Cover Famke Jassen, Maggie Grace and Liam Neeson in Taken (2008) (Photo: IMDB)

Shout out to all the best fictional dads!

Bryan Mills from 'Taken' (2008)

Who can forget Liam Neeson's low, guttural growl as he delivered those memorable lines including, "What I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career, skills that make me a nightmare for people like you."?

Ex-military persona aside, Bryan Mills is a dad who tries his best to re-connect with his family. Even when his attempts fall a little flat, the man's dedication to his family is undeniable, and because of his very particular set of skills, Mills will go to great lengths to protect his family, and it's why we have him at the top of our list.

Cameron Turner from 'Swan Song' (2021)

How far will you go for family? Cameron Turner, played by Mahershala Ali, is a talented artist who lives a quiet life with his wife and they are expecting a second child. When things take a bleak turn and he's diagnosed with a terminal illness, his doctor offers him an alternative solution that would shield his family from grief. A bittersweet tale of life, love and the moral dilemma of one little white lie, Turner is a father who simply wants the best for his family. 

Alfred Pennyworth from 'The Dark Knight Trilogy' (2005 - 2012)

One of the most dedicated father figures of all time goes to Alfred Pennyworth. Whether it's the comics, the cartoons, or the films, this dignified gentleman has always been the ultimate dad when it comes to raising the Batman/Bruce Wayne.

Gomez Addams from 'The Addams Family' (1991)

Whacky shenanigans and eccentric personality aside, Gomez Addams, played by Raul Julia in the 1991 adaptation, is a father who is passionate, enthusiastic and present for his family. He also treats Morticia like the queen she is, and is empathetic to his children's needs.

Atticus Finch from 'To Kill A Mockingbird' (1962)

A lawyer with a keen sense of justice, this iconic literary character (played by Gregory Peck in the movie) is a father who stands by his own moral code even when it lands him in hot water. However, he does his best to shield his children, Jem and Scout, from the worst of it.

Leading by example, Finch embodies fairness, empathy and compassion, all of which are lessons he instills in his children. While he's stern with them when necessary, the man is always encouraging and patient when they need a listening ear.

Gil Buckman of 'Parenthood' (1989)

While one of the many dad roles of Steve Martin, who also plays George Banks in Father of the Bride (1991) and Tom Baker in Cheaper by the Dozen (2003), Gil Buckman earned himself a top spot in our hearts because he always frets whether he is doing enough for his family and makes it a point to be there for his children. Yes, even if it means wearing a bathmat for chaps as he stands in for a birthday party cowboy.

Jason "Furious" Styles from 'Boyz n the Hood' (1991)

While it can feel a tad heavy-handed with its display of machismo, Jason 'Furious' Styles (played by Laurence Fishburne) is simply a father who wants to do right by his son, Tre (Cuba Gooding Jr.). Though stern, Styles impresses upon Tre the importance of self-respect and self-discipline.


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