To celebrate Father’s DayQueens Of Vintage style, we’ve put together a list of our favourite silver screen dads. Heroic, manly, and patriarchal, these dads might not always be perfect, but they usually come through in the end – and some of them are pretty easy on the eyes too!

 

Daddy no.1: Atticus Finch

No list of dads on screen would be complete without superdad Atticus Finch. Depression-era lawyer and widowed father portrayed by the stunning Gregory Peck in the 1962 film To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus is a deeply noble and honourable father-figure. Multi-award winning character, Atticus won the 2003 AFI award of Greatest Hero in American Film.

Daddy no.2: George Bailey

Troubled dad George Bailey played by the dashing James Stewart in the  seminal 1946 film It’s a Wonderful Life, is taken on an epic journey of realisation, where he discovers the value of his life, and his importance to those around him. Understanding his place in the world with the help of his guardian angel, George soon realises that he really has ‘a wonderful life’.

Daddy no.3: Stanley T. Banks
Protective dad Stanley played by Spencer Tracy in the 1950 comedy Father of the Bride (before Steve Martin reprised the role) suffers a series of calamities in the run up to his beloved daughter’s (played by a young Elizabeth Taylor) wedding. Finding it hard to let go, Stanley must come to terms with daddy’s little girl growing up!

Daddy no.4: Antonio Ricci

Devoted father Antonio played by Lamberto Maggiorani in the epic 1948 film Bicycle Thieves, searches the streets for his stolen bicycle. Unable to carry out his job without the bicycle, the desperate father turns to crime himself to support his family.

Daddy no.5: Mitch Evers

Caught in The Parent Trap (1961) by twin daughters – both played by child star Hayley Mills – rugged dad Mitch Evers (Brian Keith) is saved from marrying a gold-digger, rekindling his relationship with ex-wife Maggie, and giving his daughters back their family.

Daddy no.6: Mr Banks

In true Disney style, cold and aloof dad Mr Banks played by David Tomlinson in the 1964 classic musical Mary Poppins learns the valuable lesson that family is the most important thing in his life.

Daddy no.7: Daddy Warbucks

Another classic musical dad, the rich Daddy Warbucks played by Albert Finney in the 1981 film Annie, hopes to adopt the eponymous orphan as their relationship grows throughout the film. Nearly losing Annie to some crooks, Daddy Warbucks eventually is able to give Annie the family life she deserves.

Daddy no.8:  Don Vito Corleone

Okay so he might not be the classic dad ideal, but Vito Corleone played by the iconic Marlon Brando in 1972 cult film The Godfather does know a thing or two about honour! The Don of all dads, it’s all about the family where Vito Corleone’s concerned.

Daddy no.9: Clark Griswold

Hopelessly loyal dad Clark Griswold played by Chevy Chase, star of the National Lampoons movies is the quintessential family man. While his good-natured attempts to give his family the best in life often backfire spectacularly, Clark never gives up on the good times.

Daddy no.10: Rhett Butler

The dashing pragmatist, Rhett Butler played by Clark Gable in the epic 1939 melodrama Gone With the Wind, shows his softer, more paternal side, doting on his daughter Bonnie.

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  1. Rocketblast

    It’s got to be Atticus Finch for me!
    I would also mention Guido Orefice (Roberto Benigni) from Italian film Life is Beautiful, who uses his imagination to make life in a Nazi concentration camp seem like a big game for his young son.

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