Google ‘Best Movie Dads’ and a list as long as Hammurabi’s Code of Top 10’s, Top 15’s, All-Time, Most-Memorable will fill your screen. While it is great someone took the time to list for us the top fathers from the silver screen, there is a bit of an issue I have. These lists don’t change. The only thing that is different among any of them is how long they are and the numerical position of each name.
On most of these lists you’ll see Bryan Mills, Clark Griswold, Chris Gardner, and Professor Henry Jones, Marlin the Clownfish, Vito Corleone, and Atticus Finch. These names are fine but some names of the Dads on these lists don’t even belong on a list of Great Movie Dads. Darth Vader was responsible for the destruction of an entire planet, cut off his son’s hand, tried to get him to become evil, and after watching his son take half a dozen force lightning strikes finally decided to help (no disrespect to my favorite Sith Lord, I sleep on a Darth Vader pillow case). John Maclane was such a good dad, his wife and kids moved from NYC to Los Angeles without him. And even after single-handedly taking down international gun-toting thieves, jumping off of a high rise using a fire hose as a bungee cord, coining a signature catchphrase, and multiple sequels, his family was always considered to be “estranged” from him.
I want to add new names to these lists for Top Movie Dads so I did some digging. I wanted to find Dads you haven’t seen on a list from Babble, or Entertainment Weekly, or Film Magazine. Dads who you may not have thought of. Dads who deserve a place on the list, in my opinion, before some of the other ones who are firmly entrenched there. I think I have succeeded.
Find out who made the list at Dads Round Table….