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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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    Forrest Gump

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  2. 2
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    - 1,518
    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
    + 2,047
    - 1,570

    the people's #1
    James Bond franchise

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  4. 4
    + 2,289
    - 1,381


    Star Wars universe

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  5. 5
    + 1,997
    - 1,522


    Pirates of the Caribbean universe

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  6. 6
    + 2,227
    - 1,467
    Joker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    Batman universe

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  7. 7
    + 1,793
    - 1,723
    Anakin Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 7 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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  8. 8
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    - 1,439


    The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit

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  9. 9
    + 1,833
    - 1,297


    Star Wars universe

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  10. 10
    + 1,733
    - 1,354

    added by wiabux
    Batman Forever, American Splendor, Movie 43

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    - 336

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    Toy Story trilogy

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  12. 12
    + 1,498
    - 1,384


    The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red Drago

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  13. 13
    + 1,490
    - 1,340


    Star Wars universe

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  14. 14
    + 1,441
    - 1,435


    Harry Potter universe

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  15. 15
    + 1,354
    - 1,338


    Back to the Future trilogy

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

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    - 1,326
    Terminator is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

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    The Terminator series

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  18. 18
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    ranked low on reranks & added by dgenega5764
    Big

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    ranked low on reranks & added by dgenega5764
    Apollo 13

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  20. 20
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    added by dgenega5764
    Captain Phillips

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  21. 21
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    - 51
    Carl Hanratty is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

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    Carl Hanratty Catch Me If You Can

  22. 22
    + 487
    - 51

    added by dgenega5764
    Philadelphia

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    - 283


    Saving Private Ryan

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  24. 24
    + 490
    - 73

    added by dgenega5764
    Forrest Gump

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    - 1,320
    Vito Corleone is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    The Godfather trilogy

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    - 132

    added by dgenega5764
    The Green Mile

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  27. 27
    + 1,227
    - 1,288


    Rocky franchise

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    + 1,185
    - 1,226


    Die Hard franchise

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  29. 29
    + 1,095
    - 1,224


    Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy

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    - 1,246
    Michael Corleone is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

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    The Godfather trilogy

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

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    + 541
    - 230

    ranked low on reranks & added by looksharp
    Forrest Gump

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    The Lord of the Rings trilogy

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    + 1,135
    - 1,171


    Harry Potter universe

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    + 1,080
    - 1,044

    added by ChangesDownClub
    The Star Wars Holiday Special, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars ...

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    + 799
    - 1,145

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

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    + 549
    - 337

    ranked low on reranks
    Cast Away

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  38. 38
    + 1,026
    - 1,187


    The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit

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    + 966
    - 1,125


    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Hobbit: There and ...

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  40. 40
    + 987
    - 1,006

    added by ryanmcw
    X-Men universe

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    + 797
    - 1,188

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    The Shining

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  42. 42
    + 654
    - 753

    added by mdkerr62
    Dirty Harry

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  43. 43
    + 816
    - 1,156

    added by WilliamMtx
    The Matrix trilogy

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  44. 44
    + 156
    - 24

    ranked low on reranks & added by dgenega5764
    Forrest Gump

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  45. 45
    + 544
    - 758


    To Kill a Mockingbird

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  46. 46
    + 508
    - 643


    Gone with the Wind

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    - 802


    The Big Lebowski

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  48. 48
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    - 715

    added by WilliamMtx
    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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    - 670

    added by wiabux
    Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek, Star Trek 2

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  50. 50
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    - 590


    Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star ...

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