With Father's Day approaching, we thought we'd take a look at some of the most badass dads in the movies, real Papa Bear types who wouldn't hesitate to knock a bad guy between the eyes if it meant saving their kids' lives.
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Gallery | 20 Badass Dads in the Movies
- John Matrix (Arnold Schwarzenegger), 'Commando'
Before "Taken," this was the movie that came to mind when you thought about badass dads. John Matrix must battle some mercenaries en route to saving his kidnapped daughter (Alyssa Milano).
- Harry Tasker (Arnold Schwarzenegger), 'True Lies'
Harry Tasker seems like a run-of-the-mill family man with a boring job, a loving wife (Jamie Lee Curtis) and a rebellious daughter (Eliza Dushku). But he wins cool points with his daughter for good when he flies a Harrier jet to save her from an Iraqi terrorist (Art Malik).
- Brian Mills (Liam Neeson,) 'Taken'
Brian Mills set a new standard for what fathers will do to find their daughters in Pierre Morel's "Taken." A former CIA agent is forced to use his smarts and brutality to find his girl before she's sold into sex slavery.
- John McClane (Bruce Willis), 'Live Free or Die Hard'
John McClane was a family man in all the "Die Hard" movies, but it's in this one where we really see his protective instincts, when he has to save his estranged daughter Lucy (Mary Elizabeth Winstead).
- Darth Vader (Voice of James Earl Jones), 'Star Wars: Episode V'
My daddy is the evil overlord of the universe! What does yours do for a living?
- Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), 'Rocky V'
Rocky Balboa spends so much time training aspiring boxer Tommy Gunn (Tommy Morrison) that he forgets about his own son Robert (Sage Stallone). He regains his son's favour with a climactic street fight in which he punches the lights out of his former pupil.
- Damon Macready (Nicolas Cage), 'Kick-Ass'
One of Nicolas Cage’s quirkiest roles is also one of his funniest. As "Big Daddy," he plays an ex-cop trying to train his daughter, Mindy/"Hit Girl" (Chloe Moretz) to be a superhero. Daddy’s harsh lessons pay off here, as Hit Girl kicks even more ass than the film’s namesake.
- Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage), 'Con Air'Cage puts on a terrible Alabaman accent in this Jerry Bruckheimer-produced actioner about Cameron Poe, a Gulf War veteran and family man who's returning home from prison when he's forced to fly on a plane full of convicts. Nothing will stop this man from being reunited with his wife and daughter.
- Bill Munny (Clint Eastwood), 'Unforgiven'William Munny is a gunslinger-turned-widowed farmer who just isn't any good at tilling the land. Forced into a last, big job to provide for his children, he runs up against the law in the form of the ruthless "Little" Bill Daggett (Gene Hackman). The final showdown is one of the greatest scenes in 20th century cinema.
- James Marshall (Harrison Ford), 'Air Force One'
As President of the United States, James Marshall is forced to balance his family’s life against the demands of a Russian terrorist (Gary Oldman) who wants to free a dictator responsible for hundreds of thousands of deaths. Marshall, however, grabs the upper hand with a line that would only seem plausible in mid-'90s action cinema: "Get off my plane!"
- Jack Ryan (Harrison Ford), 'Patriot Games'
Ex-CIA man Jack Ryan jumps back into active duty after Irish terrorists nearly kill his wife and daughter. Little do these terrorists know that you shouldn't attack a wolf so close to his den.
- Benjamin Martin (Mel Gibson), 'The Patriot'
Benjamin Martin, a veteran of the American Revolutionary War, wants to avoid any more fighting with Great Britain. But he can no longer ignore their presence when Col. William Tavington (Jason Isaacs) arrests his son Gabriel (Heath Ledger) and kills his younger son Thomas (Gregory Smith). Cue epic battlefield showdown with the stars and stripes waving against the sun.
- Tom Mullen (Mel Gibson), 'Ransom'
When Tom Mullen demands, "GIVE ME BACK MY SON!" you best do as he says.
- Big Chris (Vinnie Jones), 'Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels'
The English thugs in Guy Ritchie's film debut should have known better than to threaten Big Chris's son.
- King Triton (Voice of Kenneth Mars), 'The Little Mermaid'
King Triton's harsh punishment for Ariel saving a human shows the upper limits of tough love.
- Man (Viggo Mortensen), 'The Road'
"When he woke in the woods in the dark and the cold of the night he'd reach out to touch the child sleeping beside him. Nights dark beyond darkness and the days more gray each one than what had gone before. Like the onset of some cold glaucoma dimming away the world." - From Cormac McCarthy's book, the source for an emotionally shattering film about fathers and sons.
- Tom Stall (Viggo Mortensen), 'A History of Violence'
David Cronenberg drew on western and horror influences for this film about Tom Stall, a small-town family man with a suppressed propensity for violence.
- Bob Parr/Mr. Incredible (Voice of Craig T. Nelson), 'The Incredibles'
Life is tough for a former superhero trying to live a normal life, especially when your kids have powers just like yours. The desire to do great deeds never really leaves you. So when opportunity knocks for Mr. Incredible, he takes it.
- Wilson (Terence Stamp), 'The Limey'
Wilson has just been released from prison and he wants answers about the death of his daughter Jenny. He has a real badass moment when, beaten by three drug traffickers, he picks himself up, shoots two of them and tells the last one, "You tell him I'm coming!"
- John Quincy Archibald (Denzel Washington), 'John Q'
John Quincy Archibald has to resort to desperate measures when a hospital tries to discharge his son, who needs a transplant that he can't afford without health insurance. Naturally, he takes hostages.