25. Lester Burnham, American Beauty
Not a dad you’d want to have around your friends, but he’s memorable.
24. Pete, Knocked Up
He’s a bit whiney but we like Paul Rudd, so we’ll make an excuse.
23. Nigel Powers, Goldmember
Another not-very-good dad but he’s got lines like this so…
22. Fletcher Reede, Liar Liar
Fletcher Reede is a terrible father but he comes good in this LOL-tastic kids film from the ’90s.
21. Harry Wormwood, Matilda
Nothing is great about Harry Wormwood but this is surely Danny DeVito’s greatest work?
20. George McFly, Back to the Future
Another not-so-great dad. Don’t worry, I’m getting to the good ones.
19. John W. Creasy, Man on Fire
Not TECHNICALLY a dad but damn, what a father figure!
18. Big Daddy, Kickass
Shooting your daughter to test a bullet proof vest, okay.
17. Darth Vader, Star Wars
I AM YOUR FATHER.
16. Dr. Evil, Austin Powers
He sort of tries but ultimately he’s a shit dad. Funny though… dukka dukka dukka
15. Luke, The Place Beyond The Pines
Ryan Gosling holding a baby. That is all.
14. Harry Stamper, Armageddon
He SACRIFICES HIMSELF, people!
13. George Banks, Father of the Bride
A great dad but hang on, all I can think about is how Steve Martin hasn’t changed in about 50 years.
12. Léon, Léon: The Professional
Okay, so he’s not Mathilda’s dad but he’s as good as. No, actually, he’s better!
11. Gru, Despicable Me
A reluctant adoptive father with many an amusing line, Gru eventually realises his love for his little girls. D’aww.
10. Maximus, Gladiator
His son may have been murdered but he will have his vengeance, in this life or the next.
9. Mac McGuff, Juno
Not only is his name Mac McGuff, he has some pretty swell advice and is just a pretty cool dad.
8. Daniel, Love Actually
The first time Liam Neeson showed his “awesome dad” qualities in a film.
7. Forrest, Forrest Gump
Only a dad right at the end of the movie but a brilliant one, nonetheless.
6. Chris Gardner, The Pursuit of Happyness
Although I would never forgive my dad if I dropped my teddy and wasn’t allowed to go back for it, Chris Gardner is a truly great dad, never giving up and always believing.
5. Marlin, Finding Nemo
He’s way too overprotective but he goes to the end of the world and back to find Nemo. *Honorary mention for Crush the turtle*
4. Jim’s Dad, American Pie
As awkward as they come but always well-meaning.
3. Mufasa, The Lion King
Majestic and wise, Mufasa is what dream dad’s are made of.
Plus, he’s got a really cool, booming voice.
2. Bryan Mills, Taken
I mean, if you were taken by human traffickers, Liam Neeson is who you’d want as your dad.