Special Report

The Greatest Movie Heroes of All Time

Source: Courtesy of DreamWorks Distribution

50. General Maximus Decimus Meridius
> Played by: Russell Crowe in “Gladiator” (2000)

Maximus Decimus Meridius is a successful general who is forced to become a gladiator after refusing to follow the self-proclaimed emperor Commodus, who killed his own father and then Maximus’s family.

Source: Courtesy of TriStar Pictures

49. Andrew Beckett
> Played by: Tom Hanks in “Philadelphia” (1993)

Andrew Beckett, a gay lawyer suffering from AIDS, successfully sues a major Philadelphia law firm for unfair dismissal, with the help of an African-American lawyer who has also suffered discrimination. Tom Hanks won an Oscar for the lead role in one of the first mainstream Hollywood films to acknowledge HIV/AIDS.

Source: Courtesy of TriStar Pictures

48. Terminator
> Played by: Arnold Schwarzenegger in “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” (1991)

In the first “Terminator” film, Arnold Schwarzenegger played a cyborg assassin sent back in time to kill the woman whose son will lead the resistance against domination by artificial intelligence. In “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” he’s a good guy, sent by the resistance to protect mother and son from an even more advanced Terminator.

Source: Courtesy of Twentieth Century Fox

47. Karen Silkwood
> Played by: Meryl Streep in “Silkwood” (1983)

“Silkwood” is a biopic about Karen Silkwood, a nuclear whistle-blower and labor activist who died in a car crash while investigating alleged wrongdoing at the plutonium plant where she worked.

Source: Courtesy of Warner Bros.

46. Batman
> Played by: Michael Keaton in “Batman” (1989)

Michael Keaton plays Bruce Wayne/Batman in the first installment of the Warner Bros. “Batman” series, and battles various baddies in Gotham City.

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