Many of us go to the movies to escape our daily grinds by putting ourselves in the shoes of a stranger. And if that stranger happens to be loaded? Even better! Just call it wishful thinking.
In honor of "one percenter" Bruce Wayne (a.k.a. Batman), who is set to show off his latest expensive bat toys in the highly anticipated final entry to Christopher Nolan's trilogy, "The Dark Knight Rises," we've weeded through the most memorable tycoons to grace the silver screen to bring you our picks for the top nine "one percenters" ever committed to celluloid.
9. Sebastian, 'Cruel Intentions'
Sebastian, as played by the deadly handsome Ryan Phillippe, is a total devious tool in this hit teen sex romp, and we love him for it. In the clever reworking of "Dangerous Liaisons," rich brat Sebastian attempts to seduce and eventually defile the latest goodie goodie to hit town (Reese Witherspoon). The reason? To win a bet placed with his hot step sister (Sarah Michelle Gellar) that if won, will let him bed her. The elite sure are a kinky bunch.
8. Norma Desmond, 'Sunset Boulevard'
This list demands that we pay tribute to a rich diva, and there's none better or more glamorous than the completely demented and ultimately doomed silent film star Norma Desmond (iconically portrayed by Gloria Swanson) who takes in (and eventually murders) penniless screenwriter Joe Gillis after he threatens to leave her for good. In the end Desmond gets what she wants out of the relationship: her closeup.
7. Tony Montana, 'Scarface'
With a net worth of $1 billion, a penchant for gaudy suits and one hell of a temper, gangster Tony Montana (Al Pacino), is among the most memorable "one percenters" to ever grace the screen. Unfortunately for him, he meets his epic demise in the blood-soaked finale of Brian De Palma's beloved coke-fueled epic. But as Bonnie and Clyde could tell you, go out big or go home; Montana most definitely did the latter.
6. Billy Madison, 'Billy Madison'
Adam Sandler is at his manic and immature best as Billy Madison, a lazy man-child who is forced to repeat grades 1 through 12 to prove he's up to snuff to inherit his father's hotel empire. If anyone else was hired on to don Madison's sneakers, chances are you'd find him insufferable. But with Sandler in the lead, Madison is the type of brat you want to see succeed.
5. Charles Foster Kane, 'Citizen Kane'
Unlike most of the rich folks on this list, media tycoon Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles) wasn't born into wealth. The joy in watching Welles' masterpiece is witnessing Kane's stratospheric rise in society and eventual downfall, in all its salacious glory. In the end, all the aspiring politician ever wanted was to be loved as a child. Poor kid.
4. Prince Akeem Joffer, 'Coming to America'
If the Eddie Murphy vehicle "Coming to America" taught us anything, it's that the rich can get bored too. In the hit '80s comedy, Murphy plays Akeem Joffer, a prince and heir to the throne of Zamunda in Africa, who leaves his home country after his folks try to pawn off a bride of their choice to him. To find true love, the restless prince ventures of to America, where he takes a job at a fast food restaurant and sees his value system radically shift in the process.
3. Cher, 'Clueless'
Cher (Alicia Silverstone) is the type of rich girl you probably went to high school with and avoided at all costs, fearing she was a mean girl with no brain. Well, in Cher's case, you couldn't be farther from the truth. In Amy Heckerling's beloved modern-day teen take on Jane Austen's "Emma," Silverstone brings an insane amount of charm to Cher, a privileged West Coast gal who is so intent on matching her friends up with the right guy, that she fails to notice her very own prince charming is living right under her roof.
2. Tony Stark, 'Iron Man'
There's no man better at delivering killer wisecracks than billionaire playboy and out 'n' proud superhero Tony Stark (a.k.a. Iron Man). As played by comeback kid Robert Downey Jr., Stark is entitled, lovable, manic and pure of heart, all in good measure. Oh, and he has a thing for saving the world, which puts him in our good graces.
1. Bruce Wayne, 'The Dark Knight Rises'
Bruce Wayne and Tony Stark have one big thing in common: they're both billionaire superheroes with no superpowers apart from their endless funds. But whereas Stark revels in his playboy status, Wayne is tormented by it, never quite sure how to handle the inherent demands of being so darn rich. It's because of Wayne's fallibility that we love him. That and he's Batman. In the Dark Knight we trust.