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

Al Pacino
(1940- )
Don Michael Corleone in Bobby in The Panic in Needle Park (1971)
Frank Serpico in Serpico (1973)
"Lion" Delbuchi in Scarecrow (1973)
Sonny Wortzik in Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
Bobby Deerfield in Bobby Deerfield (1977)
Arthur Kirkland in ...And Justice for All (1979)
Steve Burns in Cruising (1980)
Tony Montana in Scarface (1983)
Tom Dobb in Revolution (1985)
Det. Frank Keller in Sea of Love (1989)
Big Boy Caprice in Dick Tracy (1990)
Johnny in Frankie and Johnny (1991)
Ricky Roma in Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
Carlito Brigante in Carlito's Way (1993)
Lt. Col. Frank Slade in Scent of a Woman (1992)
Lt. Vincent Hanna in Heat (1995)
Richard III/Himself in Looking for Richard (1996)
Mayor John Pappas in City Hall (1996)
John Milton in The Devil's Advocate (1997)
Benjamin "Lefty" Ruggiero in Donnie Brasco (1997)
Tony D'Amato in Any Given Sunday (1999)
Lowell Bergman in The Insider (1999)
Detective Will Dormer in Insomnia (2002)
Viktor Taransky in S1m0ne (2002)
Roy Cohn in Angels in America (2003)
Walter Burke in The Recruit (2003)
Shylock in The Merchant of Venice (2004)
Dr. Jack Gramm in 88 Minutes (2007)
Willy Bank in Ocean's Thirteen (2007)
David 'Rooster' Fisk in Righteous Kill (2008)
Danny Collins in Danny Collins (2015)
Jimmy Hoffa in The Irishman (2019)
Marvin Schwarz in Once Upon a Time... in Hollywood (2019)

Anita Page
Queenie Mahoney in The Broadway Melody (1929) Ann in Our Dancing Daughters (1928)
Myrtle Sullivan in While the City Sleeps (1928)
Anita Hastings in The Flying Fleet (1929)
Kentucky Strafford in Our Modern Maidens (1929)
Elvira in Free and Easy (1930)
Joy in War Nurse (1930)
Connie Blair in Our Blushing Brides (1930)
Margie Kelly in Sidewalks of New York (1931)
Peg in The Easiest Way (1931)
Mary Thomas in Night Court (1932)
Jenny LeGrande in Skyscraper Souls (1932)
Doris Evans in Jungle Bride (1933)
Lilian Langley in The Big Cage (1933)

Geraldine Page
Mrs. Watts in The Trip to Bountiful (1985) Angie Lowe in Hondo (1953)
Alma Winemiller in Summer and Smoke (1961)
Alexandra Del Lago, Princess Cosmonopolous in Sweet Bird of Youth (1962)
Carrie Berniers in Toys in the Attic (1963)
Margery Chanticleer in You're a Big Boy Now (1966)
Mrs. Claire Marrable in Whatever Happened to Aunt Alice? (1969)
Martha Farnsworth in The Beguiled (1970)
Mama in J. W. Coop (1971)
Gertrude in Pete 'n' Tillie (1972)
Big Sister in The Day of the Locust (1975)
Eve in Interiors (1978)
Jean Scott Martin in I'm Dancing As Fast As I Can (1982)
Mrs. Ritter in The Pope of Greenwich Village (1984)
Anne Wyatt in White Nights (1985)

Jack Palance
Jack Wilson in Shane (1953)

Host of Ripley's Believe It or Not (TV from 1982-1986)
Blackie in Panic in the Streets (1950)
Pigeon Lane in Halls of Montezuma (1951)
Lester Blaine in Sudden Fear (1952)
Slade in Man in the Attic (1953)
Charles Castle in The Big Knife (1955)
Lieut. Joe Costa in Attack (1956)
Torvald in Barabbas (1961)
Jeremy Prokosch in Contempt (1963)
Jesus Raza in The Professionals (1966)
Ricciolo ('Curly') in The Mercenary (1968)
Chet Rollins in Monte Walsh (1970)
John Svedese in Compañeros (1970)
Capt. Quincey Whitmore in Chato's Land (1972)
Rudi Cox in Bagdad Cafe (1987)
Lawrence G. Murphy in Young Guns (1988)
Boss Carl Grissom in Batman (1989)
Yves Perret in Tango & Cash (1989)
Curly in City Slickers (1991)
Duke Washburn in City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold (1994)

Eugene Pallette
Alexander Bullock in My Man Godfrey (1936) Prosper Latour in Intolerance (1916)
Aramis in The Three Musketeers (1921)
Sgt. Ernest Heath in The Canary Murder Case (1929), The Greene Murder Case (1929), The Benson Murder Case (1930), The Kennel Murder Case (1933), and The Dragon Murder Case (1934)
War Minister in The Love Parade (1929)
Sam Salt in Shanghai Express (1932)
Charlie Roark in Bordertown (1935)
Mr. Joe Martin in The Ghost Goes West (1935)
Sheriff Rufe Jeffers in Steamboat Round the Bend (1935)
The Colonel in Stowaway (1936)
Casey in Topper (1937)
John R. Frost in One Hundred Men and a Girl (1937)
Friar Tuck in The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
Chick McGann in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
Father Fray Felipe in The Mark of Zorro (1940)
Mr. Pike in The Lady Eve (1941)
Lucius K. Winfield in The Bride Came C.O.D. (1941)
Ed Keller in The Male Animal (1942)
Nicely Nicely Johnson in The Big Street (1942)
Durstin in Slightly Dangerous (1943)
Andrew Mason Sr. in The Gang's All Here (1943)
E. F. Strabel in Heaven Can Wait (1943)
Barney Briggs in Pin Up Girl (1944)
Sheriff Jim Wales in In Old Sacramento (1946)
Harry Wheeler in Suspense (1946)

Gwyneth Paltrow
(1972- )
Viola De Lesseps in Shakespeare in Love (1998) Young Wendy / Angela Darling in Hook (1991)
Ginnie in Flesh and Blood (1993)
Paula Bell in Malice (1993)
Tracy Mills in Se7en (1995)
Emma Woodhouse in Emma (1996)
Helen Quilley in Sliding Doors (1998)
Emily Bradford Taylor in A Perfect Murder (1998)
Estella in Great Expectations (1998)
Marge Sherwood in The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)
Abby Janello in Bounce (2000)
Liv in Duets (2000)
Skye Davidson in The Anniversary Party (2001)
Rosemary "Rosie" Shanahan in Shallow Hall (2001)
Margot Helen Tenenbaum in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Donna Jensen in View from the Top (2003)
Sylvia Plath in Sylvia (2003)
Polly Perkins in Sky Captain and The World of Tomorrow (2004)
Catherine in Proof (2005)
Kitty Dean in Infamous (2006)
Hope Finch in Running with Scissors (2006)
Pepper Potts in Iron Man (2008), Iron Man 2 (2010), The Avengers (2012), Iron Man 3 (2013), Spider-Man: Homecoming (2017), Avengers: Infinity War (2018), Avengers: Endgame (2019)
Michelle Rausch in Two Lovers (2008)

Eleanor Parker
Marie Allen in Caged (1950) Ann Bergner in Between Two Worlds (1944)
Ruth Hartley in Pride of the Marines (1945)
Laura Fairlie / Ann Catherick in The Woman in White (1948)
Mary McLeod in Detective Story (1951)
Lenore in Scaramouche (1952)
Joanna Leiningen in The Naked Jungle (1954)
Mary Stuart Cherne in Many Rivers to Cross (1955)
Marjorie Lawrence in Interrupted Melody (1955)
Zosch Machine in The Man With the Golden Arm (1955)
Eloise Rogers in A Hole in the Head (1959)
Hannah Hunnicutt in Home From the Hill (1960)
Connie Rossi in Return to Peyton Place (1961)
The Baroness in The Sound of Music (1965)

Gail Patrick
Cornelia Bullock in My Man Godfrey (1936) Jerry Evans in Murders in the Zoo (1933)
Rhoda in Death Takes a Holiday (1934)
Helen Stanley in The Crime of Helen Stanley (1934)
Linda Shaw in Stage Door (1937)
Gwen Taylor in Mad About Music (1938)
Joan Carroll in Disbarred (1939)
Bianca Bates in My Favorite Wife (1940)
Isobel Grayson in Love Crazy (1941)
Margot Bracken in Women in Bondage (1943)

Bill Paxton
Severen in Near Dark (1987) Punk Leader in The Terminator (1984)
Chet Donnelly in Weird Science (1985)
Intercept Officer in Commando (1985)
Private William Hudson in Aliens (1986)
Dane in Navy Seals (1990)
Dale Hurricane' Dixon in One False Move (1992)
Morgan Earp in Tombstone (1993)
Simon in True Lies (1994)
Fred Haise in Apollo 13 (1995)
Bill "The Extreme" Harding in Twister (1996)
Jerry Bruckner in The Evening Star (1996)
Brock Lovett in Titanic (1997)
Hank in A Simple Plan (1998)
Elliot Vaughn in Vertical Limit (2000)
Lt. Cmdr. Mike Dahlgren in U-571 (2000)
Dad Meiks in Frailty (2001)
Coconut Pete in Club Dread (2004)
John Kane in Haywire (2011)
Master Sergeant Farell in Edge of Tomorrow (2014)
Joe Loder in Nightcrawler (2014)

#12 star
Gregory Peck
Atticus Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962) Father Francis Chisholm in The Keys of the Kingdom (1944)
Paul Scott in The Valley of Decision (1945)
Dr. Anthony Edwardes / John Ballantyne in Spellbound (1945)
Lewton 'Lewt" McCanles in Duel in the Sun (1946)
Penny 'Pa' Baxter in The Yearling (1946)
Phil Schuyler Green in Gentleman's Agreement (1947)
Anthony Keane in The Paradine Case (1947)
James 'Stretch' Dawson in Yellow Sky (1948)
Gen. Frank Savage in Twelve O'Clock High (1949)
Jimmy Ringo in The Gunfighter (1950)
Capt. Horatio Hornblower in Captain Horatio Hornblower (1951)
King David in David and Bathsheba (1951)
Joe Bradley in Roman Holiday (1953)
Squadron Leader Bill Forrester in The Purple Plain (1954)
Tom Rath in The Man in the Gray Flannel Suit (1956)
Captain Ahab in Moby Dick (1956)
Mike Hagen in Designing Woman (1957)
James McKay in The Big Country (1958)
F. Scott Fitzgerald in Beloved Infidel (1959)
Cmdr. Dwight Lionel Towers in On the Beach (1959)
Lieut. Joe Clemons in Pork Chop Hill (1959)
Capt. Keith Mallory in The Guns of Navarone (1961)
Sam Bowden in Cape Fear (1962)
Capt. Josiah J. Newman in Captain Newman, M.D. (1963)
David Stillwell in Mirage (1965)
Prof. David Pollock in Arabesque (1966)
Charles Keith in Marooned (1969)
Sheriff Mackenna in Mackenna's Gold (1969)
Robert Thorn in The Omen (1976)
Gen. Douglas MacArthur in MacArthur (1977)
Dr. Josef Mengele in The Boys from Brazil (1978)
Ambrose "Old Gringo" Bierce in Old Gringo (1989)
Lee Heller in Cape Fear (1991)
Andrew Jorgenson in Other People's Money (1991)

Sean Penn
(1960- )
Jeff Spicoli in Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Matthew Poncelet in Dead Man Walking (1995)
Alex Dwyer in Taps (1981)
Mick O'Brien in Bad Boys (1983)
Henry 'Hopper' Nash/Lou in Racing With the Moon (1984)
Daulton Lee in The Falcon and the Snowman (1985)
Brad Whitewood, Jr. in At Close Range (1986)
Glendon Wasey in Shanghai Surprise (1986)
Officer Danny McGavin in Colors (1988)
Meserve in Casualties of War (1989)
Jim in We're No Angels (1989)
Terry Noonan in State of Grace (1990)
Kleinfeld in Carlito's Way (1993)
Conrad Van Orton in The Game (1997)
Eddie Quinn in She's So Lovely (1997)
Bobby Cooper in U Turn (1997)
Eddie in Hurlyburly (1998)
First Sergeant Edward Welsh in The Thin Red Line (1998)
Emmet Ray in Sweet and Lowdown (1999)
Sam Dawson in I Am Sam (2001)
Jimmy Markum in Mystic River (2003)
Paul in 21 Grams (2003)

Tobin Keller in The Interpreter (2005)
Willie Stark in All the King's Men (2006)
Harvey Milk in Milk (2008)
Joe Wilson in Fair Game (2010)
Jack in The Tree of Life (2011)

George Peppard
Paul Varjak in Breakfast at Tiffany's (1961) Cadet Robert Marquales in The Strange One (1957)
Rafe Copley in Home from the Hill (1960)
Zeb Rawlings in How the West Was Won (1962)
Cpl. Frank Chase in The Victors (1963)
Jonas Cord, Jr. in The Carpetbaggers (1964)
Lt. John Curtis in Operation Crossbow (1965)
Lt. Bruno Stachel in The Blue Max (1966)
Vince Newman in Newman's Law (1974)
Maj. Eugene Denton in Damnation Alley (1977)

Anthony Perkins
Norman Bates in Josh Birdwell in Friendly Persuasion (1956)
Jimmy Piersall in Fear Strikes Out (1957)
Sheriff Ben Owens in The Tin Star (1957)
Cornelius Hackl in The Matchmaker (1958)
Lt. Peter Holmes in On the Beach (1959)
Joseph K. in The Trial (1963)
Sgt. Warren in Is Paris Burning? (1966)
Dennis Pitt in Pretty Poison (1968)
Rainey in WUSA (1970)
McQueen in Murder on the Orient Express (1974)
Sean McAvoy in Mahogany (1975)
Dr. Alex Durant in The Black Hole (1979)
John Cerruti in Winter Kills (1979)
Rev. Peter Shayne in Crimes of Passion (1984)

Tyler Perry
(1969- )
Madea / Joe / Various in
  • Diary of a Mad Black Woman (2005)
  • Madea's Family Reunion (2006)
  • Meet the Browns (2008)
  • Madea Goes to Jail (2009)
  • I Can Do Bad All by Myself (2009)
  • Madea's Big Happy Family (2011)
  • Madea's Witness Protection (2012)
  • Madea Gets a Job (2013)
  • A Madea Christmas (2013)
  • Madea's Neighbors from Hell (2014)
  • Madea's Tough Love (2015)
  • Boo! A Madea Halloween (2016)
  • Tyler Perry's: Madea on the Run (2017)
  • Boo 2! A Madea Halloween (2017)
  • A Madea Family Funeral (2019)
Terry Bob in Why Did I Get Married? (2007)
Starfleet Admiral Richard Barnett in Star Trek (2009)
Terry Bob in Why Did I Get Married Too? (2010)
Wesley Deeds in Good Deeds (2012)
Alex Cross in Alex Cross (2012)
Tanner Bolt in Gone Girl (2014)
Colin Powell in Vice (2018)

Joe Pesci
(1943- )
Joey LaMotta in Raging Bull (1980)
Tommy DeVito in GoodFellas (1990)
Nicky Cerone in Easy Money (1983)
Frankie Minaldi in Once Upon a Time in America (1984)
Leo Getz in Lethal Weapon 2 (1989), Lethal Weapon 3 (1992), and Lethal Weapon 4 (1998)
Harry Lime in Home Alone (1990) and Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
David Ferrie in JFK (1991)
Vincent 'Vinny' Gambini in My Cousin Vinny (1992)
Leon Bernstein in The Public Eye (1992)
Carmine in A Bronx Tale (1993)
Nicky Santoro in Casino (1995)
Joseph Palmi in The Good Shepherd (2006)
Russell Bufalino in The Irishman (2019)

Michelle Pfeiffer
(1958- )
Suzie Diamont in The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989) Suzie Q in The Hollywood Knights (1980)
Stephanie Zinone in Grease 2 (1982)
Elvira Hancock in Scarface (1983)
Diana in Into the Night (1985)
Isabeau Dantein in Ladyhawke (1985)
Faith Healy in Sweet Liberty (1986)
Sukie Ridgemont in The Witches of Eastwick (1987)
Madame De Tourvel in Dangerous Liaisons (1988)
Jo Ann Vallenari in Tequila Sunrise (1988)
Angela de Marco in Married to the Mob (1988)
Katya Orlova in The Russia House (1990)
Frankie in Frankie and Johnny (1991)
Catwoman/Selina Kyle in Batman Returns (1992)
Lurene Hallett in Love Field (1992)
Countess Ellen Olenska in The Age of Innocence (1993)
Lauren Alden in Wolf (1994)
Louanne Johnson in Dangerous Minds (1995)
Melanie Parker in One Fine Day (1996)
Tally "Sallyanne" Atwater in Up Close & Personal (1996)
Beth in The Deep End of the Ocean (1999)
Titania in A Midsummer Night's Dream (1999)
Katie Jordan in The Story of Us (1999)
Claire Spencer in What Lies Beneath (2000)
Rita Harrison in I Am Sam (2001)
Ingrid Magnussen in White Oleander (2002)
Velma Von Tussle in Hairspray (2007)
Ingrid in New Year's Eve (2011)
Maggie Blake in The Family (2013)
Janet Van Dyne / Wasp in Ant-Man and the Wasp (2018)

Joaquin Phoenix
(1974- )
Johnny Cash in Walk the Line (2005) Jimmy Emmett in To Die For (1995)
Doug Holt in Inventing the Abbotts (1997)
Toby N.Tucker in U Turn (1997)
Max California in 8mm (1999)
Willie Gutierrez in The Yards (2000)
Commodus in Gladiator (2000)
Abbé de Coulmier in Quills (2000)
Jack Daglish in Hotel Rwanda (2004)
Bobby Green in We Own the Night (2007)
Freddie Quell in The Master (2012)
Theodore Twombly in Her (2013)
Bruno Weiss in The Immigrant (2013)
Larry "Doc" Sportello in Inherent Vice (2014)
Abe Lucas in Irrational Man (2015)
Joe in You Were Never Really Here (2017)
Jesus in Mary Magdalene (2018)
Arthur Fleck in Joker (2019)

River Phoenix
Mike Waters in My Own Private Idaho (1991) Wolfgang Muller in Explorers (1985)
Charlie in The Mosquito Coast (1986)
Chris Chambers in Stand By Me (1986)
Jeff Grant in Little Nikita (1988)
Danny Pope in Running on Empty (1988)
Young Indy in Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade (1989)
Eddie Birdlace in Dogfight (1991)
Carl Arbogast in Sneakers (1992)

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