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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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+ - 7,024 5,930
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 Steven Spielberg Movies

2
+ - 7,417 9,109
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Indiana Jones Indiana Jones franchise

3
+ - 7,751 8,839
Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Han Solo Star Wars universe

4
+ - 6,212 9,271
James Bond is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
James Bond James Bond franchise

5
+ - 7,055 8,982
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Joker Batman universe

6
+ - 6,454 9,213
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
+ - 5,663 5,048
Woody is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Woody Toy Story trilogy

8
+ - 6,157 8,704
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Yoda Star Wars universe

9
+ - 5,545 8,919
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
+ - 5,590 8,776
Batman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Bruce Wayne / Batman Batman Forever, American Splendor, Movie 43

11
+ - 4,928 9,710
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Anakin Skywalker Star Wars universe - Star Wars Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, Return of the Jedi

12
+ - 5,203 4,761
Captain John H. Miller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Captain John H. Miller Saving Private Ryan

13
+ - 5,012 8,730
Luke Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Luke Skywalker Star Wars universe

14
+ - 4,910 4,522
Minions is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Minions Home Makeover

15
+ - 4,777 8,790
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Hannibal Lecter The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red Drago

The Best Movie Villains of All Time The Most Infamous Cursed Movies of All Time

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+ - 3,744 3,704
Lieutenant Dan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Lieutenant Dan Taylor Forrest Gump

17
+ - 4,541 4,623
Paul Edgecombe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Paul Edgecombe The Green Mile

18
+ - 4,574 4,878
Chuck Noland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Chuck Noland Cast Away

19
+ - 4,758 8,818
Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter Harry Potter universe

20
+ - 4,594 4,226
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Bob the Minion Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2

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+ - 4,062 7,552
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Terminator The Terminator series

22
+ - 4,002 7,015
Obi-Wan Kenobi is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
+ - 4,080 7,500
Marty McFly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Marty McFly Back to the Future trilogy

24
+ - 3,256 3,052
Mrs. Gump is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Mrs. Gump Forrest Gump

25
+ - 3,001 4,423
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Wolverine X-Men universe

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+ - 3,447 6,111
Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rocky Balboa Rocky franchise

27
+ - 4,446 4,274
Josh Baskin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

28
+ - 2,014 2,705
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
+ - 1,270 1,931
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 The Biggest Turn Ons in a Person

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+ - 2,303 3,866
E.T. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
E.T. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

31
+ - 947 1,315
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Norman Bates Psycho

32
+ - 1,948 2,498
R2-D2 is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
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

33
+ - 1,732 2,202
Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 33 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

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+ - 2,968 6,004
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Vito Corleone The Godfather trilogy

35
+ - 2,851 5,109
Man with No Name is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Man with No Name Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy

36
+ - 3,462 5,042
Chewbacca is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Chewbacca The Star Wars Holiday Special, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

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+ - 4,394 4,257
Andrew Beckett is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Andrew Beckett Philadelphia

38
+ - 1,896 2,585
Professor Severus Snape is listed (or ranked) 38 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

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+ - 4,420 4,177
Captain Richard Phillips is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Captain Richard Phillips Captain Phillips

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+ - 2,523 2,529
Benjamin Buford

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+ - 1,622 2,480
Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Professor Albus Dumbledore Harry Potter universe

42
+ - 4,400 3,935
Jim Lovell is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Jim Lovell Apollo 13

43
+ - 3,441 5,296
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Hermione Granger Harry Potter universe

The 20 Most Sexually Aggressive Cartoon Characters The Funniest TV Shows of All Time

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+ - 2,939 5,083
John McClane is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
John McClane Die Hard franchise

45
+ - 4,353 3,909
Carl Hanratty is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Carl Hanratty Catch Me If You Can

46
+ - 1,250 1,524
C-3PO is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
C-3PO Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, The Making of Star Wars, The Star Wars Holiday Special

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+ - 914 1,120
Captain America is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Captain America Captain America, Captain America II: Death Too Soon, Captain America

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+ - 1,797 2,391
Spock is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Spock Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, Star Trek: The Motion Picture

49
+ - 1,149 1,554
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Ellen Ripley Alien universe

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+ - 612 659
Thor is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Thor Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2, Almighty Thor