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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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
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
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
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
Logan is a fictional character from the X-Men series. He is a mutant who possesses animal-keen senses, enhanced physical capabilities, powerful regenerative ability known as a healing factor, ...more
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
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
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
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
Maximus Decimus Meridius
Maximus Decimus Meridius is a fictional character from the 2000 film Gladiator.
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
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
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
Thomas Anderson is a fictional character from the 2003 film The Matrix Reloaded.
King Leonidas is a fictional character from the films 300 and the 2008 film Meet the Spartans (as Leonidas).
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
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
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
Man with No Name
Joe is a fictional character from the 1964 film A Fistful of Dollars.
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
ImaadShahrukh added John Wick
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
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
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
Deadpool is a fictional antihero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Created by writer Fabian Nicieza and artist Rob Liefeld, the character first appeared in The New ...more
Ethan Matthew Hunt is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Mission: Impossible film series. He is portrayed by Tom Cruise.