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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

2
6,779 6,588
James Bond is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
James Bond James Bond franchise

3
8,636 6,156
Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Han Solo Star Wars universe

4
7,948 5,796
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Forrest Gump Forrest Gump

5
7,114 6,540
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
5,327 6,967
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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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7,816 7,788
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The Joker Batman universe

8
6,778 5,988
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Yoda Star Wars universe

9
6,084 6,165
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
1,438 27
Dr. Emmett Brown is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Dr. Emmett Brown Back for the Future trilogy

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6,156 6,023
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
5,532 5,983
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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3,385 3,434
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Vito Corleone The Godfather trilogy

14
5,232 6,024
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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4,476 4,846
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Terminator The Terminator series

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5,269 6,062
Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter Harry Potter universe

17
3,908 3,467
Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rocky Balboa Rocky franchise

18
4,425 4,384
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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4,477 4,963
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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3,248 4,122
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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2,451 3,265
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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2,017 1,604
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
3,287 4,163
John McClane is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
John McClane Die Hard franchise

24
3,438 3,116
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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1,428 1,496
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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6,460 4,864
Woody is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Woody Toy Story trilogy

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1,147 853
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Norman Bates Psycho

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2,459 1,431
R2-D2 is listed (or ranked) 28 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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2,225 3,112
Legolas is listed (or ranked) 29 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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1,863 3,283
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Michael Corleone The Godfather trilogy

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2,344 1,757
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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2,230 1,303
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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3,916 4,159
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

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2,037 3,377
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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1,247 1,699
Jeffrey Lebowski -
The Dude The Big Lebowski

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828 1,284
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Tyler Durden Fight Club

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3,657 4,877
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Hermione Granger Harry Potter universe

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1,565 2,514
Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Jack Torrance The Shining

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3,207 4,525
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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1,754 2,639
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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802 989
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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2,183 2,269
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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1,005 1,260
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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753 1,128
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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778 1,160
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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1,172 1,577
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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496 737
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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719 1,129
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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573 824
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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718 1,250
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Tony Montana Scarface