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American Film Institute’s
100 Years . . . 100 Heroes & Villains

The American Film Institute (AFI) celebrated the centennial of cinema by airing a number of television specials, each honoring a different aspect of excellence in American film. On June 3, 2003 AFI broadcast a program entitled “100 Years . . . 100 Heroes & Villains—America’s Greatest Movie Heroes & Villains.”

To determine the winners, AFI invited more than 1,500 leaders from across the American film community—screenwriters, directors, actors, producers, cinematographers, editors, executives, film historians and critics, among them—to choose from a list of nominated films compiled by AFI. The selected films (and their ranking) are listed below.

TheOscar Nominated marker symbol appears next to those films which also received an Academy Award nomination (although this was not a requirement for inclusion on the list). Click on the name of one of those films to display more information about it. You can also click on the IMDb link to to open a new browser window or tabshowing information about the film from the Internet Movie Database. Or, click on a title in the column on the right to display the winners from another AFI program.

For more information, you can follow this link to the American Film Institute’s website.


1.Atticus Finch
 Oscar Nominated markerTo Kill a Mockingbird (1962)   IMDb
2.Indiana Jones
 Oscar Nominated markerIndiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)   IMDb
3.James Bond
 Dr. No (1962)   IMDb
4.Rick Blaine
 Oscar Nominated markerCasablanca (1943)   IMDb
5.Will Kane
 Oscar Nominated markerHigh Noon (1952)   IMDb
6.Clarice Starling
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Silence of the Lambs (1991)   IMDb
7.Rocky Balboa
 Oscar Nominated markerRocky (1976)   IMDb
8.Ellen Ripley
 Oscar Nominated markerAlien (1979)   IMDb
9.George Bailey
 Oscar Nominated markerIt’s a Wonderful Life (1946)   IMDb
10.T. E. Lawrence
 Oscar Nominated markerLawrence of Arabia (1962)   IMDb
11.Jefferson Smith
 Oscar Nominated markerMr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)   IMDb
12.Tom Joad
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Grapes of Wrath (1940)   IMDb
13.Oskar Schindler
 Oscar Nominated markerSchindler’s List (1993)   IMDb
14.Han Solo
 Oscar Nominated markerStar Wars IV: A New Hope (1977)   IMDb
15.Norma Rae Webster
 Oscar Nominated markerNorma Rae (1979)   IMDb
 Oscar Nominated markerShane (1953)   IMDb
17.Harry Callahan
 Dirty Harry (1971)   IMDb
18.Robin Hood
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)   IMDb
19.Virgil Tibbs
 Oscar Nominated markerIn the Heat of the Night (1967)   IMDb
20.Butch Cassidy / The Sundance Kid
 Oscar Nominated markerButch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)   IMDb
21.Mahatma Gandhi
 Oscar Nominated markerGandhi (1982)   IMDb
 Oscar Nominated markerSpartacus (1960)   IMDb
23.Terry Malloy
 Oscar Nominated markerOn the Waterfront (1954)   IMDb
24.Thelma Dickerson / Louise Sawyer
 Oscar Nominated markerThelma & Louise (1991)   IMDb
25.Lou Gehrig
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Pride of the Yankees (1942)   IMDb
 Oscar Nominated markerSuperman: The Movie (1978)   IMDb
27.Bob Woodward / Carl Bernstein
 Oscar Nominated markerAll the President’s Men (1976)   IMDb
28.Juror #8
 Oscar Nominated marker12 Angry Men (1957)   IMDb
29.General George Patton
 Oscar Nominated markerPatton (1970)   IMDb
30.Luke Jackson
 Oscar Nominated markerCool Hand Luke (1967)   IMDb
31.Erin Brockovich
 Oscar Nominated markerErin Brockovich (2000)   IMDb
32.Philip Marlowe
 The Big Sleep (1946)   IMDb
33.Marge Gunderson
 Oscar Nominated markerFargo (1996)   IMDb
 Tarzan the Ape Man (1932)   IMDb
35.Alvin York
 Oscar Nominated markerSergeant York (1941)   IMDb
36.Rooster Cogburn
 Oscar Nominated markerTrue Grit (1969)   IMDb
37.Obi-Wan Kenobi
 Oscar Nominated markerStar Wars IV: A New Hope (1977)   IMDb
38.The Tramp
 City Lights (1931)   IMDb
 Oscar Nominated markerLassie Come Home (1943)   IMDb
40.Frank Serpico
 Oscar Nominated markerSerpico (1973)   IMDb
41.Arthur Chipping
 Oscar Nominated markerGoodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)   IMDb
42.Father Edward Flanigan
 Oscar Nominated markerBoys Town (1938)   IMDb
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Ten Commandments (1956)   IMDb
44.Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle
 Oscar Nominated markerThe French Connection (1971)   IMDb
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Mark of Zorro (1940)   IMDb
 Oscar Nominated markerBatman (1989)   IMDb
47.Karen Silkwood
 Oscar Nominated markerSilkwood (1983)   IMDb
 Oscar Nominated markerTerminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)   IMDb
49.Andrew Beckett
 Oscar Nominated markerPhiladelphia (1993)   IMDb
50.General Maximus Decimus Meridus
 Oscar Nominated markerGladiator (2000)   IMDb


1.Dr. Hannibal Lecter
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Silence of the Lambs (1991)   IMDb
2.Norman Bates
 Oscar Nominated markerPsycho (1960)   IMDb
3.Darth Vader
 Oscar Nominated markerStar Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back (1980)   IMDb
4.The Wicked Witch of the West
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Wizard of Oz (1939)   IMDb
5.Nurse Ratched
 Oscar Nominated markerOne Flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest (1975)   IMDb
6.Mr. Potter
 Oscar Nominated markerIt’s a Wonderful Life (1946)   IMDb
7.Alex Forrest
 Oscar Nominated markerFatal Attraction (1987)   IMDb
8.Phyllis Dietrichson
 Oscar Nominated markerDouble Indemnity (1944)   IMDb
9.Regan McNeil
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Exorcist (1973)   IMDb
10.The Queen
 Oscar Nominated markerSnow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1938)   IMDb
11.Michael Corleone
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Godfather Part II (1974)   IMDb
12.Alex De Large
 Oscar Nominated markerA Clockwork Orange (1971)   IMDb
13.HAL 9000
 Oscar Nominated marker2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)   IMDb
14.The Alien
 Oscar Nominated markerAlien (1979)   IMDb
15.Amon Goeth
 Oscar Nominated markerSchindler’s List (1993)   IMDb
16.Noah Cross
 Oscar Nominated markerChinatown (1974)   IMDb
17.Annie Wilkes
 Oscar Nominated markerMisery (1990)   IMDb
18.The Shark
 Oscar Nominated markerJaws (1975)   IMDb
19.Captain Bligh
 Oscar Nominated markerMutiny on the Bounty (1935)   IMDb
 Oscar Nominated markerBambi (1942)   IMDb
21.Mrs. John Iselin
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Manchurian Candidate (1962)   IMDb
 The Terminator (1984)   IMDb
23.Eve Harrington
 Oscar Nominated markerAll About Eve (1950)   IMDb
24.Gordon Gekko
 Oscar Nominated markerWall Street (1987)   IMDb
25.Jack Torrance
 The Shining (1980)   IMDb
26.Cody Jarrett
 Oscar Nominated markerWhite Heat (1949)   IMDb
 Oscar Nominated markerThe War of the Worlds (1953)   IMDb
28.Max Cady
 Cape Fear (1962)   IMDb
29.Reverend Harry Powell
 The Night of the Hunter (1955)   IMDb
30.Travis Bickle
 Oscar Nominated markerTaxi Driver (1976)   IMDb
31.Mrs. Danvers
 Oscar Nominated markerRebecca (1940)   IMDb
32.Clyde Barrow / Bonnie Parker
 Oscar Nominated markerBonnie and Clyde (1967)   IMDb
33.Count Dracula
 Dracula (1931)   IMDb
34.Dr. Szell
 Oscar Nominated markerMarathon Man (1976)   IMDb
35.J. J. Hunsecker
 Sweet Smell of Success (1957)   IMDb
36.Frank Booth
 Oscar Nominated markerBlue Velvet (1986)   IMDb
37.Harry Lime
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Third Man (1950)   IMDb
38.Caesar Enrico Bandello
 Oscar Nominated markerLittle Caesar (1930)   IMDb
39.Cruella De Vil
 One Hundred and One Dalmatians (1961)   IMDb
40.Freddy Krueger
 A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984)   IMDb
41.Joan Crawford
 Mommie Dearest (1981)   IMDb
42.Tom Powers
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Public Enemy (1931)   IMDb
43.Regina Giddens
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Little Foxes (1941)   IMDb
44.Baby Jane Hudson
 Oscar Nominated markerWhat Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)   IMDb
45.The Joker
 Oscar Nominated markerBatman (1989)   IMDb
46.Hans Gruber
 Oscar Nominated markerDie Hard (1988)   IMDb
47.Tony Camonte
 Scarface: The Shame of the Nation (1932)   IMDb
48.Verbal Kint
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Usual Suspects (1995)   IMDb
49.Auric Goldfinger
 Oscar Nominated markerGoldfinger (1964)   IMDb
50.Alonzo Harris
 Oscar Nominated markerTraining Day (2001)   IMDb