The Best Movie Characters of All Time

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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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  1. 1
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    - 3,843


    Forrest Gump

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  2. 2
    + 5,433
    - 6,394
    Indiana Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

    most listed
    Indiana Jones franchise

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  3. 3
    + 5,592
    - 6,191


    Star Wars universe

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  4. 4
    + 4,676
    - 6,506

    the people's #1
    James Bond franchise

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  5. 5
    + 3,978
    - 3,109

    ranked low on reranks
    Toy Story trilogy

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  6. 6
    + 4,746
    - 6,460


    Pirates of the Caribbean universe

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  7. 7
    + 5,143
    - 6,303
    Joker is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    Batman universe

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  8. 8
    + 4,509
    - 6,076


    Star Wars universe

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  9. 9
    + 4,110
    - 6,257


    The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit

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  10. 10
    + 3,871
    - 6,779
    Anakin Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

    often listed & added by FaithJezek
    Star Wars universe Star Wars Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, Return of the Jedi

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  11. 11
    + 3,604
    - 2,944

    ranked low on reranks
    Saving Private Ryan

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  12. 12
    + 4,191
    - 6,137

    often listed & added by wiabux
    Batman Forever, American Splendor, Movie 43

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  13. 13
    + 3,082
    - 2,796

    ranked low on reranks & added by dgenega5764
    The Green Mile

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  14. 14
    + 3,109
    - 2,998

    ranked low on reranks
    Cast Away

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  15. 15
    + 3,721
    - 6,123

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Star Wars universe

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  16. 16
    + 2,906
    - 2,692

    ranked low on reranks
    Home Makeover

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  17. 17
    + 3,615
    - 6,170

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red Drago

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  18. 18
    + 3,028
    - 2,701

    added by dgenega5764
    Philadelphia

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  19. 19
    + 3,046
    - 2,724

    added by dgenega5764
    Big

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  20. 20
    + 3,027
    - 2,668

    added by dgenega5764
    Captain Phillips

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  21. 21
    + 2,719
    - 2,491
    Bob the Minion is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

    added by jsnungaray
    Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2

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  22. 22
    + 3,013
    - 2,580

    added by dgenega5764
    Apollo 13

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  23. 23
    + 2,991
    - 2,588

    added by dgenega5764
    Catch Me If You Can

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    + 3,514
    - 6,215


    Harry Potter universe

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  25. 25
    + 2,507
    - 2,508

    added by looksharp
    Forrest Gump

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  26. 26
    + 2,922
    - 5,042


    Back to the Future trilogy

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  27. 27
    + 2,973
    - 5,274
    Terminator is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    The Terminator series

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  28. 28
    + 2,820
    - 4,752


    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star ...

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  29. 29
    + 2,302
    - 3,297

    ranked low on reranks & added by ChangesDownClub
    The Star Wars Holiday Special, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars ...

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  30. 30
    + 1,987
    - 3,448


    Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy

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  31. 31
    + 2,181
    - 4,310
    Vito Corleone is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time


    The Godfather trilogy

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  32. 32
    + 2,397
    - 4,218


    Rocky franchise

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  33. 33
    + 1,790
    - 3,135


    E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

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  34. 34
    + 2,318
    - 3,918


    Die Hard franchise

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  35. 35
    + 2,393
    - 3,720


    Harry Potter universe

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  36. 36
    + 2,432
    - 3,849


    Ultimate Avengers, Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow, The Invincible Iron ...

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  37. 37
    + 129
    - 93

    ranked low on reranks & added by dgenega5764
    Once Upon a Jedi, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: ...

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  38. 38
    + 2,011
    - 3,100

    often listed & added by ryanmcw
    X-Men universe

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  39. 39
    + 915
    - 1,262

    often listed & added by CraigAlarm
    Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of ...

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  40. 40
    + 223
    - 200

    ranked low on reranks & added by zomgpunkins
    Thor, Thor: The Dark World, The Avengers

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  41. 41
    + 116
    - 72

    added by dgenega5764
    Guardians of the Galaxy

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  42. 42
    + 268
    - 264

    ranked low on reranks & added by dgenega5764
    Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Harry Potter and the Order of the ...

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  43. 43
    + 788
    - 1,269

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    The Big Lebowski

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  44. 44
    + 163
    - 127

    added by dgenega5764
    Addams Family Values, The Addams Family

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  45. 45
    + 495
    - 646


    The Hobbit: There and Back Again, The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, The ...

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  46. 46
    + 545
    - 683


    Sherlock Holmes and the House of Fear, Sherlock Holmes in Washington, ...

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  47. 47
    + 513
    - 609

    added by NolanScripture
    The Princess Bride

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  48. 48
    + 815
    - 1,243

    often listed & added by WilliamMtx
    Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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  49. 49
    + 149
    - 111

    ranked low on reranks & added by dgenega5764
    Guardians of the Galaxy

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  50. 50
    + 151
    - 109

    ranked low on reranks
    Aladdin, Aladdin and the King of Thieves, Arabian Nights

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