The Best Movie Characters of All Time

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List of the best movie characters of all time, ranked by film buffs and people like you. This list includes performances by some of the greatest actors of all time in classic films, epic dramas, comedies, action and superhero movies, and many other movie genres. The best characters in film are those unforgettable, magnetic people (or aliens, or self-aware machines) who command the screen. They have spoken some of the most memorable quotes in movie history in ways fans have been trying to emulate ever since. They are famous movie characters that have inspired fan fiction and fan art; iconic movie characters who have inspired fashion and pop culture; popular movie characters that kids and adults alike aspire to be like. Simply put, they are the best characters ever. Vote for your favorites.
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  1. 1
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    - 3,835


    Forrest Gump

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  2. 2
    + 5,428
    - 6,386
    Indiana Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

    most listed
    Indiana Jones franchise

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  3. 3
    + 5,586
    - 6,184


    Star Wars universe

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  4. 4
    + 4,673
    - 6,498

    the people's #1
    James Bond franchise

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  5. 5
    + 3,975
    - 3,100

    ranked low on reranks
    Toy Story trilogy

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  6. 6
    + 4,740
    - 6,452


    Pirates of the Caribbean universe

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  7. 7
    + 5,138
    - 6,295
    Joker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    Batman universe

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  8. 8
    + 4,503
    - 6,069


    Star Wars universe

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  9. 9
    + 4,105
    - 6,249


    The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit

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  10. 10
    + 3,867
    - 6,771
    Anakin Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

    often listed & added by FaithJezek
    Star Wars universe Star Wars Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, Return of the Jedi

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  11. 11
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    - 2,937

    ranked low on reranks
    Saving Private Ryan

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  12. 12
    + 4,184
    - 6,131

    often listed & added by wiabux
    Batman Forever, American Splendor, Movie 43

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  13. 13
    + 3,082
    - 2,789

    ranked low on reranks & added by dgenega5764
    The Green Mile

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  14. 14
    + 3,107
    - 2,992

    ranked low on reranks
    Cast Away

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  15. 15
    + 3,717
    - 6,117

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Star Wars universe

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  16. 16
    + 2,898
    - 2,689

    ranked low on reranks
    Home Makeover

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  17. 17
    + 3,613
    - 6,163

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red Drago

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  18. 18
    + 3,027
    - 2,695

    added by dgenega5764
    Philadelphia

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  19. 19
    + 3,046
    - 2,717

    added by dgenega5764
    Big

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  20. 20
    + 3,026
    - 2,661

    added by dgenega5764
    Captain Phillips

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  21. 21
    + 2,712
    - 2,489
    Bob the Minion is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

    added by jsnungaray
    Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2

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  22. 22
    + 3,012
    - 2,574

    added by dgenega5764
    Apollo 13

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  23. 23
    + 2,991
    - 2,582

    added by dgenega5764
    Catch Me If You Can

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    + 2,511
    - 2,500

    added by looksharp
    Forrest Gump

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  25. 25
    + 3,510
    - 6,208


    Harry Potter universe

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  26. 26
    + 2,919
    - 5,035


    Back to the Future trilogy

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  27. 27
    + 2,969
    - 5,267
    Terminator is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    The Terminator series

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  28. 28
    + 2,816
    - 4,745


    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star ...

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  29. 29
    + 2,298
    - 3,289

    ranked low on reranks & added by ChangesDownClub
    The Star Wars Holiday Special, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars ...

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  30. 30
    + 1,986
    - 3,440


    Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy

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  31. 31
    + 2,179
    - 4,302
    Vito Corleone is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    The Godfather trilogy

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  32. 32
    + 2,393
    - 4,211


    Rocky franchise

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  33. 33
    + 1,787
    - 3,129


    E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

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  34. 34
    + 2,316
    - 3,911


    Die Hard franchise

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  35. 35
    + 2,388
    - 3,712


    Harry Potter universe

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  36. 36
    + 2,429
    - 3,843


    Ultimate Avengers, Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow, The Invincible Iron ...

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  37. 37
    + 787
    - 1,263


    The Big Lebowski

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  38. 38
    + 2,008
    - 3,099

    added by ryanmcw
    X-Men universe

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  39. 39
    + 911
    - 1,261

    added by CraigAlarm
    Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of ...

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  40. 40
    + 265
    - 262

    ranked low on reranks & added by dgenega5764
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the ...

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  41. 41
    + 813
    - 1,240

    often listed & added by WilliamMtx
    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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  42. 42
    + 113
    - 70

    ranked low on reranks & added by dgenega5764
    Guardians of the Galaxy

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  43. 43
    + 493
    - 646


    The Hobbit: There and Back Again, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The ...

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  44. 44
    + 543
    - 682


    Sherlock Holmes and the House of Fear, Sherlock Holmes in Washington, ...

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  45. 45
    + 220
    - 198

    ranked low on reranks & added by zomgpunkins
    Thor, Thor: The Dark World, The Avengers

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  46. 46
    + 510
    - 609

    added by NolanScripture
    The Princess Bride

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  47. 47
    + 640
    - 917


    Gladiator

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  48. 48
    + 160
    - 126

    added by dgenega5764
    Addams Family Values, The Addams Family

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  49. 49
    + 339
    - 357

    added by dgenega5764
    Back to the Future Part III, Back to the Future, Back to the Future Part ...

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  50. 50
    + 1,404
    - 2,328

    often listed & added by WilliamMtx
    The Matrix trilogy

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