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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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+ - 7,062 5,959
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
+ - 7,431 9,157
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Indiana Jones Indiana Jones franchise

3
+ - 7,770 8,885
Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Han Solo Star Wars universe

4
+ - 6,223 9,321
James Bond is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
James Bond James Bond franchise

5
+ - 7,068 9,032
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Joker Batman universe

6
+ - 6,469 9,259
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
+ - 5,698 5,070
Woody is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Woody Toy Story trilogy

8
+ - 6,167 8,749
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Yoda Star Wars universe

9
+ - 5,554 8,970
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
+ - 5,602 8,823
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
+ - 4,933 9,760
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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
+ - 5,232 4,784
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
+ - 5,022 8,775
Luke Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Luke Skywalker Star Wars universe

14
+ - 4,934 4,552
Minions is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Minions Home Makeover

15
+ - 4,787 8,835
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
+ - 3,772 3,727
Lieutenant Dan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Lieutenant Dan Taylor Forrest Gump

17
+ - 4,567 4,645
Paul Edgecombe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Paul Edgecombe The Green Mile

18
+ - 4,600 4,901
Chuck Noland is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Chuck Noland Cast Away

19
+ - 4,767 8,864
Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter Harry Potter universe

20
+ - 4,616 4,256
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Bob the Minion Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2

21
+ - 4,067 7,596
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Terminator The Terminator series

22
+ - 3,281 3,075
Mrs. Gump is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Mrs. Gump Forrest Gump

23
+ - 4,011 7,058
Obi-Wan Kenobi is listed (or ranked) 23 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

24
+ - 4,091 7,541
Marty McFly is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Marty McFly Back to the Future trilogy

25
+ - 968 1,323
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Norman Bates Psycho

26
+ - 1,291 1,936
Atticus Finch is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Atticus Finch To Kill a Mockingbird

27
+ - 4,476 4,294
Josh Baskin is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

28
+ - 3,021 4,455
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Wolverine X-Men universe

29
+ - 3,470 6,139
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

30
+ - 2,323 3,867
E.T. is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
E.T. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

31
+ - 2,028 2,711
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
+ - 2,990 6,030
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Vito Corleone The Godfather trilogy

33
+ - 1,973 2,525
R2-D2 is listed (or ranked) 33 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

34
+ - 4,419 4,279
Andrew Beckett is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Andrew Beckett Philadelphia

35
+ - 2,872 5,136
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
+ - 1,754 2,227
Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 36 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

37
+ - 4,446 4,198
Captain Richard Phillips is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Captain Richard Phillips Captain Phillips

38
+ - 3,486 5,068
Chewbacca is listed (or ranked) 38 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

39
+ - 1,919 2,610
Professor Severus Snape is listed (or ranked) 39 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

40
+ - 2,542 2,550
Benjamin Buford

41
+ - 4,429 3,954
Jim Lovell is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Jim Lovell Apollo 13

42
+ - 355 353
Hulk is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Hulk The Incredible Hulk Returns, The Incredible Hulk, Ultimate Avengers

43
+ - 4,379 3,929
Carl Hanratty is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Carl Hanratty Catch Me If You Can

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

44
+ - 1,163 1,559
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Ellen Ripley Alien universe

45
+ - 1,643 2,505
Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Professor Albus Dumbledore Harry Potter universe

46
+ - 3,466 5,321
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Hermione Granger Harry Potter universe

47
+ - 1,817 2,399
Spock is listed (or ranked) 47 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

48
+ - 2,960 5,095
John McClane is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
John McClane Die Hard franchise

49
+ - 1,268 1,537
C-3PO is listed (or ranked) 49 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

50
+ - 1,020 1,501
Sarah Connor is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Sarah Connor The Terminator series