20 Movie Ideas for Dads and Daughters to Watch Together

A daughter’s relationship with his father can have a significant impact on her psychological development. Women who have a positive relationship with their fathers have the unique chance to reflect on joyful memories as they get older. Paternal bond not only enriches her childhood memories but also influences her future conduct towards other men. If a girl’s father is erratic or entirely absent by nature, she may develop low self-esteem and have difficulty trusting males in general. As a result, every parent should recognize and appreciate the significance of a father’s involvement in a girl’s life.

Weekend movie evenings with your daughter are a fantastic way to spend quality time together; nothing beats snuggling up to watch your favorite movie. Furthermore, watching movies with your daughter is a simple and inexpensive leisure activity that will strengthen your paternal bond. So, prepare your snack, set your favorite movie, and relax!

20 Films That’ll Make A Fantastic Bonding Experience for Every Father-Daughter Duo

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#1 Mulan

Recommended age: 5+

Fathers should be aware that, while Mulan is a Disneyfied version of a Chinese fairy tale, parts of Chinese culture and history are accurate. It also provides young viewers with a strong female heroine. In the end, this is a narrative of endurance, cooperation, and courage that will undoubtedly bring tears to the eyes of fathers and daughters throughout the world.

#2 How to Kill a Mockingbird

Recommended age: 10+

The tale of the Finch family is recounted in this film, which is based on Harper Lee’s renowned novel of the same name. In Maycomb, where Atticus Finch lives with his two younger daughters, Jem and Scout, during the Great Depression. Atticus chooses to defend a black guy who has been wrongly convicted of murder in court. While many aspects of ‘To Kill a Mockingbird’ make it a classic, one of the most compelling is the bond between Atticus and Scout. How to Kill a Mockingbird is of the most realistic depictions of a father-daughter relationship, and Atticus Finch is the most exemplary father figure you will ever see.

#3 A Tree Grows in Brooklyn (1945)

Recommended age: 12+

The narrative of the Nolans, an Irish American family, striving to make ends meet, is set in 1912 Brooklyn. Katie is a diligent worker, but her husband is a squanderer. His daughter Francie, with whom he shares a close bond, idolizes him.  This film depicts a perfect illustration of how a father’s status affects his children’s lives and how parents would go to tremendous lengths to ensure their children’s happiness.

#4 Paper Moon (1973)

Recommended age: 10+

This film stars Ryan O’Neal and Tatum O’Neal, a real-life father-daughter duo, and tells the story of a con artist who tries to deceive others by posing as the father of a newly orphaned girl. On the other hand, the daughter notices his scheme to defraud others of their money and asks to be part of it.

#5 Leave no Trace (2018)

Recommended age: 12+

Will, is a PTSD sufferer who served in the Iraq War. As a result of his dilemma, he chooses to withdraw from society and settle on a nature reserve far from civilization. He brings his 13-year-old daughter with him, and the two spend some time alone. However, they are uncovered one day, and their lives take an unexpected turn.

#6 Heart Beat Loud (2018)

Recommended age: 10+

Frank Fisher’s business is in trouble. His record store isn’t bringing in any revenue. At the end of the summer, his daughter Sam will be leaving for college. Frank attempts to persuade his daughter to stay with him and pursue their mutual passion for music. People notice them after Frank surreptitiously uploads one of their songs on the Internet. Sam, on the other hand, has decided to attend college and study medicine. Frank has till the end of the summer to find a way around her.

#7 Toni Erdmann (2016)

Recommended age: 12+

The connection between a joker father and his estranged daughter is the subject of this German-Austrian film. Ines Conradi has a hectic schedule. She is engrossed in her work and has little time for her family.  On the other hand her father is a fascinating individual. He enjoys dressing up to deceive others and making jokes and pranks. He appears out of nowhere at Ines’ office one day, and she has to figure out how to deal with him. Her time with her father causes her to rethink her life choices.

#8 Interstellar (2014)

Recommended age:  10+

Interstellar, juggles a lot of ideas at once. It’s being marketed as a scientific film, and it is, for the most part. The film’s essence, though, remains in a father’s love for his daughter.

#9 On Golden Pond (1981)

Recommended age: 12+

This film stars Henry and Jane Fonda, a real-life father-daughter pairing, and depicts an elderly father seeking to mend a broken relationship with his daughter. His daughter thinks he’s too controlling and wants him to have less influence in her life. When she learns that her father is reaching the end of his life and is suffering from moderate dementia and other issues, she resolves to put these issues aside and work to repair their connection.

#10 Father of the Bride (1950)

Recommended age: 15+

The day of his daughter’s wedding is the one thing that troubles/bothers/worries a father. While most fathers are looking forward to this day, many are concerned about entrusting their daughter to someone else’s care.

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 #11 I am Sam (2001)

Recommended age: 10+

This film is about a guy with an intellectual handicap left to raise his daughter alone when his wife abandons them both. As his daughter gets older, she realizes that her father has a problem and is ridiculed for it by other kids. When Sam’s parenting abilities are called into question and his daughter was placed in foster care. Sam seeks to reclaim his daughter with the assistance of a lawyer and his pals.

#12 The Descendants (2011)

Recommended age: 12+

Matthew King is the trustee for a significant piece of property that his relatives wish to sell. Matthew is dealing with a highly complex situation at home in addition to the pressure from his relatives. His wife has been rendered unconscious due to an accident, and her relationship with another man has unexpectedly surfaced. Matthew now has to deal with his two dysfunctional daughters.

#13 Like Father (2018)

Recommended age: 18+

Rachel Hamilton has a highly successful career. She manages to balance a romance while also being engaged. However, when her fiancé abandons her at the altar, she is forced to pause and reflect on her life. She chooses to go on the honeymoon they had planned to regain control of herself. Unexpectedly, her estranged father joins her on this journey.

#14 Definitely, maybe (2008)

Recommended age: 9+

Ryan Reynolds portrays a devoted father to his 10-year-old daughter, curious about her parents’ love story. He begins by recounting the narrative and then introduces a mystery in which the daughter must figure out who her mother is.

#15 The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)

Recommended age: 18+

This film may not be the best representation of a father-daughter relationship. It does, however, demonstrate how a parent shapes his daughter’s behavior.

#16 Daddy (1991)

Recommended age: 8+

This is a narrative of a little girl who lives with her grandparents and receives unexplained phone calls from a man who simply says, “I love you.”

#17 Hanna (2011)

Recommended age: 16+

Hanna grew lived in the woods with her father, who began training her as an assassin when she was two years old. This father-daughter combo has an odd connection in which he encourages her to be self-sufficient in the face of hardship.

#18 Gifted (2017)

Recommended age: 8+

Frank, a single guy raising his brilliant niece, acts as Mary’s father. Mary becomes involved in a court struggle with Evelyn, his mother, over her custody. On the other hand, Evelyn will go to any length to ensure Mary finishes her mother’s task.

#19 The Game Plan (2007)

Recommended age: 8+

A single NFL quarterback finds he has an 8-year-old daughter from a prior relationship while enjoying the bachelor lifestyle.

#20 Miracle in Cell No. 7 (2013)

Recommended age:18+

An intellectually retarded father (Ryoo Seung-Ryong), who adores his daughter, is unjustly accused of a crime and sentenced to jail. His daughter Ye-Seung (Park Shin-Hye, a law student) later attempts to prove his innocence.

Movie Night Essentials

Popcorn and other movie snacks 

When planning out a dad and daughter movie night, it is essential that you have thoroughly planned out the night to make it perfect. Since these movie nights will likely stick with both of you and help grow your bond, making the environment enjoyable and memorable is necessary. Here are some essentials that will help elevate the movie night experience for you and your daughter.


Snacks are a must when watching a movie. Even when you go to a movie theater, you have the option of choosing between multiple snacks to bring with you into the movie theater. Similarly, snacks such as popcorn are great to have on hand. You can buy corn kernels and try to pop them on a stove or purchase the bagged variety that you can pop in the microwave. 

You can also include some sweet snacks with salty popcorn. Everyone loves cookies and chocolate, so having a little dessert snack will be perfect for this bonding experience. Ensure that the dessert you choose does not have too much sugar, or your daughter might find it hard to sit still for too long. 

A Beverage

When you have snacks, you also need something to wash it all down with. Depending on your daughter’s preference, you can choose to have water or some kind of juice. To make things fun, decide to serve the beverage in a fun cup that can be weirdly shaped or has a fun design. 

Matching Pajamas

Matching Pajama sets or a particular attire dedicated to movie nights can be a great way to get you and your daughter in the mood for a movie. Choosing that pajama set will also give you a chance to bond with your daughter. 


Paternal bond significantly affects a woman’s life as it helps create enriching memories and a secure sense of self. There are many ways that fathers can bond with their daughters, and one of the easiest ways is through dad-and-daughter movie nights. Such ritualistic routines can help bring stability to a child’s life and create a lifelong bond.