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The 10 Greatest Non-Human Movie Characters of All Time

Non-human characters have always been prominent in cinema, presenting to audiences those unique physical, mental and emotional traits that one can unfortunately seldom discover in real life. In the world of film, these non-human characters make it clear that anything can happen, and each in its own distinct manner. This list is about those 10 greatest non-human characters.


HAL 9000-2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

Directed by Stanley Kubrick
With Keir Dullea, Gary Lockwood, William Sylvester, Daniel Richter

Humanity finds a mysterious, obviously artificial object buried beneath the Lunar surface and, with the intelligent computer H.A.L. 9000, sets off on a quest.

Gollum-The Lord of the Rings

Directed by Peter Jackson
With Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Orlando Bloom, Sean Bean

A meek hobbit of the Shire and eight companions set out on a journey to Mount Doom to destroy the One Ring and the dark lord Sauron.

Hachi-Hachi: A Dog's Tale (2009)

Directed by Lasse Hallström
With Richard Gere, Joan Allen, Cary-Hiroyuki Tagawa, Sarah Roemer

A drama based on the true story of a college professor's bond with the abandoned dog he takes into his home.

Joey-War Horse (2011)

Directed by Steven Spielberg
With Jeremy Irvine, Emily Watson, David Thewlis, Benedict Cumberbatch

Young Albert enlists to serve in World War I after his beloved horse is sold to the cavalry. Albert's hopeful journey takes him out of England and to the front lines as the war rages on.

Wilson-Cast Away (2000)

Directed by Robert Zemeckis
With Tom Hanks, Helen Hunt, Paul Sanchez, Lari White

A FedEx executive must transform himself physically and emotionally to survive a crash landing on a deserted island.

Samantha-Her (2013)

Directed by Spike Jonze
With Joaquin Phoenix, Amy Adams, Scarlett Johansson, Rooney Mara

A lonely writer develops an unlikely relationship with his newly purchased operating system that's designed to meet his every need.

Balthazar-Au Hasard Balthazar (1966)

Directed by Robert Bresson
With Anne Wiazemsky, Walter Green, François Lafarge, Jean-Claude Guilbert

The story of a mistreated donkey and the people around him. A study on saintliness and a sister piece to Bresson's Mouchette.

E.T-E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

Directed by Steven Spielberg
With Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home-world.

King Kong-King Kong (2005)

Directed by Peter Jackson
With Naomi Watts, Jack Black, Adrien Brody, Thomas Kretschmann

In 1933 New York, an overly ambitious movie producer coerces his cast and hired ship crew to travel to mysterious Skull Island, where they encounter Kong, a giant ape who is immediately smitten with leading lady Ann Darrow.

Birds-The Birds (1963)

Directed by Alfred Hitchcock
With Rod Taylor, Tippi Hedren, Suzanne Pleshette, Jessica Tandy

A wealthy San Francisco socialite pursues a potential boyfriend to a small Northern California town that slowly takes a turn for the bizarre when birds of all kinds suddenly begin to attack people there in increasing numbers and with increasing viciousness.