Culture The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film  

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The relationship between a father and his child is a powerful bond – even if the father and child in question happen to be fictional. Perhaps that's why the figure of the single father continues to inspire screenwriters as they write movies. They pen characters who may work as archaeologists, advertising executives, and even assassins, but who are all connected by their unique role as single dads.

Who are some of the best single father characters in popular films? The clownfish Marlin, voiced by Albert Brooks, would do anything to protect his son Nemo in Disney and Pixar's animated favorite Finding Nemo. As ex-operative Bryan Mills, Liam Neeson stops at nothing to find his daughter in the action thrillerTaken. And not all of these father-son relationships involve small children – Indiana Jones finally got a chance to bond with his dad in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade. Other roles featured on this list of the top single father characters in film include Christopher Gardner (The Pursuit of Happyness) and Sonny Koufax (Big Daddy).

Do you have a favorite single father character? Vote up the best movie dads so they land on the top spot on this list, and vote down the ones that don't quite measure up. Be sure to add any characters that are missing from the list as well.
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52 9
Atticus Finch is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
carlybobarly added To Kill a Mockingbird

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56 13
Marlin is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Finding Nemo

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36 7
Gru is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
carlybobarly added Despicable Me

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25 5
Henry Jones, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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36 14
Daniel Hillard is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Mrs. Doubtfire

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33 13
Sam Baldwin is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Sleepless in Seattle

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30 11
Christopher Gardner is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Christopher Gardner The Pursuit of Happyness

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15 3
Maurice is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Maurice Beauty and the Beast

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27 15
Sam Dawson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Sam Dawson I Am Sam

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21 10
Daniel is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Love Actually

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15 5
Goofy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Tom Islava added A Knight for a Day, Mickey's Birthday Party, Goofy and Wilbur

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19 13
Peter Mitchell is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Peter Mitchell Three Men and a Baby

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11 6
King Triton is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Tom Islava added The Little Mermaid II: Return to the Sea, Faerie Tale Theatre: The Little Mermaid, The Little Mermaid

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18 15
Ted Kramer is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Kramer vs. Kramer

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14 11
Bryan Mills is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Taken, Taken 2

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11 9
Michael Kellam is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
carlybobarly added Michael Kellam Three Men and a Baby, 3 Men and a Little Lady

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6 4
Théoden is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Tom Islava added The Lord of the Rings, The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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17 16
Sonny Koufax is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Big Daddy

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10 9
Graham is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
carlybobarly added Graham The Holiday

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14 14
Will Hayes is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Will Hayes Definitely, Maybe

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16 17
Shane Wolfe is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Shane Wolfe The Pacifier

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9 10
Man is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
carlybobarly added The Road

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5 6
Gepetto is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Gepetto

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4 5
Weatherby Swann is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Tom Islava added Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End

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7 11
Wink is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Single Father Characters in Film
Wink Beasts of the Southern Wild