Top Ten Greatest Movie Characters

The Top Ten

1 Forrest Gump - Tom Hanks Forrest Gump - Tom Hanks Forrest Gump is a fictional character who first appears in the 1986 novel by Winston Groom. Forrest Gump also appeared on screen in the 1994 film of the same name directed by Robert Zemeckis.

Yep. At least my favourite. A simple lovable man intertwined with some of the biggest moments in the 20th century.

Tom Hanks is just amazing

Are you Kidding' me!? This is your #1 Spot right here!
Forrest Gump (1994) is an Epic Phenomenon! The Greatest movie Character of All-time tied with Judah Ben Hur of the Legendary Ben Hur (1959). - Nirmal1991USA

Phenomenal Character, Legendary Epic & Breathtaking Masterpiece!

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2 The Joker - Heath Ledger The Joker - Heath Ledger The Joker is a fictional super villain created by Bill Finger, Bob Kane, and Jerry Robinson who first appeared in the debut issue of the comic book Batman (April 25, 1940) published by DC Comics. Credit for the Joker's creation is disputed; Kane and Robinson claimed responsibility for the Joker's design, ...read more.

monumental performance, what an amazing character

It was a hard choice, a lot of these actors stand out in their own way, but Heath Ledger takes the cake.

The best complete performance ever, you'll be always missed, Heath

Best

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3 Darth Vader - James Earl Jones Darth Vader - James Earl Jones Darth Vader was the original dark lord for Star Wars. Darth Vader ruled with both fear and aggression. Originally Anakin Skywalker a young Jedi who was then seduced by the dark side of the force by Chancellor Palpatine/Darth Sidious. Vader had his limbs cut off by his jedi master Obi-Wan Kenobi leaving ...read more.

He is better than Forrest Gump

Darth Vader is arguably the most iconic movie villain of all time. Everyone in the Empire is afraid of him except for the Emperor and Grand Moff Tarkin. James Earl Jones successfully provides the unforgettable voice of Darth Vader. Not to forget the major plot twist "No, I am your father..."

Darth Vader is probably the most iconic movie character ever! He represents evil and he's just kickass in the first three movies, besides, he says one the most famous lines in movie history (No, I am your father). - Nintendonix

No-one can top Darth Vader probably because of his famous line " Luke I am your father also how he is a part of the biggest icons ever the star wars trilogy and how he is so hard core

" I am your Father"

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4 Captain Jack Sparrow - Johnny Depp Captain Jack Sparrow - Johnny Depp Captain Jack Sparrow, played by Johnny Depp, is a fictional character and the main protagonist in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. He is a pirate in the film series.

But why is the rum gone?

grestest movie characters of all time
better than will turner

What is rubbish When you say will turner is greatest character. I think it is Act of some foolish girls those have right to Vote. only the Captain jack sparrow is numero uno... What could you wanted more from johnny depp... savvy...

Goat

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5 Vito Corleone - Marlon Brando Vito Corleone - Marlon Brando Vito Andolini Corleone is a fictional character in Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather and in Francis Ford Coppola's film series based on the novel, where he was portrayed by Marlon Brando in The Godfather and, as a young man, by Robert De Niro in The Godfather Part II.

The picture of him alone is all you need to recognize him and the film.

Vito is by far the best - iliekpiez

Marlon Brando was a fantastic actor and was perfect in this role. He should be higher, this role was some of the greatest acting in any movie. Actually number should be every characer played by Marlon Brando.

Marlon Brando is such a great actor, especially in gangster/mobster movies. He's a classic.

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6 Indiana Jones - Harrison Ford Indiana Jones - Harrison Ford Dr. Henry Walton "Indiana" Jones, Jr., often shortened to "Indy", is the title character of the Indiana Jones franchise.

What is he doing down HERE! 5th? He should be 1st! (Much better than all of the above) - BloodFang

People wake up Indiana jones should be 1!

Indiana Jones is the classic movie hero! OBVIOUSLY he should be number one! The only people that I think could compete with Indiana Jones himself are Vito Corleone and Darth Vader. - higgsboson2142

No no NO, orlando bloom will turner, don't make me laugh, the worst list ever, at least Indiana jones is in it

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7 Han Solo - Harrison Ford Han Solo - Harrison Ford Han Solo is a fictional character in the Star Wars franchise, portrayed in films by Harrison Ford. In the original film trilogy, Han and his co-pilot, Chewbacca, become involved in the Rebel Alliance which opposes the Galactic Empire.

Han shot first.

Cool character. Hero. Smuggler. Earns more than 7th place! - BloodFang

Han Solo is the coolest character in Star Wars. He is also the second most impactful Star Wars Character beaten only by Darth Vader. Harrison Ford does a spectacular performance for Han Solo

Money smuggler that became a hero!

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8 James Bond - Daniel Craig

James bond will and should always be first

Why isn't connery, moore, or brosnan here! Craig is the stalest bond ever!

Shrektastic and cool

He is rude, fakhri baba,cruel and looks like a monkey

9 James Bond - Sean Connery James Bond - Sean Connery

Definitely the greatest in all its incarnations. - Szonana

Way better than Daniel Craig! - missyweirdo

10 Tony Montana - Al Pacino Tony Montana - Al Pacino Antonio Raimundo "Tony" Montana is a fictional character and the villain protagonist of the 1983 film Scarface.

amazing

Say hello to my little friend

NOTHING BUT A BUNCH OF ****ING COCK-A-ROACHES!
Love the way he pronounces it

How is The Joker (as amazing and captivating Heath's performance was) above the absolute GREATEST movie criminals ever. - SuperMugen95

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The Newcomers

? King Baldwin - Kingdom of Heaven
? Nathan Algren - Tom Cruise

The Contenders

11 Tony Stark - Robert Downey Jr. Tony Stark - Robert Downey Jr.

He literally brought a franchise to life and should be much higher

He is more famous in India

I love Loki

I love Robert Downey Jr. as Iron Man, in my opinion he will always be number 1 - Sa26

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12 Jules Winnfield - Samuel L. Jackson Jules Winnfield - Samuel L. Jackson

Not quite for the reason you think. While Jules is credibly scary and intimidating, certainly more competent than his useless buddy Vincent, he's also smart enough to think outside the box.
In fact, Jules has the best development out of all the characters in the movie. Over time, he develops a conscience and decides that being a mob boss' thug just isn't for him. Best of all? He faced down a restaurant robber without firing a single shot.

Wow only 0.2%... The problem with this is that very less people have seen 'Pulp Fiction' Jules is one of the most humorous and iconic characters of all time... Shame on this list... He should at least get a spot in Top 10

The Joker and Han Solo are fantastic, but Jules is still the best. You read the bible, Ringo? - jarjar36

I can't help but quote this guy in any conversation I have - the classic is 'I don't remember asking you a damn thing! '

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13 Hannibal Lecter - Anthony Hopkins Hannibal Lecter - Anthony Hopkins Dr. Hannibal Lecter is a character in a series of suspense novels by Thomas Harris. Lecter was introduced in the 1981 thriller novel Red Dragon as a forensic psychiatrist and cannibalistic serial killer.

Why are you not voting for me, Clarice?

Are you serious?!?! Why is Hannibal Lecter #24?! Hopkins and Ledger should be rivaling or the top spot. Come on now. Hannibal wasn't even the main antagonist of Silence of the Lambs, yet he stole the spotlight and will forever be the face of that movie.

Hannibal Lector is an incredible, psychopathic and clever character the fact that he is only number 10 is very surprising and weird, also the way he is a psychiatrist makes him an even more dangerous man, in my opinion he truly is the ultimate movie character

I seriously don't understand how Hannibal Lecter is this low on this list. The performance by Anthony Hopkins was creepy and unsettling even when he wasn't doing anything.

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14 Katniss Everdeen - Jennifer Lawrence Katniss Everdeen - Jennifer Lawrence Katniss Everdeen is a fictional character and the protagonist of The Hunger Games trilogy by Suzanne Collins. She is portrayed by Jennifer Lawrence in the film adaptation franchise.

15 that is way too high for her I found this series and the character overrated There are characters way better than her: Hermione Granger, Finnick Odair,Clove, Cato, Harry Potter, Severus Snape, Darth Vader, Han Solo, Legolas, Gandalf, and much more. Let me guess I am getting hate for offending your precious character and book just go read Battle Royal which The Hunger Games just ripped off

She should be higher than this she is an inspirational character and always tries to do the right thing. - thalia_thatsme

You really feel what she's going through, yet you can't help but cheer when she makes it. What a spirit! What an incredible character!

Way to go Katniss. A modern day role model

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15 Homer Simpson - Dan Castellaneta Homer Simpson - Dan Castellaneta Homer Jay Simpson is the protagonist of the American animated television series The Simpsons as the patriarch of the eponymous family.

Homer Simpson will forever be the King of Cartoons. He is absolutely hilarious, and he can manage that without being super inappropriate or sex jokes. (We're looking at you, Family Guy. ) The Joker wasn't that great. He did an above average job on the character, besides The Joker isn't supposed to creep you out and give you nightmares, he's supposed to have a cartoony feel.

He is the funniest guy going around. Long live the Simpsons movie and may there be a sequel.

He's animated, for crying out loud! At least the five ahead of him are real roles that required acting and not just a voice over. Hannibal Lecter not in the top five is just wrong. Watch Silence of the Lambs and then just try to forget him!

Spider pig, spider pig does whatever a spider pig does

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16 Norman Bates - Anthony Perkins Norman Bates - Anthony Perkins Norman Bates is a character created by writer Robert Bloch as the main character in his novel Psycho, and portrayed by Anthony Perkins as the primary antagonist of the 1960 film of the same name directed by Alfred Hitchcock and its sequels.

Norman made you hate, emphasize, and fear all the nerds guys.

The character is sick, but the actor is such a hottie! - lannypetersong

Norman bates was based off a real life serial killer named Ed Gein, who was also the inspiration for leatherface in the Texas chainsaw massacre, and buffalo bill in the silence of the lambs. although, ed gein never wore a body suit out of people's skin, he did wear a mask out of leather which was the inspiration for leatherface.

Norman only nr 20 and katniss higher? you have got to be kidding me!

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17 Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez - Eli Wallach

Tuco always bounces back. He will always find a way. That is why we love him.!

He is funny,determined and always plucky!

This scruffy, plucky loser scoundrel, who can go from deadly to adorable in the blink of an eye, makes me laugh harder than any character in a straight-up comedy ever could. Despite all the crimes he's committed, we also sympathise with his plight and are so fascinated by how much he can endure that he end up kind of wanting him to win in the end. He's very easy to empathise with.
If you're likewise feisty and a bit awkward, then he's probably the character in a Spaghetti Western you'll end up relating to the most.
Furthermore, he redefined the Mexican Bandito character for a new generation as a sympathetic figure rather than merely a Malicious one.
Hot-headed, temperamental, manipulative, cunning, desperate, animalistic, yet tenacious, goofy, charming, absurdly energetic, absolutely hilarious, and with sort of a warm and welcoming aura about him, this is one of the most interesting movie characters you'll ever see. - SourNote2014

In fact, without Tuco, the movie would not be the cinematic masterpiece it is. He gave the movie a soul.

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18 Woody - Tom Hanks Woody - Tom Hanks

One of the best animated characters ever! - PeeledBanana

19 Michael Corleone - Al Pacino Michael Corleone - Al Pacino Michael Corleone is the main character in Mario Puzo's novel The Godfather and the three films based upon it, all directed by Francis Ford Coppola.

Michael Corleone should ranked far higher than 18. He is one of the greatest characters in cinematic history. He was the don.

20 Batman - Christian Bale

Love you Bruce Wayne.. And don't mind this list, because v know you r the best, other than Tony stark

Only one who can challenge joker

We sure got Batman with an English accent now!

21 Kikuchiyo - Toshiro Mifune

Unrelenting emotion and vigor in rags.

22 Travis Bickle - Robert De Niro Travis Bickle - Robert De Niro Travis Bickle, a 26-year-old honorably discharged U.S. Marine, is a lonely, depressed young man living on his own in New York City. He becomes a taxi driver to cope with his chronic insomnia, driving passengers every night around the city's boroughs. He also spends time in porn theaters and keeps a ...read more.

yep - CedreticFomento

Most iconic character ever.

How is this behind so many clowns? - gaali121

Missing this one is a joke.

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23 Yoda - Frank Oz

I said seagulls, mph! Stop it now!

Yoda best

GO YODA!

24 Bane - Tom Hardy

Joker breaked Batman's mind but bane breaked both mind and body..and put him in a prison..remember those words "you merely adopted the dark I was born in it moulded by it.."

25 Legolas - Orlando Bloom Legolas - Orlando Bloom Legolas is a character in J. R. R. Tolkien's legendarium. He is a Sindarin Elf of the Woodland Realm and one of nine members of the Fellowship of the Ring. He has been portrayed by Orlando Bloom in the live action movies.

Dude, this guy should be in da top ten along with Aragorn. - Ash_lovesLOTR

Not a fan of legolas but its lord of the rings so I have to

The lord of the rings knocks the pirates of the carribean's socks off!

YES OH MY GOD YES

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26 Tyler Durden - Brad Pitt Tyler Durden - Brad Pitt

He's basically a philosopher. Everything he say takes some time to process, but once it sinks in, it really changes you. Also, he's not just a character but a figment of "Jack's" imagination.

I'm a huge joker fan, but surely this character must be in top5... Brad Pitt at his best

He is the best movie character because everyone wants to look like him he is the ultimate movie character

This badass deserves to be in top 5

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27 The Terminator - Arnold Schwarzenegger The Terminator - Arnold Schwarzenegger The Terminator (Known as the T-800, or Cyberdyne Systems Model 101) is the titular fictional autonomous cyborg from the Terminator franchise portrayed by both Arnold Schwarzenegger and numerous actor stand-ins digitally overlayed with Schwarzenegger's likeness. ...read more.

The most 'Frightening Cyborg' ever. It wouldn't cease, until it reached its Target.

What? Why is Sarah Connor higher than the Terminator, Sarah's a good character, but come on, it's the Terminator, I think he should be at least in the Top 10

28 Park Gang-du - Song Kang-ho

A very real, flawed, human character, Gang-du was raised in a working class family with neither parent there for him, so he didn't get the proper nutrition he needed, which made him a bit drowsy and a bit stupid. He's certainly clumsy, which caused him to lose his daughter in the first place. He's presented as a character with a lot of pathos, whom no one takes seriously, but whose love for his family is enough for him to break out of a US Government quarantine unit.
He may not be the best family man, but he's got a heart the size of both Koreas and a lot of determination to protect his family, even if he fails at it.

I really pity Gang-du for what he goes through- loses family members, is constantly scolded by his siblings, and is put through quarantine several times. Poor guy! He hardly catches a break throughout the movie.
That said, he's got gumption and heart. How can you not love him?
Also, he's really cute.

29 R.P. McMurphy - Jack Nicholson

"Don't wash your dirty underwear in public." I love that line.

JACK NICKOLSONS BEST PREFORMENACE MY FAVORITE MOVIE

30 Agent J - Will Smith Agent J - Will Smith Agent J is a fictional MIB agent in the film Men in Black, its sequels Men in Black II and Men in Black 3, and Men in Black: The Series.

You know the difference between you and me? I make this look good.

WILL SMITH WILL SMITH WILL SMITH

31 Ellen Ripley - Sigourney Weaver Ellen Ripley - Sigourney Weaver Ellen Louise Ripley is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Alien film series played by American actress Sigourney Weaver.

Very few other female leads kick butt as Sigourney Weaver did in the Aliens series. Should have won the Oscar in '87.

Allthough lord of the rings is my fave film series ellen ripley is the most kick ass hero of all time, stronger than most male heros,
GET AWAY FROM HER YOU BIT*H

32 Princess Yuki Akizuki - Misa Uehara

Noble and strong-willed, a good example of Kurosawa's feminism.

33 Freddy Krueger - Robert Englund Freddy Krueger - Robert Englund Fred "Freddy" Krueger is the main antagonist of the A Nightmare on Elm Street film series. He first appeared in Wes Craven's A Nightmare on Elm Street (1984).

Now who doesn't think Robert here did a great job as Freddy? I say no one, especially not Jackie can play Freddy. Robert forever :-)

No one can ever play Freddy as good as Mr. Englund did because he played the role so good people get nightmares without seeing the movie.

Who the bleep thought bleeping mamas boy is better then me!

Freddy truly is your worst nightmare.

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34 Jason Bourne - Matt Damon
35 Harry Potter - Daniel Radcliffe Harry Potter - Daniel Radcliffe Harry James Potter is the title character of J. K. Rowling's Harry Potter series. The majority of the books' plot covers seven years in the life of the orphan Potter, who, on his eleventh birthday, learns he is a wizard.

Best character in the whole world should be number 1

7 trillion peoples can't be wrong. Harry Potter is a remarkable character because you get to watch him grow from a child to a young man - Vaibhavpbh

Harry Potter's personality is one of the best things about the movie. He is brave, nice, smart and cute. He risked his life more than just once. I remember him saving ron and another girl in the goblet of fire.

I know he originated from a book (fantastic in there) but the portrayal by Daniel Radcliffe was fantastic and he fits the character perfectly and the whole premise of the character and growing up with him and rising up to destiny. He should be higher in my opinion. - idontknow

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36 Alex de Large - Malcolm McDowell

He is godlike.

One of the most terrifying characters of all time

A teenager who beats, rapes, and murders innocent people but does it for a living. He has a lust for life because of it.

37 Neo - Keanu Reeves Neo - Keanu Reeves Neo is the main protagonist of the Matrix franchise created by the Wachowskis and portrayed by Keanu Reeves.

Mister Anderson...nice suit, mine matches

Keanu played Neo really well.

Nei should use ones and zeros to go to one

I was torn between joker, Forrest Gump, and Homer Simpson, but you have to give credit to Keanu Reeves for finally finding a role that actually suits him.

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38 Gandalf - Ian McKellen Gandalf - Ian McKellen Gandalf the Grey, later known as Gandalf the White, is a fictional character and one of the protagonists in J. R. R. Tolkien's novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. He was an Istar, sent by the West in the Third Age to combat the threat of Sauron, as well as leader of the Fellowship of the Ring ...read more.

Fool of a Took!

Seriously? I had to put him on now? This guys role made the movies. Especially the first. How did orlando blooms legolas make it over gandalf?!

A wizard is never late, he arrives only when he mean to.. And on this list the wizard arrived on 72? Come on! You were supposed to tell his position not his age

I love joker so much. But I think GAndalf the grey is the best character for me

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39 Jason Voorhees - Kane Hodder Jason Voorhees - Kane Hodder Jason Voorhees is a character from the Friday the 13th series. He first appeared in Friday the 13th as the young son of camp cook-turned-murderer, Mrs. Voorhees.

He may have the highest kill count in Horror, but he's not all bad. He just loves his mother.

Easily enough one of the most iconic horror film characters.

I've heard his hockey mask is a detroit red wings mask.

40 Harry Callahan - Clint Eastwood Harry Callahan - Clint Eastwood

"Now you know why they call me Dirty Harry: every dirty job that comes along." - BurnAux

Dirty Harry

41 Mary O'Donnell - Lynn Redgrave
42 Luke Skywalker - Mark Hamill
43 Yvonne - Antonia Thomas
44 Carrie White - Sissy Spacek Carrie White - Sissy Spacek
45 Caesar - Andy Serkis Caesar - Andy Serkis

Great - PeeledBanana

46 Edward Scissorhands - Johnny Depp

I loved Edward because I related to him so much

47 The Tramp - Charlie Chaplin

One of the greatest cinematic characters. It is the symbol of silent movies.

48 Xenia Onatopp - Famke Janssen Xenia Onatopp - Famke Janssen Xenia Zirgavna Onatopp is a former Soviet fighter-pilot and the top assassin working for the Janus Crime Syndicate. She appears as the secondary antagonist in GoldenEye, and is played by Dutch actress Famke Janssen.

Sexy

49 Veronica Sawyer - Winona Ryder
50 Rocky Balboa - Sylvester Stallone Rocky Balboa - Sylvester Stallone Robert "Rocky" Balboa is the title character of the Rocky film series. The character was created by Sylvester Stallone, who also portrayed him in all eight Rocky films.

Huh? R you crazy? He should be number 1.. Live long the legend and where r the hobbits and gandalf?

Yeah, down here with all the other great rejects that nobody remember

The best movie character ever, from the Rocky series.

how the hell is he on 74. he must be in top 10

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