Greatest Film Stars
Greatest Roles & Filmographies

Greatest Film Stars - Roles and Filmographies
(alphabetical, by last name)
Introduction | A1 | A2 | B1 | B2 | B3 | C1 | C2 | C3 | D1 | D2 | E
F1 | F2 | G1 | G2 | H1 | H2 | H3 | I-J | K
L1 | L2 | M1 | M2 | M3 | M4 | N | O | P1 | P2-Q | R1
R2 | S1 | S2 | S3 | T1 | T2 | U-V | W1 | W2-Z

Greatest Film Star Roles and Filmographies
Actor or Actress
Definitive Screen Role Other Great Film Roles

Madeline Kahn
Lili Von Shtupp in Blazing Saddles (1974)
Elizabeth in Young Frankenstein (1974)
Eunice Burns in What's Up, Doc? (1972)
Trixie Delight in Paper Moon (1973)
Kitty O'Kelly in At Long Last Love (1975)
Jenny Hill in The Adventure of Sherlock Holmes' Smarter Brother (1975)
Victoria Brisbane in High Anxiety (1977)
Mrs. Montenegro in The Cheap Detective (1978)
Empress Nympho in History of the World, Part I (1981)
Caroline Howley in City Heat (1984)
Mrs. White in Clue (1985)
Mrs. Munchnik in Mixed Nuts (1994)
Martha Mitchell in Nixon (1995)

Boris Karloff
Frankenstein's Monster in Ned Galloway in The Criminal Code (1931)
Im-Ho-Tep/Ardath Bey in The Mummy (1932)
Dr. Fu Manchu in The Mask of Fu Manchu (1932)
Morgan in The Old Dark House (1932)
Gaffney in Scarface (1932)
Hjalmer Poelzig in The Black Cat (1934)
Sanders in The Lost Patrol (1934)
Edmond Bateman in The Raven (1935)
Dr. Janos Rukh in The Invisible Ray (1936)
John Ellman in The Walking Dead (1936)
Doctor Niemann in House of Frankenstein (1944)
John Gray in The Body Snatcher (1945)
Gen. Nikolas Pherides in Isle of the Dead (1945)
Master George Sims in Bedlam (1946)
Dr. Hugo Hollingshead in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)
Charles von Druten in Lured (1947)
Phillip Knight in Voodoo Island (1957)
Baron Victor von Frankenstein in Frankenstein 1970 (1958)
Dr. Bolton in Corridors of Blood (1958)
Dr. Scarabus in The Raven (1963)
Baron Victor Frederick Von Leppe / Eric in The Terror (1963)
Amos Hinchley in The Comedy of Terrors (1964)
Byron Orlok in Targets (1968)

Danny Kaye
Hubert Hawkins in The Court Jester (1955) Danny Weems in Up in Arms (1944)
Buzzy Belew/Edwin Dingle in Wonder Man (1945)
Burleigh H Sullivan in The Kid from Brooklyn (1946)
Walter Mitty in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (1947)
Prof. Hobart Frisbee in A Song is Born (1948)
Georgi in The Inspector General (1949)
Jack Martin / Henri Duran in On the Riviera (1951)
Hans Christian Andersen in Hans Christian Andersen (1952)
Phil Davis in White Christmas (1954)
Andrew Larabee in Merry Andrew (1958)

#21 star
Buster Keaton
Johnnie Gray in The General (1927) Willie McKay in Our Hospitality (1923)
Rollo Treadway in The Navigator (1924)
The Boy/Projectionist /Sherlock Jr. in Sherlock, Jr. (1924)
James "Jimmie" Shannon in Seven Chances (1925)
Friendless in Go West (1925)
Ronald, A Son in College (1927)
Luke Shannon / Cameraman in The Cameraman (1928)
William Canfield, Jr. in Steamboat Bill, Jr. (1928)
Elmer Gantry in Spite Marriage (1929)
Buster Keaton (Himself) in Sunset Boulevard (1950)
Piano Accompanist, Calvero's Partner in Limelight (1952)
Jimmy the Crook in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
Erronius in A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum (1966)

Diane Keaton
(1946- )
Annie Hall in Annie Hall (1977) Joan Vecchio in Lovers and Other Strangers (1970)
Kay Adams in The Godfather (1972), The Godfather, Part II (1974), and The Godfather Part III (1990)
Linda in Play It Again, Sam (1972)
Luna Schlosser in Sleeper (1973)
Sonja in Love and Death (1975)
Theresa Dunn in Looking for Mr. Goodbar (1977)
Renata in Interiors (1978)
Mary Wilke in Manhattan (1979)
Louise Bryant in Reds (1981)
Lenny Magrath in Crimes of the Heart (1986)
J.C. Wiatt in Baby Boom (1987)
Nina Banks in Father of the Bride (1991) and Father of the Bride 2 (1995)
Carol Lipton in Manhattan Murder Mystery (1993)
Bessie in Marvin's Room (1996)
Annie MacDuggan Paradis in The First Wives Club (1996)
Ellie Stoddard in Town & Country (2001)
Erica Barry in Something's Gotta Give (2003)
Sybil Stone in The Family Stone (2005)
Bridget Cardigan in Mad Money (2008)
Diane in Book Club (2018)

Michael Keaton
(1951- )
Betelgeuse in Beetlejuice (1988) Bill Blazejowski in Night Shift (1982)
Jack in Mr. Mom (1983)
Johnny Kelly/Dangerously in Johnny Dangerously (1984)
Hunt Stevenson in Gung Ho (1986)
Daryl Poynter in Clean and Sober (1988)
Batman / Bruce Wayne in Batman (1989) and Batman Returns (1992)
Carter Hayes in Pacific Heights (1990)
Bob Jones in My Life (1993)
Henry Hackett in The Paper (1994)
Doug Kinney in Multiplicity (1996)
Ray Nicolette in Jackie Brown (1997)
Jack Frost in Jack Frost (1998)
Ray Nicolette in Out of Sight (1998)
Martin Raikes in Quicksand (2001)
President Mackenzie in First Daughter (2004)
Jonathan Rivers in White Noise (2004)
Ray Peyton Sr. in Herbie Fully Loaded (2005)
Ken (Voice) in Toy Story 3 (2010)
Captain Gene Mauch in The Other Guys (2010)
Raymond Sellars in RoboCop (2014)
Riggan in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)
Walter 'Robby' Robinson in Spotlight (2015)
Ray Kroc in The Founder (2016)
Adrian Toomes / Vulture in Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017)

Howard Keel
Adam Pontipee in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) Frank Butler in Annie Get Your Gun (1950)
Hazard Endicott in Pagan Love Song (1950)
Gaylord Ravenal in Show Boat (1951)
Slim Shelby in Texas Carnival (1951)
Tony Naylor in Lovely to Look At (1952)
King Cameron in Ride, Vaquero! (1953)
Wild Bill Hickok in Calamity Jane (1953)
Fred Graham ("Petruchio") in Kiss Me Kate (1953)
Sgt. Mike Malone R.C.M.P. in Rose Marie (1954)
Hannibal in Jupiter's Darling (1955)
Hajj (Poet) in Kismet (1955)
Simon Peter in The Big Fisherman (1959)
Levi Walking Bear in The War Wagon (1967)

Ruby Keeler
Peggy Sawyer in 42nd Street (1933) Polly Parker in Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
Bea Thorn in Footlight Parade (1933)
Barbara Hemingway in Dames (1934)
June Blackburn in Shipmates Forever (1935)
Betty Blake in Sweetheart of the Campus (1941)

Catherine Keener
(1959- )
Nelle Harper Lee in Capote (2005) Nicole Springer in Living in Oblivion (1995)
Amelia in Walking and Talking (1996)
Maxine Lund in Being John Malkovich (1999)
Michelle Marks in Lovely & Amazing (2001)
Trish in The 40 Year Old Virgin (2005)
Kathleen in The Ballad of Jack and Rose (2005)
Dot Woods in The Interpreter (2005)
Jan Burres in Into the Wild (2007)
Adele Lack in Synecdoche, New York (2008)
Mom in Where the Wild Things Are (2009)
Andrea Phillips in Captain Phillips (2013)
Missy Armitage in Get Out (2017)

Harvey Keitel
(1939- )
Sport in Taxi Driver (1976)
Mr. White / Larry in Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Charlie Cappa in Mean Streets (1973)
Ben Everhart in Alice Doesn't Live Here Anymore (1974)
"Speed" Malatesta in Mother, Jugs & Speed (1976)
Gabriel Feraud in The Duellists (1977)
Jerry Bartkowski in Blue Collar (1978)
Jimmy Fingers in Fingers (1978)
Inspector Netusil in Bad Timing (1980)
Benson in Saturn 3 (1980)
Cat in The Border (1982)
Solly Berliner in The Men's Club (1986)
Judas Iscariot in The Last Temptation of Christ (1988)
Jake Berman in The Two Jakes (1990)
Mickey Cohen in Bugsy (1991)
Det. John Woods in Mortal Thoughts (1991)
Hal Slocumb in Thelma & Louise (1991)
Lieutenant in Bad Lieutenant (1992)
Vince LaRocca in Sister Act (1992)
George Baines in The Piano (1993)
Victor the Cleaner in Point of No Return (1993)
Lt. Tom Graham in Rising Sun (1993)
The Wolf (Winston) in Pulp Fiction (1994)
Auggie Wren in Blue in the Face (1995)
Det. Rocco Klein in Clockers (1995)
Auggie Wren in Smoke (1995)
Jacob Fuller in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Ray Donlan in Cop Land (1997)
Izzy Maurer in Lulu on the Bridge (1998)
P.J. Waters in Holy Smoke (1999)
Jack Crawford in Red Dragon (2002)
Che in Cuba Libre (2003) (aka Dreaming of Julia or Cuban Blood)
Sadusky in National Treasure (2004) and National Treasure: Book of Secrets (2007)
Uncle Pio in The Bridge of San Luis Rey (2004)
Weldon Parish in Shadows in the Sun (2005)
Commander Pierce in Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
Ludwig in The Grand Budapest Hotel (2014)
Mick Boyle in Youth (2015)

#15 star
Gene Kelly
Don Lockwood in Singin' in the Rain (1952) Harry Palmer in For Me and My Gal (1942)
Alec Howe / Black Arrow in Du Barry Was a Lady (1943)
Danny McGuire in Cover Girl (1944)
Joseph Brady in Anchors Aweigh (1945)
Serafin in The Pirate (1948)
D'Artagnan in The Three Musketeers (1948)
Gabey in On The Town (1949)
Eddie O'Brien in Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)
Giovanni E. "Johnny" Columbo in Black Hand (1950)
Joe D. Ross in Summer Stock (1950)
Jerry Mulligan in An American in Paris (1951)
Tommy Albright in Brigadoon (1954)
Ted Riley in It's Always Fair Weather (1955)
Barry Nichols in Les Girls (1957)
Noel Airman in Marjorie Morningstar (1958)
E. K. Hornbeck in Inherit the Wind (1960)
Andy Miller in The Young Girls of Rochefort (1966)
Danny McGuire in Xanadu (1980)

#13 star
Grace Kelly
Lisa Carol Fremont in Rear Window (1954) Mrs. Louise Anne Fuller in Fourteen Hours (1951)
Amy Fowler Kane in High Noon (1952)
Linda Nordley in Mogambo (1953)
Nancy Brubaker in The Bridges of Toko-Ri (1954)
Georgie Elgin in The Country Girl (1954)
Margot Wendice in Dial M For Murder (1954)
Frances Stevens in To Catch a Thief (1955)
Tracy Lord in High Society (1956)
Princess Alexandra in The Swan (1956)

Anna Kendrick
(1985- )
Natalie Keener in Up in the Air (2009) Jessica Stanley in Twilight (2008), The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2008), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2009), and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011)
Stacey Pilgrim in Scott Pilgrim vs. the World (2010)
Katherine McKay in 50/50 (2011)
Janet Taylor in End of Watch (2012)
Beca Mitchell in Pitch Perfect (2012), Pitch Perfect 2 (2015) and Pitch Perfect 3 (2017)
Jill in Drinking Buddies (2013)
Jenny in Happy Christmas (2014)
Cinderella in Into the Woods (2014)
Martha McKay in Mr. Right (2015)
Alice in Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates (2016)
Dana Cummings in The Accountant (2016)
Eloise McGarry in Table 19 (2017)
Stephanie Smothers in A Simple Favor (2018)

Arthur Kennedy
Larry Nevins in Bright Victory (1951) Eddie Kenny in City for Conquest (1940)
'Red' in High Sierra (1941)
Ned Sharp in They Died with Their Boots On (1941)
Officer Jed Forrest in Desperate Journey (1942)
Bombardier in Air Force (1943)
John Waldron in Boomerang! (1947)
Connie in Champion (1949)
Alan Palmer in Too Late for Tears (1949)
Dr. Ben Barringer in The Girl in White (1952)
Vern Haskell in Rancho Notorious (1952)
Emerson Cole in Bend of the River (1952)
Wes Merritt in The Lusty Men (1952)
Vic Hansbro in The Man From Laramie (1955)
Deputy Sheriff Jesse Bard in The Desperate Hours (1955)
Barney Castle in Trial (1955)
Lucas Cross in Peyton Place (1957)
Frank Hirsh in Some Came Running (1958)
Bart Hunter in A Summer Place (1959)
Jim Lefferts in Elmer Gantry (1960)
Dr. Quimper in Murder She Said (1961)
Pontius Pilate in Barabbas (1961)
Jackson Bentley in Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Doc Holliday in Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
Bill Bowdre in Nevada Smith (1966)
Dr. Duval in Fantastic Voyage (1966)
Marshal Roy W. Colby in A Minute to Pray, a Second to Die (1968)
Maj. Gen. Jack Lesley in Anzio (1968)

Deborah Kerr
Anna Leonowens in The King and I (1956)
Karen Holmes in From Here to Eternity (1953)

Edith Hunter/ Barbara Wynne/ Johnny Cannon in The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp (1943)
Bridie Quilty in I See a Dark Stranger (1946)
Sister Clodagh in Black Narcissus (1947)
Kay Dorrance in The Hucksters (1947)
Evelyn Boult in Edward, My Son (1949)
Elizabeth Curtis in King Solomon's Mines (1950)
Lygia in Quo Vadis (1951)
Princess Flavia in The Prisoner of Zenda (1952)
Portia in Julius Caesar (1953)
Sarah Miles in The End of the Affair (1955)
Laura Reynolds in Tea and Sympathy (1956)
Terry McKay in An Affair to Remember (1957)
Sister Angela in Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)
Sibyl Railton-Bell in Separate Tables (1958)
Ida Carmody in The Sundowners (1960)
Miss Giddens in The Innocents (1961)
Miss Madrigal in The Chalk Garden (1964)
Hannah Jelkes in The Night of the Iguana (1964)

Catherine de Montfaucon in Eye of the Devil (1967)
Prudence Hardcastle in Prudence and the Pill (1968)
Elizabeth Brandon in The Gypsy Moths (1969)

Nicole Kidman
(1967- )
Satine in Moulin Rouge! (2001) Rae Ingram in Dead Calm (1989)
Dr. Claire Lewicki in Days of Thunder (1990)
Nicola Radcliffe in Flirting (1991)
Drew Preston in Billy Bathgate (1991)
Shannon Christie in Far and Away (1992)
Tracy Kennsinger in Malice (1993)
Dr. Chase Meridian in Batman Forever (1995)
Suzanne Stone Maretto in To Die For (1995)
Isabel Archer in The Portrait of a Lady (1996)
Dr. Julia Kelly in The Peacemaker (1997)
Gillian "Gilly-Bean" Owens in Practical Magic (1998)
Alice Harford in Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Grace Stewart in The Others (2001)
Virginia Woolf in The Hours (2002)
Ada Monroe in Cold Mountain (2003)

Grace Margaret Mulligan in Dogville (2003)
Faunia Farley in The Human Stain (2003)
Anna in Birth (2004)
Joanna Eberhart in The Stepford Wives (2004)
Isabel Bigelow / Samantha in Bewitched (2005)
Silvia Broome in The Interpreter (2005)

Diane Arbus in Fur: An Imaginary Portrait of Diane Arbus (2006)
Mrs. Coulter in The Golden Compass (2007)
Carol Bennell in The Invasion (2007)

Margot in Margot at the Wedding (2007)
Lady Sarah Ashley in Australia (2008)
Claudia in Nine (2009)
Becca in Rabbit Hole (2010)
Sarah Miller in Trespass (2011)
Devlin Adams in Just Go With It (2011)
Charlotte Bless in The Paperboy (2012)
Millicent Clyde in Paddington (2014)
Sue Brierley in Lion (2016)
Anna Murphy in The Killing of a Sacred Deer (2017)
Miss Martha Farnsworth in The Beguiled (2017)
Erin Bell in Destroyer (2018)
Nancy Eamons in Boy Erased (2018)
Queen Atlanna in Aquaman (2018)
Lucille Ball in Being the Ricardos (2021)

Val Kilmer
(1959- )
Lt. Tom "Iceman" Kazansky in Top Gun (1986)
Doc Holliday in Tombstone (1993)
Nick Rivers in Top Secret! (1984)
Chris Knight in Real Genius (1985)
Madmartigan in Willow (1988)
Jim Morrison in The Doors (1991)
Ray Levoi in Thunderheart (1992)
Batman / Bruce Wayne in Batman Forever (1995)
Chris Shiherlis in Heat (1995)
Montgomery in The Island of Dr. Moreau (1996)
Col. John Henry Patterson in The Ghost and the Darkness (1996)
Simon Templar in The Saint (1997)
Willem de Kooning in Pollock (2000)
Gallagher in Red Planet (2000)
Danny Parker / Tom Van Allen in The Salton Sea (2002)
John Holmes in Wonderland (2003)
Lt. Jim Ducharme in The Missing (2003)
Gay Perry Van Shrike in Kiss Kiss Bang Bang (2005)
Pruit in Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans (2009)
Dieter Von Cunth in MacGruber (2010)

Ben Kingsley
(1943- )
Mahatma Gandhi in Gandhi (1982) Robert in Betrayal (1983)
William Snow in Turtle Diary (1985)
Basil Pascali in Pascali's Island (1988)
Dr. John Watson in Without a Clue (1988)
Meyer Lansky in Bugsy (1991)
Cosmo in Sneakers (1992)
Bruce Pandolfini in Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
Vice President Gary Nance in Dave (1993)
Itzhak Stern in Schindler's List (1993)
Dr. Roberto Miranda in Death and the Maiden (1994)
Xavier Fitch in Species (1995)
Graydon in What Planet Are You From? (2000)
Don Logan in Sexy Beast (2000)
Massoud Behrani in House of Sand and Fog (2003)
The Rabbi in Lucky Number Slevin (2006)
David Kepesh in Elegy (2008)
Dr. John Cawley in Shutter Island (2010)
Georges Méliès in Hugo (2011)
Trevor Slattery/Mandarin in Iron Man 3 (2013)

Klaus Kinski
Don Lope de Aguirre in Aguirre, the Wrath of God (1972) Juan Wild - The Hunchback in For a Few Dollars More (1965)
Kostoyed in Doctor Zhivago (1965)
El Santo in A Bullet for the General (1967)
Tigrero / Loco in The Great Silence (1968)
Reinfierd in Count Dracula (1970)
Count Dracula in Nosferatu the Vampyre (1979)
Brian Sweeney Fitzgerald in Fitzcarraldo (1982)
Dr. Daniel in Android (1983)
Niccolò Paganini in Paganini (1989)

Kevin Kline
(1947- )
Otto West in A Fish Called Wanda (1988) Nathan Landau in Sophie's Choice (1982)
Harold in The Big Chill (1983)
Paden in Silverado (1985)
Donald Woods in Cry Freedom (1987)
Nick Starkey in The January Man (1989)
Mack in Grand Canyon (1991)
Jeffrey Anderson in Soapdish (1991)
Richard Parker in Consenting Adults (1992)
Douglas Fairbanks in Chaplin (1992)
Dave Kovic/ Bill Mitchell in Dave (1993)
Luc Tessyier in French Kiss (1995)
Vince McCain / Rod McCain in Fierce Creatures (1997)
Ben Hood in The Ice Storm (1997)
Howard Brackett in In & Out (1997)
Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)
Artemus Gordon / President Grant in Wild Wild West (1999)
George Monroe in Life as a House (2001)
Cole Porter in De-Lovely (2004)
Chief Inspector Dreyfus in The Pink Panther (2006)
Alvin Franklin in No Strings Attached (2011)
Sam Harris in Last Vegas (2013)
Maurice in Beauty and the Beast (2017)

Keira Knightley
(1985- )
Elizabeth Swann in Sabe in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999)
Frances 'Frankie' Almond Smith in The Hole (2001)
Juliette 'Jules' Paxton in Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
Juliet in Love Actually (2003)
Guinevere in King Arthur (2004)
Domino Harvey in Domino (2005)
Jackie Price in The Jacket (2005)
Elizabeth Bennet in Pride & Prejudice (2005)
Cecilia Tallis in Atonement (2007)
Helene Joncour in Silk (2007)
Georgiana in The Duchess (2008)
Sabina Spielrein in A Dangerous Method (2011)
Anna Karenina in Anna Karenina (2012)
Cathy Muller in Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit (2014)
Megan in Laggies (2014)
Joan Clarke in The Imitation Game (2014)
Colette in Colette (2018)

Don Knotts
Luther Heggs in The Ghost and Mr. Chicken (1966)
Barney Fife in The Andy Griffith Show (1960-1968)
Cpl. John C. Brown in No Time for Sergeants (1958)
Nervous Motorist in It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World (1963)
Henry Limpet in The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964)
Roy Fleming in The Reluctant Astronaut (1967)
Jesse W. Heywood in The Shakiest Gun in the West (1968)
Abner Audubon Peacock IV in The Love God? (1969)
Theodore Ogelvie in The Apple Dumpling Gang (1975) and The Apple Dumpling Gang Rides Again (1979)
Wheely Applegate in Herbie Goes to Monte Carlo (1977)
Sheriff Denver Kid in Hot Lead and Cold Feet (1978)
Inspector Winship in The Private Eyes (1980)
TV Repairman in Pleasantville (1998)

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