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Best On-Screen Father Moments

Erin Demchak Erin Demchak
6/17/2011 11:13pm EDT

Whether you are one of the lucky ones who has a great dad or fortunate enough to have wonderful memories of a brilliant man- everyone needs a fatherly influence in their life. If your Dad is far away and you need a little taste of him this Father’s Day weekend, here are our best on-screen father moments that can comfort you like a hug from your Pops.


Every little girl dreams of that moment where their father get the chance to walk them down the aisle to the man of their dreams, and then the big pumpkin coach will take you away into happy ending land….and every dad dreads the day he has to give away his precious daughter on her wedding day. Either way, your heart has to melt in Father of the Bride, when Steve Martin is in bed thinking back on his daughter’s life before her big wedding day. First day of school, playing basketball together, pigtails and hammocks- they grow up so fast!


Robert Di Niro in Everybody's Fine proves that life can be lonely especially when you have grown up children. As depressing as this movie may be (we cried throughout the entire film) there is a cute scene where Robert’s character, Frank, is so proud of his advertising executive daughter, Amy (played by Kate Beckinsale), that he whips out his non-digital (adorable) camera to take pictures of her at workplace.


Walter Matthau plays the grumpy and sick father to three beautiful girls, played by Diane Keaton, Meg Ryan and Lisa Kudrow in Hanging Up. Although most of the film is filled with humor, there are a few moments where the water works turn on and you want to go snuggle with your own father. A moment that you never want to experience but laugh out loud when you see it on film? Walking in on your elderly dad doing the deed with a random lady- yuck!


As one of the most romantic and heart wrenching films of our time, The Notebook has a great scene that plays homage to Noah's dad. Noah always had an eye for a rundown house that he planned to buy one day and fix up just how Allie wanted it. When he comes back form war, he is surprised to see that the house had been sold- to Noah’s father. Who bought it and promised to help him fix it up.


We’re not sure what is more touching, the strength and love a father has for his son in The Pursuit of Happyness, or the fact that it is based on a true story. Will Smith and his son in real life, Jaden Smith, play a homeless father and son forced to live on the streets while trying to get their life together again. One of the most touching moments in the movie is when the two have to spend the night in the public restroom located in the subway system and Will’s character, Chris Gardner is forced to protect his son’s life as he is destroyed inside.


Oscar winner Roberto Benigni plays a Jewish man who uses his sense of humor to protect his son in a Nazi concentration camp in Life is Beautiful. One of the best scenes in the film is when Guido (Benigni) pretends to speak German and tells his son that the guards are setting up a big game for them to play so he won’t get scared of what’s really going on in the death camp.


Modern Family’s resident funny man father, Phil Dunphy (played by Ty Burrell) would make an amazing dad, yet would embarrass the crap out of you in front of your friends. Our favorite Phil scene is when he is forced to stay home and make the girls clean up their bathroom; channeling the inner “mean dad” we have never seen before. When the girls find a big, goopy hairball in the tub drain they immediately start screaming and Phil yells at them to toughen up- just as he walks out the door and dry heaves. Classic!


What’s cuter than a man and a baby? Three Men and a Baby, that’s for sure. One of the greatest scenes in the film is when Tom Selleck, Steve Guttenberg and Ted Danson are trying to get their baby to nap by singing “Goodnight Sweetheart.” It’s absolutely adorable.


Jude Law plays hot single dad, Graham in The Holiday, also starring his on-screen love interest Cameron Diaz. When his daughters, Olivia and Sophie bring Amanda (Diaz) inside their house for the first time, force their dad to do “Mr. Napkin head” and show her the tent they made together in their room, it’s hard not to get teary eyed at the “Three Musketeers.”


Adam Sandler plays a very new and shocked father in Big Daddy when he meets his son Julian. He is still a party boy at heat and lets his son do whatever he wants, including peeing on a wall in public and screaming at the McDonald’s worker because they stop serving breakfast at 10:30 am. Who do they think they are?


One of our favorite TV Dads of all time, Bill Cosby also has one of our favorite on-screen father moments when he tries to teach his son, Theo about the value of money on The Cosby Show. Dr. Huxtable uses Monopoly money to show Theo that essentially at the rate he’s going, he will be broke in no time!


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