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The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies 

Coy Jandreau
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Updated August 23, 2018 3k votes 326 voters 6.3k views 41 items

List Rules Characters must be dorky fathers from movies who are embarrassing to their kids.

There's something especially adorable about a dorky movie dad. Sure there's also the distant, strong, and silent archetype and the wisecracking action dad. But there's nothing quite like the goofy, (not always intentionally) funny, heartwarming father figure: those nerdy dads in movies.

Be it crazy holiday hijinks (Clark Griswold), important father and son moments gone awry (Jim's Dad from American Pie), a glimpse at how similar you are to your father via time travel (George McFly), a glimpse of your dad as an old woman (Daniel Hillard from Mrs. Doubtfire), or the dads just dealing with the day to day job that is fatherhood (Cal Weaver from Crazy Stupid Love) these are the dorky movie dads we know and love most.

Movies are the highlight reels of important moments in life. They can teach us lessons, be there for us when we're upset, make us laugh, or show us the world in a way we never imagined. Just like real dads, these fictional dads are there for their fictional kids. These are the dorky dads we've all grown up thanks to the movies, so vote up your favorite movie fathers below and feel free to add other geeky, nerdy, all around dorky dad characters in film!
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Clark Griswold is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Chevy Chase in National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation
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Jim's Dad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Jim's Dad
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Wayne Szalinski is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Rick Moranis in Honey
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George McFly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
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George Banks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Steve Martin in Father of the Bride
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Daniel Hillard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Robin Williams in Mrs. Doubtfire 2
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Gru is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Steve Carell in Despicable Me
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Marlin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Albert Brooks in Finding Nemo
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Bob Parr is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Bob Parr
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Cal Weaver is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Steve Carell in Crazy
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Peter Banning is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Peter Banning
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Harold Howard is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
James Hampton in Teen Wolf
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Jack Butler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Jack Butler
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Everett is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
George Clooney in O Brother
He's the dang paterfamilias!
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H. I. McDunnough is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Nicolas Cage in Raising Arizona
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Richard Hoover is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Greg Kinnear in Little Miss Sunshine
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Mac MacGuff is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
J. K. Simmons in Juno
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Cady's Dad is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Neil Flynn in Mean Girls
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Armand Goldman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Robin Williams in The Birdcage
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Royal Tenenbaum is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Gene Hackman in The Royal Tenenbaums
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Eric Bowen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Eric Bowen
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Chas Tenenbaum is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Ben Stiller in The Royal Tenenbaums
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Dill Penderghast is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Stanley Tucci in Easy A
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Jim Baker is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Paul Dooley in Sixteen Candles
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Stanley T. Banks is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Spencer Tracy in Father of the Bride