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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
7,714 5,992
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
7,970 9,508
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Indiana Jones Indiana Jones franchise

3
8,391 9,256
Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Han Solo Star Wars universe

4
6,616 9,688
James Bond is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
James Bond James Bond franchise

5
6,922 9,633
Jack Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Jack Sparrow Pirates of the Caribbean universe

6
7,596 9,808
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The Joker Batman universe

7
6,296 5,090
Woody is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Woody Toy Story trilogy

8
6,609 9,106
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Yoda Star Wars universe

9
5,930 9,337
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
5,992 9,173
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
5,215 10,128
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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
5,808 4,786
Captain Miller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Captain Miller Saving Private Ryan

13
1,111 1,188
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Norman Bates Psycho

14
5,388 9,119
Luke Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Luke Skywalker Star Wars universe

15
1,387 1,771
Atticus Finch is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Atticus Finch To Kill a Mockingbird

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

16
4,071 3,574
Lieutenant Dan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
looksharp added Lieutenant Dan Taylor Forrest Gump

17
5,132 4,663
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
3,701 3,014
Mrs. Gump is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Mrs. Gump Forrest Gump

19
5,152 4,938
Chuck Noland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Chuck Noland Cast Away

20
5,123 9,170
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Hannibal Lecter The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red Drago

21
2,415 3,681
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
5,015 4,296
Josh Baskin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Josh Baskin Big

23
5,513 5,163
Minions is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Minions Home Makeover

24
2,157 2,600
Scarlett O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Scarlett O'Hara Gone with the Wind

25
5,118 9,205
Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter Harry Potter universe

26
2,755 2,424
Benjamin Buford
dgenega5764 added Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue Forrest Gump

27
4,940 4,310
Andrew Beckett is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Andrew Beckett Philadelphia

28
4,361 7,933
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Terminator The Terminator series

29
4,965 4,222
Captain Richard Phillips is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Captain Richard Phillips Captain Phillips

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

30
3,789 6,529
Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rocky Balboa Rocky franchise

31
4,305 7,427
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
4,353 7,888
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
3,285 6,443
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Vito Corleone The Godfather trilogy

34
1,318 1,711
Dr. Emmett Brown is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Dr. Emmett Brown Back for the Future trilogy

35
4,903 3,941
Carl Hanratty is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Carl Hanratty Catch Me If You Can

36
4,932 3,984
Jim Lovell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Jim Lovell Apollo 13

37
3,372 4,885
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ryanmcw added Wolverine X-Men universe

38
3,200 5,590
Man with No Name is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Man with No Name Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy

39
2,404 3,001
R2-D2 is listed (or ranked) 39 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

40
2,177 2,698
Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 40 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

41
5,197 4,810
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jsnungaray added Bob the Minion Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2

42
3,865 5,543
Chewbacca is listed (or ranked) 42 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

43
3,243 5,515
John McClane is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
John McClane Die Hard franchise

The 20 Most Sexually Aggressive Cartoon Characters The Best Current Black TV Shows

44
2,279 3,097
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
1,954 2,946
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
742 796
Thor is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Thor Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2, Almighty Thor

47
200 151
Axel Foley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Axel Foley Beverly Hills Cop III, Beverly Hills Cop

48
1,210 1,914
Jeffrey
The Dude The Big Lebowski

49
2,171 3,608
Legolas is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Legolas The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

50
3,587 5,564
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Hermione Granger Harry Potter universe