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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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+ - 6,616 7,468
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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+ - 5,388 7,853
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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+ - 5,566 7,810
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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+ - 4,844 4,075
Woody is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Woody Toy Story trilogy

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+ - 5,304 7,359
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Yoda Star Wars universe

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+ - 4,812 7,544
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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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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+ - 4,844 7,424
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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+ - 4,412 3,837
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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+ - 4,334 7,387
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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+ - 3,820 3,629
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 These Disney Princess Were Absolutely Terrible Role Models

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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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+ - 4,172 7,442
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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+ - 4,082 7,495
Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter Harry Potter universe

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Bob the Minion Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2

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+ - 3,743 3,631
Josh Baskin is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

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Marty McFly is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Marty McFly Back to the Future trilogy

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Andrew Beckett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Andrew Beckett Philadelphia

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+ - 3,733 3,551
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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+ - 3,325 5,868
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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+ - 3,399 6,403
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Terminator The Terminator series

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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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Lieutenant Dan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Lieutenant Dan Taylor Forrest Gump

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Jim Lovell is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Jim Lovell Apollo 13

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Man with No Name is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Man with No Name Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy

The All-Time Greatest Pixar Characters The Conspiracy Theories You Believe Are True

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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

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+ - 3,667 3,438
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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+ - 2,802 5,158
Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rocky Balboa Rocky franchise

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+ - 2,029 3,633
E.T. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
E.T. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

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+ - 2,329 2,415
Mrs. Gump is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Mrs. Gump Forrest Gump

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Pumbaa is listed (or ranked) 35 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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+ - 1,000 1,590
Atticus Finch is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Atticus Finch To Kill a Mockingbird

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Benjamin Buford

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Vito Corleone The Godfather trilogy

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+ - 182 142
Simba is listed (or ranked) 39 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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+ - 2,875 4,560
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Hermione Granger Harry Potter universe

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Timon is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

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+ - 2,299 3,576
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Wolverine X-Men universe

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+ - 1,156 1,624
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 Best Current Military TV Shows

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Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Ellen Ripley Alien universe

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+ - 903 1,332
James T. Kirk is listed (or ranked) 45 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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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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+ - 952 1,456
Ferris Bueller is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Ferris Bueller Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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+ - 1,200 1,668
R2-D2 is listed (or ranked) 48 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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+ - 2,582 4,505
John McClane is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
John McClane Die Hard franchise

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Dorothy Gale is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Dorothy Gale DysEnchanted, The Wizard of Oz, The Wiz