16. Kirk Douglas as Vincent Van Gogh
Character: Vincent Van Gogh
Film: Lust for Life
Year Released: 1956
This biopic of high aspirations features Kirk Douglas in fine form and Anthony Quin as his swagger-filled, lady-loving companion, Paul Gauguin. They drink, dine, paint, and womanize side by side, in a buddy picture of artistic geniuses that ends tempestuously. Douglas takes a spitting image to Van Gogh's famous self portrait, and the many locales serve the novel of the same name, quite well.