Famous movie heroes are ones that have appeared throughout cinema history, played by different actors, with success in every era. The most famous movie heroes are characters that are iconic enough to stand the test of time as well as the different performance styles actors bring to the roles. It's hard to argue with any of these famous movie heroes as icons; they help make up the canon of action and adventure films. Here they are, our most famous movie heroes.

  1. James Bond. The British spy, super-suave with the ladies and with a license to kill his dastardly, world-threatening adversaries, tops the list of the most famous movie heroes. Originated on film by Sean Connery in "Dr. No," he has been played as Connery's tough womanizer, Roger Moore's jokester, and Timothy Dalton's more serious, sensitive super-spy, and lived to tell. Agent 007 still carries on, as a gritty, brutish killer in the form of Daniel Craig, who revitalized the franchise in "Casino Royale."

  2. Batman. Early serials treated Batman as any other costumed hero, and the 1960s TV show treated the caped crusader as a colorful joke. But with Tim Burton's 1989 "Batman," Bob Kane's creation was returned to his dark, vengeful vigilante origins The spirit of that continues in Christopher Nolan's films, which bring us the grittiest and most realistic Batman to date, with Christian Bale as one of our most famous movie heroes.

  3. Robin Hood. Errol Flynn was the iconi Robin Hood, who robbed the rich and gave to the poor in "The Adventures of Robin Hood." That film stands up today with its acrobatic, exciting swordfights and swashbuckling flair, but the thief of Sherwood Forest has gone through many transitions, played by everyone from Sean Connery (an aged version of the hero in "Robin and Marian") to a Disney cartoon fox. Many moviegoers of this generation remember Kevin Costner's performance in "Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves," but Russell Crowe has added muscle to the role in a recent film.

  4. King Arthur. Like Robin Hood, King Arthur has been portrayed in many ways, from a dashing young knight to an old man whose head weighs heavily with his crown. Two notable instances of this famous movie hero are Disney's "The Sword in the Stone," which has Arthur as a young boy who does not know he's destined to become king of England, and "Excalibur," which chronicle's Arthur's entire life, from conception to final battle. "Excalibur" is a true epic that does the story of Camelot's legendary king justice.