Tossin’ It Out There: Who do YOU think is the greatest movie hero ever?

As I’m sure everyone knows by now, a little movie called “The Avengers” opens this weekend (here in the States at least, Grrrrr). In it, a group of heroes band together to fight a common enemy.

In the comics, “The Avengers” are often tagged “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes”. But what about in the world of movies?

AFI has Atticus Finch as their number one hero of all time, followed by Indiana Jones and James Bond. So you can see there’s a wide range of possibilities to consider. The list is pretty long

From superheroes, to policemen, to sports stars and war heroes, there have been thousands and thousands of movie protagonists over the years. From regular people called on to do extraordinary things (Chief Brody) to space-faring cowboys (Han Solo). Detectives (Clarice Starling), dock workers (Terry Malloy), dissidents (Juror #8). Famous leaders. Patton. Gandhi. Moses. There is virtually an inexhaustible list.

So what do YOU think? Who is YOUR Favorite Hero or Heroine? Are you partial to integrity and honor? Is world saving a prerequisite? Maybe you need someone with a little flash and pizazz. Let’s hear it!

Who is YOUR favorite movie hero?!

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110 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: Who do YOU think is the greatest movie hero ever?

  1. I’m going with two….each of whom are inspirational in their own right:
    Christopher Reeve’s Superman and Rocky Balboa.

    • Two dudes picks two dudes.

      Interesting choices. Superman did save California, and Rocky DID end Communism. So…

      In the seventies I had an oversized comic where Muhammad Ali fought Superman. :D It was awesome.

  2. I’ll have to say from the movie “Avatar” the character Jake Sully. He enlisted as a marine and fought for his nation and lost his legs as a result. His condition did not waver his resolve to seek an opportunity of getting his legs back. He jumped into the unknown and was loyal to his people but turned against them to fight for whats right. He took on the role as leader of the Na’vi tribe and protected their planet though sacrificing his human self, what he’s known his entire life. He has all the characteristics of a hero without super powers.

    • Jake Sully. Or SulLY if you have a Na’vi accent. :D The Toruk Makto. Nice choice, he certainly did exhibit a great deal of bravery and eventually wound up on the right side of the equation. That was a kick ass action flick, too.

  3. I have to agree with AFI and give the nod to Aticus Finch (Gregory Peck) from “To Kill A Mocking Bird”. His character is more based in reality than the so called heros of the movies.

  4. Oooo, great question. So many to choose from, since “hero” is so broad. It could be anyone from Tommy Lee Jones in No Country For Old Men to any random superhero to a guy like…

    Indiana Jones. That’s a good one. I think when most of us picture a hero, we tend to picture knights in shining armor, but what I love about Indy is that for his better qualities he’s rough and tumble and flawed and scruffy. He’s the sort of hero geeks really want to look up to and emulate.

    Or how about Samwise Gamgee? Great hero, because he’s the little common man and we want to root for him because he’s us. Sam isn’t a great fighter or thinker, he’s just a regular guy (hobbit) who wants to just live his life in peace and run errands for Mr. Frodo and not travel to giant active volcanoes that are really just fonts of pure evil. I think we can all identify with that. Maybe not the particulars but the spirit.

    • Look Mr Frodo, lembas! Mmmmmm…
      :D

      Sure, Samwise is a great choice! As is Frodo, of course, although he gets all the glamour. Sam is like the bassist of that band. LOL.

      Indy is awesome precisely because of his flaws and shortcomings. He’s certainly not invulnerable, he was always getting his ass kicked… but he just kept right on going. :D

      A couple of winners there for sure Andrew!

  5. I cant pick just one, which is my usual downfall. I have to go with Bud (played by Ed Harris) in The abyss. I also include Harry (Bruce Willis) in Armageddon. Obviously, Frodo (Elijah Wood) may be the biggest movie hero. But also my most personal hero is Tom Hanks as Paul in the The green Mile. Tell me anyone how readily you can have the courage to destroy a miracle.

    • There’s some good choices in there, but I cant get past Armageddon. :D You’re going Michael Bay on us?

      I have that %#$&ing Aerosmith song in my head now and I’m seeing animal crackers. LOL. Ric. Armageddon?

      • Okay okay, I will take it back. But you have to like the business-like way he went about blowing up the asteroid!

  6. While I currently run a site featuring superhero movies, I think my heart lies more with fantasy movies, so I think I’m going to have to say Harry Potter.

    • Wowwww. Potter, huh? Ok. Lots of movies, epic franchise, he did basically have that “Chosen One” tag. A choice that surprised me that probably shouldnt have. I wonder if he’ll get any more support today/this week.

      There are SO many to choose from… I have a feeling this one will be everywhere.

      • He also has the added benefit of being able to see him grow up into the hero that he became. If I hadn’t picked him, I might have gone with the Prince from Krull.

        Also, when is someone going to pick Luke Skywalker?

  7. I’m going with an unconventional choice: Nicolas Cage.

    From his Wikipedia entry, “Cage claimed to have created a new method of acting he calls ‘Nouveau Shamanic’. He claims to have used the acting style throughout his career and one day plans to write a book about the method.”

    How can you disagree with me?

    • I can’t! I can only seek further guidance…

      So then… Nic Cage in every movie he’s in Brik? Or does his heroism shine through more strongly in some than others.

      And does this make him more awesome than Conan?

      Questions abound! :D

  8. I shall you tell of a gode yeman, His name was Robyn Hode.(C. 15th century). The oldest and most revered of them all! Robin Hood! In movies, Tv, animated- you name it. Countless different versions and retellings. I hear the old tv theme song now–“Robin Hood, Robin Hood, riding through the glen–“. And who could forget Mel Brooks take on the Merry Men. I’m telling ya, no hero’s tales have been more sung than Robin Hood!

  9. Being that I have only seen once super hero movie in its entirety……EVER, I have to vote in a different direction. I am going for the one true hero, savior of the world. (Okay, they even made a couple of movies about him.) My vote, Jesus Christ…played by Jim Caviezel in The Passion of the Christ.

    Kind of hard to dispute this one, huh Dan? ;)

    • Ohhhhh… I could dispute it. Seeing as its a movie… (Lol, then you could hit ME with the Blasphemy! comment, that would be a twist! LOL :D)

      But its a good choice, and that’s a huge hit. Even if anything associated with crazy Mel makes me a little skeeved out nowadays. LOL :D

      • I was going to go with Charlton Heston in the 10 Commandments, but I decided he’d have to place 2nd on my list! LOL

        Truthfully, i am surprised you didn’t cut me up over the fact that I only saw one Super Hero movie ……EVER.

      • Yeah well, its not your thing. This summer might be a good chance to catch some, though, there’s a handful of good ones coming up. Just saying. Just saying. :D

  10. I think I would have to go with Mr. Smith from Mr. Smith Goes to Washington. It is such a great performance from James Stewart and as awesome as Indiana Jones, Rocky or Batman are, I don’t think I have ever rooted for someone to succeed more in a film than Mr. Smith.

    • LOL. It’s a good choice, but somehow reading the flow of your comment made me thinking of Jimmy Stewart playing Indiana Jones. :D

      [Jimmy Stewart] Now I, I’ll throw you the idol… but you. You better t-throw me that w-whip. [/Jimmy Stewart]
      :D

      [Jimmy Stewart] It’s not the YEARS honey, it’s the MILEAGE! [/Jimmy Stewart]

      Oh my god. LOL. I’m killin’ myself here, I could go all day! :D

  11. For your consideration….

    Oskar Schindler (Schindler’s List)
    Randle McMurphy (One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest)
    Reese (The Terminator)
    Sam Spade (The Maltese Falcon)
    Obi-Wan Kenobi (Star Wars films)

    Gotta say though, Atticus Finch/Indiana Jones/James Bond is pretty great.

    • Well, now THAT is an eclectic mix, right there K2! It’s like a chinese menu, I could order about a million different things.

      You’ve got crazy to noble to wizard, what a selection.

      Let’s go here, here’s the weak spot. (LOL. Aiming for the chink in the armor)

      Reese over Sarah Connor?? Explain!

      • Because Reese was the hero of The Terminator. Sarah Conner was the hero of Terminator 2. And I like Terminator better, so there.

        I dunno… the guy went back in time, knowing it was was at best a one-way trip and more likely a death sentence. We went up against the Terminator knowing exactly what it was, to protect a woman with really bad 80’s-hair.

      • I was more focused on the Sarah Connor hair crack. LOL. Cut her some slack man, it was the 80s! Like you dont have any pictures from that decade you’re embarrassed of! :D

    • Oskar Schindler (Schindler’s List)

      This is an inspired choice and one that wouldn’t of come to me right away. I would’ve probably said Rocky since he was a hero for the common man, but Oskar Schindler is on a whole different level.

  12. I am going to snag Cpt. James Tiberius Kirk before anyone else grabs him. Starship captain, Klingon butt kicker, galactic ladies man and the only student to beat the Kobayashi Maru test!

  13. It’s always nice to see characters who reluctantly assume responsibility and end up making life better for those who come after them, or dying for a cause. William Wallace, Spartacus, General Maximus…and since we’re already mentioning some gladiator movies, how about Ted Striker? He saved an airplane and a space shuttle!

    • Striker!! You’re too low!!
      :D LOL. I approve of the Striker selection wholeheartedly. Plus, he overcame his drinking problem!! Good thing he didnt eat the fish!!

      Meanwhile, it would be cool to see the other three in a gladiatorial match against each other. My money’s on the Spaniard!

  14. Neo! Insp. ‘Tequila’ Yuen from Hard Boiled! Oh and Dirk Diggler! I’m sorta kidding on that one LOL ;)

    • “When I close my eyes, I see this thing, a sign, I see this name in bright blue neon lights with a purple outline. And this name is so bright and so sharp that the sign – it just blows up because the name is so powerful… It says, “Dirk Diggler.” ”
      :D

      LOL. Why be kidding?

      “For Dirk Diggler, the future is something to look forward to, not to fear . . . He is a creative man of many interests . . . film, poetry, karate, music and dance . . . he is a man of passion and mystery . . . He Is A Man Of Lust.”

      I love movie blogging. Today I happily accepted Jesus Christ AND Dirk Diggler as correct answers to the same question. :D

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