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Philomena (Judi Dench), Philomena (2013)
Judi Dench is perfect as Philomena. Perhaps the best thing about the character is how she gradually proves to her traveling companion, a man with a huge ego who is just the worst, that optimism and general cheeriness do not equal stupidity.
Garth (Michael Caine) & Hub (Robert Duvall), Second Hand Lions (2003)
The camera just loves gruff older men. It helps when their frosty exteriors are slowly melted by a child star at the very peak of his cute phase.
Dumbledore (Richard Harris), Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
Let's be very clear, I am not referring to the Dumbledore who rushes Harry after his name is picked out of the Goblet of Fire. I mean the quiet, more mysterious Dumbledore with the genuine eye-twinkle who says, "Alas, earwax," just as H.P. readers hoped he would.
Gus (Michael Constantine), My Big Fat Greek Wedding (2002)
"Why you want to leave me?"
Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), The Karate Kid (1984)
Mr. Miyagi really is the best friend a high schooler could have. Not only is a master of martial arts and botany, he also has a solid Martha Stewart streak (he does, after all, come up with Daniel's shower-curtain Halloween costume).