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The Best Single Dad Movies Ever Made

Updated December 21, 2020 1.6k votes 361 voters 65.5k views37 items

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 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

    Released2003

    Directed byAndrew Stanton, Lee Unkrich

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    The Pursuit of Happyness

    Will Smith, Thandie Newton

    Released2006

    Directed byGabriele Muccino

    The Pursuit of Happyness is a 2006 American biographical drama film based on Chris Gardner's... more on Wikipedia
  • To Kill a Mockingbird3
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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 Wikipedia

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  • We Bought a Zoo4
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    We Bought a Zoo

    Scarlett Johansson, Matt Damon

    Released2011

    Directed byCameron Crowe

    We Bought a Zoo is a 2011 American family comedy-drama film loosely based on the 2008 memoir... more on Wikipedia

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    My Girl

    Jamie Lee Curtis, Macaulay Culkin

    Released1991

    Directed byHoward Zieff

    My Girl is a 1991 American comedy-drama film directed by Howard Zieff and written by Laurice... more on Wikipedia

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  • Big Daddy6
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    Big Daddy

    Adam Sandler, Jon Stewart

    Released1999

    Directed byDennis Dugan

    Big Daddy is a 1999 American comedy film directed by Dennis Dugan and starring Adam Sandler.... more on Wikipedia
  • Definitely, Maybe7
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    Definitely, Maybe

    Elizabeth Banks, Rachel Weisz

    Released2008

    Directed byAdam Brooks

    Definitely, Maybe is a 2008 American romantic comedy-drama film written and directed by Adam... more on Wikipedia

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  • Three Men and a Baby8
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    Three Men and a Baby

    Tom Selleck, Ted Danson

    Released1987

    Directed byLeonard Nimoy

    Three Men and a Baby is a 1987 comedy film directed by Leonard Nimoy, and starring Tom... more on Wikipedia

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  • I Am Sam9
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    I Am Sam

    Sean Penn, Dakota Fanning

    Released2001

    Directed byJessie Nelson

    I Am Sam is a 2001 American drama film directed by Jessie Nelson. A mentally handicapped man... more on Wikipedia

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  • Sleepless in Seattle10
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    Sleepless in Seattle

    Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan

    Released1993

    Directed byNora Ephron

    Sleepless in Seattle is a 1993 American romantic comedy-drama film directed and co-written by... more on Wikipedia
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    The Descendants

    George Clooney, Shailene Woodley

    Released2011

    Directed byAlexander Payne

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    Love Actually

    Keira Knightley, Elisha Cuthbert

    Released2003

    Directed byRichard Curtis

    Love Actually is a 2003 British Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written and directed by... more on Wikipedia
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    Signs

    Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix

    Released2002

    Directed byM. Night Shyamalan

    Signs is a 2002 American science fiction thriller film written and directed by M. Night... more on Wikipedia

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  • Thunder Road14
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    Thunder Road

    Jim Cummings, Kendal Farr

    Released2018

    Directed byJim Cummings

    Thunder Road is a 2018 American comedy-drama film directed by Jim Cummings, based on his 2016... more on Wikipedia
  • Jersey Girl15
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    Jersey Girl

    Jennifer Lopez, Will Smith

    Released2004

    Directed byKevin Smith

    Jersey Girl is a 2004 American comedy-drama film written, co-edited, and directed by Kevin... more on Wikipedia

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    Instructions Not Included

    Karla Souza, Eugenio Derbez

    Released2013

    Directed byEugenio Derbez

    Instructions Not Included is a 2013 Mexican comedy-drama film co-written, directed by, and... more on Wikipedia
  • Kramer vs. Kramer17
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    Kramer vs. Kramer

    Meryl Streep, Dustin Hoffman

    Released1979

    Directed byRobert Benton

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  • The Parent Trap18
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    The Parent Trap

    Lindsay Lohan, Dennis Quaid

    Released1998

    Directed byNancy Meyers

    The Parent Trap is a 1998 romantic comedy film co-written and directed by Nancy Meyers, and... more on Wikipedia
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    War of the Worlds

    Tom Cruise, Morgan Freeman

    Released2005

    Directed bySteven Spielberg

    War of the Worlds is a 2005 American epic science fiction disaster film and a loose adaptation... more on Wikipedia

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  • Taken20
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    Taken

    Liam Neeson, Famke Janssen

    Released2008

    Directed byPierre Morel

    Taken is a 2008 French action thriller film directed by Pierre Morel. A former CIA operative... more on Wikipedia
  • Gifted21
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    Gifted

    Chris Evans, Mckenna Grace

    Released2017

    Directed byMarc Webb

    Gifted is a 2017 American comedy-drama film directed by Marc Webb. An intellectually gifted... more on Wikipedia
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    Mrs. Doubtfire

    Robin Williams, Pierce Brosnan

    Released1993

    Directed byChris Columbus, Chuck Jones

    Mrs. Doubtfire is a 1993 American comedy-drama film directed by Chris Columbus, based on the... more on Wikipedia

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  • One Fine Day23
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    One Fine Day

    George Clooney, Michelle Pfeiffer

    Released1996

    Directed byMichael Hoffman

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    Extra Ordinary

    Maeve Higgins, Barry Ward

    Released2019

    Directed byMike Ahern, Enda Loughman

    Extra Ordinary is a 2019 Irish horror comedy film directed by Mike Ahern and Edna Loughman.... more on Wikipedia
  • The Holiday25
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    The Holiday

    Lindsay Lohan, Cameron Diaz

    Released2006

    Directed byNancy Meyers

    The Holiday is a 2006 American Christmas-themed romantic comedy film written, produced and... more on Wikipedia

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