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Beloved Movie Characters Who Should Make a Comeback

Updated June 14, 2019 4.8k votes 633 voters 16.4k views19 items

List RulesIconic characters from movies that haven't been seen on the big screen for a while.

What beloved and iconic movie characters would you like to see make their long-awaited return to the big screen? There are many classic film characters that have been absent from theaters for too long. Great movie characters like Rocky Balboa and Max Rockatansky returned triumphantly in 2015, but there are plenty other names that frequently top best movie character lists who are ready for a reboot, and below you can vote up those you'd like to see.
 

When considering which iconic characters you want to see again, think about their longevity, depth, and personality, along with the stories they were involved in, and how they might fit in modern films. Would you like to see the Dude take on the 21st century? How much would you love to see Lando reunite with Chewie in the next Star Wars film?

Of the iconic movie characters below, vote up those you would like to see return to the big screen, whether played by the same actors from the original films or by a new star.
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  • Obi-Wan Kenobi
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    Played both by Ewan McGregor and Alec Guinness, Obi-Wan Kenobi is one of the most flawed and interesting characters in the entire Star Wars universe. After the success of The Force Awakens in December 2015, and the return of Kenobi in one specific sequence of the film, it might be high time to bring back Obi-Wan again, whether it be as a force ghost, or in an anthology film.
    • Appears In: Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Star Wars Episode III: Revenge of the Sith
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  • Ellen Ripley
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    Often seen as one of the greatest female characters ever created, Sigourney Weaver's Ellen Ripley was a large reason for the success of the first two Alien movies. Giving Ripley a strength and perseverance that audiences hadn't really seen before, the Xenomorphs never stood a chance.

    With Ridley Scott continuing his Prometheus prequel trilogy, isn't it time for Ripley to come back for one last hurrah to correct the sins of the franchise's final movies?
    • Appears In: Alien, Alien 3, Alien Resurrection, Aliens, Alien Quadrilogy
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  • One of the few characters from the original Star Wars trilogy that was absent from 2015's The Force Awakens, Billy Dee Williams's Lando Calrissian was one of the most interesting and morally ambiguous characters in the entire franchise. Williams has previously expressed his interest in returning to the franchise previously and fans everywhere would love to see him back for Episode VIII or IX. Even a spinoff film would satisfy the Lando lovers!
    • Appears In: Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, Robot Chicken: Star Wars Episode III, Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars
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  • Snake Plissken
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    Snake Plissken is the very definition of cool. After Kurt Russell's recent comeback in the film world, seeing his most original and dangerous character onscreen again would be practically perfect. Who doesn't want to see an older, even grumpier Snake Plissken, eyepatch and all?
    • Appears In: John Carpenter's Escape from L.A., Escape from New York
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