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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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10,258 10,380
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Indiana Jones franchise

2
11,887 7,457
Forrest Gump is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Forrest Gump

3
8,429 10,519
James Bond is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
James Bond franchise

4
11,246 9,345
Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Star Wars universe

5
9,497 9,935
Captain Jack Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Pirates of the Caribbean universe

6
7,889 7,290
Gandalf is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit

7
8,902 6,923
Yoda is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Star Wars universe

8
10,654 10,675
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Batman universe

9
6,688 10,039
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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
7,319 6,941
Luke Skywalker is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Star Wars universe

11
8,103 6,942
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
6,459 6,988
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
4,389 4,449
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The Godfather trilogy

14
7,006 7,104
Harry Potter is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter universe

15
5,933 5,122
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
5,054 4,308
Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rocky franchise

17
5,482 5,640
T-800 is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Terminator series

18
5,711 5,700
Marty McFly is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Back to the Future trilogy

19
2,481 976
Dr. Emmett Brown is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
dgenega5764 added Back for the Future trilogy

20
4,037 4,941
Man with No Name is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Sergio Leone's Dollars trilogy

21
3,212 2,379
Professor Albus Dumbledore is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter universe

22
4,690 3,718
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ryanmcw added X-Men universe

23
3,173 4,121
E.T. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

24
3,586 1,927
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
3,199 3,735
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
2,074 2,184
Atticus Finch is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
To Kill a Mockingbird

27
4,081 4,813
John McClane is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Die Hard franchise

28
4,966 4,563
Chewbacca is listed (or ranked) 28 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

29
3,503 2,300
Professor Severus Snape is listed (or ranked) 29 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

30
7,401 5,429
Woody is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Toy Story trilogy

31
2,932 3,850
Aragorn is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Lord of the Rings trilogy

32
3,358 1,775
Leia Organa is listed (or ranked) 32 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

33
2,375 3,828
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The Godfather trilogy

34
1,408 1,386
Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Shawshank Redemption

35
2,175 2,992
Jack Torrance is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Shining

36
1,673 1,433
Norman Bates is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Psycho

37
1,387 1,814
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Fight Club

38
2,409 3,128
Neo is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
William Roberts added The Matrix trilogy

39
4,743 5,423
Hermione Granger is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Harry Potter universe

40
4,311 4,939
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
1,772 2,237
Jeffrey Lebowski -
The Big Lebowski

42
1,477 1,677
John Rambo is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Rambo franchise

43
1,655 2,050
Jason Bourne is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Bourne series

44
1,904 1,796
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
ryanmcw added Alien universe

45
2,581 2,753
Scarlett O'Hara is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Gone with the Wind

46
1,818 2,201
Ferris Bueller is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
William Roberts added Ferris Bueller's Day Off

47
968 1,267
Kevin McCallister is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Home Alone series

48
1,011 1,583
Inspector Clouseau is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Pink Panther franchise

49
1,200 1,636
Edward Scissorhands is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
Edward Scissorhands

50
2,587 3,435
Gollum is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Best Movie Characters of All Time
The Lord of the Rings trilogy, The Hobbit