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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    - 2,851


    Forrest Gump

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  2. 2
    + 4,411
    - 4,846
    Indiana Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    Indiana Jones franchise

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  3. 3
    + 4,462
    - 4,673


    Star Wars universe

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  4. 4
    + 3,883
    - 4,931

    the people's #1 & most listed
    James Bond franchise

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  5. 5
    + 2,997
    - 2,165

    ranked low on reranks
    Toy Story trilogy

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  6. 6
    + 4,208
    - 4,766
    Joker is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    Batman universe

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  7. 7
    + 3,931
    - 4,883


    Pirates of the Caribbean universe

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  8. 8
    + 3,650
    - 4,561


    Star Wars universe

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  9. 9
    + 3,411
    - 4,738


    The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit

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  10. 10
    + 3,268
    - 5,161
    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
    + 2,685
    - 2,055

    ranked low on reranks
    Saving Private Ryan

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  12. 12
    + 3,467
    - 4,627

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

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  13. 13
    + 3,077
    - 4,625

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Star Wars universe

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  14. 14
    + 2,200
    - 1,906

    ranked low on reranks & added by dgenega5764
    The Green Mile

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  15. 15
    + 2,236
    - 2,088

    ranked low on reranks
    Cast Away

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  16. 16
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    - 4,692

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

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  17. 17
    + 2,182
    - 1,825

    added by dgenega5764
    Philadelphia

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  18. 18
    + 2,205
    - 1,844

    added by dgenega5764
    Big

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  19. 19
    + 2,183
    - 1,785

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    Captain Phillips

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  20. 20
    + 1,902
    - 1,728


    Home Makeover

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    - 4,724

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    Harry Potter universe

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  22. 22
    + 2,170
    - 1,729

    added by dgenega5764
    Apollo 13

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  23. 23
    + 2,154
    - 1,729

    added by dgenega5764
    Catch Me If You Can

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  24. 24
    + 1,759
    - 1,556
    Bob the Minion is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

    added by jsnungaray
    Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2

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  25. 25
    + 1,966
    - 1,817

    added by looksharp
    Forrest Gump

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  26. 26
    + 2,739
    - 4,550
    Terminator is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    The Terminator series

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  27. 27
    + 2,654
    - 4,335


    Back to the Future trilogy

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  28. 28
    + 2,542
    - 4,110


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

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  29. 29
    + 2,083
    - 2,872

    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
    + 2,205
    - 3,651


    Rocky franchise

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  31. 31
    + 2,052
    - 3,743
    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
    + 1,870
    - 3,011


    Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy

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  33. 33
    + 1,587
    - 2,621


    E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

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    + 1,073
    - 1,443

    ranked low on reranks
    Gone with the Wind

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  35. 35
    + 1,583
    - 1,568

    ranked low on reranks & added by dgenega5764
    Forrest Gump

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  36. 36
    + 2,083
    - 3,347


    Die Hard franchise

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  37. 37
    + 2,087
    - 3,149


    Harry Potter universe

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  38. 38
    + 1,252
    - 1,288

    ranked low on reranks & added by dgenega5764
    Forrest Gump

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  39. 39
    + 2,178
    - 3,283


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

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  40. 40
    + 659
    - 889


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

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  41. 41
    + 1,755
    - 2,689

    added by ryanmcw
    X-Men universe

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  42. 42
    + 977
    - 1,456

    added by mdkerr62
    Dirty Harry

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  43. 43
    + 630
    - 876

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

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  44. 44
    + 329
    - 396


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

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  45. 45
    + 420
    - 534


    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars Episode IV: A New ...

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  46. 46
    + 759
    - 1,237

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Harry Potter universe

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  47. 47
    + 419
    - 517


    Captain America, Captain America II: Death Too Soon, Captain America

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  48. 48
    + 217
    - 242

    added by dgenega5764
    Man of Steel, Superman, Superman II

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    + 1,710
    - 3,060

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

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  50. 50
    + 136
    - 101

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

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