Here are three movies that feature father-son relationships that I like and find quite touching. In no particular order. - Here is the genius who came up with the idea - http://wanderingthroughtheshelves.blogspot.co.uk/
Chris Gardner's father left him before he was even born, and because of this abandonment Chris has promised himself that he would not do the same to his son. Whilst the decisions undertaken may not be in the best interests for his son (for example living with his mother would make for a far more stable life) it is clear that Chris would literally go to the ends of the Earth for his son if he could. This was back when Jaden Smith was such an arse and much a better actor.
The main focal point of Paris, Texas is a husband trying to find his estranged wife, but in amongst the faultless performances, the heartbreaking script and perfect score (and I mean perfect) is a tender father –son relationship. After being absent for much of his son’s life Travis (Harry Dean Stanton) returns after four years and his clearly moved by the mention of his son. The two lock eyes and bond over footage of the pair and Travis’ wife Jane at the beach and this helps the pair build a trusting and loving relationship. The two leave to find Jane and whilst on this journey both father and son share memories and connect lovingly with each other. Very few films will ever move you like this one.
Winner of the Best Picture in 1980 Robert Redford's fine debut directorial effort about the death of an eldest son and the affect this has on a family features a fine father-son relationship. Conrad's relationship with his mother is stony and cold to say the least, and his father's attempts to connect with him come off as awkward more than anything. However, his son's wellbeing is of paramount important (something Conrad does begin to appreciate) and as the film progresses their relationship becomes a powerful and unbreakable one.