Through various mediums of entertainment, there are certain characters that have stood the test of time for decades or even centuries. Whether they’ve been told in books, shown through pictures in comic-books, or appeared in movies they stick with us no matter how much time passes. However, a character portrayed in any given film is only as good as the actor portraying them. We all have our favorite actors, though depending on how they depict a particular character with an established history and reputation will determine how good their performance is. While some actors may put a new spin on the character that either improves them or makes them seem less cool, the best performances are the ones that are the most spot-on that understand the character’s importance as a whole and captures what makes them great in the first place.
For instance, the reason we like Chris Evans’ portrayal of Captain America as opposed to Matt Salinger’s version from the original 1990 film of the same name is because Evans captured the character’s underdog nature which in turn made him more compelling while Salinger had the right look but not the character. So pick which actor you think portrayed these famous movie characters the best and we’ll determine what your favorite movie currently is!
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1Which Superman was the best?
Because of his iconic nature, any actor portraying the Man of Steel himself has quite the steep hill to climb to do him any justice in a cinematic adaptation.
2Which Batman was the best?
One of DC Comics’ most popular superheroes, Batman has been portrayed by various actors over the years and the current incarnation by Ben Affleck is no exception.
3Which Spider-Man was the best?
While there is much debate about which actor did the best Spider-Man performance, we can all agree that the poor guy can’t seem to get a break from reboots.
4Which Captain America was the best?
In 1990, the very first Captain America movie was released but it did poorly. Then over twenty years later, a reboot came out which surpassed the original.
5Which Hulk was the best?
Though the first two stand-alone movies based on the angry green giant were considered disasters, his subsequent appearances in the Marvel Cinematic Universe films have been welcoming.
6Which Quicksilver was the best?
Confusingly enough, there are two versions of Marvel’s speedster Quicksilver but neither is from the same cinematic universe and only one of them is referred to as a Mutant.
7Which Jean Grey was the best?
With X-Men: Dark Phoenix coming out, which is a remake of The Last Stand, let’s take a look at the actresses who have portrayed its pinnacle character Jean Grey.
8Which King Arthur was the best?
A man of legend, Britain’s most famous hero King Arthur has been portrayed numerous times in movies from the 1950s to the present day.
9Which Robin Hood was the best?
Known for robbing the rich to feed the poor, Robin Hood’s legacy has lived on in several movie adaptations though some were better than others.
10Which Peter Pan was the best?
Though he was portrayed by a woman in the original play, such has typically not been the case for Peter Pan in his film adaptations. So who was your favorite Pan? Maybe you think no one will ever replace Robin Williams, or that Jeremy Sumpter did a pretty good job in a more recent version?
11Which Bilbo Baggins was the best?
Though Bilbo Baggins was a minor character in The Lord of the Rings movies, his story was explored in greater detail in The Hobbit with a different actor portraying him.
12Which Conan was the best?
Based on the pulp-fiction book series, the Conan the Barbarian movies were a huge hit in the 1980s and then after a twenty-year absence a remake came along.
13Which Willy Wonka was the best?
Ever since the 1970s Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory film was released, it has become one of the most recognized films while the 2005 remake had its own unique flair.
14Which Wicked Witch was the best?
One of the best movie villains, the Wicked Witch of the West from The Wizard of Oz was a hard act to follow for Oz the Great and Powerful’s version.
15Which James Bond was the best?
Based on a popular book series written by a former MI6 agent, the James Bond movies have always been appealing to a massive audience with different actors portraying him.
16Which Sherlock Holmes was the best?
Like Doctor Who, Sherlock Holmes has come back time and time again in film as well as television with each actor putting a slightly different spin on him.
17Which Hercule Poirot was the best?
While not as famous as Sherlock Holmes, the Belgian detective known as Hercule Poirot has had a few film adaptations and a popular TV show.
18Which Norman Bates was the best?
Arguably one of the precursors to the slasher movie genre, Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho was a revolutionary film as opposed to its sequels or the 90s remake.
19Which Hannibal Lecter was the best?
One of the most disturbing and intriguing characters of all time, Hannibal Lecter has been portrayed by several actors in movies and television.
20Which Scrooge was the best?
The man we all love to hate, Ebenezer Scrooge from Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol has been played by so many actors over the years though a few stand out.
21Which Elizabeth Bennet was the best?
One of the earliest proactive heroines in literature, Elizabeth Bennet’s romance with Mr. Darcy has been portrayed in numerous films with slightly different elements in each.
22Which Dracula was the best?
Before Twilight gave vampires a bad name, they were considered genuinely scary but still seductive thanks to Bram Stoker's Dracula and all the countless film versions of it.
23Which Frankenstein Monster was the best?
Since the first movie, “Frankenstein” has become a misnomer used to describe the monster and not the doctor who creates him. Nevertheless, the monster is the main attraction.
24Which Dr. Jekyll/Mr. Hyde was the best?
A complex and interesting character, Dr. Jekyll and his evil counterpart Mr. Hyde have been the subject of several films with a cameo in the latest Mummy remake.
25Which Michael Myers was the best?
The subtle but powerful menace that is Michael Myers has been around for several slasher films with the tendency to come back to life in each one.
26Which Freddy Krueger was the best?
Ever since his debut in A Nightmare on Elm Street, Freddy Krueger has become an iconic killer in the slasher movie genre though the remake’s version hasn’t been well-received.
27Which Jason Voorhees was the best?
While not as subtle as Michael or as frightening as Freddy, Jason Voorhees makes up for these with his intense brutality and ever-changing appearance with some consistencies.
28Which Carrie was the best?
Based on a popular Stephen King novel, the 1976 Carrie movie shocked audiences with its intense imagery while the remake didn’t quite have the same impact.
29Which RoboCop was the best?
A classic movie from the 80s, RoboCop tells the story of a man who becomes a machine to save his city. The remake, however, was given a mixed reception.
30Which Judge Dredd was the best?
Despite its campiness, the original Judge Dredd movie based on the best-selling comic-books sold really well while the remake did better critically but didn’t make as much commercially.
31Which Mad Max was the best?
With its creative world-building and gritty action sequences, Mad Max was a huge hit that spawned two sequels and then a third one that came thirty years later.
32Which Spock was the best?
Ever since his debut in the original Star Trek TV show, the half-Human/Vulcan hybrid known as Spock has become a well-known character in science-fiction.
33Which Sarah Connor was the best?
Arguably the main protagonist of the Terminator series of films, Sarah Connor has gone from a damsel-in-distress to a proactive heroine in the latter movies and TV show.
34Which Tarzan was the best?
Swinging on jungle vines while hollering his famous cry, Tarzan has been a symbol of masculinity for many years though the character has gotten less popular overtime.
35Which Hercules was the best?
One of the best-known heroes in Greek Mythology, Heracles (better known as Hercules) has appeared in various films across several decades.