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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
+ - 7,010 8,586
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Indiana Jones Indiana Jones franchise

3
+ - 7,325 8,318
Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Han Solo Star Wars universe

4
+ - 5,908 8,738
James Bond is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
James Bond James Bond franchise

5
+ - 6,655 8,462
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Joker Batman universe

6
+ - 6,144 8,691
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
+ - 5,325 4,777
Woody is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Woody Toy Story trilogy

8
+ - 5,848 8,209
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Yoda Star Wars universe

9
+ - 5,289 8,403
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
+ - 5,326 8,277
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
+ - 4,713 9,158
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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
+ - 4,601 4,165
Minions is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Minions Home Makeover

13
+ - 4,762 8,228
Luke Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Luke Skywalker Star Wars universe

14
+ - 4,874 4,510
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
+ - 4,292 3,882
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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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+ - 4,544 8,294
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
+ - 4,531 8,310
Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter Harry Potter universe

18
+ - 534 481
Rocket Raccoon is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rocket Raccoon Guardians of the Galaxy

19
+ - 3,863 7,010
Marty McFly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Marty McFly Back to the Future trilogy

20
+ - 1,436 1,728
Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 20 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

21
+ - 1,663 2,027
R2-D2 is listed (or ranked) 21 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

22
+ - 1,123 1,244
C-3PO is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
+ - 1,665 2,163
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
+ - 4,263 4,607
Chuck Noland is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Chuck Noland Cast Away

25
+ - 1,660 2,063
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
+ - 4,233 4,361
Paul Edgecombe is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Paul Edgecombe The Green Mile

27
+ - 1,493 2,152
Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Professor Albus Dumbledore Harry Potter universe

28
+ - 1,040 1,278
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Ellen Ripley Alien universe

29
+ - 3,796 6,543
Obi-Wan Kenobi is listed (or ranked) 29 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

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

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+ - 905 1,215
Sarah Connor is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Sarah Connor The Terminator series

31
+ - 3,856 7,073
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Terminator The Terminator series

32
+ - 1,229 1,810
Atticus Finch is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Atticus Finch To Kill a Mockingbird

33
+ - 897 1,228
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Norman Bates Psycho

34
+ - 2,746 4,745
Man with No Name is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Man with No Name Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy

35
+ - 1,959 2,603
Scarlett O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Scarlett O'Hara Gone with the Wind

36
+ - 1,051 1,152
Inigo Montoya is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Inigo Montoya The Princess Bride

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+ - 2,871 5,613
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Vito Corleone The Godfather trilogy

38
+ - 3,274 5,656
Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rocky Balboa Rocky franchise

39
+ - 3,334 4,704
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

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+ - 2,789 3,991
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Wolverine X-Men universe

41
+ - 3,429 3,476
Lieutenant Dan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Lieutenant Dan Taylor Forrest Gump

42
+ - 2,267 3,792
E.T. is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
E.T. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

43
+ - 2,948 2,860
Mrs. Gump is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Mrs. Gump Forrest Gump

The 20 Most Sexually Aggressive Cartoon Characters The Greatest Female Villains

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+ - 911 1,106
Frodo Baggins is listed (or ranked) 44 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

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+ - 3,323 4,980
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Hermione Granger Harry Potter universe

46
+ - 1,098 1,682
Jeffrey
The Dude The Big Lebowski

47
+ - 810 853
Sirius Black is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Sirius Black Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban

48
+ - 1,197 1,739
Ferris Bueller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Ferris Bueller Ferris Bueller's Day Off

49
+ - 2,833 4,769
John McClane is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
John McClane Die Hard franchise

50
+ - 2,980 4,618
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