30 of the best movie and TV dads of all time

Fictional fathers we would be proud to call our own

best movie and TV dads

Like real-life fathers, movie and TV dads come in all shapes and sizes. But despite their differences, a lot of them have one thing in common: their unconditional love for their children. There are fictional fathers that are expressive of how much they deeply care about their kids, and there are also those that are quiet and prefer to show their love for their children by making sure that all their needs are met. While perfect dads do exist in movies and TV shows, flawed fictional fathers who try their best to do anything for their kids are also adored by many. Below are 30 of the best movie and TV dads of all time.

Atticus Finch (To Kill a Mockingbird, 1962)

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The main protagonist of the classic movie To Kill a Mockingbird, Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck) is the widowed lawyer father of Jem Finch (Phillip Alford) and Scout Finch (Mary Badham). Wise and caring, Atticus taught her children about prejudice and the importance of treating people fairly and standing up for what they believe in.

Leading by example for his son and daughter, Atticus vowed to defend an African-American man named Tom Robinson (Brock Peters) after he was accused of raping a girl. Unlike most white individuals in his town, Atticus had a strong stance fighting against racism and devoted himself to an anti-racism philosophy. Though everything didn’t work out according to plan, Atticus was rewarded for his morality and showed exactly what a role model should look like.

Interesting facts about BTS
  • The group name, “BTS” stands for the Korean expression Bangtan Sonyeondan which translates to “Bulletproof Boy Scouts”. Band member J-Hope said that they chose this name because it represents BTS’s desire “to block out stereotypes, criticisms, and expectations that aim on adolescents like bullets.” But that isn’t the only meaning behind the name. In 2017, BTS said, as part of their new brand identity, that their name would also stand for Beyond the Scene” which extended their name to mean “growing youth BTS who is going beyond the realities they are facing, and going forward.”
  • BTS was originally intended to be a hip-hop group, similar to YG Entertainment’s 1TYM. This was because Big Hit Entertainment CEO Bang Si-hyuk met with RM and was very impressed by his rapping talents. However, Bang Si-hyuk changed his mind and decided that today’s youth needed “a hero who can lend them a shoulder to lean on, even without speaking a single word.”
  • BTS has said that all of the following musicians have inspired their music; Post Malone, Eminem, Seo Taiji and Boys, Nas, Kanye West, Drake, Charlie Puth, Danger, and Queen.
  • The band’s first English-language single, “Dynamite”, was released on August 21st. Its video broke the YouTube record for the most viewed music video premiere, grabbing the attention of three million viewers, and it set a new record for the most viewed video on the first day of release. “Dynamite” is also the first music video on YouTube to surpass 100 million views in less than one day.
  • BTS has been often labeled as “easily the biggest and most successful name in K-pop in the world” that can “do things no other name in their genre can.” Time magazine has gone as far as calling them the “Princes of Pop.”