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The Best Single Dad Movies Ever Made

Updated May 7, 2021 1.9k votes 440 voters 71.3k views37 items

List RulesVote up your favorite movies that feature single dads as central characters.

This list has the best movies about single dads, ranked from best to worst by user votes. The best single dad movies come in many forms. Some single father relationship movies are about struggling with their kids 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 dad. Love 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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    Finding Nemo

    Ellen DeGeneres, Willem Dafoe
    135
    40

    Released2003

    Directed byAndrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

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    The Pursuit of Happyness

    Will Smith, Thandie Newton
    138
    44

    Released2006

    Directed byGabriele Muccino

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    To Kill a Mockingbird

    Robert Duvall, Gregory Peck
    85
    25

    Released1962

    Directed byRobert Mulligan

  • 4

    We Bought a Zoo

    Scarlett Johansson, Matt Damon
    83
    30

    Released2011

    Directed byCameron Crowe

  • 5

    Big Daddy

    Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart
    85
    36

    Released1999

    Directed byDennis Dugan

  • 6

    My Girl

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin
    68
    22

    Released1991

    Directed byHoward Zieff

  • 7

    Three Men and a Baby

    Tom Selleck, Ted Danson
    63
    30

    Released1987

    Directed byLeonard Nimoy

  • 8

    Definitely, Maybe

    Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz
    58
    26

    Released2008

    Directed byAdam Brooks

  • 9

    Sleepless in Seattle

    Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan
    52
    22

    Released1993

    Directed byNora Ephron

  • 10

    Mrs. Doubtfire

    Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan
    27
    0

    Released1993

    Directed byChris Columbus, Chuck Jones

  • 11

    I Am Sam

    Sean Penn, Dakota Fanning
    50
    23

    Released2001

    Directed byJessie Nelson

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    The Parent Trap

    Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid
    27
    4

    Released1998

    Directed byNancy Meyers

  • 13

    The Descendants

    George Clooney, Shailene Woodley
    37
    21

    Released2011

    Directed byAlexander Payne

  • 14

    Signs

    Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix
    36
    22

    Released2002

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

  • 15

    One Fine Day

    George Clooney, Michelle Pfeiffer
    14
    0

    Released1996

    Directed byMichael Hoffman

  • 16

    Love Actually

    Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert
    33
    25

    Released2003

    Directed byRichard Curtis

  • 17

    Thunder Road

    Jim Cummings, Kendal Farr
    29
    21

    Released2018

    Directed byJim Cummings

  • 18

    The Santa Clause

    Tim Allen, Frank Welker
    14
    4

    Released1994

    Directed byJohn Pasquin

  • 19

    Taken

    Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen
    12
    2

    Released2008

    Directed byPierre Morel

  • 20

    Jersey Girl

    Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith
    31
    26

    Released2004

    Directed byKevin Smith

  • 21

    Gifted

    Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace
    12
    4

    Released2017

    Directed byMarc Webb

  • 22

    The Holiday

    Lindsay Lohan, Cameron Diaz
    11
    2

    Released2006

    Directed byNancy Meyers

  • 23

    Instructions Not Included

    Karla Souza, Eugenio Derbez
    26
    22

    Released2013

    Directed byEugenio Derbez

  • 24

    Hours

    Paul Walker, Génesis Rodríguez
    10
    2

    Released2013

    Directed byEric Heisserer

  • 25

    Kramer vs. Kramer

    Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman
    20
    18

    Released1979

    Directed byRobert Benton