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The Best Father-Daughter Movies

Updated April 24, 2020 3.0k votes 889 voters 124.8k views47 items

List RulesVote up the movies that best represent father-daughter relationships or have the shine the most interesting spotlights on this unique connection.

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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    Father of the Bride is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
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    Father of the Bride

    Steve Martin, Diane Keaton

    Released1991

    Directed byCharles Shyer

    Father of the Bride is a 1991 American comedy film starring Steve Martin, Diane Keaton,... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Taken is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
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    Taken

    Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen

    Released2008

    Directed byPierre Morel

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    The Little Mermaid is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
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    The Little Mermaid

    Jodi Benson, Christopher Daniel Barnes

    Released1989

    Directed byRon Clements, John Musker

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    To Kill a Mockingbird is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
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    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck

    Released1962

    Directed byRobert Mulligan

    To Kill a Mockingbird is a 1962 American drama film directed by Robert Mulligan. The... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Beauty and the Beast is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
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    Beauty and the Beast

    Angela Lansbury, Frank Welker

    Released1991

    Directed byGary Trousdale, Kirk Wise

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    Brave is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
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    Brave

    Emma Thompson, Craig Ferguson

    Released2012

    Directed byMark Andrews, Brenda Chapman

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    Father of the Bride Part II is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
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    Father of the Bride Part II

    Steve Martin, Diane Keaton

    Released1995

    Directed byCharles Shyer

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    Crazy, Stupid, Love. is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
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    Crazy, Stupid, Love.

    Emma Stone, Julianne Moore

    Released2011

    Directed byJohn Requa, Glenn Ficarra

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    The Descendants is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
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    The Descendants

    George Clooney, Shailene Woodley

    Released2011

    Directed byAlexander Payne

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    We Bought a Zoo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
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    We Bought a Zoo

    Scarlett Johansson, Matt Damon

    Released2011

    Directed byCameron Crowe

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    Definitely, Maybe is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
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    Definitely, Maybe

    Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz

    Released2008

    Directed byAdam Brooks

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    Father of the Bride is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
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    Father of the Bride

    Elizabeth Taylor, Spencer Tracy

    Released1950

    Directed byVincente Minnelli

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    Despicable Me is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
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    Despicable Me

    Steve Carell, Jason Segel

    Released2010

    Directed byPierre Coffin, Chris Renaud

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    My Girl is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
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    My Girl

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin

    Released1991

    Directed byHoward Zieff

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    Paper Moon is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
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    Paper Moon

    Tatum O'Neal, Randy Quaid

    Released1973

    Directed byPeter Bogdanovich

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    Eighth Grade is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
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    Eighth Grade

    Elsie Fisher, Josh Hamilton

    Released2018

    Directed byBo Burnham

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    Mulan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
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    Mulan

    Eddie Murphy, Ming-Na Wen

    Released1998

    Directed byTony Bancroft, Barry Cook

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    Trouble with the Curve is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
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    Trouble with the Curve

    Amy Adams, Clint Eastwood

    Released2012

    Directed byRobert Lorenz

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    On Golden Pond is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
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    On Golden Pond

    Jane Fonda, Katharine Hepburn

    Released1981

    Directed byMark Rydell

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    I Am Sam is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
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    I Am Sam

    Sean Penn, Dakota Fanning

    Released2001

    Directed byJessie Nelson

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    The Godfather Part III is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
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    The Godfather Part III

    Al Pacino, Diane Keaton

    Released1990

    Directed byFrancis Ford Coppola

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    The Lovely Bones is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
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    The Lovely Bones

    Rachel Weisz, Mark Wahlberg

    Released2009

    Directed byPeter Jackson

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    The Journey of Natty Gann is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
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    The Journey of Natty Gann

    John Cusack, Scatman Crothers

    Released1985

    Directed byJeremy Kagan

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    Fly Away Home is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
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    Fly Away Home

    Anna Paquin, Dana Delany

    Released1996

    Directed byCarroll Ballard

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    Light of My Life is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Father-Daughter Movies
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    Light of My Life

    Casey Affleck, Anna Pniowsky

    Released2019

    Directed byCasey Affleck

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