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The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies 

Coy Jandreau
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Updated August 23, 2018 2.8k votes 308 voters 5.8k 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!
list ordered by
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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
Jim's Dad is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Jim's Dad American Pie
3
Wayne Szalinski is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Honey, I Blew Up the Kid, Honey
4
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
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
Daniel Hillard is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Mrs. Doubtfire, Mrs. Doubtfire 2
7
Gru is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Despicable Me
8
Marlin is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Finding Nemo
9
Bob Parr is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Bob Parr The Incredibles
10
Peter Banning is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Peter Banning Hook
11
Cal Weaver is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Crazy, Stupid, Love.
12
Jack Butler is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Jack Butler Mr. Mom
13
Mac MacGuff is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
14
Harold Howard is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Teen Wolf
15
Everett McGill 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
Armand Goldman is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
The Birdcage
17
Richard Hoover is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Little Miss Sunshine
18
Dill Penderghast is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
19
Eric Bowen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Eric Bowen Poltergeist
20
H. I. McDunnough is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Raising Arizona
21
Jim Baker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Sixteen Candles
22
Cady's Dad is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Mean Girls
23
Royal Tenenbaum is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
The Royal Tenenbaums
24
Dan is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
Dan Old Dogs
25
Chas Tenenbaum is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Dorky Dads in Movies
The Royal Tenenbaums