Movie Hero Names: Let’s hear it for the boys!

Last week we looked at the ladies, and now we cross over to the other side of the gender divide—for some of the immortal male movie characters whose names have endured. It was really tough winnowing down this list and saying goodbye to some worthy examples with too-common names (Andy Hardy, George Bailey in It’s a Wonderful Life, Bogart’s Rick in Casablanca, Clint Eastwood’s Dirty Harry); plus over-the-top baddies like Travis Bickle, Norman Bates and Hannibal Lector– and a goofball namesake like Austin Powers. But here are a dozen great names of great characters.


Atticus Finch, that most upright and admirable of movie heroes, portrayed by Gregory Peck in the 1962 film version of Harper Lee’s To Kill a Mockingbird, was voted the greatest hero of American Film by the American Film Institute. The Roman Atticus in now in the Top 500 nationwide and a solid Number 3 on Nameberry.

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