Of course, we always love movie heroes. They are the ones who rush in to save the day, defeat the bad guys and bring order to the world.
For a long time in history, these characters have influenced culture and have demonstrated qualities that inspire many.
These are our top picks for the most iconic movie heroes of all time.
James Bond – The James Bond Movies
In the words of Ian Fleming, the author who created James Bond, “every man wants to be James Bond and every woman wants to be with him”. This, in a nutshell, captures why people have been obsessed with the James Bond Movies for decades.
James Bond is the ultimate super-spy. He exudes, charisma, charm, and a dogged resolve to always execute his missions. It is these qualities that make him bed the most beautiful women, destroy all his obstacles, and save the world when it is at the brink of destruction.
When you watch James Bond, you start thinking you are a super-spy yourself. This is what makes him one of the best movie heroes of all time.
And who doesn’t love the line?: “My name is Bond, James Bond.”
Atticus Finch – To Kill a Mockingbird
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Atticus Finch is not only a great father to his children but also a man who prevails over extreme circumstances of racism. He is a man with a strong sense of morality, courage, and purpose. The American Film Institute named Atticus Finch the greatest movie hero of the 20th century and this can’t be any more accurate.
Batman – The Batman Movies
We all have something we fear and wish to overcome. There is no better character to draw inspiration from than the protector of Gotham city. Batman’s past is dark and tragic yet he rises from his state of despair and resolves to fight against evil. He also overcomes his fear of bats and uses this fear as a symbol of his identity. He has been through the most inhuman of conditions but he chooses never to give up.
Frodo – Lord of The Rings
Frodo Baggins starts out as an ordinary elf but soon has to bear the weight of the world and defeat the ultimate evil, Sauron. Frodo represents all of us who have a crucial goal to achieve but have to overcome our negative impulses and the incessant urge to give up.
Superman – Superman| Man of Steel
The Man of Steel himself, Superman is the ultimate superhero in the Marvel and DC universe. He is an invincible, incredibly strong and optimistic hero. There have been several movie adaptations of Superman over the years but one quality that has remained with the character is his unshakable resolve to fight for social justice. Although he possesses superhuman strength, he never fails to tamper justice with compassion and restraint.
William Wallace – Braveheart
William Wallace is one of the most tragic movie heroes of all time because of the way actor Mel Gibson portrays him in the 1995 epic film Brave Heart. Who else is braver than the rugged William Wallace who led a rebellion against tyranny and ultimately gave up his life for his people?
T.E Lawrence – Lawrence of Arabia
There is something endearing about movie heroes that leave their homes, embark on a journey, overcome difficult trials and come back transformed. We’ve seen this pattern play out in many movie heroes such as ‘Frodo’ from “The Lord of The Rings”, ‘Neo’ from “The Matrix”, and ‘Chief Brody’ from “Jaws”. But one movie hero that accurately depicts the ‘hero’s journey’ is no other than T.E Lawrence from ‘Lawrence of Arabia’. Lawrence starts out as a misfit lieutenant who embarks on an assignment, impresses everyone with his clever ideas and eventually takes up the role of a leader. Lawrence’s journey ultimately makes him a better version of himself.
Travis Bickle – Taxi Driver
It can get boring watching movie heroes who only portray the good side of human nature. This is where Travis Bickle comes in. He is not your typical hero who is always trying to do good. Travis Bickle is the ultimate anti-hero. He is a man who has been deprived of his powers and resorts to violence and rage to get it back. His violent acts may be unacceptable to many but he does it all with good intentions.
The Tramp – Kid Auto Races at Venice & Modern Times
There are some heroes who seem to save the day no matter how hard they try to fail. Such heroes are referred to as the ‘accidental hero’ and they are often found in comedies. They are clumsy but things always turn out in their favour. We have to give this one to no one other The Tramp played by the iconic Charlie Chaplin.
Rocky – Rocky Balboa
Rocky starts out from the gutter but pushes himself to the top through hard work and sheer will power. He wants to be a winner so badly that he is willing to do anything to achieve it. You come out feeling like a champion when you watch Rocky Balboa because of how iconic the character Rocky is.
Which movie hero do you find the most iconic?