These big screen characters have been adored for generations, and will continue to be for generations to come. Here are some of the most iconic film characters of all time. In this list, classic characters throughout the history of film who are well-remembered, were critically acclaimed at the time of release, and who have left a lasting legacy on the silver screen have been included.
Star of several movies and featured in multiple Disney attractions, Indiana Jones first became insanely popular over 30 years ago, but he continues to be revered today. Created by George Lucas, who was inspired by action heroes of the 1930s, Jones has been expertly portrayed by Harrison Ford throughout the years. Known for his trademark style, including his fedora and whip, Indy is especially famous for his ability to survive many perilous encounters, his biting sense of humour, and his extreme intelligence. Unsurprisingly, Jones has already gone down in history as a true cinematic star and there he will remain.
You know his name, you know his number. Agent 007 has been on screen for over fifty years, and his spy film series has become one of the highest grossing franchises of all time. So far portrayed by six different actors under Eon Productions, James Bond has continually shown us exotic locales, beautiful women, and exciting action. Known as one of the deadliest and most
charming men in cinema, always accompanied by handy gadgets and clever one-liners, the character of Bond and his films are known all over the world.
You might not expect a cannibalistic serial killer to ever be acclaimed and respected, but Hannibal Lecter is just so mesmerizing that audiences can’t help but love – or at least be intrigued by him. Most notably portrayed by Anthony Hopkins on the big screen, Hannibal is the creepy and calculating murderer who helps the FBI go after more important madmen currently on
the loose. Originally portrayed as an antagonist with limited screen time, Hannibal ultimately won over audiences to become a fan favourite. He is so good at being bad that he was voted the #1 villain of all time by the American Film Institute.
Sir Charles Spencer "Charlie" Chaplin, KBE (16 April 1889 – 25 December 1977) was an English comic actor and film-maker who rose to fame in the silent film era. Chaplin became a worldwide icon through his screen persona "the Tramp" and is considered one of the most important figures in the history of the film industry. His career spanned more than 75 years, from childhood in the Victorian era until a year before his death in 1977.
Batman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, and first appeared in Detective Comics #27 (May 1939). Originally named "the Bat-Man", the character is also referred to by such epithets as "the Caped Crusader", "the Dark Knight", and "the World's Greatest Detective". Batman's secret identity is Bruce Wayne, an American billionaire, playboy, philanthropist,and owner of Wayne Enterprises. Having witnessed the murder of his parents as a
child, he swore revenge on criminals, an oath tempered with a sense of justice. Wayne trains himself both physically and intellectually and crafts a bat-inspired persona to fight crime. Batman operates in the fictional Gotham City, assisted by various supporting characters including his butler Alfred, the police commissioner Jim Gordon, and vigilante allies such as Robin.
Unlike most superheroes, Batman does not possess any superpowers; he makes use of his genius intellect, physical prowess, martial arts skills, detective skills, science and technology, vast wealth, provocation of fear and intimidation, and an indomitable will in his continuous war on crime.
The Joker is a fictional supervillain created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson that first appeared in the debut issue of the comic book Batman (April 25, 1940) published by DC Comics. Credit for the Joker's creation is disputed; Kane and Robinson claimed responsibility for the Joker's design, while acknowledging Finger's writing contribution. Although the Joker was
planned to be killed off during his initial appearance, he was spared by editorial intervention, allowing the character to endure as the archenemy of the superhero Batman.
Darth Vader (born Anakin Skywalker) is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. He appears in the original trilogy as a pivotal figure, as well as the prequel trilogy as a central figure. The character was created by George Lucas and has been portrayed by numerous actors. His appearances span all six Star Wars films, and he is an important character in the expanded universe of television series, video games, novels, literature and comic books. Originally a Jedi prophesied to bring balance to the Force, he falls to the dark side of the Force and serves the evil Galactic Empire at the right hand of his Sith master, Palpatine (also known as Darth Sidious). He is also the father of Luke Skywalker and Princess Leia Organa. The American Film Institute listed
him as the third greatest movie villain, behind Hannibal Lecter and Norman Bates.
Captain Jack Sparrow is a fictional character and a main protagonist in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. The character was created by screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, and is portrayed by Johnny Depp, who based his characterization on Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards and cartoon character Pepé Le Pew. He first appears in the 2003 film Pirates of the
Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. He later appears in the sequels Dead Man's Chest (2006), At World's End (2007), On Stranger Tides (2011), and Dead Men Tell No
Tales (2017). In the films, Sparrow is one of the nine pirate lords in the Brethren Court, the Pirate Lords of the Seven Seas. He can be treacherous and survives mostly by using wit and negotiation rather than by force, opting to flee most dangerous situations and to fight only when necessary.
"The Terminator" is the name of Arnold Schwarzenegger's character in the credits of the five Terminator movies. At different times, the character is given more specific designations such as model and series numbers, in efforts to distinguish Schwarzenegger's character from other Terminators. For his role in Terminator Salvation, Schwarzenegger reprised the role via facial CGI, used because Schwarzenegger's duties at the time as Governor of California prevented him from working on the film. The character's body is physically portrayed by Roland Kickinger.
Schwarzenegger returned to the role in Terminator Genisys, a reboot of the series focusing on an alternate timeline where a T-800 is sent to protect and train young Sarah Connor.
John James Rambo (born July 6, 1947) is a fictional character in the Rambo saga. He first appeared in the 1972 novel First Blood by David Morrell, but later became more famous as the protagonist of the film series, in which he was played by Sylvester Stallone. The portrayal of the character earned Stallone widespread acclaim and recognition. The character was nominated for American Film Institute's list 100 Years…100 Heroes and Villains. The term "Rambo" is used commonly to describe a person who is reckless, disregards orders, uses violence to solve
problems, solely enters deadly situations, and is exceptionally tough and aggressive.