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

#24 star
Mary Pickford
Mother Molly in Sparrows (1926) Homecoming Party Girl in In Old Kentucky (1909)
Ramona in Ramona (1910)
Miss Harding (The Girl) in The New York Hat (1912)
Tessibel 'Tess' Skinner in Tess of the Storm Country (1914, 1922)
Gwendolyn ("Gwen) in The Poor Little Rich Girl (1917)
Angela Moore in The Little American (1917)
Rebecca Randall in Rebecca of Sunnybrook Farm (1917)
Stella Maris/Unity Blake in Stella Maris (1918)
Amy Burke in The Hoodlum (1919)
Judy Abbott in Daddy Long Legs (1919)
Pollyanna in Pollyanna (1920)
Little Lord Fauntleroy/Dearest in Little Lord Fauntleroy (1921)
Annie Rooney in Little Annie Rooney (1925)
Maggie Johnson in My Best Girl (1927)
Norma Besant in Coquette (1929)
Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew (1929)

Walter Pidgeon
Clem Miniver in Mrs. Miniver (1942) "Bill" Dennis in Too Hot to Handle (1938)
Nick Carter / Robert Chalmers in Nick Carter, Master Detective (1939)
Mr. Gruffydd in How Green Was My Valley (1941)
Capt. Alan Thorndike in Man Hunt (1941)
Jeff Sherman in Design for Scandal (1941)
Sam Gladney in Blossoms in the Dust (1941)
Pierre Curie in Madame Curie (1943)
Major Augustus 'Gus' Parkington in Mrs. Parkington (1944)
William Sylvester Packett in Julia Misbehaves (1948)
Major Gen. Roland Goodlaw Kane in Command Decision (1948)
Young Jolyon Forsyte in That Forsyte Woman (1949)
Maj. Hugh 'Bulldog' Drummond in Calling Bulldog Drummond (1951)
Frederick in Million Dollar Mermaid (1952)
Harry Pebbel in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
Walter McBride in Dream Wife (1953)
Frederick Y. Alderson in Executive Suite (1954)
James Ellswirth in The Last Time I Saw Paris (1954)
Dr. Morbius in Forbidden Planet (1956)
Adm. Harriman Nelson in Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea (1961)
Senator Robert 'Bob' Munson in Advise & Consent (1962)
Florenz Ziegfeld in Funny Girl (1968)

Brad Pitt
(1963- )
Tyler Durden in Fight Club (1999) J. D. in Thelma & Louise (1991)
Paul Maclean in A River Runs Through It (1992)
Early Grayce in Kalifornia (1993)
Floyd in True Romance (1993)
Louis de Pointe du Lac in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
Tristan Ludlow in Legends of the Fall (1994)
Jeffrey Goines in 12 Monkeys (1995)
Det. David Mills in Se7en (1995)
Michael Sullivan in Sleepers (1996)
Rory Devaney/Francis 'Frankie' McGuire in The Devil's Own (1997)
Heinrich Harrer in Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
Joe Black in Meet Joe Black (1998)
Mickey O'Neil in Snatch (2000)
Jerry Welbach in The Mexican (2001)
Rusty Ryan in Ocean's 11 (2001), Ocean's Twelve (2004), and Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
Tom Bishop in Spy Game (2001)
Achilles in Troy (2004)
John Smith in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (2005)
Richard Jones in Babel (2006)
Jesse James in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford (2007)
Chad Feldheimer in Burn After Reading (2008)
Benjamin Button in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
Lt. Aldo Raine in Inglourious Basterds (2009)
Billy Beane in Moneyball (2011)
Mr. O'Brien in The Tree of Life (2011)
Gerry Lane in World War Z (2013)
Ben Rickert in The Big Short (2015)
Roland in By the Sea (2015)
Glen McMahon in War Machine (2017)
Vanisher in Deadpool 2 (2018)
Roy McBride in Ad Astra (2019)
Cliff Booth in Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019)

Zasu Pitts
Trina in Greed (1924) Cecilia Schweiser in The Wedding March (1928)
Prunella Judson in Ruggles of Red Gap (1935)
Cora Cartwright in Life With Father (1947)
Nurse Valerie Humpert in Francis (1950)

Christopher Plummer
Captain Georg Von Trapp in The Sound of Music (1965) Commodus in The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
Raymond Swan in Inside Daisy Clover (1966)
Arthur Wellesley, Duke of Wellington in Waterloo (1970)
Sir Charles Litton in The Return of the Pink Panther (1975)
Rudyard Kipling in The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
Reikle in The Silent Partner (1978)
Sherlock Holmes in Murder by Decree (1979)
Paul Sellinger in Hanover Street (1979)
William Fawcett Robinson in Somewhere in Time (1980)
Chang in Star Trek VI: Undiscovered Country (1991)
Chaplain Gill in Malcolm X (1992)
Detective John Mackey in Dolores Claiborne (1995)
Dr. Goines in 12 Monkeys (1995)
Mike Wallace in The Insider (1999)
Dr. Rosen in A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Ralph Nickleby in Nicholas Nickleby (2002)
John Adams Gates in National Treasure (2004)
Captain Newport in The New World (2005)
Dean Whiting in Syriana (2005)
Arthur Case in Inside Man (2006)
Simon Wyler in The Lake House (2006)
Jack in Closing the Ring (2007)
Doctor Parnassus in The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus (2009)
Leo Tolstoy in The Last Station (2009)
Hal Fields in Beginners (2010)
Frank Grubman in Danny Collins (2015)
Zev Guttman in Remember (2015)
J. Paul Getty in All the Money in the World (2017)

#22 star
Sidney Poitier
Virgil Tibbs in In the Heat of the Night (1967) Dr. Luther Brooks in No Way Out (1950)
Gregory W. Miller in The Blackboard Jungle (1955)
Tommy Tyler in Edge of the City (1957)
Noah Cullen in The Defiant Ones (1958)
Porgy in Porgy and Bess (1959)
Walter Lee Younger in A Raisin in the Sun (1961)
Eddie Cook in Paris Blues (1961)
Homer Smith in Lilies of the Field (1963)
Ben Munceford in The Bedford Incident (1965)
Aly Mansuh in The Long Ships (1965)
Ben Munceford in The Bedford Incident (1965)
Gordon Ralfe in A Patch of Blue (1965)
John Prentice in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
Mark Thackeray in To Sir, With Love (1967)
Lieut. Virgil Tibbs in They Call Me MISTER Tibbs! (1970)
Buck in Buck and the Preacher (1972)
Steve Jackson in Uptown Saturday Night (1974)
Roy Parmenter in Little Nikita (1988)
Warren Stantin in Shoot to Kill (1988)
Donald Crease in Sneakers (1992)
Carter Preston in The Jackal (1997)

Natalie Portman
(1981- )
Mathilda in Leon: The Professional (1994) Lauren Gustafson in Heat (1995)
Marty in Beautiful Girls (1996)
Queen Amidala/Padme in Star Wars: Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999), Star Wars: Episode II: Attack of the Clones (2002), and Star Wars: Episode III: Revenge of the Sith (2005)
Ann August in Anywhere But Here (1999)
Novalee Nation in Where the Heart Is (2000)
Sara in Cold Mountain (2003)
Sam in Garden State (2004)
Alice in Closer (2004)
Evey in V for Vendetta (2006)
Ines/Alicia in Goya's Ghosts (2006)
Leslie in My Blueberry Nights (2007)
Molly Mahoney, the Composer in Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium (2007)
Anne Boleyn in The Other Boleyn Girl (2008)
Nina Sayers/The Swan Queen in Black Swan (2010)
Emma Kurtzman in No Strings Attached (2011)
Jane Foster in Thor (2011), Thor: The Dark World (2013), Avengers: Endgame (2019), and Thor: Love and Thunder (2022)
Jacqueline Kennedy in Jackie (2016)
Lena in Annihilation (2018)
Celeste in Vox Lux (2018)
Lucy Cola in Lucy in the Sky (2019)
Elizabeth in May December (2023)

Dick Powell
Philip Marlowe in Murder, My Sweet (1944) Bunny Harmon in Blessed Event (1932)
Billy Lawler in 42nd Street (1933)
Brad Roberts in Gold Diggers of 1933 (1933)
Scott 'Scotty' Blair in Footlight Parade (1933)
Jimmy Higgins in Dames (1934)
Dick 'Canary' Dorcy in Flirtation Walk (1934)
Dick Curtis in Gold Diggers of 1935 (1935)
Lysander in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1935)
George Randall in Stage Struck (1936)
Rosmer Peak in Gold Diggers of 1937 (1936)
Gary Blake in On the Avenue (1937)
Ronnie Bowers in Hollywood Hotel (1937)
Jimmy MacDonald in Christmas in July (1940)
Fred Chambers in Model Wife (1941)
Thomas Halstead in In the Navy (1941)
Lawrence 'Larry' Stevens in It Happened Tomorrow (1944)
Laurence Gerard in Cornered (1945)
John Forbes in Pitfall (1948)
Rocky Mulloy in Cry Danger (1951)
James Lee Bartlow in The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
Mark Christopher in Susan Slept Here (1954)

Eleanor Powell
Irene Foster (aka Mlle. La Belle Arlette) in Broadway Melody of 1936 (1935) Marilyn in George White's 1935 Scandals (1935)
Nora Paige in Born to Dance (1936)
Sally Lee in Broadway Melody of 1938 (1937)
Princess Rosalie Romanikov in Rosalie (1937)
Miss Dorothy 'Dot' March in Honolulu (1939)
Clare Bennett in Broadway Melody of 1940 (1940)
Marilyn Marsh in Lady Be Good (1941)
Tallulah Winters in Ship Ahoy (1942)
Constance Shaw in I Dood It (1943)
Virginia 'Ginny' Walker in Sensations of 1945 (1944)
Herself in Duchess of Idaho (1950)

Jane Powell
Milly Pontipee in Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954) Christine Evans in Holiday in Mexico (1946)
Tess Morgan in Three Daring Daughters (1948)
Judy Foster in A Date with Judy (1948)
Polly Bradford in Luxury Liner (1948)
Nancy Barklay in Nancy Goes to Rio (1950)
Patti Robinson in Two Weeks with Love (1950)
Ellen Bowen in Royal Wedding (1951)
Elizabeth Rogers in Rich, Young and Pretty (1951)
Cindy Kimbell in Small Town Girl (1953)
Penny Weston in Three Sailors and a Girl (1953)
Athena Mulvain in Athena (1954)
Ottilie van Zandt in Deep in My Heart (1954)
Susan Smith in Hit the Deck (1955)
Dodie in The Girl Most Likely (1958)

William Powell

William Powell with Myrna Loy

Nick Charles (and Nora Charles) in The Thin Man series: (1934-1947):
  • The Thin Man (1934)
  • After the Thin Man (1936)
  • Another Thin Man (1939)
  • Shadow of the Thin Man (1941)
  • The Thin Man Goes Home (1945)
  • Song of the Thin Man (1947)

Lev Andreyev in The Last Command (1928)
Philo Vance in The Canary Murder Case (1929), The Greene Murder Case (1929), The Benson Murder Case (1930), The Kennel Murder Case (1933)
Dan Hardesty in One Way Passage (1932)
Jim Wade in Manhattan Melodrama (1934)
John Prentice in Evelyn Prentice (1934)
Ned Riley in Reckless (1935)
Florenz Ziegfeld Jr. in The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
Godfrey Parke in My Man Godfrey (1936)
Bill Chandler in Libeled Lady (1936)
Charles Lodge in Double Wedding (1937)
Larry Wilson / George Carey in I Love You Again (1940)
Steven Ireland in Love Crazy (1941)
The Great Florence 'Flo' Ziegfeld, Jr. in Ziegfeld Follies (1946)
Clarence Day (Father) in Life With Father (1947)
Senator Melvin G. Ashton in The Senator Was Indiscreet (1947)
Mr. Arthur Peabody in Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid (1948)
J.D. Hanley in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
Doc in Mister Roberts (1955)

Tyrone Power
Zorro/Don Diego Vega in The Mark of Zorro (1940) Dion O'Leary in In Old Chicago (1937)
Count Axel de Fersen in Marie Antoinette (1938)
Ferdinand de Lesseps in Suez (1938)
Alexander (Roger Grant) in Alexander's Ragtime Band (1938)
Jesse James in Jesse James (1939)
Major Rama Safti in The Rains Came (1939)
Barton Dewitt Clinton in Rose of Washington Square (1939)
Juan Gallardo in Blood and Sand (1941)
Tim Baker in A Yank in the R.A.F. (1941)
Benjamin Blake in Son of Fury: The Story of Benjamin Blake (1942)
Jamie Waring in The Black Swan (1942)
Larry Darrell in The Razor's Edge (1946)
Stanton 'Stan' Carlisle in Nightmare Alley (1947)
Pedro De Vargas in Captain From Castile (1947)
Andrea Orsini in Prince of Foxes (1949)
Walter of Gurnie in The Black Rose (1950)
Tom Owens in Rawhide (1951)
Martin 'Marty' Maher in The Long Gray Line (1955)
Eddy Duchin in The Eddy Duchin Story (1956)
Jake Barnes in The Sun Also Rises (1957)
Exec. Officer Alec Holmes in Abandon Ship! (1957)
Leonard Stephen Vole in Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

Elvis Presley
Lucky Jackson in Viva Las Vegas (1964) Clint Reno in Love Me Tender (1956)
Vince Everett in Jailhouse Rock (1957)
Deke Rivers in Loving You (1957)
Danny Fisher in King Creole (1958)
Tulsa McLean in G. I. Blues (1960)
Chad Gates in Blue Hawaii (1961)
Ross Carpenter in Girls! Girls! Girls! (1962)
Walter Gulick in Kid Galahad (1962)
Charlie Rogers in Roustabout (1964)
Rusty Wells in Girl Happy (1965)
Johnny Tyronne in Harum Scarum (1965)
Lonnie Beale in Tickle Me (1965)
Steve Grayson in Speedway (1968)
Jess Wade in Charro! (1969)

Robert Preston
Professor Harold Hill in The Music Man (1962) Digby Geste in Beau Geste (1939)
Dick Allen in Union Pacific (1939)
Ronnie Logan in North West Mounted Police (1940)
Chuck Lane in Moon Over Burma (1940)
Dan Cutler in Reap the Wild Wind (1942)
Pvt. Joe Doyle in Wake Island (1942)
Michael Crane in This Gun For Hire (1942)
Tate Riling in Blood on the Moon (1948)
Murray Sinclair in Whispering Smith (1948)
James Cloud (Kid Wichita) in The Sundowners (1950)
Rubin Flood in The Dark at the Top of the Stairs (1960)
Ace Bonner in Junior Bonner (1972)
Beauregard Jackson Pickett Burnside in Mame (1974)
Big Ed Bookman in Semi-Tough (1977)
Dr. Irving Finegarten in S.O.B. (1981)
Carole "Toddy" Todd in Victor/Victoria (1982)
Centauri in The Last Starfighter (1984)

Vincent Price
Prof. Henry Jarrod in House of Wax (1953) Sir Walter Raleigh in The Private Lives of Elizabeth and Essex (1939)
Duke of Clarence in Tower of London (1939)
Joseph Smith in Brigham Young (1940)
Prosecutor Vital Dutour in The Song of Bernadette (1943)
Angus Mealey in The Keys of the Kingdom (1944)
Shelby Carpenter in Laura (1944)
Russell Quinton in Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
Dr. Richard Cross in Shock (1946)
Nicholas Van Ryn in Dragonwyck (1946)
Richelieu in The Three Musketeers (1948)
Mark Cardigan in His Kind of Woman (1951)
Lloyd Rollins in The Las Vegas Story (1952)
Baka in The Ten Commandments (1956)
Francois Delambre in The Fly (1958) and Return of the Fly (1959)
Frederick Loren in House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Dr. Warren Chapin in The Tingler (1959)
Roderick Usher in House of Usher (1960)
Nicholas Medina / Sebastian Medina in Pit and the Pendulum (1961)
Locke / Fortunato Luchresi / Ernest Valdemar in Tales of Terror (1962)
Dr. Erasmus Craven in The Raven (1963)
Waldo Trumbull in The Comedy of Terrors (1964)
Prince Prospero in The Masque of the Red Death (1964)
Verden Fell in The Tomb of Ligeia (1964)
Dr. Goldfoot in Dr. Goldfoot and the Bikini Machine (1965) and Dr. Goldfoot and the Girl Bombs (1966)
Matthew Hopkins in Witchfinder General (1968) (aka The Conqueror Worm)
Dr. Anton Phibes in The Abominable Dr. Phibes (1971) and Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)
Edward Lionheart in Theatre of Blood (1973)
Mr. Maranov in The Whales of August (1987)
The Inventor in Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Richard Pryor
Harry Monroe in Stir Crazy (1980) Piano Man in Lady Sings the Blues (1972)
Slim in The Mack (1973)
Sharp Eye Washington in Uptown Saturday Night (1974)
Sam Spade in Adios Amigo (1975)

Charlie Snow in The Bingo Long Traveling All-Stars & Motor Kings (1976)
Daddy Rich in Car Wash (1976)
Grover Muldoon in Silver Streak (1976)
Wendell Scott in Greased Lightning (1977)
Leroy Jones / Rufus Jones / Reverend Lenox Thomas in Which Way is Up? (1977)
Zeke Brown in Blue Collar (1978)
Dr. Chauncey Gump in California Suite (1978)
The Wiz (Herman Smith) in The Wiz (1978)
G.O.D. in In God We Tru$t (1980)
Joe Braxton in Bustin' Loose (1981)
Cpl. Eddie Keller/Ted Segal in Some Kind of Hero (1982)
Gus Gorman in Superman III (1983)
Montgomery Brewster in Brewster's Millions (1985)
Jo Jo Dancer/Alter Ego in Jo Jo Dancer, Your Life is Callling (1986)
Sugar Ray in Harlem Nights (1989)
Wallace 'Wally' Karue in See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)

Bill Pullman
(1953- )
President Thomas J. Whitmore in
  • Independence Day (1996)
  • Independence Day: Resurgence (2017)
Earl Mott in Ruthless People (1986)
Lone Starr in Spaceballs (1987)
Julian in The Accidental Tourist (1988)
Dennis Alan in The Serpent and the Rainbow (1988)
Paul Kessler in Liebestraum (1991)
Bob Hinson in A League of Their Own (1992)
Dr. Jeffrey Jamison in Singles (1992)
Andy in Malice (1993)
Orin Meecham in Sommersby (1993)
Walter in Sleepless in Seattle (1993)
Clay Gregory in The Last Seduction (1994)
Jack Callaghan in While You Were Sleeping (1995)
Fred Madison in Lost Highway (1997)
Daryl Zero in Zero Effect (1998)
Henry Hale in Scary Movie 4 (2006)
Brian Plummer in The Equalizer (2014) and The Equalizer 2 (2018)
Raymond Krueger in American Ultra (2015)
Jack Kramer in Battle of the Sexes (2017)

Anthony Quinn

Alexis Zorba in Zorba the Greek (1964) Mullay Kasim in Road to Morocco (1942)
Wogan in The Black Swan (1942)
Juan Martinez in The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)
'Soose' Alvarez in Guadalcanal Diary (1943)
Eufemio in Viva Zapata! (1952)
Zampanò in La Strada (1954)
Paul Gauguin in Lust For Life (1956)
Gino in Wild Is the Wind (1957)
Tom Morgan in Warlock (1959)
Craig Belden in Last Train from Gun Hill (1959)
'Tom' Healy in Heller in Pink Tights (1960)
Dr. David Rivera in Portrait in Black (1960)
Col. Andrea Stavros in The Guns of Navarone (1961)
Mountain Rivera in Requiem for a Heavyweight (1962)
Barabbas in Barabbas (1962)
Auda Abu Tayi in Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
Archbishop Kiril Pavlovich Lakota in The Shoes of the Fisherman (1968)
Bombolini in The Secret of Santa Vittoria (1969)
Capt. Mattelli in Across 110th Street (1972)
Hamza in The Message (1976) (aka Mohammad, Messenger of God)
Theo Tomasis in The Greek Tycoon (1978)
Scott in Ghosts Can't Do It (1989)
Lou Carbone in Jungle Fever (1991)
Don Pedro Aragon in A Walk in the Clouds (1995)

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