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
    + 3,525
    - 3,384
    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
    + 3,542
    - 3,223


    Star Wars universe

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  4. 4
    + 3,159
    - 3,454

    the people's #1
    James Bond franchise

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  5. 5
    + 3,395
    - 3,316
    Joker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    Batman universe

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  6. 6
    + 3,181
    - 3,414


    Pirates of the Caribbean universe

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  7. 7
    + 2,100
    - 1,369

    ranked low on reranks
    Toy Story trilogy

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  8. 8
    + 2,918
    - 3,127


    Star Wars universe

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  9. 9
    + 2,770
    - 3,290


    The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit

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  10. 10
    + 2,746
    - 3,650
    Anakin Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

    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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    - 3,195

    added by wiabux
    Batman Forever, American Splendor, Movie 43

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  12. 12
    + 2,502
    - 3,187


    Star Wars universe

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  13. 13
    + 2,463
    - 3,230


    The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red Drago

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  14. 14
    + 1,825
    - 1,297

    ranked low on reranks
    Saving Private Ryan

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  15. 15
    + 2,381
    - 3,283


    Harry Potter universe

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  16. 16
    + 2,250
    - 3,135
    Terminator is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    The Terminator series

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    + 2,282
    - 3,170

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Back to the Future trilogy

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    - 2,971

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star ...

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    - 836

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    Home Makeover

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  20. 20
    + 1,370
    - 1,118

    ranked low on reranks & added by dgenega5764
    The Green Mile

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  21. 21
    + 1,396
    - 1,074

    added by dgenega5764
    Big

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    + 1,373
    - 1,050

    added by dgenega5764
    Philadelphia

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    - 674
    Bob the Minion is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

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

  24. 24
    + 1,408
    - 1,300

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Cast Away

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    + 1,348
    - 994

    added by dgenega5764
    Catch Me If You Can

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  26. 26
    + 1,376
    - 1,017

    added by dgenega5764
    Captain Phillips

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    + 1,354
    - 1,002

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    Apollo 13

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    + 1,911
    - 3,133
    Vito Corleone is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

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    The Godfather trilogy

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    + 1,414
    - 1,196

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    Forrest Gump

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    + 1,322
    - 1,072

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    Forrest Gump

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    + 1,002
    - 790

    added by dgenega5764
    Forrest Gump

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    + 2,033
    - 3,074

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rocky franchise

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    + 872
    - 1,037


    Gone with the Wind

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    + 1,914
    - 2,442

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

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  35. 35
    + 1,770
    - 2,662


    Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy

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  36. 36
    + 1,917
    - 2,881


    Die Hard franchise

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  37. 37
    + 1,381
    - 2,256


    E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

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  38. 38
    + 2,005
    - 2,905


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

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  39. 39
    + 1,896
    - 2,792


    Harry Potter universe

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  40. 40
    + 871
    - 1,187

    added by mdkerr62
    Dirty Harry

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  41. 41
    + 1,608
    - 2,807


    The Lord of the Rings trilogy

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  42. 42
    + 1,489
    - 2,785
    Michael Corleone is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    The Godfather trilogy

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  43. 43
    + 1,537
    - 2,614


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

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  44. 44
    + 1,552
    - 2,630


    The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit

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  45. 45
    + 1,606
    - 2,460

    added by ryanmcw
    X-Men universe

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    - 703

    ranked low on reranks & added by CraigAlarm
    Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of ...

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    - 716


    Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Chamber of ...

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    + 639
    - 1,083

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    To Kill a Mockingbird

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    + 627
    - 875


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

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  50. 50
    + 663
    - 1,024

    added by WilliamMtx
    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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