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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    Indiana Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

    most listed
    Indiana Jones Indiana Jones franchise

  3. 3
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    Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    Han Solo Star Wars universe

  4. 4
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    James Bond is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

    the people's #1
    James Bond James Bond franchise

  5. 5
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    Jack Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    Jack Sparrow Pirates of the Caribbean universe

  6. 6
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    Joker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    Joker Batman universe

  7. 7
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    Anakin Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

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

  8. 8
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    Gandalf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    Gandalf The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit

  9. 9
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    Yoda is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    Yoda Star Wars universe

  10. 10
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    Toy Story trilogy

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    Bruce Wayne / Batman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

    added by wiabux
    Bruce Wayne / Batman Batman Forever, American Splendor, Movie 43

  12. 12
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    Luke Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    Luke Skywalker Star Wars universe

  13. 13
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    Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    Hannibal Lecter The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red Drago

  14. 14
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    Harry Potter universe

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  15. 15
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    Marty McFly is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    Marty McFly Back to the Future trilogy

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    Obi-Wan Kenobi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star ...

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


    The Terminator series

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    Captain John H. Miller is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

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    Captain John H. Miller Saving Private Ryan

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    Vito Corleone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Vito Corleone The Godfather trilogy

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    Rocky franchise

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    Minions is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

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    Minions Home Makeover

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    Big

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    Philadelphia

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    Bob the Minion is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

    added by jsnungaray
    Bob the Minion Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2

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    The Green Mile

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    Die Hard franchise

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    Forrest Gump

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    Apollo 13

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    Catch Me If You Can

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    Captain Phillips

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  31. 31
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    Forrest Gump

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    Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


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

  33. 33
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    Harry Potter universe

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    Man with No Name is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    Man with No Name Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy

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    Chewbacca is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

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

  36. 36
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    Cast Away

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    Michael Corleone is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    Michael Corleone The Godfather trilogy

  38. 38
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    The Lord of the Rings trilogy

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    Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

    added by ryanmcw
    Wolverine X-Men universe

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

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    Gollum is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    Gollum The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit

  42. 42
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    Forrest Gump

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    E.T. is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    E.T. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

  44. 44
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    Harry Callahan is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

    added by mdkerr62
    Harry Callahan Dirty Harry

  45. 45
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    Atticus Finch is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    Atticus Finch To Kill a Mockingbird

  46. 46
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    Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    Jack Torrance The Shining

  47. 47
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    The Matrix trilogy

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    Ferris Bueller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

    added by WilliamMtx
    Ferris Bueller Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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    The Dude is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    The Dude The Big Lebowski

  50. 50
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    Spock is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


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

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