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The 5 Worst Movie Dads

Which on-screen patriarchs are really bad at being a dad? Let us know who else you would include


What do mean am I taking the mickey? I know I just chopped yours off I Image: 20th Century Fox

Darth Vader – Star Wars

He may have ended up as a sweet, sad old man, but for most of the original Star Wars saga, Darth crushed people’s necks at will, got Han frozen in carbonite and most unfatherly of all, lopped off his own son’s hand. After trying to shoot his boy out of the sky during the attack on the first Death Star, the cyborg formerly known as Anakin had a lot of making up to do. He just about managed it by hurling the Emperor into a chasm, though not before Luke had absorbed some serious electric shocks.

Jack Torrance – The Shining

Just checking to see if you've done your homework I Image: Warner Bros.

To be fair, it’s not really Jack’s fault that he went insane and tried to murder his family with an axe. The hotel made him do it. Nonetheless, poor Wendy and Danny just managed to escape with their lives in Stanley Kubrick’s horror classic. What’s more, Jack didn’t even get any worthwhile writing done…

Lester Burnham – American Beauty

She may be talking, but he's thinking about rose petals I Image: Dreamworks

It’s bad enough having a father that doesn’t care about you. But Lester has a full-blown midlife crisis that destroys his family, ending in his death. As well as trying to shag his daughter’s friend, he lifts weights in the nude, works at a fast food drive-thru and is exquisitely selfish – hardly father of the year material.

Don Corleone – The Godfather

What do you mean Fredo's annoyed with me? I Image: Paramount

“Sorry, I can’t come and watch your footie match, I’m looking after a large crime family. Oh and by the way, if you do something that threatens that, I’ll probably have someone murder you.” Plus who really wants their dad to sit around with cotton wool in their cheeks talking like that?

Bill – Kill Bill

Bill didn't have a footie to play with, so he thought this was an okay alternative I Image: Miramax

As a father, you’re expected to do everything you can to protect your family. Bill (David Carradine) basically does the exact opposite, leaving Beatrice (Uma Thurman) for dead on her wedding day. He reaps what he sows, of course, while all his horribleness turns his daughter into one hell of a fighter (not that that should be encouraged).

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