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

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  3. 3
    + 335
    - 114

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

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  4. 4
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    Batman Forever, American Splendor, Movie 43

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  5. 5
    + 279
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    Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, The Star Wars Holiday ...

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  6. 6
    + 289
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    Ultimate Fights, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo

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  7. 7
    + 237
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    Sudden Impact, Magnum Force, The Dead Pool

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  8. 8
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    Alien, Aliens, Alien³

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  9. 9
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    Lethal Weapon 2, Lethal Weapon 3, Lethal Weapon

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  10. 10
    + 233
    - 112

    The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity

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  11. 11
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    ranked low on reranks & added by JohnnyTLMC The Wolverine, X2, X-Men Origins: Wolverine

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  12. 12
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks John Carpenter's Escape from L.A., Escape from New York

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  13. 13
    + 209
    - 76

    Terminator Salvation

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  14. 14
    + 180
    - 56

    A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad and the ...

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  15. 15
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  16. 16
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    - 116

    The Terminator, Terminator Salvation, Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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  17. 17
    + 138
    - 55

    Braveheart

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  18. 18
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    - 29
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  19. 19
    + 159
    - 112

    The Bride

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  20. 20
    + 158
    - 101

    Blade: Trinity, Blade II, Blade

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  21. 21
    + 130
    - 99

    Léon: The Professional

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  22. 22
    + 38
    - 32

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

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  23. 23
    + 128
    - 70

    Rocky V, Rocky IV, Rocky II

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  24. 24
    + 160
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    Predator

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  25. 25
    + 128
    - 87

    Transporter 2, Transporter 3, The Transporter

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  26. 26
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    Sex and the Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Animatrix

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  27. 27
    + 115
    - 82

    Army of Darkness, Evil Dead II, The Evil Dead

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  28. 28
    + 111
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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek, Star Trek 2

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  29. 29
    + 100
    - 104

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

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  30. 30
    + 113
    - 92

    Fight Club

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  31. 31
    + 71
    - 62

    True Grit, Rooster Cogburn

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  32. 32
    + 131
    - 96

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

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  33. 33
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    - 43

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

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  34. 34
    + 78
    - 129

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

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  35. 35
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    - 29

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

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  36. 36
    + 73
    - 77

    Desperado

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  37. 37
    + 69
    - 44

    ranked low on reranks & added by wiabux Taken, Taken 2

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  38. 38
    + 56
    - 82

    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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  39. 39
    + 52
    - 73

    often listed & added by scots2008x Apocalypse Now

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  40. 40
    + 77
    - 100

    The Naked Gun 2½: The Smell of Fear, The Naked Gun 33⅓: The Final ...

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  41. 41
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    - 55

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

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  42. 42
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    - 74

    Man of Steel, Superman, Superman II

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  43. 43
    + 56
    - 54

    Spartacus

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  44. 44
    + 73
    - 86

    Big Trouble in Little China

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  45. 45
    + 48
    - 28

    added by JohnnyTLMC Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: The Clone Wars, Star ...

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  46. 46
    + 15
    - 27

    often listed & ranked high on reranks Shaft

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  47. 47
    + 25
    - 27

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

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  48. 48
    + 36
    - 19

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

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  49. 49
    + 42
    - 36

    added by JohnnyTLMC Spider-Man, The Green Goblin's Last Stand, The Amazing Spider-Man

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  50. 50
    + 38
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    added by JohnnyTLMC Sex and the Matrix, The Matrix, The Matrix Revolutions

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