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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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9,553 9,344
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Indiana Jones Indiana Jones franchise

2
7,897 9,458
James Bond is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
James Bond James Bond franchise

3
10,778 6,936
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Forrest Gump Forrest Gump

4
10,394 8,579
Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Han Solo Star Wars universe

5
8,731 9,059
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
8,243 6,621
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Yoda Star Wars universe

7
6,306 9,522
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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
9,766 9,960
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The Joker Batman universe

9
7,299 6,962
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
6,729 6,689
Luke Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Luke Skywalker Star Wars universe

11
7,477 6,712
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
4,036 4,166
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Vito Corleone The Godfather trilogy

13
6,062 6,676
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
6,457 6,774
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
5,437 4,901
Obi-Wan Kenobi is listed (or ranked) 15 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

16
4,635 4,072
Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rocky Balboa Rocky franchise

17
5,153 5,402
T-800 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
T-800 The Terminator series

18
5,274 5,488
Marty McFly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Marty McFly Back to the Future trilogy

19
2,119 748
Dr. Emmett Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Dr. Emmett Brown Back for the Future trilogy

20
3,769 4,693
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
2,824 2,127
Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Professor Albus Dumbledore Harry Potter universe

The Best Psychological Thrillers of All Time

22
2,910 3,876
E.T. is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
E.T. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

23
4,305 3,541
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ryanmcw added Wolverine X-Men universe

24
3,206 1,775
R2-D2 is listed (or ranked) 24 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

25
1,854 1,958
Atticus Finch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Atticus Finch To Kill a Mockingbird

26
2,897 3,502
Legolas is listed (or ranked) 26 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

27
3,821 4,633
John McClane is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
John McClane Die Hard franchise

28
3,120 2,114
Professor Severus Snape is listed (or ranked) 28 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

The Greatest Movie Villains of All Time

29
7,098 5,276
Woody is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Woody Toy Story trilogy

30
4,608 4,440
Chewbacca is listed (or ranked) 30 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

31
2,993 1,634
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
2,187 3,657
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Michael Corleone The Godfather trilogy

33
2,622 3,688
Aragorn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Aragorn The Lord of the Rings trilogy

34
1,493 1,260
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Norman Bates Psycho

35
1,182 1,262
Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding The Shawshank Redemption

Mythical Creatures That Were Found in Real Life

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1,204 1,648
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Tyler Durden Fight Club

37
4,398 5,237
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Hermione Granger Harry Potter universe

38
1,970 2,837
Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Jack Torrance The Shining

39
3,948 4,809
Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Iron Man Ultimate Avengers, Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow, The Invincible Iron Man

40
2,188 2,966
Neo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
William Roberts added Neo The Matrix trilogy

41
1,584 2,078
Jeffrey
The Dude The Big Lebowski

42
2,450 2,601
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
1,726 1,660
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ryanmcw added Ellen Ripley Alien universe

44
1,478 1,914
Jason Bourne is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Jason Bourne The Bourne series

45
1,299 1,547
John Rambo is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
John Rambo Rambo franchise

46
1,072 1,459
Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Edward Scissorhands Edward Scissorhands

47
814 1,089
Kevin McCallister is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Kevin McCallister Home Alone series

48
1,614 2,056
Ferris Bueller is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
William Roberts added Ferris Bueller Ferris Bueller's Day Off

49
915 1,435
Inspector Clouseau is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Inspector Clouseau The Pink Panther franchise

50
2,389 3,272
Gollum is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Gollum The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit