Finch AFI’s top hero, Lecter most nefarious

Arnold makes both villian, hero lists

See lineupHOLLYWOOD — Atticus Finch, from “To Kill a Mockingbird,” and Hannibal Lecter were tagged Tuesday by The American Film Institute as American cinema’s chosen hero and villain, respectively.

AFI ranked the good and the bad during the sixth installment of its annual “100 Years” TV spec: “AFI’s 100 Years … 100 Heroes and Villains.” Arnold Schwarzenegger — who earned both a hero and villain honor for his portrayal of the “Terminator,” No. 22 for villain (“Terminator”), and No. 48 for hero (“Terminator 2: Judgment Day”) — hosted the three-hour CBS spec.

Rounding out the top 10 heroes, in ranked order, were Indiana Jones, James Bond, Rick Blaine (“Casablanca”), Will Kane (“High Noon”), Clarice Starling (“The Silence of the Lambs”), Rocky Balboa (“Rocky”), Ellen Ripley (“Aliens”), George Bailey (“It’s a Wonderful Life”) and T.E. Lawrence (“Lawrence of Arabia”).

Bates, Vader next in villainy

Joining Dr. Lecter’s top 10 circle were Norman Bates, Darth Vader, the Wicked Witch of the West, Nurse Ratched (“One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest”), Mr. Potter (“It’s a Wonderful Life”), Alex Forrest (“Fatal Attraction”), Phyllis Dietrichson (“Double Indemnity”), Regan MacNeil (“The Exorcist”) and the Queen (in “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs”).

AFI distribbed ballots of 400 nommed characters to a jury of 1,500 industry leaders including film artists (directors, actors, cinematographers), critics and historians. AFI’s national membership also got one collective vote. All feature-length pics released before Jan. 1, 2002 were considered.


1. Atticus Finch (To Kill A Mockingbird)
2. Indiana Jones (Raiders Of The Lost Ark)
3. James Bond (Dr. No)
4. Rick Blaine (Casablanca)
5. Will Kane (High Noon)
6. Clarice Starling (Silence Of The Lambs)
7. Rocky Balboa (Rocky)
8. Ellen Ripley (Aliens)
9. George Bailey (It’s A Wonderful Life)
10. T. E. Lawrence (Lawrence Of Arabia)
11. Jefferson Smith (Mr. Smith Goes To Washington)
12. Tom Joad (The Grapes Of Wrath)
13. Oskar Schindler (Schindler’s List)
14. Han Solo (Star Wars)
15. Norma Rae Webster (Norma Rae)
16. Shane (Shane)
17. Harry Callahan (Dirty Harry)
18. Robin Hood (Adventures Of Robin Hood)
19. Virgil Tibbs (The Heat Of The Night)
20. Butch Cassidy And The Sundance Kid (Butch Cassidy & The Sundance Kid)
21. Mahatma Gandhi (Gandhi)
22. Spartacus (Spartacus)
23. Terry Malloy (On The Waterfront)
24. Thelma Dickerson & Louise Sawyer (Thelma & Louise)
25. Lou Gehrig (The Pride Of The Yankees)
26. Superman (Superman)
27. Bob Woodward & Carl Bernstein (All The President’s Men)
28. Juror #8 (12 Angry Men)
29. General George Patton (Patton)
30. Luke Jackson (Cool Hand Luke)
31. Erin Brockovich (Erin Brockovich)
32. Philip Marlowe (The Big Sleep)
33. Marge Gunderson (Fargo)
34. Tarzan (Tarzan The Ape Man)
35. Alvin York (Sergeant York)
36. Rooster Cogburn (True Grit)
37. Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars)
38. The Tramp (City Lights)
39. Lassie (Lassie Come Home)
40. Frank Serpico (Serpico)
41. Arthur Chipping (Goodbye, Mr. Chips)
42. Father Edward (Flanagan Boys Town)
43. Moses (The Ten Commandments)
44. Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle (The French Connection)
45. Zorro (The Mark Of Zorro)
46. Batman (Batman)
47. Karen Silkwood (Silkwood)
48. Terminator (Terminator 2: Judgment Day)
49. Andrew Beckett (Philadelphia)
50. General Maximus Decimus Meridus (Gladiator)

Top 50 Villains

1. Dr. Hannibal Lecter (The Silence Of The Lambs)
2. Norman Bates (Psycho)
3. Darth Vader (The Empire Strikes Back)
4. The Wicked Witch Of The West (The Wizard Of Oz)
5. Nurse Ratched (One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest)
6. Mr. Potter (It’s A Wonderful Life)
7. Alex Forrest (Fatal Attraction)
8. Phyllis Dietrichson (Double Indemnity)
9. Regan Macneil (The Exorcist)
10. The Queen (Snow White And The Seven Dwarfs)
11. Michael Corleone (The Godfather Part II)
12. Alex De Large (Clockwork Orange)
13. Hal 9000 (2001: A Space Odyssey)
14. The Alien (Alien)
15. Amon Goeth (Schindler’s List)
16. Noah Cross (Chinatown)
17. Annie Wilkes (Misery)
18. The Shark (Jaws)
19. Captain Bligh (Mutiny On The Bounty)
20. Man (Bambi)
21. Mrs. John Isel(The Manchurian Candidate)
22. Terminator (The Terminator)
23. Eve Harrington (All About Eve)
24. Gordon Gekko (Wall Street)
25. Jack Torrance (The Shining)
26. Cody Jarrett (White Heat)
27. Martians (The War Of The Worlds)
28. Max Cady (Cape Fear)
29. Reverend Harry Powell (The Night Of The Hunter)
30. Travis Bickle (Taxi Driver)
31. Mrs. Danvers (Rebecca)
32. Clyde Barrow & Bonnie Parker (Bonnie And Clyde)
33. Count Dracula (Dracula)
34. Dr. Szell (Marathon Man)
35. J.J. Hunsecker (Sweet Smell Of Success)
36. Frank Booth (Blue Velvet)
37. Harry Lime (The Third Man)
38. Caesar Enrico Bandello (Little Caesar)
39. Cruella De Vil (One Hundred And One Dalmations)
40. Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare On Elm Street)
41. Joan Crawford (Mommie Dearest)
42. Tom Powers (The Public Enemy)
43. Regina Giddens (The Little Foxes)
44. Baby Jane Hudson (Whatever Happened To Baby Jane)
45. The Joker (Batman)
46. Hans Gruber (Die Hard)
47. Tony Camonte (Scarface)
48. Verbal Kint (The Usual Suspects)
49. Auric Goldfinger (Goldfinger)
50. Alonzo Harris (Training Day)