Are you one of the millions of single dads in America that will be celebrating Father’s Day this year? If so, this list is for you. It’s a brief rundown of five films that focus on fathers that are raising children without partners. Some of the films on the list may make you cry. Others may make you cheer. However, one thing is certain. All of them will undoubtedly remind you of your children. Here they are:
“Kramer vs. Kramer” (1979)
For all those single fathers that have ever had to endure a custody battle, director Robert Benton’s film “Kramer vs. Kramer” is for you. But be warned, it is a film that is likely to leave you awash in emotions and reaching for a box of tissues. Its storyline focuses on a dad that starts out like the one immortalized in Harry Chapin’s song “Cat’s in the Cradle” and ends up being one of the best fictional dads on the planet. If you ask me, the final elevator scene is a real tear-jerker. It starred Dustin Hoffman and Justin Henry.
“I Am Sam” (2001)
Speaking of gut-wrenching custody battles, I felt compelled to place director Jessie Nelson’s film “I Am Sam” onto my list as well. Its storyline focuses on a man with cognitive deficits and his daughter. Unfortunately for him, he finds himself in a custody battle with the state. During the course of that battle, he fights with a passion that will most assuredly touch your heart. At least it left me bawling like a baby. In my opinion, one of the most emotional scenes took place in the courtroom. The movie starred Sean Penn and Dakota Fanning.
I also felt compelled to put director Gary David Goldberg’s film “Dad” onto my list too. Its storyline focuses on a son that must care for his ailing father after his mother experiences a health crisis. Like “Kramer vs. Kramer” it’s another one that’s apt to leave you with dampness around the eyes and a warm feeling in the heart. For me, one of the most poignant scenes takes place towards the end of the film at the hospital. It starred Ted Danson and Jack Lemmon.
Director Pierre Morel’s movie “Taken” is definitely one worth watching on Father’s Day too. Its storyline focuses on a single dad whose daughter is kidnapped. What he does to the people that perpetrated the crime will undoubtedly leave you cheering. Personally, I found the entire film riveting. However, if I had to pick one notable scene it would have to be the phone conversation that he initially has with the kidnapper. The film starred Laim Neeson and Maggie Grace.
“The Pursuit of Happyness” (2006)
The last flick to make my list is director Gabriele Muccino’s movie “The pursuit of Happyness.” Its storyline focuses on a single dad and his son. At the start of the movie, they find themselves in an incredibly challenging spot. They end up homeless and dealing with a social service system that’s better suited for single moms than dads. In the end, the main character eventually changes his situation for the better. I thought that it was an incredibly inspirational film, especially since it was based on a true story. It starred Will and Jaden Smith.
Source: Personal Experience
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