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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    Family Guy, Family Guy Universe

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    Fight Club

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    The Big Lebowski

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    Pulp Fiction

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

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    Deadpool, X-Men Origins: Wolverine, Hulk Vs

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    Léon: The Professional

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    Taxi Driver

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    Family Guy, Family Guy Universe

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    The Crow

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

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    V for Vendetta

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    The Batman, The Dark Knight

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

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    The Shawshank Redemption

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

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

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    Thor: The Dark World, Thor, The Avengers

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    The Godfather Saga, The Godfather, The Godfather Saga

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    Boondock Saints (McManus Broth... is listed (or ranked) 24 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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    American Psycho 2, American Psycho

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

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    Scarface

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    Underworld: Evolution, Underworld: Awakening, Underworld

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    Ferris Bueller, Ferris Bueller's Day Off

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    Curdled, From Dusk till Dawn

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    Agent trouble, A Clockwork Orange

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    The Usual Suspects

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    Full Metal Jacket

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    American Beauty

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    Rebel Without a Cause

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

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    The Wolf of Wall Street

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    Dog Day Afternoon

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

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    Cool Hand Luke

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

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

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    Family Guy, Family Guy Universe

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    Trainspotting

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    Sin City: A Dame to Kill For, Sin City

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    The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, The Hobbit, The Hobbit: An ...

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