Posted June 12, 2012 by Myke Friscia in Movies



The hero is the character we come to the movies to root for.  What makes a great hero?  In screenwriting, there are certain rules writers follow to create unforgettable heroes: First, a hero must be a likable human being.  The audience must care about him and want to see him (or her) achieve their goal.  Heroes must have a strength and a weakness; a weakness they will have to overcome to defeat the villain.  Indian Jones’ weakness is snakes.  And when he finally gets in the chamber with the Ark, it of course is filled with slithering serpents.   Every Indiana Jones needs his snakes and every Superman needs his Kryptonite.  Here’s the top of the list for AFI’s Film’s Greatest Heroes.  Can you name their strength?  Weakness?

Hero                                                   Actor                                                Movie

  1. Atticus Finch                           Gregory Peck                                To Kill a Mocking Bird
  2. Indiana Jones                          Harrison Ford                              Raiders of the Lost Ark
  3. James Bond                             Sean Connery, Roger Moore     Dr. No,
  4. Rick Blaine                              Humphrey Bogart                        Casablanca
  5. Will Kane                                 Gary Cooper                                  High Noon
  6. Clarice Starling                       Jodi Foster                                    Silence of the Lambs
  7. Rocky Balboa                          Sylvester Stallone                         Rocky
  8. Ellen Ripley                             Sigourney Weaver                       Alien
  9. George Bailey                          James Stewart                              It’s a Wonderful Life
  10. T.E. Lawrence                         Peter O’ Toole                               Lawrence of Arabia
  11. Jefferson Smith                       James Stewart                              Mr. Smith Goes to Washingtion
  12. Tom Joad                                 Henry Fonda                                 The Grapes of Wrath
  13. Oskar Schindler                      Liam Neeson                                 Schindler’s List
  14. Han Solo                                  Harrison Ford                               Star Wars
  15. Norma Rae Webster              Sally Field                                      Norma Rae
  16. Shane                                       Alan Ladd                                       Shane
  17. Harry Callahan                       Clint Eastwood                             Dirty Harry
  18. Robin Hood                             Errol Flyn                                      Robin Hood
  19. Virgil Tibbs                              Sidney Poitier                               In the Heat of the Night
  20. Butch Cassidy                          Paul Newman          Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid
  21. Sundance Kidd                         Robert Redford                                “
  22. Mahatma Ghandi                     Ben Kingsley                               Ghandi
  23. Spartacus                                  Kirk Douglas                                Spartacus
  24. Terry Malloy                             Marlon Brando                           On the Waterfront
  25. Thema & Louise                 Geena Davis, Susan Surandon      Thema & Louise
  26. Lou Gherig                               Gary Cooper                                 The Pride of the Yankees
  27. Superman                                 Christopher Reeve                      Superman

Who’s your favorite hero not listed above?



6 actors have played James Bond.  Which Bond actor plays the hero role best?

I know what you’re thinking.  Did he fire six shots or only five?

And last but not least, my favorite heroines:

Kate Beckinsale, the sexiest vampire in this history of film.   She can bite me anytime. Who’s your favorite heroine?

Here are some additional contenders for best heroine role:

1. Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen from The Hunger Games

2. Angelina Jolie as Mrs. Smith from Mr. & Mrs. Smith

3. Scarlett Johansson as the Black Widow in Iron Man 2

4. Kristen Stewart as Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman

5. Keira Knightley as Guinevere in King Arthur

Myke Friscia



Myke Friscia

Screenplay Analyst, Writer, Director of Development for Gallagher Literary Management, Little Monster. "Words are my Passion".