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The Best Father-Daughter Movies  

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This list contains information about father-daughter movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best movies about fathers and daughters come in many forms. Some father daughter relationship movies are about overcoming hardship while other movies about father and daughters are comedies. A few of the greatest father and daughter movies are even a bit on the creepy side.

What films will you find on this best father-daughter movie list? Steve Martin played the most lovable father in the world in the 1991 film, Father of the Bride. The film's sequel found him preparing for the new role of grandfather, as he saddles up for another run at fatherhood. The Descendants, starring George Clooney, is another good movie which examines father-daughter relationships.

After Liam Neeson's daughter is captured in the 2008 movie, Taken, he reveals that he has a very particular set of skills, skills he has acquired over a very long career. Other good films on this top father-daughter movies list include Brave, To Kill a Mockingbird and The Lovely Bones.

Which movie about dads and daughters do you think deserves the top spot on this list? Let your voice be heard by giving your favorites a thumbs up and please add any good daddy-daughter movies we may have missed.

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The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
Tom Islava added Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes, Pat Carroll
The Little Mermaid is a 1989 American animated musical fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Based on the Danish fairy tale by Hans ...more
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Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
Tom Islava added Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker, Jerry Orbach
Beauty and the Beast is a 1991 American animated musical romantic fantasy film produced by Walt Disney Feature Animation and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The 30th film in the Walt Disney ...more
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Father of the Bride is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Martin Short
Father of the Bride is a 1991 American comedy film starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Kimberly Williams, George Newbern, Martin Short, B.D. Wong and Kieran Culkin. It is a remake of the 1950 ...more
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Taken is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen, Maggie Grace
Taken is a 2008 French action thriller film directed by Pierre Morel. A former CIA operative (Liam Neeson) sets about tracking down his teenage daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) and her best friend ...more
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Brave is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson, Billy Connolly
Brave is a 2012 American computer-animated fantasy comedy film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. It was directed by Mark Andrews and Brenda Chapman, and ...more
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To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck, William Windom
To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1962 American drama film directed by Robert Mulligan. The screenplay by Horton Foote was based on the 1960 Pulitzer Prize-winning novel of the same name by Harper Lee. ...more
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Crazy, Stupid, Love. is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
Emma Stone, Julianne Moore, Ryan Gosling
Crazy, Stupid, Love is a 2011 American romantic comedy-drama film directed by Glenn Ficarra and John Requa, and written by Dan Fogelman. It stars Steve Carell, Ryan Gosling, Julianne Moore, Emma ...more
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Father of the Bride Part II is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
carlybobarly added Steve Martin, Diane Keaton, Martin Short
Father of the Bride Part II is a 1995 comedy film starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton and Martin Short. The film is a sequel to Father of the Bride and a loose remake of the 1951 film Father's ...more
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We Bought a Zoo is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
Scarlett Johansson, Matt Damon, Elle Fanning
We Bought a Zoo is a 2011 American family comedy-drama film loosely based on the 2008 memoir of the same name by Benjamin Mee. The film is directed by Cameron Crowe, and stars Matt Damon as ...more
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The Descendants is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
George Clooney, Shailene Woodley, Judy Greer
The Descendants is a 2011 American drama film directed by Alexander Payne. The screenplay by Payne, Nat Faxon and Jim Rash is based on the novel of the same name by Kaui Hart Hemmings. The film ...more
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Definitely, Maybe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz, Isla Fisher
Definitely, Maybe is a 2008 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Adam Brooks, and starring Ryan Reynolds, Isla Fisher, Rachel Weisz, Elizabeth Banks, Abigail Breslin and ...more
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Trouble with the Curve is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
Amy Adams, Clint Eastwood, Justin Timberlake
Trouble with the Curve is a 2012 sports-drama film directed by Robert Lorenz and starring Clint Eastwood, Amy Adams, Justin Timberlake, Matthew Lillard, and John Goodman. The film revolves ...more
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Paper Moon is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
Tatum O'Neal, Randy Quaid, Madeline Kahn
Paper Moon is a 1973 American comedy-drama film directed by Peter Bogdanovich and released by Paramount Pictures. Screenwriter Alvin Sargent adapted the script from the novel Addie Pray by Joe ...more
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Crawl is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
Kaya Scodelario, Barry Pepper, Ross Anderson
Crawl is a 2019 American horror film directed by Alexandre Aja. A young woman (Kaya Scodelario) becomes trapped in a flooding house trying to save her father (Barry Pepper) during a Category 5 ...more
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Thunder Road is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
Jim Cummings, Kendal Farr, Nican Robinson
Thunder Road is a 2018 American comedy-drama film directed by Jim Cummings, based on his 2016 short film. A police officer (Cummings) comes to grips with the death of his mother while giving a ...more
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Meet Joe Black is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Claire Forlani
Meet Joe Black is a 1998 American fantasy romance film produced by Universal Studios, directed by Martin Brest and starring Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins and Claire Forlani. It was the second ...more
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A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
May Campos added Joan Blondell, Dorothy McGuire, James Dunn
A Tree Grows in Brooklyn is a 1945 film, the first film directed by Greek-American director Elia Kazan, starring James Dunn, Dorothy McGuire, Joan Blondell, and Peggy Ann Garner. The film is ...more
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The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg, Susan Sarandon
The Lovely Bones is a 2009 supernatural drama film directed by Peter Jackson and stars Mark Wahlberg, Rachel Weisz, Susan Sarandon, Stanley Tucci, Michael Imperioli, and Saoirse Ronan. A film ...more
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Eighth Grade is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
Amy Boal added Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton, Emily Robinson
Eighth Grade is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Bo Burnham. An eighth grader (Elsie Fisher) struggles to finish her last week of classes before embarking for high school.
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Like Father is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
Kristen Bell, Kelsey Grammer, Seth Rogen
Like Father is a 2018 American comedy film directed by Lauren Miller Rogen. A workaholic woman (Kristen Bell) who is left at the altar takes her honeymoon trip anyway with her overachieving ...more
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Freaks is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
Lexy Kolker Emile Hirsch Bruce Dern Grace Park Amanda Crew
Freaks is a 2018 American-Canadian science fiction thriller film directed by Zach Lipovsky and Adam B. Stein. 7-year-old Chloe (Lexy Kolker) escapes from her paranoid father (Emile Hirsch) to ...more
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The Bouncer is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
Jean-Claude Van Damme, Sveva Alviti, Sami Bouajila
The Bouncer is a 2018 French action thriller film directed by Julien Leclercq. Struggling through life to raise his young daughter, an aging nightclub bouncer (Jean-Claude Van Damme) is asked by ...more
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Extra Ordinary is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
Extra Ordinary Maeve Higgins, Barry Ward, Will Forte
Extra Ordinary is a 2019 Irish horror comedy film directed by Mike Ahern and Edna Loughman. Rose Dooley (Maeve Higgins) is a sweet and lonely driving instructor in rural Ireland who has ...more
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On Golden Pond is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
carlybobarly added Jane Fonda, Katharine Hepburn, Henry Fonda
On Golden Pond is a 1981 American drama film directed by Mark Rydell. The screenplay by Ernest Thompson was adapted from his 1979 play of the same title. Henry Fonda won the Academy Award for ...more
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Light of My Life is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
Casey Affleck, Anna Pniowsky, Elisabeth Moss
Light of My Life is a 2019 American drama film directed by Casey Affleck. A father (Casey Affleck) and his young daughter (Anna Pniowsky) find themselves trapped in the woods.