Edelstein's top pick? John Wayne.
"Pure American swagger," he said. "Didn't move too well, wasn't much of an actor, but he spoke with the might of the U.S. government in the West and in various wars. Although I personally prefer, say, Gary Cooper's true fear in 'High Noon,' it's John Wayne's true grit that came to define power onscreen."
Left: John Wayne in John Ford's classic western, "The Searchers" (1956).
Credit: Warner Brothers