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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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10,388 10,818
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Indiana Jones franchise

2
12,338 7,550
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Forrest Gump

3
8,524 10,947
James Bond is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
James Bond franchise

4
11,386 9,731
Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Star Wars universe

5
9,625 10,337
Captain Jack Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Pirates of the Caribbean universe

6
9,028 6,980
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Star Wars universe

7
8,006 7,361
Gandalf is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit

8
10,815 10,931
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Batman universe

9
6,770 10,142
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FaithJezek added Star Wars universe - Star Wars Phantom Menace, Attack of the Clones, Revenge of the Sith, Return of the Jedi

10
7,425 6,996
Luke Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Star Wars universe

11
8,222 6,985
Batman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
wiabux added Batman Forever, American Splendor, Movie 43

12
6,528 7,054
Hannibal Lecter is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Silence of the Lambs, Hannibal, Red Drago

13
4,456 4,496
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The Godfather trilogy

14
7,105 7,167
Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter universe

15
6,020 5,168
Obi-Wan Kenobi is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones

16
5,132 4,353
Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rocky franchise

17
5,539 5,688
Terminator is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Terminator series

18
5,795 5,740
Marty McFly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Back to the Future trilogy

19
4,093 4,989
Man with No Name is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy

20
2,546 1,020
Dr. Emmett Brown is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Back for the Future trilogy

21
3,288 2,421
Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter universe

22
4,753 3,762
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ryanmcw added X-Men universe

23
3,212 4,176
E.T. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

24
3,661 1,965
R2-D2 is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
TobuscusHolmes added 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
3,260 3,791
Legolas is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, The Hobbit: There and Back Again, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey

26
2,111 2,225
Atticus Finch is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
To Kill a Mockingbird

27
4,121 4,856
John McClane is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Die Hard franchise

28
3,578 2,336
Professor Severus Snape is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part I

29
2,991 3,887
Aragorn is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Lord of the Rings trilogy

30
5,034 4,589
Chewbacca is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ChangesDownClub added The Star Wars Holiday Special, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back

31
3,418 1,802
Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi

32
2,412 3,860
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The Godfather trilogy

33
7,450 5,457
Woody is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Toy Story trilogy

34
1,443 1,413
Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Shawshank Redemption

35
2,214 3,021
Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Shining

36
1,699 1,461
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Psycho

37
1,417 1,849
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Fight Club

38
2,441 3,164
Neo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
William Roberts added The Matrix trilogy

39
4,802 5,465
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter universe

40
4,372 4,968
Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Ultimate Avengers, Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow, The Invincible Iron Man

41
1,799 2,263
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The Big Lebowski

42
1,505 1,710
John Rambo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rambo franchise

43
1,682 2,079
Jason Bourne is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Bourne series

44
2,600 2,779
Scarlett O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Gone with the Wind

45
1,840 2,229
Ferris Bueller is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
William Roberts added Ferris Bueller's Day Off

46
995 1,297
Kevin McCallister is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Home Alone series

47
1,932 1,819
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ryanmcw added Alien universe

48
1,022 1,606
Inspector Clouseau is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Pink Panther franchise

49
2,628 3,466
Gollum is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit

50
1,216 1,665
Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Edward Scissorhands