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In honor of Father's Day, we asked staff to share books and movies fathers and father figures good, bad and ... other. Here are their top picks.

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Star Wars : the Empire Stikes Back, Episode V (2000)

by Inc Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment

It's a classic (the best Star Wars movie). And there is a pretty significant paternity reveal ... — Beth, Access Services

The Rookie (2002)

by Walt Disney Pictures

An inspirational true story about a high school baseball coach and father of three challenged by his team to go to a professional baseball tryout if they win the high school championship.— Carol, Fiction, Movies & Music

Sweetness & Lightning, 3 (2016)

by Gido Amagakure

A cozy slice-of-life about a single father trying to raise his 5-year-old daughter, and the power that home-cooked meals can have on the family experience. — Eugene, Circulation

Daddy Day Care (2003)

by Revolution Studios

Eddie Murphy and Jeff Garlin star in this comedy about two men who get laid off from their jobs and start a home day care center. It shows us some hilarious circumstances when taking care of the kiddies! Fun for the family! — Janet, Fiction, Movies & Music

Cheaper by the Dozen (2004)

by Twentieth Century-Fox Film Corporation

Family and careers are evolving and in conflict in this comedy where Steve Martin stars as a dad who needs to watch their 12 children, manage the housekeeping, and start his new dream job while his wife goes on a book tour for her job. A hilarious depiction of what fatherhood can be! — Janet, Fiction, Movies & Music

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (2008)

by Paramount Pictures Corporation

The third movie in the popular adventure series provides background on the title character and reunites him with the man who molded him — his dad (Sean Connery). Whoever decided to cast the former James Bond is a genius, and the chemistry between the father and son is thoroughly enjoyable. — Kris, Fiction, Movies & Music

Fun Home : a Family Tragicomic (2006)

by Alison Bechdel

In this groundbreaking graphic novel memoir, Alison Bechdel describes growing up in the shadow of a funeral home owned and operated by her father, whom unbeknownst to her until later, is a closeted gay man. In exploring her father's secrets after his death, Bechdel creates a profound, sensitive, bittersweet effort to explore memory in search of identity. — Emily, Fiction, Movies & Music

The Road (2006)

by Cormac McCarthy

It's very dark, but Cormac McCarthy's The Road is about the love between a father and son as they struggle to survive after America becomes a burned out wasteland. McCarthy, whose books are perpetually popular and often turned into movies, died June 13. — Sarah, Digital Services