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AFI's list of the 50 best film heroes of all-time. These aren't necessarily superhero movies, but they come pretty close.
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1
Atticus Finch is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
To Kill a Mockingbird

2
Indiana Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Disaster Movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

3
James Bond is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough

4
Rick Blaine is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Casablanca

5
Will Kane is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
High Noon, High Noon part II: The Return of Will Kane

6
Clarice Starling is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal

7
Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Rocky V, Rocky IV, Rocky II

8
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Alien, Aliens, Alien³

9
George Bailey is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
It's a Wonderful Life

10
T. E. Lawrence is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Lawrence of Arabia, A Dangerous Man: Lawrence After Arabia

11
Jefferson Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington

12
Tom Joad is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
The Grapes of Wrath

13
Oskar Schindler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Schindler's List

14
Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, The Star Wars Holiday Special, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

15
Norma Rae is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Norma Rae

16
Shane is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Shane

17
Harry Callahan is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Sudden Impact, Magnum Force, The Dead Pool

18
Robin Hood is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Time Bandits, Robin and Marian, Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

19
Virgil Tibbs is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
In the Heat of the Night, The Organization, They call me MISTER Tibbs

20
Butch Cassidy is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes

21
Sundance is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Sundance The Maverick Queen

22
Mahatma Gandhi is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Dear Friend Hitler

23
Spartacus is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Spartacus, Spartacus

24
Terry Malloy is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
On the Waterfront

25
Thelma Dickerson & Louise Sawy... is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Thelma Dickerson & Louise Sawyer

26
Lou Gehrig is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Rawhide, The Pride of the Yankees

27
Superman is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Man of Steel, Superman, Superman II

28
Mr. Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Citizen Kane

29
Juror #8 is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Serial Mom, 12 Angry Men, 12 Angry Men

30
General George S. Patton, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Is Paris Burning?, Patton

31
Luke Jackson is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Cool Hand Luke

32
Erin Brockovich is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Erin Brockovich

33
Philip Marlowe is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
The Big Sleep, Farewell, My Lovely

34
Marge Gunderson is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes

35
Tarzan is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Tarzan Escapes, Tarzan's New York Adventure, Tarzan and the Leopard Woman

36
Alvin C. York is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Sergeant York

37
Rooster Cogburn is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
True Grit, Rooster Cogburn

38
Obi-Wan Kenobi is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

39
The Tramp is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Lady and the Tramp II: Scamp's Adventure, Lady and the Tramp

40
Lassie is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Courage of Lassie, Lassie Come Home, Hills of Home

41
Frank Serpico is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Serpico

42
Arthur Chipping is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Goodbye, Mr. Chips, Goodbye

43
Father Edward is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes

44
Moses is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
The Ten Commandments, The Making of '...And God Spoke', The Ten Commandments

45
Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
The French Connection

46
Harrigan is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Harrigan The Legend of Zorro

47
Zorro is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
The Sign of Zorro, The Mark of Zorro, The Mask of Zorro

48
Batman is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Batman Forever, American Splendor, Movie 43

49
Karen Silkwood is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Silkwood

50
T-800 is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list AFI's Best Movie Heroes
Terminator Salvation