Greatest Film Characters

Greatest Film Characters
of All-Time

Greatest Film Characters of All-Time
(alphabetical, by character name)
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Greatest Film Characters of All-Time
Film Title
Character Name (Played By)

Magnolia (1999)

Frank T.J. Mackey
(Tom Cruise)

The Exorcist (1973)

Regan MacNeil (Pazuzu)
(Linda Blair (voice of Mercedes McCambridge))

Kick-Ass (2010)

Mindy Macready ("Hit Girl")
(Chloe Moretz)

Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

John J. Macreedy
(Spencer Tracy)

Splash (1984)

Madison - the Mermaid
(Daryl Hannah)

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)

Maggie (Margaret) "The Cat" (Pollitt)
(Elizabeth Taylor)

The X-Men films

Erik Lehnsherr/Magneto
(Ian McKellen)

Malcolm X (1992)

Malcolm X
(Denzel Washington)

Sleeping Beauty (1959)

(voice of Eleanor Audley)

Being John Malkovich (1999)

John Malkovich
(John Malkovich)

On the Waterfront (1954)

Terry Malloy
(Marlon Brando)

I Remember Mama (1948)

(Irene Dunne)

A Fistful of Dollars (1964, It.) (aka Per un Pugno di Dollari)
"The Man With No Name" - Characters

(Clint Eastwood)

For a Few Dollars More (1965, It.) (aka Per Qualche Dollaro in Più)

(Clint Eastwood)

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966, It./Sp.) (aka Il Buono, Il Brutto, Il Cattivo)

(Clint Eastwood)

Saturday Night Fever (1977)

Tony Manero
(John Travolta)

Dead Ringers (1988)

Elliot and Beverly Mantle
(Jeremy Irons)

La Dolce Vita (1960, It./Fr.) (aka The Sweet Life)

Marcello Rubini
(Marcello Mastroianni)

Metropolis (1927, Germ.)

Maria ("Fake")
(Brigitte Helm)

The Sound of Music (1965)

Maria (Von Trapp)
(Julie Andrews)

Rose-Marie (1936)
and other pairings

Marie de Flor
(Jeanette MacDonald)

Sgt. Bruce
(Nelson Eddy)

Beau Geste (1939)

Sgt. Markoff
(Brian Donlevy)

The Big Sleep (1946)

Philip Marlowe
(Humphrey Bogart)

Marnie (1964)

'Marnie' Edgar
(Tippi Hedren)

The Big Heat (1953)

Debby Marsh
(Gloria Grahame)

Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

(Elizabeth Taylor)

The War of the Worlds (1953)


Coming Home (1978)

Luke Martin
(Jon Voight)

Marty (1955)

Marty (Piletti)
(Ernest Borgnine)

Sin City (2005)


(Mickey Rourke)

Animal Crackers (1930)
and others

Ravelli, Barovelli, Chicolini, Fiorello, etc.
(Chico Marx)

Horse Feathers (1932)
and others

Capt. Jeffrey T. Spaulding, Prof. Quincy Adams Wagstaff, Rufus T. Firefly, Otis P. Driftwood, Dr. Hugo Z. Hackenbush, etc. often with foil Margaret Dumont
(Groucho Marx)

Duck Soup (1933)
and others

Harpo, the Professor, A Stowaway, Pinky, Tomasso, Stuffy, etc.
(Harpo Marx)

Leon (1994, Fr.) (aka The Professional)

(Natalie Portman)

Harold and Maude (1971)

(Ruth Gordon)

Mad Max (1979, Australia)

"Mad" Max Rockatansky
(Mel Gibson)

Gladiator (2000)

Gen. 'Maximus' Decimus Meridius
(Russell Crowe)

Die Hard (1988)
and other films in the franchise

Detective John McClane
(Bruce Willis)

the Back to the Future series franchise

Marty McFly
(Michael J. Fox)

The Piano (1993, NZ/Australia/Fr.)

Ada McGrath
(Holly Hunter)

Love Affair (1939)

Terry McKay
(Irene Dunne)

Superbad (2007)

(Christopher Mintz-Plasse)

One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975)

Randle Patrick McMurphy
(Jack Nicholson)

Breaking the Waves (1996, Den.-Swed.-Neth.-Fr.-Norway)

Bess McNeill
(Emily Watson)

The Elephant Man (1980)

John Merrick
(John Hurt)

Cruel Intentions (1999)

Kathryn Merteuil
(Sarah Michelle Gellar)

Dangerous Liaisons (1988)

Marquise de Merteuil
(Glenn Close)

Tootsie (1982)

Michael Dorsey/Dorothy Michaels
(Dustin Hoffman)

Breathless (1960, Fr.) (aka A Bout De Souffle)

Michel (Poiccard)
(Jean-Paul Belmondo)

Monsters, Inc. (2001)

'Mike' Wazowski
(voice of Billy Crystal)

Sulley (James P. Sullivan)
(voice of John Goodman)

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Captain John H. Miller
(Tom Hanks)

Flash Gordon (1980)

Emperor Ming the Merciless
(Max von Sydow)

Despicable Me (2010) films

Minions (2015)

The Minions
(Sergio Pablos (creator))

Top Gun (1986)

Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell
(Tom Cruise)

The Karate Kid films

Mr. Miyagi
(Noriyuki "Pat" Morita)

Frankenstein (1931)

The Monster
(Boris Karloff)

Scarface (1983)

Tony Montana
(Al Pacino)

The Princess Bride (1987)

Inigo Montoya
(Mandy Patinkin)

The Matrix


(Laurence Fishburne)

The Ten Commandments (1956)

(Charlton Heston)

Chinatown (1974)

Evelyn Cross Mulwray
(Faye Dunaway)

The Mummy (1932)

The Mummy (Imhotep)
(Boris Karloff)

The Muppet Movie (1979) and more

Kermit the Frog
(voice of Jim Henson)

Miss Piggy
(voice of Frank Oz)

Monster's Ball (2001)

Leticia Musgrove
(Halle Berry)

The Three Musketeers (1948)

(The Three) Musketeers
(Van Heflin, Gig Young, Robert Coote)

the Halloween series of films

Michael Myers
(Nick Castle, Tony Moran, and others)

the X-Men series of films

Mystique (aka Raven Darkholme)

(Rebecca Romijin-Stamos)

Mystique (aka Raven Darkholme)
(Jennifer Lawrence)

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