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Movies have always been a way for my dad and I to spend time together and even get to know each other a little better. We’ve probably watched the original Total Recall about 1,000 times and come up with a new theory after every single viewing. And The Sandlot? Forget about it—my dad gets so nostalgic that I look forward to watching it with him just to hear stories from his own childhood (even the ones I already know by heart).
So if you’re looking for a memorable afternoon with a parent on Father’s Day (or just want a good pick to watch solo), there’s nothing better than getting comfy with some snacks and settling in for a movie marathon. Not sure what to watch? We scoured Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, and HBO Go for the best picks to stream. Whoever you’ll be watching with, these are all guaranteed to offer some major bonding time, inspire a healthy debate (or two), and may even get someone to open up and share a story you haven’t heard before.
1. For a Good Debate: Jurassic Park (Netflix)
Maybe it’s just in my house, but this movie always incites an epic conversation of “could this really happen?” and what dinosaur would we most want to encounter if we got our hands on some “Dino DNA!”
2. To Remember Your Favorite Epic Bedtime Stories: The Princess Bride (Netflix)
I’m jealous that I didn’t come up with this epic tale of a peasant on a mission to win over his true love.
3. For Any Parent Who Loves to Talk About “The Good Ol’ Days”: The Sandlot (Netflix)
“You’re killing me, Smalls” if you haven’t watched this feel-good flick. It’s about a group of friends who play pick-up games of baseball at—where else?—the sandlot and all of their coming-of-age adventures. Guaranteed to get people talking about their own glory days as a kid for sure!
If you don’t know that reference, don’t admit that. Just watch this movie stat and revel in all the hilariously quotable lines (we guarantee dads know them all).
5. If Your Family Believes We’re Not Alone: E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (Netflix)
Remember watching E.T with your mom or dad as a kid? We dare you not to cry when Eliot brings E.T. back to life right before one of the most epic movie finales ever. It’s all about bringing back that child-like wonder every time you re-watch this classic.
6. For Anyone Who Loves Jack: Batman (Netflix)
Jack Nicholson fans are in for a treat with this Michael Keaton Batman flick. His take on The Joker is one of the greatest—and you can debate after on how you think Jared Leto will compare in the role when Suicide Squad opens later this summer.
7. For the Parent Who’s Still a Kid at Heart: Who Framed Roger Rabbit (Netflix)
When this movie hit theaters in 1988, it was a game changer thanks to the brilliant mix of animation and a good old fashion (live action) caper. Marvel at how well this film still holds up—and it’s legit super funny!
8. For the Sports-Loving Family: Major League (Netflix)
Charlie Sheen stars in this story of a baseball team full of misfits who are actually supposed to lose, but end up winning and winning big. Who doesn’t love a good underdog story? And if you can’t make it to a ballgame on Sunday, this is the next best thing (and way more entertaining).
9. For Anyone Who Has the “Need for Speed”: Top Gun (Hulu)
Do you really need an excuse to watch this classic?
10. For the Parent Who Is All About Family: The Godfather Epic (HBO Go)
The Godfather and The Godfather II are arguably two of the best movies ever made, so this edit is pretty incredible and tells the saga of the Corleone family chronologically.
11. For Those Who Love Star Wars in Any Form: Spaceballs (HBO Go)
Sadly, Star Wars: A New Hope, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jeidi, or even The Force Awakens are not available for streaming. But having the “Schwartz” be with you is kinda the next best thing, no?
PS: These classics aren’t available for streaming, but if you own them already, we highly recommend popping them on: National Lampoon’s Vacation, The Jerk, Caddyshack, Field of Dreams, Father of the Bride, and, of course, Total Recall!
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