What do Finding Nemo and The Godfather have in common?

No, it's nothing to do with 'sleeping with the fishes'... both films gave us iconic father figures!

With Father’s Day on the horizon we’ve gathered our Top Five Fathers In Film for a masterclass in inspirational parenting.


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Bryan Mills - Taken


Of course, we start with a father that will stop at nothing to keep his child safe.

When his daughter Kim (Maggie Grace) is kidnapped while in Paris, her dad - the retired-but-still-ruthless CIA veteran, Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) - now has to unleash his particular set of skills. By now you probably know the score: he will find the kidnappers and he will kill them.

Finding someone who hasn’t heard 'that' phone speech… good luck...

Liam Neeson as Bryan Mills in Taken offers a warning to his daughter's kidnapper

Key quote... "Jean Claude, I will tear down the Eiffel Tower if I have to."




Will Smith as Chris Gardner laughs along with his son Christopher played by Jaden Smith, as they ride on the bus in The Pursuit Of Happyness

Chris Gardner - The Pursuit of Happyness


Based on an astounding true story of a single father leading a double life: working an unpaid internship on Wall Street by day and homeless by night.

Even with all the odds stacked up against him, Chris Gardner (Will Smith) dreams of a better life for his son Christopher (Jaden Smith), and he makes it happen.

The real-life Chris Gardner says that his greatest accomplishment in life isn’t financial - it’s breaking the cycle of child abandonment in his family, a true rags-to-riches story that will live on through the years.

Key quote... "Don’t ever let somebody tell you you can’t do something, not even me."




Marlin The Clownfish - Finding Nemo


He may not be the bravest, nor the wisest clownfish in the sea, but Marlin (Albert Brooks) is a great role model for parents everywhere - not just the realms of Disney Pixar.

His deep love for his son helps him overcome his fears, not only to save Nemo from danger, but to become the father he needs him to be.

Marlin shows us: you don't have to be the perfect parent to start with, but 'just keep swimming' and you'll find your way there.

Marlin and Nemo swimming through the coral together hand-in-hand in Finding Nemo

Key quote... "...and the sea cucumber turns to the mollusk and says, "With fronds like these, who needs anemones?"




an adviser offers a word in the ear of Don Vito Corleone, played by Marlon Brando in The Godfather

Vito Corleone - The Godfather


It takes steady shoulders to build an organised crime empire, but even steadier footing to raise a family and impart them with the right values. Look no further than the Godfather, the Don, Capo dei capi himself: Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando).

Always seeking what’s best for his family, Don Vito strives to elevate the Corleone name out of it’s criminal past and into a legitimate future for his children - especially for Michael (Al Pacino) who he elects to lead the family when the time comes.

Mob business aside, learning from his past and working to give his family opportunities he never had is fine fatherhood to us. “Godfatherhood’, even...

Key quote... "I have a sentimental weakness for my children and I spoil them, as you can see."




Fa Zhou - Mulan


From Disney’s animated classic Mulan, imperial war veteran Fa Zhou is an emblem of loyalty to the Emperor, but even more so to his family.

While his time in the film is limited his presence shapes the whole film and lingers throughout. His ability to grow, accept and change is what makes him a great father. Fa Zhou holds his family close to his heart, close enough to know when to be strict, but also close enough to know what is best for them.

While his strength in body is faltered, he knows how to lift Mulan's spirits and that's where his true strength lies.

Fa Zhou looks on proudly at his daughter Mulan, in the animated Disney classic

Key quote... "The greatest gift and honour is having you for a daughter."





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