Greatest Film Stars
Greatest Roles & Filmographies

Greatest Film Stars - Roles and Filmographies
(alphabetical, by last name)
Introduction | A1 | A2-B1 | B2 | B3 | B4 | B5-C1 | C2 | C3 | C4-D1 | D2 | D3
D4-F1 | F2 | F3-G1 | G2 | G3-H1 | H2 | H3 | H4-J1 | J2-K1
K2-L1 | L2 | L3-M1 | M2 | M3 | M4 | N | O-P1 | P2 | P3-R1 | R2
R3 | R4-S1 | S2 | S3 | S4-T1 | T2 | U-W1 | W2 | W3-Z

Greatest Film Star Roles and Filmographies
Actor or Actress
Definitive Screen Role Other Great Film Roles

Eleanor Parker
(1922- )
Marie Allen in Caged (1950)

Ruth Hartley in Pride of the Marines (1945)
Mary McLeod in Detective Story (1951)
Lenore in Scaramouche (1952)
Joanna Leiningen in The Naked Jungle (1954)
Marjorie Lawrence in Interrupted Melody (1955)
Zosch Machine in The Man With the Golden Arm (1955)
Hannah Hunnicutt in Home From the Hill (1960)
The Baroness in The Sound of Music (1965)

Gail Patrick
Cornelia Bullock in My Man Godfrey (1936) Linda Shaw in Stage Door (1937)
Gwen Taylor in Mad About Music (1938)
Bianca Bates in My Favorite Wife (1940)
Isobel Grayson in Love Crazy (1941)

#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)

Sean Penn
(1960- )

Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)


Matthew Poncelet in Dead Man Walking (1995) (tie)

Alex Dwyer in Taps (1981)
Mick O'Brien in Bad Boys (1983)
Henry 'Hopper' Nash/Lou in Racing With the Moon (1984)
Daulton Lee in The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)
Brad Whitewood, Jr. in At Close Range (1986)
Glendon Wasey in Shanghai Surprise (1986)
Officer Danny McGavin in Colors (1988)
Meserve in Casualties of War (1989)
Jim in We're No Angels (1989)
Kleinfeld in Carlito's Way (1993)
Conrad Van Orton in The Game (1997)
Eddie Quinn in She's So Lovely (1997)
Bobby Cooper in U Turn (1997)
Eddie in Hurlyburly (1998)
First Sergeant Edward Welsh in The Thin Red Line (1998)
Emmet Ray in Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
Sam Dawson in I Am Sam (2001)
Jimmy Markum in Mystic River (2003)
Paul in 21 Grams (2003)

Tobin Keller in The Interpreter (2005)
Willie Stark in All the King's Men (2006)
Harvey Milk in Milk (2008)
Joe Wilson in Fair Game (2010)
Jack in The Tree of Life (2011)

George Peppard
Paul Varjak in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) Cadet Robert Marquales in The Strange One (1957)
Rafe Copley in Home from the Hill (1960)
Jonas Cord, Jr. in The Carpetbaggers (1964)
Lt. John Curtis in Operation Crossbow (1965)
Bruno Stachel in The Blue Max (1966)
Maj. Eugene Denton in Damnation Alley (1977)

Anthony Perkins
Norman Bates in Psycho (1960) Josh Birdwell in Friendly Persuasion (1956)
Jimmy Piersall in Fear Strikes Out (1957)
Sheriff Ben Owens in The Tin Star (1957)
Peter Holmes in On the Beach (1959)
Joseph K. in The Trial (1963)
Dennis Pitt in Pretty Poison (1968)
McQueen in Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Dr. Alex Durant in The Black Hole (1979)
John Ceruti in Winter Kills (1979)
Rev. Peter Shayne in Crimes of Passion (1984)

Joe Pesci
(1943- )
Joey LaMotta in Raging Bull (1980) Nicky Cerone in Easy Money (1983)
Frankie Minaldi in Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Leo Getz in Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), Lethal Weapon 3 (1992), and in Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
Tommy DeVito in GoodFellas (1990)
Harry Lime in Home Alone (1990) and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
David Ferrie in JFK (1991)
Vincent 'Vinny' Gambini in My Cousin Vinny (1992)
Leon Bernstein in The Public Eye (1992)
Carmine in A Bronx Tale (1993)
Nicky Santoro in Casino (1995)
Joseph Palmi in The Good Shepherd (2006)

Michelle Pfeiffer
(1957- )

Suzie Diamont in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989)

Stephanie Zinone in Grease 2 (1982)
Elvira Hancock in Scarface (1983)
Isabeau Dantein in Ladyhawke (1985)
Sukie Ridgemont in The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
Madame De Tourvel in Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
Jo Ann Vallenari in Tequila Sunrise (1988)
Angela de Marco in Married to the Mob (1988)
Frankie in Frankie and Johnny (1991)
Catwoman/Selina Kyle in Batman Returns (1992)
Lurene Hallett in Love Field (1992)
Countess Ellen Olenska in The Age of Innocence (1993)
Lauren Alden in Wolf (1994)
Louanne Johnson in Dangerous Minds (1995)
Melanie Parker in One Fine Day (1996)
Tally "Sallyanne" Atwater in Up Close & Personal (1996)
Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)
Katie Jordan in The Story of Us (1999)
Claire Spencer in What Lies Beneath (2000)
Rita Harrison in I Am Sam (2001)
Ingrid Magnussen in White Oleander (2002)
Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray (2007)
Ingrid in New Year's Eve (2011)

River Phoenix
Mike Waters in My Own Private Idaho (1991) Wolfgang Muller in Explorers (1985)
Charlie in The Mosquito Coast (1986)
Chris Chambers in Stand By Me (1986)
Jeff Grant in Little Nikita (1988)
Danny Pope in Running on Empty (1988)
Young Indy in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Eddie Birdlace in Dogfight (1991)
Carl Arbogast in Sneakers (1992)

#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)

Walter Pidgeon
Clem Miniver in Mrs. Miniver (1942) Mr. Gruffydd in How Green Was My Valley (1941)
Capt. Alan Thorndike in Man Hunt (1941)
Major Gen. Roland Goodlaw Kane in Command Decision (1948)
Harry Pebbel in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
James Ellswirth in The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)
Dr. Morbius in Forbidden Planet (1956)
Adm. Harriman Nelson in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)
Senator Robert 'Bob' Munson in Advise and Consent (1962)
Florenz Ziegfeld in Funny Girl (1968)

Brad Pitt
(1963- )
Tyler Durden in Fight Club (1999) J. D. in Thelma & Louise (1991)
Paul Maclean in A River Runs Through It (1992)
Early Grayce in Kalifornia (1993)
Louis de Pointe du Lac in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
Tristan Ludlow in Legends of the Fall (1994)
Jeffrey Goines in 12 Monkeys (1995)
Det. David Mills in Se7en (1995)
Michael Sullivan in Sleepers (1996)
Rory Devaney/Francis 'Frankie' McGuire in The Devil's Own (1997)
Heinrich Harrer in Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
Joe Black in Meet Joe Black (1998)
Mickey O'Neil in Snatch (2000)
Jerry Welbach in The Mexican (2001)
Rusty Ryan in Ocean's 11 (2001), in Ocean's Twelve (2004), and in Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
Tom Bishop in Spy Game (2001)
Achilles in Troy (2004)
John Smith in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
Richard Jones in Babel (2006)
Jesse James in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
Chad Feldheimer in Burn After Reading (2008)
Benjamin Button in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Lt. Aldo Raine in Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Billy Beane in Moneyball (2011)
Mr. O'Brien in The Tree of Life (2011)

ZaSu Pitts
Trina in Greed (1924) Cecilia Schweiser in The Wedding March (1928)
Prunella Judson in Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
Cora in Life With Father (1947)

#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)

Natalie Portman
(1981- )
Mathilda in The Professional (1994) (aka Leon) Marty in Beautiful Girls (1996)
Queen Amidala/Padme in Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), and Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Ann August in Anywhere But Here (1999)
Novalee Nation in Where the Heart Is (2000)
Sam in Garden State (2004)
Alice in Closer (2004)
Evey in V for Vendetta (2006)
Ines/Alicia in Goya's Ghosts (2006)
Molly Mahoney, the Composer in Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007)
Anne Boleyn in The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
Nina Sayers/The Swan Queen in Black Swan (2010)

Dick Powell
Philip Marlowe in Murder, My Sweet (1944) Billy Lawler in 42nd Street (1933)
Brad Roberts in Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
Scott 'Scotty' Blair in Footlight Parade (1933)
Jimmy Higgins in Dames (1934)
Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)
Jimmy MacDonald in Christmas in July (1940)
John Forbes in Pitfall (1948)
James Lee Bartlow in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)

Eleanor Powell
Irene Foster, aka Mlle. La Belle Arlette in Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935) Nora Paige in Born to Dance (1936)
Sally Lee in Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937)
Princess Rosalie Romanikov in Rosalie (1937)
Miss Dorothy 'Dot' March in Honolulu (1939)
Clare Bennett in Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)
Tallulah Winters in Ship Ahoy (1942)
Ginny Walker in Sensations of 1945 (1944)
Herself in Duchess of Idaho (1950)

William Powell
Nick Charles in The Thin Man (1934) (and the series' five sequels)
Godfrey Parke in My Man Godfrey (1936)
Jim Wade in Manhattan Melodrama (1934)
Lev Andreyev in The Last Command (1928)
Philo Vance in The Canary Murder Case (1929)
Dan Hardesty in One Way Passage (1932)
Jim Wade in Manhattan Melodrama (1934)
Ned Riley in Reckless (1935)
Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. in The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
Bill Chandler in Libeled Lady (1936)
The Great Flo Ziegfeld in Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
Clarence Day in Life With Father (1947)
Doc in Mister Roberts (1955)

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