A Tour of Prototypical '80s Film Dads

Where does your father fall on this scale of galactic mass murderers and wizened archaeologists?

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Father's Day is Sunday, and while you're hurriedly evaluating his taste in cologne and neck ties for a last-minute gift, take a break for a look back at some fantastic film fathers.

The 1980s was a great decade for dads who ranged from classic Cliff Huxtable types to more angsty and outrageous patriarchs. We've categorized them in a handy taxonomy below. See if you can figure out where your pops might fall on the list before sending off that Father's Day card.

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