"#25: DR. JACK SHEPHARD (Portrayed by Matthew Fox) - Matthew Fox's Shephard is pretty much that: a shepherd. For fans of the hit ABC show, he tries his best to guide the lost passengers of Oceanic Flight 815 to safety and rescue each week. All the while facing his own personal demons, Jack fights, cries, heals, laughs and debates with the best of any of the island's various characters."
"#24: LLOYD DOBLER (Portrayed by John Cusack) - Cusack has been known to repeat this character in most of the comedic portrayals he does now, but Dobler was the breakthrough! In this role, Cusack perfectly showcases what it's like to be the awkward "nice guy." Plus, Dobler is the guy that everyone would just love to hang out and be friends with."
"#23: JIMMY MARKUM (Portrayed by Sean Penn) - It's not hard to empathize with the raw emotion that Penn taps into upon the police's discovery of his daughter's dead body. It is that same heartbreak that drives his Markum to many underhanded acts. One of the best performances I've ever seen. Penn's Oscar was well-deserved!"
"#22: FORREST GUMP (Portrayed by Tom Hanks) - There's no denying that Hanks' Forrest Gump is one of the most prolific American characters in both fiction and cinema today. Even though you see Hanks playing this part, you still can't help but feel from the end of the movie that Forrest is really still waiting at that bus stop for his son to come home."
"#21: SYDNEY BRISTOW (Portrayed by Jennifer Garner) - Garner's girl-next-door good looks and butt-kicking physique, matched with her wits, humanity and willingness to spy for her country (which often means having to exploit her femininity) make Syd a great catch ... I mean, character!"
"#20: GEORGE BAILEY (Portrayed by James Stewart) - Stewart's George Bailey is as earnest and lovable as they come, but there's also a very deep sadness to him. How many young people yearn for a better life out there but somehow remain "trapped" where they are? Also, to go from lighthearted comedy to deep sorrow is no easy task and Stewart always pulled it off flawlessly."
"#19: GILDA MUNDSON FARRELL (Portrayed by Rita Hayworth) - Pure Sex! That's all I mostly can say about this character and the actress Rita Hayworth! Considered one of the best pin-ups and every man's dreamgirl back in her heyday, Hayworth exuded a sexuality and independence that entered every character she played. If there were ever a woman I modeled my "type" after, it would be Hayworth!"
"#18: JOHN MCCLANE (Portrayed by Bruce Willis) - This started an entire new generation of shoot-em-up action movies! Little did Willis know upon taking this role that it would be an inspiration for dozens of new writers and filmmakers to touch upon McClane's "reluctant hero" situations and attitude. A great character who you really feel like you're going through the tough situation with."
"#17: LT. KARA "STARBUCK" THRACE (Portrayed by Katee Sackhoff) - Many 1978 series fans were worried about reimagining Starbuck as a woman but Sackhoff has taken this character through the emotional battlefield and come out smiling with every performance! She's tough, feminine (more now than in the show's beginning), smart, and not too bad on the eyes."
"#16: TOM JOAD (Portrayed by Henry Fonda) - Fonda's Joad delivers one of the most profound, emotional monologues ever written! There's so much truth to this movie just as much today as there was when it was made 67 years ago! Whenever you have a chance, catch Fonda's performance in this one."
"#15: HENRY "INDIANA" JONES JR. (Portrayed by Harrison Ford) - Conceptualized as "Star Wars" creator George Lucas' version of James Bond, Ford's adventurer/archeologist Indiana charms the ladies all the while fighting the bad guys and retrieving the priceless artifacts so they may sit rightfully in a museum."
"#14: STANSFIELD (Portrayed by Gary Oldman) - One of the BEST performances and one of the BEST villains! Oldman shines as dirty cop Stansfield in Luc Besson's tale of a hitman who takes in a 12-year-old girl after her family is brutally murdered by Stansfield's lackeys. Some great quotes and Stansfield is the epitome of a villain."
"#13: BUFFY SUMMERS (Portrayed by Sarah Michelle Gellar) - Gellar's Buffy is one of the top contemporary heroines to show strength and vulnerability (two things I like in a woman), and doing it with finesse. To carry a show while portraying a young woman with extraordinary abilities and a tough job who longs for normalcy (doesn't everyone?) is nothing short of poetic!"
"#12: JAMES BOND (Portrayed by Sean Connery, Roger Moore, George Lazenby, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan & Daniel Craig) - A model character for most adventurers and spies in any fiction today, Ian Fleming's creation has gone on to currently garner 21 films and romance a multitude of women! Still true today than ever: Women want him, men want to be him!"
"#11: SUPERMAN/CLARK KENT (Portrayed by Christopher Reeve & Brandon Routh) - Reeve accomplished the daunting task of separating Supes and Kent. A true actor in the sense of the word, Reeve still took many roles after "Superman." And Routh continues the job with ease. However, it was this character that will continue to inspire generations of fans, old and new."
"#10: SOCRATES FORTLOW (Portrayed by Laurence Fishburne) - Playing a down-on-his-luck ex-con with a heart of gold, Fishburne showcases so well the inner struggles of good and evil in this proud man. Every day is a fight for him and it's this turmoil that make the audience cheering for him in his very small victories he makes for himself throughout the film."
"#9: ANAKIN SKYWALKER/DARTH VADER (Portrayed by Jake Lloyd, Hayden Christiansen, James Earl Jones, David Prowse & Sebastian Shaw) - Always starting out with good intentions, young Skywalker is soon turned to the dark side and becomes the evil Vader. Although Lucas' films and the performances were often labeled "wooden," Anakin/Vader will always be one of the classic characters of all-time!"
"#8: CHARLES FOSTER KANE (Portrayed by Orson Welles) - Welles performance as Kane, who starts out with good intentions and takes a turn for the worse, is nothing but awe-inspiring! It is these types of characters that I think make the best to watch. You never know what they're going to do and what might happen to them and that keeps the audience's eyes peeled to the screen."
"#7: LARRY DARRELL (Portrayed by Bill Murray) - For anyone out there who feels disconnected from themselves or as if they need to "find themself." Larry is the man who starts out with everything but soon realizes (after traumatic events) that there's more to life than society's pleasures. This movie completely showcased Murray's dramatic methods as nothing but spectacular!"
"#6: DR. GAIUS BALTAR (Portrayed by James Callis) - Callis' Baltar is SO tormented, funny, smart, shady, underhanded, greedy, hedonistic and depressing. He has to not only talk with real-life characters but also answer to the Number Six in his head. Brilliant writing, brilliant acting! He's such a sleezeball, that you find yourself mumbling it while viewing. Now that's a character!"
"#5: ELLEN RIPLEY (Portrayed by Sigourney Weaver) - Weaver's Ripley paved the way for tough-but-still-feminine characters and has not disappointed in every sequel thereafter. She's the one we all root for! The movies are scary and you instantly think upon first viewing that this woman is gonna be the first to go! But she is the hero; she is the true queen!"
"#4: RICK BLAINE (Portrayed by Humphrey Bogart) - The ultimate in terms of a man's man! Bogart's Blaine is torn between loving his one true love and having to give to a much better cause. You feel for him and can't help but hope that his brittle self ends up with the girl at the end. There's not much else to say. Just an overall great character!"
"#3: ROGER "VERBAL" KENT (Portrayed by Kevin Spacey) - The best thing about the character of Verbal is he is always minding his surroundings and using people's hangups and stereotypes to his advantage while never hesitating to eliminate any of those who stand in his way; even the ones he considers "friends." Great script, great acting."
"#2: JACK BAUER (Portrayed by Kiefer Sutherland) - Jack Bauer is the closest thing to a true-life hero on the screen. He's heroic, he sees "the big picture," he sacrifices, he cries, he makes mistakes, he laughs, he cusses, he has relationships (good and bad; mostly the latter). In other words, he's human. In every sense of the word."
"#1: ATTICUS FINCH (Portrayed by Gregory Peck) - Finch finds time to instill great morals into his children. While taking on an important racial case isn't a huge storyline, it's this task that reminds us that even the smallest act is enough to help shape our future for our country and children. Atticus is everything that's important about humanity/life!"