Tuesday, May 1, 2012

Movies with Great Human Beings in Them

“You make me want to be a better man.” – Melvin Udall, As Good As It Gets

There has been any number of movies about great leaders, heroes, and inspirational people.  Because of the sheer number, I am going to restrict this category to fictional characters.  I will not be doing any biopics like Schindler’s List or Gandhi this time around.  I will save them for another day.  Unfortunately, this eliminates many of the movies I’ve seen with great women in them, but I will be including one fictional female character. 

And yes, I realize the first two films I am going to write about are based on books that are themselves partially based on real people, but I consider them to be far enough removed from the real person to not be a biography.

I am going to do something a little different this time.  I am going to list the characters below before any reviews are posted.  All of you will recognize some of the names; some of you will recognize all of them.  As I post a review, I will change the character’s name into a link to the movie’s review.  One of these – Juror #8 – is for a previously posted movie.

Note: Because I like positive movies more than pretty much any other kind, you will see higher ratings than usual across this category.  (Some people have commented that I am a little stingy when it comes to giving 5 star ratings, or even 4 star ratings.)

As I post the new reviews, I will come back and post the links to them here:

On to the reviews…


  1. Juror #8 has been one of my favourite characters ever since I watched 12 Angry Men for the first time last year.
    I'll have to check out your review.

  2. @Paul S - Thanks. Please let me know what you think of it.

  3. Another great idea for the review series. Come to think of it, there aren't many good people in movies. I'd probably add Amy Adams's character in Doubt.

  4. @Sati. - Thanks. I actually never got around to seeing Doubt, so that's why Adams didn't come to mind for me.