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Father’s Day at the Movies: Our Top 10 Favorite Movie Dads

Going to the movies has always been a big part of my relationship with my dad. When it comes to superheroes, the supernatural, or fun action flicks, I have been his movie partner for as long as I can remember. I love that this has continued through adulthood. Next up for us is Zack Snyder's Man of Steel, landing on the big screen on June 14, just in time for Father's Day. 
I'm really looking forward to seeing this Superman reboot. What a great way to celebrate my dad and all that he does. After all, Kal-El/Clark Kent wouldn't even have a story if it wasn't for his dad, Jor-El, who not only saved his life by sending him alone to the planet Earth but continues to parent him from the great beyond. 
With Father's Day just around the corner, I'd like to take this opportunity to celebrate the "movie dad." Over the years we've loved watching these guys support, teach, encourage and sacrifice to better the lives of their children. Below is a list of movie dads I feel deserve to be revisited this Father's Day.
1. Bob Munro, played by Robin Williams, in RV
To keep his family in the lifestyle they're accustomed to, the embattled soda exec must clinch a deal in Colorado to save his corporate neck. To do so, he takes his family on an old-fashioned bonding and Rocky Mountain camping trip in a recreational vehicle. He will endure everything from backed-up plumbing to teetering over a rock before subjecting his loved ones to worry. 
2. Marlin, voiced by Albert Brook, in Finding Nemo
After his son is captured in the Great Barrier Reef and taken to Sydney, a timid clownfish sets out on a journey to do everything he can to bring him home. Even if this means risking his life by dealing with great white sharks, jellyfish and making some unlikely friends along the way.
3. Daniel Hillard, played by Robin Williams, in Mrs. Doubtfire
After a bitter divorce, this dad, who happens to be an actor, disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend more time with his children, who live with his ex-wife. Between jealous feelings and costume malfunctions, his plan turns into one heck of an entertaining ride.
4. Jimmy Morris, played by Dennis Quaid, in The Rookie
Jim Morris, a high school chemistry teacher and baseball coach, gets a second chance at the big leagues and becomes the oldest rookie baseball player in 40 years. This engaging father realizes that following his dream means setting a good example for his young son, even when it's not easy.
5. Jack Butler, played by Michael Keaton, in Mr. Mom
After losing his job, Jack and his wife agree that he should stay at home and look after the house and kids while she works -- which he quickly discovers is a lot more complicated than he ever imagined. 
6. Benjamin Mee, played by Matt Damon, in We Bought a Zoo
After losing his wife, a grieving father moves his young family to the countryside to renovate and reopen a struggling zoo. Watching this dad work through his grieving while teaching his young kids how to live again is a touching story.  
7. George Banks, played by Steve Martin, in Father of the Bride
George Banks is an ordinary, middle-class man whose daughter has decided to marry a man from an upper-class family, but George can't think of what life would be like without his daughter. The whole process of George coming to terms with his daughter growing up and getting married makes him slightly insane, and thus very entertaining to watch.
8. Carlisle Cullen, played by Peter Facinelli, in The Twilight Saga
Carlisle Cullen is a vampire who saved the lives and "adopted" five others by turning them into his kind. He is a top-rated doctor who puts his life on the line more than once for his family over the course of five movies. He loves, gives advice and is there unconditionally for his son, daughter-in-law and granddaughter as they take on the battle of their lives.
9. Charlie and Phil, played by Eddie Murphy and Jeff Garlin, in Daddy Daycare
Two men, who happen to be best friends, are unceremoniously fired from their high-powered advertising jobs. Forced to become stay-at-home dads while their wives work, they come up with a business plan to open their own daycare center. This, of course, is not as easy as they think.
10. Tom Baker, played by Steve Martin, in Cheaper by the Dozen
With his recently published wife on the road doing a book tour, a father must handle a new job coaching college football and his unstable brood of 12 children. Watching this dad sacrifice and learn along the way turns out to be a heartfelt and hilarious story.
Whether you enjoy comedy or drama, these movie dads showcase parenting at its best, giving future movie dads (such as Russell Crowe as Jor-El in Man of Steel) a lot to live up to.
Jenn is a wife and a mother of two beautiful daughters. She has been blogging in one form of another for over 12 years. To read more by Jenn, visit or follow her on Twitter @5_DollarShake.
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