Film Star Legends

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Greatest Film Star Legends
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AFI's 50 Greatest Film Star Legends
Actor or Actress
Definitive Screen Role Other Great Film Roles

#5 star
Fred Astaire
Tony Hunter in The Band Wagon (1953) Jerry Halliday in A Damsel in Distress (1937)
Johnny Brett in Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)
Bob Curtis in You'll Never Get Rich (1941)
Ted Hanover in Holiday Inn (1942)
Robert Davis in You Were Never Lovelier (1942)
Fred Astaire/Raffles/Tai Long in Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
Don Hewes in Easter Parade (1948)
Bert Kalmer in Three Little Words (1950)
Tom Bowen in Royal Wedding (1951)
Dick Avery in Funny Face (1957)
Steve Canfield in Silk Stockings (1957)
Julian Osborne in On the Beach (1959)
Finian McLonergan in Finian's Rainbow (1968)
Harlee Claiborne in The Towering Inferno (1974)

#5 star
Fred Astaire
#14 star
Ginger Rogers

Jerry Travers and Dale Tremont in Top Hat (1935)
John (Lucky) Garnett and Penelope (Penny) Carroll in Swing Time (1936)

Fred Ayres and Honey Hale in Flying Down to Rio (1933)
Guy Holden and Mimi in The Gay Divorcee (1934)
Huckleberry 'Huck' Haines and Scharwenka (aka Lizzie Gatz) in Roberta (1935)
Bake Baker and Sherry Martin in Follow the Fleet (1936)
Petrov (Thompson) and Linda Keene in Shall We Dance? (1937)
Dr. Tony Flagg and Amanda Cooper in Carefree (1938)
Vernon Castle and Irene Castle in The Story of Vernon and Irene Castle (1939)
Josh Barkley and Dinah Barkley in The Barkleys of Broadway (1949)

#20 star
Lauren Bacall
(1924- 2014)
"Slim" Marie Browning in To Have and Have Not (1944) Vivian Sternwood Rutledge in The Big Sleep (1946)
Irene Jansen in Dark Passage (1947)
Nora Temple in Key Largo (1948)
Amy North in Young Man With a Horn (1950)
Schatze Page in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
Lucy Moore Hadley in Written on the Wind (1956)
Marilla Hagen in Designing Woman (1957)
Elaine Sampson in Harper (1966)
Bond Rogers in The Shootist (1976)
Marcia Sindell in Misery (1990)
Hannah Morgan in The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)
Sonia in Le Jour et La Nuit (1997)
Countess Camilla Volta in The Venice Project (1999)
Mado Remei in Presence of Mind (1999)
May in The Limit (2003)
Ma Ginger in Dogville (2003)
Eleanor in Birth (2004)

#4 star
Ingrid Bergman
Ilsa Lund Laszlo in Casablanca (1942) Anita Hoffman in Intermezzo: A Love Story (1936) and (1939)
Ivy Peterson in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
Maria in For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)
Paula Alquist in Gaslight (1944)
Sister Benedict in The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)
Clio Dulaine in Saratoga Trunk (1945)
Dr. Constance Peterson in Spellbound (1945)
Alicia Huberman in Notorious (1946)
Joan of Arc in Joan of Arc (1948)
Karin in Stromboli (1949)
Lady Henrietta Flusky in Under Capricorn (1949)
Katherine Joyce in Voyage in Italy (1953)
Anastasia in Anastasia (1956)
Anna Kalman in Indiscreet (1958)
Gladys Aylward in The Inn of the Sixth Happiness (1958)
Gerda Millett in The Yellow Rolls Royce (1964)
Stephanie Dickinson in Cactus Flower (1969)
Greta Ohlsson in Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Charlotte in Autumn Sonata (1978)

#1 star
Humphrey Bogart
Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon (1941)
Richard "Rick" Blaine in Casablanca (1942)
Duke Mantee in The Petrified Forest (1936)
Baby Face Martin in Dead End (1937)
David Graham in Marked Woman (1937)
James Frazier in Angels With Dirty Faces (1938)
Whip McCord in The Oklahoma Kid (1939)
George Hally in The Roaring Twenties (1939)
Paul Fabrini in They Drive By Night (1940)
Roy "Mad Dog" Earle in High Sierra (1941)
Richard Lomas Leland in Across the Pacific (1942)
Joseph "Duke" Berne in The Big Shot (1942)
Lt. Joe Rossi in Action in the North Atlantic (1943)
Sgt. Joe Gunn in Sahara (1943)
Jean Matrac in Passage to Marseille (1944)
Harry Morgan in To Have and Have Not (1944)
Philip Marlowe in The Big Sleep (1946)
Vincent Parry in Dark Passage (1947)
Capt. Warren 'Rip' Murdock/Narrator in Dead Reckoning (1947)
Frank McCloud in Key Largo (1948)
Fred C. Dobbs in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
Dixon Steele in In a Lonely Place (1950)
Charlie Allnut in The African Queen (1952)
Billy Dannreuther in Beat the Devil (1953)
Harry Dawes in The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
Captain Philip Francis Queeg in The Caine Mutiny (1954)
Linus Larrabee in Sabrina (1954)
Glenn Griffin in The Desperate Hours (1955)
Jim Carmody in The Left Hand of God (1955)
Joseph in We're No Angels (1955)
Eddie Willis in The Harder They Fall (1956)

#4 star
Marlon Brando
Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront (1954)
Don Vito Corleone in The Godfather (1972)
Ken in The Men (1950)
Emiliano Zapata in Viva Zapata! (1952)
Marc Antony in Julius Caesar (1953)
Johnny in The Wild One (1953)
Sky Masterson in Guys and Dolls (1955)
Sakima in The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)
Maj. Lloyd Gruver in Sayonara (1957)
Christian Diesti in The Young Lions (1958)
Rio in One-Eyed Jacks (1961)
Fletcher Christian in Mutiny on the Bounty (1962)
Harrison Carter MacWhite in The Ugly American (1963)
Sheriff Calder in The Chase (1966)
Ogden Mears in A Countess from Hong Kong (1967)
Grindl in Candy (1968)
Sir William Walker in Burn! (1970)
Paul in Last Tango in Paris (1972)
Robert E. Lee Clayton in The Missouri Breaks (1976)
Jor-El in Superman: The Movie (1978)
Col. Walter E. Kurtz in Apocalpyse Now (1979)
Ian McKenzie in A Dry White Season (1989)
Carmine Sabatini in The Freshman (1990)
Dr. Jack Mickler in Don Juan DeMarco (1995)
Dr. Moreau in The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)
Max in The Score (2001)

#8 star
James Cagney
Tom Powers in The Public Enemy (1931)
Cody Jarrett in White Heat (1949)
Bert Harris in Blonde Crazy (1931)
Chester Kent in Footlight Parade (1933)
Dan Quigley in Lady Killer (1933)
Dizzy Davis in Ceiling Zero (1935)
James 'Brick' Davis in G-Men (1935)
Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)
Rocky Sullivan in Angels with Dirty Faces (1938)
Frank Ross in Each Dawn I Die (1939)
The Oklahoma Kid (Jim Kincaid) in The Oklahoma Kid (1939)
Eddie Bartlett in The Roaring Twenties (1939)
Danny Kenny in City For Conquest (1940)
T. L. "Biff" Grimes in The Strawberry Blonde (1941)
George M. Cohan in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)
Ralph Cotter in Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (1950)
Martin (Marty the Gimp) Snyder in Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
The Captain in Mister Roberts (1955)
Lon Chaney in Man of a Thousand Faces (1957)
C. R. MacNamara in One, Two, Three (1961)
Rheinlander Waldo in Ragtime (1981)

#10 star
Charles Chaplin
The Tramp (Lone Prospector) in The Gold Rush (1925)
The Tramp in City Lights (1931)
Charlie in Tillie's Punctured Romance (1914)
The Tramp in The Tramp (1915)
The Derelict in Easy Street (1917)
The Immigrant in The Immigrant (1917)
The Tramp in A Dog's Life (1918)
The Tramp in The Kid (1921)
The Tramp in The Circus (1928)
The Tramp (Factory Worker) in Modern Times (1936)
Hynkel (Dictator of Tomania)/A Jewish Barber in The Great Dictator (1940)
Henri Verdoux/Varney/Bonheur/Floray/Narrator in Monsieur Verdoux (1947)
Calvero in Limelight (1952)
King Shahdov in A King in New York (1957)

#12 star
Claudette Colbert
Ellie Andrews in It Happened One Night (1934) Poppaea in The Sign of the Cross (1932)
Cleopatra in Cleopatra (1934)
Beatrice "Bea" Pullman in Imitation of Life (1934)
Dr. Jane Everest in Private Worlds (1935)
Nicole de Loiselle in Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)
Lana Borst Martin in Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
Eve Peabody in Midnight (1939)
Augusta Nash in Arise, My Love (1940)
Betsy Bartlett in Boom Town (1940)
Gerry Jeffers in The Palm Beach Story (1942)
Lieutenant Janet Davidson in So Proudly We Hail! (1943)
Anne Hilton in Since You Went Away (1944)
Christopher 'Kit' Madden in Without Reservations (1946)
Betty MacDonald in The Egg and I (1947)
Agnes Keith in Three Came Home (1950)

#11 star
Gary Cooper
Will Kane in High Noon (1952) Abe Lee in The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926)
Cadet White in Wings (1927)
Tom Brown in Morocco (1930)
Lieut. Frederick Henry in A Farewell to Arms (1932)
Lt. Alan McGregor in The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)
Tom Bradley in Desire (1936)
Longfellow Deeds in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
Wild Bill Hickok in The Plainsman (1936)
Michael "Beau" Geste in Beau Geste (1939)
Cole Hardin in The Westerner (1940)
Prof. Bertram Potts in Ball of Fire (1941)
Long John Willoughby or "John Doe" in Meet John Doe (1941)
Sergeant Alvin C. York in Sergeant York (1941)
Lou Gehrig in The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
Robert Jordan in For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)
Melody Jones in Along Came Jones (1945)
Prof. Alvah Jesper in Cloak and Dagger (1946)
Capt. Christopher Holden in Unconquered (1947)
Howard Roark in The Fountainhead (1949)
Benjamin Trane in Vera Cruz (1954)
Jess Birdwell in Friendly Persuasion (1956)
Frank Flannagan in Love in the Afternoon (1957)
Link Jones in Man of the West (1958)

#10 star
Joan Crawford
Mildred Pierce in Mildred Pierce (1945) Diana Medford in Our Dancing Daughters (1928)
Alice 'Bingo' Dowling in Untamed (1929)
Bonnie Jordan in Dance, Fools, Dance (1931)
Flaemmchen (Miss Flaemm) in Grand Hotel (1932)
Sadie Thompson in Rain (1932)
Janie Barlow in Dancing Lady (1933)
Diane (Dinah) Lovering in Chained (1934)
Sadie McKee Brennan in Sadie McKee (1934)
Margaret 'Peggy' O'Neal Eaton in The Gorgeous Hussy (1936)
Anni Pavlovitch (aka Anne Vivaldi) in The Bride Wore Red (1937)
Crystal Allen in The Women (1939)
Julie in Strange Cargo (1940)
Helen Wright in Humoresque (1946)
Louise Howell in Possessed (1947)
Lane Bellamy in Flamingo Road (1949)
Myra Hudson in Sudden Fear (1952)
Jenny Stewart in Torch Song (1953)
Vienna in Johnny Guitar (1954)
Blanche Hudson in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

#2 star
Bette Davis
Margo Channing in All About Eve (1950) Mildred Rogers in Of Human Bondage (1934)
Joyce Heath in Dangerous (1935)
Gabrielle Maple in The Petrified Forest (1936)
Julie Morrison in Jezebel (1938)
Judith Traherne in Dark Victory (1939)
Charlotte Lovell in The Old Maid (1939)
Henriette Deluzy-Desportes in All This, and Heaven Too (1940)
Leslie Crosbie in The Letter (1940)
Regina Hubbard Giddens in The Little Foxes (1941)
Maggie Cutler in The Man Who Came to Dinner (1942)
Charlotte Vale in Now, Voyager (1942)
Sara Muller in Watch on the Rhine (1943)
Fanny Trellis Skeffington in Mr. Skeffington (1944)
Rosa Moline in Beyond the Forest (1949)
Jane Hudson in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
Charlotte Hollis in Hush... Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)
Libby Strong in The Whales of August (1987)

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