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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 Most Horrifying Found-Footage Movies

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Indiana Jones Indiana Jones franchise

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+ - 6,571 7,389
Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Han Solo Star Wars universe

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+ - 5,355 7,772
James Bond is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
James Bond James Bond franchise

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Joker Batman universe

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+ - 5,525 7,728
Captain Jack Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Captain Jack Sparrow Pirates of the Caribbean universe

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+ - 4,791 4,028
Woody is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Woody Toy Story trilogy

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+ - 5,266 7,281
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Yoda Star Wars universe

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+ - 4,783 7,466
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

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+ - 4,347 8,141
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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

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+ - 4,817 7,340
Batman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Bruce Wayne / Batman Batman Forever, American Splendor, Movie 43

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+ - 4,361 3,792
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

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+ - 4,315 7,308
Luke Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Luke Skywalker Star Wars universe

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+ - 3,753 3,572
Minions is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Minions Home Makeover

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Paul Edgecombe is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Paul Edgecombe The Green Mile

The Best Movie Villains of All Time 15 Amazing Roles Almost Played by Nicolas Cage

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Chuck Noland is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Chuck Noland Cast Away

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+ - 4,144 7,362
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Hannibal Lecter The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red Drago

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+ - 3,520 3,327
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Bob the Minion Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2

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+ - 4,053 7,414
Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter Harry Potter universe

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+ - 3,404 6,153
Marty McFly is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Marty McFly Back to the Future trilogy

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+ - 3,695 3,583
Josh Baskin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

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+ - 3,656 3,577
Andrew Beckett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Andrew Beckett Philadelphia

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+ - 3,686 3,509
Captain Richard Phillips is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Captain Richard Phillips Captain Phillips

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+ - 3,300 5,801
Obi-Wan Kenobi is listed (or ranked) 24 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

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+ - 3,374 6,346
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Terminator The Terminator series

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+ - 2,771 4,115
Chewbacca is listed (or ranked) 26 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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+ - 3,656 3,387
Jim Lovell is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Jim Lovell Apollo 13

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Pumbaa is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Pumbaa The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, The Lion King

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+ - 2,842 3,083
Lieutenant Dan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Lieutenant Dan Taylor Forrest Gump

The All-Time Greatest Pixar Characters Things You Should Know How to Do Before You Turn 30

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Man with No Name is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Man with No Name Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy

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+ - 3,620 3,399
Carl Hanratty is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Carl Hanratty Catch Me If You Can

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+ - 1,990 2,130
Benjamin Buford

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+ - 1,688 2,432
Scarlett O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Scarlett O'Hara Gone with the Wind

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+ - 2,763 5,111
Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rocky Balboa Rocky franchise

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Timon is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

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+ - 2,004 3,632
E.T. is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
E.T. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

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+ - 2,263 2,394
Mrs. Gump is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Mrs. Gump Forrest Gump

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+ - 159 108
Simba is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Simba The Lion King II: Simba's Pride, The Lion King 1½, The Lion King

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+ - 2,845 4,513
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Hermione Granger Harry Potter universe

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+ - 2,272 3,528
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Wolverine X-Men universe

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+ - 976 1,589
Atticus Finch is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Atticus Finch To Kill a Mockingbird

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Vito Corleone The Godfather trilogy

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+ - 1,146 1,612
Spock is listed (or ranked) 43 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

The 20 Most Sexually Aggressive Cartoon Characters The Greatest Female Villains

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Groot is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Groot Guardians of the Galaxy

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+ - 1,194 1,655
R2-D2 is listed (or ranked) 45 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

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+ - 1,232 1,798
Professor Severus Snape is listed (or ranked) 46 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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+ - 249 225
Star-Lord is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Star-Lord Guardians of the Galaxy

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+ - 895 1,321
James T. Kirk is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
James T. Kirk Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek, Star Trek 2

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+ - 1,994 3,371
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

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WALL·E is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
WALL·E Wall-E