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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. 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! 

The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes Film Characters
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    the people's #1
    Die Hard 2, A Good Day to Die Hard, Die Hard

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    GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough

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

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    Batman Forever, American Splendor, Movie 43

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    Ultimate Fights, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo

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

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    Sudden Impact, Magnum Force, The Dead Pool

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    The Wolverine, X2, X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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    The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity

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    Alien, Aliens, Alien³

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    Lethal Weapon 2, Lethal Weapon 3, Lethal Weapon

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    Terminator Salvation

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    Gladiator

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

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    300

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    The Terminator, Terminator Salvation, Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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    Braveheart

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

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    Léon: The Professional

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    Rocky V, Rocky IV, Rocky II

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

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    Blade: Trinity, Blade II, Blade

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    Transporter 2, Transporter 3, The Transporter

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    Sex and the Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Animatrix

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    Predator

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    Fight Club

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

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    Army of Darkness, Evil Dead II, The Evil Dead

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

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    The Terminator, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator 2: Judgment ...

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

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    added by wiabux
    Taken, Taken 2

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    True Grit, Rooster Cogburn

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

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    Man of Steel, Superman, Superman II

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    added by JohnnyTLMC
    Punisher: War Zone, The Punisher

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

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    often listed & added by wiabux
    The Crow

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    Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2, Almighty Thor

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    The Matrix Reloaded, The Animatrix, The Matrix

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    Rockers

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

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil, Resident Evil: Extinction

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    The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury, Untitled Chronicles of Riddick ...

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks
    Desperado

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    Django Unchained, Django, One Damned Day at Dawn… Django Meets Sartana!

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    often listed & Ranked High on Reranks

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    Batman, The Batman Superman Movie: World's Finest, The Dark Knight

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

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

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