Greatest Film Characters

Greatest Film Characters
of All-Time

Greatest Film Characters of All-Time
(alphabetical, by character name)
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Greatest Film Characters of All-Time
Film Title
Character Name
Played By

Magnolia (1999)
Frank T.J. Mackey
Tom Cruise

The Exorcist (1973)
Regan MacNeil (Pazuzu)
Linda Blair (voice of Mercedes McCambridge)

Kick-Ass (2010)
Mindy Macready ("Hit Girl")
Chloe Moretz

Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)
John J. Macreedy
Spencer Tracy

Splash (1984)
Madison - the Mermaid
Daryl Hannah

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
Maggie (Margaret) "The Cat" (Pollitt)
Elizabeth Taylor

The X-Men films
Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto
Ian McKellen

Malcolm X (1992)
Malcolm X
Denzel Washington

Sleeping Beauty (1959)
voice of Eleanor Audley

Being John Malkovich (1999)
John Malkovich
John Malkovich

On the Waterfront (1954)
Terry Malloy
Marlon Brando

I Remember Mama (1948)
Irene Dunne

Fistful of Dollars (1964, It.) (aka Per un Pugno di Dollari)

For a Few Dollars More (1965, It.) (aka Per Qualche Dollaro in Più)

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966, It./Sp.) (aka Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo)
The Man With No Name
Clint Eastwood

Fistful of Dollars (1964, It.)

For a Few Dollars More
(1965, It.)

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966, It./Sp.)

Saturday Night Fever (1977)
Tony Manero
John Travolta

Dead Ringers (1988)
Elliot and Beverly Mantle
Jeremy Irons

La Dolce Vita (1960, It./Fr.) (aka The Sweet Life)
Marcello Rubini
Marcello Mastroianni

Metropolis (1927, Germ.)
Maria ("Fake")
Brigitte Helm

The Sound of Music (1965)
Maria (Von Trapp)
Julie Andrews

Rose-Marie (1936)

and other pairings
Marie de Flor and Sgt. Bruce
Jeanette MacDonald and Nelson Eddy

Beau Geste (1939)
Sgt. Markoff
Brian Donlevy

The Big Sleep (1946)
Philip Marlowe
Humphrey Bogart
Marnie (1964)
'Marnie' Edgar
Tippi Hedren

The Big Heat (1953)
Debby Marsh
Gloria Grahame

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
Elizabeth Taylor

The War of the Worlds (1953)

Coming Home (1978)
Luke Martin
Jon Voight

Marty (1955)
Marty (Piletti)
Ernest Borgnine

Sin City (2005)
Mickey Rourke

Animal Crackers (1930)

various films

Various Marx Brothers characters:


(Ravelli, Barovelli, Chicolini, Fiorello, etc.)

Chico Marx

Horse Feathers (1932)

various films
Groucho Marx

(Capt. Jeffrey T. Spaulding, Prof. Quincy Adams Wagstaff, Rufus T. Firefly, Otis P. Driftwood, Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush, etc.) often with foil Margaret Dumont
Groucho Marx

Duck Soup (1933)

various films
Harpo Marx

(Harpo, the Professor, A Stowaway, Pinky, Tomasso, Stuffy, etc.)
Harpo Marx

Leon (1994, Fr.) (aka The Professional)
Natalie Portman

Harold and Maude (1971)
Ruth Gordon

Mad Max (1979, Australia)
"Mad" Max Rockatansky
Mel Gibson

Gladiator (2000)
Gen. 'Maximus' Decimus Meridius
Russell Crowe

Die Hard (1988)

and other films in the franchise
Detective John McClane
Bruce Willis

the Back to the Future series franchise
Marty McFly
Michael J. Fox

The Piano (1993, NZ/Australia/Fr.)
Ada McGrath
Holly Hunter

Love Affair (1939)
Terry McKay
Irene Dunne

Superbad (2007)
Christopher Mintz-Plasse

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)
Randle Patrick McMurphy
Jack Nicholson

Breaking the Waves (1996, Den.-Swed.-Neth.-Fr.-Norway)
Bess McNeill
Emily Watson

The Elephant Man (1980)
John Merrick
John Hurt

Cruel Intentions (1999)
Kathryn Merteuil
Sarah Michelle Gellar

Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
Marquise de Merteuil
Glenn Close

Tootsie (1982)
Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels
Dustin Hoffman

Breathless (1960, Fr.) (aka A Bout De Souffle)
Michel (Poiccard)
Jean-Paul Belmondo

Monsters, Inc. (2001)
'Mike' Wazowski and
Sulley (James P. Sullivan)
voices of Billy Crystal and John Goodman

Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Captain John H. Miller
Tom Hanks

Flash Gordon (1980)
Emperor Ming the Merciless
Max von Sydow

Despicable Me (2010) films

Minions (2015)

The Minions
Sergio Pablos (creator)

Top Gun (1986)
Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell
Tom Cruise

The Karate Kid films
Mr. Miyagi
Noriyuki "Pat" Morita

Frankenstein (1931)
The Monster
Boris Karloff

Scarface (1983)
Tony Montana
Al Pacino

The Princess Bride (1987)
Inigo Montoya
Mandy Patinkin

The Matrix
Laurence Fishburne

The Ten Commandments (1956)
Charlton Heston

Chinatown (1974)
Evelyn Cross Mulwray
Faye Dunaway

The Mummy (1932)
The Mummy (Imhotep)
Boris Karloff

The Muppet Movie (1979)
and more

Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, etc.
voices of Jim Henson, Frank Oz

Monster's Ball (2001)
Leticia Musgrove
Halle Berry

The Three Musketeers (1948)
(The Three) Musketeers
Van Heflin, Gig Young, Robert Coote

the Halloween series of films
Michael Myers
Nick Castle, Tony Moran, and others

the X-Men
series of films
Mystique (aka Raven Darkholme)
Rebecca Romijin-Stamos/
Jennifer Lawrence

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