My List Of Best and Worst Movie Fathers
30 Of The Best Movie Fathers
726 8.3 8.41. The Kid (1921)
1774 8.2 8.72. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)
1513 8.1 8.43. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
1945 7.5 84. The Sound of Music (1965)
380 7.5 7.85. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
308 7.7 86. Fiddler on the Roof (1971)
3877 7.3 8.17. Jaws (1975)
897 7.1 7.88. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
355 7.6 7.99. Ordinary People (1980)
227 7.3 7.710. On Golden Pond (1981)
1593 6.9 7.411. Poltergeist (1982)
577 7.1 7.412. Vacation (1983)
733 7.4 8.113. A Christmas Story (1983)
177 6 6.414. Mr. Mom (1983)
Jack Butler - Played by Michael Keaton
He fell apart after losing his job and became a unwashed, fat slob, who lost fights with vacuum cleaners, fed babies chili and toasted sandwiches with an iron - but with a little help from The Young & The Restless and Rocky - he pulled himself together and showed a father can run a household.
1087 7 7.215. Sixteen Candles (1984)
6300 7.8 8.516. Back to the Future (1985)
3936 7.7 8.317. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
3242 6.6 6.818. The Addams Family (1991)
Gomez Addams - Played by Raul Julia
Gomez was an adoring husband, a devoted brother, the keeper of the family credo 'We gladly feast on those who would subdue us' and a loving father who taught his children to appreciate the dark forces - he loses points though for sending them to summer camp in the sequel.
3379 6.4 6.619. Hook (1991)
4184 6.5 6.820. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
1986 6.5 7.221. True Lies (1994)
1183 5.7 6.322. The Santa Clause (1994)
267 5.1 5.823. The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)
4539 6.4 6.924. Independence Day (1996)
1156 4.7 5.325. Jingle All the Way (1996)
Howard Langston - Played by Arnold Schwarzenegger
A father who would do anything to get his son the hot new toy he wanted for Christmas, but really he could have saved himself a lot of trouble if he had just followed Ralphie's Father's example and not waited until the last minute.
1720 5.9 6.426. Air Force One (1997)
2669 8.1 8.627. Life Is Beautiful (1997)
7192 7.6 8.228. Finding Nemo (2003)
4444 7.6 7.929. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)
1955 7.4 7.930. Taken (2008)
Bryan Mills - Played by Liam Neeson
"If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it - I will not look for you, I will not pursue you, But if you don't - I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you."
You really, really don't want to mess with this guys family.
20 Of The Worst Movie Fathers
2101 7.8 8.231. Gone with the Wind (1939)
Rhett Butler - Played by Clark Gable
Lesson one of being a father - don't give your child a pony and teach her to jump fences until she is old enough to handle it and when you wife is pregnant, don't get in an argument with her on the top of a flight of stairs - for all of Rhett Butler's attributes - he was a pretty crappy father.
5165 8.7 9.232. The Godfather (1972)
3623 8.6 9.133. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
1771 7.2 7.734. Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Roy Neary - Played by Richard Dreyfuss
Lesson four of being a father - just because cute little aliens ask you to go into outer space with them, doesn't mean you have to go, especially when you have a wife and kids at home that will always wonder what in the hell happened to you, Elliot knew enough to realize he couldn't go with E.T. when he asked him, and he was just a kid - besides what if the aliens just needed some humans to gestate their young like in Alien - then you'd be sorry.
4843 8.1 8.835. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Ba... (1980)
5395 8.2 8.536. The Shining (1980)
Jack Torrance - Played by Jack Nicholson
Lesson six of being a father - if you already have anger management issues, it is probably not a good idea to spend the winter cooped up in an isolated, snowbound hotel - especially when you have a whiny wife and a kid who just rolls around on his hot wheel all day talking to his finger - you just might snap.
266 6.6 7.137. The World According to Garp (1982)
418 7.1 7.438. Terms of Endearment (1983)
Flap Horton - Played by Jeff Daniels
Lesson eight of being a father - when you are already a complete screwup as a husband and father, the way to prove to your kids that you have changed and are now responsible enough to take care of them after a tragedy is Not to turn around and hand them off to their Grandmother.
2643 6.7 7.239. Gremlins (1984)
Randall Peltzer - Played by Hoyt Axton
Lesson nine of being a father - No matter how cute it is,
it is not a good idea to give your son a pet for Christmas when your have no idea what it is or what may happen when he inevitably breaks the rules of caring for it - you just might end up with Gremlins in your house - and when the Gremlins start destroying the town, don't pull a disappearing act and let your kid deal with the fallout.
2656 7.6 7.940. Ferris Bueller's Day Off (1986)
Tom Bueller - Played by Lyman Ward
Lesson ten of being a father - if you are completely oblivious that your son has been cutting school all semester, maybe it is time to spend less time at work and when you don't recognize your own son when he is right next to you, maybe it is time to invest in some glasses.
241 6.5 6.641. The Mosquito Coast (1986)
Allie Fox - Played by Harrison Ford
Lesson 11 of being a father - just because you can't stand civilization anymore, it's no reason to move your family to a Central American jungle, and when things don't work out the way you hoped, it is really bad form to tell your kids they can't go home because America is not there anymore.
726 6.5 6.942. Fatal Attraction (1987)
2957 5.8 6.243. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)
1006 6.4 6.544. Pet Sematary (1989)
Louis Creed - Played by Dale Midkiff
Lesson 14 of being a father - No matter how much you might miss them - do not bury pets, children or wives in old Indian burial grounds in an attempt to bring them back - things will only go from bad to worse if you do - better to just buy a house on a road with less truck traffic on it.
6021 6.7 7.445. Home Alone (1990)
Peter McCallister - Played by John Heard
Lesson 15 of being a father - When you are leaving on a trip to Paris, before you leave the house, make sure you have your wallet, passport, travelers checks, your suitcases, make sure you locked the door and turned out the lights and most importantly of all - make sure you have all of your kids with you or you may never live it down - say what you want about Clark Girswold - he never forgot one of his kids.
580 6.5 746. What About Bob? (1991)
Dr. Leo Marvin - Played by Richard Dreyfuss
Lesson 16 of being a father - if one of your quirky psychiatric patients comes to town while you are on vacation and your kids start preferring to hang out with him because he is more fun to be with than you are - just roll with it or you are going to end up driving yourself crazy.
2465 7.2 7.347. Natural Born Killers (1994)
3715 6.4 6.848. Liar Liar (1997)
Fletcher Reede - Played by Jim Carrey
Lesson 18 of being a father - when you are having trust issues with your son, it's not a good idea to blow off his birthday to go sleep with your boss, he might resent you and do something to force you to tell the truth for 24 hours, and while it is noble if you want to make it up to him - throwing shoes at his airplane isn't the best way to do it.
4161 6.5 749. Meet the Parents (2000)
Jack Byrnes - Played by Robert DeNiro
Lesson 19 of being a father - just because you are an ex CIA Man, you don't have to strap your daughter's fiancee to a lie detector in order to find out if he is telling the truth - that will only cause resentment in your daughter and the fiancee to act like a lunatic in an effort to please you.
1229 5.8 5.850. Hide and Seek (2005)
David Callaway - Played by Robert DeNiro
Lesson 20 of being father - if your daughter suddenly develops an imaginary friend and starts blaming him for all the strange goings on in your home - don't become paranoid of neighbors or rush to judgement on your daughter's sanity because she just might be trying to tell you something.
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