My 5 Favorite Movie Characters of All Time


We create a lot of lists here at Unreality and for some time, I’ve been thinking about doing a list on the Top 100 Movie Characters of All Time.  I still may get around to it – mostly because I think creating it would be fun – but the fact that those types of lists are entirely subjective makes me somewhat hesitant to proclaim who the top movie characters are.  Instead, I figured I’d list my five favorite movie characters and write about my reasons for choosing those characters.  You may find that some of the characters I adore would not even crack a list of your top 50 characters, but hey, at least this way I can’t be wrong.  More importantly, though, I’m interested in what you guys make of these characters, as well as who your top 5 movie characters are.  I’ve come to really appreciate the reader feedback around here; without it, I would have missed out on Primer, Buffy, and Hayao Miyazaki films, just to name a few items of interest.

So anyway, here are my top 5 movie characters of all time, not presented in any particular order.  I look forward to comparing my list to yours.

Atticus Finch – To Kill a Mockingbird


Atticus is the one guy who makes me feel like it’s still OK to be a lawyer.  In a town full of racists, Atticus stepped up to defend Tom Robinson, a black man accused of raping a white woman.  Many people in Maycomb, Alabama were against Atticus – particularly the alleged victim’s father – but Atticus stayed true to what was right.

In my Trial Advocacy class in law school, we spent a day watching various clips from courtroom movies, one of which was a scene where Atticus defends Tom.  Hollywood screws a lot of things up, especially when it comes to the law (the cross-examination in A Few Good Men is borderline obscene), but Atticus is, by any standard, one heck of an attorney.  It’s arguable that he may actually be a better dad than lawyer, too, which is why he’s easily one of my top 5 movie characters ever.  Who wouldn’t want Atticus as his or her dad?

Seth Gecko – From Dusk Till Dawn


As Seth himself once said, he’s a bastard, but he’s not a f*cking bastard.  I really don’t know of too many characters that are cooler than Seth, a guy that’s quick to rob banks, take hostages, whip his gun out as naturally as breathing, beat the crap out of bouncers, and slam down shots of liquor after slaying a bar full of thirsty vampires.  At the end of the day, though, Seth has a good heart and doesn’t like hurting people he doesn’t have to.  He also has one of the greatest tattoos I’ve ever seen which has no doubt inspired legions of douchebags to mark up their arms with tribal ink for a far less impressive result.  I’d also add that if anyone else spoke the way Seth does – a sort of witty, tough guy speak – they’d be laughed at.  Seth just makes it seem cool.  My original man crush, ladies and gentlemen – Seth Gecko.

Patrick Bateman – American Psycho


To be honest, I’m not a huge fan of the movie American Psycho.  I think it’s pretty funny and parts of it I really enjoy (the business card scene, for example), but it’s certainly not one of my favorites.  The book, however, is one of my favorites, and I think that Christian Bale, all things considered, did a pretty bang-up job of bringing Patrick Bateman to the big screen.  American Psycho is a poignant commentary on the materialism of the 1980s, and Bateman hilariously captures everything that was “wrong” with that period of time.  Patrick is defined by what he wears, where he works, and who he dates – just like everyone around him.  Where he differs, though, is that he maintains his status just to fit in; he can acknowledge that Patrick Bateman as a man is simply a shell that houses a cold, calculating, bloodthirsty consciousness.  And that’s truly scary.

Ellen Ripley – Alien movies


You didn’t think this list was going to be all dudes, did you?  What I like so much about Ellen Ripley is that she is the very, very rare female protagonist that can come across as completely bad ass while still showing vulnerability and femininity.  The photo above is actually from one of my favorite scenes in Aliens – Ripley is more than capable of handling a pulse rifle, but she’s not such a brute that she can’t also flirt a little bit with Hicks.  It’s that small subtlety that makes me truly adore Ellen Ripley, not that subtlety is necessary to appreciate her – rescuing an orphan, torching a room full of xenomorph eggs, and climbing into a cargo-loader to battle the queen xenomorph are reason enough.

Alex DeLarge – A Clockwork Orange


…and we make our way to Alex DeLarge, my little droogies.  I suppose it’s easy – especially for teenagers – to appreciate Alex’s penchant for ultraviolence, but I love Alex for his role as an absolute and utter hustler.  Allow me to explain.  Alex is, when it comes down to it, a dangerous gangster.  He’s the leader of his gang and views his underlings as sheep, manipulating them to serve his own wants and needs.  When someone steps out of line and questions his authority, Alex responds quickly and brutally, whipping them into submission and back under his control.  He’ll stab, rob, rape, fight, and get wasted on drug-laced milk on a seemingly daily basis, but what separates Alex from the rest of the country’s maniacal youth is his ability to suddenly turn on the charm and hustle just about anyone he comes across.

Alex’s plans don’t always work – Mr. Deltoid knew he was full of shit – but he was able to fool his own parents and survived in prison long enough to volunteer himself for the Ludovico technique.  His masterful use of language, appreciation of classical music, and incredible charisma make Alex a bold leader who stands out from the rest of the pack and, in the end, gives him the last laugh.  Best of all, he works his charms on the audience themselves through his narration.  Some may find Alex despicable, but the villain in me can’t help but admire him.

Honorable Mentions: Han Solo, Seymour Krelborn, John Blutarsky, Harry Ellis, Doughboy, Freddy Krueger, Billy Madison

Alright – let’s hear your top 5!

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  1. Tyler Durden

    Kaiser Sose

    Lex Luthor (Hackman version, because I actually bought him as “the greatest criminal mind of our age!”),

    Larry Wilson (“Why don’t we just pretend he didn’t die? Just for a bit!”)

    Wadsworth (Or “Mr. Boddy” if you prefer. Guy could probably have organized a way to kill just about anyone on this list)

  2. thats a pretty good top 5, i don’t like alex but that was more because the movie somewhat sickened me. anyway, my top 5-in no paticular order:

    Donnie Darko
    samwise gamgee
    Ty Webb
    Indiana Jones
    …er…im torn between clarice starling or ripley

  3. Let’s see.

    Indiana Jones

    The Joker (Ledger version)

    Jason Bourne

    Andy/Red (Shawshank Redemption, toss up between the two)

    Peter Venkman (Ghostbusters)

    Tougher than I expected to make a list. I think I somehow ended up picking characters from my top 5 movies without trying.

  4. 5) River Tam
    4) Han Solo/Indiana Jones
    3) Randy “The Ram”
    2) The Joker (Heath Ledger)
    1) Leonidas

    honorable mentions (Derek Vinyard, Tyler Durden, Dae-Su Oh, Douglas Quaid/Hauser, Marty Mcfly, Hans Landa)

  5. I expect to see lots of Indys and Hans; it was tough leaving them off.

    @ crazytom

    Love Randy “The Ram” Robinson. I flawed, tragic character for sure.

    @ Thoughtless

    Venkman is great.

  6. great idea for a post! i definately dont agree with yours- except for maybe atticus. its gonna be fun to see what everyone else says- i bet some people change there lists after reallizing other peoples favorites.

    1. steve zissou (life aquatic)
    2. william wallace (braveheart)
    3. Indiana jones
    4. The dude (big lebowski)
    5. The bride (kill bill 1&2)

    honorable mention: doc holliday (tombstone)

  7. I’m going to cheat a bit in this list, since there are a couple of films where a pair of lead characters are equally my favourite:

    1) The Dude. Was there any doubt?
    2) Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid – my favourite western of all time (followed closely by Unforgiven).
    3) Keyser Soze.
    4) Nigel Tufnel/Derek St. Hubbins.
    5) Dr. Strangelove.

    Yours are pretty classic too, though!

  8. Well, my list may stray a little from the rest, but I suppose you might see why.

    My all-time favorite character, and most possible my greatest fictional hero, stands high in his blood-stained kilt above his swarm of giant cockroaches. Whether he is alone or accompanied by his partner, Pyramid Head will always be my personal favorite at #1. He is cold, ruthless, and a great symbol of James Sunderland’s lust. Always found walking with that grave sense of intimidation, dragging that massive weapon behind him, or raping some form of horror lesser than him in the hellish world of Silent Hill. I will always admire Pyramid Head.

    My other favorites will have to come down to:
    Ellen Ripley – Aliens
    Rod Kimble – Hot Rod
    Smeagol – The Lord of the Rings
    and finally, Shelob – The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (She’s badass, okay?)

    That is all for my favorite movie characters, and will most certainly commit to more responses on this blog.


  9. 1. H.I. McDunnough (Nic Cage Raising Arizona)

    2. Jules Winnfield (Samuel L. Jackson Pulp Fiction)

    3. John McClane (Bruce Willis Die Hard)

    4. Annie Savoy (Susan Sarandon Bull Durham)

    5. John Dunbar (Kevin Costner Dances with Wolves)

    Many honorable mentions:
    Maximus Decimus Meridius (Russell Crowe Gladiator
    Jason Bourne (Matt Damon)
    Josh Baskin (Tom Hanks Big)
    Adrian Cronauer (Robin Williams Good Morning Vietnam)
    Navin Johnson (Steve Martin The Jerk)
    Carl Spackler (Bill Murray Caddyshack)
    Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper Blue Velvet)
    Clarice Starling (Jodi Foster Silence of the Lambs)

  10. Jeffery “Dude” Lebowski – The Big Lebowski
    Alex DeLarge – Clockwork Orange
    Tyler Durden – Fight Club
    Henry Gondorff – The Sting
    Harry Callahan – Dirty Harry

  11. 1. Jules Winfield ( Pulp Fiction )
    2. Roy Munsun (KingPin )
    3. Otis ( The Devils Rejects)
    4. Seth Gecko ( FDTD )
    5. Andy Dufresne (Shawshank)

    Honorable metion: Neo and Morpheus (Matrix Trilogy)

  12. Borden (The Prestige)
    Leon (The Professional)
    Ed (Shaun of the Dead)
    The Joker (The Dark Knight)
    Teddy (Memento)

    I was going to put Bourne, as I think he’s a more tragic, thoughtful character than people give him credit for. But Leon is just a bit more awesome.

  13. 1) Bill “The Butcher” Cutting (Gangs of New York)
    2) Ron Burgundy (Anchorman)
    3) Steve Zissou (The Life Aquatic With Steve Zissou)
    4) Benjamin “The Ghost” Martin (The Patriot)
    5) Daniel Plainview (There Will Be Blood)

  14. Andy Dufrane (shawshank)
    Nausicaa (Miyazaki film)
    Vikus ( Dustrict 9)
    Seth Gecko ( good call on that one)
    Mr. Incredible/ Bob Parr ( The Incredibles)

  15. Mine would probably be…

    -Christian Bale’s Patrick Bateman, from American Psycho. Amazing performance.
    -The Joker as portrayed by Heath Ledger, instantly classic
    -“The Wrestler” lead Randy “The Ram” Robinson, in a stunning and tragic performance by Mickey Rourke. I’ve spent a lot of time amongst the wrestling business, and this is quite possibly the most realistic motion picture I’ve ever seen.
    -Harrison Ford’s Rick Deckard, from Blade Runner
    -Jeff Bridges as The Dude, from The Big Lebowski. The Dude abides.

    RDJ’s Tony Stark is a close runner up, as is Jeffrey Dean Morgan’s Comedian from Watchmen.

  16. 5) Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson – Taken): I thought he was awesome in this role. Not only was he a flatout badass, but he portrayed an excellent father figure in the sense he did everything possible to protect and save his daughter.

    4) Hartigan (Bruce Willis – Sin City): Not much to say here, just plain loved his role here.

    3) Theo Faron (Clive Owen – Children of Men): For me, I love Clive Owen as an actor, even though lately he has been miscast in his roles. It was a toss up between his character in Children of Men or his role as Dalton Russell in Inside Man. 2 Great roles played excellently nonetheless.

    2) Han Solo (Harrison Ford – Star Wars): Ford’s role as Han Solo was definately what he needed for his career and he will forever be known as the best badass/ladies man in the Star Wars universe.

    1) V (Hugo Weaving – V for Vendetta): V is my all time favorite character because of what he managed to accomplish, his revolution. By far my favorite character and Hugo played him greatly and because of this movie I will always watch it on November 5, lol :P.

    Thats my list!

    Honerable Mention:
    John Preston (Christian Bale – Equilibrium)
    The Bride (Uma Therman – Kill Bill)
    Maximus (Russel Crowe – Gladiator)
    Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp – Pirates of the Carribean)

  17. seriously, guys, no don? vito don corleone was, to me, the one character i expected to be on every list. interesting.

    vito corleone (godfather)
    travis bickle (taxi driver)
    Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez (the good, the bad & the ugly)
    blondie (the good, the bad & the ugly) – is just love this movie
    john mcclane (die hard)

    hmm, no women, and seems to be the same for most of you…why is that? (that is a serious question, i could not come up with one female character who would be fitting for this collection)

  18. @ Gabriel

    Children of Men is one of my favorite movies. Theo is great as the reluctant anti-hero.

    As for The Bride – she’s great, but to me, Ripley is tops.

  19. In no particular order:
    Beatrix Kiddo (Kill Bill)
    Keyser Soze (The Usual Suspects)
    Vic Vega / Mr. Blonde (Reservoir Dogs)
    Jason Bourne (Bourne Series)
    Tyler Durden (Fight Club)
    Kathryn Merteuil (Cruel Intentions)

    You should do a series one (if you haven’t already) so I can start gushing over Firefly, Prison Break, etc… <3

  20. The dude (not a doubt)

    Derek Vinyard (amazing performance from edward norton in american history x)

    Dr Gonzo (fear and loathing in las vegas)

    Raoul Duke (i have to go with fear and loathing again both caracters together really worked for me)

    Kathy Bates (misery…always creeps me, such a psycho)

  21. In no particular order…

    – Tyler Durden
    – Heath Ledger’s Joker
    – Nick Naylor
    – Bill “The Butcher” Cutting
    – Daniel Craig’s James Bond

  22. I can’t say I agree with any of those… but to each their own… maybe Patrick Bateman.
    My top 5:
    Hannibal Lecter – A brilliant serial killer who you can’t help but kind of root for.
    The Dude (The Big Lebowski) – He’s just the dude… pretty laid back about everything.
    Creasy (Man on Fire) – He’s a total bad ass who you just don’t mess with… great line from the movie about him “A man can be an artist… in anything, food, whatever. It depends on how good he is at it. Creasey’s art is death. Hes about to paint his masterpiece.”
    Lilo (The Fifth Element) – She’s the perfect being.
    Frank The Tank (Old School) – Just a great character to have around.
    This is really hard… so many movie characters came to mind… but I went with the extremes of “character” qualities. Also if this included TV the list would be SO much longer… I could replace Frank the Tank with Charlie from It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia. And Michael Westen from Burn Notice – best spy character ever.

  23. oh yeah.. i can’t believe i forgot the honorable mentions:

    James Cole in 12 monkeys (my favourite performance from bruce willis )

    Saul in pineapple express

    Andy Kaufman in man on the moon

    Mickey O’Neil in snatch (brad pitt)

    i could go with a few more but i think that’s about right

  24. -The red haired kid from children of the corn; that movie still freaks me out
    -Robert DeNiro in Heat
    -Private Pyle in Full Metal Jacket
    -Bill Murray in Caddyshack
    -Jim Belushi in Animal House or Chris Farley in Tommy Boy

  25. Favorites? or baddest of the baddass. I don’t know what I’m going for here, but these characters really made me sit back and think “Damn!”:

    Doc Holiday – Tombstone.
    Tyler Durden – Fight Club.
    V – V is for Vendetta.
    Mickey – Snatch.
    Marv – Sin City.
    Miho – Sin City. (deadly little Miho).

    More, but those are top of my mind….

  26. Top 5 in no order (because making an order would be too hard)

    Tyler Durden
    Heath Ledger’s Joker
    Jason Bourne

    Honorable Mentions – Master Yoda, Benjamin Franklin Rodriguez (Sandlot), Leonard from Memento

  27. in no order here are my top 5

    Rob Gordon (High Fidelity)
    Sweet Dick Willie/Coconut Sid, they’re kinda one entity (Do the Right Thing)
    Vincent Vega (Pulp Fiction)
    Jake Shuttlesworth (He Got Game)
    Wyatt (Easy Rider)

  28. Glad to see Atticus Finch on here. To Kill A Mockingbird movie really did the book justice (no pun intended) and I’d put Atticus in my top five favourites anyday.

  29. 5. Buddy (Elf)
    4. Napoleon Dynamite (uh, you seriously need me to type it again?)
    3. Blondie (The Good, The Bad and The Ugly)
    2. Chad Feldheimer (Burn After Reading)
    1. Daniel Plainview (There Will Be Blood)

    a little mix of everything here. buddy and napoleon carry their respective films on sheer hilarity and oddity. blondie is, hands down, the ultimate badass. brad pitts character in burn after reading comes out of nowhere and pulls it off. lastly, daniel plainview. enough said.

  30. In no particular order:

    -Marx Brothers (Pretty much love all of their characters in ALL of their movies, because they play the same characters in all of their movies.)

    -Man with No Name (Dollar Trilogy)

    -Peter Warne (It Happened One Night)

    -Tony Stark (Iron Man I & II)

    -Tied between Dug and Wall-e (Up and Wall-e, respectively)

    Surprised on how there’s no women on my list…eh….

  31. Til Schweiger as Mark in SLC Punk! is the only person I really like that I can think of…at the moment.

    I agree with Seth and Alex.

    And almost any character Quentin Tarantino comes up with is gold.

    LinLin is right. There’s need to a Fav. T.V. Character list.

  32. 1. John McClane (Die Hard)
    2. Vincent (Collateral)
    3. Hit-Girl (Kick-Ass)
    4. R.P. McMurphy (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)
    5. Randal Graves (Clerks)

  33. I know the minute I type these out and post ’em, I’m going to think of someone else I should have put on, but here goes:

    1. Shaun (Shaun of the Dead) – Who else would you want with you in a zombie apocalypse?
    2. Indiana Jones (Raiders of the Lost Ark) – Indy was my first crush, and he’ll always be one of my favorite characters.
    3. Willy Wonka (Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory) – I’m talking Gene Wilder here, NOT Johnny Depp.
    4. Beatrix Kiddo (Kill Bill) – As a chick, it’s always awesome to see a truly kick-ass girl in a film, which The Bride totally was. There’s one poster I own that never comes down, and it’s my Kill Bill poster with Kiddo on it.
    5. Alan Grant (Jurassic Park) – One of the greatest movies of all time, along with one of the greatest characters. No one has made paleontology look that cool.

    Honorable mentions: Chihiro (Spirited Away), Corbin Dallas (Fifth Element), Mal Reynolds (Serenity).

  34. NO ONE mentioned Darth Vader? I find your lack of faith…ah screw it.

    1. Tyler Durden (Brad Pitt – Fight Club) Bought the jacket. Still trying to get that haircut down.

    2. Travis Bickle (Robert Deniro – Taxi Driver) A character so insane, yet we can all relate to…right?

    3. Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone – Rocky) Another name I’m surprised hasn’t shown up sooner.

    4. Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood – Dirty Harry)

    5. Randall P. McMurphy (Jack Nicholson – One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)

    Honorable Mentions:

    Derek Vinyard, Nada (Roddy Piper – They Live), Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston – Office Space), The Terminator, Patrick Bateman, Bullet Tooth Tony (Vinnie Jones – Snatch), Randal Graves (Jeff Anderson – Clerks) Frank Martin (Jason Statham – The Transporter), Snake Plisskin (Kurt Russell – Escape From NY)

  35. Wrong “Gecko” … Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas)

    Jules Winnfield (Samuel L Jackson)
    Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando)
    Bill the Butcher (Daniel Day Lewis)
    Carl Spackler (Bill Murray)
    Hannibal Lechter (Anthony Hopkins)

    Kinda cliched but fun to watch: Tony Montana (Al Pacino), Mad Max (Mel Gibson), Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone), James Bond (Sean Connery only). Also any number of Johnny Depp characters.

  36. OMG I just realized how sick I am…

    My 5:

    1. Keyser Soze – The Usual Suspects

    2. Aaron Stampler/Roy – Primal Fear

    3. Hannibal Lecter – The Silence of the Lambs/Hannibal

    4. John Doe – Seven

    5. James Cole – Twelve Monkeys

  37. really nice list’s. I don’t think i can make a good top 5 there are so many to choose from. But here it goes

    HAL 9000 – 2001 (fun fact: if you take a letter after in the alphabet you get IBM)

    Alex – Clockwork orange

    Gollem – LOTR

    Jules Winnfield – Pulp fiction

    The Joker – Batman the dark Knight

  38. I’ve got some women on my list, but let’s start with:

    1. The Dude (maybe the best movie character of all time)

    2. Suzanne Stone Moretto – To Die For

    3. Dirk Diggler – Boogie Nights

    4. Trent – Swingers

    5. Tie between Claire from The Breakfast Club and Andie from Pretty in Pink (because growing up, I wanted to be the spoiled rich girl and the cool poor girl all wrapped into one!)

  39. And, from one of the greatest movies of all time, my number 6 pick:

    Karen – Goodfellas
    I love when she’s doing the voice over about the italian wives “They have bad skin and talked about beating their children with hairbrushes” and when she rings all the buzzers in Debi Mazer’s building, with her kids in tow “There is a whore in 2B! You have a whore in your building!”
    Fucking classic…I think I may need to pop that DVD in after the Dodger game later.

  40. Ferris Bueller – sheer animal magnetism

    Tyler Durden – As above

    The (Ledger) joker – at what point was he on screen that you weren’t looking at him?

    Ron Burgundy – Despite giving hipsters hours of lines to repeat ad nauseum, burgundy showed us how funny ridiculous could be (“Aaaah AQUALUNG!”)

    Billy Mack (Bill Nighy from Love Actually) – For delivering a performance in a romcom that allows me to watch a romcom.

    One big frustration with your list – Atticus Finch. I hate his character, patronising douche. I’m so sick and tired of greatest film and greatest novel lists including such moralist tripe. The book/film preaches a simplistic ideal of racism, and simply ignores what would have actually happened (Atticus ran out of town, defendant lynched). Really irks me.

  41. 1.) Samuel L Jackson ( English MotherF*ucker, do you speak it?)
    2.)Hannibal Lector
    3.) Marsellus Wallace
    4.) Ferris Bueller
    5.) Lester from American Beauty

  42. 5) Hannibal Lecter (Silence of the Lambs) – I don’t normally get fired up about villains, even the despicably good ones, but Lecter is not in the same league as most movie villains. He’s cool, composed, intellectual, and disturbingly accurate at reading people based on the tiniest observations. I love how he operates in just as professional a way as Clarice Starling, even moreso than she at some points. He’s a gentleman as much as a sociopath, and brilliant to watch in action.

    4) Atticus Finch – I agree, Madison, Atticus is a wonderful character. He’s the epitome of collected intellect in a town that doesn’t really get him… and his kids love him for it. I love that he makes his kids think for themselves in character-building, and not cruel, ways.

    3) Belle (Beauty and the Beast) – so, okay, call me a ’90s girl, but Belle is freaking awesome. Independent without being rebellious, smart, patient, kind, and a genuinely lovely person… and definitely not afraid to do something about her situation, even if that “thing” is resigning herself to a potentially unhappy fate.

    2) Mark Cohen (RENT) – it’s hard to find a character in a musical who stands out from the theatrical stereotypes, but Mark is a very sympathetic character to me. He’s constantly struggling to find a way to express himself artistically in the midst of grim reality, and even if the worst things in life set him back a few paces, he keeps pressing on with his trusty camera and his closest friends. It’s almost too sappy-sweet “poor boy makes good” stuff, but it’s balanced with enough human flaws to make him a believable character.

    1) Han Solo (Star Wars trilogy) – oh my God. Han was my first fictional crush, and for good reason. He’s the ultimate anti-hero in all the most wonderful ways, has beautiful character development throughout the three original SW movies, and never loses his badass edge. He’s as quick with a witty one-liner as he is with his blaster, and it’s his crooked smile and stubborn front that endear him to so many people. In short, he’s just freaking awesome.

  43. a quick list – can’t remember the character names for all of them and too lazy to go on IMDB

    Joe Pesci in Goodfellas

    Anton Chigurh from No Country for Old Men (how is this not on here?)

    Reed Rothchild, Jack Horner and Scotty from Boogie Nights…best…movie…ever

    Thornton Melon from Back to School – RODNEY!

    Biff from Back to the Future

  44. 1. Alex DeLarge- A Clockwork Orange
    2. Ponyboy Curtis- The Outsiders
    3. Lester Burnham- American Beauty
    4. Donnie Darko- Donnie Darko
    5. Tyler Durden- Fight Club

  45. In no particukar order

    – Roger “Verbal” Kint (Kevin Spacey), The Usual Suspects
    A lot of people have said Keyser Soze but I dont recall seeing him in the movie.

    – Hayley Stark (Ellen Paige), Hard Candy
    Brilliant, cold and hardcore. Might also be one for a best psychos list?

    – The Metatron (Alan Rickman), Dogma
    Best. Angel, In the movies. EVER!!!!

    – O.W. Grant (Gary Oldman), Interstate 60
    For lines like “I’m the joker in life’s deck”

    – Sheldon Jeffrey Sands (Johnny Depp), Once Apon A Time in Mexico
    Watch that movie and try to argue. I challenge you.

    Also agree on Seth Gecko

    Honourable mentions: The Chamberlain in The Dark Crystal, Gareth the Goblin King (David Bowie) in The Labyrinth and Jeff Patterson (Jeffrey Donovan) in Book of Shadows.

  46. -Antoine Doinel from ‘The 400 Blows’
    -Amelie Poulain
    -Luna Lovegood of the ‘Harry Potter’ series (sort of cheating because while Evanna Lynch is perfect for the role, this would ring much truer in a “Top Five *Book* Characters” list)
    -Jim Stark from ‘Rebel Without a Cause’

    No idea how to rank ’em, really. Interesting choices in everyone else’s lists. I’d love to find a spot for Alex, Patrick Bateman, and The Dude, actually, but whaddaya gonna do?

  47. @The Bleeding Darkness
    1. Pyramid Head doesn’t actually rape people.
    2. Pyramid Head is a monster James came up with to punish and torment him for (spoiler alert) killing his wife. Not a symbol of his lust.

    As for my list,

    5. Tyler Durden (Fight Club)
    4. Borden (The Prestige)
    3. Donnie Darko (Donnie Darko)
    2. The Joker (The Dark Knight)
    1. Slevin Kelevra (Lucky Number Slevin)

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