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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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10,411 10,900
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Indiana Jones franchise

2
12,411 7,571
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Forrest Gump

3
8,538 11,025
James Bond is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
James Bond franchise

4
11,413 9,802
Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Star Wars universe

5
9,645 10,412
Captain Jack Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Pirates of the Caribbean universe

6
9,050 6,991
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Star Wars universe

7
8,027 7,374
Gandalf is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit

8
6,790 10,156
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FaithJezek added Star Wars universe - Star Wars Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, Return of the Jedi

9
10,842 10,956
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Batman universe

10
7,442 7,009
Luke Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Star Wars universe

11
8,252 6,991
Batman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
wiabux added Batman Forever, American Splendor, Movie 43

12
6,540 7,064
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red Drago

13
4,468 4,502
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The Godfather trilogy

14
7,122 7,174
Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter universe

15
6,034 5,175
Obi-Wan Kenobi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

16
5,143 4,360
Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rocky franchise

17
5,546 5,696
Terminator is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Terminator series

18
5,807 5,745
Marty McFly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Back to the Future trilogy

19
4,099 4,995
Man with No Name is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy

20
2,555 1,026
Dr. Emmett Brown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Back for the Future trilogy

21
3,299 2,427
Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter universe

22
4,764 3,766
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ryanmcw added X-Men universe

23
3,216 4,181
E.T. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

24
3,672 1,969
R2-D2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
TobuscusHolmes added 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

25
3,270 3,796
Legolas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

26
2,116 2,230
Atticus Finch is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
To Kill a Mockingbird

27
4,127 4,863
John McClane is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Die Hard franchise

28
3,586 2,343
Professor Severus Snape is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I

29
2,998 3,894
Aragorn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Lord of the Rings trilogy

30
5,044 4,592
Chewbacca is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ChangesDownClub added The Star Wars Holiday Special, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

31
3,426 1,805
Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

32
2,417 3,863
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The Godfather trilogy

33
7,454 5,461
Woody is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Toy Story trilogy

34
1,449 1,415
Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Shawshank Redemption

35
2,217 3,023
Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Shining

36
1,707 1,462
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Psycho

37
1,423 1,853
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Fight Club

38
2,444 3,167
Neo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
William Roberts added The Matrix trilogy

39
4,809 5,469
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter universe

40
4,381 4,970
Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Ultimate Avengers, Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow, The Invincible Iron Man

41
1,804 2,264
Jeffrey Lebowski -
The Big Lebowski

42
1,510 1,711
John Rambo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rambo franchise

43
1,685 2,081
Jason Bourne is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Bourne series

44
2,601 2,780
Scarlett O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Gone with the Wind

45
1,842 2,231
Ferris Bueller is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
William Roberts added Ferris Bueller's Day Off

46
1,002 1,299
Kevin McCallister is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Home Alone series

47
1,935 1,820
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ryanmcw added Alien universe

48
1,024 1,608
Inspector Clouseau is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Pink Panther franchise

49
2,633 3,468
Gollum is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit

50
1,220 1,667
Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Edward Scissorhands