100 Enduring Characters

I’ve selected a hundred characters with multiple appearances and portrayals in cinema. For each entry I’ve provided four representations. Though the majority of the characters are fictional, I’ve also included a number of historical figures, specifically in cases where the people have achieved an almost mythical status. You’ll notice some couples as well. This was done in situations where it felt inaccurate to separate a character from its counterpart – please note these cases are considered a single entry. Finally, I tried to ensure every selection is an actual incarnation of the cited character and not just a knockoff or a shared archetype...

1–4: Frankenstein
5–8: Sherlock Holmes
9–12: Antoine Doinel
13–16: Zatoichi
17–20: Philip Marlowe
21–24: Pinocchio
25–28: Tom Ripley
29–32:…

  • Frankenstein

    1

  • Frankenstein

    2

  • Flesh for Frankenstein

    3

  • Young Frankenstein

    4

  • Sherlock Holmes

    5

  • The Hound of the Baskervilles

    6

  • Young Sherlock Holmes

    7

  • Sherlock Holmes

    8

  • The 400 Blows

    9

  • Antoine and Colette

    10

  • Stolen Kisses

    11

  • Love on the Run

    12

  • The Tale of Zatoichi

    13

  • Zatoichi and the Chest of Gold

    14

  • Zatoichi and the Chess Expert

    15

  • Zatoichi Goes to the Fire Festival

    16

  • Murder, My Sweet

    17

  • The Big Sleep

    18

  • Marlowe

    19

  • The Long Goodbye

    20

  • Pinocchio

    21

  • Pinocchio

    22

  • Pinocchio's Revenge

    23

  • Pinocchio

    24

  • Purple Noon

    25

  • The American Friend

    26

  • The Talented Mr. Ripley

    27

  • Ripley's Game

    28

  • Emmanuelle

    29

  • Emanuelle in Bangkok

    30

  • Emanuelle in America

    31

  • Emmanuelle Exposed

    32

  • Love Finds Andy Hardy

    33

  • Andy Hardy Gets Spring Fever

    34

  • Life Begins for Andy Hardy

    35

  • Andy Hardy Comes Home

    36

  • Friday the 13th Part III

    37

  • Friday the 13th: The Final Chapter

    38

  • Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives

    39

  • Friday the 13th Part VIII: Jason Takes Manhattan

    40

  • Tarzan the Ape Man

    41

  • Tarzan Finds a Son!

    42

  • Tarzan's New York Adventure

    43

  • Tarzan

    44

  • Charlie Chan in London

    45

  • Charlie Chan at the Olympics

    46

  • Charlie Chan at Treasure Island

    47

  • Charlie Chan and the Curse of the Dragon Queen

    48

  • Santo in the Wax Museum

    49

  • Santo vs. the Strangler

    50

  • Santo vs. the Martian Invasion

    51

  • Santo and Blue Demon vs. Dr. Frankenstein

    52

  • Dr. No

    53

  • On Her Majesty's Secret Service

    54

  • Moonraker

    55

  • Casino Royale

    56

  • Sinbad the Sailor

    57

  • The Magic Voyage of Sinbad

    58

  • The 7th Voyage of Sinbad

    59

  • Sinbad and the Eye of the Tiger

    60

  • Santa Claus

    61

  • Miracle on 34th Street

    62

  • Santa Claus Is Comin' to Town

    63

  • Santa Claus: The Movie

    64

  • The Mark of Zorro

    65

  • The Sign of Zorro

    66

  • The Erotic Adventures of Zorro

    67

  • The Mask of Zorro

    68

  • Lord Edgware Dies

    69

  • The Alphabet Murders

    70

  • Murder on the Orient Express

    71

  • Death on the Nile

    72

  • Diary of a Mad Black Woman

    73

  • Madea Goes to Jail

    74

  • A Madea Christmas

    75

  • Boo! A Madea Halloween

    76

  • Huckleberry Finn

    77

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    78

  • The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn

    79

  • Huckleberry Finn

    80

  • The Kid

    81

  • The Gold Rush

    82

  • The Circus

    83

  • City Lights

    84

  • Alien

    85

  • Aliens

    86

  • Alien³

    87

  • Alien Resurrection

    88

  • Monsieur Hulot's Holiday

    89

  • Mon Oncle

    90

  • PlayTime

    91

  • Trafic

    92

  • The Wonderful Wizard of Oz

    93

  • The Wizard of Oz

    94

  • The Wiz

    95

  • Return to Oz

    96

  • The Hunt for Red October

    97

  • Clear and Present Danger

    98

  • The Sum of All Fears

    99

  • Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit

    100