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Awesome Dads in Movies

Who doesn’t love a good list? I know I do. Here is a list of some of my favorite movies were the dads are either good, hard working or just plain bad-assess.

Lethal Weapon

This movie does not revolve solely around the idea of being a dad but Danny Glover (Roger Murtaugh) is one fantastic dad. You can pretty much credit any awesome things you liked about Taken to this guy. A light hearted guy who is just getting to old for stuff, just wants to retire and hang out on his boat, but if you kidnap his daughter to make some evidence go away you better get ready to take a few bullets to the chest. Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) helps too.

Father of the Bride

Any father-daughter duo needs to watch this great comedy.  Steve Martin stars as an overprotective dad who is having a hard time letting go of his little girl when she decides to get married.


Probably one of the best dads in any movie ever.

“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know you what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you that I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills. . .skills that I have acquired over a very long career. . .skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t: I will look for you. I will find you. And I will kill you.

There isn’t much else to say about this movie. If you haven’t watched it you need to.

Oh will Smith. Thanks for the tears

Will Smith plays Chris Gardner. A father who loses his life’s earnings selling a product he invested in. His wife leaves him and he is left with the custody of his son. This whole movie is great. If you want to watch a story about a determined father who sees nothing but one goal – how to provide and take are of his son – then this is something you should have a look at.

John Q.

Denzel has played some iconic characters.. even a few dads, but in John Q, he was awesome!

A story that takes a look at the American health care system, Archibald (Denzel Washington) finds out his son needs a heart transplant and, unable to pay for the cost, takes over a hospital waiting room with 11 hostages. Desperate people will do desperate things for those they love. Add in the bond between a parent and their child and you will see what love and dedication is all about.

The Birdcage

Based on the French play La Cage aux Folles. Starring Robin Williams as Armand  and Nathan Lane as Albert aka Starina, his partner and star drag queen. The story revolves around Val, Armand’s son from his first marriage, who brings home his fiancée (Calista Flockhart) – who happens to be the daughter of a Republican congressman – for dinner so the parents can all meet. The movie is really about the growth between Val and his two fathers as well as a nice note about acceptance. Add in the hilarious Hank Azaria as Agador and this movie will keep you laughing over and over again.

Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

Indiana Jones. Probably one of the coolest characters ever. So, where did he learn how to be so badass… none other then his dad, Professor Henry jones (Sean Connery). Although, probably not the best dad in movies but delivered a great line that made Indy so great  “Did I ever tell you to eat up? Go to bed? Wash your ears? Do your homework? No. I respected your privacy and I taught you self- reliance.”


Raising Arizona

Nick Cage. You love him or hate him.

This is the movie where you have to love him. The guy gets a ”father of the year award” for recovering lost Huggies and taking on the “warthog from hell” to keep this kid safe. Although kidnapping is not something to condone, this is a great movie to watch as a dad.

Big Fish

Oh Edward Bloom. A dad who loves to tell stories.

A movie about tall tales and a strained relationship between father and son. William (Billy Crudup) comes back home to visit his dying father (Albert Finney) and to hopefully find out some truths about the tall tales he was told as a child. Great movie. Tim Burton killed this one.

Field Of Dreams

Freaking Field of Dreams!

Fantastic movie. The premise. Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) hears voices –“if you build it, he will come”- to build a baseball field where his main income of corn is located. Yes, sounds stupid but I am not selling it very well. This movie will make you feel nostalgic about all those times you played catch with your dad. 

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