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My List Of Best and Worst Movie Fathers

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30 Of The Best Movie Fathers

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1. The Kid (1921)

The Tramp - Played by Charlie Chaplin

The Tramp wasn't the kid's real father, but he was in every way that mattered.
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2. It's a Wonderful Life (1946)

George Bailey - Played by Jimmy Stewart

Sure George considered killing himself, which would have left his family destitute, but in the end he realized what was really important.
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3. To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Atticus Finch - Played by Gregory Peck

Atticus quietly instilled in his children lessons of tolerance, acceptance and the differences between right and wrong.
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4. The Sound of Music (1965)

Georg von Trapp - Played by Christopher Plummer

Saving his family by hiking over the Alps made him a pretty cool Dad, plus he chose the right stepmother for his kids.
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5. Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

Matt Drayton - Played by Spencer Tracy

He faced down prejudices he didn't even know he had to put the happiness of his daughter first.
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6. Fiddler on the Roof (1971)

Tevye - Played by Chaim Topol

Tevye was overbearing and unforgiving at times, but it was clear that he had a big heart and loved his family.
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People who added this item 3976  Average listal rating (2616 ratings) 7.3  IMDB Rating 8.1 
7. Jaws (1975)

Martin Brody - Played by Roy Scheider

When the shark went after his son, Brody put his fear of the water aside and set out to protect his family from the menace - that's a good Dad.
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People who added this item 934  Average listal rating (546 ratings) 7.1  IMDB Rating 7.8 
8. Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)

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.
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People who added this item 369  Average listal rating (191 ratings) 7.6  IMDB Rating 7.9 
9. Ordinary People (1980)
Calvin Jarrett - Played by Donald Sutherland

He gave his son the compassion, understanding and warmth that his cold hearted, unfeeling bitch of a wife couldn't or wouldn't.
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10. On Golden Pond (1981)

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.
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11. Poltergeist (1982)

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.
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12. Vacation (1983)

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.
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People who added this item 755  Average listal rating (506 ratings) 7.5  IMDB Rating 8.1 
13. A Christmas Story (1983)
The Old Man - Played by Darren McGavin

At times he came off as cantankerous and indifferent to his son's wishes, but he really came through for him in the end.
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14. 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.
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15. Sixteen Candles (1984)

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.
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16. Back to the Future (1985)

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.
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17. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)

Professor Henry Jones - Played by Sean Connery

Now we know where Indiana Jones got his cool from.
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18. 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.
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19. Hook (1991)

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.
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People who added this item 4273  Average listal rating (2971 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.8 
20. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

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.
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21. True Lies (1994)

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.
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22. The Santa Clause (1994)

Scott Calvin - Played by Tim Allen

What is cooler than having Santa Claus for a Dad?
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23. The Brady Bunch Movie (1995)

Mike Brady - Played by Gary Cole

"Wherever you go, there you are" - nobody passes out the sage, slightly garbled wisdom like Mike Brady does.
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People who added this item 4625  Average listal rating (3233 ratings) 6.4  IMDB Rating 6.9 
24. Independence Day (1996)

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
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People who added this item 1183  Average listal rating (812 ratings) 4.7  IMDB Rating 5.3 
25. 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.
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26. Air Force One (1997)

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.
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27. Life Is Beautiful (1997)

Guido Orefice - Played by Roberto Benigni

He shielded his son from the horrors of the Holocaust by turning it into a game - a Father's love and heart doesn't get any bigger or better than that.
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28. Finding Nemo (2003)

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.
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29. Little Miss Sunshine (2006)

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.
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30. 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.
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20 Of The Worst Movie Fathers

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31. 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.
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32. The Godfather (1972)

Don Vito Corleone - Played by Marlon Brando

Lesson two of being a father - don't get you sons involved in the mob - it decreases their life expectancy considerably.
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33. The Godfather: Part II (1974)

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.
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34. 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.
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35. Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Ba... (1980)
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.
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36. 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.
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37. The World According to Garp (1982)

T.S. Garp - Played by Robin Williams

Lesson seven of being a father - no matter how upset you get at your wife, don't drive angry - especially when you have your kids in the car with you.
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38. 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.
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39. 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.
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40. 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.
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41. 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.
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42. Fatal Attraction (1987)

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.
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43. Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989)

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.
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44. 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.

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45. 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.
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46. 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.
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47. Natural Born Killers (1994)

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.
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48. 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.
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49. 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.
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50. 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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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.

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Comments

Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Jun 17 11:43
impressive work :)
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Jun 17 14:07
Awesome work!

A few suggestions of my own...

Best

Rocky Blaboa - Rocky series
Jim Blandings - Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House
Stanley T. Banks - Father of the Bride
Jim Garrison - JFK
Jim's Dad - American Pie
Indiana Jones - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

Worst

Lester Burham - American Beauty
Lance - World's Greatest Dad
William 'D-Fens' Foster - Falling Down
Michael Sullivan - Road to Perdition
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Jun 17 18:11
Awesome job, my friend! Excellent choices all around & I love the lessons for the worst ones.
Posted: 2 years, 2 months ago at Jun 17 19:54
Absolutely love this list. :)
Posted: 1 year, 11 months ago at Sep 6 18:20
Have you seen American Beauty?
Posted: 1 year, 8 months ago at Dec 23 0:03
Great choices & commentary, I like that Guido Orefice made it onto your list.
Can I be slightly picky & correct you on Mrs. Doubtfire.. 'she' is Scottish not English (or British if you'd prefer lol) =)
Posted: 1 year, 8 months ago at Dec 23 0:28
What would your view of Big Daddy be?
Posted: 1 year, 7 months ago at Jan 8 23:41
Great!
Posted: 1 year, 6 months ago at Mar 1 0:08
Nice list. It made me think of other De Niro father roles:

He was

a bad step-father in This Boy's Life
a bad father in The Fan

and

a good father in A Bronx Tale
Posted: 1 year, 3 months ago at May 29 16:23
I added a link to this list on my father/son list. I like your list... mine is just sort of a spastic mess. Much like me :)

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