While you ponder what to do during those quiet days in the holidays, here are our five best films from the 1990s all about fathers.
Okay, so this might seem like an odd entry, but it shows that parenting is not just about blood, it’s about sacrifice and commitment. John Connor has never known his father, but while a lot of his time is spent shooting a liquid metal robot from the future, Arnold Schwarzenegger’s android is the closest thing he’ll know. And their relationship is beautiful.
Yes, it’s hilarious thanks to a brilliant performance by Robin Williams. But it’s also one of the most painful and honest movies about divorce you will see.
At its heart is a father whose wife has fallen out of love with him, but is still desperate to raise his kids. Things go a bit bonkers, but that central theme endures.
Most people don’t seem to have seen this incredibly subversive black comedy – for families, I think? – from the beginning of the decade.
It’s about a dad who adopts a difficult kid (the child is literally penpals with a serial killer) and is challenged by his offspring at every turn. BUT…he realises what the boy needs most is unconditional love and sets out to provide it. It’s quite weird, slightly terrifying, very funny and will make you think what your sons and daughters try to get away with is chickenfeed.
An excellent, gritty sports drama directed by Spike Lee about a convict given the chance to reconnect with his basketball prodigy son.
Dealing head on with poverty, the corruption around college sports and how flawed fathers build – or fracture – relationships with their children, Denzel Washington is fantastic as the antihero, alongside former NBA player Ray Allen.
You don’t see Daniel Kaffee’s (Tom Cruise) dad in this film, but his presence is felt throughout, thanks to the chip his son has on his shoulder. Not only is this Aaron Sorkin screenplay a brilliant movie, it’s about the pressures we put on ourselves as offspring and how important it is not to be consumed by it. Forge your own path.