Top 10 Great Unnamed Characters in Cinema - - By Clayton Davis

Top 10 Great Unnamed Characters in Cinema

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counselor7It’s becoming a norm from a film about once or twice a year, an artistic director and screenwriter brings forth a character of enigmatic aura and mystery and has him or her go through a series events without the audience ever learning his name.  J.C. Chandor’s “All is Lost” is a brilliant execution of this notion where “Our Man” as he’s listed in the script, never delivers his name or any of his origins and back story.  The end result is a stunning examination of our own human condition that will likely score Robert Redford an Oscar nomination for Best Actor.

Opening this past weekend, Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor” as written by novelist Cormac McCarthy, offers nothing that warrants a mysterious Michael Fassbender, who is only called “The Counselor”, to gain any curiosity or respect from the viewers as he gets involved in drug smuggling and phone sex handling.

Click through the gallery to see the top ten most interesting “nameless” characters to be featured in film.  Fair warning, it skews younger but these stuck out in my mind.

If you have more you would like to name and include, put in the comment section.

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Clayton Davis

Editor-in-Chief & Owner at The Awards Circuit
Clayton Davis started to write professionally in his sophomore year of college when Johnny Alba, the editor and owner of the old Oscar prediction site, The Oscar Igloo, had an opening for staff writers. Clayton wrote for The Igloo for nearly four years before being appointed editor and revamping and renaming The Oscar Igloo into the now popular mega-site, The Awards Circuit. Since then, Clayton has become a proud member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to awards season show, The Critics Choice Awards. Most recently, Clayton is a now an active member of the International Press Academy, which hosts the popular Satellite Awards as well as the newly integrated Broadcast Television Journalists Association, which hosts the Critics Choice Television Awards. In June 2014 he became the year's first accepted member to New York Film Critics Online. He has been quoted in various outlets (,,,,, and continues to raise the bar for film-talking enthusiasts around the globe.

  • UBourgeois

    A major omission: Toshiro Mifune’s Ronin from Yojimbo. One of the great performances of the 60s.

    • Clayton Davis

      Unfortunately I’ve never seen it. Need to seek it out now.

  • Steve Brasen

    How could you forget Clint Eastwood as “The Man with No Name”?! It’s one of the most iconic characters in film.

    • Clayton Davis

      I’m not a big fan like others. It’s never really hit in a big way with me. I need to revisit them (I haven’t seen them since Freshman year of college). Will attempt to do so.

  • Genadijus Lesiuk

    Editors, are You planning to upload the newest Podcast?

    • Clayton Davis


    • Clayton Davis

      Up now.

  • Ryan

    What about Kevin Spacey as “John Doe” in David Fincher’s Se7en? I mean… his performance was probably the high point for the film, at least in my opinion.

    • Clayton Davis

      I thought about him but they called him John Doe so I just naturally went a different route. If I do xount him, he’d be in the top 5 easy.

  • Hubert

    The Tramp

  • cris

    “It’s a turn I haven’t shook my mind yet and in any other film year, that didn’t include fifteen viable contenders in Best Actor, he would win in a walk. ” Is anyone even reading this before hitting [publish]?

    • Clayton Davis

      Honest typo. It’s been fixed.

  • jmlatinsir

    One of the most famous unnamed characters in film “I” in Rebecca.