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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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+ - 6,575 7,409
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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+ - 5,357 7,792
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

6
+ - 5,528 7,748
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

7
+ - 4,805 4,035
Woody is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Woody Toy Story trilogy

8
+ - 5,270 7,300
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Yoda Star Wars universe

9
+ - 4,785 7,485
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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+ - 4,817 7,360
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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+ - 4,374 3,799
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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+ - 4,317 7,328
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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+ - 3,762 3,586
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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+ - 4,145 7,382
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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+ - 4,056 7,434
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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+ - 3,405 6,174
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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+ - 3,708 3,591
Josh Baskin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

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+ - 3,669 3,583
Andrew Beckett is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Andrew Beckett Philadelphia

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+ - 3,698 3,513
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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+ - 3,308 5,814
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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+ - 3,380 6,359
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Terminator The Terminator series

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Pumbaa is listed (or ranked) 26 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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+ - 2,782 4,120
Chewbacca is listed (or ranked) 27 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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Simba is listed (or ranked) 28 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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+ - 3,669 3,394
Jim Lovell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Jim Lovell Apollo 13

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

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Lieutenant Dan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Lieutenant Dan Taylor Forrest Gump

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+ - 3,632 3,403
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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+ - 1,699 2,433
Scarlett O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Scarlett O'Hara Gone with the Wind

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+ - 2,283 4,159
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

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+ - 2,002 2,132
Benjamin Buford

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+ - 2,766 5,123
Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rocky Balboa Rocky franchise

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+ - 2,017 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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+ - 2,277 2,395
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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+ - 977 1,589
Atticus Finch is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Atticus Finch To Kill a Mockingbird

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+ - 2,848 4,526
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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+ - 2,274 3,542
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Wolverine X-Men universe

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Inigo Montoya is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Inigo Montoya The Princess Bride

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James T. Kirk is listed (or ranked) 42 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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+ - 918 1,223
Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 43 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

The 20 Most Sexually Aggressive Cartoon Characters The Greatest Female Villains

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Spock is listed (or ranked) 44 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

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+ - 1,126 1,814
Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Professor Albus Dumbledore Harry Potter universe

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Vito Corleone The Godfather trilogy

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+ - 735 1,042
Shrek is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Shrek Shrek the Halls, Shrek, Scared Shrekless

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+ - 947 1,447
Ferris Bueller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Ferris Bueller Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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+ - 1,196 1,663
R2-D2 is listed (or ranked) 49 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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Superman is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Superman Man of Steel, Superman, Superman II