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.

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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!

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

Bull character from a bull movie. - gaali121

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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, 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!

No words needed for him. For those of you criticising this, just go and watch the damn movie.
Best performance ever, by far.

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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 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"

Best at acting

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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.

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...

It's stupid to keep will turner at first place when we have jack sparrow here. Johnny Depp acts like he himself is the character, good actor must be in the first place.

He is the best!

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5 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.

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!

This guy should totally be number one with vader right behind him! A real movie icon who will go down in history as a movie character classic!

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6 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.

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

He is the best

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7 James Bond - Sean Connery

Definitely the greatest in all its incarnations. - Szonana

Way better than Daniel Craig! - missyweirdo

8 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 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.

Love it

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9 James Bond - Daniel Craig

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

10 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!

The Newcomers

? Meg Murray - Storm Reid
? Mrs. Which - Oprah Winfrey

The Contenders

11 Hannibal Lector - Anthony Hopkins

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

Fun fact: Anthony Hopkins never blink in his role in Silence Of The Lamb.

Enough said.

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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 Tony Stark - Robert Downey Jr.

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!

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

Love you, the king of machines
. The genius behind iron man, my and everyone's favorite is anthony Howard stark and will always be a legend through the generations

He's need higher rank! He's the Nick Fury in real life! Without him, you'll never see any of good actor such as mark rufalo or other Marvel's reamining actor. Robert Downet Jr. asTony Stark is a great performance. Really fresh and natural! He even did act as Serlock Holmes and He's performance as Serlock is as great either! Honestly he's the best Superhero Actor of all time!

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14 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!

Homer is probably the best cartoon character ever he has made so much progress over the years and I have never found a person who Dosnt like him

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15 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.

16 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.

Say hello to my little friend

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

He's the bad guy - missyweirdo

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17 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 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.

Oh my gosh put him higher on the list! - missyweirdo

18 The Terminator - Arnold Schwarzenegger The Terminator - Arnold Schwarzenegger The Terminator is a fictional autonomous robot from the Terminator franchise portrayed by both Arnold Schwarzenegger and numerous actor stand-ins digitally overlayed with Schwarzenegger's likeness.

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

19 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.

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


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

He's epic

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20 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.


21 Tuco Benedicto Pacifico Juan Maria Ramirez - Eli Wallach

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.

A genuinely funny character with a lot of depth.

22 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.

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

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

The boy who lived deserves better than 47th place.

Should at least be in the top 15. - PeeledBanana

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23 Freddy Krueger - Robert Englund

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!

Best character ever. Sometimes I still get paranoid at night. - birdechosplash

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24 Kikuchiyo - Toshiro Mifune

Unrelenting emotion and vigor in rags.

25 Andy Dufresne - Tim Robbins Andy Dufresne - Tim Robbins
26 Scarlett O'Hara - Vivien Leigh
27 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.

28 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

For youngsters this carector in number 1

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29 Woody - Tom Hanks

One of the best animated characters ever! - PeeledBanana

30 Princess Yuki Akizuki - Misa Uehara

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

31 Bane - Tom Hardy
32 Sherlock Holmes - Robert Downey Jr.

I would argue that Robert Downey Jr is more charismatic than Benedict Cumberbatch. Which is why his Sherlock is more entertaining.

Shame this list... Downing the legends like hell.

No girl wants to marry a doctor who can't tell if a man's dead or not!

Essentially a hybrid of Iron Man and Jack Sparrow

33 Luke Skywalker - Star Wars 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.

How is he so low? He started off as an ordinary farm boy, and grew with into the last Jedi master! I understand darth Vader being so high, but come on, Luke is way better.

I realize Luke is somewhat under developed compared to other characters on this list, but his current ranking just leaves him criminally under-rated

34 Alex de Large - Malcolm McDowell

One of the most terrifying characters of all time

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35 Caesar - Andy Serkis Caesar - Andy Serkis

Great - PeeledBanana

36 Peter Parker / Spider Man - Tobey Maguire

He is the best - Spidey2001

37 Bruce Banner / The Incredible Hulk - Mark Ruffalo
38 Carrie White - Sissy Spacek Carrie White - Sissy Spacek
39 Charles Foster Kane - Orson Welles

Orson Welles' portrayal of the wealthy business tycoon literally changed cinema more than any other. Citizen Kane is an insane character study, with one of the most interesting, developed, and best characters ever put to fiction. His character arc is so epic and important. Citizen Kane is a masterpiece in every sense of the word. It is such a powerful portrayal of the man and his corruption. He is the most influential character of film, in the most influential film. And he is the the greatest film character of all time, and his story made the greatest film of all time.

40 Agent K - Tommy Lee Jones
41 Veronica Sawyer - Winona Ryder
42 Mycroft Holmes - Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry and Robert Downey Jr have genuine chemistry unlike for example the 2 slags Milla Jovovich and Ali Larter.

Stephen Fry is a joy to watch especially when he's witty as Mycroft in Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows

You know the voters are more slow witted than you've been leading me to believe Sherley. People are stupid to be voting Jovovich over the witty Stephen Fry

Stephen Fry is a class act which makes kim ideal for Mycroft.

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43 Gandalf - Ian McKellen Gandalf - Ian McKellen

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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44 Anakin Skywalker - Hayden Christensen Anakin Skywalker - Hayden Christensen

Wow I'm surprised hayden is so high considering everyone hates his acting as anakin, personally I like him as anakin, he was awesome and is my favourite character of all movie characters

Come on the best Star Wars character he is technicolor no.3 but in the dark side

Why the heck is he on this list.

One of the swaggyiest character

45 Mary O'Donnell - Lynn Redgrave
46 Edward Scissorhands - Johnny Depp

I loved Edward because I related to him so much

47 John McClane - Bruce Willis John McClane - Bruce Willis John McClane is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Die Hard film series. He is portrayed by Bruce Willis.

The Best Movie Cop Ever should be in the Top 20 and not in the Top 50.

48 Father Karras - Jason Miller
49 Beetlejuice - Michael Keaton
50 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.

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