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25 Of The Most Important Movie Dads

It's Father's Day on Sunday, dad jokes at the ready.

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25. Lester Burnham, American Beauty

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Not a dad you'd want to have around your friends, but he's memorable.

24. Pete, Knocked Up

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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...
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Another not-very-good dad but he's got lines like this so...

22. Fletcher Reede, Liar Liar

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Fletcher Reede is a terrible father but he comes good in this LOL-tastic kids film from the '90s.


21. Harry Wormwood, Matilda

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Nothing is great about Harry Wormwood but this is surely Danny DeVito's greatest work?

20. George McFly, Back to the Future

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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!
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Not TECHNICALLY a dad but damn, what a father figure!

18. Big Daddy, Kickass

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Shooting your daughter to test a bullet proof vest, okay.


17. Darth Vader, Star Wars

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16. Dr. Evil, Austin Powers

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He sort of tries but ultimately he's a shit dad. Funny though... dukka dukka dukka

15. Luke, The Place Beyond The Pines

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Ryan Gosling holding a baby. That is all.

14. Harry Stamper, Armageddon

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13. George Banks, Father of the Bride

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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

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Okay, so he's not Mathilda's dad but he's as good as. No, actually, he's better!

11. Gru, Despicable Me

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A reluctant adoptive father with many an amusing line, Gru eventually realises his love for his little girls. D'aww.

10. Maximus, Gladiator

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His son may have been murdered but he will have his vengeance, in this life or the next.


9. Mac McGuff, Juno

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Not only is his name Mac McGuff, he has some pretty swell advice and is just a pretty cool dad.

8. Daniel, Love Actually

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The first time Liam Neeson showed his "awesome dad" qualities in a film.

7. Forrest, Forrest Gump

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Only a dad right at the end of the movie but a brilliant one, nonetheless.

6. Chris Gardner, The Pursuit of Happyness

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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

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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

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As awkward as they come but always well-meaning.

3. Mufasa, The Lion King

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Majestic and wise, Mufasa is what dream dad's are made of.

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Plus, he's got a really cool, booming voice.

2. Bryan Mills, Taken

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I mean, if you were taken by human traffickers, Liam Neeson is who you'd want as your dad.

1. Daniel Hillard, Mrs. Doubtfire

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The ultimate comedy dad and will go to ANY lengths to be with his children. Robin Williams wins best movie dad for me.

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