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Top 10 Movie Dads with Daughters

June 17, 2011

Let me start off by saying that I love my dad and wouldn’t trade him for anyone in the world. But if my dad was a millionaire who taught me how to fight crime, that would also be pretty damn cool. We actually had a little trouble putting this list together. Most of the greatest Dads in the movies have sons, not daughters. In honor of father’s day, here are our top 10 best dads with daughters!

#10. Bob Parr, The Incredibles

While Bob Parr (Craig T. Nelson) shares a lot more screen time and dialog with Dash than Violet, those moments that they do share show a loving relationship between father and daughter. Dad was the one who noticed she pulled her hair back and was starting to come out of her shell.

#9. Peter Pan, Hook

Granted, this movie was more about Peter’s relationship with his son and the Lost Boys and Robin Williams starts off as a pretty rotten dad. His daughter Maggie, however, loved her daddy to bits, even with all his flaws. Not even Neverland or Hook himself could break that bond. By the end of the film, Peter remembers how to be a caring dad and scoops up his kids, flying home.

#8. Daniel Hillard, Mrs. Doubtfire

Hello again, Robin Williams! Daniel Hillard is a recently divorced dad who wants to see more of his kids than his weekend visitations. In the real world, dressing up as a woman and sneaking into your old house would be creepy, but in movie-reality, it’s something a loving father would do. Besides, by the end he’s come to terms with the divorce and learns how to be a better dad.

#7. Richard Hoover, Little Miss Sunshine

The Hoovers are far from a perfect family. They spend much of the movie bickering and fighting. But the whole movie is about Olive. When Richard (played by Greg Kinnear) loses a big contract and feels like his life is spiraling out of his control, he decides to dedicate himself to making Olive happy and getting her to that beauty pageant, come hell or high water.

#6. George Banks, Father of the Bride

Steve Martin has played a lot of great roles as a father throughout his career, but Father of the Bride is a great depiction of a father/daughter relationship. George struggles with giving her away and with her future husband taking the role of most important man in her life, but by the end realizes she is always going to need him, and he will always be there for her.

#5. Daniel Ruiz, Crash

Daniel is a minor character in Crash, but Michael Pena’s scenes are the most touching. Daniel (a locksmith is both a literal and symbolic sense) is also the best example of the audience’s own prejudice. The man you assume is just a thug goes home to this incredible moment with his frightened daughter.

#4. Big Daddy, Kick Ass

It’s a tough world out there, and it’s a father’s job to prepare his little girl for the harsh realities she’s going to face. Granted, Nic Cage’s Big Daddy might just go a bit farther than other dads out there, but it comes from a place of love. He never lets his little girl go fight  crime without a bulletproof vest.

#3. Daddy Warbucks, Annie

Daddy Warbucks didn’t want a kid, much less a daughter. Annie was little more than a photo-op when she first came to his mansion. But the little orphan’s moxie won Albert Finney (the definitive Daddy Warbucks) over in time for a happy ending. Also, what kid wouldn’t want to live with a millionaire?

#2. Mac MacGuff, Juno

J.K. Simmon’s performance as the father of a pregnant teen is one of his best and, with his filmography, that’s saying something. Mac is a realistic dad, initially disappointed in his daughter Juno like any dad would be, but still loving and supportive of her as she goes through an unexpected pregnancy and adoption process.

#1. Atticus Finch, To Kill A Mockingbird

The grand-daddy of great dads, Gregory Peck’s turn as Atticus Finch is among the best performances in cinema, as well as one of the most beloved father/daughter relationships of all time. Atticus is a Southern lawyer and single father who raises his children with kindness, patience, and wisdom. That, and he lets his kids call him by his first name.

Who’d we miss? Who is your favorite film dad? Let us know below!

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One Comment leave one →
  1. October 23, 2012 3:46 am

    I really enjoy the father-daughter dynamic in “Sunshine Cleaning.” It is complicated to say the least but what relationship isn’t? Great post!

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