If dad wants to sit and laze around on Father’s Day, he deserves it – and you can help him unwind by programming a movie marathon thanks to some of the classic movies currently streaming on Netflix.
From action movies to classic comedies to war epics, Netflix has a pretty solid selection that we think dads of all stripes will love, even if they’ve already seen it a million times.
Host: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
You and your dad may have memorized every line of this classic Will Ferrell comedy (“Am I Ron Burgundy?”), but that won’t stop you from watching it for the 124th time. The misadventures of the Channel 4 news team never disappoint. “Sixty percent of the time it works every time.”
Dad loves beer, so why not have a party? Team Supersoldier brings you this comedy about two brothers who travel to Germany for Oktoberfest only to stumble upon a centuries-old secret competition described as “Fight Club” with beer games.
Book of Eli
Denzel Washington always does his job. In this post-apocalyptic tale, he plays a loner who makes his way across America to protect a sacred book that holds the secrets of humanity’s salvation.
Daniel Craig’s first appearance as 007 changed the James Bond franchise and the way Hollywood made action films. Strong and thoughtful Craig in the form of a secret agent instantly made him one of the most popular.
A failed mid-air heist leads to suitcases full of money being scouted by various groups across the Rocky Mountains, and climbing expert Sylvester Stallone has to save the day. An underrated action movie from the early ’90s pitting Stallone against… John Lithgow. Impressive mountain photos are everywhere. Starring Alabama native Michael Rooker.
What dad doesn’t love is Martin Scorsese’s best movie about an undercover cop and a police mole trying to identify each other while infiltrating an Irish gang in South Boston. Starring Leonardo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Mark Wahlberg, Vera Farmiga, Martin Sheen and Alec Baldwin.
Dumb and Dumber
Laugh like an idiot as you watch a pair of idiots go on a cross-country road trip to return a mysterious briefcase to a client. Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels make an unexpectedly perfect comedic duo in the Farrelly Brothers classic.
An Arnold Schwarzenegger film on Father’s Day? Affirmative. Here he plays a witness protection specialist who is suspicious of his colleagues when dealing with high-tech weapons. Starring James Caan and Vanessa Williams.
The Oscar-winning film adaptation of Winston Groom’s novel by Robert Zemeckis tells the incredible fictional story of a good-natured Alabama man who witnesses and participates in many of the defining events of American history in the second half of the 20th century in a series of poignant episodes. in which it touches the lives of many who least expected it. It won six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor (Tom Hanks), and grossed nearly $700 million worldwide.
Cannons of Navarone
A team of allied saboteurs is tasked with an impossible mission: to infiltrate an impenetrable Nazi-held Greek island and destroy two huge long-range field guns that are preventing the rescue of 2,000 trapped British soldiers. Starring Gregory Peck, David Niven and Anthony Quinn.
Adam Sandler plays a rejected hockey player who uses his skills on the golf course to save his grandmother’s house in this hilarious comedy that your father loves, especially when Happy beats up Bob Barker, uh, I think it’s the other way around.
Harold and Kumar go to the White Castle
A Korean-American office worker and his Indian-American friend go looking for White Castle burgers. John Cho and Kal Penn bring us a stoner classic with an unexpected and outrageous cameo by Neil Patrick Harris.
Hell or high water
A divorced father and his older brother, an ex-con, resort to a desperate plan to save their family’s West Texas ranch. Yellowstone creator Taylor Sheridan wrote an Oscar-nominated contemporary western about bandits on the run and grizzled Texas Rangers on their tail.
In the line of fire
Clint Eastwood plays a seasoned Secret Service agent who must stop an aspiring assassin of the president in this epic 90s thriller starring Rene Russo and Academy Award nominee John Malkovich in a truly macabre performance.
The Last Samurai
Tom Cruise plays an American military advisor who keeps the samurai culture alive, which he was hired to destroy after he was captured in combat. If he doesn’t like this historical drama yet, tell him that this is one of Nick Saban’s favorite films.
Liam Neeson Marathon: Ice Road, Unknown, Tombstone Walk
It’s very likely that your father loves Liam Neeson movies, so you can check out the trilogy of the latest cars in which the actor is at the height of his fame after Kidnapped.
You can stream the first, second and fourth (Ghost Protocol) installments of Tom Cruise’s exciting franchise, featuring some of the greatest stunts you’ll ever see on screen.
Mel Gibson plays a peaceful farmer who leads a colonial militia during the American Revolution when a sadistic British officer murders his son. Heath Ledger and Jason Isaacs star in this thrilling period piece from Roland Emmerich. For some reason, neither buildings nor planets explode.
Professional football forwards force owners to hire replacements in this underdog comedy starring Keanu Reeves as quarterback Shane Falco, one of the biggest names in sports movies. And Gene Hackman as head coach? Dad couldn’t resist.
A river flows through it
The two sons of a stern minister grow up in rural 1920s Montana and fly fishermen. One of in great dad movies, Robert Redford’s thoughtful coming-of-age story remains a bittersweet experience for fathers to share with their children. It stars Craig Sheffer, Brad Pitt, Tom Skerritt and Brenda Blethyn.
Saving Private Ryan
Tom Hanks plays a tormented US Army Ranger captain who leads a squad in search of a paratrooper, the last surviving brother of four children, three other brothers died in action. Intense and brutal, perhaps the most realistic depiction of a World War II battle on screen, Steven Spielberg’s tribute to those who served remains perhaps the best of its genre. Dad knows that in 1998 his best painting was stolen from him!
Stay with me
Rob Reiner’s touching take on Stephen King’s The Body tells the story of four boys who go looking for the dead body of a missing boy in the late 1950s. A must see for teenagers coming of age, and possibly the first R-rated movie your dad showed you years ago.
Brad Pitt kicks some sort of Trojan tail while they aim for the heel in a loose and mostly entertaining adaptation of Wolfgang Peterson’s The Iliad. An enlarged Pitt smolders for three hours as stars Eric Bana, Orlando Bloom, Diane Kruger, Brian Cox and Peter O’Toole chew on the set in this epic tale of combat and swordplay.
War of the Worlds
Tom Cruise plays a father desperate to protect his two children from an alien invasion in Steven Spielberg’s imaginative adaptation of H. G. Wells’ book of the same name. A sci-fi film from one of the greatest directors of all time, exploring fatherhood with breathtaking poignancy.