Every so often we get to see real life family relationships play out on the big screen, from brothers and sisters, to parents and their children.
With Fathers Day just a few days away, we thought we’d take a look at some classic examples of some on-screen dads playing the parents to their real life children within the world of filmmaking. Here’s just a few of our favourites…
The Pursuit of Happyness
This 2006 biographical drama is based on the memoirs of Chris Gardner, who struggled with being homeless whilst working as a stockbroker. Will Smith was cast in the role of Gardner, despite being better known for his performances in action films, and his real-life son Jaden was cast in the role of Gardner's son, Christopher.
On Golden Pond
Henry Fonda plays a retired professor who spends each summer at a holiday home on a lake called Golden Pond in this 1981 drama. His on-screen daughter is played by Jane Fonda, who is said to have purchased the rights to the film's screenplay with her father in mind for the role of Norman Thayer. The on-screen tension between them is also commonly thought to parallel their real-life relationship.
This 1973 American comedy starred real life father and daughter, Ryan and Tatum O'Neal. Although it is never confirmed that Ryan O'Neal's character, Moses, is the real father the orphan played by Tatum, it becomes apparent that he once had an affair with her mother, and it is noted that she "has his chin".
Hannah Montana: The Movie
Actor and country musician Billy Ray Cyrus had long starred in the Disney Channel series Hannah Montana, which was fronted by his daughter Miley Cyrus, before the 2009 big screen adaptation was released. In the film, Miley's father forces her to take a trip to her hometown in order to gain some perspective on her life, after her alter-ego, Hannah Montana, begins to take over her personality.
The Ten Commandments
This 1956 epic film tells the biblical story of Exodus and starred Charlton Heston in the lead role of Moses. Although he didn't play the father of his real life son, Fraser Clarke Heston, his son was bought on set to use as the infant Moses within the film.
Lara Croft: Tomb Raider
This was the first film created as an adaptation of the Tomb Raider video game series, and was released in 2001. Angelina Jolie plays Lara Croft, who enters into an 'alternate existence' and comes face to face with her father, Richard Croft, who was played by Jolie's real life father and Academy Award winner, Jon Voight.
The original Wall Street film was released in 1987, and inspired many people to work on Wall Street with its story of a young stockbroker, played by Charlie Sheen, who gets involved with ruthless traders in his attempt to achieve success. The values which Sheen's character learns on Wall Street conflict deeply with those of his father, Carl, played by his real life father, Martin Sheen.
The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
This 2008 film was the sequel to the first Sisterhood film, which was the first big screen appearance of actress Blake Lively. The second film saw Lively reprise her role as Bridget Vreeland, while her real life father, Ernie Lively, also appears in the film as her on-screen dad.
The Truth About Spring
This 1965 comedy drama starred Sir John Mills as Captain Tyler, the skipper of a sailing boat who makes a living from scams and is on the hunt for treasure. He is joined on board by real life daughter Hayley Mills, who plays the title character of Spring.
It Runs in the Family
This 2003 comedy drama actually starred three generations of the Douglas family - Kirk Douglas, his son Michael Douglas, and Michael's son Cameron Douglas. The film depicts a family coming together in the face of major crisis, and deals with the difficulties of father-son relationships within different generations.