parenting The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film

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The relationship between a father and his child is a powerful bond – even if the father and child in question happen to be fictional. Perhaps that's why the figure of the single father continues to inspire screenwriters as they write movies. They pen characters who may work as archaeologists, advertising executives, and even assassins, but who are all connected by their unique role as single dads.

Who are some of the best single father characters in popular films? The clownfish Marlin, voiced by Albert Brooks, would do anything to protect his son Nemo in Disney and Pixar's animated favorite Finding Nemo. As ex-operative Bryan Mills, Liam Neeson stops at nothing to find his daughter in the action thriller, Taken. And not all of these father-son relationships involve small children – Indiana Jones finally got a chance to bond with his dad in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Other roles featured on this list of the top single father characters in film include Christopher Gardner (The Pursuit of Happyness) and Sonny Koufax (Big Daddy).

Do you have a favorite single father character? Vote up the best movie dads so they land on the top spot on this list, and vote down the ones that don't quite measure up. Be sure to add any characters that are missing from the list as well.

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Daniel Hillard is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Daniel Hillard Mrs. Doubtfire

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Sam Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Sam Baldwin Sleepless in Seattle

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Atticus Finch is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Atticus Finch To Kill a Mockingbird

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Marlin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Marlin Finding Nemo

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Sam Dawson is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Sam Dawson I Am Sam

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Gru is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Gru Despicable Me

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Daniel is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Daniel Love Actually

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Henry Jones, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Henry Jones, Sr. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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Peter Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Peter Mitchell Three Men and a Baby

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Christopher Gardner is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Christopher Gardner The Pursuit of Happyness

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Ted Kramer is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Ted Kramer Kramer vs. Kramer

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Bryan Mills is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Bryan Mills Taken, Taken 2

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Graham is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Graham The Holiday

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Will Hayes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Will Hayes Definitely, Maybe

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Goofy is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Goofy A Goofy Movie

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Michael Kellam is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Michael Kellam Three Men and a Baby, 3 Men and a Little Lady

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Maurice is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Maurice Beauty and the Beast

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King Triton is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
King Triton The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, Faerie Tale Theatre: The Little Mermaid The Little Mermaid

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Théoden is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Théoden The Lord of the Rings, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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Sonny Koufax is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Sonny Koufax Big Daddy

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Shane Wolfe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Shane Wolfe The Pacifier

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Ollie Trinke is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Ollie Trinke Jersey Girl

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Weatherby Swann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Weatherby Swann Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

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Gepetto is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film

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Wink is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Wink Beasts of the Southern Wild

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Man is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Man The Road

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Ray Ferrier is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Ray Ferrier War of the Worlds

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John Leary is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
John Leary Jack the Bear

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Joe Kingman is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Joe Kingman The Game Plan

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Uxbal is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Uxbal Biutiful