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
    + 437
    - 95

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

    ) open
  2. 2
    + 362
    - 124

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

    ) open
  3. 3
    + 362
    - 123


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

    ) open
  4. 4
    + 366
    - 111


    Batman Forever, American Splendor, Movie 43

    ) open
  5. 5
    + 307
    - 107


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

    ) open
  6. 6
    + 308
    - 111


    Ultimate Fights, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo

    ) open
  7. 7
    + 253
    - 83


    Sudden Impact, Magnum Force, The Dead Pool

    ) open
  8. 8
    + 277
    - 74

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

    ) open
  9. 9
    + 260
    - 119


    The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity

    ) open
  10. 10
    + 227
    - 134

    often listed
    Alien, Aliens, Alien³

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 195
    - 117


    Lethal Weapon 2, Lethal Weapon 3, Lethal Weapon

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 229
    - 85

    ranked low on reranks
    Terminator Salvation

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 191
    - 118


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

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 194
    - 66

    ranked low on reranks
    A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad and the ...

    ) open
  15. 15
    + 198
    - 128


    The Terminator, Terminator Salvation, Terminator 2: Judgment Day

    ) open
  16. 16
    + 161
    - 81
    ) open
  17. 17
    + 153
    - 64


    Braveheart

    ) open
  18. 18
    + 77
    - 37
    ) open
  19. 19
    + 175
    - 121


    The Bride

  20. 20
    + 146
    - 76


    Rocky V, Rocky IV, Rocky II

    ) open
  21. 21
    + 143
    - 106


    Léon: The Professional

    ) open
  22. 22
    + 50
    - 42

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Mad Max, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

    ) open
  23. 23
    + 168
    - 112


    Blade: Trinity, Blade II, Blade

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 169
    - 100


    Predator

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 137
    - 99


    Transporter 2, Transporter 3, The Transporter

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 150
    - 133


    Sex and the Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Animatrix

    ) open
  27. 27
    + 123
    - 93


    Army of Darkness, Evil Dead II, The Evil Dead

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 123
    - 102


    Fight Club

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 111
    - 115


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

    ) open
  30. 30
    + 120
    - 133


    Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek, Star Trek 2

    ) open
  31. 31
    + 76
    - 73


    True Grit, Rooster Cogburn

    ) open
  32. 32
    + 141
    - 108

    ranked low on reranks
    Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

    ) open
  33. 33
    + 105
    - 50

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

    ) open
  34. 34
    + 84
    - 143

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

    ) open
  35. 35
    + 89
    - 83


    Man of Steel, Superman, Superman II

    ) open
  36. 36
    + 79
    - 55

    added by wiabux
    Taken, Taken 2

    ) open
  37. 37
    + 29
    - 40


    Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil, Resident Evil: Extinction

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 77
    - 87


    Desperado

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 65
    - 91
    ) open
  40. 40
    + 50
    - 24

    ranked low on reranks & added by JohnnyTLMC
    Punisher: War Zone, The Punisher

    ) open
  41. 41
    + 56
    - 85

    often listed & added by scots2008x
    Apocalypse Now

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 92
    - 63

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

    ) open
  43. 43
    + 82
    - 112

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear, The Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final ...

    ) open
  44. 44
    + 36
    - 10


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

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 59
    - 36

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

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 61
    - 65


    Spartacus

    ) open
  47. 47
    + 34
    - 34


    Police Story 3: Super Cop, Police Story 4: First Strike, New Police Story ...

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 79
    - 95


    Big Trouble in Little China

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 21
    - 35

    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Shaft

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 43
    - 33

    added by wiabux
    Red Sonja, Conan the Barbarian, Comic Book Villains

    ) open
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