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The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes

Updated June 11, 2020 116.4k votes 9.3k voters 313.6k 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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    Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
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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
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    John Rambo is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
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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
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    T-800 is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
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    The Terminator, or T-101 —a cybernetic organism, initially portrayed as a programmable... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    John McClane is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
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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
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    Indiana Jones is listed (or ranked) 5 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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Jason Bourne is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
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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
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    John Wick is listed (or ranked) 7 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... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
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    Iron Man is a fictional superhero appearing in comic books and the Marvel Cinematic Universe.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Thor is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
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    Thor is a fictional superhero that appears in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Maximus Decimus Meridius is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
    Maximus Decimus Meridius is a fictional character from the 2000 film Gladiator.amazon buy button
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    Batman is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
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    Batman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, as... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    James Bond is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
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    Commander James Bond RN—code number 007—is a fictional character created by the British... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Captain America is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
    Captain America is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
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    Deadpool is a fictional antihero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Man with No Name is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
    Joe is a fictional character from the 1964 film A Fistful of Dollars.amazon buy button
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    William Wallace is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
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    William Wallace

    Sir William Wallace (Medieval Gaelic: Uilliam Uallas; modern Scottish Gaelic: Uilleam Uallas;...amazon buy button
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    Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
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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
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    King Leonidas is listed (or ranked) 18 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...amazon buy button
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    Neo is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
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    Thomas Anderson is a fictional character from the 2003 film The Matrix Reloaded.amazon buy button
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    Bryan Mills is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
    Bryan Mills is a fictional character from the 2008 film Taken, the 2012 film Taken 2 and the...amazon buy button
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    Yoda is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
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    Yoda is a fictional character from the film Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.amazon buy button
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    Chuck Norris is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
    Carlos Ray Norris (born March 10, 1940) is an American martial artist, actor, film producer... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Punisher is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
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    The Punisher (Francis "Frank" Castle, born Castiglione) is a fictional character appearing in... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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    Dirty Harry is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
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    Blade is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
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    Blade is a fictional character, a superhero and vampire hunter in the Marvel Comics Universe.... more on Wikipediaamazon buy button
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