Top 10 Greatest Movie Characters

Ranking the top 10 greatest movie characters of all time. These are the heroes, villains, and comedians that made our favorite movies into the masterpieces they are. Which film character do you think should top the list?

The Top Ten Greatest Movie Characters

1 Forrest Gump (Forrest Gump) 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.

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

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

Phenomenal Character, Legendary Epic & Breathtaking Masterpiece!

His story is so moving. He went through so much to get Jenny!

2 The Joker (The Dark Knight) 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

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

I was voting on the best quote just before this, where I wrote that NO ONE could have played this role better! Such a shame that we've lost Heath Ledger! They should never attempt a Batman with the Joker again - impossible comparison!

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

3 Darth Vader (Star Wars) 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.

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"

Easily the greatest villain in film history, Vader is the definition of evil, while still maintaining enough complexity to qualify as a cinematically excellent character.

4 Vito Corleone (The Godfather) 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.

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.

Marlon Brando was the best ever

5 James Bond (James Bond) Royal Navy Commander James Bond is a fictional character created by British journalist and novelist Ian Fleming in 1953. He is the protagonist of the James Bond series of novels, films, comics and video games.

This character started most of the action that's in films today.
These characters ahead of 007, don't deserve to be here, he could kick there ass any day.

007 is one of the best characters ever, he should be in the top ten ahead of Heath Ledgers joker.

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

Definitely the greatest in all its incarnations. - Szonana

6 Hannibal Lecter (The Silence of the Lambs) 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

Come on! He's the most famous cannibal of all time! This thriller made him truly a superstar. He's intelligent and also very dangerous. I believe that he, after the joker in the batman series, is the best villain ever.

7 Jack Sparrow (Pirates of the Caribbean) 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.

The look of this character is so great, and the sense of humor in the Pirates of the Caribbean movies are unbelievably good :')

Captain Jack Sparrow has every personality trait you could possibly want: Intelligence, shrewdness, being cocky, and of course, being hilarious

Come on now, it's Captain Jack Sparrow, I don't see any characters here outwitting jack or getting the better of him in a conversation.

Best movie character of all time. He's funny, he was a action star and he is awesome.

8 Indiana Jones (Indiana Jones) 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

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

If adventure had a name... It would be Indiana Jones! Harrison Ford did an amazing job with such an amazing kick-butt character!

9 Han Solo (Star Wars) 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 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!

How is Indiana Jones higher, he's better in Star Wars.

No. 7?! That's crazy! He should be 1. Why? Cause he's cool.

10 Travis Bickle (Taxi Driver) 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.

How is this behind so many clowns? - gaali121

Most iconic character ever.

Missing this one is a joke.

Travis Bickle than the boring joker in TDK

The Newcomers

? Tom Stall (A History of Violence)
? Erika Kohut (The Piano Teacher)

The Contenders

11 Hal 9000 (2001: A Space Odyssey) HAL 9000 is a fictional character in Arthur C. Clarke's Space Odyssey series. First appearing in 2001: A Space Odyssey, HAL is a sentient computer that controls the systems of the Discovery One spacecraft and interacts with the ship's astronaut crew.
12 Tony Stark (Iron Man)

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

I'm sorry but 59! Tony Stark is the most charismatic, funniest, and best super hero character of ALL time. This guy is just amazing and to see cartoon characters ahead of him is just insulting. Epic character!

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

Tony so does not deserve being 20th :( he is the most charismatic, attractive, the funniest character ever! - littlerunaway

13 Tony Montana (Scarface) Antonio Raimundo "Tony" Montana is a fictional character and the villain protagonist of the 1983 film Scarface.

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

Six words will forever keep his place in cinematic history.

14 T-1000 (The Terminator)

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

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

T-1000 is metal oil water robot programe dead to John Connor. T-1000 is gread power, his opponent to T-800. T-1000 is not limited power.

15 Norman Bates (Psycho) 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 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.

One of the scariest characters in cinema history.

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

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

16 Homer Simpson (The Simpsons Movie) 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

17 Katniss Everdeen (The Hunger Games)

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!

Katniss is the best heroine! She shows the girls can fight!

18 Andy Dufresne (The Shawshank Redemption)

The absolute greatest, clever character

Best character in the best movie!

HE SPENT 19 YEARS IN JAIL AND HE DIDN'T EVEN DO IT. What a remarkable movie.

How can people forget Andy the central character of most rated movie..he taught us the value of hop and patience...20 years in prison and the legendary prison break oh that's so cool..a man who has patience and positive attitude can do anything..thanks to Tim Robbins he made this character great..I miss Marty mcfly in the list.

19 Michael Corleone (The Godfather) 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 Jules Winnfield (Pulp Fiction)

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! '

21 Batman (The Dark Knight)

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!

22 Kikuchiyo (Seven Samurai)

Unrelenting emotion and vigor in rags.

The original man with no name, brought to life by Toshiro Mifune's hyperactive and electrifying performance.

23 Tyler Durden (Fight Club)

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

24 Harry Potter (Harry Potter) 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.

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

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.

What's the difference between the Harry in the book and the movies? There's another Top Tens, and in that one (for the books I guess? ) Harry was #2... But still, he's really sweet and a HERO! - Splashstorm

Yea he is good... good character, good person, good spells, good charms, GREAT LIFE

25 Agent J (Men in Black) 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

26 Jason Bourne (Bourne)
27 Randle McMurphy (One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest)

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

JACK NICKOLSONS BEST PREFORMENACE MY FAVORITE MOVIE

28 Ellen Ripley (Aliens)

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

29 Agent K (Men in Black)
30 Princess Yuki Akizuki (The Hidden Fortress)

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

A noble and strong-willed princess who sort of acts like a female Toshiro Mifune.

31 Woody (Toy Story) Sheriff Woody Pride is a fictional character in the Toy Story franchise. He is voiced by Tom Hanks in all of the feature-length and short films and by Jim Hanks in video games and shorts. He is a stuffed cowboy character that leads the other toys in adventures in the movies. His facial features are ...read more.

One of the best animated characters ever! - PeeledBanana

32 Tuco Ramírez (The Dollars Trilogy)

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

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

Furthermore, all the greatest movie characters are tough and they're winners. I think that the likeable, relatable losers deserve their place on the top instead.

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

33 Freddy Krueger (A Nightmare on Elm Street) 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.

34 Legolas (The Lord of the Rings) 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.

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

YES OH MY GOD YES

He is a great person why?
1. He has Lego in his name and I love Lego!
2. He never dies well he survives almost anything
3. he can whoop some butt of the enemies in the movie franchise
4. I like his bone and arrows 0_0

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

35 Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski (The Big Lebowski)

73? You are out of your element.

36 Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th) 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.

37 Rocky Balboa (Rocky) 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

38 Neo (The Matrix) Neo is the main protagonist of the Matrix franchise created by the Wachowskis and portrayed by Keanu Reeves.

Keanu played Neo really well.

Nei should use ones and zeros to go to one

Mister Anderson...nice suit, mine matches

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.

39 Alex DeLarge (A Clockwork Orange)

One of the most terrifying characters of all time

He is godlike.

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

40 Brooks Hatlen (The Shawshank Redemption)
41 Gandalf (The Lord of the Rings)

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

Ian McKellen is so sexy!

42 Mary O'Donnell (Long Live Your Death)
43 Anton Chigurh (No Country for Old Men)

So badass - patrickfloyd

44 Harry Callahan (Dirty Harry)

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

Dirty Harry

45 Pennywise (It, 2017)
46 Lucia Sciarra (James Bond)

Monica Bellucci is the sexiest woman on the planet - UnderratedEpisodeAdvocate

47 Shorty Meeks (Scary Movie)

Funny character best in scary movie series

Funniest movie character ever!

48 Luke Skywalker (Star Wars) Luke Skywalker is a fictional character appearing as the central protagonist of the original film trilogy, and as a supporting character in the sequel trilogy of the Star Wars universe created by George Lucas.
49 Carrie White (Carrie, 1976)
50 Yoda (Star Wars)

I said seagulls, mph! Stop it now!

Yoda best

GO YODA!

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