The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes

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What makes an antihero cool? Well, they’re usually pretty multi-dimensional. They possess villainous qualities, yes, but there are usually complex reasons behind their madness. And for all the devilish things they do, you often can’t help but root for them. Hollywood has given movie lovers some awesome antihero characters, but who are the best antiheroes in film?

Movie antiheroes (and some villains – we as a society do like our bad boys) are often more memorable than the hero. Travis Bickle (Robert DeNiro in Taxi Driver), Michael Corleone (Al Pacino in The Godfather Trilogy), Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle (Gene Hackman in The French Connection), The Man With No Name (Clint Eastwood in Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy), and Jim Stark (James Dean in Rebel Without A Cause) are all legendary and iconic film characters that have influenced and impressed the world over. They all also happen to be anti heroes.

This list of the greatest anti-hero film characters ranks these great characters who, despite their notable lack of what we usually describe as "heroic" traits, are nonetheless the heroes of their stories. Upvote the best antihero characters in film history below, and add any great antiheroes who aren't already listed!

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    Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, Star Wars Holiday Special, Star Wars ...

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    Pirates of the Caribbean 5, Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End, ...

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    Fight Club

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    Family Guy, Family Guy Universe

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    Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part I, Harry Potter and the ...

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    Léon: The Professional

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    The Crow

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    Kill List

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    Taxi Driver

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    Family Guy, Family Guy Universe

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    Deadpool, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Hulk Vs

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    One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest, One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest

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    Family Guy, Family Guy Presents: Stewie Griffin: The Untold Story, Family ...

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    The Batman, The Dark Knight

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    V for Vendetta

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    Back to the Future Part II, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

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    American Psycho 2, American Psycho

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    The Shawshank Redemption

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    Thor: The Dark World, Thor, The Avengers

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    Boondock Saints (McManus Broth... is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes

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    Boondock Saints (McManus Brothers)

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    Sudden Impact, The Enforcer, Dirty Harry

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    Goodfellas

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    The Godfather Saga, The Godfather Part II, The Godfather Part III

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    Family Guy, The Cleveland Show, Family Guy Presents: Seth & Alex's ...

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    The Godfather Saga, The Godfather, The Godfather Saga

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    Ferris Bueller, Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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    Underworld: Evolution, Underworld: Awakening, Underworld

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    Scarface

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

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    Agent trouble, A Clockwork Orange

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    Curdled, From Dusk till Dawn

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    The Usual Suspects

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    American Beauty

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    Rebel Without a Cause

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    Full Metal Jacket

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    The Wolf of Wall Street

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    Dog Day Afternoon

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    Hot Shots!, Gone with the Wind, Gone with the Wind

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    Millennium, The Girl Who Kicked the Hornets' Nest, The Girl with the ...

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    Deadwood Pass, Cat Ballou, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

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    Blackthorn, The Legend of Butch & Sundance, Outlaw Trail: The Treasure ...

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    Trainspotting

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    Cool Hand Luke

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    The Maltese Falcon, The Maltese Falcon

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    Crank, Crank: High Voltage, Crank

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    Citizen Kane

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    North by Northwest

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