Entertainment 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
National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation, National Lampoon's European Vacation, Vacation

2
133 28
Jim's Dad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Jim's Dad American Pie

3
112 28
Wayne Szalinski is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, Honey

4
109 38
George McFly is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Back to the Future Part II, Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part III

5
86 38
George Banks is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Father of the Bride, Father of the Bride Part II

6
84 41
Daniel Hillard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Mrs. Doubtfire, Mrs. Doubtfire 2

7
70 37
Gru is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Despicable Me

8
74 46
Marlin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Finding Nemo

9
65 48
Bob Parr is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Bob Parr The Incredibles

10
43 31
Peter Banning is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Peter Banning Hook

11
40 35
Cal Weaver is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Crazy, Stupid, Love.

12
34 30
Jack Butler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Jack Butler Mr. Mom

13
42 38
Harold Howard is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Teen Wolf

14
45 43
Mac MacGuff is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies

15
46 55
Everett is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
O Brother, Where Art Thou?
He's the dang paterfamilias!

16
29 31
Armand Goldman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
The Birdcage

17
35 42
Dill Penderghast is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies

18
8 8
Richard Hoover is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Little Miss Sunshine

19
27 31
Eric Bowen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Eric Bowen Poltergeist

20
24 36
Cady's Dad is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Mean Girls

21
29 38
H. I. McDunnough is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Raising Arizona

22
9 9
Jim Baker is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Sixteen Candles

23
8 12
Royal Tenenbaum is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
The Royal Tenenbaums

24
6 5
Dad is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Dad Inside Out

25
6 10
Chas Tenenbaum is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
The Royal Tenenbaums