10 of the best fathers from movie history

Published: Wednesday, June 12 2013 11:53 p.m. MDT


Just like in the real world, movie dads come in all shapes, sizes and dispositions.

Some of them — like Anakin Skywalker or Jor-El — are larger than life. Others might feel a little too accurate.

Even the imperfect ones, though, can often teach valuable lessons and help audiences reflect on the role parents play in their children’s lives.

To celebrate Father’s Day, here’s a list of some of the best movie dads, in no particular order.

  • Oldest first
  • Newest first
  • Most recommended
Spanish Fork, UT

Not Clooney/Ulysses. Bad choice. Can't believe you don't have Jimmy Stewart as George Bailey in It's a Wonderful Life. How about Steve Martin in Parenthood?

I know it. I Live it. I Love it.
Salt Lake City, UT


I can't stand watching Parent Hood. The entire show wreaks of family discord to me. I get that plenty of people may love it, and it may appeal to their sense of family issues. So I'm not criticizing your liking it. But for me personally, it doesn't represent a great father (not Steve Martin, but the character) or family atmosphere at all.

Roy Scheider in Jaws?


The film is about very little more than a shark hunt. Brody has parental protective instincts about the beach. I'd even agree that it's a key part of the story, especially considering when the movie was made. But that is merely to say "business shouldn't come before protecting people". I guess I just don't see JAWS as having a very tangible father role in it. At very least, there are plenty of other films with better examples. Was that just a filler for the list?

Bountiful, UT

The winner is Henry Fonda as Clay Spencer in Spencer's Mountain. He kept it mighty real!

Lewis Center, OH

If this is the best we have in films, then Hollywood is has a tremendous deficit in acknowledging some wonderful fathers out there.

Somewhere, ID

Where's father of the bride?

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