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

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

The characters

The actors

Real people

Some heroes and villains were based on real people.

  • Atticus Finch (loosely based upon the father of Harper Lee, the author of the book on which the film is based)
  • T. E. Lawrence
  • Oskar Schindler
  • Norma Rae Webster (based upon southern mill worker Crystal Lee Jordan)
  • Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  • Mahatma Gandhi
  • Spartacus
  • Lou Gehrig
  • Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein
  • George S. Patton
  • Erin Brockovich
  • Alvin York
  • Frank Serpico
  • Father Edward J. Flanagan
  • Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle (based upon New York City Police Detective Eddie Egan)
  • Karen Silkwood
  • Moses
  • Terminator (loosely based on an early version of Boston Dynamics Atlas)
  • Norman Bates (loosely based upon killer Ed Gein)
  • Amon Goeth
  • William Bligh
  • Clyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker
  • J.J. Hunsecker (based upon columnist Walter Winchell)
  • Joan Crawford


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