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Top 50 Greatest Heroes and Villains

The following table lists the top 50 greatest heroes and villians in film history, according to the American Film Institute, including James Bond, Indiana Jones, Norman Bates, Hannibal Lecter, and more.

RankHeroes Villains
1.Atticus Finch, To Kill a MockingbirdDr. Hannibal Lecter, The Silence of the Lambs
2.Indiana Jones, Raiders of the Lost ArkNorman Bates, Psycho
3.James Bond, Dr. NoDarth Vader, The Empire Strikes Back
4.Rick Blaine, CasablancaThe Wicked Witch of the West, The Wizard of Oz
5.Will Kane, High NoonNurse Ratched, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest
6.Clarice Starling, The Silence of the LambsMr. Potter, It's a Wonderful Life
7.Rocky Balboa, RockyAlex Forrest, Fatal Attraction
8.Ellen Ripley, AliensPhyllis Dietrichson, Double Indemnity
9.George Bailey, It's a Wonderful LifeRegan MacNeil, The Exorcist
10.T. E. Lawrence, Lawrence of ArabiaThe Queen, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs
11.Jefferson Smith, Mr. Smith Goes to WashingtonMichael Corleone, The Godfather: Part II
12.Tom Joad, The Grapes of WrathAlex De Large, A Clockwork Orange
13.Oskar Schindler, Schindler's ListHAL 9000, 2001: A Space Odyssey
14.Han Solo, Star WarsThe Alien, Alien
15.Norma Rae Webster, Norma RaeAmon Goeth, Schindler's List
16.Shane, ShaneNoah Cross, Chinatown
17.Harry Callahan, Dirty HarryAnnie Wilkes, Misery
18.Robin Hood, The Adventures of Robin HoodThe Shark, Jaws
19.Virgil Tibbs, In the Heat of the NightCaptain Bligh, Mutiny on the Bounty
20.Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance KidMan, Bambi
21.Mahatma Gandhi, GandhiMrs. John Iselin, The Manchurian Candidate
22.Spartacus, SpartacusTerminator, The Terminator
23.Terry Malloy, On the WaterfrontEve Harrington, All About Eve
24.Thelma Dickerson and Louise Sawyer, Thelma & LouiseGordon Gekko, Wall Street
25.Lou Gehrig, The Pride of the YankeesJack Torrance, The Shining
26.Superman, SupermanCody Jarrett, White Heat
27.Bob Woodward and Carl Bernstein, All the President's MenMartians, The War of the Worlds
28.Juror #8, 12 Angry MenMax Cady, Cape Fear
29.General George Patton, PattonReverend Harry Powell, The Night of the Hunter
30.Luke Jackson, Cool Hand LukeTravis Bickle, Taxi Driver
31.Erin Brockovich, Erin BrockovichMrs. Danvers, Rebecca
32.Philip Marlowe, The Big SleepClyde Barrow and Bonnie Parker, Bonnie and Clyde
33.Marge Gunderson, FargoCount Dracula, Dracula
34.Tarzan, Tarzan the Ape ManDr. Szell, Marathon Man
35.Alvin York, Sergeant YorkJ. J. Hunsecker, Sweet Smell of Success
36.Rooster Cogburn, True GritFrank Booth, Blue Velvet
37.Obi-Wan Kenobi, Star WarsHarry Lime, The Third Man
38.The Tramp, City LightsCaesar Enrico Bandello, Little Caesar
39.Lassie, Lassie Come HomeCruella De Vil, One Hundred and One Dalmations
40.Frank Serpico, SerpicoFreddy Krueger, A Nightmare on Elm Street
41.Arthur Chipping, Goodbye, Mr. ChipsJoan Crawford, Mommie Dearest
42.Father Edward, Boys TownTom Powers, The Public Enemy
43.Moses, The Ten CommandmentsRegina Giddens, The Little Foxes
44.Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle, The French ConnectionBaby Jane Hudson, Whatever Happened to Baby Jane
45.Zorro, The Mark of ZorroThe Joker, Batman
46.Batman, BatmanHans Gruber, Die Hard
47.Karen Silkwood, SilkwoodTony Camonte, Scarface
48.Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment DayRoger “Verbal” Kint, The Usual Suspects
49.Andrew Beckett, PhiladelphiaAuric Goldfinger, Goldfinger
50.General Maximums Decimus Meridus, GladiatorAlonzo Harris, Training Day

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