The 10 worst dads in movie history

Slide show: In honor of Father's Day, we count down the nastiest patriarchs ever to hit the big screen

By Matt Zoller Seitz
Published June 17, 2011 11:30PM (EDT)

Happy Father's Day, dear old Dad, you strong, wise, kindhearted man, you beacon of integrity, you ... Oh, wait, that was last year's slide show.

This year we're serving up a hall of fame of truly terrible movie fathers. We're got drunks. We've got pedophiles. We've got a thieving rapist gangster redneck, a homicidal preacher, an intergalactic warlord and a lawyer who smells faintly of sulfur. Add your own rotten patriarchs in the Letters section.

And to all you fathers out there: Go ahead and raise a toast to yourself. Whatever your failings, you're almost surely a better dad than anyone in this sorry bunch.


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