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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. Simply put, they are the best characters ever. Vote for your favorites.
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Jack Sparrow

Darth Vader

Forrest Gump

Gandalf

Hannibal Lecter

Han Solo

Indiana Jones

Yoda

Joker

James Bond


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<![CDATA[The Best Crime Authors]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-crime-authors
Best crime authors include classic mystery authors like the brilliant Agatha Christie to detective authors like Robert B. Parker, Robert Crais and pulp crime fiction authors like Jim Thompson. Assembling a comprehensive list of the most popular crime writers is a daunting task, but I'm taking a leap and giving it a shot. Be sure to vote for your favorite crime authors and if your personal favorite isn't on the list, at them!

Some of the best crime authors are able to combine just the right formula of psychological tension and mystery with cold, hard facts. The best crime novels offer up enough twists and turns to keep readers guessing until the very end. In a world where readers often demand instant gratification, keeping a crime book interesting until the final page is turned isn't an easy task to accomplish.

Crime authors I've included on this list include writers who've managed to churn out incredibly complex, entertaining mystery novels and detective books for decades, including Robert B. Parker, John le Carre and Graham Greene. Other, more contemporary crime and mystery writers have developed tremendously popular characters that readers eagerly follow through several novels (examples, you say? Jonathan Kellerman, Patricia Cornwell and Dennis Lehane come to mind immediately). Some of the best crime authors burned brightly, but didn't actually write more than a handful of brilliant crime fiction ('The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo' author Steig Larsson, for instance). The number of actual novels produced doesn't always count - it's the quality of those books that make all the difference!

If you're a crime novel fan, chances are you've read most, if not all, of the crime authors on this list. If you're just getting into the genre, hopefully this list will provide a great guide. Happy reading!



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Agatha Christie

Arthur Conan Doyle

Dashiell Hammett

Dennis Lehane

Edgar Allan Poe

Graham Greene

John Grisham

Michael Connelly

Raymond Chandler

Stieg Larsson


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<![CDATA[The Best Movie Villains of All Time]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-best-movie-villains-of-all-time
These are the greatest, most vile movie characters we love to hate, ranked by the wisdom of the crowd. Anyone can contribute to this list of great villains, which makes this ranking an accurate, real-time reflection of the crowd's collective opinion.

Who are the greatest villains of all time? These movie bad guys are the scourge of the movie universe and you can now vote on the meanest villain ever to appear on film. Rank your favorites or add whoever (or whatever) you see missing.
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Agent Smith

Darth Vader

Freddy Krueger

Hannibal Lecter

Hans Gruber

Jack Torrance

Lord Voldemort

Magneto

Joker

Terminator


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<![CDATA[Quentin Tarantino Movies, Ranked Best to Worst]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/ranking-quentin-tarantino-movies
List of the best Quentin Tarantino movies, ranked by fans and casual critics like you. This list includes all films written or directed by Quentin Tarantino, from those box office smash hits that are marketed on his name alone to those collaborations you didn't even know he was part of. Vote up your favorite Tarantino movies to move them to the top of the list, and vote down the ones you think were among his worst efforts.
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From Dusk till Dawn

Inglourious Basterds

Jackie Brown

Kill Bill Volume 1

Natural Born Killers

Pulp Fiction

Reservoir Dogs

True Romance

Kill Bill Volume 2

Django Unchained


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<![CDATA[The Best Lord of the Rings Characters]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-best-characters-from-the-lord-of-the-rings-universe
The best characters from The Lord of the Rings universe including all book and movie versions. These are all the best Lord of the Rings characters, here for you to vote on and add to. Some of the best characters in literature and cinema have come from the adaptations of J.R.R. Tolkien's books, and now you can vote on the top LOTR characters of all time.

The best LOTR characters are a mix of heroic warriors, tragic heroes, and classic villains all brought together in a classic quest for power and the struggle that ensues as good seeks to triumph over evil. Whether you're a fan of the J.R.R. Tolkien "Lord of the Rings" series or a new fan of Peter Jackson's Lord of the Rings trilogy or the newer The Hobbit films, this is the place to voice your opinion on who you think the greatest Lord of the Rings characters are.

Make sure to upvote your favorite Lord of the Rings characters, and add any of the greatest LOTR characters that we might have missed.

And if you're a fan of Tolkien's style of writing, make sure to check out the rest of the best fantasy writers.
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Aragorn

Bilbo Baggins

Boromir

Faramir

Gandalf

Gimli

Gollum

Legolas

Peregrin Took

Samwise Gamgee


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<![CDATA[The Best Movies of 1996]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-movies-of-1996
A list of the best movies of 1996, from classics like Romeo & Juliet to dramas like Jerry Maguire. The '90s were a decade where Hollywood thrived. In were new stars and big blockbusters and 1996 was no exception. Some the best movies of this year are some of the best teen, coming of age, adventure, comedies and dramas in history. The films on here are very memorable and had audiences on the edges of their seats, and still pack a punch so many years after they were first released. You shouldn't be too surprised by the movies listed on here.

As stated before, some of the best movies of the decade were released in 1996. Who could forget Fargo, Mission: Impossible with Tom Cruise, and of course, Scream starring Neve Campbell and David Arquette. And let's not forget about The Rock with Sean Connery, Nicolas Cage and Ed Harris.

The best movies of 1996 featured some of the biggest stars in the movie business. Whether it was the aforementioned stars continuing their success or the breakout performances featured in Swingers, or established stars like Mel Gibson in Ransom.

Some of the best movies of all time were released in 1996. This is the ultimate list of the best movies of 1996, which shouldn't feature the best movies of 1995. Vote and re-rank this list according to how you think the best movies of that year should be reflected. If you notice that there's a movie from this year that should be on this list but is missing, feel free to add it.
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Fargo

Jerry Maguire

Primal Fear

Ransom

Scream

Sling Blade

The Birdcage

The English Patient

The Rock

Trainspotting


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<![CDATA[The Best Movies of 1995]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/best-movies-of-1995
A list of the best movies of 1995, from children's movies like Toy Story to gritty dramas like Kids. The '90s were a decade where Hollywood thrived. In were new stars and big blockbusters and 1995 was no exception. Some the best movies of this year are some of the best teen, coming of age, adventure, comedies and dramas in history. The films on here are very memorable and had audiences on the edges of their seats, and still pack a punch so many years after they were first released. You shouldn't be too surprised by the movies listed on here. As stated before, some of the best action movies of the decade were released in 1995. Who could forget In Heat with Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, Die Hard With A Vengeance, and of course, Bad Boys starring Will Smith and Martin Lawrence. And let's not forget about Seven with Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman and Kevin Spacey The best movies of 1995 featured some of the biggest stars in the movie business. Whether it was the aforementioned stars continuing their success or the breakout performances featured in Billy Madison and Tommy Boy, or established stars like Mel Gibson in Braveheart. Some of the best movies of all time were released in 1995. This is the ultimate list of the best movies of 1995, which shouldn't feature the best movies of 1993. Vote and re-rank this list according to how you think the best movies of that year should be reflected. If you notice that there's a movie from this year that should be on this list but is missing, feel free to add it.
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Apollo 13

Braveheart

Casino

Dead Man Walking

Heat

Jumanji

Seven

Sense and Sensibility

The Usual Suspects

12 Monkeys


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<![CDATA[The Greatest All-Time Works of Stephen King]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/the-very-best-of-stephen-king
Books by Stephen King, voted on by the Ranker community. This list of King's writings is the definitive ranking of his body of work. Stephen King's stories range from thick novels to short stories and collections, and include some of the most popular horror novels of our time. Many Stephen King books and stories have been adapted into popular horror movies as well, including "The Shining," "Misery," "Carrie" and "The Shawshank Redemption."

What are Stephen King's best books? This list is focused only on Stephen King's published work, not the resulting movies or TV shows. Enjoy this list of Stephen King books, ranked, and vote for the best Stephen King books of all time.

Ranking Stephen King books isn't easy, so help us out and vote!
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Christine

It

Misery

Pet Sematary

The Dead Zone

The Green Mile

The Stand

The Shining

Carrie

'Salem's Lot


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<![CDATA[The Most Nausea-Inducing Great Films]]> http://www.ranker.com/list/the-most-nausea-inducing-great-films/randolph
The most nausea-inducing great films manage to make moviegoers squirm with discomfort, but leave the theater feeling like they've seen a really solid movie. Some films on this list are, not surprisingly, straight-up horror movies, but others are more psychologically disturbing. Either way, every film on this list can be, to some, nausea-inducing and generally unsettling. Be sure to vote for the movies that you think were the most difficult to watch, and, if you know of a particularly nausea-inducing great film that isn't listed, add it.

Movies don't always need to have wall-to-wall, graphic violence to induce nausea, but it helps. Films like 'Drive,' 'Reservoir Dogs' and certainly 'Pulp Fiction' fall squarely in the gratuitous violence category, but they are all excellent movies. Some of the films on this list, including 'A Clockwork Orange,' 'Midnight Cowboy,' 'No Country for Old Men,' 'American History X,' 'Fargo,' 'Crash,' were nominated for, and won, Academy Awards. Many are considered among the best films of all-time ('Scarface' comes to mind immediately). But one thing they all have in common: Each movie listed here can be upsetting to watch.

In terms of outright horror movies, sure, most of them do have extremely graphic, hard-to-watch violence in them, but not all horror films can truly be called 'great.' Some, like Stanley Kubrick's 'The Shining' and John Carpenter's original 'The Thing' manage to scare us silly and nauseate us at the same time.

Nausea-inducing great films can stay with someone long after the last frame is shown. They are disturbing and they haunt you. That's what this list is all about, so be sure to vote for your favorites and add any movie that I've missed.
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The Texas Chain Saw Massacre

American History X

American Psycho

A Clockwork Orange

Hellraiser

Natural Born Killers

Requiem for a Dream

The Exorcist

The Fly

Trainspotting


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<![CDATA[The Most Rewatchable Movies]]> http://www.ranker.com/crowdranked-list/what-movies-can-you-watch-over-and-over-again--v1
There are some movies that I always stop at and watch if I see them on TV or I can put in the DVD player and watch when I'm board and never get tired of. I'm sure you have the same movies. They may be your favorite movie or they're just that good. I'll start and you add to the list. What movies - theatrical releases, made for TV, direct to video, holiday special, whatever - have the highest rewatch value for you?
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Back to the Future

Die Hard

Forrest Gump

Groundhog Day

Jurassic Park

National Lampoon's Christmas Vacation

Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

The Princess Bride

The Shawshank Redemption


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