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

Sylvia Sidney
Katherine Grant in Fury (1936) Nan Cooley in City Streets (1931)
Kathleen Storm McNeil in Ladies of the Big House (1932)
Cho-Cho San in Madame Butterfly (1932)
Linda Brown in Accent on Youth (1935)
Mary Burns in Mary Burns, Fugitive (1935)
Mrs. Verloc in Sabotage (1936)
June Tolliver in The Trail of the Lonesome Pine (1936)
Joan Graham in You Only Live Once (1937)
Drina in Dead End (1937)
Helen Dennis in You and Me (1938)
Iris Hilliard in Blood on the Sun (1945)
Fantine in Les Miserables (1952)
Wanda Pritchett - Rita's Mother in Summer Wishes, Winter Dreams (1973)
Aunt Marion in Damien: Omen II (1978)
Juno in Beetlejuice (1988)
Grandma Florence Norris in Mars Attacks! (1996)

Jean Simmons
Sister Sharon Falconer in Elmer Gantry (1960) Young Estrella in Great Expectations (1946)
Kanchi in Black Narcissus (1947)
Ophelia in Hamlet (1948)
Emmeline Foster in The Blue Lagoon (1949)
Diane Tremayne Jessup in Angel Face (1953)
Diana in The Robe (1953)
Princess Bess / Queen Elizabeth I in Young Bess (1953)
Ruth Gordon Jones in The Actress (1953)
Meryt in The Egyptian (1954)
Desiree Clary in Desiree (1954)
Sarah Brown in Guys and Dolls (1955)
Julie Maragon in The Big Country (1958)
Elizabeth Rambeau in This Earth Is Mine (1959)
Hattie Durant in The Grass is Greener (1960)
Varinia in Spartacus (1960)
Susan Lampton in Life at the Top (1965)
Nancy Downes in Divorce American Style (1967)
Molly Lang in Rough Night in Jericho (1967)
Mary Wilson in The Happy Ending (1969)

Simone Simon
Irena Dubrovna Reed in Marie Claudel in Girls' Dormitory (1936)
Severine Roubaud in La Bete Humaine (1938)
Belle in The Devil and Daniel Webster (1941)
Suzette 'Suzie' Durand in Tahiti Honey (1943)
Elisabeth Rousset in Mademoiselle Fifi (1944)
Maid Marie in La Ronde (1950)

Frank Sinatra
Angelo Maggio in From Here to Eternity (1953) Clarence Dolittle in Anchors Aweigh (1945)
Danny Webson Miller in It Happened in Brooklyn (1947)
Dennis Ryan in Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)
Chip in On The Town (1949)
Barney Sloan in Young at Heart (1954)
John Baron in Suddenly (1954)
Nathan Detroit in Guys and Dolls (1955)
Charlie Y. Reader in The Tender Trap (1955)
Frankie Machine in The Man With the Golden Arm (1955)
Mike Connor in High Society (1956)
Joe E. Lewis in The Joker is Wild (1957)
Joey Evans in Pal Joey (1957)
Dave Hirsh in Some Came Running (1958)
Tony Manetta in A Hole in the Head (1959)
Danny Ocean in Ocean's 11 (1960)
Captain Bennett Marco in The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
Robbo in Robin and the 7 Hoods (1964)
Chief Pharmacist Mate in None But the Brave (1965)
Col. Joseph L. Ryan in Von Ryan's Express (1965)
Tony Rome in Tony Rome (1967)
Det. Joe Leland in The Detective (1968)
Tony Rome in Lady in Cement (1968)

Alexis Smith
Victoria Ware in Gentleman Jim (1942) Linda Fisher in Dive Bomber (1941)
Florence Creighton in The Constant Nymph (1943)
Olivia Langdon Clemens in The Adventures of Mark Twain (1944)
Nan Curtiss in The Doughgirls (1944)
Evelyn Turner in Conflict (1945)
Jeanne Starr in San Antonio (1945)
Nora Nesbitt in Of Human Bondage (1946)
Linda Lee Porter in Night and Day (1946)
Cecily Latham in The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947)
Marian Halcombe in The Woman in White (1948)
Winifred Stanley in Here Comes the Groom (1951)
Amanda Waycross in The Turning Point (1952)
Carol Wharton in The Young Philadelphians (1959)
Louisa van der Luyden in The Age of Innocence (1993)

Maggie Smith
(1934- )
Jean Brodie in The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)
Professor Minerva McGonagall in
Desdemona in Othello (1965)
Patty Terwilliger Smith in Hot Millions (1968)
Music Hall Star in Oh! What a Lovely War (1969)
Aunt Augusta Bertram in Travels With My Aunt (1972)
Mrs. Dora Charleston in Murder By Death (1976)
Miss Bowers in Death on the Nile (1978)
Diana Barrie in California Suite (1978)
Lois Heidler in Quartet (1981)
Daphne Castle in Evil Under the Sun (1982)
Lady Isabel Ames in The Missionary (1982)
Joyce Chilvers in A Private Function (1984)
Charlotte Bartlett in A Room With a View (1986)
Judith Hearne in The Lonely Passion of Judith Hearne (1987)
Granny Wendy Darling in Hook (1991)
Mother Superior in Sister Act (1992) and Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit (1993)
Mrs. Medlock in The Secret Garden (1993)
Duchess of York in Richard III (1995)
Gunilla Garson Goldberg in The First Wives Club (1996)
Aunt Lavinia Penniman in Washington Square (1997)
Lady Hester Random in Tea With Mussolini (1999)
Constance, Countess of Trentham in Gosford Park (2001)
Janet Widdington in Ladies in Lavender (2004)
Grace Hawkins in Keeping Mum (2005)
Lady Gresham in Becoming Jane (2007)
Muriel Donnelly in The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2011)
and The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (2015)
Jean Horton in Quartet (2012)
Miss Shepherd in The Lady in the Van (2015)

Will Smith
(1968- )
Officer James Edwards/Agent J (Jay) in
  • Men in Black (1997)
  • Men in Black 2 (2002)
  • Men in Black III (2012)
Tea Cake Walters in Made in America (1993)
Paul in Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
Det. Mike Lowrey in Bad Boys (1995) and Bad Boys II (2003)
Capt. Steven "Eagle" Hiller in Independence Day (1996)
Robert Clayton Dean in Enemy of the State (1998)
Capt. James "Jim" West in Wild Wild West (1999)
Bagger Vance in The Legend of Bagger Vance (2000)
Muhammed Ali/Cassius Clay/Cassius X in Ali (2001)
Del Spooner in I, Robot (2004)
Oscar (Voice) in Shark Tale (2004)
Alex 'Hitch' Hitchens in Hitch (2005)
Chris Gardner in The Pursuit of Happyness (2006)
Robert Neville in I Am Legend (2007)
John Hancock in Hancock (2008)
Ben Thomas in Seven Pounds (2008)
Cypher Raige in After Earth (2013)
ESPN Reporter in Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues (2013)
Judge in Winter's Tale (2014)
Nicky in Focus (2015)
Dr. Bennet Omalu in Concussion (2015)
Deadshot in Suicide Squad (2016)
Richard Williams in King Richard (2021)

Wesley Snipes
(1962- )
Blade in
  • Blade (1998)
  • Blade II (2002)
  • Blade: Trinity (2004)
"Willie Mays" Hayes in Major League (1989)
Shadow Henderson in Mo' Better Blues (1990)
Nino Brown in New Jack City (1991)
Flipper Purify in Jungle Fever (1991)
Raymond Hill in The Waterdance (1992)
Sidney Deane in White Men Can't Jump (1992)
John Cutter in Passenger 57 (1992)
Jimmy Mercer in Boiling Point (1993)
Lt. Web Smith in Rising Sun (1993)
Simon Phoenix in Demolition Man (1993)
Roemello Skuggs in Sugar Hill (1993)
Noxeema Jackson in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995)
John Powell in Money Train (1995)
Bobby Rayburn in The Fan (1996)
Detective Harlan Regis in Murder at 1600 (1997)
Max Carlyle in One Night Stand (1997)
Mark Sheridan in U.S. Marshals (1998)
Dean Cage in Unstoppable (2004)
Caz in Brooklyn's Finest (2009)
Marcus in Game of Death (2011)
Doc in The Expendables 3 (2014)
Cyclops in Chi-Raq (2015)

Mira Sorvino
(1967- )
Romy White in Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997) Marta Ferrer in Barcelona (1994)
Sandra Goodwin in Quiz Show (1994)
Linda Ash in Mighty Aphrodite (1995)
Sharon Cassidy in Beautiful Girls (1996)
Marilyn Monroe in Norma Jean & Marilyn (1996) (TV Movie)
Dr. Susan Tyler in Mimic (1997)
Meg Coburn in The Replacement Killers (1998)
Celia Burns in Lulu on the Bridge (1998)
Amy Benic in At First Sight (1999)
Dionna in Summer of Sam (1999)
Delila in The Final Cut (2004)
Ruth Wheldon in Reservation Road (2007)
Claire Becker in Trade of Innocents (2012)
Marianna Palermo in The Red Maple Leaf (2016)

Ann Sothern
Maisie Ravier in 10 films (1939-1947)
  • Maisie (1939)
  • Congo Maisie (1940)
  • Gold Rush Maisie (1940)
  • Maisie Was a Lady (1941)
  • Ringside Maisie (1941)
  • Maisie Gets Her Man (1942)
  • Swing Shift Maisie (1943)
  • Maisie Goes to Reno (1944)
  • Up Goes Maisie (1946)
  • Undercover Maisie (1947)
Joan Larrabee in Kid Millions (1934)
Jean Livingstone in Trade Winds (1938)
Florence 'Flo' Addams in Brother Orchid (1940)
Dulcy Ward in Dulcy (1940)
Dixie Donegan in Lady Be Good (1941)
Rita Phipps in A Letter to Three Wives (1949)
Frances Elliott in Nancy Goes to Rio (1954)
Sue Ellen Gamadge in The Best Man (1964)
Tisha Doughty in The Whales of August (1987)

Sissy Spacek
(1949- )
Loretta Webb-Lynn in Coal Miner's Daughter (1980)
Carrie White in Carrie (1976)

Poppy in Prime Cut (1972)
Holly Sargis in Badlands (1973)
Linda Murray in Welcome to L.A. (1976)
Pinky Rose in 3 Women (1977)
Nita in Raggedy Man (1981)
Beth Horman in Missing (1982)
Mae Garvey in The River (1984)
Jessie Cates in 'night Mother (1986)
Rebeca 'Babe'/'Becky' Magrath Botrelle in Crimes of the Heart (1986)
Miriam Thompson in The Long Walk Home (1990)
Liz Garrison in JFK (1991)
Verena Talbo in The Grass Harp (1995)
Margie Fogg in Affliction (1997)
Helen Thomas Webber in Blast From the Past (1999)
Rose Straight in The Straight Story (1999)
Ruth Fowler in In The Bedroom (2001)
Mae Tuck in Tuck Everlasting (2002)
Alice Aimes in North Country (2005)
Lucy Bell in An American Haunting (2005)
Paula in Four Christmases (2008)
Missus Walters in The Help (2011)
Jewel in The Old Man & the Gun (2018)

Kevin Spacey
(1959- )
Roger "Verbal" Kint in The Usual Suspects (1995) Bob Speck in Working Girl (1988)
Kirgo in See No Evil, Hear No Evil (1989)
John Williamson in Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
Eddy Otis in Consenting Adults (1992)
Lloyd Chasseur in The Ref (1993)
Buddy Ackerman in Swimming With Sharks (1994)
Maj. Casey Schuler in Outbreak (1995)
John Doe in Se7en (1995)
D.A. Rufus Buckley in A Time to Kill (1996)
Sgt. Jack Vincennes in L.A. Confidential (1997)
Jim Williams in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
Lieut. Chris Sabian in The Negotiator (1998)
Lester Burnham in American Beauty (1999)
Larry Mann in The Big Kahuna (1999)
Eugene Simonet in Pay It Forward (2000)
Prot/Robert Porter in K-PAX (2001)
Quoyle in The Shipping News (2001)
Dr. Gale in The Life of David Gale (2003)
Bobby Darin in Beyond the Sea (2004)
Lex Luthor in Superman Returns (2006)
Clyde in Fred Claus (2007)
Prof. Micky Rosa in 21 (2008)
GERTY (Voice) in Moon (2009)
Larry Hooper in The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
Sam Rogers in Margin Call (2011)
Dave Harken in Horrible Bosses (2011) and Horrible Bosses 2 (2014)
Ron Levin in Billionaire Boys Club (2018)

Octavia Spencer
(1972- )
Minny Jackson in The Help (2011) Kate in Seven Pounds (2008)
Wanda in Fruitvale Station (2013)
Tanya in Snowpiercer (2013)
Aunt Honey Washington in Get On Up (2014)
Johanna in Insurgent (2015) and Allegiant (2016)
Dorothy Vaughan in Hidden Figures (2016)
Papa in The Shack (2017)
Zelda Fuller in The Shape of Water (2017)
Karen in Instant Family (2018)

Robert Stack
Kyle Hadley in Written on the Wind (1956) Ted Drake in First Love (1939)
Otto von Rohn in The Mortal Storm (1940)
Bob Terry in A Little Bit of Heaven (1940)
Don Webb in Nice Girl? (1941)
Lt. Stanislav Sobinski in To Be or Not to Be (1942)
Stephen I. Andrews in A Date With Judy (1948)
Johnny Regan in Bullfighter and the Lady (1951)
Bob Hayward in Bwana Devil (1952)
Capt. Charles Wogan in The Iron Glove (1954)
John Sullivan in The High and the Mighty (1954)
Eddie Kenner in House of Bamboo (1955)
Dr. Tommy Baker in Good Morning, Miss Dove (1955)
Roger Shumann in The Tarnished Angels (1957)
John Paul Jones in John Paul Jones (1959)
Cliff Henderson in The Last Voyage (1960)
Brig. Gen. Edwin Sibert in Is Paris Burning? (1966)
Maj. Gen. Joseph W. Stilwell in 1941 (1979)
Captain Rex Kramer in Airplane! (1980)

MacGregor in Uncommon Valor (1983)
Ultra Magnus (voice) in Transformers: The Movie (1986)
Chandler Young in Caddyshack II (1988)

Dr. Ellison in Joe Versus the Volcano (1990)

Sylvester "Sly" Stallone
(1946- )
Rocky Balboa in Stud in The Party at Kitty and Stud's (1970)
Stanley Rosiello in The Lords of Flatbush (1974)
"Machine Gun" Joe Viterbo in Death Race 2000 (1975)
Johnny Kovak in F.I.S.T. (1978)
Deke DaSilva in Nighthawks (1981)
Cosmo Carboni in Paradise Alley (1978)
Deke DaSilva in Nighthawks (1981)
John J. Rambo in First Blood (1982), Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985), Rambo III (1988), Rambo (2008), and Rambo V: Last Blood (2019)
Nick Martinelli in Rhinestone (1984)
Marion "Cobra" Cobretti in Cobra (1986)
Lincoln Hawk in Over the Top (1987)
Lt. Raymond "Ray" Tango in Tango & Cash (1989)
Joe Bomowski in Stop! Or My Mom Will Shoot (1992)
Gabe Walker in Cliffhanger (1993)
John Spartan in Demolition Man (1993)
Ray Quick in The Specialist (1994)
Judge Dredd in Judge Dredd (1995)
Robert Rath in Assassins (1995)
Kit Latura in Daylight (1996)
Sheriff Freddy Heflin in Cop Land (1997)
Jack Carter in Get Carter (2000)
Joe Tanto in Driven (2001)
Barney Ross in The Expendables (2010), The Expendables 2 (2012), and The Expendables 3 (2014)
Ray Breslin in Escape Plan (2013) and Escape Plan 2: Hades (2018)
Stakar in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 (2017)

#11 star
Barbara Stanwyck
Jean Harrington in The Lady Eve (1941)
Phyllis Dietrichson in Double Indemnity (1944)
Lora Hart in Night Nurse (1931)
Florence 'Faith' Fallon in The Miracle Woman (1931)
Megan Davis in The Bitter Tea of General Yen (1932)
Nan Taylor in Ladies They Talk About (1933)
Lily Powers in Baby Face (1933)
Shelby Barret Wyatt in The Woman in Red (1935)
Annie Oakley in Annie Oakley (1935)
Stella Martin Dallas in Stella Dallas (1937)
Melsa Manton in The Mad Miss Manton (1938)
Mollie Monahan in Union Pacific (1939)
Lorna Moon in Golden Boy (1939)
Lee Leander in Remember the Night (1940)
Ann Mitchell in Meet John Doe (1941)
Sugarpuss O'Shea in Ball of Fire (1941)
Dixie Daisy in Lady of Burlesque (1943)
Elizabeth Lane in Christmas in Connecticut (1945)
Jessica Drummond in My Reputation (1946)
Martha Ivers in The Strange Love of Martha Ivers (1946)
Sally Morton Carroll in The Two Mrs. Carrolls (1947)
Leona Stevenson in Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
Jessie Bourne in East Side, West Side (1949)
Thelma Jordon in The File on Thelma Jordon (1950)
Helen Ferguson / Patrice Harkness in No Man of Her Own (1950)
Vance Jeffords in The Furies (1950)
Regina Forbes in To Please a Lady (1950)
Mae Doyle D'Amato in Clash by Night (1952)
Helen Stilwin in Jeopardy (1953)
Julia Sturges in Titanic (1953)
Julia O. Tredway in Executive Suite (1954)
Sierra Nevada Jones in Cattle Queen of Montana (1954)
Martha Wilkison in The Violent Men (1955)
Jessica Drummond in Forty Guns (1957)
Jo / Jo Courtney in Walk on the Wild Side (1962)

Maureen Stapleton
Emma Goldman in Reds (1981) Fay Doyle in Lonelyhearts (1958)
Vee Talbot in The Fugitive Kind (1960)
Mama Mae Peterson in Bye Bye Birdie (1963)
Inez Guerrero in Airport (1970)
Karen Nash in Plaza Suite (1971)
Pearl in Interiors (1978)
Ma Kelly in Johnny Dangerously (1984)
Marilyn "Mary" Luckett in Cocoon (1985) and Cocoon: The Return (1988)
Estelle in The Money Pit (1986)
Vera in Heartburn (1986)
Aunt Lisa in Made in Heaven (1987)
Rose Kirk in Nuts (1987)
Nana in Addicted to Love (1997)

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