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

Chevy Chase
(1943- )
Clark Griswold in
  • National Lampoon's Vacation (1983)
  • European Vacation (1985)
  • Christmas Vacation (1989)
  • Vegas Vacation (1997)
Tony Carlson in Foul Play (1978)
Ty Webb in Caddyshack (1980) and Caddyshack II (1988)
Irwin 'Fletch' Fletcher in Fletch (1985) and Fletch Lives (1989)
Emmett Fitz-Hume in Spies Like Us (1985)
Dusty Bottoms in ¡Three Amigos! (1986)
Andy Farmer in Funny Farm (1988)
Principal Harbert in Orange County (2002)
Repairman in Hot Tub Time Machine (2010)

Jessica Chastain
(1977- )
Maya in Zero Dark Thirty (2012) Virgilia in Coriolanus (2011)
Mrs. O'Brien in The Tree of Life (2011)
Celia Foote in The Help (2011)
Maggie Beaufort in Lawless (2012)
Mrs. Williams in The Color of Time (2012)
Annabel in Mama (2013)
Murph in Interstellar (2014)
Anna Morales in A Most Violent Year (2014)
Melissa Lewis in The Martian (2015)
Lucille Sharpe in Crimson Peak (2015)
Antonina Zabinska in The Zookeeper's Wife (2017)
Molly Bloom in Molly's Game (2017)
Beverly Marsh in It Chapter Two (2019)
Ava in Ava (2020)
Tammy Faye Bakker in The Eyes of Tammy Faye (2021)

Ruth Chatterton
Fran Dodsworth in Dodsworth (1936) Jacqueline Floriot in Madame X (1929)
Sarah Storm in Sarah and Son (1930)
Caroline Grannard in The Rich Are Always With Us (1932)
Jenny in Frisco Jenny (1932)
Alison Drake in Female (1933)

(1946- )
Loretta Castorini in Moonstruck (1987) Sissy in Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean (1982)
Dolly Pelliker in Silkwood (1983)
Rusty Dennis in Mask (1985)
Kathleen Riley in Suspect (1987)
Alexandra in The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
Mrs. Rachel Flax in Mermaids (1990)
Elsa Morganthal Strauss-Armistan in Tea with Mussolini (1999)
Tess in Burlesque (2010)
Ruby Sheridan in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)

Maurice Chevalier
Honore Lachaille in Gigi (1958) Count Alfred Renard in The Love Parade (1929)
Pierre Mirande in The Big Pond (1930)
Lieut. Niki in The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)
Maurice Courtelin in Love Me Tonight (1932)
Dr. Andre Bertier in One Hour With You (1932)
Capt. Danilo in The Merry Widow (1934)
Claude Chavasse in Love in the Afternoon (1957)
Paul Barriere in Can-Can (1960)
Panisse in Fanny (1961)
Jacques Paganel in In Search of the Castaways (1962)
Philip Dulaine in I'd Rather Be Rich (1964)

Julie Christie
(1941- )
Lara in Doctor Zhivago (1965) Liz in Billy Liar (1963)
Diana Scott in Darling (1965)
Linda/Clarisse in Fahrenheit 451 (1966)
Bathsheba Everdene in Far From the Madding Crowd (1967)
Petulia Danner in Petulia (1968)
Catherine in In Search of Gregory (1969)
Marian Maudsley in The Go-Between (1971)
Constance Miller in McCabe & Mrs. Miller (1971)
Laura Baxter in Don't Look Now (1973)
Jackie Shawn in Shampoo (1975)
Susan Harris in Demon Seed (1977)
Betty Logan in Heaven Can Wait (1978)
Ellen Freeman in Power (1986)
Gertrude in Hamlet (1996)
Phyllis 'Phyl' Mann in Afterglow (1997)
Madame Rosmerta in Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban (2004)
Mrs. Emma du Maurier in Finding Neverland (2004)
Fiona Anderson in Away From Her (2006)

Mae Clarke
Kitty in The Public Enemy (1931) Elizabeth in Frankenstein (1931)
Molly Malloy in The Front Page (1931)
Myra Deauville in Waterloo Bridge (1931)
Gwen Parker in Penguin Pool Murder (1932)
Janet Henry in Great Guy (1936)
Constance in Hearts in Bondage (1936)
Mrs. Miller in Magnificent Obsession (1954)

Jill Clayburgh
Erica Benton in An Unmarried Woman (1978) Hilly Burns in Silver Streak (1976)
Barbara Jane (BJ) Bookman in Semi-Tough (1978)
Caterina Silveri in La Luna (1979)
Marilyn Holmberg in Starting Over (1979)
Kate Gunzinger in It's My Turn (1980)
Justice Ruth Hagadorn Loomis in First Monday in October (1981)
Barbara Gordon in I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can (1982)
Nancy Eldridge in Where Are the Children? (1986)
Diana Sullivan in Shy People (1987)
Helen Odom in Rich in Love (1992)
Sarah Green in Whispers in the Dark (1992)
Jake's Mother in Naked in New York (1994)

John Cleese
(1939- )
Barrister Archie Leach in A Fish Called Wanda (1988) Various roles in Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
Various roles in Life of Brian (1979)
Neville in The Great Muppet Caper (1981)
Robin Hood in Time Bandits (1981)
Various roles in The Meaning of Life (1983)
Sheriff Langston in Silverado (1985)
Brian Stimpson in Clockwise (1986)
Halfdan the Black in Erik the Viking (1989)
Raoul P. Shadgrind in Splitting Heirs (1993)
Waldman in Mary Shelley's Frankenstein (1994)
Rollo Lee in Fierce Creatures (1997)
R in The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Nearly Headless Nick in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001) and Harry Potter and The Chamber of Secrets (2002)
Q in Die Another Day (2002)
Chief Inspector Dreyfus in The Pink Panther 2 (2009)

Montgomery Clift
George Eastman in A Place in the Sun (1951) Matthew Garth/Dunson in Red River (1948)
Ralph Stevenson in The Search (1948)
Morris Townsend in The Heiress (1949)
Robert E. Lee Prewitt ("Prew") in From Here to Eternity (1953)
Father Michael Logan in I Confess (1953)
John Wickliff Shawnessy in Raintree County (1957)
Noah Ackerman in The Young Lions (1958)
Adam White in Lonelyhearts (1958)
Dr. Cukrowicz in Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
Chuck Glover in Wild River (1960)
Rudolph Petersen in Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Perce Howland in The Misfits (1961)
Sigmund Freud in Freud (1962)

George Clooney
(1961- )
John Michael "Jack" Foley in Out of Sight (1998) Seth Gecko in From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Jack Taylor in One Fine Day (1996)
Batman/Bruce Wayne in Batman & Robin (1997)
Col. Thomas Devoe in The Peacemaker (1997)
Capt. Charles Bosche in The Thin Red Line (1998)
Sergeant Major Archie Gates in Three Kings (1999)
Ulysses Everett McGill in O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Capt. Billy Tyne in The Perfect Storm (2000)
Danny Ocean in Ocean's Eleven (2001), Ocean's Twelve (2004) and Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
Devlin in Spy Kids (2001)
Jim Byrd in Confessions of a Dangerous Mind (2002)
Dr. Chris Kelvin in Solaris (2002)
Miles Massey in Intolerable Cruelty (2003)
Fred Friendly in Good Night, and Good Luck (2005)
Bob Barnes in Syriana (2005)
Capt. Jacob 'Jake' Geismer in The Good German (2006)
Michael Clayton in Michael Clayton (2007)
Jimmy "Dodge" Connelly in Leatherheads (2008)
Harry Pfarrer in Burn After Reading (2008)
Mr. Fox (voice) in Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Lyn Cassady in The Men Who Stare at Goats (2009)
Ryan Bingham in Up in the Air (2009)
Jack / Edward in The American (2010)
Matt King in The Descendants (2011)
Governor Mike Morris in The Ides of March (2011)
"Matt" Kowalski in Gravity (2013)
Frank Stokes in The Monuments Men (2014)
Baird Whitlock in Hail, Caesar! (2016)

Glenn Close
(1947- )
Alex Forrest in Fatal Attraction (1987) Jenny Fields in The World According to Garp (1982)
Sarah in The Big Chill (1983)
Iris Gaines in The Natural (1984)
Teddy Barnes in Jagged Edge (1985)
Marquise De Merteuil in Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
Sunny Von Bulow in Reversal of Fortune (1990)
Gertrude in Hamlet (1990)
Ferula in The House of the Spirits (1993)
Alicia Clark in The Paper (1994)
First Lady Marsha Dale in Mars Attacks! (1996)
Cruella De Vil in 101 Dalmatians (1996) and in 102 Dalmatians (2000)
V.P. Kathryn Bennett in Air Force One (1997)
Camille Dixon in Cookie's Fortune (1999)
Cruella De Vil in 102 Dalmatians (2000)
Dr. Elaine Keener in Things You Can Tell Just By Looking at Her (2000)
Claire Wellington in The Stepford Wives (2004)
Mrs. Wittenborn in Evening (2007)
Albert Nobbs in Albert Nobbs (2011)
Nova Prime in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)
Joan Castleman in The Wife (2017)
Helen Baxter in Father Figures (2017)
Bonnie "Mamaw" Vance in Hillbilly Elegy (2020)
Dr. Jo Scott in Swan Song (2021)
King of Diamonds in Heart of Stone (2023)

Lee J. Cobb
Johnny Friendly in On the Waterfront (1954) Dr. Dozous in The Song of Bernadette (1943)
Kralahome in Anna and the King of Siam (1946)
Chief Harold F. Robinson in Boomerang! (1947)
Juan Garcia in Captain from Castile (1947)
Brian Kelly in Call Northside 777 (1948)
Mike Figlia in Thieves' Highway (1949)
Juror # 3 in 12 Angry Men (1957)
Doctor Luther in The Three Faces of Eve (1957)
Feodor in The Brothers Karamazov (1958)
Rico Angelo in Party Girl (1958)
Dock Tobin in Man of the West (1958)
Marshal Lou Ramsey in How the West Was Won (1962)
Lloyd C. Cramden in Our Man Flint (1966) and In Like Flint (1967)
Lt. McElroy in Coogan's Bluff (1968)
Lieutenant William Kinderman in The Exorcist (1973)

Charles Coburn
"Colonel" Harry Harrington in The Lady Eve (1941) Mr. Peter Morgan, Sr. in Vivacious Lady (1938)
Judge Joseph M. Doolittle in Made for Each Other (1939)
John B. Merlin in Bachelor Mother (1939)
Merrick in The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)
Mr. John Pulham, Sr. in H.M. Pulham, Esq. (1941)
Dr. Henry Gordon in Kings Row (1942)
Benjamin Dingle in The More the Merrier (1943)
Hugo Van Cleve in Heaven Can Wait (1943)
Charles Creighton in The Constant Nymph (1943) Holman in Princess O'Rourke (1943)
Alexander 'Dandy' Gow in The Green Years (1946)
Sir Simon Flaquer in The Paradine Case (1947)
Inspector Harley Temple in Lured (1947)
Lieut. Tom Quincy in Impact (1949)
Mr. Oliver Oxley in Monkey Business (1952)
Sir Francis "Piggy" Beekman in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

James Coburn
Britt in The Magnificent Seven (1960)
Derek Flint in
  • Our Man Flint (1966)
  • In Like Flint (1967)
Whit in Ride Lonesome (1959)
Cprl. Frank Henshaw in Hell is For Heroes (1962)
Tex Panthollow in Charade (1963)
Louis Sedgwick in The Great Escape (1963)
Lt. Cmdr. "Bus" Cummings in The Americanization of Emily (1964)
Samuel Potts in Major Dundee (1965)
Dr. Sidney Schaefer in The President's Analyst (1967)
Dr. Krankheit in Candy (1968)
Clinton Green in The Last of Sheila (1973)
Sheriff Patrick J. Garrett in Pat Garrett and Billy the Kid (1973)
Luke Matthews in Bite the Bullet (1975)
Spencer "Speed" Weed in Hard Times (1975)
Sgt. Steiner in Cross of Iron (1977)
Jack Dryden in Goldengirl (1979)
John Chisum in Young Guns II (1990)
George Kaplan in Hudson Hawk (1991)
Commodore Duvall in Maverick (1994)
Chief Beller in Eraser (1996)
Harlan Hartley in The Nutty Professor (1996)
Glen Whitehouse in Affliction (1997)
Fairfax in Payback (1999)
Tobias Alcott in The Man from Elysian Fields (2001)
CEO Henry J. Waternoose III (voice) in Monsters, Inc. (2001)
Thunder Jack in Snow Dogs (2002)

#12 star
Claudette Colbert
Ellie Andrews in It Happened One Night (1934) Franzi in The Smiling Lieutenant (1931)
Poppaea in The Sign of the Cross (1932)
Cleopatra in Cleopatra (1934)
Beatrice "Bea" Pullman in Imitation of Life (1934)
Dr. Jane Everest in Private Worlds (1935)
Nicole de Loiselle in Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)
Lana Borst Martin in Drums Along the Mohawk (1939)
Eve Peabody in Midnight (1939)
Augusta Nash in Arise, My Love (1940)
Betsy Bartlett in Boom Town (1940)
Gerry Jeffers in The Palm Beach Story (1942)
Lieutenant Janet Davidson in So Proudly We Hail! (1943)
Anne Hilton in Since You Went Away (1944)
Christopher 'Kit' Madden in Without Reservations (1946)
Betty MacDonald in The Egg and I (1947)
Alison Courtland in Sleep, My Love (1948)
Agnes Newton Keith in Three Came Home (1950)
Ellen McLean in Parrish (1961)

Ronald Colman
Anthony John in A Double Life (1948) Stephen Dallas in Stella Dallas (1925)
Michael 'Beau' Geste in Beau Geste (1926)
Hugh "Bulldog" Drummond in Bulldog Drummond (1929)
Michel in Condemned (1929)
A.J. Raffles in Raffles (1930)
Dr. Martin Arrowsmith in Arrowsmith (1931)
Sydney Carton in A Tale of Two Cities (1935)
Paul Gaillard in The Man Who Broke the Bank at Monte Carlo (1935)
Baron Robert Clive in Clive of India (1935)
Sgt. Victor in Under Two Flags (1936)
Rudolph Rassendyll/King Rudolf V in The Prisoner of Zenda (1937)
Robert Conway in Lost Horizon (1937)
Francois Villon in If I Were King (1938)
Charles Rainier/John "Smithy" Smith in Random Harvest (1942)
Michael Lightcap in The Talk of the Town (1942)
Beauregard Bottomley in Champagne for Caesar (1950)

Jennifer Connelly
(1970- )
Alicia Nash in A Beautiful Mind (2001) Jennifer Corvino in Phenomena (1985)
Sarah in Labyrinth (1986)
Gabriella 'Gabby' D'Arc in Some Girls (1988)
Gloria Harper in The Hot Spot (1990)
Josie McClellan in Career Opportunities (1991)
Jennie Blake in The Rocketeer (1991)
Taryn in Higher Learning (1995)
Allison Pond in Mulholland Falls (1996)
Eleanor Abbott in Inventing the Abbotts (1997)
Emma Murdoch/Anna in Dark City (1998)
Ruth Klingman in Pollock (2000)
Marion Silver in Requiem for a Dream (2000)
Sarah Williams in Waking the Dead (2000)
Kathy Nicolo in House of Sand and Fog (2003)
Betty Ross in The Hulk (2003)
Dahlia Williams in Dark Water (2005)
Maddy Bowen in Blood Diamond (2006)
Kathy Adamson in Little Children (2006)
Grace Learner in Reservation Road (2007)
Helen Benson in The Day the Earth Stood Still (2008)
Janine in He's Just Not That Into You (2009)

Sean Connery
James Bond in the first of many Bond films, Dr. No (1962) followed by: Michael McBride in Darby O'Gill and the Little People (1959)
Mark Rutland in Marnie (1964)
Trooper Joe Roberts in The Hill (1965)
Samson Shillitoe in A Fine Madness (1966)
Shalako in Shalako (1968)
Jack Kehoe in The Molly Maguires (1970)
Colonel Arbuthnot in Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Zed in Zardoz (1974)
Daniel Dravot in The Man Who Would Be King (1975)
Mulay Achmed Mohammed el-Raisuli the Magnificent in The Wind and the Lion (1975)
Robin Hood in Robin and Marian (1976)
Maj. Gen. Roy Urquhart in A Bridge Too Far (1977)
Edward Pierce/John Simms in The Great Train Robbery (1979)
O'Niel in Outland (1981)
Ramírez in Highlander (1986) and Highlander II: The Quickening (1991)
William of Baskerville in The Name of the Rose (1986)
Jim Malone in The Untouchables (1987)
Professor Henry Jones in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Captain Marko Ramius in The Hunt for Red October (1990)
Barley Blair in The Russia House (1990)
Dr. Robert Campbell in Medicine Man (1992)
Capt. John Connor in Rising Sun (1993)
King Arthur in First Knight (1995)
Paul Armstrong in Just Cause (1995)
John Patrick Mason in The Rock (1996)
Robert "Mac" MacDougal in Entrapment (1999)
William Forrester in Finding Forrester (2000)
Allan Quatermain in The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)

Elisha Cook, Jr.
Wilmer in The Maltese Falcon (1941) Joe Turner in They Won't Forget (1937)
Joe Codd in Tin Pan Alley (1940)
Harry Williams in I Wake Up Screaming (1941)
Cliff Milburn in Phantom Lady (1944)
Harry Jones in The Big Sleep (1946)
Marty in Born to Kill (1947)
Eddie Forbes in Don't Bother to Knock (1952)
Frank "Stonewall" Torrey in Shane (1953)
George Peatty in The Killing (1956)
Watson Pritchard in House on Haunted Hill (1959)
Mr. Nicklas in Rosemary's Baby (1968)
Bunker in The Great Northfield Minnesota Raid (1972)

Bradley Cooper
(1975- )
Phil in
  • The Hangover (2009)
  • The Hangover Part II (2011)
  • The Hangover Part III (2013)
Ben in Wet Hot American Summer (2001)
Zachary "Sack" Lodge in Wedding Crashers (2005)
Steve in All About Steve (2009)
Ben in He's Just Not That Into You (2009)
Holden in Valentine's Day (2010)
Face in The A-Team (2010)
Eddie Morra in Limitless (2011)
Patrick Solitano, Jr. in Silver Linings Playbook (2012)
Richie DiMaso in American Hustle (2013)
Rocket Raccoon (Voice) in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014), and spin-offs and sequels
Chris Kyle in American Sniper (2014)
Brian Gilcrest in Aloha (2015)
Neil Walker in Joy (2015)
Jackson Maine in A Star Is Born (2018)
Agent Colin Bates in The Mule (2018)
Jon Peters in Licorice Pizza (2021)
Stanton Carlisle in Nightmare Alley (2021)
Marlamin in Dungeons & Dragons: Honor Among Thieves (2023)
Leonard Bernstein in Maestro (2023)

Chris Cooper
(1951- )
USMC Colonel Frank Fitts in American Beauty (1999) Joe Kenehan in Matewan (1987)
Torch in Money Train (1995)
Sam Deeds in Lone Star (1996)
Deputy Dwayne Powell Looney in A Time to Kill (1996)
Joe in Great Expectations (1998)
John Hickam in October Sky (1999)
Colonel Harry Burwell in The Patriot (2000)
Alexander Conklin in The Bourne Identity (2002)
John Laroche in Adaptation. (2002)
Tom Smith in Seabiscuit (2003)
"Dicky" Pilager in Silver City (2004)
Alvin Dewey in Capote (2005)
Lt. Col. Kazinski in Jarhead (2005)
Jimmy Pope in Syriana (2005)
Grant Sykes in The Kingdom (2007)
Robert Hanssen in Breach (2007)
Stephen MacRay in The Town (2010)
Tex Richman in The Muppets (2011)
Charlie Aiken in August: Osage County (2013)
Phil in Demolition (2015)
Chief Irving Figgis in Live by Night (2016)
Jerry Vogel in A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood (2019)
Mr. Laurence in Little Women (2019)
Jack Hastings in Irresistible (2020)
Jack Maclane in Boston Strangler (2023)

#11 star
Gary Cooper
Will Kane in High Noon (1952) Abe Lee in The Winning of Barbara Worth (1926)
Cadet White in Wings (1927)
The Virginian in The Virginian (1929)
Legionnaire Tom Brown in Morocco (1930)
Lieut. Frederick Henry in A Farewell to Arms (1932)
George Curtis in Design for Living (1933)
Lt. Alan McGregor in The Lives of a Bengal Lancer (1935)
Peter Ibbetson in Peter Ibbetson (1935)
Tom Bradley in Desire (1936)
O'Hara in The General Died at Dawn (1936)
Longfellow Deeds in Mr. Deeds Goes to Town (1936)
Wild Bill Hickok in The Plainsman (1936)
Michael Brandon in Bluebeard's Eighth Wife (1938)
Stretch in The Cowboy and the Lady (1938)
Michael "Beau" Geste in Beau Geste (1939)
Cole Hardin in The Westerner (1940)
Dusty Rivers in North West Mounted Police (1940)
Prof. Bertram Potts in Ball of Fire (1941)
Long John Willoughby or "John Doe" in Meet John Doe (1941)
Sergeant Alvin C. York in Sergeant York (1941)
Lou Gehrig in The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
Robert Jordan in For Whom the Bell Tolls (1943)
Casanova (Cass) Brown in Casanova Brown (1944)
Melody Jones in Along Came Jones (1945)
Colonel Clint Maroon in Saratoga Trunk (1945)
Prof. Alvah Jesper in Cloak and Dagger (1946)
Capt. Christopher Holden in Unconquered (1947)
Howard Roark in The Fountainhead (1949)
Lt. John W. Harkness in You're in the Navy Now (1951)
Benjamin Trane in Vera Cruz (1954)
Hooker in Garden of Evil (1954)
Col. Billy Mitchell in The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955)
Jess Birdwell in Friendly Persuasion (1956)
Frank Flannagan in Love in the Afternoon (1957)
Link Jones in Man of the West (1958)

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