Yesterday, Alexandra MacAaron paid tribute to the father of the small screen, Mike Brady of The Brady Bunch. Following her cue, in this week’s Wednesday Five we share with you five iconic films featuring fathers of the big screen. Gather the family together for these beautiful stories about fatherhood and strong father figures whose children are at the center of their lives. Most of these films you can readily stream online via Netflix, iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, etc.

And, in the comments below, let us know who your favorite fathers in film are.


I Am Sam

Sam Dawson (Sean Penn), a man with a developmental disability, is the single father of Lucy (Dakota Fanning) following their abandonment by her mother. He hires a lawyer, Rita Harrison (Michelle Pfeiffer),  to help fight for the right to raise his daughter and secure his parental rights.


Mrs. Doubtfire

Although the film might be deemed a comedy, the lengths that Robin Williams’s character, a recently divorced dad, goes to in order to ensure that his children make it through his divorce is both thoroughly moving and a lesson in putting our children first.


 The Pursuit of Happyness

In our humble opinion, this has been Will Smith’s best role yet; he plays a salesman, Chris Gardner, going through a nearly one-year struggle with homelessness and the responsibilities of fatherhood. It’s also a treat to watch Smith onscreen with his son, Jaden Smith, who made his debut with this film. 


Father of the Bride

Stanley T. Banks (Spencer Tracy) is a proud daddy whose world and wallet get torn asunder by the looming wedding day of his only daughter. But watch him go to any lengths to make sure that she has the most memorable day.


Life Is Beautiful

As parents, we all want to make the world a better place for our children, but what happens when the whole world is against you? In his role as Guido, Roberto Benigni attempts to shield his little boy from the horrors of the Holocaust by convincing him that the WW II concentration camp they are living in is just a game.

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