Best Movie Dads: The 20 to Watch on Father's Day

Happy Father's Day to all the dads out there! To celebrate the big papas, we present the 20 best ever movie dads, ready for viewing asap with your own.

Chuck Walton

By Chuck Walton

The Best Movie Dads

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In 2021, we're especially thankful for our fathers. And finally being able to spend actual time with them as the world recovers. Here, we highlight 20 of the best movie dads. From Will Smith to Steve Martin, these guys may have a thing or two in common with your own.

J.K. Simmons as Mac MacGuff in "Juno."
Viggo Mortensen as Man in "The Road."
Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in "To Kill a Mockingbird."
Albert Brooks voicing Marlin in "Finding Nemo."
Robin Williams as Daniel Hillard in "Mrs. Doubtfire."
Laurence Fishburne as Furious Styles in "Boyz n the Hood."
Denzel Washington as John Quincy Archibald in "John Q."
Chevy Chase as Clark Griswold in "National Lampoon's Vacation."
Steve Martin as Gil Buckman in "Parenthood."
Nigel Hawthorne as Arthur Winslow in "The Winslow Boy."
Will Smith as Chris Gardner in "The Pursuit of Happyness."
James Earl Jones voicing Mustafa in "The Lion King."


Chuck Walton

Chuck is an editor/writer who's worked for NCM, Fandango,, MediaTrip, and Newsweek. His favorite movie is "Jaws." He's definitely a dog guy.

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