While there are mountains of films in which parents are the sole source of child angst, or unsupportive fathers try to lead unstable sons away from sensible decisions in order to get what they want (see: The Empire Strikes Back); it is always a joy to see parents that warm your heart. Some of these you might wish were your own parents, though others are rather situationally specific so I’d take this list with a pinch of salt. And hey, things aren’t all that bad. At least your dad didn’t kill your mother, cut off your hand, ravage the galaxy, and decapitate Obi Wan Kenobi.
10. Bryan Mills – Taken
How many fathers can say that they’d run halfway around the world to actually follow up on the ominous threat they’d breathily growled down the phone? And how many fathers actually have the resources and know-how to slaughter a gang or Armenian people traffickers? How many parents will wire a light bulb to someone and run the power of the national grid through their sorry ass? My guess is that only Bryan Mills will do all of the above. The really weird thing is that the bad guys were stupid enough to want a sequel.