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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

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+ - 7,079 8,698
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Indiana Jones Indiana Jones franchise

3
+ - 7,404 8,428
Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Han Solo Star Wars universe

4
+ - 5,964 8,854
James Bond is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
James Bond James Bond franchise

5
+ - 6,729 8,571
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Joker Batman universe

6
+ - 6,192 8,804
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
+ - 5,408 4,838
Woody is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Woody Toy Story trilogy

8
+ - 5,898 8,316
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Yoda Star Wars universe

9
+ - 5,331 8,516
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
+ - 5,388 8,380
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

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+ - 4,744 9,281
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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
+ - 4,948 4,558
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
+ - 4,803 8,335
Luke Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Luke Skywalker Star Wars universe

14
+ - 4,662 4,248
Minions is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Minions Home Makeover

15
+ - 4,588 8,400
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 7 Mythical Creatures That Were Found in Real Life

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+ - 4,357 3,962
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Bob the Minion Despicable Me, Despicable Me 2

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+ - 4,301 4,409
Paul Edgecombe is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Paul Edgecombe The Green Mile

18
+ - 4,576 8,417
Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter Harry Potter universe

19
+ - 4,336 4,664
Chuck Noland is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Chuck Noland Cast Away

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+ - 3,891 7,164
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Terminator The Terminator series

21
+ - 3,504 3,495
Lieutenant Dan Taylor is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Lieutenant Dan Taylor Forrest Gump

22
+ - 1,712 2,120
R2-D2 is listed (or ranked) 22 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

23
+ - 3,902 7,115
Marty McFly is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Marty McFly Back to the Future trilogy

24
+ - 1,485 1,821
Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 24 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

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+ - 3,831 6,630
Obi-Wan Kenobi is listed (or ranked) 25 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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+ - 1,243 1,839
Atticus Finch is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Atticus Finch To Kill a Mockingbird

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+ - 3,288 5,734
Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rocky Balboa Rocky franchise

28
+ - 2,811 4,061
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Wolverine X-Men universe

29
+ - 1,714 2,255
Professor Severus Snape is listed (or ranked) 29 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

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

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+ - 3,022 2,880
Mrs. Gump is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Mrs. Gump Forrest Gump

31
+ - 1,153 1,321
C-3PO is listed (or ranked) 31 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

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+ - 3,356 4,770
Chewbacca is listed (or ranked) 32 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

33
+ - 2,756 4,823
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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Vito Corleone The Godfather trilogy

35
+ - 1,971 2,622
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

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+ - 908 1,247
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Norman Bates Psycho

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+ - 1,056 1,354
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Ellen Ripley Alien universe

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+ - 1,691 2,146
Spock is listed (or ranked) 38 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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+ - 919 1,289
Sarah Connor is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Sarah Connor The Terminator series

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+ - 1,517 2,232
Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Professor Albus Dumbledore Harry Potter universe

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+ - 2,278 3,807
E.T. is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
E.T. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

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+ - 118 58
The Joker is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Joker The Dark Knight

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+ - 3,343 5,051
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Hermione Granger Harry Potter universe

The 20 Most Sexually Aggressive Cartoon Characters The Greatest Female Villains

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+ - 4,211 4,155
Josh Baskin is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time

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+ - 1,070 1,222
Inigo Montoya is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Inigo Montoya The Princess Bride

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+ - 576 576
Rocket Raccoon is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rocket Raccoon Guardians of the Galaxy

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+ - 4,160 4,147
Andrew Beckett is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Andrew Beckett Philadelphia

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+ - 2,845 4,842
John McClane is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
John McClane Die Hard franchise

49
+ - 2,999 4,690
Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Iron Man Ultimate Avengers, Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow, The Invincible Iron Man

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+ - 2,378 2,439
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