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Podcast: Top 3 Movie Mentor Characters

Podcast: Top 3 Movie Mentor Characters

This week on the InSession Film Podcast, we reviewed Wes Anderson’s incredibly fun movie, The Grand Budapest Hotel, where we see Gustav mentor his new lobby boy. So going off that, we decided to look into our Top 3 Movie Mentor Characters. Having a mentor in your life to help guide you or train you is one of the smartest things you can do and in film we’ve seen many over the years. Some mentors have been wise older men, others have been wizards and some have been little green aliens that talk backwards. Mentors are important for helping our heroes learn that you won’t always win and you have to fight through adversity to get to the other site.

What movie mentors would make your list? Here are the one’s that made our list:


1) Obie-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness) – Star Wars
2) Master Chief Billy Sunday (Robert De Niro) – Men of Honor
3) Lester Bangs (Philip Seymour Hoffman) – Almost Famous


1) Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman) – Rushmore
2) Trent Walker (Vince Vaughn) – Swingers
3) Mark Hunter (Christian Slater) – Pump up the Voloume


1) Frosty Hesson (Gerard Butler) – Chasing Mavericks
2) Owen (Sam Rockwell) – The Way Way Back
3) Haymich (Woody Harrelson) – The Hunger Games

Honorable Mentions (Combined)

Morpheus – The Matrix, Mr. Miyagi – Karate Kid, Gandolf – The Lord of the Rings, Patches O’Houlihan – Dodgeball, Charles Xavier – X-Men, Ra’s Al Ghul – Batman Begins

Hopefully you guys enjoyed our lists and if you agree or disagree with us, let us know in the comment section below. There are many other movie mentors that we’ve left off the list here, so what would be your Top 3? Leave a comment in the comment section or email us at

For the entire podcast, click here.

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

Huge movie fanatic and InSession Film founder and owner. I pretend to know a lot about movies, but mostly I'm good at discussing them. My favorite movies include Shawshank Redemption, Warrior, Top Gun and Transformers (fav as a kid!). Follow me on Twitter @RealJDDuran

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