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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    - 2,009
    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
    + 2,544
    - 2,072

    the people's #1
    James Bond franchise

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  4. 4
    + 2,815
    - 1,870


    Star Wars universe

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  5. 5
    + 2,501
    - 2,031


    Pirates of the Caribbean universe

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  6. 6
    + 2,720
    - 1,958
    Joker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    Batman universe

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  7. 7
    + 2,259
    - 2,238
    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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    - 1,932


    The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit

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  9. 9
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    - 1,785


    Star Wars universe

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  10. 10
    + 2,222
    - 1,840

    added by wiabux
    Batman Forever, American Splendor, Movie 43

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  11. 11
    + 1,408
    - 564

    ranked low on reranks
    Toy Story trilogy

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  12. 12
    + 1,973
    - 1,829


    Star Wars universe

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  13. 13
    + 1,960
    - 1,873


    The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red Drago

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  14. 14
    + 1,886
    - 1,930


    Harry Potter universe

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  15. 15
    + 1,805
    - 1,829


    Back to the Future trilogy

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    + 1,657
    - 1,635


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

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    - 1,803
    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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    - 498

    ranked low on reranks
    Saving Private Ryan

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  19. 19
    + 1,510
    - 1,799
    Vito Corleone is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

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    The Godfather trilogy

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    Big

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    ranked low on reranks & added by dgenega5764
    Philadelphia

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    - 1,756

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Rocky franchise

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    - 292

    added by dgenega5764
    Forrest Gump

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    - 338

    added by dgenega5764
    The Green Mile

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    + 785
    - 268

    added by dgenega5764
    Captain Phillips

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    + 779
    - 265

    added by dgenega5764
    Apollo 13

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  27. 27
    + 773
    - 264

    added by dgenega5764
    Catch Me If You Can

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    + 1,577
    - 1,688


    Die Hard franchise

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    + 1,442
    - 1,691


    Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy

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    + 1,629
    - 1,697


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

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    + 1,280
    - 1,715
    Michael Corleone is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

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    The Godfather trilogy

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    + 833
    - 449

    ranked low on reranks & added by looksharp
    Forrest Gump

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    + 1,542
    - 1,633


    Harry Potter universe

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    + 1,377
    - 1,731

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

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    + 1,504
    - 1,509

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

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    + 832
    - 590

    ranked low on reranks
    Cast Away

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    + 1,362
    - 1,653


    The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit

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  38. 38
    + 1,309
    - 1,594


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

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  39. 39
    + 1,371
    - 1,477

    added by ryanmcw
    X-Men universe

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  40. 40
    + 1,079
    - 1,615


    E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

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  41. 41
    + 446
    - 228

    ranked low on reranks & added by dgenega5764
    Forrest Gump

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  42. 42
    + 1,067
    - 1,649

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    The Shining

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    + 1,087
    - 1,599

    added by WilliamMtx
    The Matrix trilogy

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  44. 44
    + 695
    - 885

    added by mdkerr62
    Dirty Harry

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  45. 45
    + 578
    - 888

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    To Kill a Mockingbird

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  46. 46
    + 295
    - 183

    ranked low on reranks
    Home Makeover

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  47. 47
    + 146
    - 31
    Bob the Minion is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

    ranked low on reranks & added by jsnungaray
    Bob the Minion Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2

  48. 48
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    - 932


    The Big Lebowski

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    - 844

    added by WilliamMtx
    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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  50. 50
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    - 774


    Gone with the Wind

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