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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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9,329 9,160
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Indiana Jones Indiana Jones franchise

2
7,715 9,274
James Bond is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
James Bond James Bond franchise

3
10,611 6,724
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Forrest Gump Forrest Gump

4
10,095 8,481
Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Han Solo Star Wars universe

5
8,491 8,934
Jack Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Jack Sparrow Pirates of the Caribbean universe

6
8,004 6,524
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Yoda Star Wars universe

7
9,479 9,876
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The Joker Batman universe

8
7,136 6,836
Gandalf is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Gandalf The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit

9
6,167 9,309
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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

10
6,539 6,596
Luke Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Luke Skywalker Star Wars universe

11
7,278 6,622
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
3,935 4,053
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Vito Corleone The Godfather trilogy

13
5,928 6,574
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
6,266 6,678
Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter Harry Potter universe

Famous Women Who Married Much Older Men

15
5,275 4,833
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
4,497 3,986
Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rocky Balboa Rocky franchise

17
5,019 5,329
Terminator is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Terminator The Terminator series

18
5,141 5,416
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
2,009 676
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
3,685 4,603
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
2,806 3,809
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 All-Time Greatest Pixar Characters

22
2,699 2,056
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
4,170 3,479
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ryanmcw added Wolverine X-Men universe

24
3,084 1,716
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
3,738 4,578
John McClane is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
John McClane Die Hard franchise

26
6,991 5,222
Woody is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Woody Toy Story trilogy

27
1,762 1,890
Atticus Finch is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Atticus Finch To Kill a Mockingbird

28
2,808 3,449
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 20 Most Sexually Aggressive Cartoon Characters

29
2,997 2,064
Professor Severus Snape is listed (or ranked) 29 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

30
2,869 1,588
Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 30 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

31
4,490 4,399
Chewbacca is listed (or ranked) 31 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

32
2,139 3,596
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Michael Corleone The Godfather trilogy

33
1,442 1,187
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Norman Bates Psycho

34
2,531 3,644
Aragorn is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Aragorn The Lord of the Rings trilogy

35
1,156 1,586
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Tyler Durden Fight Club

All Pixar Films, Ranked Best to Worst

36
1,118 1,220
Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding The Shawshank Redemption

37
4,278 5,183
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Hermione Granger Harry Potter universe

38
1,902 2,787
Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Jack Torrance The Shining

39
1,543 2,017
Jeffrey
The Dude The Big Lebowski

40
2,123 2,915
Neo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
William Roberts added Neo The Matrix trilogy

41
3,830 4,762
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
2,387 2,556
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 Top 25 Must-See Quintessential Gangster Movies

43
1,673 1,616
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ryanmcw added Ellen Ripley Alien universe

44
2,328 3,225
Gollum is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Gollum The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit

45
1,427 1,868
Jason Bourne is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Jason Bourne The Bourne series

46
1,247 1,504
John Rambo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
John Rambo Rambo franchise

47
1,016 1,410
Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Edward Scissorhands Edward Scissorhands

48
758 1,034
Kevin McCallister is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Kevin McCallister Home Alone series

49
880 1,382
Inspector Clouseau is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Inspector Clouseau The Pink Panther franchise

50
1,555 2,004
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