthless, haunting performance. He plays a Los Angeles, seasoned, crooked cop showing a rookie (played by Ethan Hawke) the ropes. It all takes place in the space of 24 hours.
'The Raid' - called 'The Raid: Redemption' on Netflix - and its sequel are up there alongside the 'John Wick' trilogy as the best action movies of the past decade. If your dad likes the first one, you know what to put on next. The Indonesian flick stars Iko Uwais as a member of a squad sent in to infiltrate a high-rise building controlled by a drug dealer. But it's a trap!
Coming to America
As long as all movies arrive on schedule (as up in the air as that is at the moment), the 'Coming to America' sequel - known as 'Coming 2 America' - should arrive this December. Thus it's worth re-watching the laugh-out-loud funny 1980's predecessor. Eddie Murphy plays an African prince who goes to find a wife and queen in, well, Queens, New York.