Father son film relationships can be touching and poignant, loving, hateful, resentful, educational and protective. One thing they are not is boring. The idea of showing a father-son relationship on film can bring in many movie goers who end up getting emotionally involved with what they see on screen. Also they can make most men weep at the drop of a hat.
Nothing In Common (1986)
David Basner (Tom Hanks) is a successful advertising executive. Just as he meets and woos exotic Cheryl Ann Wane (Sela Ward), Basner's father and his mother split up. Max Basner (Jackie Gleason) is fading he has problems that he has hidden from his wife and now hides from his son. While the two don't have much in common and don't appear to like each other very much, they do love each other. Very touching and poignant work by Hanks and the legendary Gleason.
Road To Perdition (2002)
Another vehicle for Tom Hanks in the father-son category. Mike Sullivan (Hanks) is a hit man and works for crime boss John Rooney (Paul Newman). Sullivan's son, Mike Jr. (Tyler Hoechlin) idolizes his father and wants to go with him on every "business trip" he takes. While the father can't and won't take his son with him, the son follows him out of the house one night and watches his father kill a man. Both the father and son are in danger since the son is a witness and Rooney can't afford to leave any loose ends.
The Lion King (1994)
Don't scoff at a cartoon being on this list because it is one of the most successful animated movies of all time. Mufasa (James Earl Jones) is the Lion King and his son Simba (Jonathan Taylor-Thomas and Matthew Broderick) is heir to the throne. However, Simba's uncle Scar (Jeremy Irons) is resentful of both Mufasa and Simba and plots their death. He successfully kills Mufasa but Simba returns to avenge his father and become the new Lion King.
Field of Dreams (1989)
An Iowa corn farmer named Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) hears a voice in his dreams telling him to build a baseball field in the middle of his cornfields. He cannot ignore the voice and goes to great lengths to find out what the dream really means. He enlists the help of author Terrance Mann (James Earl Jones) to help him understand the true meaning and he ultimately builds his "Field of Dreams" and ancient ball players come back to life to play on it, including Kinsella's father John (Dwier Brown).
Big Daddy (1999)
comedy Sonny Koufax (Adam Sandler) is a lazy law school graduate whose girlfriend is sick and tired of him because he doesn't do anything except sit on his butt all day. He attempts to adopt a 5-year-old boy to impress her, but Koufax's father Lenny (Joseph Bologna) gets wind of his son's scheme and tries to prevent his son from raising the boy because he believes he is too irresponsible to help such a youngster. While Sonny knows his dad has every right to think badly of him, the presence of young Julian McGrath (played by Cole and Dylan Sprouse) helps turn the ne'er do well into a new man.
Indiana Jones and The Last Crusade (1989)
In this chapter of the successful series Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford) has to rescue his father Henry Jones (Sean Connery), who has been captured by the Nazis. Like Indiana Jones, Henry is also an archeologist researching the Holy Grail when he is captured. Indiana Jones goes through incredible and death-defying adventures in order to save his father, and the world, from Nazi domination.
Big Fish (2003)
Edward Bloom (Albert Finney) is dying of cancer. His son Will (Billy Crudup) has not spoken to him for years. However, Will tries to learn more about his father's life by piecing together the tales he has heard through the years and understanding what his father's life has been about. The more he learns about what his father has done, the more he understands the man he has been estranged from for so many years.