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. 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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    the people's #1 &most listed
    John McClane

    Die Hard 2, A Good Day to Die Hard, Die Hard More
    100
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    Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Disaster Movie, Indiana Jones and ... More
    94
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    GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough More
    94
  4. 4
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    Batman Forever, American Splendor, Movie 43 More
    85
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Han Solo

    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, The Star Wars Holiday ... More
    85
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    Ultimate Fights, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo More
    82
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    ranked low on reranks
    Harry Callahan

    Sudden Impact, Magnum Force, The Dead Pool More
    80
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    The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity More
    78
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    John Carpenter's Escape from L.A., Escape from New York More
    76
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    often listed
    Martin Riggs

    Lethal Weapon 2, Lethal Weapon 3, Lethal Weapon More
    73
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Ellen Ripley

    Alien, Aliens, Alien³ More
    71
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    ranked low on reranks
    Maximus Decimus Meridius

    Gladiator More
    70
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    often listed
    Max Rockatansky

    Mad Max 4: Fury Road More
    69
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    A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad and the ... More
    65
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    Terminator Salvation More
    64
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    The Terminator, Terminator Salvation, Terminator 2: Judgment Day More
    64
  17. 18
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    Braveheart More
    62
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    often listed
    Léon

    Léon: The Professional More
    61
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    ranked high on reranks
    Blade

    Blade: Trinity, Blade II, Blade More
    60
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    300 More
    60
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    The Bride

    58
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    ranked low on reranks
    Dutch

    Predator More
    58
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    James T. Kirk

    Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek, Star Trek 2 More
    58
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    Rocky V, Rocky IV, Rocky II More
    57
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    Neo

    Sex and the Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Animatrix More
    56
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    Frank Martin

    Transporter 2, Transporter 3, The Transporter More
    54
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    ranked high on reranks
    Tyler Durden

    Fight Club More
    54
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    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Lara Croft

    Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider More
    52
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    ranked high on reranks &niche appeal
    Rooster Cogburn

    True Grit, Rooster Cogburn More
    51
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    ranked low on reranks
    Ash Williams

    Army of Darkness, Evil Dead II, The Evil Dead More
    50
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    Apocalypse Now More
    50
    added by: scots2008x
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    Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Mission: Impossible II, Mission: ... More
    49
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    The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury, Untitled Chronicles of Riddick ... More
    47
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    ranked high on reranks
    Atticus Finch

    To Kill a Mockingbird More
    47
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    often listed &ranked high on reranks
    Trinity

    The Matrix Reloaded, The Animatrix, The Matrix More
    46
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    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Alice

    Resident Evil: Afterlife More
    46
  37. 38
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    ranked high on reranks &niche appeal
    Rick Blaine

    Casablanca More
    45
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    often listed &ranked low on reranks
    Lt. Frank Drebin

    The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear, The Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final ... More
    45
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    ranked high on reranks
    Bryan Mills

    Taken, Taken 2 More
    45
    added by: wiabux
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    ranked low on reranks
    El Mariachi

    Desperado More
    44
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    ranked high on reranks
    Gerard Butler

    42
    added by: DennisNJ
    Olympus has Fallen
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    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Jack Burton

    Big Trouble in Little China More
    42
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    ranked low on reranks &niche appeal
    Spartacus

    Spartacus, Spartacus More
    41
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    ranked high on reranks
    Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle

    The French Connection More
    41
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    ranked low on reranks
    Terminator

    The Terminator, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator 2: Judgment ... More
    40
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    ranked high on reranks
    Oskar Schindler

    Schindler's List More
    40
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    ranked low on reranks
    John Shaft

    Shaft More
    40
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    ranked high on reranks
    Superman

    Man of Steel, Superman, Superman II More
    39
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    often listed
    Nikita

    38
  50. 51
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    The Boondock Saints, Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day More
    38
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