Fictional Characters The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies  

Coy Jandreau
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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
Clark Griswold National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, National Lampoon's European Vacation, 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 American Pie

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Wayne Szalinski is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Wayne Szalinski Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, Honey

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George McFly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
George McFly Back to the Future Part II, Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part III

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George Banks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
George Banks Father of the Bride, Father of the Bride Part II

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Daniel Hillard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Daniel Hillard Mrs. Doubtfire, Mrs. Doubtfire 2

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Gru is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Gru Despicable Me

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Marlin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Marlin Finding Nemo

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Bob Parr is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Bob Parr The Incredibles

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Peter Banning is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Peter Banning Hook

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Cal Weaver is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Cal Weaver Crazy, Stupid, Love.

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Jack Butler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Jack Butler Mr. Mom

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Everett is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Everett O Brother, Where Art Thou? - He's the  dang paterfamilias!

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Harold Howard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Harold Howard Teen Wolf

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Mac MacGuff is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies

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Armand Goldman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Armand Goldman The Birdcage

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Richard Hoover is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Richard Hoover Little Miss Sunshine

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Dill Penderghast is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies

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H. I. McDunnough is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
H. I. McDunnough Raising Arizona

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Eric Bowen is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Eric Bowen Poltergeist

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Jim Baker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Jim Baker Sixteen Candles

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Royal Tenenbaum is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Royal Tenenbaum The Royal Tenenbaums

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Chas Tenenbaum is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Chas Tenenbaum The Royal Tenenbaums

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Dan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Dan Old Dogs

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Dad is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Dad Inside Out

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Cady's Dad is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Cady's Dad Mean Girls

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Frank Heffley is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
JenME3 added Frank Heffley Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Dog Days

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Stanley T. Banks is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Stanley T. Banks Father of the Bride

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Damon Macready is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Damon Macready Kick-Ass

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Frank is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Frank The Kings of Summer

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Bill is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Bill The Winning Season

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Dad is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Dad Inside Out

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Dadfa is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
leozhangj added Dadfa

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Ben Cooper is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Ben Cooper Alexander and the Terrible No Good Very Bad Day

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Steve Zissou is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Steve Zissou The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou

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Dave Lockwood is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Dave Lockwood The Change Up

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Riggan Thomson is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Riggan Thomson Birdman

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Frank is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Frank The Kings of Summer

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Mr. Bishop is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Mr. Bishop Moonrise Kingdom

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Guido Orefice is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Guido Orefice Life Is Beautiful

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Craig is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Craig Laggies

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Greg's Dad is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Greg's Dad Me Earl and the Dying Girl

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Bill is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Bill The Winning Season

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Dad is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Dad About Time