The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes Film Characters
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The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes

There are certain things that make the best movie heroes completely badass - that swagger, that style and most of all, the ability to deliver in a pinch. A sense of humor is a nice touch, as are wardrobe sensibilities ( it takes serious panache to look good in a sweaty, blood & grease stained tank top )... but really, if your hero can beat the odds and save the day when under the gun, all while still retaining a clear enough head to have a snappy bon mot for the occasion ... that's what counts. This is a list of the best, most ass-kicking movie heroes ever created. Vote for your favorites, add any you see missing, and if you really want to impact the ranks, add your own list!
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  1. 1
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    the people's #1 &most listed
    John McClane

    Die Hard 2, A Good Day to Die Hard, Die Hard More
    100
  2. 2
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    GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough More
    94
  3. 3
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    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Disaster Movie, Indiana Jones and ... More
    94
  4. 4
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    Batman Forever, American Splendor, Movie 43 More
    86
  5. 5
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    Sudden Impact, Magnum Force, The Dead Pool More
    83
  6. 6
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    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, The Star Wars Holiday ... More
    83
  7. 7
    Up 191
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    Ultimate Fights, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo More
    82
  8. 8
    Up 161
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    The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity More
    75
  9. 9
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    John Carpenter's Escape from L.A., Escape from New York More
    75
  10. 10
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ellen Ripley

    Alien, Aliens, Alien³ More
    73
  11. 11
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    Lethal Weapon 2, Lethal Weapon 3, Lethal Weapon More
    72
  12. 12
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    Gladiator More
    70
  13. 13
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    Mad Max 4: Fury Road More
    68
  14. 14
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    ranked low on reranks
    Wolverine

    The Wolverine, X2, X-Men Origins: Wolverine More
    67
    added by: JohnnyTLMC
  15. 15
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    A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad and the ... More
    66
  16. 16
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    Terminator Salvation More
    65
  17. 17
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    The Terminator, Terminator Salvation, Terminator 2: Judgment Day More
    64
  18. 18
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    Braveheart More
    62
  19. 19
    Up 68
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    300 More
    62
  20. 20
    Up 110
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    The Bride

    61
  21. 21
    Up 91
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    Léon: The Professional More
    60
  22. 22
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    Blade: Trinity, Blade II, Blade More
    58
  23. 23
    Up 107
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    Predator More
    55
  24. 24
    Up 70
    Down 36
    Rocky V, Rocky IV, Rocky II More
    55
  25. 25
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    Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek, Star Trek 2 More
    55
  26. 26
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    Transporter 2, Transporter 3, The Transporter More
    53
  27. 27
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    Neo

    Sex and the Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Animatrix More
    53
  28. 28
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    Fight Club More
    47
  29. 29
    Up 72
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    Army of Darkness, Evil Dead II, The Evil Dead More
    47
  30. 30
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    Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider More
    47
  31. 31
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    Resident Evil: Afterlife More
    45
  32. 32
    Up 62
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    Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Mission: Impossible II, Mission: ... More
    45
  33. 33
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Trinity

    The Matrix Reloaded, The Animatrix, The Matrix More
    45
  34. 34
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    Apocalypse Now More
    45
    added by: scots2008x
  35. 35
    Up 37
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    True Grit, Rooster Cogburn More
    44
  36. 36
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    Desperado More
    42
  37. 37
    Up 52
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    The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear, The Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final ... More
    41
  38. 38
    Up 49
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    Big Trouble in Little China More
    38
  39. 39
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Nikita

    38
  40. 40
    Up 30
    Down 25
    Spartacus, Spartacus More
    38
  41. 41
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Rick Blaine

    Casablanca More
    38
  42. 42
    Up 39
    Down 51
    Shaft More
    37
  43. 43
    Up 40
    Down 22

    ranked low on reranks
    Terminator

    The Terminator, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator 2: Judgment ... More
    37
  44. 44
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    The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury, Untitled Chronicles of Riddick ... More
    37
  45. 45
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    Taken, Taken 2 More
    36
    added by: wiabux
  46. 46
    Up 33
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    Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Sum of All Fears More
    34
  47. 47
    Up 7
    Down 4
    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star ... More
    33
    added by: JohnnyTLMC
  48. 48
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    Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Underworld, Underworld: Awakening More
    33
  49. 49
    Up 5
    Down 3
    Spider-Man, The Green Goblin's Last Stand, The Amazing Spider-Man More
    33
    added by: JohnnyTLMC
  50. 50
    Up 7
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    Sex and the Matrix, The Matrix, The Matrix Revolutions More
    33
    added by: JohnnyTLMC
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