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question of the day: What’s your favorite movie about Dad?

As I’ve pointed out on a regular basis, so many movies are about women as mothers, as if raising children is the only thing most women ever do with their lives. But there are far fewer movies that are overtly about men as fathers, in which the plot is driven by a man’s relationship with his child. With Father’s Day coming up on Sunday in both the U.S. and the U.K., let’s talk about them.

What’s your favorite movie about Dad?

Mine might be Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade, which is not only set in motion by Indy’s investigation of his missing father, Henry Sr., but gives us a delightful father-son relationship between the two men.

Of course, as with almost every movie I can think of that’s about a father, it’s also about that father doing a lot more than just being parental, unlike most of the movies about mothers. But that’s a whole ’nother topic…

(FYI, John Scalzi has a funny rundown of the fathers of science fiction at the AMC blog SciFi Scanner.)

(If you have a suggestion for a QOTD, feel free to email me.)

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