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30 Bespectacled Characters on Film

When a movie character dons a pair of glasses, you can almost guarantee it'll be accompanied by ill-fitting high-waisted trousers, bad hair and an affinity for Algebra.

But not all chaps wearing thick-rimmed bottle tops are the socially-awkward pointdexters they appear to be. Sometimes the humble spectacle can make a protagonist seem more serious and brooding, or as in Clark Kent's case, aid with an, albeit unconvincing, disguise.

Whatever they're worn for, glasses can transform a character's personality to make them appear funnier, more intellectual and even a little creepy (Patrick Bateman, we're looking at you).

So, here is our salute to the 30 greatest four-eyes on the big screen. Tell us if we've missed any out in the comments below.

(Images: Rex Features, All Star)

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    Napoleon Dynamite

    2004

    Worn by: Napolean (Jon Heder)

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    Manhattan

    1979

    Worn by: Isaac (Woody Allen)

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    The Royal Tenenbaums

    2001

    Worn by: Royal Tenenbaum Gene Hackman

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    Rushmore

    1998

    Worn by: Max Fischer (Jason Schwartzman)

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    Ghostbusters

    1984

    Worn by: Dr. Egon Spengler (Harold Ramis)

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    Mulholland Dr.

    2001

    Worn by: Adam Kesher (Justin Theroux)

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    Stand By Me

    1986

    Worn by: Teddy Duchamp (Corey Feldman)

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    The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo

    2011

    Worn by: Mikael Blomkvist (Daniel Craig)

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    Superman

    1978

    Worn by: Clark Kent (Christopher Reeve)

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    Harry Potter

    2009

    Worn by: Harry Potter (Daniel Radcliffe)

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    The Talented Mr Ripley

    1999

    Worn by: Tom Ripley (Matt Damon)

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    Kick-Ass

    2010

    Worn by: Dave Lizewski (Aaron Taylor-Johnson)

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    The Ipcress File

    1965

    Worn by: Harry Palmer (Michael Caine)

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    Malcolm X

    1992

    Worn by: Malcolm X (Denzel Washington)

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    The Amazing Spider-Man

    2012

    Worn by: Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield)

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    American Pie

    1999

    Worn by: Jim's Dad (Eugene Levy)

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    American Psycho

    2000

    Worn by: Patrick Bateman (Christian Bale)

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    The Da Vinci Code

    2006

    Worn by: Sir Leigh Teabing (Ian McKellen)

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    The Dark Knight

    2012

    Worn by: Commissioner Gordon (Gary Oldman)

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    Superbad

    2007

    Worn by: Fogell (Christopher Mintz-Plasse)

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    Notting Hill

    1999

    Worn by: William Thacker (Hugh Grant)

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    Revenge of the Nerds

    1984

    Worn by: Lewis Skolnick (Robert Carradine)

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    Jurassic Park

    1993

    Worn by: John Hammond (Richard Attenborough)

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    Good Will Hunting

    1997

    Worn by: Sean Maguire (Robin Williams)

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    Jaws

    1975

    Worn by: Brody (Roy Scheider)

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    Trainspotting

    1996

    Worn by: Spud (Ewen Bremner)

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    The Hangover

    2009

    Worn by: Stu (Ed Helms)

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    Junior

    1994

    Worn by: Dr. Alex Hesse (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

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    X-Men: First Class

    2011

    Worn by: Hank McCoy / Beast (Nicholas Hoult)

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    A Dangerous Method

    2011

    Worn by: Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender)