Top 15 Fathers on Film
Tom Winters, 'Houseboat'
In one of his few roles as a father, Cary Grant plays a man who only discovers how much he needs his children after the death of their mother. Tom is a lawyer whose business kept him away from home most of the time. His children, devastated by the loss of their mother, resent and mistrust him because they hardly know him. They all end up living in a leaky old houseboat, and he impetuously hires a beautiful Italian woman (Sophia Loren) as their housekeeper and nanny, not realizing that she has run away from her own father and knows no more about housekeeping than he does. It is funny and romantic and also surprisingly wise and touching. Watch for the scene when Tom explains to his oldest son how even when people die they are not really gone.