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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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+ - 7,136 6,005
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
+ - 7,478 9,232
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Indiana Jones Indiana Jones franchise

3
+ - 7,815 8,963
Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Han Solo Star Wars universe

4
+ - 6,255 9,404
James Bond is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
James Bond James Bond franchise

5
+ - 7,107 9,114
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Joker Batman universe

6
+ - 6,505 9,340
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
+ - 5,767 5,110
Woody is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Woody Toy Story trilogy

8
+ - 6,201 8,828
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Yoda Star Wars universe

9
+ - 5,579 9,051
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
+ - 5,632 8,901
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
+ - 4,956 9,843
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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
+ - 5,291 4,825
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
+ - 5,052 8,851
Luke Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Luke Skywalker Star Wars universe

14
+ - 4,980 4,621
Minions is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Minions Home Makeover

15
+ - 4,815 8,910
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

16
+ - 3,819 3,756
Lieutenant Dan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Lieutenant Dan Taylor Forrest Gump

17
+ - 4,626 4,688
Paul Edgecombe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Paul Edgecombe The Green Mile

18
+ - 4,657 4,945
Chuck Noland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Chuck Noland Cast Away

19
+ - 3,331 3,107
Mrs. Gump is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Mrs. Gump Forrest Gump

20
+ - 4,797 8,941
Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter Harry Potter universe

21
+ - 992 1,341
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Norman Bates Psycho

22
+ - 4,091 7,671
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Terminator The Terminator series

23
+ - 4,659 4,326
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Bob the Minion Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2

24
+ - 1,312 1,951
Atticus Finch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Atticus Finch To Kill a Mockingbird

25
+ - 4,531 4,334
Josh Baskin is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

26
+ - 4,036 7,134
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
+ - 4,121 7,614
Marty McFly is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Marty McFly Back to the Future trilogy

28
+ - 2,341 3,881
E.T. is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
E.T. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

29
+ - 3,505 6,199
Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rocky Balboa Rocky franchise

The All-Time Greatest Pixar Characters The Biggest Turn Ons in a Person

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+ - 2,049 2,725
Scarlett O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Scarlett O'Hara Gone with the Wind

31
+ - 3,060 4,513
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Wolverine X-Men universe

32
+ - 4,474 4,320
Andrew Beckett is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Andrew Beckett Philadelphia

33
+ - 3,027 6,088
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Vito Corleone The Godfather trilogy

34
+ - 4,501 4,235
Captain Richard Phillips is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Captain Richard Phillips Captain Phillips

35
+ - 2,903 5,194
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
+ - 2,011 2,583
R2-D2 is listed (or ranked) 36 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

37
+ - 3,524 5,125
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
+ - 2,571 2,571
Benjamin Buford

39
+ - 1,794 2,287
Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 39 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

40
+ - 4,484 3,980
Jim Lovell is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Jim Lovell Apollo 13

41
+ - 1,959 2,669
Professor Severus Snape is listed (or ranked) 41 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

42
+ - 4,434 3,965
Carl Hanratty is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Carl Hanratty Catch Me If You Can

43
+ - 489 472
Loki is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Loki Thor, Thor: The Dark World, The Avengers

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

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+ - 178 132
Axel Foley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Axel Foley Beverly Hills Cop III, Beverly Hills Cop

45
+ - 1,177 1,574
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Ellen Ripley Alien universe

46
+ - 1,041 1,518
Sarah Connor is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Sarah Connor The Terminator series

47
+ - 2,985 5,129
John McClane is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
John McClane Die Hard franchise

48
+ - 1,839 2,427
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
+ - 1,672 2,559
Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Professor Albus Dumbledore Harry Potter universe

50
+ - 3,492 5,374
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Hermione Granger Harry Potter universe