We’ve all had those moments where we’ve fallen for a character onscreen. Sometimes it’s the loving “mama,” the hilarious friend or that man who is just so damn fine. Life would be great if we could just take all our favorite characters from films and put them in your friends and family. Too bad we’re stuck in the real world where those perfect characters don’t exist. That doesn’t mean that we can’t fantasize about it though? Here is a list of some of the best movie characters that would make the most amazing people in real life.
Taye Diggs/Winston Shakespeare – How Stella Got Her Groove Back
This one is definitely for the any women out there that are worried about getting old. Don’t worry, the moment you start experiencing a mid-life crisis, there will always be a young , sexay man out there that can help you get your groove back. That what this movie taught us right? Not really, but it definitely made you have some hot fantasies about it. On top of that, Taye Diggs as Winston was pretty damn fine and would make any woman feel good all over. If there were a perfect moment to date a way younger guy, this would be it.
Irma P. Hall /Mother Joe (Big Mama) – Soul Food
If you didn’t get teary eyed when Mother Joe passed away in the movie Soul Food, then you must not have been paying attention or something, because that was one of the most emotional moments in black movie history. The woman who tried so hard to keep her family together and did all she could just to show that she loved them so much was now gone. Despite her passing, her message of keeping the family together still remained…and she showed just how good of a mother figure she was when her family finally realized her message towards the end. She was a great mother figure and anybody would be fortunate to have a mother who embodies those same characteristics.
Brandon Hammond/Ahmad Simmons – Soul Food
From one Soul Food character to the next…this movie was filled with some great characters. The next one being Ahmad, the young 11-year-old that is definitely mature beyond his years. He loved his family so much that he lied to them just to get them all together for Sunday dinner. Also, he got good grades in school and stayed out of trouble. In the end, he just wanted his family to love each other. Wouldn’t life be so easy if all pre teen boys were like this? Okay, it’s not that simple, but he would still be great son to have as your own.
Eddie Murphy/Prince Akeem Joffer – Coming To America
Every woman has had her Cinderella fantasies…where she falls in love with some rich guy who sweeps her off her feet, and miraculously makes all her dreams come true. What makes Akeem better than your stereotypical rich guy is that he didn’t use his money to get the woman, he got her to love him as a broke guy working at a fast food joint. Talk about true love right? If there was ever a way to date a rich guy without being a regarded as gold-digger, this would be the perfect way. Not to forget, he was pretty good at fighting with a stick too…which could come in handy some day.
Whoopi Goldberg/Sister Mary Clarence – Sister Act 2
If more schools had teachers like Sister Mary Clarence, there would be a much lower drop out rate in high schools. She took learning and made it fun. When students were not listening, she got them to listen. When the students were getting bored of sitting in class everyday, she took them out of school to learn, all while creating some of the most memorable songs in recent movie history. Can you honestly say that you don’t know all the words to her rendition of “Joyful, Joyful”?
Harold Perrineau/Julian Murch- The Best Man
Whoever said that nice guys finish last never heard of Julian from The Best Man. Not only was he a great friend to his boys, but he also wound up getting the woman he wanted and deserved. He was the ultimate good guy. He would cater to his woman even when his friends would rag on him about and he was a perfect gentleman even to a bunch of strippers. How can you not like this guy? Sure, he could use a little more testosterone, but I’ll sacrifice the extra testosterone for a man who is almost perfect marriage material.
Doug E. Doug/Sanka Coffie– Cool Runnings
“Feel the rhythm! Feel the rhyme! Get on up, its bobsled time! COOL RUNNINGS!” has got to be one of the most memorable movie lines from a 1990s. It was said by none other than Sanka Coffie, Derice Bannock’s best friend in Cool Runnings. I know what you’re thinking…”but this character is actually real since the movie is based on a true story!” Nope, this is not true. Though the story is loosely based on the real Jamaican Bobsled team, Sanka is a completely fictional character, which is why he belongs on this list. Just when you feel like all the odds are against you, here comes your best friend to make you laugh and put you in a good mood. That’s exactly what Sanka was to Derice in the movie. He was the one always making the team feel better about their situation. Not only was he hilarious, but he was also incredibly loyal. He would have probably gone anywhere with Derice…now if that isn’t a good friend to have, then I don’t know what is.
Loretta Devine/Gloria Matthews– Waiting To Exhale
When Whitney Houston and Cece Winans sang Count On Me for the Waiting To Exhale soundtrack, they definitely had to be singing about “Gloria” from the movie. She was constantly supportive of her friends, and was there for them in times on need. As a single mother who also successfully ran her own beauty salon, she was not only a good friend, but also a woman who could take care of herself and those around her.
Sidney Poitier/Mark Thackeray – To Sir, With Love
Sir Sidney Poitier is one of the most highly regarded African American actors of all time, so naturally one of his characters would fall into this list. His character Mark Thackeray, a young teacher who takes a job at an all white inner city school, comes up with a new a approach to teaching kids by throwing out the textbooks and treating them like adults. This sounds like a terrible idea at first, but his students soon become more mature as a result and thus begin to really learn at school. More importantly, his character demonstrated that he truly cared about his students regardless of their race or social background, a quality that is still missing from many teachers…even in this day and age.