Film The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film  

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As the saying goes, age is just a number. That's definitely the case for these fictional old men from the movies. The best old man characters in films display wit, guts, and heart that may seem at odds with their advanced phase of life. Some of these characters are optimistic about the future while others are downright grumpy. Many of these old man movie characters are played by the greatest actors of all time – performers who have only gotten better with age themselves.

Which role should top this list of the best old man characters in film? Clint Eastwood has brought many iconic figures to life, thanks to his distinctive growling voice and imposing presence. But perhaps his best old man movie character was Walt Kowalski in Gran Torino. Woody Grant, played by Bruce Dern in the 2013 film Nebraska, is another one of the best fictional old man characters.

Jack Nicholson appears on this list several times. He's played captivating old men like Warren Schmidt in About Schmidt and Melvin Udall in As Good As It Gets. Other memorable roles that appear on this top old man characters in film list include Joe Cabot from Reservoir Dogs and Bob Harris from Lost in Translation.

Which old man character is your favorite? Vote your picks up the list and add any great roles that are missing.

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Carl Fredricksen is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film

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Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Professor Albus Dumbledore Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire

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Alfred Pennyworth is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Alfred Pennyworth Batman series

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Obi-Wan Kenobi is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars universe

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Gandalf is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Gandalf The Hobbit: There and Back Again, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King

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Mr. Kesuke Miyagi is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Mr. Miyagi The Karate Kid, Part II, The Next Karate Kid

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Emmett Brown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Emmett Brown Back to the Future Part III, Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part II

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Walt Kowalski is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Walt Kowalski Gran Torino

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Ebenezer Scrooge is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Ebenezer Scrooge A Christmas Carol

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Professor X is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Professor X X-Men universe

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Lucius Fox is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Lucius Fox Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises

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Yoda is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Yoda Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

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John Gustafson is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
John Gustafson Grumpy Old Men

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Max Goldman is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Max Goldman Grumpy Old Men, Grumpier Old Men

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Palpatine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Palpatine Once Upon a Jedi, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: The Clone Wars

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Count Dooku is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Count Dooku Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith

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Mickey Goldmill is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Mickey Goldmill Rocky II, Rocky, Rocky III

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Melvin Udall is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Melvin Udall As Good as It Gets

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King Harold is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added King Harold Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, Shrek Forever After

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Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Rocky Balboa Rocky V, Rocky IV, Rocky II

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Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Han Solo Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, The Star Wars Holiday Special, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

Black Panther Movie Quotes

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Henry Jones, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Henry Jones, Sr. Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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Statler is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Statler The Muppet Movie

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Waldorf is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Waldorf The Muppet Movie

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Doc Hudson is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Doc Hudson Cars, Mater and the Ghostlight

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Henry J. Waternoose is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Henry J. Waternoose Monsters, Inc.

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Bill is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Bill Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2

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Miracle Max is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Miracle Max The Princess Bride

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Sheriff Ed Tom Bell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Sheriff Ed Tom Bell No Country for Old Men

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Woody Grant is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Woody Grant Nebraska

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Al Czervik is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Al Czervik Caddyshack

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Hoke Colburn is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Hoke Colburn Driving Miss Daisy

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Curly Washburn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Curly Washburn City Slickers

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Warren Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Warren Schmidt About Schmidt

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Grandpa Edwin Hoover is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Grandpa Edwin Hoover Little Miss Sunshine

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William Forrester is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
William Forrester Finding Forrester

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Joe Cabot is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Joe Cabot Reservoir Dogs

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John Rooney is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
John Rooney Road to Perdition

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Bob Harris is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Bob Harris Lost in Translation

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Edwin Hoover is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Edwin Hoover Little Miss Sunshine

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Danny Collins is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Danny Collins Danny Collins