Dad-tastic: The 10 Most Memorable Movie Fathers That Stole Our Hearts!


NerdiPop dedicates this week to all the awesome Movie Fathers out there. With Father’s Day in South Africa this coming Sunday (19 June 2022), herewith the NerdiPop top 10 movie fathers in no particular order.

#1. Daniel Hillard / Mrs. Doubtfire

  • CardName: Daniel Hillard / Mrs. Doubtfire
  • Father of: Lydia and Chris
  • Movies: Mrs Doubtfire
  • Date of release: 1993
  • Synopsis: After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife.

#2. Mufasa

  • CardName: Mufasa
  • Father of: Simba
  • Movies: The Lion King
  • Date of release: 1994
  • Synopsis: Tricked into thinking that he caused the death of his father, a lion cub flees and abandons his destiny as the future king.


#3. Peter Mitchell, Michael Kellam, Jack Holden

  • CardName: Peter Mitchell, Michael Kellam and Jack Holden
  • Father of: Mary
  • Movies: Three men and a baby
  • Date of release: 1987
  • Synopsis: Three bachelors find themselves forced to take care of a baby left by one of the guys’ girlfriends.

#4. Bryan Mills

  • CardName: Bryan Mills
  • Father of: Kim
  • Movies: Taken 1, 2, 3
  • Date of release: 2008, 2012, 2014
  • Synopsis: A retired CIA agent travels across Europe and relies on his old skills to save his estranged daughter, who has been kidnapped while on a trip to Paris.

#5. Jack Byrnes

  • CardName: Jack Byrnes
  • Father of: Pam
  • Movies: Meet the Parents
  • Date of release: 2000
  • Synopsis: Male nurse Greg Focker meets his girlfriend’s parents before proposing, but her suspicious father is every date’s worst nightmare.

#6. Sam Baldwin

  • CardName: Jack Byrnes
  • Father of: Jonah
  • Movies: Sleepless in Seattle
  • Date of release: 1993
  • Synopsis: A recently widowed man’s son calls a radio talk-show in an attempt to find his father a partner.

#7. King Triton

  • CardName: King Triton
  • Father of: Aquata, Andrina, Arista, Attina, Adella, Alana and Ariel.
  • Movies: The Little Mermaid
  • Date of release: 1989
  • Synopsis: A mermaid princess makes a Faustian bargain with an unscrupulous sea-witch in order to meet a human prince on land.

#8. Andre

  • CardName: Andre
  • Father of: Nicole
  • Movies: My father the Hero
  • Date of release: 1994
  • Synopsis: A teenage girl on vacation in the Bahamas with her divorced father tries to impress a potential boyfriend by saying that her father is actually her lover.

#9. Jed Clampett

  • CardName: Jed Clampett
  • Father of: Elly May
  • Movies: The Beverly Hillbillies
  • Date of release: 1993
  • Synopsis: A feature adaptation of the classic TV show, when nice guy redneck Jed Clampett strikes it rich when he finds black oil, and moves he and his kin to posh Beverly Hills.

#10. Don Vito Corleone

  • CardName: Don Vito Corleone
  • Father of: Michael Corleone
  • Movies: The Godfather
  • Date of release: 1972
  • Synopsis: The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

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