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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
7,601 6,394
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 and Worst Disney Animated Movies

2
7,878 9,848
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Indiana Jones Indiana Jones franchise

3
8,290 9,590
Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Han Solo Star Wars universe

4
6,539 10,026
James Bond is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
James Bond James Bond franchise

5
6,841 9,978
Jack Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Jack Sparrow Pirates of the Caribbean universe

6
7,475 9,731
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Joker Batman universe

7
6,189 5,493
Woody is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Woody Toy Story trilogy

8
6,527 9,442
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Yoda Star Wars universe

9
5,863 9,669
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
5,919 9,516
Batman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
wiabux added Bruce Wayne / Batman Batman Forever, American Splendor, Movie 43

11
5,161 10,489
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FaithJezek added Anakin Skywalker Star Wars universe - Star Wars Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, Return of the Jedi

12
5,706 5,194
Captain Miller is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Captain Miller Saving Private Ryan

13
5,322 9,463
Luke Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Luke Skywalker Star Wars universe

14
5,413 5,053
Minions is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Minions Home Makeover

15
5,060 9,518
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 Quotable Movies of All Time

16
5,026 5,070
Paul Edgecombe is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Paul Edgecombe The Green Mile

17
5,051 5,348
Chuck Noland is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Chuck Noland Cast Away

18
3,998 3,974
Lieutenant Dan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
looksharp added Lieutenant Dan Taylor Forrest Gump

19
5,057 9,561
Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter Harry Potter universe

20
2,411 4,025
E.T. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
E.T. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

21
5,104 4,740
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jsnungaray added Bob the Minion Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2

22
4,307 8,246
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Terminator The Terminator series

23
3,737 6,733
Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rocky Balboa Rocky franchise

24
3,662 3,442
Mrs. Gump is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Mrs. Gump Forrest Gump

25
3,243 6,585
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Vito Corleone The Godfather trilogy

26
1,095 1,503
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Norman Bates Psycho

27
1,377 2,104
Atticus Finch is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Atticus Finch To Kill a Mockingbird

28
2,144 2,849
Scarlett O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Scarlett O'Hara Gone with the Wind

29
4,266 7,695
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 Biggest Turn Ons in a Person

30
4,329 8,175
Marty McFly is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Marty McFly Back to the Future trilogy

31
2,355 2,990
R2-D2 is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
CraigAlarm added 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

32
3,173 5,623
Man with No Name is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Man with No Name Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy

33
3,352 4,985
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ryanmcw added Wolverine X-Men universe

34
2,144 2,698
Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 34 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

35
4,917 4,697
Josh Baskin is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Josh Baskin Big

36
3,838 5,512
Chewbacca is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ChangesDownClub added Chewbacca The Star Wars Holiday Special, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

37
2,269 3,072
Professor Severus Snape is listed (or ranked) 37 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

38
1,940 2,909
Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Professor Albus Dumbledore Harry Potter universe

39
4,852 4,655
Andrew Beckett is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Andrew Beckett Philadelphia

40
3,231 5,482
John McClane is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
John McClane Die Hard franchise

41
4,877 4,554
Captain Richard Phillips is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Captain Richard Phillips Captain Phillips

42
4,815 4,235
Carl Hanratty is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Carl Hanratty Catch Me If You Can

43
2,725 2,729
Benjamin Buford
dgenega5764 added Benjamin Buford "Bubba" Blue Forrest Gump

The 20 Most Sexually Aggressive Cartoon Characters The Best Superhero TV Shows Since 2015

44
4,843 4,267
Jim Lovell is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Jim Lovell Apollo 13

45
772 963
Professor X is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Professor X X-Men universe

46
1,357 1,832
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ryanmcw added Ellen Ripley Alien universe

47
1,965 2,609
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
739 814
Thor is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Thor Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2, Almighty Thor

49
439 506
Hans Gruber is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Hans Gruber Die Hard

50
3,572 5,535
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Hermione Granger Harry Potter universe