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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
+ - 7,037 8,630
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Indiana Jones Indiana Jones franchise

3
+ - 7,357 8,362
Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Han Solo Star Wars universe

4
+ - 5,933 8,785
James Bond is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
James Bond James Bond franchise

5
+ - 6,684 8,506
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Joker Batman universe

6
+ - 6,166 8,737
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
+ - 5,356 4,808
Woody is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Woody Toy Story trilogy

8
+ - 5,872 8,252
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Yoda Star Wars universe

9
+ - 5,310 8,448
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
+ - 5,350 8,318
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
+ - 4,727 9,206
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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
+ - 4,622 4,202
Minions is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Minions Home Makeover

13
+ - 4,782 8,271
Luke Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Luke Skywalker Star Wars universe

14
+ - 4,905 4,530
Captain John H. Miller is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Captain John H. Miller Saving Private Ryan

15
+ - 4,322 3,917
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Bob the Minion Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2

The Best Movie Villains of All Time 7 Mythical Creatures That Were Found in Real Life

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+ - 4,563 8,340
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Hannibal Lecter The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red Drago

17
+ - 4,550 8,355
Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter Harry Potter universe

18
+ - 3,882 7,053
Marty McFly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Marty McFly Back to the Future trilogy

19
+ - 4,292 4,634
Chuck Noland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Chuck Noland Cast Away

20
+ - 4,260 4,378
Paul Edgecombe is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Paul Edgecombe The Green Mile

21
+ - 1,462 1,760
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
+ - 1,685 2,062
R2-D2 is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
+ - 1,683 2,197
Professor Severus Snape is listed (or ranked) 23 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

24
+ - 3,812 6,572
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

25
+ - 1,681 2,095
Spock is listed (or ranked) 25 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

26
+ - 1,145 1,275
C-3PO is listed (or ranked) 26 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

27
+ - 1,235 1,817
Atticus Finch is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Atticus Finch To Kill a Mockingbird

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+ - 3,871 7,105
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Terminator The Terminator series

29
+ - 1,505 2,186
Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Professor Albus Dumbledore Harry Potter universe

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

30
+ - 904 1,233
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Norman Bates Psycho

31
+ - 1,967 2,610
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
+ - 3,459 3,480
Lieutenant Dan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Lieutenant Dan Taylor Forrest Gump

33
+ - 2,752 4,775
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
+ - 2,980 2,866
Mrs. Gump is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Mrs. Gump Forrest Gump

35
+ - 1,049 1,309
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Ellen Ripley Alien universe

36
+ - 3,281 5,686
Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rocky Balboa Rocky franchise

37
+ - 2,876 5,640
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Vito Corleone The Godfather trilogy

38
+ - 912 1,245
Sarah Connor is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Sarah Connor The Terminator series

39
+ - 3,343 4,731
Chewbacca is listed (or ranked) 39 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

40
+ - 2,795 4,021
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Wolverine X-Men universe

41
+ - 2,270 3,800
E.T. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
E.T. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

42
+ - 1,058 1,181
Inigo Montoya is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Inigo Montoya The Princess Bride

43
+ - 566 526
Rocket Raccoon is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rocket Raccoon Guardians of the Galaxy

The 20 Most Sexually Aggressive Cartoon Characters The Greatest Female Villains

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+ - 3,329 5,010
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Hermione Granger Harry Potter universe

45
+ - 4,171 4,147
Josh Baskin is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

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+ - 916 1,136
Frodo Baggins is listed (or ranked) 46 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

47
+ - 1,102 1,711
Jeffrey
The Dude The Big Lebowski

48
+ - 4,121 4,139
Andrew Beckett is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Andrew Beckett Philadelphia

49
+ - 2,836 4,797
John McClane is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
John McClane Die Hard franchise

50
+ - 2,986 4,647
Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Iron Man Ultimate Avengers, Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow, The Invincible Iron Man