Mrs Doubtfire and Darth Vader revealed as Britain’s favourite movie dads ahead of Father’s Day

BRITAIN’S favourite movie dads are a man dressed as a woman and a faceless megalomanic in black, a study has revealed.

Film fans voted Mrs Doubtfire, played by Robin Williams as No1 screen father-figure, followed by Star Wars villain Darth Vader and tragic cartoon lion Mufasa from The Lion King. And No4 is the deadly and dangerous Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) in Taken, who famously tells his daughter’s kidnappers: “I will find you and I will kill you.”

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Film fans voted Mrs Doubtfire, played by Robin Williams, as the No1 on-screen father-figure[/caption]

The survey of 200 adults, commissioned by DiscoverLSQ, found Brits clearly prefer a more controversial and outlandish father in a film, compared to a more loveable and endearing father figure such as George Banks fromFather of the Bride , or Marlin the Clownfish from Finding Nemo.

When it comes to sitting down as a family to watch a film, the love for the wizarding world holds no boundaries for Muggles, as Harry Potter was voted the nation’s favourite film franchise for families to watch together,  followed by The Marvel Universe franchise and Toy Story.

DiscoverLSQ, a group of businesses in London’s Leicester Square, will host a special screening of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone at Cineworld in Leicester Square, on Saturday 15th June to celebrate Father’s Day,

Yet, over a third (34%) of Brits admit to never watching a film with their Dad as an adult, with the 11% that do only choosing to do so on a special occasion, with either a comedy or thriller (19%) being the preferred genre, over a musical (5%) or romantic movie (7%).

This comes as a stark contrast to Brits fondest childhood memories. Almost a third (30%) of Brits remember watching films at home with their dad, whilst over a quarter (26%) remember going to the cinema as a child with their dad, admitting this as being one of their warmest childhood memories.

Mark Williams from DiscoverLSQ said: “Taking a trip to the cinema is a great way to spend quality time as a family and there is no better destination than Leicester Square, the UK’s “Home of Film”, to watch film classics on the big screen.


Mrs Doubtfire 26%

Darth Vader (Star Wars) 22%

Mufasa (The Lion King) 20%

Bryan Mills (Taken) 17%

Marlin the Clownfish (Finding Nemo) 15%

Mr Incredible (The Incredibles) 14%

Jack Byrnes (Meet The Parents) 14%

Jim’s Dad (American Pie) 14%

George Banks (Father of the Bride) 13%

Chris Gardener (The Pursuit of Happyness) 10%

Faceless megalomanic Darth Vader is the UK’s second-best movie dad

“We are thrilled to present a special screening of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone at Cineworld, Leicester Square this Father’s Day weekend and with other activities, such as Crystal Maze Live, there really is something for all of the family to enjoy in the area.”

The special screening of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone, which has not been on the big screen since 2001, which will be taking place at Cineworld on the Saturday morning before Father’s Day in Leicester Square is free for all the family to attend, with tickets on a first come, first served basis. To register for a seat and for more information head to here.


Harry Potter 22%

The Marvel Universe 17%

Toy Story 15%

Die Hard 15%

Jurassic Park 13%


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