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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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8,738 7,580
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Indiana Jones Indiana Jones franchise

The Best Disney Princesses The Best Steven Spielberg Movies

2
7,183 7,745
James Bond is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
James Bond James Bond franchise

3
9,123 6,159
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Forrest Gump Forrest Gump

4
9,342 7,142
Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Han Solo Star Wars universe

5
7,770 7,551
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
5,763 8,026
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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
8,570 8,621
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The Joker Batman universe

8
7,358 6,212
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Yoda Star Wars universe

9
6,586 6,498
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
6,019 6,272
Luke Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Luke Skywalker Star Wars universe

11
6,668 6,340
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
3,629 3,717
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Vito Corleone The Godfather trilogy

13
5,551 6,270
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
5,746 6,368
Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter Harry Potter universe

15
4,718 5,047
T-800 is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
T-800 The Terminator series

The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time Amazing Real-Life Superhero Gadgets & Powers

16
4,179 3,701
Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rocky Balboa Rocky franchise

17
1,727 407
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
4,843 4,578
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
4,807 5,159
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
3,457 4,336
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
2,619 3,505
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
2,344 1,827
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
3,775 3,297
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ryanmcw added Wolverine X-Men universe

24
3,519 4,350
John McClane is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
John McClane Die Hard franchise

25
2,773 1,524
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

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6,756 4,992
Woody is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Woody Toy Story trilogy

27
1,588 1,649
Atticus Finch is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Atticus Finch To Kill a Mockingbird

28
2,516 3,243
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

29
2,541 1,418
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

The Greatest Animated Disney Villains The Worst Qualities in a Woman

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1,285 988
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Norman Bates Psycho

31
2,662 1,881
Professor Severus Snape is listed (or ranked) 31 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

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1,989 3,407
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Michael Corleone The Godfather trilogy

33
4,199 4,250
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
2,256 3,487
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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992 1,410
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Tyler Durden Fight Club

36
1,391 1,829
Jeffrey Lebowski -
The Dude The Big Lebowski

37
1,722 2,624
Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Jack Torrance The Shining

38
3,964 5,007
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Hermione Granger Harry Potter universe

39
936 1,081
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
1,936 2,750
Neo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
William Roberts added Neo The Matrix trilogy

41
3,471 4,627
Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Iron Man Ultimate Avengers, Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow, The Invincible Iron Man

42
2,278 2,382
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

43
620 855
Kevin McCallister is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Kevin McCallister Home Alone series

The Greatest Kid Characters in Film The Best Organic Coffee Brands

44
1,131 1,355
John Rambo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
John Rambo Rambo franchise

45
893 1,263
Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Edward Scissorhands Edward Scissorhands

46
2,150 3,078
Gollum is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Gollum The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit

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1,538 1,473
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ryanmcw added Ellen Ripley Alien universe

48
796 1,225
Inspector Clouseau is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Inspector Clouseau The Pink Panther franchise

49
1,282 1,670
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
1,415 1,866
Ferris Bueller is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
William Roberts added Ferris Bueller Ferris Bueller's Day Off