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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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1,110 408
John McClane is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
John McClane Die Hard 2, A Good Day to Die Hard, Die Hard

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1,023 366
Indiana Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Indiana Jones Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Disaster Movie, Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull

3
961 452
James Bond is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
James Bond GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough

4
1,103 388
Batman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Batman Batman Forever, American Splendor, Movie 43

5
864 324
John Rambo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
John Rambo Ultimate Fights, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo

6
917 243
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Wolverine The Wolverine, X2, X-Men Origins: Wolverine

7
875 345
Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Han Solo Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, The Star Wars Holiday Special, Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope

8
775 325
Jason Bourne is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Jason Bourne The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity

9
590 300
Harry Callahan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Harry Callahan Sudden Impact, Magnum Force, The Dead Pool

10
589 360
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Ellen Ripley Alien, Aliens, Alien³

11
533 317
Martin Riggs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Martin Riggs Lethal Weapon 2, Lethal Weapon 3, Lethal Weapon

12
688 218
Terminator is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Terminator Terminator Salvation

13
443 197
Maximus Decimus Meridius is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes

14
547 262
King Leonidas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes

15
460 304
Snake Plissken is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Snake Plissken John Carpenter's Escape from L.A., Escape from New York

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510 305
Sarah Connor is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Sarah Connor The Terminator, Terminator Salvation, Terminator 2: Judgment Day

17
512 193
Man with No Name is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Man with No Name A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good

18
466 211
William Wallace is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
William Wallace Braveheart

19
262 194
Max Rockatansky is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Max Rockatansky Mad Max, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome

20
455 248
Blade is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Blade Blade: Trinity, Blade II, Blade

21
364 235
Frank Martin is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Frank Martin Transporter 2, Transporter 3, The Transporter

22
414 286
Neo is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Neo Sex and the Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Animatrix

23
437 229
Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Rocky Balboa Rocky V, Rocky IV, Rocky II

24
357 271
Léon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Léon Léon: The Professional

25
396 224
Dutch is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Dutch Predator

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327 80
Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Deadpool X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Hulk Vs, Deadpool

27
326 279
Ethan Hunt is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Ethan Hunt Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, Mission: Impossible II, Mission: Impossible

28
297 156
Bryan Mills is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
wiabux added Bryan Mills Taken, Taken 2

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350 251
Lara Croft is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Lara Croft Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider

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272 172
Jack Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Jack Sparrow Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest, Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl

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315 271
Tyler Durden is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Tyler Durden Fight Club

32
298 238
Ash Williams is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Ash Williams Army of Darkness, Evil Dead II, The Evil Dead

33
362 111
Joker is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Joker Batman, The Batman Superman Movie: World's Finest, The Dark Knight

34
293 137
Captain America is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Captain America Captain America, Captain America II: Death Too Soon, Captain America

35
309 170
Terminator is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Terminator The Terminator, Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Terminator 2: Judgment Day

36
255 298
James T. Kirk is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
James T. Kirk Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek, Star Trek 2

37
271 60
John Wick is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
ImaadShahrukh added John Wick John Wick

38
244 101
Dirty Harry is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Dirty Harry Rockers

39
268 128
Punisher is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Punisher Punisher: War Zone, The Punisher

40
307 126
Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Iron Man Ultimate Avengers, Next Avengers: Heroes of Tomorrow, The Invincible Iron Man

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252 249
Superman is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Superman Man of Steel, Superman, Superman II

42
252 126
Thor is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Thor Ultimate Avengers, Ultimate Avengers 2, Almighty Thor

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182 225
Rooster Cogburn is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Rooster Cogburn True Grit, Rooster Cogburn

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186 288
Trinity is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Trinity The Matrix Reloaded, The Animatrix, The Matrix

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158 141
Eric Draven is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
wiabux added Eric Draven The Crow

46
146 153
Alice is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Alice Resident Evil: Retribution, Resident Evil, Resident Evil: Extinction

47
162 144
Django is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Django Django Unchained, Django, One Damned Day at Dawn… Django Meets Sartana!

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152 136
Tony Montana is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
wiabux added Tony Montana Scarface

49
296 151
Riddick is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Riddick The Chronicles of Riddick: Dark Fury, Untitled Chronicles of Riddick Sequel, The Chronicles of Riddick

50
216 100
Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Darth Vader Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, Star Wars Episode VI: Return of the Jedi, The Benchwarmers