Cinema culture is one of the rare cultural movements that are rapidly popular in our civilization. The cinema industry, which is a rapidly developing and economically large sector, owes its success to the cinema workers working in films and serials. Watching movies or TV series, which is one of the actions performed by billions of people in the world every day, has enabled us to meet many movie characters that are fictionalized or based on real life. The cinema culture, which is advancing day by day, has gained an easier and higher quality access through Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney +, HBO Max and dozens of other streaming services. Especially the characters of movies and series shot by Netflix are becoming very popular in social media and cinema communities.
Here are the best Movie characters who have left their mark on the cinema:
Maximus, our main character in the 2000 movie Gladaitor, starring Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix, is considered one of the best movie characters ever.
Of course, the reasons behind the popularity of the Gladaitor character are that the story is adapted from a known reality, a master name like Ridley Scott sits in the director’s chair and master actors such as Russell Crowe and Joaquin Phoenix take the lead roles.
The Gladiator character was so loved by moviegoers that he won the 73rd Academy Awards “Best Actor” award. Gladiator has earned a place among the legendary films by winning 5 awards in total at the Oscars.
- Russell Crowe – Maximus
- Joaquin Phoenix – Commodus
- Connie Nielsen – Lucilla
- Oliver Reed – Proximo
- Richard Harris – Marcus Aurelius
- Derek Jacobi – Gracchus
- Djimon Hounsou – Juba
- David Schofield – Falco
- John Shrapnel – Gaius
- Tomas Arana – Quintus
- Ralf Moeller – Hagen
- Spencer Treat Clark – Lucius
- David Hemmings – Cassius
- Tommy Flanagan – Cicero
- Sven-Ole Thorsen – Tigris
Gandalf (Ian McKellen)
Before the character of Gandalf became a movie character, he was fictionalized as one of the main characters in the Lord of the Rings novel series written by J. R. R. Tolkien. Originally sent to middle-earth as a Gray wizard among wizards in the LOTR universe, Gandalf completes his development as the story progresses and evolves as a White wizard. The character is wise, wise, talented and constructed in a way similar to an old male person. Gandalf takes part in all the movies set in the Middle-earth universe and is a kind of guide for the characters. Gandalf was created directly by the Eru Illuvator and sent to Middle-earth.
Movies featuring the character of Gandalf are as follows
- The Lord of the Rings The Fellowship of the Ring
- The Lord of the Rings The Two Towers
- The Lord of the Rings The Return of the King
- The Hobbit An Unexpected Journey
- The Hobbit The Desolation of Smaug
- The Hobbit The Battle of the Five Armies
Joker, another fictional character who has made his mark among the legendary characters in the history of cinema with his performance in Heath Ledger’s The Dark Knight, was fictionalized as an antihero, but after it was first featured in comics, comic book lovers and moviegoers attracted even more attention than Batman in the story. He has turned into an attractive character. The last successful Joker performance, directed by Todd Phillips in 2019 and starring Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker, was almost born from the ashes of the character’s increasingly forgotten Joker character. The character of Joker, who basically has a marginal life outside of social norms, is defined as a kind of insane, that is, a person with a psychological disorder due to the unbearable pain and social consequences modern life imposes on the individual. Joker 2, played by Joaquin Phoenix, is expected to be released in 2024. The full title of the movie will be Joker: Folie à Deux.
Among the professional modern productions, one of the most negatively criticized character animations is the character of Jared Leto Joker. Although Jared Leto is a good actor, unfortunately he could not perform successfully in the role of Joker.
Movies Starring the Joker Character
- Batman: The Movie (1966)
- Batman (1989)
- The Dark Knight (2008)
- Suicide Squad (2016)
- Joker (2019)
The Terminator Movie Series, which was started by the legendary director James Cameron and produced by Paramount Pictures, is one of the most well-known movie series worldwide. On this occasion, the Terminator character named T-800 has become a world-renowned cinema icon. Thanks to Arnold Schwarzenegger’s successful acting, the character has been fully utilized. The successful performance of Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn, who are supporting the character, was also effective in the development of the character in the movie. Terminator, a thriller, action and adventure film about deadly robots from the future, is one of the leading films about future technologies. Terminator 2, Terminator 3 and Terminator 5 are considered to be the most successful films of the film series that followed with the success of the Terminator movie. The movies shot with the Terminator story are as follows
Terminator Movie Series
- The Terminator
- Terminator 2 Judgment Day
- Terminator 3 Rise of the Machines
- Terminator Salvation
- Terminator Genisys
- Terminator Dark Fate
Captain Jack Sparrow, the main character in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, was created as a fictional character.
The portrayal of this character by a master actor like Johnny Depp is also one of the reasons why the character has not lost its popularity successfully. The character Captain Jack is a hacker who has failed relationships and is not taken very seriously. The main character is also successfully supported in the pirates of the caribbean films, in which master actors such as Keira Knightley and Orlando Bloom take part as supporting characters. Thanks to its success in cinema, the Jack Sparrow costume has become one of the most used costumes in the world.
All of the movies featuring the character of Captain Jack Sparrow, which is in all the movies of pirates of the Caribbean, are as follows:
Jack Sparrow Movies
- Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl (2003)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man’s Chest (2006)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End (2007)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides (2011)
- Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales (2017)