AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes & Villains

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AFI 100 Years... series
1998 100 Movies
1999 100 Stars
2000 100 Laughs
2001 100 Thrills
2002 100 Passions
2003 100 Heroes & Villains
2004 100 Songs
2005 100 Movie Quotes
2005 25 Scores
2006 100 Cheers
2006 25 Musicals
2007 100 Movies (Updated)
2008 AFI's 10 Top 10

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes and Villains is a list of the one-hundred greatest screen characters (fifty each in the hero and villain categories) as chosen by the American Film Institute in June 2003. It is part of the AFI 100 Years... series. The list was first presented in a CBS special hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The presentation programme was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Special.[1]

The list[edit]

Heroes[edit]

Rank Hero Actor Film Year Notes
1. Atticus Finch Gregory Peck To Kill a Mockingbird 1962 Loosely based upon the father of Harper Lee
2. Indiana Jones Harrison Ford Raiders of the Lost Ark 1981
3. James Bond Sean Connery Dr. No 1962
4. Rick Blaine Humphrey Bogart Casablanca 1942
5. Will Kane Gary Cooper High Noon 1952
6. Clarice Starling Jodie Foster The Silence of the Lambs 1991
7. Rocky Balboa Sylvester Stallone Rocky 1976
8. Ellen Ripley Sigourney Weaver Aliens 1986
9. George Bailey James Stewart It's a Wonderful Life 1946
10. T. E. Lawrence Peter O'Toole Lawrence of Arabia 1962 Historical figure
11. Jefferson Smith James Stewart Mr. Smith Goes to Washington 1939
12. Tom Joad Henry Fonda The Grapes of Wrath 1940
13. Oskar Schindler Liam Neeson Schindler's List 1993 Historical figure
14. Han Solo Harrison Ford Star Wars 1977
15. Norma Rae Webster Sally Field Norma Rae 1979 Based upon southern mill worker Crystal Lee Sutton
16. Shane Alan Ladd Shane 1953
17. Harry Callahan Clint Eastwood Dirty Harry 1971
18. Robin Hood Errol Flynn The Adventures of Robin Hood 1938
19. Virgil Tibbs Sidney Poitier In the Heat of the Night 1967
20. Butch Cassidy
and the Sundance Kid
Paul Newman
and Robert Redford
Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 1969 Historical figures
21. Mahatma Gandhi Ben Kingsley Gandhi 1982 Historical figure
22. Spartacus Kirk Douglas Spartacus 1960 Historical figure
23. Terry Malloy Marlon Brando On the Waterfront 1954
24. Thelma Dickinson and Louise Sawyer Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon Thelma & Louise 1991
25. Lou Gehrig Gary Cooper The Pride of the Yankees 1942 Historical figure
26. Superman Christopher Reeve Superman 1978
27. Bob Woodward
and Carl Bernstein
Robert Redford
and Dustin Hoffman
All the President's Men 1976 Historical figures
28. Juror #8 Henry Fonda 12 Angry Men 1957
29. General George Patton George C. Scott Patton 1970 Historical figure
30. Lucas (Luke) Jackson Paul Newman Cool Hand Luke 1967
31. Erin Brockovich Julia Roberts Erin Brockovich 2000 Historical figure
32. Philip Marlowe Humphrey Bogart The Big Sleep 1946
33. Marge Gunderson Frances McDormand Fargo 1996
34. Tarzan Johnny Weissmuller Tarzan the Ape Man 1932
35. Alvin York Gary Cooper Sergeant York 1941 Historical figure
36. Rooster Cogburn John Wayne True Grit 1969
37. Obi-Wan Kenobi Alec Guinness Star Wars 1977
38. The Tramp Charlie Chaplin City Lights 1931
39. Lassie Pal Lassie Come Home 1943
40. Frank Serpico Al Pacino Serpico 1973 Historical figure
41. Arthur Chipping Robert Donat Goodbye, Mr. Chips 1939
42. Father Edward Spencer Tracy Boys Town 1938 Historical figure
43. Moses Charlton Heston The Ten Commandments 1956 Biblical figure
44. Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle Gene Hackman The French Connection 1971 Based upon New York City Police Detective Eddie Egan
45. Zorro Tyrone Power The Mark of Zorro 1940
46. Batman Michael Keaton Batman 1989
47. Karen Silkwood Meryl Streep Silkwood 1983 Real person
48. Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger Terminator 2: Judgment Day 1991
49. Andrew Beckett Tom Hanks Philadelphia 1993
50. General Maximus Decimus Meridius Russell Crowe Gladiator 2000

Villains[edit]

Rank Villain Actor Film Year Notes
1. Dr. Hannibal Lecter Anthony Hopkins The Silence of the Lambs 1991
2. Norman Bates Anthony Perkins Psycho 1960 Loosely based upon killer Ed Gein
3. Darth Vader David Prowse (voiced by James Earl Jones) The Empire Strikes Back 1980
4. The Wicked Witch of the West Margaret Hamilton The Wizard of Oz 1939
5. Nurse Ratched Louise Fletcher One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest 1975
6. Mr. Potter Lionel Barrymore It's a Wonderful Life 1946
7. Alex Forrest Glenn Close Fatal Attraction 1987
8. Phyllis Dietrichson Barbara Stanwyck Double Indemnity 1944
9. Regan MacNeil (as possessed by "Satan") Linda Blair (voiced by Mercedes McCambridge) The Exorcist 1973
10. The Evil Queen Voice of Lucille La Verne Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs 1937
11. Michael Corleone Al Pacino The Godfather Part II 1974
12. Alex DeLarge Malcolm McDowell A Clockwork Orange 1971
13. HAL 9000 Voice of Douglas Rain 2001: A Space Odyssey 1968
14. The Alien Bolaji Badejo Alien 1979
15. Amon Goeth Ralph Fiennes Schindler's List 1993 Historical figure
16. Noah Cross John Huston Chinatown 1974
17. Annie Wilkes Kathy Bates Misery 1990
18. The Shark "Bruce"[2] Jaws 1975
19. Captain Bligh Charles Laughton Mutiny on the Bounty 1935 Historical figure
20. Man Voiced by Paul Starrs Bambi 1942
21. Mrs. Eleanor Iselin Angela Lansbury The Manchurian Candidate 1962
22. Terminator Arnold Schwarzenegger The Terminator 1984
23. Eve Harrington Anne Baxter All About Eve 1950
24. Gordon Gekko Michael Douglas Wall Street 1987
25. Jack Torrance Jack Nicholson The Shining 1980
26. Cody Jarrett James Cagney White Heat 1949
27. Martians Various The War of the Worlds 1953
28. Max Cady Robert Mitchum Cape Fear 1962
29. Reverend Harry Powell Robert Mitchum The Night of the Hunter 1955
30. Travis Bickle Robert De Niro Taxi Driver 1976
31. Mrs. Danvers Judith Anderson Rebecca 1940
32. Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway Bonnie and Clyde 1967 Historical figures
33. Count Dracula Bela Lugosi Dracula 1931
34. Dr. Szell Laurence Olivier Marathon Man 1976
35. J.J. Hunsecker Burt Lancaster Sweet Smell of Success 1957 Based upon columnist Walter Winchell
36. Frank Booth Dennis Hopper Blue Velvet 1986
37. Harry Lime Orson Welles The Third Man 1949
38. Caesar Enrico Bandello Edward G. Robinson Little Caesar 1931
39. Cruella De Vil Voice by Betty Lou Gerson One Hundred and One Dalmatians 1961
40. Freddy Krueger Robert Englund A Nightmare on Elm Street 1984
41. Joan Crawford Faye Dunaway Mommie Dearest 1981 Historical figure
42. Tom Powers James Cagney The Public Enemy 1931
43. Regina Giddens Bette Davis The Little Foxes 1941
44. Baby Jane Hudson Bette Davis What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? 1962
45. The Joker Jack Nicholson Batman 1989
46. Hans Gruber Alan Rickman Die Hard 1988
47. Tony Camonte Paul Muni Scarface 1932
48. Keyser Söze/Verbal Kint Kevin Spacey The Usual Suspects 1995
49. Auric Goldfinger Gert Fröbe (voiced by Michael Collins) Goldfinger 1964
50. Detective Alonzo Harris Denzel Washington Training Day 2001

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