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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
7,676 5,971
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Forrest Gump Forrest Gump

The Best Disney Princesses The Best British Crime Movies

2
7,920 9,464
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Indiana Jones Indiana Jones franchise

3
8,338 9,209
Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Han Solo Star Wars universe

4
6,574 9,642
James Bond is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
James Bond James Bond franchise

5
7,551 9,747
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The Joker Batman universe

6
6,879 9,587
Jack Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Jack Sparrow Pirates of the Caribbean universe

7
6,258 5,066
Woody is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Woody Toy Story trilogy

8
6,569 9,059
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Yoda Star Wars universe

9
5,892 9,287
Gandalf is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Gandalf The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit

10
5,955 9,125
Batman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
wiabux added Bruce Wayne / Batman Batman Forever, American Splendor, Movie 43

11
5,186 10,080
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FaithJezek added Anakin Skywalker Star Wars universe - Star Wars Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, Return of the Jedi

12
5,772 4,761
Captain Miller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Captain Miller Saving Private Ryan

13
5,356 9,072
Luke Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Luke Skywalker Star Wars universe

14
5,479 5,124
Minions is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Minions Home Makeover

15
1,315 1,650
Dr. Emmett Brown is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Dr. Emmett Brown Back for the Future trilogy

The Best Movie Villains of All Time These Disney Princess Were Absolutely Terrible Role Models

16
5,089 9,126
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Hannibal Lecter The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red Drago

17
5,096 4,636
Paul Edgecombe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Paul Edgecombe The Green Mile

18
5,116 4,911
Chuck Noland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Chuck Noland Cast Away

19
4,065 3,550
Lieutenant Dan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
looksharp added Lieutenant Dan Taylor Forrest Gump

20
5,087 9,158
Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter Harry Potter universe

21
2,414 3,679
E.T. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
E.T. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

22
5,165 4,806
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jsnungaray added Bob the Minion Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2

23
3,712 3,003
Mrs. Gump is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Mrs. Gump Forrest Gump

24
4,979 4,270
Josh Baskin is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Josh Baskin Big

25
1,108 1,178
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Norman Bates Psycho

26
3,772 6,484
Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rocky Balboa Rocky franchise

27
4,337 7,888
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Terminator The Terminator series

28
2,158 2,591
Scarlett O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Scarlett O'Hara Gone with the Wind

29
1,387 1,760
Atticus Finch is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Atticus Finch To Kill a Mockingbird

The All-Time Greatest Pixar Characters 12 Struggles Every Sarcastic Person Understands

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3,272 6,404
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Vito Corleone The Godfather trilogy

31
4,297 7,380
Obi-Wan Kenobi is listed (or ranked) 31 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 Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

32
4,351 7,842
Marty McFly is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Marty McFly Back to the Future trilogy

33
2,394 2,986
R2-D2 is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
CraigAlarm added R2-D2 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

34
3,192 5,577
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

35
4,903 4,290
Andrew Beckett is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Andrew Beckett Philadelphia

36
3,862 5,534
Chewbacca is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ChangesDownClub added Chewbacca The Star Wars Holiday Special, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

37
4,928 4,201
Captain Richard Phillips is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Captain Richard Phillips Captain Phillips

38
2,168 2,687
Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Leia Organa Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

39
3,359 4,852
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ryanmcw added Wolverine X-Men universe

40
4,866 3,923
Carl Hanratty is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Carl Hanratty Catch Me If You Can

41
2,756 2,412
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dgenega5764 added Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue Forrest Gump

42
4,894 3,967
Jim Lovell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Jim Lovell Apollo 13

43
3,240 5,509
John McClane is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
John McClane Die Hard franchise

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44
2,275 3,088
Professor Severus Snape is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Professor Severus Snape Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I

45
1,949 2,938
Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Professor Albus Dumbledore Harry Potter universe

46
280 265
Mr. Incredible is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
CraigAlarm added Mr. Incredible The Incredibles

47
160 117
Lord Voldemort is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Lord Voldemort J.K. Rowling: A Year in the Life, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince

48
558 547
Rubeus Hagrid is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Rubeus Hagrid Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone

49
568 545
Loki is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
zomgpunkins added Loki Thor, Thor: The Dark World, The Avengers

50
742 780
Thor is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Thor Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2, Almighty Thor