Fictional Characters 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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58 16
Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
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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49 14
Obi-Wan Kenobi is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Star Wars universe

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44 14
Gandalf is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
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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33 8
Emmett Brown is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Back to the Future Part III, Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part II

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48 21
Alfred Pennyworth is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Batman series

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8 0
Waldorf is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added The Muppet Movie

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32 12
Mr. Kesuke Miyagi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
The Karate Kid, Part II, The Next Karate Kid

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44 27
Walt Kowalski is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Gran Torino

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32 17
Ebenezer Scrooge is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
A Christmas Carol

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26 13
Professor X is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
X-Men universe

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18 6
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace

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30 21
Lucius Fox is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Batman Begins, The Dark Knight, The Dark Knight Rises

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8 3
Doc Hudson is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Cars, Mater and the Ghostlight

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10 6
Palpatine is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Once Upon a Jedi, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: The Clone Wars

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22 20
Mickey Goldmill is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Rocky II, Rocky, Rocky III

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7 4
Statler is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added The Muppet Movie

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21 22
John Gustafson is listed (or ranked) 18 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) 19 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Max Goldman Grumpy Old Men, Grumpier Old Men

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Melvin Udall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
As Good as It Gets

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6 7
King Harold is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Shrek 2, Shrek the Third, Shrek Forever After

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5 6
Henry J. Waternoose is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Monsters, Inc.

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5 6
Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Rocky V, Rocky IV, Rocky II

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8 10
Miracle Max is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
The Princess Bride

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9 12
Bill is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Kill Bill Volume 1, Kill Bill Volume 2

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4 6
Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, The Star Wars Holiday Special, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

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5 8
Count Dooku is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added 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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12 17
Sheriff Ed Tom Bell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
No Country for Old Men

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3 6
Henry Jones, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
starwarssuperfan added Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

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9 14
Woody Grant is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Woody Grant Nebraska

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9 15
Curly Washburn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Curly Washburn City Slickers

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1 5
Benjamin Luckett is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
design_73 added Benjamin Luckett Cocoon

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1 5
Benjamin Luckett is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
design_73 added Benjamin Luckett

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1 5
Benjamin Luckett is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
design_73 added Benjamin Luckett Co

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5 11
Al Czervik is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Caddyshack

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4 11
Hoke Colburn is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Driving Miss Daisy

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6 14
Warren Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
About Schmidt

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8 17
William Forrester is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Finding Forrester

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3 12
Grandpa Edwin Hoover is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Grandpa Edwin Hoover Little Miss Sunshine

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6 18
Joe Cabot is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Reservoir Dogs

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6 18
Bob Harris is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Lost in Translation

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5 17
Edwin Hoover is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Edwin Hoover Little Miss Sunshine

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4 16
Danny Collins is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
Danny Collins Danny Collins

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3 14
John Rooney is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Greatest Old Man Characters in Film
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