Tuesday, June 18, 2024

List: Top 3 Movie Captains

This week on Episode 179, we discussed Star Trek Beyond and the latest adventure with Captain Kirk and the Enterprise crew. Inspired by the great Captain Kirk, we decided to discuss movie captains, which was a bit unique and fun to think about the different kinds of “captains” depicted in film. Whether it be a sports film, a space opera or a military drama, movie “captains” have graced the big screen many times. And many of them have gone on to become some of the most iconic characters of all-time.

On that note, which movie captains would make your list? Here are the one’s that made ours:

*Keep in mind we have different criteria for our lists as well*


1) Gerry Bertier – Remember the Titans
2) Tom Hanks – Capt. John H. Miller (Saving Private Ryan) / Capt. Richard Phillips (Captain Phillips) / Jim Lovell (Apollo 13)
3) Capt. Rafe McCawley / Capt. Danny Walker – Pearl Harbor


1) Capt. Quint – Jaws
2) Capt. Benjamin L. Willard – Apocalypse Now
3) Capt. Clarence Oveur – Airplane!


1) Capt. Lionel Mandrake – Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worring and Love the Bomb
2) Captain America – Captain America Trilogy
3) Capt. Jack Sparrow The Pirates of the Caribbean

Honorable Mentions (Combined)

John Biebe – Mystery, Alaska, Capt. Hook – Peter Pan, Han Solo – Star Wars, Capt. Kirk – Star Trek, Don “Wardaddy” Collier – Fury, Lincoln – Lincoln, Capt. Haddock – The Adventures of Tin Tin, Capt. Marko Ramius – The Hunt for Red October, Capt. Steve Zissou – The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Malcom Reynolds – Serenity, Capt. Jason Nesmith – Galaxy Quest, Capt. Dallas – Alien

Hopefully you guys enjoyed our lists and if you agree or disagree with us, let us know in the comment section below. There are obviously some other great movie captains that we didn’t mention that could make your list, depending on your own tastes and criteria. That being said, what would be your Top 3? Leave a comment in the comment section or email us at [email protected].

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For more lists done by the InSession Film crew and other guests, be sure see our Top 3 Movie Lists page.

JD Duran
JD Duranhttps://insessionfilm.com
InSession Film founder and owner. I love film. Love art. Love how it intersects with our real lives. My favorite movies include Citizen Kane, The 400 Blows, Modern Times, The Godfather and The Tree of Life. Follow me on Twitter @RealJDDuran. Follow us @InSessionFilm.

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