The Rules are simple. Pick Five of your favourite film Heroes with a brief explanation as to why they were chosen. You may choose from any film from any country at any length from the last century (1901-2000)
After a set time (say when no one has posted for 48 hrs) I will tabulate the votes and announce the list of the top 50 choices. At which point we may dissect and argue about how wrong or dumb our list was.
You may vote only once but may ask for a change by listing which you wish removed from your choices.
Merge’s top three definitely belong on an top-50 heroes list, so I second all of them.
My #4 – Luke Skywalker - identified a lot with him as a coming-of-age character who endures numerous trials to grow into a true uber-hero. Just take a look at what luke was at the beginning of Star Wars, and then what he was in Return of the Jedi. I feel he is often too easily disregarded because he doesn’t have Han Solo’s “coolness” factor.
My #5 – Rocky Balboa - like Skywalker, a study in growth of character. Good-hearted Everyman makes big. Every Rocky after Rocky II was pretty much unnecessary, but still enjoyable until Rocky V.
Indiana Jones. No, the AFI was wrong, horribly wrong. Atticus Finch was a fine hero but 80% of the people reading the list had absolutely no idea who he was. Certainly a better moral and ethical role model than Indiana Jones as written, but in terms of his impact on MOVIES, it’s not even a close call; everyone knows Indy. Perfect movie hero; great name, dashing, good looking, takes crazy risks, has a cool hat, fights Nazis, has a weakness everyone can identify with, even has a great theme song. The alpha and omega of movie heroes.
Rick Blaine. A super cool hero in possibly the greatest movie that has ever been made.
Will Kane. Can’t argue with that.
The Man With No Name. So cool, and we need an anti-hero.
Honorable Mentions: Lt. Ripley, Atticus Finch, Rocky Balboa, Luke Skywalker, Han Solo, Rooster Cogburn, John McClane, Frodo Baggins, Robin Hood (in various incarnations), William Wallace, Superman, Batman, Wolverine, Virgil Tibbs, Snake Plissken, T.E. Lawrence, Captain Kirk, Spock, Woody the Cowboy, Forrest Gump.
You say this, but you put Will Kane at #3. How many moviegoers have actually seen High Noon? And I suspect pretty much every American who’s made it through high school English since the invention of the VCR has seen To Kill a Mockingbird (and hopefully read it, too).
Ain’t it though? Hard enough coming up with five; no honorable mentions.
[ol][li]Truth in Carl Dreyer’s The Passion of Joan of Arc.[/li]–Saintliness is not a religious thing: it’s uncompromising, unblemished truthfulness without fear of personal consequences—or of fire.
[li]Erlend Josephson’s Alexander in Andrei Tarkovsky’s The Sacrifice.[/li]–Love can save the world.
[li]Self knowledge in Harold Ramis’s* Groundhog Day*.[/li]–If we could each keep trying until we got it right, it’d be a much better world.
[li]Ingrid Bergman’s Irene Girard in Roberto Rossellin-’s Europa ’51.[/li]–Saints exist among us. And we despise them.
[li]Emily Watson’s Bess McNeill in Lars Von Trier’s Breaking the Waves.[/li]–Love can make miracles.
Ooh, this is tough… I ran out of steam after four:
Westley, The Princess Bride
Strong, smart, funny - heck, he fought an ROUS with his bare hands!
(honorable mention to the ever-quotable Inigo Montoya, but he’s not the main character, so no nomination).
John Keating, Dead Poets Society
Because he dared teach the heresy that education doesn’t have to be boring.
Thelma and Louise Thelma and Louise
Can’t have one without the other, but together, these two are one powerful pair.
Mary Poppins, Mary Poppins
Well, she’s “practically perfect in every way!” Plus, that umbrella thing is way cool.
I will only choose one because everything else pales in comparison. I think Jeff Stryker (the pornstar) is the ultimate hero: Big dick, good body, good smile, and the whole plot revolves around who he is gonna screw next. LOL
Actually I found the heros easier than the villians. I just tried to think: Given the situation, do I wish I could have acted like that?
Gregory Peck as Atticus Finch in To Kill A Mockingbird (1962)
Jodie Foster as Clarice Starling in Silence of the Lambs
Liam Neeson as Oskar Schindler in Schindler’s List
Henry Fonda as Juror #8 in 12 Angry Men (1957)
Frances McDormand as Marge Gunderson in Fargo (1996)
OK, maybe I picked Margie because she always has something tasteful to say as well as being the best cop ever. “Oh, I just think I’m gonna barf… Well, that passed. Now I’m hungry again.”
I like Spencer Tracy’s Henry Drummond in Inherit the Wind.
Sigorney Weaver as Ripely in Alien(s)
Luke Skywalker (yes I’m a geek for picking him over Han)
Alice in WD’s Alice in Wonderland is the only Disney cartoon hero with no boyfriend and no help. She has to do it on her own.
Henry Fonda in The Grapes of Wrath, Fail Safe, Mr. Roberts ect ect.
Jimmy Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, It’s a Wonderful Life ect ect.