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

Jackie Cooper
Dink Purcell in The Champ (1931)
Jack in Our Gang (The Little Rascals) Film Series
Jerry McGinnis in Sunny Side Up (1929)
Himself in The Christmas Party (1931)
Skippy Skinner in Skippy (1931)
Swipes McGurk in The Bowery (1933)
Bill Peck in Peck's Bad Boy (1934)
Jim Hawkins in Treasure Island (1934)
Dinky in Dinky (1935)
Joseph 'Stubby' O'Shaughnessy in O'Shaughnessy's Boy (1935)
Henry Aldrich in What a Life! (1939)
Clem/Tom Grayson in The Return of Frank James (1940)
Jerry Regan in Ziegfeld Girl (1941)
Perry White in Superman: The Movie (1978), Superman II (1980), Superman III (1983), Superman IV: The Quest For Peace (1987)

Kevin Costner
(1955- )
Lieut. John G. Dunbar in Dances With Wolves (1990) Jake in Silverado (1985)
Lt. Cmdr. Tom Farrell in No Way Out (1987)
Eliot Ness in The Untouchables (1987)
'Crash' Davis in Bull Durham (1988)
Ray Kinsella in Field of Dreams (1989)
Jim Garrison in JFK (1991)
Robin of Locksley in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
Frank Farmer in The Bodyguard (1992)
Butch Haynes in A Perfect World (1993)
Wyatt Earp in Wyatt Earp (1994)
Mariner in Waterworld (1995)
Roy ('Tin Cup') McAvoy in Tin Cup (1996)
Billy Chapel in For Love of the Game (1999)
Garret Blake in Message in A Bottle (1999)
Kenny O'Donnell in Thirteen Days (2000)
Murphy in 3000 Miles to Graceland (2001)
Dr. Joe Darrow in Dragonfly (2002)
Charley Waite in Open Range (2003)
Denny Davies in The Upside of Anger (2005)
Beau Burroughs in Rumor Has It... (2005)
Ben Randall in The Guardian (2006)
Mr. Earl Brooks in Mr. Brooks (2007)
Al Harrison in Hidden Figures (2016)
Larry Bloom in Molly's Game (2017)
Frank Hamer in The Highwayman (2019)

Marion Cotillard
(1975- )
Édith Piaf in La Vie en Rose (2007) Lilly Bertineau in Taxi (1998) and sequels (2000, 2003)
Joséphine Bloom in Big Fish (2003)
Tina Lombardi in A Very Long Engagement (2004)
Fanny Chenal in A Good Year (2006)
Billie Frechette in Public Enemies (2009)
Luisa Contini in Nine (2009)
Mal in Inception (2010)
Adriana in Midnight in Paris (2011)
Stéphanie in Rust and Bone (2012)
Miranda Tate in The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
Ewa Cybulska in The Immigrant (2013)
Sandra in Two Days, One Night (2014)
Lady Macbeth in Macbeth (2015)
Carlotta Bloom in Ismael's Ghosts (2017)

Joseph Cotten
Uncle Charlie Oakley in Shadow of a Doubt (1943) Jedediah Leland in Citizen Kane (1941)
Eugene Morgan in The Magnificent Ambersons (1942)
Howard Graham in Journey Into Fear (1943)
Brian Cameron in Gaslight (1944)
Lieut. Tony Willett in Since You Went Away (1944)
Zachary Morgan in I'll Be Seeing You (1944)
Allen Quinton in Love Letters (1945)
Jesse McCanles in Duel in the Sun (1946)
Glenn Morley in The Farmer's Daughter (1947)
Eben Adams in Portrait of Jennie (1948)
Doctor Louis Moline in Beyond the Forest (1949)
Sam Flusky in Under Capricorn (1949)
Holly Martins in The Third Man (1949)
George Loomis in Niagara (1953)
Police Surgeon/Coroner (uncredited) in Touch of Evil (1958)
Dr. Drew Bayliss in Hush...Hush, Sweet Charlotte (1964)
William R. Simonson in Soylent Green (1973)

Larry "Buster" Crabbe
Buck Rogers in
  • Buck Rogers (1939) (serial)
"Jungle Man" Character:
  • King of the Jungle (1933)
  • Jungle Man (1941)
  • King of the Congo (1952) (serial)

Flash Gordon in 3 Flash Gordon serials (1936-1940)

  • Flash Gordon (1936)
  • Flash Gordon's Trip to Mars (1938)
  • Flash Gordon Conquers the Universe (1940)

Jeanne Crain
Deborah Bishop in A Letter to Three Wives (1949) Helen in Winged Victory (1944)
Margy Frake in State Fair (1945)
Ruth Berent in Leave Her to Heaven (1945)
Marjorie 'Margie' MacDuff in Margie (1946)
Peggy Taylor in Apartment for Peggy (1948)
Peggy Mayhew in You Were Meant For Me (1948)
Patricia "Pinky" Johnson in Pinky (1949)
Lady Margaret 'Meg' Windermere in The Fan (1949)
Ann Gilbreth in Cheaper by the Dozen (1950)
Deborah Higgins in People Will Talk (1951)
Jill Lynn in Vicki (1953)

Broderick Crawford
Willie Stark in All the King's Men (1949) Hubert Smith in The Black Cat (1941)
Jug Martin in Larceny, Inc. (1942)
Harry Brock in Born Yesterday (1950)
Thomas Craden in Lone Star (1952)
Mark Chapman in Scandal Sheet (1952)
Carl Buckley in Human Desire (1954)
Augusto in Il Bidone (The Swindle) (1955)
Rollo Lamar in Big House, U.S.A. (1955)
Vinnie Harold in The Fastest Gun Alive (1956)
Jarmon/Narrator in The Candidate (1972)

#10 star
Joan Crawford
Mildred Pierce in Mildred Pierce (1945) Diana Medford in Our Dancing Daughters (1928)
Alice 'Bingo' Dowling in Untamed (1929)
Bonnie Jordan in Dance, Fools, Dance (1931)
Marian Martin in Possessed (1931)
Flaemmchen (Miss Flaemm) in Grand Hotel (1932)
Sadie Thompson in Rain (1932)
Janie Barlow in Dancing Lady (1933)
Diane (Dinah) Lovering in Chained (1934)
Sadie McKee Brennan in Sadie McKee (1934)
Margaret 'Peggy' O'Neal Eaton in The Gorgeous Hussy (1936)
Anni Pavlovitch (aka Anne Vivaldi) in The Bride Wore Red (1937)
Crystal Allen in The Women (1939)
Julie in Strange Cargo (1940)
Helen Wright in Humoresque (1946)
Louise Howell in Possessed (1947)
Daisy Kenyon in Daisy Kenyon (1947)
Lane Bellamy in Flamingo Road (1949)
Ethel Whitehead in The Damned Don't Cry (1950)
Myra Hudson in Sudden Fear (1952)
Jenny Stewart in Torch Song (1953)
Vienna in Johnny Guitar (1954)
Eva Phillips in Queen Bee (1955)
Millicent "Milly" Wetherby in Autumn Leaves (1956)
Amanda Farrow in The Best of Everything (1959)
Blanche Hudson in Whatever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)

Hume Cronyn
Joseph 'Joe" Finley in Cocoon (1985) and Cocoon: The Return (1988)

See collaborations with Jessica Tandy

Herbie Hawkins in Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Paul Roeder in The Seventh Cross (1944)
Stanley 'Sparks' Garrett in Lifeboat (1944)
Arthur Keats in The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)
Papa Leckie in The Green Years (1946)
Capt. Munsey in Brute Force (1947)
Louis Howe in Sunrise at Campobello (1960)
Sosigenes in Cleopatra (1963)
Dudley Whinner in There Was a Crooked Man... (1970)
Skeffington in Conrack (1974)
Bill Rintels in The Parallax View (1974)
Sherm in Honky Tonk Freeway (1981)
Mr. Fields in The World According to Garp (1982)
Rupert Horn in Brewster's Millions (1985)
Frank Riley in *batteries not included (1987)
Justice Abraham Rosenberg in The Pelican Brief (1993)
Ewald Cara in Camilla (1994)

Bing Crosby

With Bob Hope

and Dorothy Lamour
Frank Elgin in The Country Girl (1954)
The 7 "Road" Films (1940-1962) with Bob Hope and Dorothy Lamour including:
  • Joshua 'Josh' Mallon V in Road to Singapore (1940)
  • Chuck Reardon in Road to Zanzibar (1941)
  • Jeff Peters in Road to Morocco (1942)
  • Duke Johnson/ Junior Hooton in Road to Utopia (1945)
  • Scat Sweeney in Road to Rio (1947)
  • George Cochran in Road to Bali (1952)
  • Harry Turner in Road to Hong Kong (1962)
Billy Crocker in Anything Goes (1936)
Jeff Larrabee in Rhythm on the Range (1936)
Jim Hardy in Holiday Inn (1942)
Father O'Malley in Going My Way (1944)
Father O'Malley in The Bells of St. Mary's (1945)
Johnny Adams in Blue Skies (1946)
Virgil Smith in The Emperor Waltz (1948)
Hank Martin in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur's Court (1949)
'Pete' Garvey in Here Comes the Groom (1951)
Bob Wallace in White Christmas (1954)
C. K. Dexter-Haven in High Society (1956)
Bill Benson in Anything Goes (1956)

Russell Crowe
(1964- )
General Maximus Decimus Meridus in Gladiator (2000) Johnny in The Crossing (1990)
Andy in Proof (1991)
Hando in Romper Stomper (1992)
Jeff Mitchell in The Sum of Us (1994)
Cort in The Quick and the Dead (1995)
SID 6.7 in Virtuosity (1995)
Zack Grant in No Way Back (1996)
Steve in Breaking Up (1997)
Colin in Heaven's Burning (1997)
Officer Wendell 'Bud' White in L.A. Confidential (1997)
Jeffrey Wigand in The Insider (1999)
Sheriff John Biebe in Mystery, Alaska (1999)
Terry Thorne in Proof of Life (2000)
John Forbes Nash, Jr. in A Beautiful Mind (2001)
Captain Jack Aubrey in Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003)
Jim Braddock in Cinderella Man (2005)
Max Skinner in A Good Year (2006)
Ben Wade in 3:10 To Yuma (2007)
Richie Roberts in American Gangster (2007)

Ed Hoffman in Body of Lies (2008)
Cal McAffrey in State of Play (2009)
Robin Longstride in Robin Hood (2010)

John Brennan in The Next Three Days (2010)
Javert in Les Miserables (2012)
Jor-El in Man of Steel (2013)
Pearly Soames in Winter's Tale (2014)
Noah in Noah (2014)
Connor in The Water Diviner (2014)
Jack Healy in The Nice Guys (2016)
Henry Jekyll in The Mummy (2017)
Harry Power in True History of the Kelly Gang (2019)

Tom Cruise
(1962- )

Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in

  • Top Gun (1986)
  • Top Gun: Maverick (2022)


Ethan Hunt in

David Shawn in Taps (1981)
Joel in Risky Business (1983)
Stefan Djordjevic in All the Right Moves (1983)
Steve Randle in The Outsiders (1983)
Woody in Losin' It (1983)
Jack in Legend (1985)
Vincent in The Color of Money (1986)
Charlie Babbitt in Rain Man (1988)
Ron Kovic in Born on the Fourth of July (1989)
Cole Trickle in Days of Thunder (1990)
Lieut. Daniel Alistair Kaffee in A Few Good Men (1992)
Joseph Donnelly in Far and Away (1992)
Mitch McDeere in The Firm (1993)
Lestat de Lioncourt in Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
Jerry Maguire in Jerry Maguire (1996)
Dr. William "Bill" Harford in Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
Frank "T.J." Mackey in Magnolia (1999)
David Aames in Vanilla Sky (2001)
Detective John Anderton in Minority Report (2002)
Nathan Algren in The Last Samurai (2003)
Vincent in Collateral (2004)
Ray Ferrier in War of the Worlds (2005)
Senator Jasper Irving in Lions for Lambs (2007)
Les Grossman in Tropic Thunder (2008)
Colonel Claus von Stauffenberg in Valkyrie (2008)
Roy Miller in Knight and Day (2010)
Stacee Jaxx in Rock of Ages (2012)
Reacher in Jack Reacher (2012)
Jack in Oblivion (2013)
Cage in Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Barry Seal in American Made (2017)

Penelope Cruz
(1974- )
Hermana Rosa in All About My Mother (1999)


Sofia Serrano in
  • Open Your Eyes (1997) (aka Abre Los Ojos)
  • Vanilla Sky (2001)
Silvia in Jamon, Jamon (1992)
Luz in Belle Epoque (1992)
Mathurine in Don Juan (1998)
Pepita Tudó in Volavérunt (1999)
Alejandra Villarreal in All the Pretty Horses (2000)
Isabella Oliveira in Woman on Top (2000)
Mirtha Jung in Blow (2001)
Pelagia in Captain Corelli's Mandolin (2001)
Chloe Sava in Gothika (2003)
Mia in Head in the Clouds (2004)
Eva Rojas in Sahara (2005)
Maria Alvarez in Bandidas (2006)
Raimunda in Volver (2006)
Consuela Castillo in Elegy (2008)
Maria Elena in Vicky Cristina Barcelona (2008)
Lena in Broken Embraces (2009)
Carla in Nine (2009)
Carmen Garcia Carrion in Sex and the City 2 (2010)
Angelica Teach in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
Anna in To Rome With Love (2012)
Gemma in Twice Born (2012)
Laura in The Counselor (2013)
Magda in Ma ma (2015)
Pilar Estravados in Murder on the Orient Express (2017)
Janis in Parallel Mothers (2021)

Billy Crystal
(1948- )
Harry Burns in When Harry Met Sally… (1989) Morty the Mime in This Is Spinal Tap (1984)
Danny Constanzo in Running Scared (1986)
Miracle Max in The Princess Bride (1987)
Larry in Throw Momma from the Train (1987)
Mitch Robbins in City Slickers (1991) and City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994)
Buddy Young, Jr. in Mr. Saturday Night (1992)
Mickey Gordon in Forget Paris (1995)
Dr. Ben Sobel in Analyze This (1999)
Lee Phillips in America's Sweethearts (2001)
Mike (Voice) in Monsters, Inc. (2001) and Monsters University (2013)
Dr. Ben Sobel in Analyze That (2002)
Artie Decker in Parental Guidance (2012)

Macaulay Culkin
(1980- )
Kevin McCallister in
  • Home Alone (1990)
  • Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
Miles Russell in Uncle Buck (1989)
Gabe in Jacob's Ladder (1990)
Billy Muldoon in Only the Lonely (1991)
Thomas J. Sennett in My Girl (1991)
Henry in The Good Son (1993)
Timmy Gleason in Getting Even with Dad (1994)
"Richie" Rich, Jr. in Richie Rich (1994)

(1976- )
Dr. Stephen Strange in
  • Doctor Strange (2016)
  • Thor: Ragnarok (2017)
  • Avengers: Infinity War (2018)
  • Avengers: Endgame (2019)
  • Spider-Man: No Way Home (2021)
  • Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness (2022)
Paul Marshall in Atonement (2007)
Peter Guillam in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy (2011)
Major Jamie Stewart in War Horse (2011)
Necromancer / Smaug (Voice) in The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (2012), The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug (2013) and The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies (2014)
John Harrison / Khan in Star Trek Into Darkness (2013)
William Prince Ford in 12 Years a Slave (2013)
Little Charles Aiken in August: Osage County (2013)
Alan Turing in The Imitation Game (2014)
"Billy" Bulger in Black Mass (2015)
Colonel Mackenzie in 1917 (2019)
Phil Burbank in The Power of the Dog (2021)

Robert Cummings
Parris Mitchell in Kings Row (1942) Joe O'Brien in The Devil and Miss Jones (1941)
Jeffrey Boulton in Moon Over Miami (1941)
Jonathan 'Johnny' Reynolds, Jr. in It Started with Eve (1941)
Barry Kane in Saboteur (1942)
Michael (Episode 1) in Flesh and Fantasy (1943)
Eddie O'Rourke in Princess O'Rourke (1943)
Lewis Venable in The Lost Moment (1947)
Mike in Heaven Only Knows (1947)
Bruce Elcott in Sleep, My Love (1948)
Charles D'Aubigny in Reign of Terror (1949)
Bill Prentice in Paid in Full (1950)
Mark Halliday in Dial M For Murder (1954)
Bob Moore in My Geisha (1962)
Prof. Robert O. Sutwell in Beach Party (1963)
Dan Pierce in The Carpetbaggers (1964)

Jamie Lee Curtis
(1958- )
Laurie Strode in

Elizabeth Solley in The Fog (1980)
Anna Winter in Love Letters (1983)
Ophelia in Trading Places (1983)
Jessie in Perfect (1985)
Susan Elliott in A Man in Love (1987)
Wanda Gerschwitz in A Fish Called Wanda (1988)
Megan Turner in Blue Steel (1990)
Shelly DeVoto in My Girl (1991) and Shelly Sultenfuss in My Girl 2 (1994)
Claire Cooper in Forever Young (1992)
Helen Tasker in True Lies (1994)
Willa Weston in Fierce Creatures (1997)
Elaine Bowen in Daddy and Them (1999)
Kit Foster in Virus (1999)
Rona Mace in Drowning Mona (2000)
Tess Coleman in Freaky Friday (2003)
Nora Krank in Christmas with the Kranks (2004)
Aunt Viv in Beverly Hills Chihuahua (2008)
Gayle Buckley in Veronica Mars (2014)
Linda Drysdale in Knives Out (2019)

Tony Curtis
Joe (Josephine) in Some Like It Hot (1959) Harry Houdini in Houdini (1953)
Tino Orsini in Trapeze (1956)
Sidney Falco in Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
John "Joker" Jackson in The Defiant Ones (1958)
Corporal Britt Harris in Kings Go Forth (1958)
Eric in The Vikings (1958)
Lt. Nicholas Holden in Operation Petticoat (1959)
Pete Hammond Jr. in The Rat Race (1960)
Antoninus in Spartacus (1960)
Ira Hamilton Hayes in The Outsider (1961)
Cpl. "Jake" Jackson Leibowitz in Captain Newman, M.D. (1963)
George Tracy in Goodbye Charlie (1964)
Bob Weston in Sex and the Single Girl (1964)
Bernard Lawrence in Boeing Boeing (1965)
"The Great" Leslie Gallant III in The Great Race (1965)
Albert De Salvo in The Boston Strangler (1968)

Joan Cusack
(1962- )
Cyn in Working Girl (1988) Blair Litton in Broadcast News (1987)
Rose in Married to the Mob (1988)
Constance Dobler in Say Anything… (1989)
Jody in Men Don't Leave (1990)
Hannah Stubbs in My Blue Heaven (1990)
Evelyn in Hero (1992)
Debbie Jelinsky in Addams Family Values (1993)
Marcella in Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
Emily Montgomery in In & Out (1997)
Peggy Flemming in Runaway Bride (1999)
Cheryl Lang in Arlington Road (1999)
Liz in High Fidelity (2000)
Ruth Meyers in Where the Heart Is (2000)
Principal Rosalie Mullins in The School of Rock (2003)
Jenny Portman in Raising Helen (2004)
Joan Carlyle in Ice Princess (2005)
Miss Bond in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl (2008)
Jane Bloomwood in Confessions of a Shopaholic (2009)
Mom in Mars Needs Moms (2011)
Dr. Burton in The Perks of Being a Wallflower (2012)
Dawn Hurley in Welcome to Me (2015)

John Cusack
(1966- )
Lloyd Dobler in Say Anything... (1989) Bryce in Sixteen Candles (1984)
Lane Myer in Better Off Dead (1985)
Walter "Gib" Gibson in The Sure Thing (1985)
Hoops McCann in One Crazy Summer (1986)
Buck Weaver in Eight Men Out (1988)
Roy Dillon in The Grifters (1990)
Peter Burton in True Colors (1991)
David Shayne in Bullets Over Broadway (1994)
Charles Ossining in The Road to Wellville (1994)
Deputy Mayor Kevin Calhoun in City Hall (1996)
Vince Larkin in Con Air (1997)
Martin Blank in Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
John Kelso in Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil (1997)
Capt. John Gaff in The Thin Red Line (1998)
Craig Schwartz in Being John Malkovich (1999)
Nelson Rockefeller in Cradle Will Rock (1999)
Nick Falzone in Pushing Tin (1999)
Rob Gordon in High Fidelity (2000)
Eddie Thomas in America's Sweethearts (2001)
Jonathan Trager in Serendipity (2001)
Nick Easter in Runaway Jury (2003)
Ed Dakota in Identity (2003)
Charlie Arglist in The Ice Harvest (2005)
Jake Anderson in Must Love Dogs (2005)
Ray in The Contract (2006)
Stanley Philipps in Grace is Gone (2007)
Mike Enslin in 1408 (2007)
Jackson Curtis in 2012 (2009)
Adam in Hot Tub Time Machine (2010) and sequel
Hillary Van Wetter in The Paperboy (2012)
Richard Nixon in Lee Daniels' The Butler (2013)
Rat Billings in Adult World (2013)
Dr. Stafford Weiss in Maps to the Stars (2014)
Brian - Future in Love & Mercy (2014)
Father Mike Corridan in Chi-Raq (2015)

Peter Cushing
Grand Moff Tarkin in Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
Baron Victor Frankenstein (and other variations on name) in
  • The Curse of Frankenstein (1957)
  • The Revenge of Frankenstein (1958)
  • The Evil of Frankenstein (1964)
  • Frankenstein Created Woman (1967)
  • Frankenstein Must Be Destroyed (1969)
  • Frankenstein and the Monster From Hell (1974)

Osric in Hamlet (1948)
Marcel de la Voisier in Moulin Rouge (1952)
General Memnon in Alexander the Great (1956)

Doctor Van Helsing (and other name variations) in Horror of Dracula (1958), The Brides of Dracula (1960), Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972), The Satanic Rites of Dracula (1973), and The Legend of the 7 Golden Vampires (1974)

Sherlock Holmes in The Hound of the Baskervilles (1959)
John Banning in The Mummy (1959)
Gen. von Spielsdorf in The Vampire Lovers (1970)
Captain in Dr. Phibes Rises Again (1972)
Sebastian Grisbane in House of the Long Shadows (1983)
Bookstore Proprietor in Top Secret! (1984)

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