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5 action-packed Father’s Day films your dad won’t fall asleep to

By SAAB LARIOSA Published Jun 02, 2021 8:21 pm

Picture this: you and your father are spending time together to watch a film to celebrate Father’s Day.

Before long, you hear a familiar snoozing sound—you guessed it—he’s already fallen fast asleep. To curb this natural dad phenomenon, we’ve gathered some of the most thrilling and mind-blowing dad-themed action films and trilogies that you and your dad can enjoy together this Father’s Day. 

No dozing off guaranteed—well, hopefully.


Director: Christopher Nolan

Release: 2014

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Anne Hathaway, Michael Caine, and Jessica Chastain

This modern classic by Nolan is a sci-fi piece that won't just leave you and dad in tears, but also discussing and coming up with theories long after the credits roll.

There are some quiet moments though but they're there to fill the gap left between the movie's mysterious moments, not to lull your dad to an otherworldly nap.


Directors: Matthew Vaughn

Release: 2010

Cast: Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Chloë Grace Moretz, Christopher Mintz-Plasse, and Nicolas Cage

Way before the dawn of the jam-packed superhero franchises, this little-movie-that-could blew open the possibilities of superhero films in the 20th century.

If you and your dad have moved past Marvel's bloated arsenal and looking for something new, Kick-Ass is the ideal stand-alone film to catch up on.

Star Wars trilogies

Here come the movies that introduced the daddy of all Daddy Issues—Darth Vader. What's ideal about the Star Wars series is that you and your dad can happily revel in the nostalgia of the Original Trilogy, poke fun and enjoy the Prequel Trilogy, or spur a neverending debate about J.J. Abrams' Sequel Trilogy.

The possibilities, much like the divisive films, are endless.

Taken trilogy

Directors: Pierre Morel (Taken) and Olivier Megaton (Taken 2 and Taken 3)

Release: 2009 - 2014

Cast: Liam Neeson, Luc Besson, Maggie Grace, and Famke Janssen

Taking father-daughter love to a whole new level, Taken follows former CIA officer Bryan Mills (Neeson) as he reverts to his total badass self in order to save his daughter.

We may not all have the Liam Neeson type as a father, but that downright dedication is something we can relate to—even if the only thing your dad is fighting is the urge to sleep.

How To Train Your Dragon trilogy

Directors: Chris Sanders and Dean DeBlois

Release: 2010 - 2019

Cast: Jay Baruchel, America Ferrera, Gerard Butler, and Kristen Wiig

Hear us out. Though one could write this off as another animated film trilogy, How To Train Your Dragon has a hidden heart in it.

This Dreamworks flick has enough action, humor, and heartwarming father-son moments to tug at your heartstrings and enjoy its animation at the same time. Who knows, you might even lure out the sugary sweet side of your father while you're at it.