Ted Krammer - Played by Dustin Hoffman
He took over the Mother and Father role when the mother abandoned her son to 'find herself' and then he showed admirable restraint by not throwing her out a window when she tried to claim the kid back.
Norman Thayer Jr. - Played by Henry Fonda
On the outside Norman was a cantankerous, crotchety old man, but as Ethal pointed out - he really was a sweet man who missed having a relationship with his daughter.
Steven Freeling - Played by Craig T. Nelson
He saved his son from a man eating tree and his daughter from the TV people, but he does lose points for leaving his family alone another night to go clean out his desk at work.
Clark Griswold - Played by Chevy Chase
Sure there were some bumps along the way to Wallyworld, including a couple of unfortunate deaths, but all Clark really wanted to do was spend time with his family and give them a fun vacation - and in the end he succeeded.
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.
Jim Baker - Played by Paul Dooley
Along with the rest of the family he forgot his daughter's 16th Birthday, but he made up for it by apologizing, giving her some good advice and understanding when she cut out on her sister's wedding reception to be with her dream guy.
George McFly - Played by Crispin Glover
George started out as a bit of a doofus, but with some help from Marty, he stood up to Biff and turned into a cool Dad, plus he saved his son from vaporizing, always a good thing.
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.
Peter Banning - Played by Robin Williams
Wasn't a big fan of the movie, but have to admit - returning to Neverland to rescue his children from the clutches of Captain Hook puts Peter in the Super Dad hall of fame.
Daniel Hillard - Played by Robin Williams
Daniel was a divorced father who would do anything to spend a little time with his children, even if he had to dress up as a hip 70 year old English Nanny to do it.
Harry Tasker - Played by Arnold Schwarzenegger
While he did lie to his family about being a super spy for years, he also commandeered a Harrier jet to save his daughter from terrorists, even after she stole money from his wallet - and that makes him a cool Dad in my book.
Julius Levinson - Played by Judd Hirsch
He saved the world by getting his son to the White House in time and then figuring out the government knew more about what was going on than they were admitting, while doling out romantic advise along the way - not to shabby
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.
President James Marshall - Played by Harrison Ford
President Marshall could have taken the easy way out with the escape pod, but instead stayed on his plane to fight the terrorists and rescue his family - he would get my vote.
Marlin - Voiced by Albert Brooks
Sure Marlin was just an animated clownfish, but he braved sharks, pelicans and a ditzy side kick in his quest to find and rescue his son Nemo - he had the heart of a lionfish.
Richard Hoover - Played by Greg Kinnear
He overcame all obstacles and a broken down Volkswagon bus so his daughter could achieve her dream of competing in the Little Miss Sunshine pageant and supported her no matter what the stuck up snobs who ran the thing thought.
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.
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.
Michael Corleone - Played by Al Pacino
Lesson three of being a father - don't become a mob boss because your kids might get caught in the crossfire when somebody tries to kill you, plus your son just might become friends with somebody that you want to rub out.
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.
Darth Vader - Voiced by James Earl Jones
Lesson five of being a father - if you want to start a relationship with your new found son and get him to join you on the dark side, it is probably not a good thing to start by cutting off his hand and trying to kill all of his friends.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Dan Gallagher - Played by Michael Douglas
Lesson 12 of being a father - no matter how much you may be tempted, don't cheat on your wife, even for a weekend fling, or you might unleash a bunny boiler on your family.
Wayne Szalinski -Played by Rick Moranis
Lesson 13 of being a father - if you invent a machine that can shrink people to the size of fleas - do not leave it in the attic where your kids can get at it or you might end up accidentally eating them with your morning cheerios.
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.
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.
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.
Ed Wilson - Played by Rodney Dangerfield
Lesson 17 of being a father - if you are verbally and sexually abusing your children, you may want to rethink your behavior or one day it could come back to bite you - hard and violently - and you'll turn your kid into a psycho.
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.
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.
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.
In honor of Father's day - a list of 30 of my favorite movie fathers and 20 of the worst movie fathers, along with the actors who played them.