To Kill a Mockingbird
Gregory Peck's Atticus Finch is the godfather of all good film fathers. Morally straight, hard working and leading by example instead of catering to his kids like a subservient stooge, Finch laid down a fantastic model for good fathering. What is very interesting in the film is the distance between the father and his children. This isn't to say there isn't love and affection, there obviously is plenty to be found. Finch is a role model, a father FIGURE, first and doesn't stoop to his kid's level. Rather he assumes his natural role and shows them how to act. His father figure role is supported by how his children see people react to their dad. He is a respectable man who stands for his principles and in turn teaches his children, and the audience, to do the same.