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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
7,754 6,039
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
8,049 9,573
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Indiana Jones Indiana Jones franchise

3
8,478 9,321
Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Han Solo Star Wars universe

4
6,679 9,753
James Bond is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
James Bond James Bond franchise

5
6,989 9,702
Captain Jack Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Captain Jack Sparrow Pirates of the Caribbean universe

6
7,670 9,869
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The Joker Batman universe

7
6,329 5,137
Woody is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Woody Toy Story trilogy

8
6,680 9,169
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Yoda Star Wars universe

9
5,993 9,399
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
6,054 9,234
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
5,264 10,193
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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
5,841 4,829
Captain Miller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Captain Miller Saving Private Ryan

13
1,117 1,212
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Norman Bates Psycho

14
5,445 9,180
Luke Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Luke Skywalker Star Wars universe

15
1,390 1,792
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
4,059 3,601
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
5,164 4,708
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
3,705 3,035
Mrs. Gump is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Mrs. Gump Forrest Gump

19
5,183 4,986
Chuck Noland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Chuck Noland Cast Away

20
5,176 9,231
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
2,419 3,700
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
5,583 5,203
Minions is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Minions Home Makeover

23
5,047 4,342
Josh Baskin is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Josh Baskin Big

24
5,172 9,266
Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter Harry Potter universe

25
2,159 2,622
Scarlett O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Scarlett O'Hara Gone with the Wind

26
2,763 2,440
Benjamin Buford
dgenega5764 added Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue Forrest Gump

27
4,415 7,994
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Terminator The Terminator series

28
4,972 4,354
Andrew Beckett is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Andrew Beckett Philadelphia

29
1,386 1,771
Dr. Emmett Brown is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Dr. Emmett Brown Back for the Future trilogy

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

30
4,997 4,265
Captain Richard Phillips is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Captain Richard Phillips Captain Phillips

31
3,844 6,591
Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rocky Balboa Rocky franchise

32
4,358 7,489
Obi-Wan Kenobi is listed (or ranked) 32 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

33
4,403 7,949
Marty McFly is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Marty McFly Back to the Future trilogy

34
3,334 6,506
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Vito Corleone The Godfather trilogy

35
4,934 3,986
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
4,963 4,029
Jim Lovell is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Jim Lovell Apollo 13

37
3,391 4,926
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ryanmcw added Wolverine X-Men universe

38
3,204 5,599
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
5,211 4,799
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jsnungaray added Bob the Minion Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2

40
2,409 3,008
R2-D2 is listed (or ranked) 40 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

41
2,183 2,708
Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 41 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

42
3,868 5,552
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
3,246 5,524
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
2,283 3,108
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
1,956 2,956
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
202 199
Andy Dufresne is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Andy Dufresne The Shawshank Redemption

47
2,181 3,624
Legolas is listed (or ranked) 47 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

48
1,362 1,833
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ryanmcw added Ellen Ripley Alien universe

49
447 504
Hans Gruber is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Hans Gruber Die Hard

50
1,218 1,929
Jeffrey
The Dude The Big Lebowski