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Great Movies Where The Hero Doesn't Change Or Grow At All

Updated June 26, 2020 1.5k votes 467 voters 21.7k views24 items

List RulesVote up the film protagonists who haven't really learned anything or grown by the end of the movie.

As anyone in Hollywood will tell you, a character should become a better or worse version of his or herself over the course of a film. This primarily satisfying story pattern has kept audiences coming back year after year, no matter how cliché it becomes. If you're an astute cinephile, you've surely noticed countless movies where the hero doesn't grow - they have no arc. And maybe you've also noticed that a lot of films where the hero stays the same are made by great filmmakers. 

So what gives? Are good movies with no character development (at least not on the part of the protagonist) an aberration? Is there something wrong with static film heroes, or are these characters drawn by filmmakers skilled enough to disregard rules and still come away with a fantastic product? What is a hero, really? Is the protagonist of every film necessarily heroic