50 Greatest Movie Dads

Happy Father's Day

Boyz N The Hood (1991)

The Great Movie Dad: In a neighbourhood where male role models are few and far between, Jason "Furious" Styles knows the real meaning of fatherhood. "Any fool with a dick can make a baby," he says sagely. "But only a real man can raise his children." Amen to that.

If You Had To Buy Him A Father's Day Present:
He could do with a new pair of glasses. Those old ones are a little bit naff...

Life As A House (2001)

The Great Movie Dad: George Monroe is dying of cancer, a state of affairs he uses as a springboard from which to bond with his wayward son. Together, they build George's dream home, using the time spent together to mend some previously burned bridges.

If You Had To Buy Him A Father's Day Present: A cement mixer and a new hammer. Who wouldn't want that?

Wall Street (1987)

The Great Movie Dad: Carl Fox just wants the best for his son, and while he doesn't necessarily approve of Bud's new lifestyle, he attempts to understand the world he now operates in without being too judgmental. Sadly for him, his son isn't quite as considerate.

If You Had To Buy Him A Father's Day Present: A pair of red braces. If you can't beat 'em…

Road To Perdition (2002)

The Great Movie Dad: Mobster Michael Sullivan will do anything to protect his young son from his treacherous employers, going as far as to kill a father figure of his own in the form of Paul Newman's gang boss. "I'm glad it's you," wheezes the older man in a weirdly touching scene.

If You Had To Buy Him A Father's Day Present: We'd offer his son some work experience, in an attempt to steer him away from the family business.

Bicycle Thieves (1948)

The Great Movie Dad: Antonio Ricci is fighting an uphill struggle to provide for his children in post-war Italy, but he refuses to give up, even in the face of remarkable hardship. No showy displays of fatherly emotion here, just a quiet dignity and a steely determination to do the best he can for his family.

If You Had To Buy Him A Father's Day Present: A bicycle? Just a thought.

The Passion Of The Christ (2004)

The Great Movie Dad: Jesus, of course, the father of humankind who died for all our sins, etc. etc. Say what you like about the bloke, he wouldn't have chosen crucifixion as his preferred path in life, and yet he ended up there anyway on our behalf. He probably deserves a bit of a pat on the back, doesn't he?

If You Had To Buy Him A Father's Day Present:
We'd give someone else a present. Someone in need. He'd probably prefer that.

Kick-Ass (2010)

The Great Movie Dad: People have different ways of bonding with their kids. Some coach their sports team. Some teach them how to ride a bike. And some equip their offspring with heavy weaponry and join them in the ongoing fight against crime. Damon MacReady falls into the latter camp, but don’t question how much he loves his daughter. Because he’ll probably kill you.

If You Had To Buy Him A Father's Day Present: An AK-47 complete with armour-piercing rounds. It’s what he’d spend the money on himself...

Gladiator (2000)

The Great Movie Dad: Maximus might not have been able to prevent his son's death, but you can bet your ass he won't leave it unavenged. As he keeps reminding everybody, he is "father to a murdered son", and the vengeance he takes is righteous in the extreme. The post-death reunion is touching, also.

If You Had To Buy Him A Father's Day Present:
New breastplate? Shiny new helmet? The possibilities are endless.

The Descendants (2011)

The Great Movie Dad: Having spent most of his life engrossed in his work, Matt King is forced to learn some parenting skills on the job when his ex-wife winds up in a coma. After some inevitable teething problems, he proves himself a more than capable dad in the face of some extremely trying circumstances.

If You Had To Buy Him A Father's Day Present: A new wardrobe. Those Hawaiian shirts have got to go.

The Little Mermaid (1989)

The Great Movie Dad: King Triton has got a job on his hands with the impetuous young Ariel, who just won't listen to his commands not to go off gallivanting with humans. Then, when everything goes wrong, he offers up his crown to Ursula in exchange for his daughter's freedom. And then right at the last, he gives her marriage his blessing. Very understanding chap.

If You Had To Buy Him A Father's Day Present: We'd buy him some sort of wetsuit. Those nipples are most unsettling.