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Top 100 Best Movie Characters

Updated on January 8, 2012

List Of Best Film Characters

What makes a movie Great? "Touching theme,Great Plot and Excellent acting".But what Attract the most are the great characters in movies.

Famous film Characters,either a Villain Like Darth Vader Or Anti-Hero Like Captain Jack Sparrow Or Super-hero Like Iron man,are loved by all.

Here on this page i have compiled a list of 100 Greatest Movie Characters and narrowed it down to my personal favorite Top 10 list of best movie characters.

The characters are chosen on the base of their popularity,impact on pop culture and role in the plot.

So here is the list of best movie characters

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Top 10 Movie Characters

Below is the list of my personal favorite Top 10 Best Movie Characters.

# 10. Norman Bates - Movie :- Psycho ; Played By :- Anthony Perkins

Description :-

Norman bates is one of the most famous roles in Hollywood movies.He is an innocent motel owner whose first impression is as a friendly young man.Though it seems that he is afraid of his mad disciplinary mother.With the progress of the film the more dark side of bates' mother come in front of our eyes which is much cruel than the reality.

Defining Moment:- The shower scene

Quote:- "We all go a little mad sometimes."

# 9. Travis Bickle - Movie :- Taxi Driver ; Played By :- Robert De Nero

Description :-

After watching the movie one is not sure whether travis is a Hero Or A villain.Travis is lonesome taxi driver who hides about his job from his parents and tells them a lie that he is in a government service.He is tired of the system and sick of the fact that he is all alone.he loves to watch A movies and take his date to A theaters.The character Is very controversial but De Nero played this one of the best film role very well.

Defining Moment:- The Shootout Scene At The End Of movie.

Quote:- "You Talkin To me?"

# 8. Michael Corleone - Movie :- The Godfather Trilogy ; Played By :- Al Pacino

Description :-

Michael corleone at first look,is an innocent person in evil society.A war-return soldier who stays away from his family business.But later when his father is attacked and after survival he announce to retire then the role of michael comes in play. He knows his Big Brother sunny is short-tempered and his other brother Freddo is a dumbo.So,he decides to overtook his father's business and to bury down all his enemies.Al-Pacino finely played this one of the top movie character finely.

Defining Moment:- When at the end he kills his enemies one by one.

Quote:- "Its not Personal,Sonny,Its Strictly Business"

# 7. Indiana Jones - Movie :- Indiana Jones Series ; Played by :- Harrison ford

Description :-

Indiana Jones is a film character that was loved was almost everyone and it increased the interest of people in archaeology.A Man who love adventure and can survive in almost any condition.An ideal hero with great comic timing and best attitude.The role was given to a lesser known actor Tom Selleck at that time but as he turned the role the director passed it to Harrison ford and rest is history.

Defining Moment:- The Nazi driver chase scene.

Quote:- "It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage."

# 6. Hannibal Lecter - Movie :- The Silence Of The Lambs ; Played By :- Sir Anthony Hopkins

Description :-

Though he is a genius doctor from mind yet he has a hidden beast in himself who loves human flesh.Famously known as "Hannibal The Cannibal",he loves to hypnotize his prey from his stories before actually killing him.He may not be the center of the film or plot but he is most important character of story.The perfection of acting by Sir Anthony Hopkins could be imagined by the fact that not only he won Academy Award for this 16 minute role but also was placed as Number 1 Villain in A.F.I.'s 50 heroes and 50 villains list.

Defining Moment:- When he escape from the jail and kill the officers.

Quote:- "I do wish we could chat longer, but I'm having an old friend for dinner."

# 5. Forrest Gump - Movie :- Forrest Gump ; Played By :- Tom Hanks

Description :-

Forrest Gump is a fella who have id below average but surprisingly he would inspire you from his interesting tales.He met 5 U.S. presidents,was present at many historic moments(though unknowingly) and unintentionally he inspired many trends.He played ping-pong,was in Vietnam war,did shrimp business and ran for more than 2 years when he felt heart broken.Tom hanks who played Gump won academy award (consecutively) for best actor for one of best film characters.Also Forrest gump is one of the best romantic love movie.

Defining Moment:- When Forrest run for over 3 and a half years.

Quote:- "My momma always said, "Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.""

# 4. Blondie Or Man With No Name. - Movie :- Dollar Trilogy ; Played By Clint Eastwood

Description :-

Blondie ,Joe,manco or best known as Man With no name is portrayed as a tough cowboy by clint eastwood.Blondie is a skilled bounty hunter who most of the time look for work and ways to benefit himself.He may cheat to win but at times he may overlook his personal benefits to help others.Unlike other cowboy heroes of that era clint eastwood portrayal of blondie was much different(the unshaven beard was one example).Blondie overall is a perfect example for an anti hero.

Defining Moment:- When he saves tuco just before he is going to be hanged.

Quote:- "You see, in this world there's two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig."

# 3. The Joker - Movie :- The Dark Knight ; Played By - Late Heath ledger

Description :-

One should learn from heath ledger how to steal a show in the presence of A-List actors like Morgan Freeman,Gary Oldman,Christian Bale,Michael Caine,Aaron Eckhart.His role as The joker in Batman movie was superb.His devotion to the role was so much that he remained in a flat for 3 months to prepare himself for the role.And the whole time he was surrounded by batman books,movies and comics.He got involved so much in the role,that he developed Joker in himself,as a part.Though he died short after the release of movie,yet he was able to win Oscar for this one of the best movie character.

Defining Moment:- Of course The opening scene where he looted the bank and killed his own partners.

Quote:- "Why So Serious?"

# 2. Don Vito Corlerone - Movie :- The Godfather I ; Played By Marlon Brando

Description :-

He is head of one of the most powerful criminal family,The Corleones.He is honored by fellow mates in the business,feared by the powerful politicians and film stars and is loved by the whole Corlerone family.Marlon Brando stars as Vito Corlerone in this best gangster movie of all time.The character was made immortal by him and is considered as masterpiece role in acting.

Defining Moment:- After his retirement, advising Michael of how his enemies will move around him.

Quote:- "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse"

# 1. Captain jack Sparrow - Movie :- Pirates Of Caribbean Series ; Played By :- Johnny Depp

Description :-

Imagine P.O.T.C without jack sparrow...Impossible,would be the first word that would struck your mind.Hats off to johnny Depp who made this character so lively.Captain Jack sparrow is listed among the best movie characters of all time by many critics and world-wide magazines.Johnny Depp showed the other side of pirates.Captain jack sparrow who is cunningly smart and would trick you from his wits and wisdom.A Pirate who is sexy,stylish and yeah need not to mention Loves Rum.Not only he is one of the most famous movie character but his costume is also in demand for Halloween dresses ideas.

Defining Moment:- His enterance, When He steps on the deck proudly, everyone looking at him and his ship was drowning.

Quote:- "Why Is The Rum Gone?"

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      How in the hell is Captain Ron - Kurt Russel not on this list??? Wft

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      Underrated 4 years ago

      Norman Bates should be higher in my opinion.

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      MusicMadness LM 4 years ago

      Captain Jack is definitely my favourite of the current generation, but I think Brando as the Godfather is still the best ever.

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      Avazanto 5 years ago

      pulp fiction?

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      zerotech01 5 years ago

      Johnny Depp, Edward Norton, Harrison Ford are my favourites actor with best character almost of all films of them

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      Adrijan 5 years ago

      nice work

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i think MICHAEL CORLEONE and TONY MONTANA are one of the greatest roles!!!they are both develop by time and although they r both one of the "toughest guys" they show humanity by the end...

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      anonymous 6 years ago

      i think MICHAEL CORLEONE and TONY MONTANA are one of the greatest roles!!!they are both develop by time and although they r both one of the "toughest guys" they show humanity by the end...

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      Shadrosky 6 years ago

      Patrick Bateman is one of my favorites...just a stellar performance by Bale

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      greenreviews 6 years ago

      This is a great page. Anton Chigurh is one of my favorite movie characters. He has such good on screen presence

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      mahimattphoto 6 years ago

      Awesome awesome! I was looking and looking for Indiana Jones then poof he was number 1!

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      jvsper63 6 years ago

      You have great taste. I love your picks. Nice lens;)

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      WarcraftJunkie 6 years ago

      You have excellent taste in movie characters! Almost every one on your list would be on mine had I ever took the time to make one! Anton Chigurh was awesome in No Country for Old Men. Johnny Depp is one of my all-time favorite actors. I also like Allen Rickman, i.e., Love Actually, Harry Potter Films, Three Muskateers, Alice in Wonderland, etc. Great Lens.

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      moskit 6 years ago

      This has to be one of my favorite lenses to date! Very clean and sharp and filled with tons of information.

      I look forward to reading some of your other work.

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      Paul Turner 6 years ago from Birmingham, Al.

      Great lens!

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      eileenthompson 6 years ago

      johnny depp always plays a good character!

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      GreenScreen 6 years ago

      Russell Crowe in Gladiator is my favorite of these.

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      BlakeCzirr 6 years ago

      I'm enjoying your "Movies" lenses. Surprisingly, I actually liked most of the movies shown here. I had to admit, though, I was a little disappointed with Sweeney Todd, because I really like Johnny Depp (I really liked "Sleep Hollow"). Probably, I wasn't enamored by the musical.

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      Philippians468 6 years ago

      Frodo!

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      GoodinDevelopme 6 years ago

      Iconic characters. Great lens.

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      Jen 6 years ago from Canada

      I voted for Jack Sparrow. Great character.

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      Mary Norton 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      Most of these if not all are my favourites, too. What a great idea for a lens.

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      cwarden 6 years ago

      Great list! I haven't seen a couple of these so I will be watching them soon.

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      budwalker lm 6 years ago

      i like Capt. Sparrow . he's kinda funny guy :D

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      KimGiancaterino 7 years ago

      Great lists, and hard to pick favorites!

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      hlkljgk 7 years ago from Western Mass

      surprised there aren't more women. nice to see depp a few times. :)

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      rachsue lm 7 years ago

      This is such a great lens! Lots of time went into the describing of each of the movies and characters. Thank you for sharing

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Great comprehensive list , you have put thoughts on shortlisting and categorizing.

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      SofiaMann 7 years ago

      Fantastic. Congratulations.

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      Enigmaa8 7 years ago

      Great lens some real characters on here and yep it's good you separated them by decade as each generation will have it's favourite. As a kid I grew up with Indiana Jones Mary Poppins,Rocky and Marty Mcfly as a teenager Edward scissorhands and Forest gump and now the joker and captain jack sparrow. All iconic characters all deserve a place on this list. Well done

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      Linda Jo Martin 7 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      How can it be that there are only four women on this list?

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      kitsiu lm 7 years ago

      Recall a lot of movies when I go through the list.

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      MissyBrown LM 7 years ago

      Hands down Tom Hanks is my favorite actor. Great lens!

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      Beas 7 years ago

      This is great! Both entertaining as well as a resource. You've really put lots of work in it. Favorited.

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      italianizeyours 7 years ago

      I love the lists. It's difficult to pick just one character to name as the best. They're all great.

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      RebeccaE 7 years ago

      what a wonderful lens, keep these coming!

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      gideon43 7 years ago

      Wonderful lens, a lot of work must have gone into this

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      stevenho128 7 years ago

      Fantastic List. Gave me some ideas on what movies to watch next :>

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      I always love Jack Nicholson from ONe Flew Over The Cuckoo Nest.

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      Pete D 7 years ago

      Great characters indeed! It was hard to pick at the polls :)

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      Mary Beth Granger 7 years ago from O'Fallon, Missouri, USA

      Fun lens I enjoyed your quizzes! Blessed by a SquidAngel

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      Deb Kingsbury 7 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      That was fun! I like how you went decade by decade. I had a hard time choosing for the polls, though. So many good actors and characters.

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      eclecticeducati1 7 years ago

      Great lens! Blessed by an Angel.

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      jctatum 7 years ago

      You must be an seo guru. Just about everything random that I search for in squidoo your page is at the top of the list. Great job! Feel free to share your secrets. :-)

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      This is awesome. A very nice walk down memory lane with all our favorite. Well done!

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      JHFSEO 7 years ago

      Another great collection! As a huge movie buff, I can't disagree with your picks too much, and you've selected a big pile of my favorite movies. Great call out to the best Bond and darn near best Bond movie on the list. Cheers!