10 Great Movie Dads We Wish Raised Us

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There’s no such thing as a perfect father. (And if you had one that was close to perfection, we don’t want to hear about it.) Many of us had complicated relationships with our dads. They were physically absent, emotionally out-to-lunch, or downright mean and abusive. As children, we longed for different lives, one with fathers who actually cared for — and gave a crap about — us. Some of us found substitute father figures in film, and gleaned the insights and wisdom necessary for adulthood from these fictional characters.

As Father’s Day approaches, we honor the movie dads we wish we had. (Thanks for nothing, biological fathers.)

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