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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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Indiana Jones Indiana Jones franchise

The Best Disney Princesses The Best and Worst Disney Animated Movies

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6,763 6,562
James Bond is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
James Bond James Bond franchise

3
8,615 6,136
Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Han Solo Star Wars universe

4
7,926 5,783
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Forrest Gump Forrest Gump

5
7,098 6,506
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
1,423 9
Dr. Emmett Brown is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Dr. Emmett Brown Back for the Future trilogy

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5,316 6,947
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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

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7,791 7,771
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The Joker Batman universe

9
6,763 5,978
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Yoda Star Wars universe

10
6,072 6,154
Gandalf is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Gandalf The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit

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6,140 6,015
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

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5,522 5,973
Luke Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Luke Skywalker Star Wars universe

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3,378 3,426
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Vito Corleone The Godfather trilogy

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5,223 6,015
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Hannibal Lecter The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red Drago

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5,253 6,058
Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter Harry Potter universe

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4,468 4,839
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Terminator The Terminator series

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3,900 3,457
Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rocky Balboa Rocky franchise

18
4,416 4,377
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

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4,467 4,956
Marty McFly is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Marty McFly Back to the Future trilogy

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3,244 4,114
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

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2,445 3,255
E.T. is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
E.T. E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

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3,282 4,156
John McClane is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
John McClane Die Hard franchise

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2,005 1,597
Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Professor Albus Dumbledore Harry Potter universe

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3,432 3,109
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ryanmcw added Wolverine X-Men universe

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1,427 1,488
Atticus Finch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Atticus Finch To Kill a Mockingbird

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6,453 4,857
Woody is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Woody Toy Story trilogy

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1,144 843
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Norman Bates Psycho

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2,217 3,104
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

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1,860 3,274
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Michael Corleone The Godfather trilogy

The All-Time Greatest Pixar Characters The Best Second Careers

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2,451 1,423
R2-D2 is listed (or ranked) 30 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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2,332 1,750
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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2,224 1,294
Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 32 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

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2,031 3,370
Aragorn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Aragorn The Lord of the Rings trilogy

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3,910 4,151
Chewbacca is listed (or ranked) 34 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

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1,242 1,694
Jeffrey
The Dude The Big Lebowski

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826 1,278
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Tyler Durden Fight Club

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1,562 2,509
Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Jack Torrance The Shining

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3,646 4,873
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Hermione Granger Harry Potter universe

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3,202 4,518
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

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1,751 2,633
Neo is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
William Roberts added Neo The Matrix trilogy

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800 982
Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Ellis Boyd "Red" Redding The Shawshank Redemption

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2,180 2,262
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

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1,002 1,254
John Rambo is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
John Rambo Rambo franchise

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752 1,121
Count Dracula is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Count Dracula Dracula, Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein, Count Dracula

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773 1,155
Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Edward Scissorhands Edward Scissorhands

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1,170 1,570
Sarah Connor is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ryanmcw added Sarah Connor The Terminator series

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490 731
Kevin McCallister is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Kevin McCallister Home Alone series

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718 1,121
Inspector Clouseau is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Inspector Clouseau The Pink Panther franchise

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573 815
The Bride is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Bride Kill Bill series

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714 1,243
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Tony Montana Scarface