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

Mary Steenburgen
(1953- )
Lynda Dummar in Melvin and Howard (1980) Julia Tate Moon in Goin' South (1978)
Amy Robbins in Time After Time (1979)
Mother in Ragtime (1981)
Adrian in A Midsummer Night's Sex Comedy (1982)
Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings in Cross Creek (1983)
Phoebe Craddock in Romantic Comedy (1983)
Julie Rose/Katie McGovern/Evelyn in Dead of Winter (1987)
Young Sarah in The Whales of August (1987)
Elain Rutledge in Miss Firecracker (1989)
Karen Buckman in Parenthood (1989)
Clara Clayton in Back to the Future Part III (1990)
Stella Keefover in The Butcher's Wife (1991)
Belinda Conine in Philadelphia (1993)
Betty Carver in What's Eating Gilbert Grape (1993)
Sarah Davis in Clifford (1994)
Katherine Bellamy in Pontiac Moon (1994)
Sister Ida in The Grass Harp (1995)
Jessica "Jesse" Caldwell in Powder (1995)
Hannah Nixon in Nixon (1995)
Colleen Beck in Life as a House (2001)
Dr. Blake in I Am Sam (2001)
Sally Rider in Wish You Were Dead (2001)
Emily Hobbs in Elf (2003)
Carol in The Brave One (2007)
Nancy Huff in Step Brothers (2008)
Grace Paxton in The Proposal (2009)
Elain Stein in The Help (2011)
Diana Boyle in Last Vegas (2013)
Carol in Book Club (2018)

Rod Steiger
Police Chief Bill Gillespie in In the Heat of the Night (1967) Charley Malloy in On the Waterfront (1954)
Stanley Shriner Hoff in The Big Knife (1955)
Jud Fry in Oklahoma! (1955)
Maj. Allan Guillon in The Court-Martial of Billy Mitchell (1955)
'Pinky' Pinkum in Jubal (1956)
Nick Benko in The Harder They Fall (1956)
Vasquel in Back From Eternity (1956)
Pvt. O'Meara in Run of the Arrow (1957)
Paul Hoplin in Cry Terror! (1958)
Al Capone in Al Capone (1959)
Paul Mason in Seven Thieves (1960)
Sol Nazerman in The Pawnbroker (1964)
Mr. Joyboy in The Loved One (1965)
Komarovsky in Doctor Zhivago (1965)
Christopher Gill in No Way To Treat a Lady (1968)
M-Sgt. Albert Callan in The Sergeant (1968)
Carl in The Illustrated Man (1969)
Napoleon Bonaparte in Waterloo (1970)
Juan Miranda in Duck, You Sucker (1971) (aka Fistful of Dynamite)
Sen. Andrew Madison in F.I.S.T. (1978)
Father Delaney in The Amityville Horror (1979)
Soapy Smith in Klondike Fever (1980)
Colonel Gluck in The Lucky Star (1980)
Benito Mussolini in Lion of the Desert (1980)
Reb Saunders in The Chosen (1981)
Eamon Flynn in The January Man (1989)
Ben Kallin in Guilty As Charged (1991)
Joe Leon in The Specialist (1994)
Gen. Decker in Mars Attacks! (1996)
Judge Sarokin in The Hurricane (1999)

#3 star
James Stewart
Jefferson Smith in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
George Bailey in It's A Wonderful Life (1946)
David Graham in After the Thin Man (1936)
Prof. Peter Morgan Jr. in Vivacious Lady (1938)
Tony Kirby in You Can't Take It With You (1938)
"Johnny" Horace Mason in Made for Each Other (1939)
Tom Destry in Destry Rides Again (1939)
Alfred Kralik in The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
Martin Breitner in The Mortal Storm (1940)
Macaulay "Mike" Connor in The Philadelphia Story (1940)
"Gil" Young in Ziegfeld Girl (1941)
P.J. McNeal in Call Northside 777 (1948)
Rupert Cadell in Rope (1948)
Monty Stratton in The Stratton Story (1949)
Lin McAdam in Winchester '73 (1950)
Tom Jeffords in Broken Arrow (1950)
Elwood P. Dowd in Harvey (1950)
Buttons (Clown) in The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)
Glyn McLyntock in Bend of the River (1952)
Howard Kemp in The Naked Spur (1953)
Steve in Thunder Bay (1953)
Glenn Miller in The Glenn Miller Story (1954)
Jeff Webster in The Far Country (1954)
L. B. "Jeff" Jeffries in Rear Window (1954)
Will Lockhart in The Man From Laramie (1955)
Dr. Benjamin "Ben" McKenna in The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
Charles Lindbergh in The Spirit of St. Louis (1957)
John "Scottie" Ferguson in Vertigo (1958)
Shepherd Henderson in Bell Book and Candle (1958)
Paul Biegler in Anatomy of a Murder (1959)
John Michael 'Chip' Hardesty in The FBI Story (1959)
Marshal Guthrie McCabe in Two Rode Together (1961)
Linus Rawlings in How the West Was Won (1962)
Ransom "Ranse" Stoddard in The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962)
Roger Hobbs in Mr. Hobbs Takes a Vacation (1962)
Frank Michaelson in Take Her, She's Mine (1963)
Wyatt Earp in Cheyenne Autumn (1964)
Charlie Anderson in Shenandoah (1965)
Frank Towns in The Flight of the Phoenix (1965)
Dr. Hostetler in The Shootist (1976)

Kristen Stewart
(1990- )
Bella Swan in
  • Twilight (2008)
  • The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009)
  • The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1 (2011)
  • The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2 (2012)
Sarah Altman in Panic Room (2002)
Maddy Phillips in Catch That Kid (2004)
Lisa in Zathura: A Space Adventure (2005)
Jess in The Messengers (2007)
Lucy Hardwicke in In the Land of Women (2007)
Emily "Em" Lewin in Adventureland (2009)
Joan Jett in The Runaways (2010)
Snow White in Snow White and the Huntsman (2012)
Marylou / LuAnne Henderson in On the Road (2012)
Lydia Howland in Still Alice (2014)
Phoebe Larson in American Ultra (2015)
Maureen in Personal Shopper (2016)
Bridget Sullivan in Lizzie (2018)
Jean Seberg in Seberg (2019)
Sabina Wilson in Charlie's Angels (2019)
Norah Price in Underwater (2020)
Abby in Happiest Season (2020)
Diana in Spencer (2021)

Ben Stiller
(1965- )
Ted Stroehmann in There's Something About Mary (1998) Michael Grates in Reality Bites (1994)
Hal L in Happy Gilmore (1996)
Mel Coplin in Flirting with Disaster (1996)
Steve Arlo in Zero Effect (1998)
Jerry in Your Friends & Neighbors (1998)
Rabbi Jake Schram in Keeping the Faith (2000)
Gaylord "Greg" Focker in Meet the Parents (2000), Meet the Fockers (2004) and Little Fockers (2010)
Derek Zoolander in Zoolander (2001) and Zoolander 2 (2016)
Chas Tenenbaum in The Royal Tenenbaums (2001)
Reuben Feffer in Along Came Polly (2004)
David Starsky in Starsky & Hutch (2004)
White in DodgeBall: A True Underdog Story (2004)
Larry Daley / Laaa in Night at the Museum (2006), Night at the Museum: Battle of the Smithsonian (2009) and Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb (2016)
Eddie in The Heartbreak Kid (2007)
Tugg Speedman - Hot LZ in Tropic Thunder (2008)
Josh Kovaks in Tower Heist (2011)
Walter Mitty in The Secret Life of Walter Mitty (2013)
Matthew in The Meyerowitz Stories (2017)

Emma Stone
(1988- )
Mia Dolan in La La Land (2016) Jules in Superbad (2007)
Natalie in The House Bunny (2008)
Allison in Ghosts of Girlfriends Past (2009)
Wichita / Krista in Zombieland (2009)
Olive Penderghast in Easy A (2010)
Kayla in Friends with Benefits (2011)
Hannah Weaver in Crazy, Stupid, Love (2011)
Eugenia "Skeeter" Phelan in The Help (2011)
Gwen Stacy in The Amazing Spider-Man (2012) and The Amazing Spider-Man 2 (2014)
Grace Faraday in Gangster Squad (2013)
Sam Thomson in Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2014)
Allison Ng in Aloha (2015)
Billie Jean King in Battle of the Sexes (2017)
Abigail Masham in The Favourite (2018)
Wichita in Zombieland: Double Tap (2019)
Estella/Cruella in Cruella (2021)
Bella Baxter in Poor Things (2023)

Sharon Stone
(1958- )
Catherine Tramell / Catherine Woolf in Blake Chandler/Amanda in Irreconcilable Differences (1984)
Jesse Huston in King Solomon's Mines (1985) and Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold (1986)
Patrice Dellaplane in Action Jackson (1988)
Sara Toscani in Above the Law (1988)
Lori in Total Recall (1990)
Carly Norris in Sliver (1993)
Sally Eastman in Intersection (1994)
May Munro/Adrian Hastings in The Specialist (1994)
Ellen in The Quick and the Dead (1995)
Ginger McKenna-Rothstein in Casino (1995)
Nicole Horner in Diabolique (1996)
Cindy Liggett in Last Dance (1996)
Dr. Beth Halperin in Sphere (1998)
Gwen Dillon in The Mighty (1998)
Gloria in Gloria (1999)
Sarah Little in The Muse (1999)
Rosie in Simpatico (1999)
Candy Cowley in Picking Up the Pieces (2000)
Laurel Hedare in Catwoman (2004)
Laura in Broken Flowers (2005)
Olivia Mazursky in Alpha Dog (2006)
Miriam Ebbers in Bobby (2006)
Dorothy Boreman in Lovelace (2013)
Dr. Parker in Fading Gigolo (2013)

Madeleine Stowe
(1958- )
Cora Munro in The Last of the Mohicans (1992) Maria McGuire in Stakeout (1987) and Another Stakeout (1993)
Miryea in Revenge (1990)
Karen Carr in Unlawful Entry (1992)
Sherri Shepard in Short Cuts (1993)
Emma Brody in Blink (1993)
Rachel Munro in China Moon (1994)
Cody Zamora in Bad Girls (1994)
Kathryn Railly in Twelve Monkeys (1995) (aka 12 Monkeys)
Sara Sunhill in The General's Daughter (1999)
Julia Moore in We Were Soldiers (2002)

Meryl Streep
(1949- )
Sophie Zawistowska in Sophie's Choice (1982) Anne Marie in Julia (1977)
Linda in The Deer Hunter (1978)
Jill in Manhattan (1979)
Joanna Kramer in Kramer vs. Kramer (1979)
Sarah / Anna in The French Lieutenant's Woman (1981)
Karen Silkwood in Silkwood (1983)
Susan Traherne in Plenty (1985)
Karen Blixen-Finecke in Out of Africa (1985)
Rachel Samstat in Heartburn (1986)
Helen Archer in Ironweed (1987)
Lindy Chamberlain in A Cry In the Dark (1988)
Suzanne Vale in Postcards From the Edge (1990)
Julia in Defending Your Life (1991)
Madeline Ashton in Death Becomes Her (1992)
Gail Hartman in The River Wild (1994)
Francesca Johnson in The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
Lee in Marvin's Room (1996)
Kate Gulden in One True Thing (1998)
Roberta Guaspari in Music of the Heart (1999)
Susan Orlean in Adaptation (2002)
Clarissa Vaughan in The Hours (2002)
Eleanor Shaw in The Manchurian Candidate (2004)
Aunt Josephine in Lemony Snicket's A Series of Unfortunate Events (2004)
Lisa Metzger in Prime (2005)
Miranda Priestly in The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
Yolanda Johnson in A Prairie Home Companion (2006)
Lila Ross in Evening (2007)
Janine Roth in Lions for Lambs (2007)
Sister Aloysius Beauvier in Doubt (2008)
Donna Sheridan in Mamma Mia! (2008) and Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)
Julia Child in Julie & Julia (2009)
Mrs. Fox (voice) in Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
Jane in It's Complicated (2009)
Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady (2011)
Kay Soames in Hope Springs (2012)
Violet Weston in August: Osage County (2013)
Altha Carter in The Homesman (2014)
The Witch in Into the Woods (2014)
Ricki in Ricki and the Flash (2015)
Emmeline Pankhurst in Suffragette (2015)
Florence Foster Jenkins in Florence Foster Jenkins (2016)
Kay Graham in The Post (2017)
Donna in Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again (2018)
Cousin Topsy in Mary Poppins Returns (2018)
Ellen Martin in The Laundromat (2019)
Aunt March in Little Women (2019)
Alice in Let Them All Talk (2020)
President Orlean in Don't Look Up (2021)

Barbra Streisand
(1942- )
Fanny Brice in
  • Funny Girl (1968)
  • Funny Lady (1975)
Dolly Levi in Hello, Dolly! (1969)
Doris in The Owl and the Pussycat (1970)
Judy Maxwell in What's Up, Doc? (1972)
Katie Morosky in The Way We Were (1973)
Henry in For Pete's Sake (1974)
Esther Hoffman in A Star is Born (1976)
Hillary Kramer in The Main Event (1979)
Yentl/Anshel in Yentl (1983)
Claudia Draper in Nuts (1987)
Susan Lowenstein in The Prince of Tides (1991)
Rose Morgan in The Mirror Has Two Faces (1996)
Rozalin "Roz" Focker in Meet the Fockers (2004) and Little Fockers (2010)

Margaret Sullavan
Pat Hollmann in The Three Comrades (1938) Luisa 'Lu' Ginglebusher in The Good Fairy (1935)
Cicely Tyler in Next Time We Love (1936)
Patricia Hollmann in Three Comrades (1938)
Daisy Heath in The Shopworn Angel (1938)
Klara Novak in The Shop Around the Corner (1940)
Freya Roth in The Mortal Storm (1940)
Rae Smith in Back Street (1941)

Donald Sutherland
(1935- )
Capt. Benjamin Franklin "Hawkeye" Pierce, M.D. in M*A*S*H (1970) Hospitalman Nerney in The Bedford Incident (1965)
Vernon L. Pinkley in The Dirty Dozen (1967)
Charles / Pierre in Start the Revolution Without Me (1970)
Sgt. Oddball in Kelly's Heroes (1970)
Alex Morrison in Alex in Wonderland (1970)
Rev. Dupas in Little Murders (1971)
John Klute in Klute (1971)
Jesse Veldini in Steelyard Blues (1973)
John Baxter in Don't Look Now (1973)
Homer Simpson in The Day of the Locust (1975)
Attila in 1900 (1976)
Giacomo Casanova in Fellini's Casanova (1976)
Liam Devlin in The Eagle Has Landed (1976)
Prof. Dave Jennings in (National Lampoon's) Animal House (1978)
Agar in The Great Train Robbery (1978)
Dr. Matthew Bennell in Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978)
Robert Lees in Murder by Decree (1979)
Calvin "Cal" Jarrett in Ordinary People (1980)
Faber in Eye of the Needle (1981)
Dr. Vrain in Threshold (1981)
Warden Drumgoole in Lock Up (1989)
Ben du Toit in A Dry White Season (1989)
Ronald Bartel in Backdraft (1991)
X in JFK (1991)
Merrick in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
John Flanders "Flan" Kittredge in Six Degrees of Separation (1993)
Bob Garvin in Disclosure (1994)
Gen. Donald McClintock in Outbreak (1995)
Bill Bowerman in Without Limits (1998)
Captain Robert Everton in Virus (1999)
Ben Hillard in Instinct (1999)
Jerry O'Neill in Space Cowboys (2000)
UN Sec. Gen. Douglas Thomas in The Art of War (2000)
Doctor Sid (voice) in Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within (2001)
John Bridger in The Italian Job (2003)
Reverend Moore in Cold Mountain (2003)
Mr. Bennet in Pride & Prejudice (2005)
John Bell in An American Haunting (2005)
Hellfrick in Ask the Dust (2006)
Nigel Honeycutt in Fool's Gold (2008)
Harry McKenna in The Mechanic (2011)
Jack Pellitt in Horrible Bosses (2011)
President Snow in The Hunger Games (2012), The Hunger Games: Catching Fire (2013), The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 (2014), and The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 (2015)
Thomas Pruitt in Ad Astra (2019)

Kiefer Sutherland
(1966- )
David in The Lost Boys (1987) Ace Merrill in Stand By Me (1986)
Josiah Gordon 'Doc' Scurlock in Young Guns (1988)
John Buckner in Flashback (1990)
Nelson in Flatliners (1990)
Lt. Jonathan James Kendrick in A Few Good Men (1992)
Athos in The Three Musketeers (1993)
Jeff in The Vanishing (1993)
Freddie Lee Cobb in A Time to Kill (1996)
Dr. Daniel Schreber in Dark City (1998)
The Caller in Phone Booth (2002)
Roy in Behind the Red Door (2003)
Paul Gauguin in Paradise Found (2003)
Hart in Taking Lives (2004)
David Breckinridge in The Sentinel (2006)
Ben Carson in Mirrors (2008)

Hilary Swank
(1974- )
Teena Brandon/Brandon Teena in Boys Don't Cry (1999) Kimberly Hannah in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
Julie 'Julie-San' Pierce in The Next Karate Kid (1994)
Valerie Barksdale in The Gift (2000)
Jeanne St. Remy de Valois in The Affair of the Necklace (2001)
Det. Ellie Burr in Insomnia (2002)
Beck in The Core (2003)
Buzzy in 11:14 (2003)
Maggie Fitzgerald in Million Dollar Baby (2004)
Madeleine Linscott in The Black Dahlia (2006)
Erin Gruwell in Freedom Writers (2007)
Katherine in The Reaping (2007)
Holly in P.S. I Love You (2007)
Amelia Earhart in Amelia (2008)
Betty Anne Waters in Conviction (2010)
Dr. Juliet Devereau in The Resident (2011)
Claire Morgan in New Year's Eve (2011)
Mary Bee Cuddy in The Homesman (2014)
Kate in You're Not You (2014)
Special Agent Sarah Grayson in Logan Lucky (2017)

Gloria Swanson
Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard (1950) Leila Porter in Don't Change Your Husband (1919)
Lady Mary Lasenby in Male and Female (1919)
Jenny Hagen in Stage Struck (1925)
Sunya Ashling in The Love of Sunya (1927)
Sadie Thompson in Sadie Thompson (1928)
Marion Donnell in The Trespasser (1929)
Geraldine 'Gerry' Trent in Indiscreet (1931)
Kitty Kelly / Queen Kelly in Queen Kelly (1932)
Herself in Airport 1975 (1974)

Patrick Swayze
Johnny Castle in
  • Dirty Dancing (1987)
  • Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights (2004) (as Dance Class Instructor)
Darrel 'Darry' Curtis in The Outsiders (1983)
Jed Eckert in Red Dawn (1984)
Derek Sutton in Youngblood (1986)
Nomad in Steel Dawn (1987)
Dalton in Road House (1989)
Sam Wheat in Ghost (1990)
Bodhi in Point Break (1991)
Max Lowe in City of Joy (1992)
Miss Vida Boheme (Eugene) in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar (1995)
Jim Cunningham in Donnie Darko (2001)
Roy Kirkendall in Waking Up in Reno (2002)
Travis MacPhearson in One Last Dance (2003)
Frank in 11:14 (2003)

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