The Greatest Film Characters

The Little Tramp in Gold Rush (1925) played by Charles Chaplin

Paul Baumer in All Quiet on the Western Front (1930) played by Lew Ayres

Peter Warne in It Happened One Night (1934) played by Clark Gable

Catherine the Great in The Scarlett Empress (1934)played by Marlene Dietrich

Longfellow Deeds in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936) played by Gary Cooper

Irene Bullock in My Man Godfrey (1936) played by Carole Lombard

Susan Vance in Bringing Up Baby (1938) played by Katharine Hepburn

Tony Kirby in You Can’t Take it With You (1938) played by James Stewart

Melanie Wilkes in Gone With the Wind (1939) played by Olivia de Havilland

C.K. Dexter Haven in The Philadelphia Story (1940) played by Cary Grant

Nora Shelley in The Talk of the Town (1942) played by Jean Arthur

Charlotte Vale in Now, Voyager (1942) played by Bette Davis

Jeremiah Durrance in Now, Voyager (1942) played by Paul Henreid

Charlie Newton in Shadow of a Doubt (1943) played by Teresa Wright

Norval Jones in The Miracle of Morgan’s Creek (1944) played by Eddie Bracken

Milly Stephenson in The Best Years of Our Lives (1946) played by Myrna Loy

Charlie Allnut in The African Queen (1952) played by Humphrey Bogart

Cosmo Brown in Singin’ in the Rain (1952) played by Donald O’Connor

Edie Doyle in On the Waterfront (1954) played by Eva Marie Saint

Jett Rink in Giant (1956) played by James Dean

Juror Number 8 in Twelve Angry Men (1957) played by Henry Fonda

Dan Haywood in Judgment at Nuremberg (1961) played by Spencer Tracy

Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) played by Gregory Peck

Emily Barham in The Americanization of Emily (1964) played by Julie Andrews

Virgil Tibbs in In the Heat of the Night (1967) played by Sidney Poitier

Sonny Crawford in The Last Picture Show (1971) played by Timothy Bottoms

Charlie Cheswick in One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975) played by Sydney Lassick

Cpl. Nikanor Chevotarevich in The Deer Hunter (1978) played by Christopher Walken

Ted Kramer in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979) played by Dustin Hoffman

Calvin Jarrett in Ordinary People (1980) played by Donald Sutherland

Ethel Thaler in On Golden Pond (1982) played by Katharine Hepburn

Pran in The Killing Fields (1984) played by Haing S. Ngor

Sarah Norman in Children of a Lesser God (1986) played by Marlee Matlin

 Tom Grunick in Broadcast News (1987) played by William Hurt

Mrs. Hillyer in Rambling Rose (1991) played by Diane Ladd


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