Dads have not always been portrayed as amazing in pop culture, but there are some movies that just get it right. We love the dads in these movies because they are genuine, inadequate and (most of all) they put their children first. If you burn on books about what to expect, take a break, you can motivate with these, watch movies for new dads.
Steve Martin steals the show in this heartwarming family drama that looks at the good, the bad and the ugly of raising the children. This film digs into the soul of the father and emphasizes that no matter how bad it seems at the time when all matches are ultimately worth it. And if you never thought you would perform a birthday party cowboy-for-hire to help your child save your face, this movie will change you.
Strive for happiness
Tear-jerker alert! This will make you cry (no matter how much you pretend it's just "something in your eye.") Will Smith plays an unfaithful dad who is willing to do anything to give the life he believes son deserves. It is inspiring, hopeful and a real story about the power of being a dad.
Three men and one baby
You may be worried about feeling as out-of-water as these unfortunate friends do when they meet an unexpected bambino at their doorstep. But just as they came to benefits, you will also come. Singing Goodnight Sweetheart at bedtime is an easy to begin night ritual. Plus, it will be decades before your kids ever discover where this nice bedtime routine came from!
Life like a house
Teens can feel far, far away, but they will be here before you know it. It's never too early to start preparing yourself. This is a moving movie about a desperate dad who tries to unite with his troubled teenage son. Without giving too much away, a diagnosis is what kicks off his last ditch. This movie is a great reminder that it's never too late to be the father your kid needs.
To kill a mockingbird
Atticus Finch was a trailblazer. He may be the original lonely father, and he does it wonderfully. Atticus never misses the opportunity to teach his children (especially daughter Scout) life lessons. And he does not go back from the difficult questions. While it may be scary to compare you with the incomparable Gregory Peck, you are not sweating. Just follow Attic's example of honesty and courage for adversity, and you'll be fine.
This is to make you feel better about yourself. No matter what you're doing like a new father, chances are it will be better than Nic Cage's unfortunate character in this annoying comedy. (And not just because you did not commit a felony to being dad.) But despite all the bad decisions that led to paternity, Cage finally makes the right of his baby, and we know you're coming too.
You have years of Disney movies in your future, so why not warm up with one of the most engaging of all? In addition, this one has a far-son duo, which is not always easy to find. When a little Nemo is shooting beyond his father's strict limits, a dangerous adventure comes. But no matter how scary things are, Nemo's dad never gets up. And it's a paternal example worth watching.
One of the most amazing things about having a baby is how it becomes your parents to grandparents. And it is one of the most challenging. Well, spell up and use this crazy comedy as a model for how you do not. Our favorite lesson (between laughter) is how important it is for new dads to shake off their own paper cloak to become the dads they need to be. It's not easy, but everyone, including your daddy, will benefit from this brave, fatherly move.
World War Z
If you are not fully prepared for parenting, you may be even less prepared for the zombie apocalypse. But before you just give up, let Brad Pitt show you how it's done. Not only does Pitts character park, but he does it without skipping a beat like a protective cardboard bear. You may not need to meet the undead, but we know that you will be able to send out the challenges that threaten your little one as well.
National Lampoon's Vacation
Let's admit it, Clark Griswold is the father we all wish we had and the father we all want to be. Sure, he's not perfect – but nobody tries to harder. And try, when it comes straight to it, is a big part of being a great parent. Clark sets his family first and goes to ridiculous lengths to create memories that his children will take care of for the rest of their lives. If this is the only movie you use to model your own rejection of paternity, you will be in good hands.