10 Most Notable Film Characters
The list 10 most notable film characters include some of the most compelling and memorable personalities in movie history. A great character can transcend a movie, making us laugh, cry and think in ways that we’ve never felt before, even forgetting we’re in a theater. These characters will be reflected on and talked about for decades.
James Bond Just by the sheer number of Bond films made—not to mention his wide-reaching impact on popular culture—Bond has earned himself a place on the list of the most notable film characters. The ultimate spy, he has evolved over the years, but has never ceased to entertain or amaze.
Darth Vader Darth was the ultimate badass, appearing in all of the original “Star Wars” films. The picture of evil (until we see his formation), he is widely recognized, from his voice to his breathing, from his outfit to his mastering of the Force.
Indiana Jones Indiana is a swashbuckler for the modern ages and easily one of the most notable film characters ever. An archaeologist-adventurer, Jones was expertly portrayed by Harrison Ford and his whip and hate became iconic.
Rocky Balboa Rocky was the ultimate underdog, a club boxer getting a chance to fight at the championship. His character went on to appear in six total films, earning him a spot in American culture as a legend and becoming one of the most notable film characters.
Vito Corleone Corleone was better known as “The Godfather” and was played by screen legend Marlon Brando. Certainly one of the most notable film characters of all time, his lines and manner of speaking are mimicked 40 years after his film appeared.
Rick Blaine Rick is Humphrey Bogart’s character from “Casablanca” and is one of the most notable film characters in history. Rick’s motives are never clear and up until the end you think he’s going to look out for himself. His selfless act at the end helps make the movie perfect.
Scarlett O’Hara Scarlett is the large personality at the heart of the epic “Gone With the Wind.” Starting off as a spoiled brat concerned with crushes, the movie watches her evolution into a strong and independent woman, willing to do whatever she can to protect her family and land.
Norman Bates Bates is the psycho in “Psycho,” a movie that shocked audiences when it was released in 1960. Bates oversaw a creepy motel where some people checked in, but didn’t check out. His overbearing mother, who seemingly commits the famous shower murder, turns out to be none other than Bates himself.
Charles Foster Kane Kane is the publishing baron in “Citizen Kane,” a movie that many critics call the greatest of all time. Said to be based on the life of William Randolph Hearst, Kane’s use of the world “rosebud” on his deathbed prompts a search for the meaning of his final breath.
Hannibal Lecter Lecter is one of the creepiest and spookiest men to ever appear on film. In “Silence of the Lambs” he is an incarcerated psychopath who assists the FBI in the search for a serial killer. After they concede to some of his demands, he makes them wish they hadn’t.