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
    + 5,101
    - 5,881
    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
    + 5,247
    - 5,690


    Star Wars universe

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  4. 4
    + 4,405
    - 5,990

    the people's #1
    James Bond franchise

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  5. 5
    + 3,627
    - 2,773

    ranked low on reranks
    Toy Story trilogy

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  6. 6
    + 4,480
    - 5,938


    Pirates of the Caribbean universe

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  7. 7
    + 4,850
    - 5,797
    Joker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    Batman universe

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  8. 8
    + 4,211
    - 5,576


    Star Wars universe

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  9. 9
    + 3,862
    - 5,756


    The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit

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  10. 10
    + 3,680
    - 6,243
    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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    ranked low on reranks
    Saving Private Ryan

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  12. 12
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    often listed & added by wiabux
    Batman Forever, American Splendor, Movie 43

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  13. 13
    + 2,756
    - 2,480

    ranked low on reranks & added by dgenega5764
    The Green Mile

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  14. 14
    + 2,784
    - 2,669

    ranked low on reranks
    Cast Away

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  15. 15
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    - 5,630

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Star Wars universe

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    Home Makeover

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  17. 17
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    - 5,681

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

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  18. 18
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    - 2,393

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    Philadelphia

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    - 2,413

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    Big

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  20. 20
    + 2,715
    - 2,355

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    Captain Phillips

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  21. 21
    + 2,350
    - 2,159
    Bob the Minion is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

    added by jsnungaray
    Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2

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  22. 22
    + 2,697
    - 2,277

    added by dgenega5764
    Apollo 13

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  23. 23
    + 2,687
    - 2,279

    added by dgenega5764
    Catch Me If You Can

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    - 5,717

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Harry Potter universe

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    + 2,340
    - 2,319

    added by looksharp
    Forrest Gump

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  26. 26
    + 2,860
    - 4,864


    Back to the Future trilogy

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  27. 27
    + 2,930
    - 5,116
    Terminator is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    The Terminator series

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  28. 28
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    - 3,145

    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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    - 4,605


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

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  30. 30
    + 1,948
    - 3,302


    Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy

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  31. 31
    + 1,747
    - 2,982


    E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

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  32. 32
    + 2,349
    - 4,064


    Rocky franchise

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  33. 33
    + 2,143
    - 4,163
    Vito Corleone is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

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    The Godfather trilogy

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  34. 34
    + 855
    - 1,135

    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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    + 2,325
    - 3,575


    Harry Potter universe

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  36. 36
    + 604
    - 760

    ranked low on reranks
    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars Episode IV: A New ...

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  37. 37
    + 2,270
    - 3,773


    Die Hard franchise

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  38. 38
    + 2,388
    - 3,704


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

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  39. 39
    + 1,225
    - 1,806


    Gone with the Wind

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  40. 40
    + 1,966
    - 2,966

    added by ryanmcw
    X-Men universe

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  41. 41
    + 881
    - 1,224


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

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  42. 42
    + 864
    - 1,209


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

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  43. 43
    + 1,141
    - 1,668

    added by mdkerr62
    Dirty Harry

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  44. 44
    + 843
    - 1,344


    Harry Potter universe

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  45. 45
    + 491
    - 623


    Monsters, Inc., Monsters University

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    + 1,734
    - 2,901

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Hobbit: There and ...

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  47. 47
    + 495
    - 657


    Toy Story trilogy

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  48. 48
    + 429
    - 498


    Ghostbusters, Ghostbusters II, Ghostbusters III

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    - 191

    added by dgenega5764
    Beetlejuice

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  50. 50
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    - 396


    The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, The Lord of the Rings: The ...

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