Happy Father’s Day! Our Favorite Big-Screen Dads

June 14, 2013  |  
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Father’s Day marks the day in the year where we give our props to all the men in our lives who helped raised us! When this day rolls around, we always talk about TV dads like Bill Cosby, but what about movie fathers who warmed our hearts? To pay respect here are fifteen film dads who left us wishing they were in our lives too!


Boyz N The Hood: Furious Styles (Laurence Fishburne)

We meet Furious in all his fine-ness when his son Tre Styles moves in with him after getting into a fight at school. Furious was the epitome of the ideal Black man: preaching about gentrification to what it takes to love a woman in 1990s Crenshaw.



The Princess and The Frog: James (Terrence Howard)

Besides being a monumental movie for Black culture (Disney’s first Black Princess), ‘The Princess and The Frog’ revealed to us a beautiful father-daughter relationship between Tiana and her dad, James. James instills a vision and purpose in Tiana, which comes to fruition along with a Prince! Shout Out to the Dads who birth legacies, POW!



Friday: Willie Jones (John Witherspoon)

Who doesn’t love them some Pop, or as we know him in Friday, Willie Jones? With his finger licking, lip smacking, and funny one liners, Willie Jones always gave Craig (Ice Cube) a dose of reality. Such as, “How come every time I’m in the kitchen, you in the kitchen? Eating up all the food, all the chicken, all the pig feet!?” Real dads call you out, even when you don’t like it.


Mrs. DoubtFire:  Daniel Hillard/Mrs. Euphegenia Doubtfire (Robin Williams)

There is nothing like a movie that shows how much a father loves his children, to the point he will dress up like a woman! After Daniel Hillard didn’t receive part-time custody of his children, he decided to become Mrs.Doubtfire.  By answering his ex-wife’s newspaper AD for a nanny he is able to spend more time with his three children. That’s real love!



Just Wright: Lloyd Wright (James Pickens Jr.)

Because of Daddy Wright, The right match was made in the Summer 2010 film, Just Wright. Instead of telling his daughter Leslie Wright (Queen Latifah) to play games and pretend to be someone she is not, Lloyd gave the best advice to his single daughter: Be your authentic self and he will come. I’m sure we all need to remember his advice!



Crooklyn: Woody Carmicheal (Delroy Lindo)

In this classic Spike Lee Joint, Woody Carmicheal is the dad everyone wants on the block! He embodies coolness and art, although his wife Carolyn (Alfre Woodard) is not about that life because it don’t pay the bills. Although their marriage struggled, Woody taught his children family is first always. This is proven when Carolyn died unexpectedly and the family becomes more united than ever.



The Lion King: Mufasa (James Earl Jones)

The Lion King came out in 1995 but will still leave you feeling captivated in the Millennium. Mufasa, the King of the Pride Rock, is the father of Simba, the newborn prince. As Simba grows into a young cub, Mufasa teaches him how to become a responsible king which unfortunately prepares Simba for his sudden death. For an animated character, Mufasa was the perfect King, dad and husband.


Daddy’s Little Girls: Monty James (Idris Elba)

We all love this movie for one reason: Idris Elba dons the screen in all his chocolate glory. Not only do his looks woo us, but playing Monty James in Daddy’s Little Girls allowed us to see how a man can be the ultimate ride or die for his boo and family.


 The Pursuit of Happyness: Chris Gardner (Will Smith)

Dads that exemplify perseverance always win our hearts! Chris Gardner, played by Will Smith, struggles through a year of homelessness while raising his young son, Chris Jr., only to land a life-changing position at a brokerage firm that turns him into a millionaire.



John Q:  John Quincy Archibald (Denzel Washington)

John Q is the dad not to be messed with. When his son becomes sick and needs a heart transplant, John will not settle for less than proper care. His fatherly love runs so deep he places the hospital his son is a patient in under hostage. Although John’s actions allow his son to receive treatment, he is charged with attempted murder and criminal action but it’s worth it to keep his son alive.



Guess Who: Percy Jones (Bernie Mac)

Sometimes our dads think they know what is right for us but they can be wrong. In Guess Who, Percy Jones learns this valuable lesson when his daughter’s finance, Simon, stands up for their interracial relationship.


I Am Sam: Sam Dawson (Sean Penn)

This film will have anyone going through it! Sam Dawson, played by Sean Penn, fights for custody of his daughter although the social welfare system believes him to be an unfit father due to his mental dysfunctions. He triumphs against their ruling by providing an emotionally stable, comforting environment for his daughter.


Claudine: Rupert Marshall (James Earl Jones)

Before Tyler Perry came along, director John Berry created this classic of a black woman finding love with an unsuspecting brotha.  Rupert Marshall woos Claudine (Diahann Carrol) even though she has six kids and is on welfare. He even takes up the role of fathering  her children, providing love, support and stability.


Taken: Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson)

Liam Neeson kicks major you- know- what in this film to rescue his daughter from sex slave terrorists who have kidnaped her abroad. Nothing like a dad ready to fly across the globe to save your life because you decided to take a risk and get to know a hot but dangerous guy.


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