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

    ) open
  2. 2
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    - 136

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

    ) open
  3. 3
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    - 124

    Batman Forever, American Splendor, Movie 43

    ) open
  4. 4
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    - 138

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

    ) open
  5. 5
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    - 123

    Ultimate Fights, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo

    ) open
  6. 6
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    - 121

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

    ) open
  7. 7
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    - 91

    Sudden Impact, Magnum Force, The Dead Pool

    ) open
  8. 8
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    added by JohnnyTLMC
    The Wolverine, X2, X-Men Origins: Wolverine

    ) open
  9. 9
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    - 134

    The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity

    ) open
  10. 10
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    - 146

    Alien, Aliens, Alien³

    ) open
  11. 11
    + 219
    - 128

    Lethal Weapon 2, Lethal Weapon 3, Lethal Weapon

    ) open
  12. 12
    + 259
    - 90

    ranked low on reranks
    Terminator Salvation

    ) open
  13. 13
    + 211
    - 125

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

    ) open
  14. 14
    + 182
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    ) open
  15. 15
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    - 67
    ) open
  16. 16
    + 216
    - 136

    The Terminator, Terminator Salvation, Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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  17. 17
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    - 72

    ranked low on reranks
    A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good

    ) open
  18. 18
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    - 42
    ) open
  19. 19
    + 160
    - 113

    Léon: The Professional

    ) open
  20. 20
    + 186
    - 118

    Blade: Trinity, Blade II, Blade

    ) open
  21. 21
    + 67
    - 48

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

    ) open
  22. 22
    + 199
    - 131

    The Bride

  23. 23
    + 165
    - 82

    Rocky V, Rocky IV, Rocky II

    ) open
  24. 24
    + 155
    - 105

    Transporter 2, Transporter 3, The Transporter

    ) open
  25. 25
    + 184
    - 103

    Predator

    ) open
  26. 26
    + 171
    - 141

    Sex and the Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Animatrix

    ) open
  27. 27
    + 136
    - 99

    Army of Darkness, Evil Dead II, The Evil Dead

    ) open
  28. 28
    + 143
    - 110

    Fight Club

    ) open
  29. 29
    + 160
    - 114

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

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  30. 30
    + 128
    - 120

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

    ) open
  31. 31
    + 129
    - 143

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

    ) open
  32. 32
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    - 55

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

    ) open
  33. 33
    + 84
    - 78

    True Grit, Rooster Cogburn

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  34. 34
    + 90
    - 56

    added by wiabux
    Taken, Taken 2

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  35. 35
    + 63
    - 28

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

    ) open
  36. 36
    + 100
    - 92

    Man of Steel, Superman, Superman II

    ) open
  37. 37
    + 92
    - 150

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

    ) open
  38. 38
    + 53
    - 13

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

    ) open
  39. 39
    + 41
    - 16

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

    ) open
  40. 40
    + 36
    - 45

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

    ) open
  41. 41
    + 84
    - 90

    Desperado

    ) open
  42. 42
    + 54
    - 13

    ranked low on reranks
    Rockers

    ) open
  43. 43
    + 33
    - 16

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

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  44. 44
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    - 65

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

    ) open
  45. 45
    + 67
    - 95

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

    ) open
  46. 46
    + 47
    - 18

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

    ) open
  47. 47
    + 60
    - 87

    often listed & added by scots2008x
    Apocalypse Now

    ) open
  48. 48
    + 35
    - 40

    often listed & added by wiabux
    The Crow

    ) open
  49. 49
    + 58
    - 41

    ranked low on reranks & added by JohnnyTLMC
    Sex and the Matrix, The Matrix, The Matrix Revolutions

    ) open
  50. 50
    + 34
    - 15

    Hellboy: Sword of Storms, Hellboy 2: The Golden Army, Hellboy

    ) open
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