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The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes

Updated June 11, 2020 120.3k votes 9.5k voters 317.4k views132 items

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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  • Wolverine1
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    Logan is a fictional character from the X-Men series. He is a mutant who possesses animal-keen... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • John Rambo2
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    John James Rambo is a fictional character in the Rambo saga. He first appeared in the 1972... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • T-8003
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    The Terminator, or T-101 —a cybernetic organism, initially portrayed as a programmable... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • John McClane4
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    John McClane is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Die Hard film series. He is... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Indiana Jones5
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    Dr. Henry Walton "Indiana" Jones, Jr., often shortened to "Indy", is the title character of... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Jason Bourne6
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    Jason Charles Bourne is a fictional character and the protagonist of a series of novels by... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • John Wick7
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    John Wick is a fictional character and protagonist of the John Wick film franchise. He was... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Iron Man8
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    Iron Man is a fictional superhero appearing in comic books and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • James Bond9
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    Commander James Bond RN—code number 007—is a fictional character created by the British... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Maximus Decimus Meridius10
    Maximus Decimus Meridius is a fictional character from the 2000 film Gladiator.Amazon buy button
  • Batman11
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    Batman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, as... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Thor12
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    Thor is a fictional superhero that appears in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Deadpool13
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    Deadpool is a fictional antihero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Man with No Name14
    Joe is a fictional character from the 1964 film A Fistful of Dollars.Amazon buy button
  • Captain America15
    Captain America is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Han Solo16
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    Han Solo is a character in the original trilogy and sequel trilogy of the Star Wars universe.... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • William Wallace17
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    William Wallace

    Sir William Wallace (Medieval Gaelic: Uilliam Uallas; modern Scottish Gaelic: Uilleam Uallas;...Amazon buy button
  • King Leonidas18
    King Leonidas is a fictional character from the films 300 and the 2008 film Meet the Spartans...Amazon buy button
  • Neo19
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    Thomas Anderson is a fictional character from the 2003 film The Matrix Reloaded.Amazon buy button
  • Bryan Mills20
    Bryan Mills is a fictional character from the 2008 film Taken, the 2012 film Taken 2 and the...Amazon buy button
  • Yoda21
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    Yoda is a fictional character from the film Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.Amazon buy button
  • Rocky Balboa22
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    Robert "Rocky" Balboa, Sr. is the title character of the Rocky series from 1976 to 2015. The... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Chuck Norris23
    Carlos Ray Norris (born March 10, 1940) is an American martial artist, actor, film producer... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Sarah Connor24
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    Sarah Jeanette Connor is a fictional character in the various universes depicted within the... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button
  • Harry Callahan25
    Inspector Harold Francis "Dirty Harry" Callahan is a fictional character in the Dirty Harry... more on WikipediaAmazon buy button