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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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8,305 6,763
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Indiana Jones Indiana Jones franchise

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2
6,864 6,906
James Bond is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
James Bond James Bond franchise

3
8,262 5,862
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Forrest Gump Forrest Gump

4
8,766 6,433
Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Han Solo Star Wars universe

5
7,254 6,814
Captain Jack Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Captain Jack Sparrow Pirates of the Caribbean universe

6
5,397 7,175
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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

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7,961 7,953
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The Joker Batman universe

8
6,887 6,035
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Yoda Star Wars universe

9
6,188 6,293
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
5,613 6,093
Luke Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Luke Skywalker Star Wars universe

11
6,256 6,166
Batman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
wiabux added Bruce Wayne / Batman Batman Forever, American Splendor, Movie 43

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3,438 3,501
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Vito Corleone The Godfather trilogy

13
1,502 207
Dr. Emmett Brown is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Dr. Emmett Brown Back for the Future trilogy

14
5,294 6,070
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Hannibal Lecter The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red Drago

15
4,519 4,887
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Terminator The Terminator series

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16
5,348 6,115
Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter Harry Potter universe

17
3,959 3,511
Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rocky Balboa Rocky franchise

18
4,513 4,416
Obi-Wan Kenobi is listed (or ranked) 18 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

19
4,543 4,993
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
3,294 4,154
Man with No Name is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Man with No Name Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy

21
2,478 3,313
E.T. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
E.T. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

22
2,075 1,643
Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Professor Albus Dumbledore Harry Potter universe

23
3,328 4,198
John McClane is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
John McClane Die Hard franchise

24
3,499 3,145
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ryanmcw added Wolverine X-Men universe

25
6,502 4,890
Woody is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Woody Toy Story trilogy

26
1,460 1,538
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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2,521 1,454
R2-D2 is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
TobuscusHolmes added R2d2 Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope - Star Wars

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1,178 888
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Norman Bates Psycho

29
2,282 1,329
Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 29 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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2,283 3,148
Legolas is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Legolas The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

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1,889 3,309
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Michael Corleone The Godfather trilogy

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2,402 1,789
Professor Severus Snape is listed (or ranked) 32 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

33
3,966 4,182
Chewbacca is listed (or ranked) 33 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

34
2,078 3,408
Aragorn is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Aragorn The Lord of the Rings trilogy

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1,278 1,728
Jeffrey Lebowski -
The Dude The Big Lebowski

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867 1,311
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Tyler Durden Fight Club

37
1,597 2,539
Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Jack Torrance The Shining

38
3,707 4,912
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Hermione Granger Harry Potter universe

39
1,788 2,667
Neo is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
William Roberts added Neo The Matrix trilogy

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3,248 4,555
Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 40 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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824 1,012
Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding The Shawshank Redemption

42
2,203 2,297
Scarlett O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Scarlett O'Hara Gone with the Wind

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1,026 1,283
John Rambo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
John Rambo Rambo franchise

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513 769
Kevin McCallister is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Kevin McCallister Home Alone series

45
804 1,181
Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Edward Scissorhands Edward Scissorhands

46
1,195 1,597
Sarah Connor is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ryanmcw added Sarah Connor The Terminator series

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768 1,152
Count Dracula is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Count Dracula Dracula, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Count Dracula

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1,415 1,419
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ryanmcw added Ellen Ripley Alien universe

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737 1,148
Inspector Clouseau is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Inspector Clouseau The Pink Panther franchise

50
1,195 1,647
Jason Bourne is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Jason Bourne The Bourne series