Memorable Characters

by Zoodermin

Created 07/13/12

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The Criterion Collection have tons of films featuring characters that are not easily forgotten. Here's a list with some of (but not all) those characters that got stuck in our heads and are impossible to forget.

  • The Little Tramp won the hearts and the laughs of the entire world for most of Chaplin's career and continues to be a memorable and timeless character that still thrills old and new generations of moviegoers. Chaplin created one of the best characters of all time.

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  • Toshiro Mifune performed in many roles during his career but no character is as well remember as the ronin Sanjuro. Inmortalized in these classic films, Mifune commands the screen with a masterful skill that it's not easily forgotten and certainly not matched.

  • Truffaut's breakthrough film gave life to one of the most iconic characters in the big screen, a symbol of freedom and restlessness, Antoine Doinel continues to be the quintessential icon of youth.

  • The women and men in these three masterworks gave life to one of the most breathtaking trilogies of all time. Juliette Binoche, Julie Delpy, Irène Jacob, Zbigniew Zamachowski and Jean‑Louis Trintignant are one of the best ensembles in cinema history and under the Kieslowski's masterful direction is pure magic.

  • Edgar Ramirez's unflinching and commanding performance in Assaya's epic film is the main reason why this story is a triumph.

  • How can you sympathize with a child murderer? Well, leave it to Peter Lorre's tragic and brutal performance in Lang's chilling masterpiece and you'll know how.

  • Robert Mitchum vs. Lillian Gish? The good vs. evil fight has never been better. Guaranteed.

  • Everyman Jimmy Stewart is at its best as ironic, fast talking lawyer Paul Biegler in a movie in which the power words means everything. A wonderful performance.

  • The entire town that Fellini created in this colorful film is very difficult to forget.

  • While Alexander takes center stage with a marvelous performance from Bertil Guve, the entire Ekdahl family are characters worth remembering from Bergman's most personal and wonderful film.


  • By Mook
    September 19, 2012
    05:01 PM

    Wonderful List! I think I would have added Henry Fonda in 12 Angry Men, though, like you say, there's just too many characters to add them all.
  • By Kenny_V
    September 27, 2012
    07:00 PM

    Fantastic list. I would have to add Maude, from Harold and Maude on this list too.
  • By Jesús G. Durán de Alba
    October 08, 2012
    05:21 PM

    I would have added any roll of Giulietta Masina, Cabiria or Gelsomina p.e.
  • By David_Zou
    October 08, 2012
    10:37 PM

    Joan of Arc in The Passion of Joan of Arc,Hobson in Hobson's Choices,Faye in Chungking Express,All the taxi drivers in Night on Earth,Yang Yang in Yi Yi,this list can go on and on...
  • By Maybecedarian
    November 03, 2012
    02:11 PM

    Great idea for a list! It really can go on and on... in addition to the suggestions of others, what about Silence of the Lambs? Hannibal Lecter is truly iconic.
  • By Julian G.
    November 06, 2012
    06:57 PM

    I'd also add J.J. Hunsecker from Sweet Smell of Success
  • By LyleG
    April 06, 2017
    02:17 AM

    Bud, Otto, Miller, King Archie, Duke, Leila, Lite, even Kevin. Repo Man (1984).. always intense!