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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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10,246 10,333
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Indiana Jones franchise

2
11,836 7,451
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Forrest Gump

3
8,421 10,472
James Bond is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
James Bond franchise

4
11,233 9,298
Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Star Wars universe

5
9,487 9,888
Captain Jack Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Pirates of the Caribbean universe

6
7,876 7,288
Gandalf is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit

7
8,893 6,918
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Star Wars universe

8
10,644 10,633
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Batman universe

9
6,682 10,033
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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

10
7,311 6,938
Luke Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Star Wars universe

11
8,097 6,936
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
6,452 6,985
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
4,378 4,446
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The Godfather trilogy

14
6,994 7,102
Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter universe

15
5,922 5,121
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
5,049 4,305
Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rocky franchise

17
5,478 5,638
T-800 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Terminator series

18
5,705 5,699
Marty McFly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Back to the Future trilogy

19
2,475 974
Dr. Emmett Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Back for the Future trilogy

20
4,034 4,938
Man with No Name is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy

21
3,206 2,376
Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter universe

22
4,683 3,714
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ryanmcw added X-Men universe

23
3,168 4,117
E.T. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

24
3,579 1,924
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
3,192 3,733
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
2,073 2,181
Atticus Finch is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
To Kill a Mockingbird

27
4,081 4,809
John McClane is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Die Hard franchise

28
4,961 4,562
Chewbacca is listed (or ranked) 28 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

29
3,498 2,295
Professor Severus Snape is listed (or ranked) 29 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

30
7,394 5,428
Woody is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Toy Story trilogy

31
2,927 3,849
Aragorn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Lord of the Rings trilogy

32
3,353 1,775
Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 32 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

33
2,372 3,827
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The Godfather trilogy

34
1,406 1,385
Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Shawshank Redemption

35
2,175 2,992
Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Shining

36
1,672 1,433
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Psycho

37
1,385 1,812
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Fight Club

38
2,406 3,126
Neo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
William Roberts added The Matrix trilogy

39
4,739 5,421
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter universe

40
4,307 4,939
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
1,770 2,236
Jeffrey Lebowski -
The Big Lebowski

42
1,476 1,676
John Rambo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rambo franchise

43
1,655 2,048
Jason Bourne is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Bourne series

44
1,901 1,796
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ryanmcw added Alien universe

45
2,579 2,752
Scarlett O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Gone with the Wind

46
1,815 2,201
Ferris Bueller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
William Roberts added Ferris Bueller's Day Off

47
966 1,267
Kevin McCallister is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Home Alone series

48
1,010 1,583
Inspector Clouseau is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Pink Panther franchise

49
1,200 1,634
Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Edward Scissorhands

50
2,583 3,435
Gollum is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit