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

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

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    The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity

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    Sudden Impact, Magnum Force, The Dead Pool

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  10. 10
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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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    300

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

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    The Terminator, Terminator Salvation, Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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

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    Braveheart

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    Léon: The Professional

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    - 145


    Rocky V, Rocky IV, Rocky II

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    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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    - 159


    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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    - 153


    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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    - 172


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

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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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    added by wiabux
    Taken, Taken 2

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

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

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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
    True Grit, Rooster Cogburn

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

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    Rockers

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks
    Django Unchained, Django, One Damned Day at Dawn… Django Meets Sartana!

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

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    - 203

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

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    - 162


    Man of Steel, Superman, Superman II

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    Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2, Almighty Thor

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    The Crow

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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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    - 91

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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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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    The Incredible Hulk Returns, The Incredible Hulk, Ultimate Avengers

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