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The Best Single Dad Movies Ever Made  

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This list contains information about single dad movies, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best single dad movies come in many forms. Some single father relationship movies are about struggle while other movies about single fathers are comedies. Movies like Signs and War of the Worlds feature single dads as heroes in science fiction situations. 

What films will you find on this best single father movie list? Will Smith teamed-up with his real-life son, Jaden Smith, for the 2006 film, The Pursuit of Happyness. The movie, which was based on Chris Garder's memoir of the same name, shows the struggles facing a homeless single father as he works to turn his life around. Finding Nemo is a classic animated movie about a single dadLove Actually is another good movie that features a single father storyline.

Dustin Hoffman won an Academy Award for his role as a single father fighting for custody in Kramer vs. Kramer. Other good films that appear on this top single dad movies list include Finding Nemo, Big Daddy, and The Descendants.

Do you have a favorite single father film? Vote the best movies to the top of this list and please add any good single dad films we may have missed.
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Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe, Eric Bana
Finding Nemo is a 2003 American computer-animated comedy-drama adventure film produced by Pixar Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. Written and directed by Andrew Stanton, it ...more
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Will Smith, Thandie Newton, Jaden Smith
The Pursuit of Happyness is a 2006 American biographical drama film based on Chris Gardner's nearly one-year struggle with homelessness. Directed by Gabriele Muccino, the film features Will ...more
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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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Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin, Dan Aykroyd
My Girl is a 1991 American comedy-drama film directed by Howard Zieff and written by Laurice Elehwany. The film, starring Macaulay Culkin and Anna Chlumsky in her feature film debut, depicts the ...more
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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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Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart, Steve Buscemi
Big Daddy is a 1999 American comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and starring Adam Sandler. The film was produced by Robert Simonds and released on June 25, 1999, by Columbia Pictures where it ...more
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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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Tom Selleck, Ted Danson, Steve Guttenberg
Three Men and a Baby is a 1987 comedy film directed by Leonard Nimoy, and starring Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg, Ted Danson and Nancy Travis. It follows the mishaps and adventures of three ...more
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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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Sean Penn, Dakota Fanning, Michelle Pfeiffer
I Am Sam is a 2001 American drama film directed by Jessie Nelson. A mentally handicapped man (Sean Penn) fights for custody of his 7-year-old daughter (Dakota Fanning) and in the process teaches ...more
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Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Rosie O'Donnell
Sleepless in Seattle is a 1993 American romantic comedy-drama film directed and co-written by Nora Ephron. Based on a story by Jeff Arch, it stars Tom Hanks as Sam Baldwin and Meg Ryan as Annie
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Thunder Road is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Single Dad Movies Ever Made
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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Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert, Liam Neeson
Love Actually is a 2003 British Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by Richard Curtis. The screenplay delves into different aspects of love as shown through ten separate ...more
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Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Abigail Breslin
Signs is a 2002 American science fiction thriller film written and directed by M. Night Shyamalan. Executive producers for the film comprised Shyamalan, Frank Marshall, Kathleen Kennedy and Sam ...more
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Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith, Ben Affleck
Jersey Girl is a 2004 American comedy-drama film written, co-edited, and directed by Kevin Smith. It stars Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler, Raquel Castro, George Carlin, Jason Biggs, Jennifer Lopez and ...more
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Karla Souza, Eugenio Derbez, Jesús Ochoa
Instructions Not Included is a 2013 Mexican comedy-drama film co-written, directed by, and starring Eugenio Derbez.
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Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman, JoBeth Williams
Kramer vs. Kramer is a 1979 American drama film adapted by Robert Benton from the novel by Avery Corman, and directed by Benton. The film tells the story of a married couple's divorce and its ...more
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Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman, Channing Tatum
War of the Worlds is a 2005 American epic science fiction disaster film and a loose adaptation of H. G. Wells's novel The War of the Worlds, directed by Steven Spielberg and written by Josh ...more
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The Bouncer is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Single Dad Movies Ever Made
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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Light of My Life is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Single Dad Movies Ever Made
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.
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Adam Sandler, Leighton Meester, Susan Sarandon
That's My Boy is a 2012 American comedy film starring Adam Sandler and Andy Samberg. The script was written by David Caspe and directed by Sean Anders. The film is about a slacker named Donny ...more
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Infinitely Polar Bear is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Single Dad Movies Ever Made
PietraChandlerRadcliff added Zoe Saldana, Mark Ruffalo, Keir Dullea
Infinitely Polar Bear is a 2014 American comedy film written and directed by Maya Forbes, and starring Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky, and Ashley Aufderheide. The film premiered ...more
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John Hurt, Alan Cumming, William Hurt
Second Best is a 1994 film produced by Sarah Radclyffe and directed by Chris Menges. It closely follows the 1991 novel of the same name by David Cook, who also wrote the screenplay.