Top 10 Great Unnamed Characters in Cinema

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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Written by Clayton Davis

Clayton Davis is the esteemed Editor and Owner of Born in Bronx, NY to a Puerto Rican mother and Black father, he’s been criticizing film and television for over a decade. Clayton is a member of the Broadcast Film Critics Association where he votes and attends the kick off to the awards season, the Critics Choice Awards. He also founded the Latino Entertainment Journalists Association, the first Latino-based critics’ organization in the United States. He’s also an active member of the African-American Film Critics Association, New York Film Critics Online, International Press Academy, Black Reel Awards, and the Broadcast Television Journalists Association. Clayton has been quoted and appeared in various outlets that include The New York Times,, Variety, Deadline, Los Angeles Times, FOX 5, Bloomberg Television, AOL, Huffington Post, Bloomberg Radio, The Wrap, Slash Film, and the Hollywood Reporter.


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