The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes Film Characters

The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes

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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. For action heroes, 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 retaining a clear enough head to have a snappy bon mot for the occasion . . . that's all that matters. Truly badass movie characters are the ones that can do all of the above. This is a list of the best, most ass-kicking movie heroes ever created. Vote for your favorite movie heroes, add any names you see missing, and if you really want to impact the ranks, add your own list! 

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    the people's #1
    Die Hard 2, A Good Day to Die Hard, Die Hard

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  2. 2
    + 622
    - 229

    most listed
    GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough

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  3. 3
    + 698
    - 197


    Batman Forever, American Splendor, Movie 43

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  4. 4
    + 634
    - 198


    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Disaster Movie, Indiana Jones and ...

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  5. 5
    + 527
    - 187


    Ultimate Fights, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo

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  6. 6
    + 536
    - 184


    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, The Star Wars Holiday ...

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    + 506
    - 137

    added by JohnnyTLMC
    The Wolverine, X2, X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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  8. 8
    + 402
    - 156


    Sudden Impact, Magnum Force, The Dead Pool

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    + 367
    - 205

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Alien, Aliens, Alien³

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  10. 10
    + 448
    - 196


    The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity

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  11. 11
    + 321
    - 190


    Lethal Weapon 2, Lethal Weapon 3, Lethal Weapon

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  12. 12
    + 406
    - 131

    ranked low on reranks
    Terminator Salvation

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  13. 13
    + 220
    - 93


    Gladiator

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  14. 14
    + 302
    - 147


    300

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  15. 15
    + 288
    - 185


    John Carpenter's Escape from L.A., Escape from New York

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  16. 16
    + 329
    - 189


    The Terminator, Terminator Salvation, Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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  17. 17
    + 325
    - 108


    A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good

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  18. 18
    + 282
    - 114


    Braveheart

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  19. 19
    + 269
    - 129


    Rocky V, Rocky IV, Rocky II

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  20. 20
    + 237
    - 159


    Léon: The Professional

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  21. 21
    + 131
    - 90


    Mad Max, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

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  22. 22
    + 276
    - 160


    Blade: Trinity, Blade II, Blade

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  23. 23
    + 216
    - 144


    Transporter 2, Transporter 3, The Transporter

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  24. 24
    + 248
    - 185


    Sex and the Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Animatrix

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  25. 25
    + 257
    - 138

    ranked low on reranks
    Predator

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    - 150


    Fight Club

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  27. 27
    + 198
    - 166


    Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Mission: Impossible II, Mission: ...

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  28. 28
    + 187
    - 136


    Army of Darkness, Evil Dead II, The Evil Dead

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  29. 29
    + 210
    - 158


    Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

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  30. 30
    + 173
    - 188

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek, Star Trek 2

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    + 183
    - 85

    ranked low on reranks
    The Terminator, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator 2: Judgment ...

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    + 122
    - 119

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    True Grit, Rooster Cogburn

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    + 145
    - 89

    added by wiabux
    Taken, Taken 2

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    + 114
    - 56


    Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead ...

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  35. 35
    + 140
    - 52


    Ultimate Avengers, Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow, The Invincible Iron ...

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  36. 36
    + 121
    - 31

    ranked low on reranks
    Batman, The Batman Superman Movie: World's Finest, The Dark Knight

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  37. 37
    + 126
    - 62

    added by JohnnyTLMC
    Punisher: War Zone, The Punisher

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  38. 38
    + 115
    - 34


    Rockers

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    + 75
    - 53

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Django Unchained, Django, One Damned Day at Dawn… Django Meets Sartana!

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  40. 40
    + 121
    - 56


    Captain America, Captain America II: Death Too Soon, Captain America

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    + 150
    - 147


    Man of Steel, Superman, Superman II

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    + 123
    - 50

    ranked low on reranks
    Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2, Almighty Thor

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    + 120
    - 192

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    The Matrix Reloaded, The Animatrix, The Matrix

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  44. 44
    + 72
    - 69

    added by wiabux
    The Crow

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  45. 45
    + 115
    - 121


    Desperado

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  46. 46
    + 68
    - 80

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil, Resident Evil: Extinction

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  47. 47
    + 167
    - 89

    ranked low on reranks
    The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury, Untitled Chronicles of Riddick ...

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  48. 48
    + 94
    - 132

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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    + 120
    - 69

    ranked low on reranks & added by JohnnyTLMC
    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star ...

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    + 94
    - 60

    added by wiabux
    Red Sonja, Conan the Barbarian, Conan the Barbarian

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