The 10 Best Movie ‘Birds’ Ever..

Legend of the Guardians hits cinemas this weekend and although we were interested by the idea of a flock of helmetted Owls fighting injustice and protecting the innocent, we at OTB believe the best avian film characters are the unfeathered kind…


10. Cady Heron

Before her drink-driving career really took off, Lindsay Lohan was forced to pass the time by starring in popular movies. In Mean Girls – which was co-written by SNL & 30 Rock‘s Tina Fey – she played a girl struggling to fit in with some nasty students at high school…


9. Kicking Bird

The inquisitive Sioux holy man was Kevin Costner’s most trusted ally as he reached out to the Native American community in the multi-Oscar winning 1990 Western Dances With Wolves. He used to get a lot of advice off his bird though…


8. Atticus Finch

With a hero named Atticus Finch, a star called Gregory Peck and a title like To Kill A Mocking Bird, Robert Milluigan’s 1962 portrait of racism in the Deep South contains more references to ‘birds’ than the average Nuts magazine. Atticus just pips his namesake Paul from American Pie to claim a place on our list…


7. Jay

He may not have been the brains of Kevin Smith’s famous double act, but Jay definitely provided the sweary banter in Clerks, Mallrats, Chasing Amy, Dogma, Jay & Silent Bob Strike Back and Clerks II.


6. Robin Hood

Another bird bonanza in Ridley Scott’s epic yarn from the middle ages. The eponymous social activist from Robin Hood was played by Russell Crowe! Oh how we laughed…


5. Jonathan Crane

Lawyers don’t usually get a good press, but their popularity in Gotham really nose-dived when it was discovered that Jonathan Crane QC had been masquerading as DC villain ‘Scarecrow’ in Batman Begins and The Dark Knight..


4. The Penguin

Danny DeVito’s minute villain in Batman Returns may have pipped that slightly creepy nun from The Blues Brothers, but he will never beat our favourite chocolate biscuit. Not that we imagine a film based upon the multi-coloured snacks would make for good viewing…


3. Jack Sparrow

“Your forgetting one thing mate… I’m Captain Jack Sparrow!” He sure was, and a movie icon of the modern age was born when the first Pirates of the Caribbean set sail in 2003.


2. The Crow

Brandon Lee played a rock musician brought back to life to avenge his own death in this dark 1993 hit. Tragically Bruce Lee’s son was killed when some fool on the set of The Crow failed to prepare a stunt bullet correctly.


1. Clarice Starling

Hannibal Lector’s muse was on a mission to prove herself in The Silence of the Lambs and with a little help from the culture-loving psychopath, she managed it. Now about that accent..