The Greatest Movie Characters Ever Revealed by Total Film

Total Film have unveiled 100 different covers to celebrate the results of a reader voted poll to discover the 100 greatest movie characters of all time.

Harrison Ford features twice in the Top Three with Indiana Jones and Han Solo – the latter’s popularity was of course reaffirmed this week with the announcement of his own spin off movie from the Star Wars franchise entitled “Solo: A Star Wars Story”.

Readers could choose their own favourites from a roll call of the most legendary cinematic figures of all time, including Princess Leia, James Bond, Harry Potter, King Kong and Wonder Woman. 

Each of the 100 covers is numbered to reflect the results of a reader poll based on over 8,000 votes and many of Hollywood’s greatest icons feature, enabling fans of everyone from Tom Cruise to Marilyn Monroe to have a cover featuring their favourite film star.

“Great characters make great movies: it’s that simple,” says Matt Maytum, Editor of Total Film:, “So it was about time we held another poll to find out who is considered the greatest movie character of all time. It was fascinating seeing which movie stars were as popular as ever, as well as the dominant new franchises that are shaping the film landscape, and the classic cinematic icons that are still revered and respected. We’re hoping that the list will inspire the same heated debates for our readers as we had in the office! Whoever your personal favourite is, there will be a cover for everyone.”

Over 100 characters feature on their own covers for  Total Film ’s Greatest Movie Characters Ever issue.Over 100 characters feature on their own covers for  Total Film ’s Greatest Movie Characters Ever issue.

Over 100 characters feature on their own covers for Total Film’s Greatest Movie Characters Ever issue.

The polls highlights include:

  • Blade Runner 2049 star Harrison Ford featuring as the most popular actor for his portrayal of characters such as Indiana Jones and Han Solo 
  • Strong female role models such as Ellen Ripley from the Alien franchise (played by Sigourney Weaver) and Sarah Connor from The Terminator franchise (played by Linda Hamilton) placing very high up 
  • Enduring appeal of cinema’s golden age reflected by continued popularity of films such as Citizen Kane, Sunset Boulevard and The Wizard Of Oz.

The Top 10 Greatest Movie Characters of All Time as voted by readers of Total Film

  1. Indiana Jones
  2. Batman
  3. Han Solo
  4. Ellen Ripley
  5. James Bond
  6. Travis Bickle
  7. Hannibal Lecter
  8. Gandalf
  9. The Joker
  10. Princess Leia
  • Total Film’s Greatest Movie Characters Ever issue with 100 different covers is available from October 20, priced at £4.99 from all leading UK newsagents and supermarkets.