The stereotypical father in comedies and dramas solve problems and offer good advice to their children. Action hero fathers on the other hand, know how to kick serious ass. Standard fighting skills and common sense won’t cut it for them when it comes to saving their offsprings. All it takes is an underlying tragedy to motivate every great vigilante dad.
These fictional fathers scale the tallest skyscrapers, take a hospital by hostage and go through extreme lengths for the ones they love.
Liam Neeson’s Bryan Mills, whose daughter is kidnapped after she makes the rookie mistake of sharing a taxi with a seemingly charming stranger. Mills breaks countless international laws including killing a room full of people without much effort to save his daughter. Who can forget this iconic quote: “I will not look for you, I will not pursue you, but if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you and I will kill you.”
Action hero favourite, Dwayne Johnson aka The Rock goes the distance in this explosive film. His character, Will Sawyer, a former FBI agent who lost his left leg below the knee in a botched hostage rescue and now works as a high-rise security specialist. His family is trapped as hostages in a burning 240-storey skyscraper and Sawyer runs through fires, scales the gargantuan building with a “disabled” leg to get them back.
Con Air (1997)
Cameron Poe (Nicholas Cage) wins big in this list. The former U.S Army Ranger and a prison parolee is on his way to freedom, and to his wife and daughter. Little did he know that the maximum security transport plane he’s on is skyjacked by the most vicious criminals including the infamous murderer Cyrus “The Virus” Grissom. Determined to meet his family, Poe successfully beat the baddies through various obstacles on air and the Las Vegas strip.
John Q (2002)
This may not be your stereotypical action hero movie, but John Q makes up for the lack of adrenaline with a riveting storyline. The desperate factory worker resorts to hostage-taking after learning that the hospital won’t even request an organ for his son without sufficient insurance coverage, which he doesn’t have. Unlike the rest on our list, the kill count is non-existent, but he did try to use a SWAT sniper as a human shield.
A Quiet Place (2018)
Lee Abbott gets our nod of approval as the best post-apocalyptic dad. Keeping your pregnant wife and two kids alive from bloodthirsty monsters isn’t an easy feat. But John Krasinski’s Lee has everything figured out, that is until the situation gets really out of hand and he has to step in the most dramatic way possible. In order to save his kids from being attacked and eaten alive, daddy gets bonus points for sacrificing himself instead.
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back
Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back isn’t what comes to mind when you think of a classic Father’s Day film, but dads are at the centre of the classic film. Who can forget that Episode V is where the iconic Darth Vader line, “Luke, I am your father,” comes from. Vader serves the Galactic Empire as its chief enforcer until ultimately redeeming himself. He saved his son, Luke Skywalker, and killed Palpatine, sacrificing his own life in the process.
The Gladiator (2000)
As Russell Crowe said, his name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, Commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. He wasn’t kidding when he said that he will have his vengeance, in this life or the next.