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
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    James Bond is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes

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

  3. 3
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    Batman is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes


    Batman Batman Forever, American Splendor, Movie 43

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

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

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    Ultimate Fights, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo

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    Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes

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    Wolverine The Wolverine, X2, X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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    Harry Callahan is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes


    Harry Callahan Sudden Impact, Magnum Force, The Dead Pool

  9. 9
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    Jason Bourne is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes


    Jason Bourne The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity

  10. 10
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    Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes


    Ellen Ripley Alien, Aliens, Alien³

  11. 11
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    Martin Riggs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes


    Martin Riggs Lethal Weapon 2, Lethal Weapon 3, Lethal Weapon

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    Terminator is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes

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    Terminator Terminator Salvation

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    Maximus Decimus Meridius is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes


    Maximus Decimus Meridius Gladiator

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

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    Sarah Connor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes


    Sarah Connor The Terminator, Terminator Salvation, Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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    Man with No Name is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes


    Man with No Name A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good

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    William Wallace is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes


    William Wallace Braveheart

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    Rocky V, Rocky IV, Rocky II

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    Léon: The Professional

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    Max Rockatansky is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes


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

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    Blade is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes


    Blade 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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    Ethan Hunt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes


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

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    Fight Club

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    Army of Darkness, Evil Dead II, The Evil Dead

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

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    Lara Croft is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes


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

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    Taken, Taken 2

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    James T. Kirk is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes

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    James T. Kirk Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek, Star Trek 2

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    Joker is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes

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

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    Captain America is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes


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

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    Rooster Cogburn is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes

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    Rooster Cogburn True Grit, Rooster Cogburn

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    Jack Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes


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

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    Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes


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

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    Dirty Harry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes

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    Dirty Harry Rockers

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    Superman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes

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    Superman Man of Steel, Superman, Superman II

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    Django is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes


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

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    Punisher is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes

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    Punisher Punisher: War Zone, The Punisher

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    Trinity is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes

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    Trinity The Matrix Reloaded, The Animatrix, The Matrix

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    Thor is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes

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    Thor Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2, Almighty Thor

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    The Crow

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    Desperado

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

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    Alice is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes

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

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    Hulk is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes

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    Hulk The Incredible Hulk Returns, The Incredible Hulk, Ultimate Avengers

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    Obi-Wan Kenobi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Badass Big Screen Action Heroes

    added by JohnnyTLMC
    Obi-Wan Kenobi Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star ...

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