Film Star Legends

Part 3

Greatest Film Star Legends
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AFI's 50 Greatest Film Star Legends
Actor or Actress
Definitive Screen Role Other Great Film Roles

#1 star
Katharine Hepburn

With Spencer Tracy
Tracy Samantha Lord in The Philadelphia Story (1940)
Rose Sayer in The African Queen (1951)

9 Films with Hepburn-Tracy (1942-1957):

  • Christine Forrest and Steven O'Malley in Keeper of the Flame (1942)
  • Tess Harding and Sam Craig in Woman of the Year (1942)
  • Jamie Rowan and Pat Jamieson in Without Love (1945)
  • Lutie Cameron and Col. James B. Brewton in The Sea of Grass (1947)
  • Mary Matthews and Grant Matthews in State of the Union (1948)
  • Amanda Bonner and Adam Bonner in Adam's Rib (1949)
  • Pat Pemberton and Mike Conovan in Pat and Mike (1952)
  • Bunny Watson and Richard Sumner in Desk Set (1957)
  • Christina Drayton and Matt Drayton in Guess Who's Coming to Dinner (1967)
Sidney (Credits) /Sydney Fairfield in A Bill of Divorcement (1932)
Lady Cynthia Darrington in Christopher Strong (1933)
Jo March in Little Women (1933)
Eva Lovelace in Morning Glory (1933)
Alice Adams in Alice Adams (1935)
Sylvia (Sylvester) Scarlett in Sylvia Scarlett (1935)
Mary Stuart in Mary of Scotland (1936)
Pamela Thistlewaite in A Woman Rebels (1936)
Terry Randall/Sims in Stage Door (1937)
Susan Vance in Bringing Up Baby (1938)
Linda Seton in Holiday (1938)
Jane Hudson in Summertime (1955)
Lizzie Curry in The Rainmaker (1956)
Mrs. Violet Venable in Suddenly, Last Summer (1959)
Mary Tyrone in Long Day's Journey into Night (1962)
Queen Eleanor of Aquitaine in The Lion in Winter (1968)
Eula in Rooster Cogburn (1975)
Ethel Thayer in On Golden Pond (1981)
Ginny in Love Affair (1994)

#25 star
William Holden
Joe Gillis in Sunset Boulevard (1950) Joe Bonaparte in Golden Boy (1939)
Peter Muncie in Arizona (1940)
Dan Thomas in Texas (1941)
Lt. William Seacroft in Dear Ruth (1947)
Capt. Del Stewart in The Man from Colorado (1948)
Big Davey in Rachel and the Stranger (1948)
Jason Taylor in Apartment for Peggy (1948)
Paul Verrall in Born Yesterday (1950)
Sgt. J.J. Sefton in Stalag 17 (1953)
Donald Gresham in The Moon Is Blue (1953)
David Larrabee in Sabrina (1954)
McDonald Walling in Executive Suite (1954)
Lt. Harry Brubaker in The Bridges at Toko-Ri (1954)
Bernie Dodd in The Country Girl (1954)
Mark Elliott in Love Is a Many-Splendored Thing (1954)
Hal Carter in Picnic (1955)
Shears in The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
Major Henry Kendall in The Horse Soldiers (1959)
Robert Lomax in The World of Suzie Wong (1960)
Lt. Col. Frederick in The Devil's Brigade (1968)
Pike Bishop in The Wild Bunch (1969)
Frank Harmon in Breezy (1973)
Jim Duncan in The Towering Inferno (1974)
Max Schumacher in Network (1976)
Tim Culley in S.O.B. (1981)

#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)

#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)

#19 star
Burt Lancaster
Sgt. Milton Warden in From Here to Eternity (1953)
Elmer Gantry in Elmer Gantry (1960)
Ole Andersen/Pete Lunn/the 'Swede' in The Killers (1946)
Joe Collins in Brute Force (1947)
Frankie Madison in I Walk Alone (1948)
Henry J. Stevenson in Sorry, Wrong Number (1948)
Steve Thompson in Criss Cross (1949)
Dardo Bartoli in The Flame and the Arrow (1950)
Steve Buchanan in Mister 880 (1950)
Jim Thorpe in Jim Thorpe - All American (1951)
Doc Delaney in Come Back Little Sheba (1952)
Capt. Vallo (The Crimson Pirate) in The Crimson Pirate (1952)
Massai in Apache (1954)
Joe Erin in Vera Cruz (1954)
Elias Wakefield (Big Eli) in The Kentuckian (1955)
Alvaro Mangiacavallo in The Rose Tattoo (1955)
Mike Ribble in Trapeze (1956)
Bill Starbuck in The Rainmaker (1956)
Wyatt Earp in Gunfight at the O.K. Corral (1957)
J. J. Hunsecker in Sweet Smell of Success (1957)
John Malcolm in Separate Tables (1958)
Lt. Jim Bledsoe in Run Silent Run Deep (1958)
Ben Zachary in The Unforgiven (1960)
Dr. Ernst Janning in Judgment at Nuremberg (1961)
Robert Franklin Stroud in Birdman of Alcatraz (1962)
Prince Don Fabrizio Salina in The Leopard (1963)
Gen. James Mattoon Scott in Seven Days in May (1964)
Paul Labiche in The Train (1964)
Bill Dolworth in The Professionals (1966)
Ned Merrill in The Swimmer (1968)
Major Abraham Falconer in Castle Keep (1969)
Mike Rettig in The Gypsy Moths (1969)
Mel Bakersfeld in Airport (1970)
Marshal Jared Maddox in Lawman (1971)
Marshal Bob Valdez in Valdez Is Coming (1971)
U.S. Cavalry Scout McIntosh in Ulzana's Raid (1972)
Alfredo Berlinghieri the Elder in 1900 (1976)
Colonel Stephen Mackenzie in The Cassandra Crossing (1976)
Gen. Lawrence Dell in Twilight's Last Gleaming (1977)
Dr. Paul Moreau in The Island of Dr. Moreau (1977)
Maj. Asa Barker in Go Tell the Spartans (1978)
Lou Pascal in Atlantic City (1981)
Felix Happer in Local Hero (1983)
Dr. Archibald 'Moonlight' Graham in Field of Dreams (1989)

#16 star
Vivien Leigh
Scarlett O'Hara in Gone With the Wind (1939)
Blanche DuBois in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
Cynthia in Fire Over England (1937)
Elsa Craddock in A Yank at Oxford (1938)
Myra Lester in Waterloo Bridge (1940)
Emma Hart Hamilton in That Hamilton Woman (1941)
Cleopatra in Caesar and Cleopatra (1946)
Anna Karenina in Anna Karenina (1948)
Karen Stone in The Roman Spring of Mrs. Stone (1961)
Mary Treadwell in Ship of Fools (1965)

#23 star
Carole Lombard
Hazel Flagg in Nothing Sacred (1937) Connie Randall in No Man of Her Own (1932)
Mae in Virtue (1932)
Mildred Plotka / Lily Garland in Twentieth Century (1934)
Regi Allen in Hands Across the Table (1935)
Irene Bullock in My Man Godfrey (1936)
Maggie King in Swing High, Swing Low (1937)
Helen Bartlett in True Confession (1937)
Julie Eden in In Name Only (1939)
Jane Mason in Made for Each Other (1939)
Ann Krausheimer Smith in Mr. & Mrs. Smith (1941)
Maria Tura in To Be or Not To Be (1942)

#21 star
Sophia Loren
(1934- )
Cesira in Two Women (1960) Odalisca in Era Lui, Sì, Sì! (1951)
Cleopatra / Nisca in Two Nights with Cleopatra (1954)
Phaedra in Boy on a Dolphin (1957)
Juana in The Pride and the Passion (1957)
Cinzia Zaccardi in Houseboat (1958)
Angela Rossini in Heller in Pink Tights (1960)
Jimena in El Cid (1961)
Adelina Sbaratti / Anna Molteni / Mara in Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow (1963)
Lucilla in The Fall of the Roman Empire (1964)
Filomena Marturano in Marriage Italian Style (1964)
Yasmin Azir in Arabesque (1966)
Countess Natasha Alexandroff in A Countess From Hong Kong (1967)
Aldonza / Dulcinea in Man of La Mancha (1972)
Jennifer Rispoli Chamberlain in The Cassandra Crossing (1976)
Antonietta Taberi in A Special Day (1977)
Maria Sophia Coletta Ragetti in Grumpier Old Men (1995)

#20 star
The Marx Brothers

* Groucho
* Harpo
* Chico
* Zeppo
Rufus T. Firefly, Pinky, Chicolini, and Bob Rolland in Duck Soup (1933)
Otis B. Driftwood, Tomasso, and Fiorello in A Night at the Opera (1935)
Hammer, Harpo, Chico, and Jamison in The Cocoanuts (1929)
Captain Jeffrey T. Spaulding, The Professor, Signor Emanuel Ravelli and Horatio Jamison in Animal Crackers (1930)
As Themselves in Monkey Business (1931)
Professor Quincy Adams Wagstaff, Pinky, Baravelli and Frank Wagstaff in Horse Feathers (1932)
Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush, Stuffy and Tony in A Day at the Races (1937)
Detective Sam Grunion, Harpo, and Faustino the Great in Love Happy (1949)

#23 star
Robert Mitchum
Jeff Bailey in Out of the Past (1947)
Harry Powell in The Night of the Hunter (1955)

Lieut. Bob Gray in Thirty Seconds Over Tokyo (1944)
Lt. Walker in Story of G.I. Joe (1945)
Sgt. Peter Kelley in Crossfire (1947)
Jeb Rand in Pursued (1947)
Jim Fairways in Rachel and the Stranger (1948)
Jim Garry in Blood on the Moon (1948)
Lt. Duke Halliday in The Big Steal (1949)
Billy Buck in The Red Pony (1949)
Steve Mason in Holiday Affair (1949)
Dr. Mark Lucas in My Forbidden Past (1951)
Dan Milner in His Kind of Woman (1951)
Captain Thomas McQuigg in The Racket (1951)
Nick Cochran in Macao (1952)
Jeff McCloud in The Lusty Men (1952)
Frank Jessup in Angel Face (1952)
Matt Calder in River of No Return (1954)
Curt Bridges in Track of the Cat (1954)
Dave Bishop in Foreign Intrigue (1956)
Capt. Murrell in The Enemy Below (1957)
Mr. Allison in Heaven Knows, Mr. Allison (1957)
Lucas Doolin in Thunder Road (1958)
Paddy Carmody in The Sundowners (1960)
Max Cady in Cape Fear (1962)
Brigadier Gen. Norman Cota in The Longest Day (1962)
Jerry Ryan in Two for the Seesaw (1962)
Harry Stanton in Rampage (1963)
Sheriff J.P. Harrah in El Dorado (1967)
Charles Shaughnessy in Ryan's Daughter (1970)
Eddie 'Fingers' Coyle in The Friends of Eddie Coyle (1973)
Philip Marlowe in Farewell, My Lovely (1975) and The Big Sleep (1978)
Harry Kilmer in The Yakuza (1975)
Admiral William F. Halsey in Midway (1976)
Mr. Bosworth in Mr. North (1988)
Lieutenant Elgart in Cape Fear (1991)

#6 star
Marilyn Monroe
(Norma Jean Mortensen)
Sugar Kane Kowalczyk in Some Like It Hot (1959) Grunion's Client in Love Happy (1949)
Miss Claudia Casswell in All About Eve (1950)
Angela Phinlay in The Asphalt Jungle (1950)
Peggy in Clash By Night (1952)
Nell Forbes in Don't Bother to Knock (1952)
Lois Laurel in Monkey Business (1952)
Lorelei Lee in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)
Pola Debevoise in How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
Rose Loomis in Niagara (1953)
Kay Weston in River of No Return (1954)
Vicky Hoffman/Vicky Parker in There's No Business Like Show Business (1954)
The Girl in The Seven Year Itch (1955)
Cherie in Bus Stop (1956)
Elsie Marina in The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)
Amanda Dell in Let's Make Love (1960)
Roslyn Taber in The Misfits (1961)

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