Fathers in Movies

Ranging from wholesome to menacing, the fathers in these films illustrate a tale worth seeing. They are available to borrow from the Lititz Public Library.

The DescendantsThe Descendants (2011)
An indifferent husband and father of two girls is forced to re-examine his past and wrestle with his future when his wife suffers a boating accident.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
When his father is kidnapped by the Nazis to help with their search for the Holy Grail, an adventurer follows a trail into the deserts of the Middle East to save the day.

Boyhood (2014)
Shot intermittently over a twelve-year-period, the film shares the story of growing up as seen through the eyes of a boy who ages from six to eighteen.

Taken (2008)
When his seventeen-year-old daughter is kidnapped by gang members in Paris, an ex-CIA agent uses his special skills and contacts to get her back and seek his revenge.

Finding NemoFinding Nemo (2003)
A fretful father clown fish becomes separated from his young son and embarks on a dangerous trek to find him.

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
In a racially divided Alabama town in the 1930s, a widowed lawyer agrees to defend a young black man accused of attacking a white woman, teaching his children valuable lessons about prejudice and empathy.

Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
When his wife walks out, a father and his six-year-old son have a chance to really get to know each other, but the situation changes when the child’s mother wants her son back.

The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
In 1981, a father and son struggle through homelessness, jail time, tax seizure and punishing despair in the man’s quest to secure a lucrative career as a stockbroker.

Fiddler on the RoofFiddler on the Roof (1971)
A poor milkman in czarist Russian strives to maintain balance between providing for his five unmarried daughters, mounting financial strain and growing anti-Semitism.

Frequency (2000)
A man, who discovers the ability to talk to his father who has been dead for thirty years, attempts to change the past and sets in motion a string of brutal, unsolved murders.

Cinderella Man (2005)
Against all odds, a fighter during the Depression triumphs over the heavyweight champ.

It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)
A man is saved from a suicide attempt by an angel and is then shown how important he is to the people who love him.

Little Miss SunshineLittle Miss Sunshine (2006)
Circumstances conspire to put an entire dysfunctional family on the road together with the goal of getting their daughter to the Little Miss Sunshine contest in California.

The Shining (1980)
When a couple takes a job as hotel caretakers for the winter, their young son’s psychic powers bring out the evil in the old hotel.

The Great Santini (1979)
A tough career marine, disappointed that he has no war to fight, runs his household like a boot camp to the distress of his emotionally-torn son.

Definitely, Maybe (2008)
When his ten-year-old daughter starts to question him about his life before marriage, a Manhattan dad in the midst of a divorce shares the stories of his romantic relationships with three very different women.

MEET THE PARENTSMeet the Parents (2000)
A man plans to propose to his girlfriend while they are visiting her parents, but he must first ask her father for permission.

Houseboat (1958)
A widowed government attorney living on a houseboat with three unruly children hires a governess and ends up falling in love with her.

December 7, 2018