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AFI's 100 Years…100 Heroes and Villains is a list of the 100 greatest movie heroes and villains (50 of each) chosen by American Film Institute in June 2003. It is part of the AFI 100 Years… series. The series was first presented in a CBS special hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger. The presentation program was nominated for an Emmy Award for Outstanding Nonfiction Special.[1]

AFI 100 Years… series

100 Movies – (1998)
100 Stars – (1999)
100 Laughs – (2000)
100 Thrills – (2001)
100 Passions – (2002)
100 Heroes and Villains – (2003)
100 Songs – (2004)
100 Movie Quotes – (2005)
100 Film Scores – (2005)
100 Musicals – (2006)
100 Cheers – (2006)
100 Movies (10th Anniversary) – (2007)
AFI's 10 Top 10 – (2008)


The list

Rank Heroes Villains
1. Atticus Finch (Gregory Peck)
(in To Kill a Mockingbird)
Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins)
(in The Silence of the Lambs)
2. Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford)
(in Raiders of the Lost Ark)
Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins)
(in Psycho)
3. James Bond (Sean Connery)
(in Dr. No)
Darth Vader (David Prowse, voice of James Earl Jones)
(in The Empire Strikes Back)
4. Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart)
(in Casablanca)
The Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton)
(in The Wizard of Oz)
5. Will Kane (Gary Cooper)
(in High Noon)
Nurse Ratched (Louise Fletcher)
(in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)
6. Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster)
(in The Silence of the Lambs)
Mister Potter (Lionel Barrymore)
(in It's a Wonderful Life)
7. Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone)
(in Rocky)
Alex Forrest (Glenn Close)
(in Fatal Attraction)
8. Ellen Ripley (Sigourney Weaver)
(in Aliens)
Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck)
(in Double Indemnity)
9. George Bailey (James Stewart)
(in It's a Wonderful Life)
Regan MacNeil (Linda Blair)
(in The Exorcist)
10. T. E. Lawrence (Peter O' Toole)
(in Lawrence of Arabia)
The Queen (voice of Lucille LaVerne)
(in Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs)
11. Jefferson Smith (James Stewart)
(in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington)
Michael Corleone (Al Pacino)
(in The Godfather Part II)
12. Tom Joad (Henry Fonda)
(in The Grapes of Wrath)
Alex DeLarge (Malcolm McDowell)
(in A Clockwork Orange)
13. Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson)
(in Schindler's List)
HAL 9000 (voice of Douglas Rain)
(in 2001: A Space Odyssey)
14. Han Solo (Harrison Ford)
(in Star Wars)
The Alien (Bolaji Badejo)
(in Alien)
15. Norma Rae Webster (Sally Field)
(in Norma Rae)
Amon Göth (Ralph Fiennes)
(in Schindler's List)
16. Shane (Alan Ladd)
(in Shane)
Noah Cross (John Huston)
(in Chinatown)
17. Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood)
(in Dirty Harry)
Annie Wilkes (Kathy Bates)
(in Misery)
18. Robin Hood (Errol Flynn)
(in The Adventures of Robin Hood)
The Shark
(in Jaws)
19. Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Poitier)
(in In the Heat of the Night)
Captain Bligh (Charles Laughton)
(in Mutiny on the Bounty)
20. Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid (Paul Newman and Robert Redford)
(in Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid)
(in Bambi)
21. Mahātmā Gandhi (Ben Kingsley)
(in Gandhi)
Mrs. John Iselin (Angela Lansbury)
(in The Manchurian Candidate)
22. Spartacus (Kirk Douglas)
(in Spartacus)
Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger)
(in The Terminator)
23. Terry Malloy (Marlon Brando)
(in On the Waterfront)
Eve Harrington (Anne Baxter)
(in All About Eve)
24. Thelma Dickinson & Louise Sawyer (Geena Davis and Susan Sarandon)
(in Thelma & Louise)
Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas)
(in Wall Street)
25. Lou Gehrig (Gary Cooper)
(in The Pride of the Yankees)
Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson)
(in The Shining)
26. Superman (Christopher Reeve)
(in Superman)
Cody Jarrett (James Cagney)
(in White Heat)
27. Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein (Robert Redford and Dustin Hoffman)
(in All the President's Men)
(in The War of the Worlds)
28. Juror #8 (Henry Fonda)
(in 12 Angry Men)
Max Cady (Robert Mitchum)
(in Cape Fear)
29. General George Patton (George C. Scott)
(in Patton)
Reverend Harry Powell (Robert Mitchum)
(in The Night of the Hunter)
30. Luke Jackson (Paul Newman)
(in Cool Hand Luke)
Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro)
(in Taxi Driver)
31. Erin Brockovich (Julia Roberts)
(in Erin Brockovich)
Mrs. Danvers (Judith Anderson)
(in Rebecca)
32. Philip Marlowe (Humphrey Bogart)
(in The Big Sleep)
Clyde Barrow & Bonnie Parker (Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway)
(in Bonnie and Clyde)
33. Marge Gunderson (Frances McDormand)
(in Fargo)
Count Dracula (Béla Lugosi)
(in Dracula)
34. Tarzan (Johnny Weissmuller)
(in Tarzan the Ape Man)
Dr. Christian Szell (Laurence Olivier)
(in Marathon Man)
35. Alvin C. York (Gary Cooper)
(in Sergeant York)
J.J. Hunsecker (Burt Lancaster)
(in Sweet Smell of Success)
36. Rooster Cogburn (John Wayne)
(in True Grit)
Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper)
(in Blue Velvet)
37. Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness)
(in Star Wars)
Harry Lime (Orson Welles)
(in The Third Man)
38. The Tramp (Charlie Chaplin)
(in City Lights)
Caesar Enrico Bandello (Edward G. Robinson)
(in Little Caesar)
39. Lassie
(in Lassie Come Home)
Cruella de Vil (voiced by Betty Lou Gerson)
(in One Hundred and One Dalmatians)
40. Frank Serpico (Al Pacino)
(in Serpico)
Freddy Krueger (Robert Englund)
(in A Nightmare on Elm Street)
41. Arthur Chipping (Robert Donat)
(in Goodbye, Mr. Chips)
Joan Crawford (Faye Dunaway)
(in Mommie Dearest)
42. Father Flanagan (Spencer Tracy)
(in Boys Town)
Tom Powers (James Cagney)
(in The Public Enemy)
43. Moses (Charlton Heston)
(in The Ten Commandments)
Regina Giddens (Bette Davis)
(in The Little Foxes)
44. Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle (Gene Hackman)
(in The French Connection)
Baby Jane Hudson (Bette Davis)
(in What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?)
45. Zorro (Tyrone Power)
(in The Mark of Zorro)
The Joker (Jack Nicholson)
(in Batman)
46. Batman (Michael Keaton)
(in Batman)
Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman)
(in Die Hard)
47. Karen Silkwood (Meryl Streep)
(in Silkwood)
Tony Camonte (Paul Muni)
(in Scarface)
48. Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger)
(in Terminator 2: Judgment Day)
Roger "Verbal" Kint/Keyser Söze (Kevin Spacey)
(in The Usual Suspects)
49. Andrew Beckett (Tom Hanks)
(in Philadelphia)
Auric Goldfinger (played by Gert Fröbe, voiced by Michael Collins)
(in Goldfinger)
50. General Maximus Decimus Meridius (Russell Crowe)
(in Gladiator)
Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington)
(in Training Day)

The characters

  • Batman, It's a Wonderful Life, Schindler's List, and The Silence of the Lambs are the only films to have characters appear on both lists (the Alien is from Alien and Ripley is listed for the sequel, Aliens, Darth Vader is listed for The Empire Strikes Back and not Star Wars, the Terminator is listed under The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day, and James Bond is listed for Dr. No and not Goldfinger).
  • Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope is the only film to have two characters appear in the same list, Han Solo and Obi-Wan Kenobi as heroes.
  • Four characters from four separate Stanley Kubrick films appear; three on the villains list (Alex DeLarge, HAL 9000, and Jack Torrance) and one on the heroes list (Spartacus).
  • The Terminator is the only character to be listed as both a villain (The Terminator) and a hero (Terminator 2: Judgment Day). (Note that, in the series, these are two different robots using the same name, built after an identical model.)
  • Only nine heroines appear (counting Lassie from Lassie Come Home) and fifteen female villains (including the Alien from Alien).
  • Regan MacNeil from The Exorcist is the youngest character on the list, being only 12 years of age.

The actors

  • Gary Cooper is the only actor to appear three times on the list; in all three instances he appears on the heroes list. No actress appears more than twice.
  • 10 actors have appeared twice on the same list; James Cagney, Robert Mitchum, and Jack Nicholson on the villains list, and Humphrey Bogart, Henry Fonda, Harrison Ford, Paul Newman, Robert Redford, and James Stewart on the heroes list. Two actresses also appear twice on the same list, both as villains: Bette Davis and Faye Dunaway.
  • Al Pacino and Arnold Schwarzenegger are the only actors to each appear on both lists; both appear once (Schwarzenegger appears on both lists portraying The Terminator, the only character on both lists, while Pacino appears portraying two different characters). No actress appears on both lists.
  • Kirk Douglas and Michael Douglas are the only family members to appear in the list. Each appears on the opposite side from the other; Michael Douglas at #24 on the villains list portraying Gordon Gekko, and Kirk Douglas at #22 on the heroes list portraying Spartacus.
  • John Wayne had more nominations than any other actor, winning one, for his role as Reuben J. “Rooster” Cogburn in True Grit. His nominations were for Davy Crockett in The Alamo, Tom Doniphon in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance, Ethan Edwards in The Searchers, The Ringo Kid in Stagecoach, and Sgt. John M. Stryker in Sands of Iwo Jima.

Real people

In some cases on the list, real people (portrayed by actors) or characters based on real people appear.

Two heroes, Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle and Norma Rae Webster, were based on a real-life people. Doyle was based on a New York City detective named Eddie Egan and Webster on southern mill worker Crystal Lee Jordan. The villain Norman Bates from Psycho was based on real life killer Ed Gein.

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