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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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9,063 8,565
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Indiana Jones Indiana Jones franchise

2
7,464 8,708
James Bond is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
James Bond James Bond franchise

3
10,105 6,433
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Forrest Gump Forrest Gump

4
9,767 8,008
Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Han Solo Star Wars universe

5
8,162 8,448
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
9,071 9,439
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The Joker Batman universe

7
5,988 9,014
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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

8
7,715 6,363
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Yoda Star Wars universe

9
6,893 6,661
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
6,305 6,427
Luke Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Luke Skywalker Star Wars universe

11
6,984 6,490
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
3,794 3,887
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Vito Corleone The Godfather trilogy

13
5,781 6,417
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
6,049 6,519
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
4,354 3,846
Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rocky Balboa Rocky franchise

16
4,880 5,193
Terminator is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Terminator The Terminator series

17
5,083 4,712
Obi-Wan Kenobi is listed (or ranked) 17 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

18
1,897 526
Dr. Emmett Brown is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Dr. Emmett Brown Back for the Future trilogy

19
5,008 5,278
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
3,587 4,470
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
2,738 3,648
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 Netflix Original Drama Movies

22
2,568 1,941
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
4,002 3,381
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ryanmcw added Wolverine X-Men universe

24
3,652 4,457
John McClane is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
John McClane Die Hard franchise

25
1,692 1,774
Atticus Finch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Atticus Finch To Kill a Mockingbird

26
2,947 1,621
R2-D2 is listed (or ranked) 26 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

27
6,882 5,113
Woody is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Woody Toy Story trilogy

28
2,694 3,343
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

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2,070 3,507
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Michael Corleone The Godfather trilogy

30
2,862 1,966
Professor Severus Snape is listed (or ranked) 30 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

31
2,729 1,502
Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 31 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

32
1,378 1,096
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Norman Bates Psycho

33
4,372 4,326
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
2,417 3,564
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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1,085 1,501
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Tyler Durden Fight Club

7 Classic Film Sets That Actually Killed People

36
1,823 2,710
Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Jack Torrance The Shining

37
1,040 1,149
Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding The Shawshank Redemption

38
4,160 5,097
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Hermione Granger Harry Potter universe

39
1,474 1,933
Jeffrey Lebowski -
The Dude The Big Lebowski

40
2,050 2,824
Neo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
William Roberts added Neo The Matrix trilogy

41
3,644 4,698
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
2,337 2,470
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
1,621 1,545
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ryanmcw added Ellen Ripley Alien universe

44
1,205 1,420
John Rambo is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
John Rambo Rambo franchise

45
845 1,305
Inspector Clouseau is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Inspector Clouseau The Pink Panther franchise

46
701 944
Kevin McCallister is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Kevin McCallister Home Alone series

47
2,257 3,145
Gollum is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Gollum The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit

48
1,367 1,798
Jason Bourne is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Jason Bourne The Bourne series

49
971 1,339
Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Edward Scissorhands Edward Scissorhands

50
1,491 1,933
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