The Best Movie-Dad Moments

What is a “dad moment,” you ask?  It’s basically a moment that occurs anytime a dad is totally being a dad, whether they’re freaking out about changing a diaper or delivering the kind of life advice that only comes with years of fatherly experience.
 
In honor of Father’s Day, here’s a look back at our favorite “dad moments” in movies.
 
 
Clark Griswold (Chevy Chase), Christmas Vacation
 
Clark is a bit moronic and doesn’t always make the right decisions, but nothing is more important to him than his family and the experiences they share together. Like that time they hiked into the woods to cut down a Christmas tree.

 
 


 
Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams), Mrs. Doubtfire
 
It takes a certain kind of dad to dress as an elderly female nanny just to see his kids, but in this scene Mrs. Doubtfire proves no transformation is complete without some hip dance moves.
 

 
 
 
Jack Butler (Michael Keaton), Mr. Mom
 
Taking care of a few kids for the day shouldn’t be a problem, except when mom isn’t around to help change a messy diaper. All dads love their kids, but even some veteran dads can't handle diaper duty.
 

 
 
George Banks (Steve Martin), Father of the Bride
 
There’s nothing like the stress of your daughter’s wedding to send you into complete meltdown mode. As George Banks proves in this clip, not even hot dog buns are safe from a delirious dad’s wrath.
 

 
 
 
Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando), The Godfather
 
With a nickname like “The Godfather,” you’re expected to be somewhat scary and intimidating, but that doesn’t mean Vito Corleone isn’t full of some really great life advice, too.
 

 
 

Mac MacGuff (J.K. Simmons), Juno
 
Teenage pregnancy is a delicate situation for most families, made even more difficult when dad isn’t much of a delicate person. In this clip, though, Mac proves you can be rough around the edges and still know just the right things to say to your little girl.
 

 
 
 
 
Darth Vader (James Earl Jones), Star Wars
 
Alright, so Darth Vader isn’t Father of the Year by any stretch of the imagination, but at least he’s passionate about wanting his son to join the family business. He definitely still needs to work on taking “no” for an answer, though.
 

 
 
 
Jonathan Kent (Kevin Costner), Man of Steel
 
In this poignant moment, Jonathan Kent reveals his own superpowers as the world’s most understanding adoptive parent. His son may be able to fly through the air, but Pa Kent always knows how to keep Superman grounded.
 

 
 
 
Dr. Henry Jones (Sean Connery), Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade
 
When both dad and son are death-defying adventure seekers, there isn’t much time for any real, significant male bonding. That’s why this memorable movie-dad moment shows just how important one hug can be for a rocky father-son relationship.
 

 
 
 
Bob Parr, aka Mr. Incredible (Craig T. Nelson), The Incredibles
 
Family dinners have their ups and downs, especially when your entire family has superpowers. Perhaps Mr. Incredible’s greatest strength, then, is his ability to diffuse family conflict long enough for someone else to distract them.
 

 
 
 
Jim’s Dad (Eugene Levy), American Pie
 
There is nothing more awkward in life than “the sex talk” between parent and child. Jim’s dad may be one of the nicest on this list, but he’s also the most clueless when it comes to dealing with a teenager, as this hilarious clip proves.
 
Note: This clip is slightly NSFW and includes sexual language.
 

 
 
Jack Byrnes (Robert De Niro), Meet the Parents
 
Some dads take things to another level when getting to know their future son-in-laws, but none are as memorable as Jack Byrnes, who uses a lie detector test to interrogate his daughter’s fiancé. Creative? Yes. Crazy? Definitely. Note to dads everywhere: don’t try this at home.
 



 
Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson), Taken
 
It takes an incredible amount of inner strength to calmly walk your daughter through her own kidnapping, and then to follow it up by calmly walking her kidnappers through their eventual beatdown at the hands of good ol’ dad. This is why it’s important all dads have their own particular set of skills.


 
 
George Bailey (Jimmy Stewart) It’s a Wonderful Life
 
What’s great about this iconic movie-dad moment is one son’s desperate eagerness to defend his father’s name to a room full of powerful businessmen who are barely listening. Why? Because he’s proud of him, and because it’s something that needs to be said.
 



 
Marlin (Albert Brooks), Finding Nemo
 
Our favorite movie dads may all have a screw or two loose, but they have one thing in common: an immense love for their family. Like Marlin, who’s more than willing to race across an entire ocean just to find one tiny fish he’s lucky enough to call his son.


 
 
Happy Father’s Day from our family to yours!
 
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