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Movies about Parents and Children

In connection with the Global Day of Parents, here are some movies about parent-child relationships recommended by UPF International staff.

The Blind Side
The story of Michael Oher, a homeless and traumatized boy who became an All American football player and first round NFL draft pick with the help of a caring woman and her family.
129 min  -  Biography | Drama | Sport  -  2009 (USA)

An accidental cross-time radio link connects father and son across 30 years. The son tries to save his father's life, but then must fix the consequences.
118 min  -  Crime | Drama | Sci-Fi  -  2000 (USA)

Hugo (available streaming on netflix)
Set in 1930s Paris, an orphan who lives in the walls of a train station is wrapped up in a mystery involving his late father and an automaton.
127 min - Mystery | Family - 2011 (USA)

Life Is Beautiful (Original title: "La vita è bella") (available streaming on netflix)
A Jewish man has a wonderful romance with the help of his humor, but must use that same quality to protect his son in a Nazi death camp.
116 min  -  Comedy | Drama | Romance  -  1999 (USA)

October Sky (available streaming on netflix)
The true story of Homer Hickam, a coal miner's son who was inspired by the first Sputnik launch to take up rocketry against his father's wishes.
108 min  -  Biography | Drama | Family  -  1999 (USA)

On Golden Pond
Norman Thayer, a retired professor, and Ethel have had a summer cottage on Golden Pond since early in their marriage. This summer their daughter Chelsea -- whom they haven't seen for years -- comes. Will father and daughter be able to communicate at last?
109 min  -  Drama  -  1982 (USA)

The Pursuit of Happyness
A struggling salesman takes custody of his son as he's poised to begin a life-changing professional endeavor.
117 min  -  Biography | Drama  -  2006 (USA)

The Sound of Music
A woman leaves an Austrian convent to become a governess to the children of a Naval officer widower.
174 min  -  Biography | Drama | Family  -  1965 (USA)

Swiss Family Robinson
A family in route to New Guinea is shipwrecked on a deserted tropical island. They are forced to remain on the island because of the damage to the ship and the pirates that are roaming the islands. They create a home on the island (centering around a huge tree house) and explore the island and its wildlife
126 min  -  Adventure | Family  -  1960 (USA)

Taken (I)
A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris.
93 min  -  Action | Crime | Thriller  -  2009 (USA)

Thron: Legacy
The son of a virtual world designer goes looking for his father and ends up inside the digital world that his father designed. He meets his father's creation turned bad and a unique ally who was born inside the digital domain of The Grid.
125 min  -  Action | Adventure | Sci-Fi  -  2010 (USA)

The powerful but arrogant warrior Thor is cast out of the fantastic realm of Asgard and sent to live amongst humans on Earth, where he soon becomes one of their finest defenders.
115 min  -  Action | Adventure | Fantasy  -  2011 (USA)

By tying thousands of balloons to his home, 78-year-old Carl sets out to fulfill his lifelong dream to see the wilds of South America. Russell, a wilderness explorer 70 years younger, inadvertently becomes a stowaway.
96 min - Animation | Adventure | Comedy  -  2009 (USA)

You Can't Take It with You
A man from a family of rich snobs becomes engaged to a woman from a good-natured but decidedly eccentric family.
126 min  -  Comedy | Romance  -  1938 (France)