Tossin’ It Out There: Who’s YOUR Favorite Movie Dad?

man-of-steel-kevin-costner-1Father’s Day was this past weekend, and the megaplex also offered us a great new cinematic Dad in the form of Kevin Costner’s Jonathan Kent.

Fathers in movies run the gamut from the caring (Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in “To Kill a Mockingbird”) to the kick-ass (Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills in “Taken”). Some are sacrificing everything to make a better life for their children (Will Smith as Chris Gardner in “The Pursuit of Happyness”) others bumble and stumble along so much you wonder how they managed to keep their kids alive this long (Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold in any of the “Vacation” movies).

From the evil (Darth Vader) to the funny (Steve Martin in “Parenthood”) to the protective (Viggo Mortensen in “The Road”), Hollywood has all the angles covered when it comes to movie Dads.

Who’s YOUR favorite? Michael Keaton’s “Mr. Mom”? How about Jim’s Dad from the “American Pie” series?

There’s no shortage of them out there, folks, let’s hear it!

Who’s YOUR favorite movie Dad?

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123 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: Who’s YOUR Favorite Movie Dad?

  1. Atticus, for sure. If you follow my instagram, you’ll know why (cue sloppy IG username advertisement! Ha! Kidding.) My dad is basically Atticus.

    Nice question, Fogarty!

  2. I love Steve Martin in Parenthood. I just love that movie in general. I feel it has a real geniune quality to it.

  3. This is difficult, very difficult, because I don’t watch too many movies with normal nice dads :D Hmmmm…he isn’t biologically Jim’s father, but Christopher Pike was certainly a wonderful character in both Star Trek films, and I really liked his performance as Jim’s father figure.

    Also Thomas Wayne from Batman Begins, Cobb from Inception, and Graham Hess from Signs. None of them are perfect fathers, but their characters left good impressions on me. They’re not those typical bumbling, incapable dads that I’m seeing a lot of nowadays ;D

    • Mel Gibson did play a good dad in “Signs”. Of course, he’s probably a psycho for real, though 8O

      Christopher Pike is a cool call. Bruce Greenwood did an excellent job with that character. Too bad they offed him in “Into Darkness”. :(

  4. Gotta go with Vito Coreleone as well. He takes care of everybody, appreciates his family, and gives great advice.
    Marlin from Finding Nemo seems like a good option, as he starts out really protective and then mellows out later in the film. I also always liked Russell Crowe’s character in Cinderella Man, I thought he was a pretty good dad too.

    • Great, now I have the Godfather theme in my head. It will never leave LOL :roll: LOVE That movie though, Don Vito is a solid choice. Michael? Not so much. LOL

      I was wondering if anyone would call out Marlin. He IS a great Dad, right? Well, except for the fact that he loses his kid, but that wasn’t his fault. He basically goes to the end of the earth to find his son though!

    • LOL. Jim Carrey would be pretty fun, I bet. I actually didn’t mind Poppers Penguins, it was alright….

      Can’t top Clark Griswold or Jack Butler though. Those are two great comedy Dads! :D

  5. Ted Kramer, Kramer vs. Kramer. He realized how much his son meant to him and fought for a dad’s rights. Meryl Streep was awesome as usual and Dustin Hoffman passionate and real.

  6. You’ve already named one of my favourites, Eugene Levy in American Pie. I love how honest he was with his kid, albeit totally embarrassing!
    I also think John Candy’s character from The Great Outdoors, Chet Ripley is pretty awesome too. He’s just trying to give his family a great summer vacation.

    • LOL @ the thought of Chet Ripley. That’s a funny movie. :D

      Jim’s Dad was a great character and made a great contribution to that series. In fact, if I’m not mistaken, they got Eugene Levy to be in some of the spin off movies that used the American Pie name without the regular cast!

      LOL Seeing him hook up with Stiffler’s mom in American Reunion was the funniest part of the movie.

      • Yeah, I never watched any of the spin off movies. But when American Reunion came out I had to go and see it right away. Jim’s dad and Stiffler’s mom… that was a stroke of genius!

  7. I have to salute the timing of this conversation. Man of Steel was certainly an “All-star Fatherhood” movie, for sure, and Kevin Costner certainly has to get a nomination for fictional Father (and Dog-owner) of the year. And I think Kevin C. also gets a nod as All-Star Son of the year from Field of Dreams, by bringing his Father back from the dead and having a catch with him and all *sniff*… dusty in here…

    Certainly the WORST movie Dad has to be Darth (Dont call me Anni) Vader, who I believe actually tortured his Daughter and spent the majority of 3 movies trying to kill his son. Yeah, great parenting skillz there George.

    But all time best movie Dad? How about Mr. Incredible from the Incredibles.

    • LOL It set up the “I am your father” moment pretty well, though. ;) Audiences felt like Luke did…. Nooooooooo….

      Costner did play a great dad this weekend, and Field of Dreams is an all time Father/Son movie. Without a doubt.

      Mr Incredible IS an “incredible” Dad, there’s no doubt about it. :D That’s a great family movie.

  8. How about Nic Cage’s performance as vigilantly dad teaching his daughter his ways, while shooting her in the chest in Kick-Ass!

  9. Arnold Schwarzenegger As “John Matrix” In “COMMANDO”, Though I’m Really Saying That Because I Just Finished Watching It! hahaha
    They Kidnap His Daughter To Blackmail Him Into Assassinating The Leader Of Another Country. Instead, He Steals An Arsenal Of Weapons And Goes To The Bad Guy’s Private Island And He Kills AN ENTIRE PRIVATE ARMY Of WELL-ARMED-MEN!!! You’ve Just Gotta Love ‘Em!
    I Could Only Hope My Father Would Do The Same!!! Bahahahaha
    Fo SHO, Sir, Fo SHO, Indeed!!! :D
    -B.

  10. Hmm, I’m really blanking on this one, so I’ll just reiterate my favorites who’ve already been posted with Mufasa and Henry Jones. However, I’ll return should I think of someone else who’s noteworthy!

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