Lee Van Cleef is one of the greatest badasses of all-time. It didn’t matter if he was the villain or the hero, he just owned the screen every time he was on it.
He started out in small villainous roles in westerns before reaching unprecedented heights in his work with Sergio Leone. He went on to star in several spaghetti westerns and maintained a solid career until his death in 1989.
These are my twenty favorite roles that he has played.
1. The Good, The Bad and the Ugly
2. The Big Gundown
3. For A Few Dollars More
4. Death Rides A Horse
5. The Grand Duel
7. Day of Anger
8. The Magnificent Seven Ride!
9. The Hard Way
10. Escape From New York
11. The Octagon
12. The Return of Sabata
13. The Squeeze
14. High Noon (small role)
15. Beyond the Law
16. God’s Gun
17. Captain Apache
18. The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (small role)
19. Posse From Hell (small role)
20. The Master (TV series but he starred)
Roger Corman directed Vincent Price in a ton of films. They were regular collaborators, especially during the 1960s. And one thing they loved collaborating on was films based off of the works of Edgar Allan Poe. In fact, they made eight Poe films together.
Here they are, ranked:
1. The Haunted Palace
2. The Masque of the Red Death
3. The Raven
4. The Pit and the Pendulum
5. House of Usher
6. Tales of Terror
7. An Evening of Edgar Allan Poe (TV Special)
8. The Tomb of Ligeia
I read this morning that Alan Rickman passed away. He was an accomplished actor that was a delight in every role he played. He had range and versatility. He covered a lot of genres and a lot of different character types.
I first noticed him, as a kid, in Die Hard. He was a great villain. He then popped up in Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves, also as a villain. As the years went on, he broadened his range and gave us many memorable characters. Professor Snape from the Harry Potter series of films is probably his most recognized role.
I’ve decided to list what I consider to be his ten best roles in film. I wish he would’ve had the time to do even more.
1. Die Hard
2. The Harry Potter series
3. Galaxy Quest
5. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
8. Michael Collins
9. Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
10. Quigley Down Under
He has gone from being the best talent in Saturday Night Live history, to being the focal point of some of the greatest comedies of all-time, to being nominated for an Academy Award and constantly giving us great performances.
In fact, I would consider him to be my favorite living actor at this point.
Plus, he’s a serious Cubs fan and loves the Blackhawks as well.
This list is comprised of not necessarily my favorite films with him in it but of my favorite roles that he has played.
And here we go!
1. Ghostbusters & Ghostbusters II
2. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
4. Ed Wood
5. Where the Buffalo Roam
6. What About Bob?
7. Coffee & Cigarettes
9. Groundhog Day
10. Lost In Translation
11. The Royal Tenenbaums
15. St. Vincent
17. Moonrise Kingdom
19. Mad Dog and Glory
20. The Grand Budapest Hotel
21. The Monuments Men
23. Broken Flowers
24. Quick Change
25. City of Ember
Jeff Goldblum is awesome. He’s been one of my favorite actors since first seeing him in The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension.
I’ve already done countdown lists of other actors’ films: mostly horror icons. Goldblum has been somewhat of a science fiction (and horror) icon but he’s gone on to be one of the most versatile actors working in the business.
This list is comprised of not necessarily my favorite films with him in it but of my favorite roles that he has played. For instance, I list Death Wish but his role was minuscule. And Independence Day is high but there are other films lower on the list that I see as better movies. Also, Jurassic Park and Lost World are together, as he played the same character in both.
But anyway, here’s the list!
1. The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou
2. Jurassic Park/The Lost World
3. The Fly
4. Independence Day/Independence Day: Resurgence
5. Portlandia (TV series but every role he plays is top notch)
6. Earth Girls Are Easy
8. The Grand Budapest Hotel
9. Into the Night
10. The Prince of Egypt
11. The Adventures of Buckaroo Banzai Across the 8th Dimension
12. Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978 version)
13. Transylvania 6-5000
14. Death Wish
15. The Big Chill
17. The Great White Hype
19. Deep Cover
20. Holy Man
I’ve done a list like this for horror legends Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing, Basil Rathbone and Bela Lugosi. So why not Boris Karloff?
Karloff was most famous for playing the monsters in several of Universal’s old horror pictures from the 1930s-1940s. He also went on to star in a slew of other classic horror films.
He was one of the most talented actors of the genre and went on to inspire a lot of actors – Jack Nicholson, for instance.
Boris Karloff was an amazing talent and his ability to chill audiences to the bone was what made him a legend.
These are his twenty-five best films.
1. Bride of Frankenstein
3. The Raven (1963)
4. The Mummy
5. The Mask of Fu Manchu
6. Comedy of Terrors
7. The Terror
8. Black Sabbath
9. Son of Frankenstein
10. The Old Dark House
11. House of Frankenstein
12. Abbott and Costello Meet the Killer, Boris Karloff
13. The Raven (1935)
14. The Black Room
15. The Invisible Ray
16. The Black Cat
17. Die, Monster, Die!
18. The Walking Dead
19. Abbott and Costello Meet Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
20. Corridors of Blood
21. The Ghoul
22. Black Friday
23. The Devil Commands
24. The Black Castle
25. Curse of the Crimson Altar
I have done a list like this for Vincent Price, Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Basil Rathbone. I am working my way through all of the legends of classic horror.
So of course, I have to do one for Bela Lugosi.
It was Lugosi’s portrayal of Dracula in 1931 that created the image of vampires in cinema and fiction from that point forward.
Even though Dracula is his most famous role, he also went on to star in a slew of other horror classics. He went from being at the forefront of the Universal Monsters franchise to horror legend and to befriending infamous director Ed Wood. He also had a song made about him by the post-punk band Bauhaus.
These are his twenty-five best pictures.
2. The Wolf Man
3. Son of Frankenstein
4. The Ghost of Frankenstein
5. White Zombie
6. Frankenstein Meets the Wolf Man
7. The Return of the Vampire
8. Chandu the Magician
9. Mark of the Vampire
10. The Raven
11. Abbott & Costello Meet Frankenstein
12. The Whispering Shadow
13. Night of Terror
14. The Return of Chandu
15. The Phantom Creeps
16. The Black Cat (1934)
17. The Invisible Ray
18. Scared to Death
19. Bride of the Monster
20. Murders In the Rue Morgue
21. Night Monster
22. The Devil Bat
23. The Black Cat (1941)
24. The Corpse Vanishes
25. Plan 9 From Outer Space
I have done a list like this for Vincent Price, Christopher Lee and Peter Cushing. I am working my way through all of the legends of classic horror.
However, Basil Rathbone isn’t just a legend of classic horror, he is an icon of swashbuckling movies – another one of my favorite film genres.
Rathbone could be heroic but he was mostly the foil to the hero whether it was in a horror picture or playing an equally sinister character while holding a cutlass on a pirate ship.
He has always been one of my favorite actors. It probably has to do with the fact that my mum always thought that he was an evil jerk while we watched these old movies together. And, I always pulled for the villain, even as a kid. Although, my mum thought he was the best Sherlock Holmes, so she did like him in that role.
But anyway, these are his twenty-five best roles.
1. Captain Blood
2. The Adventures of Robin Hood
3. The Mark of Zorro
4. Tales of Terror
5. The Hound of the Baskervilles (1939)
6. The Dawn Patrol
7. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
8. The Comedy of Terrors
9. Son of Frankenstein
10. The Adventures of Ichabod and Mr. Toad (as narrator)
11. Terror by Night
12. The Adventures of Marco Polo
13. A Night of Terror
14. Dressed to Kill
15. The Woman In Green
16. Tower of London (1939)
17. The Scarlet Claw
18. The Mad Doctor
19. The Black Cat (1941)
20. The Spider Woman
21. The Black Sleep
22. Pursuit to Algiers
23. The Court Jester
24. Sherlock Holmes Faces Death
25. Queen of Blood
Peter Cushing was one of the greatest horror icons of all-time. He starred alongside the legendary Christopher Lee in more than twenty films and also worked a lot with Vincent Price. He was the king of Hammer Horror, even more so than Christopher Lee.
Cushing could play heroic, sinister or just bad ass roles. He was Van Helsing, Dr. Frankenstein, Sherlock Holmes and a plethora of other great characters. He owned every role he ever played.
He is known to most people as Grand Moff Tarkin, the commander of the first Death Star in the first ever Star Wars. That character also reappeared via CGI in the recent Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.
Since I did a list like this for Lee and for Price, I figured that doing one for Cushing was a must.
1. Star Wars – Episode IV: A New Hope
2. The Curse of Frankenstein (and whole Frankenstein series)
3. The Horror of Dracula (and Dracula installments he’s in)
4. Twins of Evil
5. The Vampire Lovers
6. Captain Clegg (also known as Night Creatures)
7. Sword of Sherwood Forest
8. The Hound of the Baskervilles
9. The Gorgon
11. Dr. Who and the Daleks (and the sequel)
12. The Mummy
13. Island of Terror
14. The Abominable Snowman
15. The Beast Must Die
16. I, Monster
17. The Skull
18. The Creeping Flesh
20. The Blood Beast Terror
21. Dr. Terror’s House of Horrors
22. The House That Dripped Blood
23. Scream and Scream Again
25. Horror Express
I recently did a post about the Top 25 Films Starring Vincent Price.
Another horror legend, who just happens to be my favorite British actor is Christopher Lee. Actually, it is Sir Christopher Lee as the man who has played Count Dracula, Rasputin, Count Dooku, Saruman, The Man with the Golden Gun, Frankenstein’s monster, Lord Summerisle and many other characters was officially knighted. Fitting since he has the world record for most swordfights on screen.
Lee is an amazing actor with amazing presence and has the best voice in the history of cinema.
Here are his twenty-five best roles out of the several hundred he’s done:
1. The Wicker Man (the original, obviously not the Nic Cage remake)
2. Rasputin: The Mad Monk
3. The Horror of Dracula (and whole Dracula series)
4. The Devil Rides Out
6. Lord of the Rings/Hobbit series
7. Star Wars (prequel trilogy)
8. The Curse of Frankenstein
9. The Man With the Golden Gun
10. The Hound of the Baskervilles
11. Corridors of Blood
12. The Gorgon
13. The Mummy
14. The Devil Ship Pirates
15. I, Monster
16. The Two Faces of Dr. Jekyll
17. The Skull
18. Crypt of the Vampire
19. The Oblong Box
20. The Fu Manchu series
21. The Musketeers series
22. The Creeping Flesh
23. The City of the Dead (Horror Hotel)
24. The Pirates of Blood River
25. Gremlins 2: The New Batch