Film Star Legends

Part 4

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

#14 star
Laurence Olivier
Heathcliff in Wuthering Heights (1939) Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice (1940)
Maxim de Winter in Rebecca (1940)
Lord Horatio Nelson in That Hamilton Woman (1941)
King Henry V in Henry V (1944)
Hamlet in Hamlet (1948)
George Hurstwood in Carrie (1952)
Capt. MacHeath in The Beggar's Opera (1953)
King Richard III in Richard III (1955)
Grand Duke Charles in The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)
Archie Rice in The Entertainer (1960)
Marcus Licinius Crassus in Spartacus (1960)
Othello in Othello (1965)
The Mahdi in Khartoum (1966)
Andrew Wyke in Sleuth (1972)
Szell in Marathon Man (1976)
Cantor Rabinovitch in The Jazz Singer (1980)
Gen. Douglas MacArthur in Inchon (1981)

#12 star
Gregory Peck
Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Father Francis Chisholm in The Keys of the Kingdom (1944)
John Ballantine in Spellbound (1945)
Lewt McCanles in Duel in the Sun (1946)
Pa Baxter in The Yearling (1946)
Phil Green in Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
Stretch in Yellow Sky (1948)
Gen. Frank Savage in Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
Jimmy Ringo in The Gunfighter (1950)
Capt. Horatio Hornblower in Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951)
King David in David and Bathsheba (1951)
Joe Bradley in Roman Holiday (1953)
Tom Rath in The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)
Captain Ahab in Moby Dick (1956)
James McKay in The Big Country (1958)
F. Scott Fitzgerald in Beloved Infidel (1959)
Dwight Towers in On the Beach (1959)
Lieut. Joe Clemons in Pork Chop Hill (1959)
Capt. Keith Mallory in The Guns of Navarone (1961)
Sam Bowden in Cape Fear (1962)
Robert Thorn in The Omen (1976)
Gen. Douglas MacArthur in MacArthur (1977)
Dr. Josef Mengele in The Boys from Brazil (1978)
Ambrose Bierce in Old Gringo (1989)

#24 star
Mary Pickford
Mama Mollie in Sparrows (1926) in In Old Kentucky (1909)
Ramona in Ramona (1910)
Miss Harding (the girl) in The New York Hat (1912)
Tessibel Skinner in Tess of the Storm Country (1914, 1922)
Gwendolyn in The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917)
Rebecca Randall in Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917)
Stella Maris/Unity Blake in Stella Maris (1918)
Judy Abbott in Daddy Long Legs (1919)
Pollyanna in Pollyanna (1920)
Little Lord Fauntleroy/Dearest in Little Lord Fauntleroy (1921)
Tessibel 'Tess' Skinner in Tess of the Storm Country (1922)
Annie Rooney in Little Annie Rooney (1925)
Maggie Johnson in My Best Girl (1927)
Norma Besant in Coquette (1929)
Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew (1929)

#22 star
Sidney Poitier
(1927- )
Virgil Tibbs in In the Heat of the Night (1967) Gregory W. Miller in The Blackboard Jungle (1955)
Noah Cullen in The Defiant Ones (1958)
Porgy in Porgy and Bess (1959)
Walter Lee Younger in A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
Homer Smith in Lilies of the Field (1963)
Ben Munceford in The Bedford Incident (1965)
Aly Mansuh in The Long Ships (1965)
Gordon Ralfe in A Patch of Blue (1965)
John Prentice in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
Mark Thackeray in To Sir, With Love (1967)
Lieut. Virgil Tibbs in They Call Me MISTER Tibbs! (1970)
Roy Parmenter in Little Nikita (1988)
Warren Stantin in Shoot to Kill (1988)
Carter Preston in The Jackal (1997)

#24 star
Edward G. Robinson
Caesar Enrico Bandello in Little Caesar (1930)
Johnny Rocco in Key Largo (1948)
Arthur Ferguson Jones/Killer Mannion in The Whole Town's Talking (1935)
Dr. Paul Ehrlich in Dr. Ehrlich's Magic Bullet (1940)
'Wolf' Larsen in The Sea Wolf (1941)
Barton Keyes in Double Indemnity (1944)
Prof. Richard Wanley in The Woman in the Window (1944)
Martinius Jacobson in Our Vines Have Tender Grapes (1945)
Christopher Cross in Scarlet Street (1945)
Wilson in The Stranger (1946)
Dathan in The Ten Commandments (1956)
Lancey Howard in The Cincinnati Kid (1965)
Sol Roth in Soylent Green (1973)

#14 star
Ginger Rogers

Kitty Foyle in Kitty Foyle (1940)

See Astaire with Rogers for additional roles.

Ann Lowell (Anytime Annie) in 42nd Street (1933)
Fay Fortune in Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
Jean Maitland in Stage Door (1937)
Polly Parrish in Bachelor Mother (1939)
Susan Applegate in The Major and the Minor (1942)
Roxie Hart in Roxie Hart (1942)
Edwina Fulton in Monkey Business (1952)

#11 star
Barbara Stanwyck
Jean Harrington in The Lady Eve (1941)
Phyllis Dietrichson in Double Indemnity (1944)
Florence 'Faith' Fallon in The Miracle Woman (1931)
Lily Powers in Baby Face (1933)
Megan Davis in The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1933)
Stella Martin Dallas in Stella Dallas (1937)
Mollie Monahan in Union Pacific (1939)
Lee Leander in Remember the Night (1940)
Sugarpuss O'Shea in Ball of Fire (1941)
Ann Mitchell in Meet John Doe (1941)
Elizabeth Lane in Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
Martha Ivers in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
Leona Stevenson in Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
Regina Forbes in To Please a Lady (1950)
Mae Doyle in Clash by Night (1952)
Julia Sturges in Titanic (1953)

#3 star
James Stewart
Jefferson Smith in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
George Bailey in It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
Tony Kirby in You Can't Take It With You (1938)
Tom Destry in Destry Rides Again (1939)
Mike Connor in The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Alfred Kralik in The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
Rupert Cadell in Rope (1948)
P.J. McNeal in Call Northside 777 (1948)
Tom Jeffords in Broken Arrow (1950)
Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey (1950)
Lin McAdam in Winchester '73 (1950)
Glyn McLyntock in Bend of the River (1952)
Buttons in The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
Howard Kemp in The Naked Spur (1953)
Jeff Webster in The Far Country (1954)
Glenn Miller in The Glenn Miller Story (1954)
L. B. "Jeff" Jeffries in Rear Window (1954)
Will Lockhart in The Man From Laramie (1955)
Dr. Ben McKenna in The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Charles Lindbergh in The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)
Shepherd Henderson in Bell Book and Candle (1958)
John "Scottie" Ferguson in Vertigo (1958)
Paul Biegler in Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
Chip Hardesty in The FBI Story (1959)
Linus Rawlings in How the West Was Won (1962)
Ransom Stoddard in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Wyatt Earp in Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
Frank Towns in The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
Charlie Anderson in Shenandoah (1965)
Dr. Hostetler in The Shootist (1976)

#7 star
Elizabeth Taylor
Martha in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966) Helen Burns (uncredited) in Jane Eyre (1943)
Velvet Brown (as young girl) in National Velvet (1944)
Mary in Life With Father (1947)
Carol Pringle in A Date With Judy (1948)
Amy March in Little Women (1949)
Kay Banks in Father of the Bride (1950)
Angela Vickers in A Place in the Sun (1951)
Rebecca in Ivanhoe (1952)
Ruth Wiley in Elephant Walk (1954)
Helen Ellswirth/Wills in The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)
Leslie Lynnton Benedict in Giant (1956)
Susanna Drake in Raintree County (1957)
Maggie "The Cat" Pollitt in Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
Catherine Holly in Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
Gloria Wandrous in BUtterfield 8 (1960)
Cleopatra in Cleopatra (1963)
Laura Reynolds in The Sandpiper (1965)
Martha Pineda in The Comedians (1967)
Leonora Penderton in Reflections in a Golden Eye (1967)
Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew (1967)
Pearl Slaghoople in The Flintstones (1994)

#18 star
Shirley Temple
Barbara Barry in Poor Little Rich Girl (1936) Shirley in Baby Take a Bow (1934)
Shirley Blake in Bright Eyes (1934)
Miss Marker in Little Miss Marker (1934)
Betsy Blair in Curly Top (1935)
Lloyd Sherman in The Little Colonel (1935)
Virgie Cary in The Littlest Rebel (1935)
Star in Captain January (1936)
Sylvia Dolores in Dimples (1936)
Heidi in Heidi (1937)
Priscilla Williams in Wee Willie Winkie (1937)
Betsy Brown in Little Miss Broadway (1938)
Rebecca Winstead in Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1938)
Sara Crewe in The Little Princess (1939)
Bridget (Brig) Hilton in Since You Went Away (1944)
Susan in The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)
Philadelphia Thursday in Fort Apache (1948)
Ellen Baker in Mr. Belvedere Goes to College (1949)

#9 star
Spencer Tracy
Father Edward Flanagan in Boys Town (1938)
Henry Drummond in Inherit the Wind (1960)
Joe Wilson in Fury (1936)
Warren Haggerty in Libeled Lady (1936)
Father Tim Mullin in San Francisco (1936)
Manuel in Captains Courageous (1937)
Gunner Sloane in Test Pilot (1938)
Square John Sand in Boom Town (1940)
Thomas A. Edison in Edison, the Man (1940)
Maj. Robert Rogers in Northwest Passage (1940)
Dr. Henry Jekyll/Mr. Hyde in Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941)
Pilon in Tortilla Flat (1942)
Pete Sandridge in A Guy Named Joe (1943)
Lieut. Col. James "Jimmy" Doolittle in Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
Stanley T. Banks in Father of the Bride (1950)
Stanley T. Banks in Father's Little Dividend (1951)
Matt Devereaux in Broken Lance (1954)
John J. MacReedy in Bad Day At Black Rock (1955)
Frank Skeffington in The Last Hurrah (1958)
The Old Man in The Old Man and the Sea (1958)
Judge Dan Haywood in Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)

#9 star
Spencer Tracy
#1 star
Katharine Hepburn
Adam and Amanda Bonner in Adam's Rib (1949) Steven O'Malley and Christine Forrest in Keeper of the Flame (1942)
Sam Craig and Tess Harding in Woman of the Year (1942)
Pat Jamieson and Jamie Rowan in Without Love (1945)
Col. James B. Brewton and Lutie Cameron in The Sea of Grass (1947)
Grant Matthews and Mary Matthews in State of the Union (1948)
Mike Conovan and Pat Pemberton in Pat and Mike (1952)
Richard Sumner and Bunny Watson in Desk Set (1957)
Matt Drayton and Christina Drayton in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)

#13 star
John Wayne
Ethan Edwards in The Searchers (1956) The Ringo Kid in Stagecoach (1939)
Jim Gordon in The Flying Tigers (1942)
Col. Joe Madden in Back to Bataan (1945)
Lt. J.G. "Rusty" Ryan in They Were Expendable (1945)
Capt. Kirby York in Fort Apache (1948)
Tom Dunson in Red River (1948)
Sgt. John M. Stryker in The Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)
Capt. Nathan Cutting Brittles in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
Lt. Col. Kirby Yorke in Rio Grande (1950)
Sean Thornton in The Quiet Man (1952)
Dan Roman in The High and the Mighty (1954)
Frank W. (Spig) Wead in The Wings of Eagles (1957)
John T. Chance in Rio Bravo (1959)
Col. Davy Crockett in The Alamo (1960)
Lieut. Col. Benjamin Vandervoort in The Longest Day (1962)
Tom Doniphon in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Sean Mercer in Hatari! (1962)
Cole Thornton in El Dorado (1967)
Col. Mike Kirby in The Green Berets (1968)
Reuben J. 'Rooster' Cogburn in True Grit (1969)
John Bernard Books in The Shootist (1976)

#16 star
Orson Welles
Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane (1941) Narrator in The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
Edward Rochester in Jane Eyre (1944)
Charles Rankin/Franz Kindler in The Stranger (1946)
Michael O'Hara in The Lady From Shanghai (1948)
Macbeth in Macbeth (1948)
Harry Lime in The Third Man (1949)
Father Mapple in Moby Dick (1956)
Hank Quinlan in Touch of Evil (1958)
Jonathan Wilk in Compulsion (1959)
Sir John (Jack) Falstaff in Chimes at Midnight (1966)
Cardinal Wolsey in A Man For All Seasons (1966)

#15 star
Mae West
Lady Lou in She Done Him Wrong (1933)
Tira in I'm No Angel (1933)
Maudie Triplett in Night After Night (1932)
Ruby Carter in Belle of the Nineties (1934)
The Frisco Doll/Rose Carlton/Sister Annie Alden in Klondike Annie (1936)
Flower Belle Lee in My Little Chickadee (1940)
Leticia in Myra Breckinridge (1970)
Marlo Manners/Lady Barrington in Sextette (1978)

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