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

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    GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough

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

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    Batman Forever, American Splendor, Movie 43

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

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    Sudden Impact, Magnum Force, The Dead Pool

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    Ultimate Fights, Rambo: First Blood Part II, Rambo

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    The Bourne Ultimatum, The Bourne Supremacy, The Bourne Identity

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Alien, Aliens, Alien³

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  10. 10
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    John Carpenter's Escape from L.A., Escape from New York

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    Lethal Weapon 2, Lethal Weapon 3, Lethal Weapon

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

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    ranked low on reranks A Fistful of Dollars, For a Few Dollars More, The Good, the Bad and the ...

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    Terminator Salvation

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    The Terminator, Terminator Salvation, Terminator 2: Judgment Day

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    Braveheart

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    300

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    The Bride

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  20. 20
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    Blade: Trinity, Blade II, Blade

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    Léon: The Professional

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    Predator

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    Rocky V, Rocky IV, Rocky II

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    Star Trek III: The Search for Spock, Star Trek, Star Trek 2

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    Sex and the Matrix, The Matrix Reloaded, The Animatrix

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    ranked low on reranks Transporter 2, Transporter 3, The Transporter

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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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    Army of Darkness, Evil Dead II, The Evil Dead

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    Fight Club

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

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

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

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    added by scots2008x Apocalypse Now

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    True Grit, Rooster Cogburn

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    Desperado

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

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

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks

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

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    Spartacus, Spartacus

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    added by wiabux Taken, Taken 2

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    Big Trouble in Little China

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

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    often listed & ranked high on reranks Casablanca

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    added by JohnnyTLMC Sex and the Matrix, The Matrix, The Matrix Revolutions

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    Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger, The Sum of All Fears

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    Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Underworld, Underworld: Awakening

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

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    Man of Steel, Superman, Superman II

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