Empire Names the 100 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time

A few months ago, Empire magazine revealed their list of the 500 Greatest Movies of All Time… as voted by their readers.  We reported on it here and as expected, there were some slight disagreements.  Well Empire and their readers have struck again… this time with their list of the 100 Greatest Movie Characters.

It reads like an orgy invite list to a fanboy’s wet dream, but that’s to be expected.  There are obvious similarities to the Greatest Movies list, but some of these characters are still a surprise.  Tyler Durden at number one?  Captain Jack Sparrow in the top ten?  Gollum?  Hans Gruber?  Crazy.  On the other hand, it’s nice to see The Dude, Amelie, and Quint make the top fifty.

The top fifty are listed below:

1. Tyler Durden – Fight Club
2. Darth Vader – the Star Wars hexology
3. The Joker – The Dark Knight
4. Han Solo – the Star Wars hexology
5. Hannibal Lecter – the Hannibal Lecter series
6. Indiana Jones – the Indiana Jones trilogy (yeah, I said trilogy)
7. The Dude – The Big Lebowski
8. Captain Jack Sparrow – the Pirates of the Caribean series
9. Ellen Ripley – the Alien series
10. Vito Corleone – The Godfather
11. James Bond – the James Bond series
12. John McClane – the Die Hard series
13. Gollum – the Lord of the Rings trilogy
14. The Terminator – the Terminator series
15. Ferris Bueller – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
16. Neo – the Matrix trilogy
17. Hans Gruber – Die Hard
18. Travis Bickle – Taxi Driver
19. Jules Winnfield – Pulp Fiction
20. Forrest Gump
21. Michael Corleone – the Godfather trilogy
22. Ellis “Red” Redding – The Shawshank Redemption
23. Harry Callahan – the Dirty Harry series
24. Ash – the Evil Dead trilogy
25. Yoda – the Star Wars hexology
26. Ron Burgundy – Anchorman
27. Tony Montana – Scarface
28. Gandalf – the Lord of the Rings trilogy
29. Daniel Plainview – There Will Be Blood
30. Jigsaw – the Saw series
31. Aragorn – the Lord of the Rings trilogy
32. Jason Bourne – the Bourne trilogy
33. Tequila – Hardboiled
34. Rocky Balboa
35. Maximus Decimus Meridius – Gladiator
36. Harry Potter
37. Edward Scissorhands
38. Donnie Darko
39. Marty McFly – Back To The Future
40. Patrick Bateman – American Psycho
41. Mary Poppins
42. Alex DeLarge – A Clockwork Orange
43. The Man With No Name – spaghetti western trilogy
44. Peter Venkman – Ghostbusters
45. Amelie Poulain – Amelie
46. Anton Chigurh – No Country For Old Men
47. Blade
48. Tony Stark – Iron Man
49. Walter Sobchak – The Big Lebowski
50. Quint – Jaws

What do you think?  Who would you add?  Who would you remove?

Rob is the Chief Film Critic of Film School Rejects. He doesn't eat cheese on weekdays.

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