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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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8,776 7,604
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Indiana Jones Indiana Jones franchise

2
7,215 7,766
James Bond is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
James Bond James Bond franchise

3
9,158 6,176
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Forrest Gump Forrest Gump

4
9,390 7,155
Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Han Solo Star Wars universe

5
7,808 7,568
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
5,788 8,053
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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

7
8,619 8,630
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The Joker Batman universe

8
7,396 6,220
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Yoda Star Wars universe

9
6,627 6,506
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
6,049 6,280
Luke Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Luke Skywalker Star Wars universe

11
6,696 6,349
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

12
3,645 3,729
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Vito Corleone The Godfather trilogy

13
5,573 6,282
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Hannibal Lecter The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red Drago

14
5,774 6,383
Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter Harry Potter universe

The Best Disney Princesses

15
4,732 5,060
Terminator is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Terminator The Terminator series

16
4,203 3,707
Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rocky Balboa Rocky franchise

17
1,741 418
Dr. Emmett Brown is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Dr. Emmett Brown Back for the Future trilogy

18
4,868 4,590
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
4,828 5,167
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
3,468 4,350
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
2,629 3,523
E.T. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
E.T. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

The Best Steven Spielberg Movies

22
2,367 1,839
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
3,798 3,305
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ryanmcw added Wolverine X-Men universe

24
3,539 4,358
John McClane is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
John McClane Die Hard franchise

25
2,793 1,535
R2-D2 is listed (or ranked) 25 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

26
6,776 5,001
Woody is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Woody Toy Story trilogy

27
1,598 1,660
Atticus Finch is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Atticus Finch To Kill a Mockingbird

28
2,536 3,252
Legolas is listed (or ranked) 28 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

The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time

29
2,564 1,427
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

30
1,291 1,002
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Norman Bates Psycho

31
1,998 3,415
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Michael Corleone The Godfather trilogy

32
2,681 1,892
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
4,219 4,258
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
2,277 3,492
Aragorn is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Aragorn The Lord of the Rings trilogy

35
1,004 1,422
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Tyler Durden Fight Club

Amazing Real-Life Superhero Gadgets & Powers

36
1,402 1,839
Jeffrey Lebowski -
The Dude The Big Lebowski

37
1,730 2,632
Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Jack Torrance The Shining

38
3,981 5,015
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Hermione Granger Harry Potter universe

39
946 1,087
Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding The Shawshank Redemption

40
3,489 4,634
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

41
1,948 2,759
Neo is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
William Roberts added Neo The Matrix trilogy

42
2,286 2,390
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

The Greatest Animated Disney Villains

43
627 863
Kevin McCallister is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Kevin McCallister Home Alone series

44
1,140 1,364
John Rambo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
John Rambo Rambo franchise

45
2,164 3,085
Gollum is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Gollum The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit

46
902 1,273
Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Edward Scissorhands Edward Scissorhands

47
1,547 1,479
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ryanmcw added Ellen Ripley Alien universe

48
804 1,232
Inspector Clouseau is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Inspector Clouseau The Pink Panther franchise

49
1,290 1,675
Sarah Connor is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ryanmcw added Sarah Connor The Terminator series

50
849 1,234
Count Dracula is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Count Dracula Dracula, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Count Dracula