George Bailey (It's a Wonderful Life)
Rank Title Points Votes Your Vote
1
Born with a crooked spine, Tom Hanks's Gump prevails, downplaying his limitations in favor of his strengths (kindness, loyalty, and courage).
Current Score:
1329
Total Votes:
5397
2
Heath Ledger's performance as Batman's archenemy erased the memory of camp Jokers and replaced it with a scarred sociopath.
Current Score:
1282
Total Votes:
4720
3
James Earl Jones voices the heavy-breathing black-clad embodiment of the dark side of the Force.
Current Score:
988
Total Votes:
3526
4
Part dandy and part metrosexual, Johnny Depp's Sparrow reinvented the pirate as a renegade, basing his performance on Keith Richards.
Current Score:
862
Total Votes:
3632
5
Harrison Ford's smuggler Solo pilots the Millennium Falcon to help the Alliance, led by Princess Leia, defeat the Empire.
Current Score:
839
Total Votes:
2981
6
Harrison Ford's whip-cracking fedora-wearing archaeologist convinced moviegoers that a tweedy academic could also be an adventurer.
Current Score:
826
Total Votes:
3292
7
Superspy Bond -- played by Sean Connery and others -- has adapted to political trends while staying true to his womanizing core.
Current Score:
820
Total Votes:
3382
8
Marlon Brando's Vito is the archetypal striver who gambles everything on a fresh start in America, becoming the head of a crime family.
Current Score:
765
Total Votes:
3339
9
Sylvester Stallone's Rocky proves himself in a million-to-one matchup, and his victory makes underdogs cheer.
Current Score:
454
Total Votes:
2478
10
Anthony Hopkins turned a serial killer into an icon with a gift for exploiting the childhood of FBI trainee Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster).
Current Score:
426
Total Votes:
2718
11
Father figure, statesman, and exiled Jedi Obi-Wan was given nuance by Alec Guinness, whose lead Ewan McGregor followed.
Current Score:
373
Total Votes:
2375
12
Daniel Radcliffe's Potter embodies every child's fantasy: discovering classmate friendships at Hogwarts and confronting Lord Voldemort.
Current Score:
371
Total Votes:
2577
13
Al Pacino's Michael is the Corleone clan's best hope for mainstream assimilation, but loyalty shackles him to old-world violence.
Current Score:
301
Total Votes:
2435
14
Arnold Schwarzenegger is a man-machine from 2029 donning a biker's jacket and sunglasses on a mission to kill Sarah Connor in Los Angeles.
Current Score:
268
Total Votes:
2080
15
As a salesman, founder of the Fight Club, and the instigator of Project Mayhem, Brad Pitt's Durden preaches through beat downs.
Current Score:
267
Total Votes:
2523
16
The patron saint of lawyers, Gregory Peck's Finch defends an accused Black man of rape, knowing that justice and the law aren't in sync.
Current Score:
239
Total Votes:
2249
17
Al Pacino's Cuban refugee achieves the American Dream in Miami through drug dealing, then loses it all during an assault on his mansion.
Current Score:
184
Total Votes:
2022
18
Anthony Perkins infused unnerving madness into the character of Bates, the polite, quiet boy who manages the Bates Motel.
Current Score:
179
Total Votes:
1987
19
Liam Neeson's German industrialist exploited his Jewish employees but avoided sending them to Holocaust death camps.
Current Score:
136
Total Votes:
1730
20
Robert De Niro is a natural-born misfit adrift in degenerate seventies New York who becomes a violent vigilante.
Current Score:
131
Total Votes:
1745
21
Christopher Reeve played Metropolis reporter Clark Kent and the Man of Steel, fighting for justice with a spit curl.
Current Score:
121
Total Votes:
1695
22
Jack Nicholson's writer Torrance (with sardonic humor) suffers from alcoholism, cabin fever, and the pressures of providing for his family.
Current Score:
118
Total Votes:
1550
23
Jeff Bridges's Dude remains the idol of slackers: he spends his hours bowling, smoking marijuana, and dealing with German nihilists.
Current Score:
114
Total Votes:
1768
24
James Stewart is a good-intentioned husband practicing random acts of kindness to better the lives of the citizens of Bedford Falls.
Current Score:
113
Total Votes:
1953
25
Charismatic, courtly, and cold as the grave, Bela Lugosi is an exotic Transylvanian nobleman turned vampire.
Current Score:
93
Total Votes:
1371
26
The handsome war profiteer, played by Clark Gable, is pragmatic enough to know when to give up on Scarlett (Vivien Leigh).
Current Score:
67
Total Votes:
2355
27
As a Vietnam veteran, Sylvester Stallone is treated as an outcast and reinvents himself as a champion of the oppressed.
Current Score:
59
Total Votes:
1617
28
The last good man in postapocalyptic Australia, Mel Gibson's former cop wanders the outback standing up for opprosed people against gangs.
Current Score:
35
Total Votes:
1431
29
Humphrey Bogart's expat club owner talks tough yet sacrifices everything for love and honor -- women still swoon.
Current Score:
25
Total Votes:
1659
30
Clint Eastwood is a principled San Francisco cop who bends the rules to get psychopathic killers off the streets.
Current Score:
16
Total Votes:
1658
31
Played by four actors but trademarked by Peter Sellers, the hopelessly incompetent Clouseau causes a wake of chaos as he solves cases.
Current Score:
-19
Total Votes:
1409
32
Inspired by William Randolph Hearst and played by Orson Welles, the tycoon Kane has an overwhelming ego that precipitates his collapse.
Current Score:
-32
Total Votes:
1414
33
Malcolm McDowell's Alex was spawned by post-WWII anxieties about delinquents: he idolizes Beethoven and embraces violence.
Current Score:
-37
Total Votes:
1375
34
Mike Myers's Powers spoofs the spies of sixties British espionage movies while advocating free love and combating his nemesis, Dr. Evil.
Current Score:
-44
Total Votes:
1434
35
Boris Karloff's towering creature is the grandfather of all movie monsters -- a sensitive soul doomed to be hounded by mobs.
Current Score:
-55
Total Votes:
1111
36
The supercomputer (voiced by Douglas Rain) is doomed by a programmer who introduced a thread of frailty into the machine.
Current Score:
-59
Total Votes:
1217
37
A WWI-era British officer comfortable among Bedouin, Lawrence is a hero imbued with a sexually ambiguous glamour by Peter O'Toole.
Current Score:
-88
Total Votes:
1122
38
Strangelove (one of Peter Sellers's three characters) is a physicist with a mechanical arm struggling to achieve a Nazi salute.
Current Score:
-90
Total Votes:
1254
39
Charlton Heston is a wealthy and virile merchant-prince who finds peace in Jesus' crucifixion.
Current Score:
-94
Total Votes:
1344
40
Marlon Brando's portrayal of longshoreman Malloy, who "coulda been a contender," is the embodiment of wounded masculinity.
Current Score:
-127
Total Votes:
979
41
Johnny Weissmuller was the sixth actor to play Edgar Rice Burrough's jungle character and the first to personify the ape-man's appeal.
Current Score:
-141
Total Votes:
1015
42
Gene Hackman's Doyle is based on real-life N.Y. cop Eddie Egan, portrayed as a bigoted, overzealous hard-drinking cop.
Current Score:
-147
Total Votes:
1033
43
John Wayne pins his hopes for redemption on rescuing his niece, abducted by Comanches, but comes face-to-face with his own racism.
Current Score:
-153
Total Votes:
1069
44
In the civil rights-era, Sidney Poitier's Tibbs -- a Black Philadelphia detective who demands respect -- comes face-to-face with bigotry.
Current Score:
-195
Total Votes:
893
45
About to leave Hadleyville, New Mexico, Gary Cooper's Kane must protect the town from killers, though folks decline to stand by him.
Current Score:
-213
Total Votes:
895
46
Charles Chaplin's most memorable tramp character arms himself with optimism, good-heartedness, and grace.
Current Score:
-220
Total Votes:
1018
47
Personifying unrestrained corporate greed, Michael Douglas extols excess, arguing that "greed, for lack of a better word, is good."
Current Score:
-228
Total Votes:
1012
48
Private detective Shaft, Richard Roundtree's blaxploitation hero, battles pimps, gangsters, and drug dealers.
Current Score:
-254
Total Votes:
920
49
Robert Mitchum's preacher hides behind a mask of piety, but the "LOVE" and "HATE" tattoos on his knuckles tell a darker story.
Current Score:
-260
Total Votes:
912
50
Dustin Hoffman's hustler gets by on bravado, but a respiratory ailment dooms him within sight of his fantasy locale, Miami.
Current Score:
-275
Total Votes:
945