The Influential 100

Here is my Top 100 movie list of heroes portrayed as dimensional characters. To me, their values are worthy of our emotional interest because they:

  1. Engage in a quest of courage

  2. Face their greatest fears

  3. Battle deadly adversaries

  4. Discover their strength

  5. Sacrifice for others

  6. Achieve against all odds

Year

Title

Writer / Screenwriter

1937 /

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs

The Brother's Grimm / Ted Sears

1939 /

Gone with the Wind

Margaret Mitchell / Sydney Howard

1939 /

The Wizard of Oz

L. Frank Baum / Noel Langley, Florence Ryerson, Edgar Allan Woolf 

1940 /

The Philadelphia Story

Phillip Barry / Donald Ogden Stewart

1941 /

Citizen Kane

Herman Mankewitz / Orson Welles

1942 /

Casablanca

Julius and Phillip Epstein, Howard Koch

1946 /

It's a Wonderful Life

Phillip van Doren Stern / Frances Goodrich, Albert Hackett, Frank Capra

1949 /

Twelve O'Clock High

Beirne Lay Jr., Sy Bartlett / Sy Bartlett, Beirne Lay Jr.

1950 /

Sunset Boulevard

Charles Brackett, Billy Wilder, D.M. Marshman Jr.

1964 /

Mary Poppins [Original]

P.L. Travers / Don DaGradi, Bill Walsh

1965 /

The Sound of Music

Maria von Trapp / Howard Lindsey, Russel Crouse

1968 /

2001 A Space Odysse

Stanley Kubrik, Arthur C. Clarke

1969 /

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

William Goldman

1972 /

The Godfather 

Mario Puzo / Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola

1973 /

The Sting

David S. Ward

1974 /

Chinatown

Robert Towne

1974 /

The Godfather II

Mario Puzo / Mario Puzo, Francis Ford Coppola

1975 /

Jaws

Peter Benchley / Peter Benchley, Carl Gottlieb

1976 /

All the President's Men

Bob Woodward, Carl Bernstein / William Goldman

1976 /

Rocky

Sylvester Stallone

1977 /

Close Encounters of the Third Kind

Steven Speilberg

1977 /

Star Wars, A New Hope [Original]

George Lucas

1980 /

Caddyshack

Brian Doyle-Murray, Harold Ramis, Douglas Kenney

1981 /

Body Heat

Lawrence Kasdan

1982 /

Blade Runner [Original]

Phillip K. Dick / Hampton Fancher, David Peoples

1982 /

ET

Melissa Mathison

1984 /

Amadeus

Peter Shaffer / Peter Shaffer

1984 /

Romancing the Stone

Diane Thomas

1984 /

The Natural

Bernard Malamud / Roger Towne, Phil Dusenberry

1985 /

Back to the Future

Robert Zemeckis, Bob Gale

1985 /

The Breakfast Club

John Hughes

1987 /

Moonstruck

John Patrick Shanley

1987 /

Wall Street

Stanley Weiser / Oliver Stone

1988 /

Rain Man

Barry Morrow / Ronald Bass, Barry Morrow

1988 /

Scrooged

Charles Dickens / Mitch Glazer, Michael O'Donaghue

1989 /

Field of Dreams

W.P. Kinsella / Phil Alden Robinson

1990 /

Goodfellas

Nicholas Pileggi / Nicholas Pileggi, Martin Scosesee

1991 /

Hook

J.M. Barrie / Jim Hart & Nick Castle

1991 /

JFK

Jim Garrison / Oliver Stone, Zachary Sklar

1992 /

A Few Good Men

Aaron Sorkin

1992 /

Chaplin

Charles Chaplin / William Goldman, William Boyd, Bryan Forbes

1992 /

My Cousin Vinny

Dale Launer

1993 /

Groundhog Day

Danny Rubin, Harold Ramis

1994 /

Pulp Fiction

Quentin Tarrantino, Roger Avary

1995 /

Apollo 13

Jim Lovell / William Broyles Jr., Al Reinert

1995 /

French Kiss

Adam Brooks

1995 /

The American President

Aaron Sorkin

1995 /

Toy Story [Original]

John Lasseter / Joss Whedon, Andrew Stanton, Joel Cohen

1996 /

Fargo

Ethan & Joel Cohen

1996 /

That Thing You Do

Tom Hanks

1997 /

As Good As It Gets

Mark Andrus, James L. Brooks

1997 /

L.A. Confidential

James Elroy / Brian Helgeland, Curtis Hanson

1998 /

Meet Joe Black

Ron Osborn, Jeff Reno, Kevin Wade, Bo Goldman

1998 /

Primary Colors

Joe Klein / Elaine May

1998 /

The Big Lebowski

Ethan Cohen & Joel Cohen

1998 /

The Truman Show

Andew Niccol

1998 /

Armageddon

Jonathan Hensleigh, J.J. Abrams, Robert Roy Pool

1999 /

Eyes Wide Shut

Stanley Kubrick, Federic Raphael

1999 /

Notting Hill

Richard Curtis

1999 /

The Matrix

The Wachowski Brothers

1987 /

Broadcast News

James L. Brooks

2000 /

Castaway

William Broyles Jr.

2000 /

Erin Brockovich

Susannah Grant

2000 /

Meet the Parents

Greg Glienna, Jim Herzfeld, John Hamburg

2000 /

Wonder Boys

Michael Chabon / Steve Kloves

2001 /

A Beautiful Mind

Akiva Goldsman, Sylvia Nasar

2001 /

Amiele

Guillaume Laurant, Jean-Pierre Jeunet

2002 /

About a Boy

Nick Hornby / Peter Hedges, Chris & Paul Weitz

2002 /

Catch Me If You Can

Frank Abignale Jr. / Frank Abignale Jr., Stan Redding 

2002 /

Chicago

Bob Fosse, Fred Ebb / Bill Condon

2003 /

Lost in Translation

Sophie Coppola

2003 /

Love Actually

Richard Curtis

2003 /

Something's Gotta Give

Nancy Meyers

2004 /

Sideways

Rex Pickett / Alexander Payne, Jim Taylor

2004 /

The Incredibles [Original]

Brad Bird

2006 /

Stranger Than Fiction

Zach Helm

2007 /

Dan in Real Life

Pierce Gardner, Peter Hedges

2007 /

Michael Clayton

Tony Gilroy

2007 /

Stranger Than Fiction

Zach Helm

2007 /

Mr. Brooks

Bruce A. Evans, Raynold Gideon

2007 /

No Country for Old Men

Cormac McCarthy / Joel & Ethan Cohen

2007 /

There Will Be Blood

Upton Sinclair / Paul Thomas Anderson

2008 /

Baby Mama

Michael McCullers

2008 /

Frost/Nixon

Peter Morgan

2008 /

Ghost Town

David Koepp, John Kamps

2008 /

Step Brothers

Will Farrel, Adam McKay, John C. Reilly

2009 /

Up In The Air

Walter Kirn / Jason Reitman, Sheldon Turner

2010 /

Due Date

Alan R. Cohen, Alan Freedland, Todd Phillips

2010 /

The Social Network

Ben Mezrich / Aaron Sorkin

2010 /

Moneyball

Michael Lewis / Aaron Sorkin, Steven Zaillian

2011 /

The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

Stieg Larsson / Steen Zaillian

2012 /

Lincoln

Doris Kearns Goodwin / Tony Kushner

2012 /

Zero Dark Thirty

Mark Boal

2013 /

Saving Mr. Banks

Kelly Marcel, Sue Smith

2014 /

Chef

Jon Favreau

2015 /

The Big Short

Michael Lewis / Charles Randolph, AdamMcKay

2016 /

The Founder

Robert Siegel

2016 /

La La Land

Damien Chazelle

2017 /

Darkest Hour

Anthony McCarten