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Top 10 Greatest Movie Heroes  

posted by James O'Brien on 1/28/2013 5:09:00 PM
Parts: Indiana Jones , Optimus Prime (voice) , Dorothy Gale , Batman / Bruce Wayne , Captain Jack Sparrow
Actors: Harrison Ford , Judy Garland , Christian Bale , Johnny Depp , Russell Crowe

I created this site as a forum to discuss the parts in movies we love and hate. So let’s talk about the movie roles that actors and actresses have nailed and will live in the hearts of moviegoers for a lifetime.

Today, let’s address the good guys and girls. The fictional characters that some of us wish we could model ourselves after or at least they are really cool. This is a list of my 10 greatest movie heroes ever:

10. Neo in The Matrix (1999)

"My name... is Neo."

Is Mr. Anderson the one? We all had our doubts for most of the movie and he even doubted himself when he sacrifices himself to save Morpheus to continue the war against the machines. But Neo is the one and he pretty much curves the space around him in the Matrix once he figures it out.

9. Rocky Balboa in Rocky (1976)

“What about my prime, Mick? At least you had a prime! I had no prime, I had nothin'! “

Of course as a Philadelphian, I had to have Rocky on this list.The perfect rags to riches character with no business of being in the ring with Apollo Creed. But, he proved his worth by lasting 15 rounds in the their first fight and beating him for the championship in the second. He has since been the unofficial mascot of the blue-collar City of Brotherly Love and it’s well deserved.

8. Luke Skywalker in Star Wars Series

“Never. I'll never turn to the Dark Side. You've failed, your highness. I am a Jedi, like my father before me.”

When all the chips were down, Luke always chooses good over evil, good over being the ultimate power in the universe. He never succombs to the dark side as his Father did. And ,because of that, he helps usher the end of the Empire’s reign and Anakin’s redemption. Hopefully we get a lot more of Luke Skywalker with the upcoming new Star Wars trilogy.

7. Superman in Superman I & II

"They can be a great people, Kal-El, they wish to be. They only lack the light to show the way. For this reason above all, their capacity for good, I have sent them you... my only son."

With every passing year, I appreciate Christopher Reeves’ version of Superman more and more. Both Reeves and John Williams Superman song are as much Superman as is the “S” on his chest. Who doesn’t love the scene when he catches Lois Lane and then the helicopter, even though Sheldon Cooper says it’s rife with scientific inaccuracy? He was always stronger and smarter than foes and friends.

6. Maximus in Gladiator (2000)

“What we do in life echoes in eternity.”

I remember not seeing Gladiator in the theatre or for a while on DVD and, once I finally watched it, was shocked at how good it was Maximus just had the rug pulled out from under him and then just relentlessly kicked butt afterwards. It made us love Maximus even more with just how much we loathed Commodus...Man I wanted to see him dead at all costs.

5. Jack Sparrow in Pirates of the Caribbean Series

“This is the day you will always remember as the day you almost caught Captain Jack Sparrow”

Maybe the only anti-hero on the list. His objectives never fit into the hero role but he always ended up doing the right thing. He’s so cool at doing everything … most of the time, at least. I really think Jack Sparrow only did these bad things because of the crowd he kept. You hang with pirates, you’ll act like a pirate. Plus pirates and Johnny Depp put butts in the seats. No wonder he is being offered $95 million to star in ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean 5′.

4. Batman in the Christopher Nolan Batman Series

“It's not who I am underneath, but what I *do* that defines me.”

When Joel Shoemaker, George Clooney, and The Governor ruin Batman for all of us, we never thought we were going to get him back. But, in 2005, we got him back thanks to Mr. Nolan and Mr. Bale and boy it was a great ride over 3 movies. He had a plan and for the most part, executed it. Batman defeated organized crime, 2 al Ghuls, The League of Shadows, The Scarecrow, Bane, Two-Face, and the Joker all while completely turning Gotham City around for the good. Hopefully we get an even better reboot of this reboot.

3. Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz (1939)

“Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my!”

From such an early age Dorothy was there with us, helping us on our journey through Oz. She’s an accidental hero...right place, right time or wrong place, right time. Even though she becomes the witch killer, she never really wanted to hurt anybody. She just wanted to get back home to Kansas, meanwhile, winning the hearts of millions.

2. Optimus Prime in Transformers Series

“Fate rarely calls upon us at a moment of our choosing.”

Look, I was in a theatre in the summer of 2007 and the first time Optimus hit the screen the people cheered as if we were at a sporting event. No matter what you thought about Michael Bay’s Transformers trilogy, you have to admit that Peter Cullen and Industrial Lights & Magic hit the nail on the head. I have to admit, when he first says his name I pretty much tear up almost every time, or when he transforms from truck to robot while doing 85mph made that 10 year old inside scream with joy. He’s a giant robot alien with a cool voice, what more do you what?

1. Indiana Jones in Indiana Jones Series

“We do not follow maps to buried treasure and X never, ever marks the spot.”

Harrison Ford nailed this role despite the fact he was not the first choice to play Indy. It’s amazing that he backed into the role after Tom Selleck had to turn it down due to his commitment to the TV show ‘Magnum P.I.’. And now we can’t think of anyone else besides Ford as the famed archaeologist. He was funny, smart and tough, but also took a beating here and there. It is always fun to watch all 4 movies. I’m not a huge fan of the last installment, but I enjoyed seeing the character return to the big screen. In my opinion, Indiana Jones is the greatest hero to ever hit the big screen.

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