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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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John McClane is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
John McClane is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Die Hard film series. He is portrayed by Bruce Willis. He is known for his sardonic one-liners, including the famous catchphrase ...more
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2,065 826
Indiana Jones is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Dr. Henry Walton "Indiana" Jones, Jr., often shortened to "Indy", is the title character of the Indiana Jones franchise. George Lucas created the character in homage to the ...more
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1,898 919
James Bond is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Commander James Bond RN—code number 007—is a fictional character created by the British journalist and novelist Ian Fleming in 1952. The character appeared in a series of 12 novels and two short ...more
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2,036 909
Batman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Batman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, as well as its associated media. The character was created by artist Bob Kane and writer Bill Finger, ...more
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John Rambo is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
John James Rambo is a fictional character in the Rambo saga. He first appeared in the 1972 novel First Blood by David Morrell, but later became more famous as the protagonist of the film series, ...more
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2,097 515
Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Logan is a fictional character from the X-Men series.
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1,658 702
Jason Bourne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Jason Charles Bourne is a fictional character and the protagonist of a series of novels by Robert Ludlum and subsequent film adaptations. He first appeared in the novel The Bourne Identity, ...more
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Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Han Solo is a character in the original trilogy and sequel trilogy of the Star Wars universe. He is portrayed by Harrison Ford. He and his co-pilot, Chewbacca, become involved in the Rebel ...more
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1,065 647
Harry Callahan is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Inspector Harold Francis "Dirty Harry" Callahan is a fictional character in the Dirty Harry film series, encompassing Dirty Harry, Magnum Force, The Enforcer, Sudden Impact and The ...more
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1,435 531
T-800 is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
The Terminator, or T-101 —a cybernetic organism, initially portrayed as a programmable assassin and military infiltration unit, and then as a bodyguard—is any one of a number of fictional ...more
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1,033 689
Martin Riggs is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Martin Riggs is a fictional character from the Lethal Weapon franchise. He is played in all four films by Mel Gibson. Upon being reassigned to the homicide Division, he is partnered up with ...more
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1,089 752
Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Ellen Ripley is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Alien film series played by American actress Sigourney Weaver. She is often considered as one of the best female protagonists of ...more
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1,028 485
Maximus Decimus Meridius is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Maximus Decimus Meridius is a fictional character from the 2000 film Gladiator.
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1,156 542
King Leonidas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
King Leonidas is a fictional character from the films 300 and the 2008 film Meet the Spartans (as Leonidas).
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1,019 467
William Wallace is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Sir William Wallace (Medieval Gaelic: Uilliam Uallas; modern Scottish Gaelic: Uilleam Uallas; 1272 or 1273 – 23 August 1305) was a Scottish knight and landowner who is known for leading a ...more
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976 480
Man with No Name is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Joe is a fictional character from the 1964 film A Fistful of Dollars.
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1,014 624
Sarah Connor is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Sarah Jeanette Connor is a fictional character in the various universes depicted within the Terminator franchise. She appears as the protagonist of The Terminator, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, ...more
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956 564
Neo is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Thomas Anderson is a fictional character from the 2003 film The Matrix Reloaded.
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Snake Plissken is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
S.D. Bob "Snake" Plissken is a fictional character from the films Escape from New York and Escape from L.A. where he is the protagonist. He is portrayed by Kurt Russell, and created by ...more
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938 472
Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Robert "Rocky" Balboa, Sr. is the title character of the Rocky series from 1976 to 2015. The character was created and portrayed by Sylvester Stallone. Throughout the films, he is ...more
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927 533
Blade is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Blade is a fictional character, a superhero and vampire hunter in the Marvel Comics Universe. Created by writer Marv Wolfman and penciller Gene Colan, his first appearance was in the comic book ...more
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706 542
Frank Martin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
The Transporter is a French film series, comprising three films released between 2002 and 2008. Jason Statham plays Frank Martin, a professional freelance courier driver for hire. Statham is ...more
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465 533
Max Rockatansky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Max Rockatansky is a title character and the protagonist of the Mad Max franchise. He appears in the films Mad Max, Mad Max 2: The Road Warrior, Mad Max Beyond Thunderdome and Mad Max: Fury ...more
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1,179 219
John Wick is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
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John Wick is a fictional character and protagonist of the John Wick film franchise. He was created by Derek Kolstad and first appears in John Wick (2014) played by Keanu Reeves, a retired but ...more
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588 614
Léon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Léon is a fictional character from the 1994 film Léon: The Professional.