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?

    • John McClain doesn’t get much time with his kids til these last two movies though. And this last movie… 8O Ughck. :(

      Rocky is a winning answer for me at anything though. I think his parenting in Rocky Balboa was better than any previous movie. :D You never get too old for parental guidance. That speech he gives his son is incredible.

  1. John Matrix as played by Arnold Shwarzenegger in Commando. Now there’s a Dad who really cared about his daughter.

    • LOL. I wrote this once upon a time for my “Cheese-Tastic Classics: Commando

      “John Matrix lives with his daughter in a secluded house on a mountainside. They live in a state of bliss that has rarely been experienced by humans. It is rumored to have been achieved only by the high level gurus and dedicated practitioners of transcendental meditation. Babies on ecstasy aren’t this happy. But Matrix and his daughter Jenny are. It’s a nirvana on earth that nearly qualifies as an alternate plane of existence…”
      :D

  2. Gah! All the good ones were taken! I’m gonna second Vito Corleone, Dr. Henry Jones, and Pa Kent. They win the Dad awards.

    Also, though I was introduced to him from the musicals and not the movie, I’d have to go with Jean Val Jean. Both Liam Neeson and Hugh Jackman versions. (Man, who wouldn’t want either Neeson or Jackson to be their dads.) Val Jean was all about sacrificing himself for the needs of others, and he showed no more love than when he kept his promise to Fantine to keep Cosette safe and to make sure that she had a far better life than either he or Fantine had. So when Fantine welcomes Val Jean into heaven — well, dang, he knew he did his job by being a good dad.

    Neeson’s Val Jean lives on at the end of his movie, but he also proves his worth by coming clean to Cosette as to what trouble they’re in. (Which has the effect of making her more determined; she ain’t abandoning her dad.) The original Val Jean was so noble that he could be cagey sometimes. Neeson’s Val Jean was as well, but that confession helped him build a trust that the original didn’t have.

      • The Liam Neeson version is based off the books by Victor Hugo, so no singing. In fact, plenty of my friends who don’t care much for musicals actually like the Neeson version better. Plus Geoffrey Rush is Inspector Javert, which is pretty much perfect casting.

  3. Jim’s dad would be the funniest. My favorite, however, is Chris Gardner portrayed by Will Smith. His performance was simply phenomenal.

  4. Clark W. Griswald. Easily the funniest dad out there as a guy who means well but is also a screw-up who wants the best for his kids.

    • I think he’s funny as hell, but I mentioned earlier to someone a) Clark will constantly be embarrassing you. Shopping, at school events, around your friends. LOL b) Three to four times a year he will probably endanger your life.

      So… take it for what it is ;)

  5. Santosh Patel (Abdil Hussain), Pi Patel’s father in Life of Pi for teaching him that oh so important lesson in Pi’s time with Robert Parker.

    Concur with others mentioned above as well as Boyz in the Hood’s Furious Styles (Fishburne) for teaching his son, played by Gooding, responsibility and discipline and ‘how to be a man.’ Additionally, Wall Street for MSheen as the honest blue collar airline mechanic who is the jiminy cricket to Bud Fox’s character.

    • Hm. That’s interesting. I guess Patel Sr did have a good point there. I wonder if he was right though. I’ve seen “trained” tigers… this girl is having no trouble at all at the moment with this one, and he could rip her to shreds!

      Fishburne and Sheen are both nice ones that no one’s mentioned yet, too!

  6. Bryan Mills, in Taken. He has a special set of skills that make him the best Dad in the world in a tight situation.

  7. This was an easy one for me. Michael Keaton as Bob Jones in My Life has always been a favorite. Roy Scheider as Chief Brody, of course, in Jaws. Tom Skerritt as Reveran Maclean in A River Runs Through It, and I love John Witherspoon as Mr. Jones in Friday.

    • I haven’t seen “My Life”, but you’re the second person to bring that movie up, so maybe I should give it a look.

      Glad someone FINALLY mentioned Chief Brody! Can’t believe it took that long. The one mimicking scene with his youngest son is more authentic Dad stuff than half the other answers today combined!

  8. How about Bill Paxton in “Frailty”! I kid you not…….he was trying to do the right thing by his family and the people they were killing were “bad” people anyway!
    Nice guy…..but he just went about it all…..the wrong way!!

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