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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 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 Netflix Original Documentary Movies

2
+ - 6,993 8,587
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Indiana Jones Indiana Jones franchise

3
+ - 7,304 8,320
Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Han Solo Star Wars universe

4
+ - 5,890 8,740
James Bond is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
James Bond James Bond franchise

5
+ - 6,634 8,463
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Joker Batman universe

6
+ - 6,125 8,690
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
+ - 5,338 4,762
Woody is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Woody Toy Story trilogy

8
+ - 5,831 8,209
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Yoda Star Wars universe

9
+ - 5,275 8,402
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
+ - 5,309 8,279
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
+ - 4,700 9,155
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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
+ - 4,888 4,494
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
+ - 4,587 4,176
Minions is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Minions Home Makeover

14
+ - 4,746 8,228
Luke Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Luke Skywalker Star Wars universe

15
+ - 4,530 8,295
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 7 Mythical Creatures That Were Found in Real Life

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+ - 4,278 3,895
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Bob the Minion Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2

17
+ - 4,518 8,312
Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter Harry Potter universe

18
+ - 4,279 4,597
Chuck Noland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Chuck Noland Cast Away

19
+ - 4,248 4,352
Paul Edgecombe is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Paul Edgecombe The Green Mile

20
+ - 3,848 7,015
Marty McFly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Marty McFly Back to the Future trilogy

21
+ - 1,431 1,731
Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 21 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

22
+ - 1,115 1,255
C-3PO is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
+ - 1,487 2,166
Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Professor Albus Dumbledore Harry Potter universe

24
+ - 1,640 2,039
R2-D2 is listed (or ranked) 24 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

25
+ - 1,647 2,177
Professor Severus Snape is listed (or ranked) 25 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

26
+ - 3,780 6,557
Obi-Wan Kenobi is listed (or ranked) 26 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

27
+ - 1,652 2,079
Spock is listed (or ranked) 27 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

28
+ - 3,840 7,089
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Terminator The Terminator series

29
+ - 512 481
Rocket Raccoon is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rocket Raccoon Guardians of the Galaxy

The All-Time Greatest Pixar Characters The Things You Wish You Were Better At

30
+ - 1,224 1,808
Atticus Finch is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Atticus Finch To Kill a Mockingbird

31
+ - 1,957 2,601
Scarlett O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Scarlett O'Hara Gone with the Wind

32
+ - 3,442 3,475
Lieutenant Dan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Lieutenant Dan Taylor Forrest Gump

33
+ - 2,742 4,760
Man with No Name is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Man with No Name Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy

34
+ - 894 1,227
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Norman Bates Psycho

35
+ - 3,271 5,671
Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rocky Balboa Rocky franchise

36
+ - 2,868 5,628
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Vito Corleone The Godfather trilogy

37
+ - 3,331 4,716
Chewbacca is listed (or ranked) 37 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

38
+ - 1,033 1,293
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Ellen Ripley Alien universe

39
+ - 2,963 2,857
Mrs. Gump is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Mrs. Gump Forrest Gump

40
+ - 2,784 4,007
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Wolverine X-Men universe

41
+ - 897 1,231
Sarah Connor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Sarah Connor The Terminator series

42
+ - 2,263 3,790
E.T. is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
E.T. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

43
+ - 1,048 1,167
Inigo Montoya is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Inigo Montoya The Princess Bride

The 20 Most Sexually Aggressive Cartoon Characters The Greatest Female Villains

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+ - 3,322 4,994
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Hermione Granger Harry Potter universe

45
+ - 909 1,120
Frodo Baggins is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Frodo Baggins The Hobbit: There and Back Again, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring

46
+ - 1,097 1,697
Jeffrey
The Dude The Big Lebowski

47
+ - 4,159 4,139
Josh Baskin is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

48
+ - 2,831 4,785
John McClane is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
John McClane Die Hard franchise

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+ - 809 866
Sirius Black is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Sirius Black Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

50
+ - 1,195 1,751
Ferris Bueller is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Ferris Bueller Ferris Bueller's Day Off