Film Star Legends

Part 2

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

#18 star
James Dean
Jim in Rebel Without A Cause (1955) Cal Trask in East of Eden (1955)
Jett Rink in Giant (1956)

#9 star
Marlene Dietrich
Lola Frohlich in The Blue Angel (1930)
Helen Faraday in Blonde Venus (1932)
Amy Jolly in Morocco (1930)
Shanghai Lily (Madeline) in Shanghai Express (1932)
Catherine II/Sophia Frederica in The Scarlet Empress (1934)
Frenchy in Destry Rides Again (1939)
Erika von Schluetow in A Foreign Affair (1948)
Altar Keane in Rancho Notorious (1952)
Tanya in Touch of Evil (1958)
Christine Helm/Vole in Witness for the Prosecution (1958)
Madame Bertholt in Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

#17 star
Kirk Douglas
(1916- )
Spartacus in Spartacus (1960) Whit Sterling in Out of the Past (1947)
Midge Kelly in Champion (1949)
Jonathan Shields in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
Vincent Van Gogh in Lust for Life (1956)
Dr. John 'Doc' Holliday in Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
Colonel Dax in Paths of Glory (1957)
Einar in The Vikings (1958)
Jack Burns in Lonely Are the Brave (1962)
Col. Martin 'Jiggs' Casey in Seven Days in May (1964)
Mitchell Gromberg in It Runs in the Family (2003)

#6 star
Henry Fonda
Tom Joad in The Grapes of Wrath (1940) Preston Dillard in Jezebel (1938)
Gilbert Jones in Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
Abraham Lincoln in Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)
Charles Pike in The Lady Eve (1941)
Gil Carter in The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
Wyatt Earp in My Darling Clementine (1946)
Lieut. Col. Owen Thursday in Fort Apache (1948)
Lieutenant Doug Roberts in Mister Roberts (1955)
Manny Balestrero in The Wrong Man (1956)
Juror # 8 in 12 Angry Men (1957)
Robert A. Leffingwell in Advise and Consent (1962)
The President in Fail-Safe (1964)
Frank in Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)
Norman Thayer, Jr. in On Golden Pond (1981)

# 7 star
Clark Gable
Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind (1939) Ace Wilfong in A Free Soul (1931)
Jerry "Babe" Stewart in No Man of Her Own (1932)
Dennis Carson in Red Dust (1932)
Patch Gallagher in Dancing Lady (1933)
Peter Warne in It Happened One Night (1934)
Blackie Gallagher in Manhattan Melodrama (1934)
Fletcher Christian in Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
Blackie Norton in San Francisco (1936)
Big John McMasters in Boom Town (1940)
Victor Marswell in Mogambo (1953)
Comm. Richardson in Run Silent, Run Deep (1958)
Gay Langland in The Misfits (1961)

#5 star
Greta Garbo
Marguerite in Camille (1936)
Ninotchka (Lena Yakushova) in Ninotchka (1939)
Elena in The Temptress (1926)
Felicitas von Kletzingk in Flesh and the Devil (1927)
Anna Karenina in Love (1927)
Diana Merrick in A Woman of Affairs (1928)
Anna Christie in Anna Christie (1930)
Grusinskaya in Grand Hotel (1932)
Queen Christina in Queen Christina (1933)
Anna Karenina in Anna Karenina (1935)
Karin Borg Blake/Katherine Borg in Two-Faced Woman (1941)

#25 star
Ava Gardner
Kitty Collins in The Killers (1946) Venus in One Touch of Venus (1948)
Julie LaVerne in Show Boat (1951)
Eloise "Honey Bear" Kelly in Mogambo (1953)
Marie Vargas in The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
Lady Brett Ashley in The Sun Also Rises (1957)
Moira Davidson in On The Beach (1959)
Maxine Faulk in The Night of the Iguana (1964)
Eleanor "Ellie" Holbrook in Seven Days in May (1964)

#8 star
Judy Garland
Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Esther Blodgett (Vicki Lester) in A Star is Born (1954)
Betty Clayton in Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937)
Betsy Booth in Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
Patsy Barton in Babes in Arms (1939)
Susan Gallagher in Ziegfeld Girl (1941)
Jo Hayden in For Me and My Gal (1942)
Esther Smith in Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
Alice Mayberry in The Clock (1945)
Susan Harvey in The Harvey Girls (1946)
Hannah Brown in Easter Parade (1948)
Manuela in The Pirate (1948)
Irene Hoffman in Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

#17 star
Lillian Gish
Lucy Burrows in Broken Blossoms (1919)
Letty Mason in The Wind (1928)
A Young Mother in Judith of Bethulia (1914)
Elsie Stoneman in The Birth of a Nation (1915)
The Woman Who Rocks the Cradle in Intolerance (1916)
Susie May Trueheart in True Heart Susie (1919)
Anna Moore in Way Down East (1920)
Henriette Girard in Orphans of the Storm (1922)
Mimi in La Boheme (1926)
Hester Prynne in The Scarlet Letter (1926)
Mrs. Alice Hunter in His Double Life (1933)
Laura Belle McCanles in Duel in the Sun (1946)
Mother Mary of Mercy in Portrait of Jennie (1948)
Victoria Inch in The Cobweb (1955)
Rachel in The Night of the Hunter (1955)
Sarah Webber in The Whales of August (1987)

#2 star
Cary Grant
David Huxley in Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Roger Thornhill in North by Northwest (1959)
Capt. Cummings in She Done Him Wrong (1933)
Jimmy Monkley in Sylvia Scarlett (1936)
Jerry Warriner in The Awful Truth (1937)
George Kerby in Topper (1937)
Johnny Case in Holiday (1938)
Sgt. Cutter in Gunga Din (1939)
Geoff Carter in Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
Walter Burns in His Girl Friday (1940)
Nick Arden in My Favorite Wife (1940)
Dexter Haven in The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Johnnie Aysgarth in Suspicion (1941)
Leopold Dilg in The Talk of the Town (1942)
Mortimer Brewster in Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
Ernie Mott in None But the Lonely Heart (1944)
Devlin in Notorious (1946)
Dudley in The Bishop's Wife (1947)
John Robie in To Catch a Thief (1955)
Nickie Ferrante in An Affair to Remember (1957)
Peter Joshua in Charade (1963)

#22 star
Jean Harlow
Vantine in Red Dust (1932) Helen in Hell's Angels (1930)
Ann Schuyler in Platinum Blonde (1931)
Gwen Allen in The Public Enemy (1931)
Lillian Andrews Legendre in Red-Headed Woman (1932)
Lola Burns in Bombshell (1933)
Kitty Packard in Dinner at Eight (1933)
Dolly Portland in China Seas (1935)
Gladys Benton in Libeled Lady (1936)
Carol Clayton in Saratoga (1937)

#19 star
Rita Hayworth
Gilda in Gilda (1946) Judy MacPherson in Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
Sheila Winthrop in You'll Never Get Rich (1941)
Maria Acuna in You Were Never Lovelier (1942)
Rusty Parker/Maribelle Hicks in Cover Girl (1944)
Elsa Barrister in The Lady From Shanghai (1948)
Vera Simpson in Pal Joey (1957)
Ann Shankland in Separate Tables (1958)

#3 star
Audrey Hepburn
Princess Ann in Roman Holiday (1953) Sabrina Fairchild in Sabrina (1954)
Natasha Rostov in War and Peace (1956)
Jo Stockton in Funny Face (1957)
Ariane Chavasse in Love in the Afternoon (1957)
Sister Luke/Gabrielle Van Der Mal in The Nun's Story (1959)
Holly Golightly (Lulamae Barnes) in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961)
Karen Wright in The Children's Hour (1961)
Regina "Reggie" Lampert in Charade (1963)
Eliza Doolittle in My Fair Lady (1964)
Nicole Bonnet in How to Steal a Million (1966)
Joanna Wallace in Two for the Road (1967)
Susy Hendrix in Wait Until Dark (1967)
Lady Marian in Robin and Marian (1976)
Elizabeth Roffe in Bloodline (1979)
Angela Niotes in They All Laughed (1981)
Hap in Always (1989)

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