Worst Movie Dads

Father's Day is just around the corner, and there's no better way to assess the value of your own dad than by looking at the awful dads you could have had instead. With that in mind, be thankful you were not raised by any of these movie patriarchs.


Clark Griswold - The National Lampoon's Vacation Series

Clark means well, but his family rarely enjoys his generosity without first enduring a generous helping of unintentional misery. Definitely keep him away from the eggnog.

Chevy Chase in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation



Warren Worthington II - X-Men: The Last Stand

Mutations are a beautiful gift, especially ones that make you literally look like an angel. Instead of relishing his son's wonderful talents, Warren Worthington II tries to have this uniqueness plucked forever.





Daniel Hillard - Mrs. Doubtfire

Bad fathering has hit a critical point when the only way for a dad to see his kids is by dressing up like an old lady and doing their housework all day.

Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire



Captain Teague - The Pirates of the Caribbean Series

Honestly, we don't get to know much about what happened between Jack Sparrow and his withered, dusty dad. But one look at Sparrow gives you an idea that it probably wasn't all that healthy.





Mr. Perry - Dead Poets Society

Harsh military dads never seem to learn. Nothing good comes from all those strict rules and rigid constrictions. That goes double for harsh military dads played by Kurtwood Smith.

Dead Poets Society




Darth Vader - The Star Wars Saga

In a lot of ways, Vader just wants to hang out with his kids, which is nice. But for that to work out, they'd have to become evil murderers like him, which is not as nice.

Darth Vader in Star Wars



Jack Torrance - The Shining

Alcoholic? Check. Abusive? Check. Insane? Check. Wants to murder his child? Check. Jack Torrance is an across-the-board classic bad father figure. He is pretty good with a one-liner though.

Jack Nicholson in The Shining




Homer Simpson - The Simpsons Movie

Deep down, Homer is a good man with a good heart. It's just that he has a really bad brain that keeps him from contributing to his family in any nondisastrous way.

Homer Simpson in The Simpsons





Norman Osborn – Spider-Man

Young Harry Osborn really might have had a chance in the world if his dad were not a megalomaniacal psychopath who insists on passing down his ugly tainted legacy.

Willem Dafoe in Spider-Man





Dr. Evil - The Austin Powers Series

While Dr. Evil wants to have a son he can be proud of, his son Scott is not up to snuff. So Dr. Evil intends to kill him. It is not the most supportive fathering tactic in the world.

Mike Myers in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery




Bryan Mills - The Taken Series

Yes, Bryan Mills will hunt down and kill whoever takes his daughter. That's very nice. But his overprotective nature crosses into creepy territory several times in this series.








Denethor - The Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

Denethor is actually quite warm to one of his sons, Boromir. But when it comes to his other son, Faramir, he's about as mean and nasty as they get. Poor Faramir deserves better than this grump.





Odin - The Thor Series

Godhood comes with great power, but that power can also make you a hard-headed jerk when it comes to fatherhood. It's telling that the nicest we see Odin is when he's being impersonated by Loki.


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