Who Are the Top Movie Heroes and Villains of All Time?

AFI's 100 Years... 100 Heroes and Villains List

Gregory Peck
Gregory Peck. Photo by Aubrey Hart/Hulton Archive

In 2003, the American Film Institute -- an organization devoted to the history of American filmmaking -- announced its list of the top 50 movies heroes and villains of all time. The organization revealed the rankings in a television special titled "AFI's 100 Years...100 Heroes & Villains" hosted by Arnold Schwarzenegger (whose character the Terminator uniquely appears on both the top heroes and top villains lists).

The organization began with a list of 400 characters, and 1,500 artists and leaders in the film industry voted on the list.

Here are the complete lists of winners:

Heroes
1. Atticus Finch in TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD
2. Indiana Jones in RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK
3. James Bond in DR. NO
4. Rick Blaine in CASABLANCA
5. Will Kane in HIGH NOON
6. Clarice Starling in THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
7. Rocky Balboa in ROCKY
8. Ellen Ripley in ALIENS
9. George Bailey in IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
10. T. E. Lawrence in LAWRENCE OF ARABIA
11. Jefferson Smith in MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON
12. Tom Joad in THE GRAPES OF WRATH
13. Oskar Schindler in SCHINDLER'S LIST
14. Han Solo in STAR WARS
15. Norma Rae Webster in NORMA RAE
16. Shane in SHANE
17. Harry Callahan in DIRTY HARRY
18. Robin Hood in THE ADVENTURES OF ROBIN HOOD
19. Virgil Tibbs in IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT
20. Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid in BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID
21.

Mahatma Gandhi in GANDHI
22. Spartacus in SPARTACUS
23. Terry Malloy in ON THE WATERFRONT
24. Thelma Dickerson & Louise Sawyer in THELMA & LOUISE
25. Lou Gehrig in THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES
26. Superman in SUPERMAN
27. Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein in ALL THE PRESIDENT'S MEN
28. Juror #8 in 12 ANGRY MEN
29.

General George Patton in PATTON
30. Luke Jackson in COOL HAND LUKE
31. Erin Brockovich in ERIN BROCKOVICH
32. Philip Marlowe in THE BIG SLEEP
33. Marge Gunderson in FARGO
34. Tarzan in TARZAN THE APE MAN
35. Alvin York in SERGEANT YORK
36. Rooster Cogburn in TRUE GRIT
37. Obi-Wan Kenobi in STAR WARS
38. The Tramp in CITY LIGHTS
39. Lassie in LASSIE COME HOME
40. Frank Serpico in SERPICO
41. Arthur Chipping in GOODBYE, MR. CHIPS
42. Father Edward in BOYS TOWN
43. Moses in THE TEN COMMANDMENTS
44. Jimmy "Popeye" Doyle in THE FRENCH CONNECTION
45. Zorro in THE MARK OF ZORRO
46. Batman in BATMAN
47. Karen Silkwood in SILKWOOD
48. Terminator in TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY
49. Andrew Beckett in PHILADELPHIA
50. General Maximus Decimus Meridus in GLADIATOR

Villains
1. Dr. Hannibal Lecter in THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
2. Norman Bates in PSYCHO
3. Darth Vader in THE EMPIRE STRIKES BACK
4. Wicked Witch of the West in THE WIZARD OF OZ
5. Nurse Ratched in ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST
6. Mr. Potter in IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE
7. Alex Forrest in FATAL ATTRACTION
8. Phyllis Dietrichson in DOUBLE INDEMNITY
9. Regan MacNeil in THE EXORCIST
10. The Queen in SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARFS
11. Michael Corleone in THE GODFATHER: PART II
12.

Alex De Large in CLOCKWORK ORANGE
13. HAL 9000 in 2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
14. The Alien in ALIEN
15. Amon Goeth in SCHINDLER'S LIST
16. Noah Cross in CHINATOWN
17. Annie Wilkes in MISERY
18. The Shark in JAWS
19. Captain Bligh in MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY
20. Man in BAMBI
21. Mrs. John Iselin in THE MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE
22. Terminator in THE TERMINATOR
23. Eve Harrington in ALL ABOUT EVE
24. Gordon Gekko in WALL STREET
25. Jack Torrance in THE SHINING
26. Cody Jarrett in WHITE HEAT
27. Martians in THE WAR OF THE WORLDS
28. Max Cady in CAPE FEAR
29. Reverend Harry Powell in THE NIGHT OF THE HUNTER
30. Travis Bickle in TAXI DRIVER
31. Mrs. Danvers in REBECCA
32. Clyde Barrow & Bonnie Parker in BONNIE AND CLYDE
33. Count Dracula in DRACULA
34. Dr. Szell in MARATHON MAN
35. J.J. Hunsecker in SWEET SMELL OF SUCCESS
36. Frank Booth in BLUE VELVET
37.

Harry Lime in THE THIRD MAN
38. Caesar Enrico Bandello in LITTLE CAESAR
39. Cruella De Vil in 101 DALMATIONS
40. Freddy Krueger in A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET
41. Joan Crawford in MOMMIE DEAREST
42. Tom Powers in THE PUBLIC ENEMY
43. Regina Giddens in THE LITTLE FOXES
44. Baby Jane Hudson in WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE
45. The Joker in BATMAN
46. Hans Gruber in DIE HARD
47. Tony Camonte in SCARFACE
48. Verbal Kint in THE USUAL SUSPECTS
49. Auric Goldfinger in GOLDFINGER
50. Alonzo Harris in TRAINING DAY

Edited by Christopher McKittrick