In this thrilling edition of CineFix Movie Lists, our intrepid cinephiles attempt to create the ultimate movie hero! Not content to just rattle off 10 different kinds of heroes, this list looks to layer one trait on top of the others to slowly assemble a character that represents everything we could ask for from a cinematic champion. So here are our picks for 10 heroic characters with traits that add up to the… you know what, let’s just stick with the headline, the 10Best Movie Heroes of All Time!
Heroes of course mean different things to different people, which is what makes this exercise so much fun. If you need a dash of morality in your hero, why not try Atticus Finch from To Kill A Mockingbird or Jon Snow from Game of Thrones? Don’t forget to add some underdog hutzpah with Rocky or Lagaan or even Shoshanna from Inglourious Basterds. Quentin Tarantino has you covered if you need some anti-hero tossed in there as well, with Django Unchained or Pulp Fiction or The Bride from Kill Bill. James Bond might fit in there as well, but 007 is more the “superman” archetype than anything else. The point is, everybody’s hero ought to be different, and digging in to the individual traits that make up your personal favorite movie hero is an illuminating exercise!
10 – The Moral Superhero – Amélie Poulain from Amélie (2001) Audrey Tautou, dir. Jean-Pierre Jeunet
9 – The Underdog – Clarice Starling from Silence of the Lambs (1991) Jodie Foster, dir. Jonathan Demme
8 – The Accidental Hero – Detective Frank Drebin from The Naked Gun (1988) Leslie Nielsen, dir. David Zucker
7 – The Everyman – Chihiro Ogino from Spirited Away (2001) Rumi Hiiragi (Japanese), Daveigh Chase (English), dir. Hayao Miyazaki
6 – The Impervious Everyman – Indiana Jones (1981 – Present!!!) Harrison Ford, dir. Steven Spielberg
5 – The Superman – Diabolik from Danger: Diabolik (1968) John Phillip Law, dir. Mario Bava
4 – The Anti-Hero – Sanjuro from Yojimbo (1961) Toshiro Mifune, dir. Akira Kurosawa
3 – Somebody Else’s Hero – Miss Honey from Matilda (1996) Embeth Davidtz, dir. Danny DeVito
2 – The Joseph Campbell Model – Chief Brody from Jaws (1975) Roy Scheider, dir. Steven Spielberg
1 – Self Sacrifice – The Iron Giant (1999) Vin Diesel, dir. Brad Bird
This video was written and edited by Clint Gage.
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