Top of the Pops: The 10 Coolest Movie Dads
In honor of Father’s Day this weekend, we took a cinematic survey of some of the coolest pops in movie history. Read below, shed a tear, and then make sure you call your dad.
John Wayne as Thomas Dunson in Red River (1948)
Why he’s the coolest: He’s a mean old cattleman with a violent streak and a fondness for liquor — so mean, in fact, that Gary Cooper turned down the role for fear of damaging his image. Dunson does love his stepson (played by a distractingly charismatic Montgomery Clift), but also vows to kill him for challenging his authority on a cattle drive. And in the manly-man fashion typical of that time, they settle their differences in a climactic brawl that leaves both of them bruised and battered — and smiling in their newfound mutual affection. It's proof that you can teach an old dad new tricks.
Spencer Tracy as Stanley Banks in Father of the Bride (1950)
Why he’s the coolest: A suburban dad must confront the unpleasant reality that his daughter (Elizabeth Taylor) has found the man of her dreams. Worse, he now has to foot the bill for the wedding of her dreams. Director Vincente Minelli has credited Spencer Tracy with the success of the film, calling his performance “the essence of comedy, because it was achingly true.” Tracy’s portrayal of Banks — kind, gruff, and comically aggrieved — pretty much created the template for every wry screen dad to follow.