Fun for Father’s Day: who are your top choices for best book or movie dad?

Here’s something fun for Father’s Day: who are your top choices for best book or movie dad?

I have a few…

Chevy Chase in the Vacation movies, because even though he’s a screwup, he’s really trying to give his kids great memories.

Also, Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird. Could be the best book/movie dad ever.

Don Corleone from The Godfather. Do you even have to ask?

Finally, the father from The Sound Of Music, captain Von Trapp. I mean, when you leave behind your fortune to take your children away from Nazi influence, you are pretty much number one across the board. I cry every time I watch that movie, because he, the stoic, strict, tough military man, playing the guitar and singing about his homeland while in his head he knows he is about to flee… and getting so choked up he can’t finish – great stuff.

What about you? Who would you say is a great book or movie dad?

And yes, you may include me, the dad from Savvy Stories, among the voting!

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31 thoughts on “Fun for Father’s Day: who are your top choices for best book or movie dad?

      1. What do you mean…hmmm? LOL A gentle Jewish-Italian waiter, Guido Orefice (Roberto Benigni), meets Dora (Nicoletta Braschi), a pretty schoolteacher, and wins her over with his charm and humor. Eventually they marry and have a son, Giosue (Giorgio Cantarini). Their happiness is abruptly halted, however, when Guido and Giosue are separated from Dora and taken to a concentration camp. Determined to shelter his son from the horrors of his surroundings, Guido convinces Giosue that their time in the camp is merely a game.
        Release date: October 23, 1998 (USA)
        Director: Roberto Benigni
        Featured song: La vita è bella
        Awards: Academy Award for Best Actor, More
        Languages: English, Italian, German

  1. This will sound strange but I liked the Dad in A Christmas Story. Sure he swore a lot and tended to rage, but in the end he knew exactly what his boys needed.

  2. I like Father of the Bride. Not the newer one but the original with Elizabeth Taylor and Spenser Tracy. Very easy to watch and I like how the father narrated the movie,

  3. Television Dad.. Andy Griffith on The Andy Griffith Show. Every time I heard little Ronnie Howard, say, “Paw.” I’d get choked up. Film? Other than those you have already mentioned, I am going to add Johnny Depp in Finding Neverland. Although, he was not the father of the Davies’ boys, he was their father-figure. As this is based on a true story, it made my respect for the way Depp handled the role nearly as intense as my respect for author J. M. Barrie, who DID end up being the :father” of those boys following the deaths of both their mother and father. <3

  4. Hi. A day late cos I was with my own dad yesterday.
    Have you seen The Pursuit of Happyness (yes, spelt like that) with Will Smith and his own real-life son Jaden? Will pays a struggling salesman who gets custody of his son. Best movie father ever. Cutest kid ever, ever. Best film in the universe, maybe even beyond.

  5. Based on To Kill a Mockingbird, I wholeheartedly agree with the choice of Atticus Finch. From the follow-up, Go Set a Watchman, I was disappointed in him as a person and a dad as was Scout in this mediocre book that, perhaps, should have not been released.

    1. Well, to be fair, she had a lot of help writing the first one, namely from Truman Capote. But when she sent it to the editors they made suggestions to add a lot of political tones. The big thing at the time was racial injustice and this dealt with that head on.

      The later book did not enjoy such input and it would’ve been hard to top the first one anyway.

      You’re right. Somethings are better left as a one time deal.

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