15PHIL CONNORS (GROUNDHOG DAY)
Honestly, if it wasn’t for the part where Bill Murray and Marita Geraghty scream their characters names at each other in the movie, we wouldn’t even distinguish between Phil Connors and Bill Murray. You could debate between Ghostbusters, Caddyshack and Groundhog Day as Bill Murray’s most famous movies but
Groundhog Day’s Phil Connors is arguably his most interesting and ultimately admirable character.
Phil Connors is kind of a misanthrope when he first arrives in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania to cover the town’s annual Groundhog Day festivities. The day goes horribly, but only gets worse. After he goes to sleep on February 2nd, Phil’s surprised to wake up to February 2nd again. And again, and again, and again. How would any of us react to being immortal and ageless but stuck reliving the same day every day over indefinitely? For a while Phil takes advantage of the situation, knowing there will be no long term consequences. In the end, he uses the day to learn as much about the town as possible, help as many people as possible and earnestly win over Andie MacDowell. Bill Murray’s endearing sarcasm with the eventual maturity brought on by his situation make for a great character.