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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 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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James Bond is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
James Bond The James Bond series focuses on a fictional British Secret Service agent created in 1953 by writer Ian Fleming, who featured him in twelve novels and two short-story collections. Since ...more

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Indiana Jones is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Indiana Jones 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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Batman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Batman 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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Wolverine is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Wolverine Logan is a fictional character from the X-Men series.

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John Rambo is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
John Rambo 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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Jason Bourne is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Jason Bourne 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 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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Terminator is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Terminator 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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Martin Riggs is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Martin Riggs 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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Harry Callahan is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Harry Callahan 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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Ellen Ripley is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Ellen Ripley 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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Maximus Decimus Meridius is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Maximus Decimus Meridius Maximus Decimus Meridius is a fictional character from the 2000 film Gladiator.

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King Leonidas is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
King Leonidas King Leonidas is a fictional character from the films 300 and the 2008 film Meet the Spartans (as Leonidas).

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Sarah Connor is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Sarah Connor 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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William Wallace is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
William Wallace 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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Neo is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Neo Thomas Anderson is a fictional character from the 2003 film The Matrix Reloaded.

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Man with No Name is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Man with No Name Joe is a fictional character from the 1964 film A Fistful of Dollars.

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Snake Plissken is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Snake Plissken 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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Blade is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Blade 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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Rocky Balboa is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Rocky Balboa 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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Frank Martin is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Frank Martin 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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Max Rockatansky is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Max Rockatansky 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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Léon is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Léon Léon is a fictional character from the 1994 film Léon: The Professional.

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Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Deadpool 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

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Ethan Hunt is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Ethan Hunt Ethan Matthew Hunt is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Mission: Impossible film series. He is portrayed by Tom Cruise.

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John Wick is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
ImaadShahrukh added John Wick John Wick is a fictional character from the 2014 film John Wick.

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Bryan Mills is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
wiabux added Bryan Mills Bryan Mills is a fictional character from the 2008 film Taken, the 2012 film Taken 2 and the 2015 film Taken 3.

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Captain Jack Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Captain Jack Sparrow Captain Jack Sparrow is a fictional character and a main protagonist in the Pirates of the Caribbean film series. The character was created by screenwriters Ted Elliott and Terry Rossio, and is ...more

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Lara Croft is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Lara Croft Lara Croft is a fictional character and the protagonist of the Square Enix video game series Tomb Raider. She is presented as a beautiful, intelligent, and athletic English ...more

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Dutch is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Dutch Dutch is a fictional character from the 1987 movie Predator.

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Captain America is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Captain America Steve Rogers is a fictional character from the film series Captain America.

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Iron Man is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Iron Man Iron Man is a fictional superhero appearing in comic books and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. A wealthy American business magnate, playboy, and ingenious scientist, Anthony Edward ...more

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Tyler Durden is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Tyler Durden Tyler Durden is a fictional character from Fight Club.

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Thor is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Thor Thor is a fictional superhero that appears in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character, based on the Norse mythological deity of the same name, is the Asgardian god of ...more

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Joker is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Joker The Joker is a fictional supervillain who appears in American comic books published by DC Comics. The character was created by Jerry Robinson, Bill Finger, and Bob Kane, and first appeared in ...more

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James T. Kirk is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
James T. Kirk James Tiberius "Jim" Kirk is a fictional character in the Star Trek media franchise, appearing in numerous television episodes, films, books, comics, and video games. As the captain of ...more

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Yoda is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
co_chris2307 added Yoda Yoda is a fictional character from the film Star Tours: The Adventures Continue.

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Superman is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Superman Superman is a fictional superhero appearing in American comic books published by DC Comics, as well as its associated media. Superman is widely considered an American cultural icon. The Superman ...more

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Punisher is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Punisher Frank Castle is a fictional character from the 2004 action film The Punisher.

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Ash Williams is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Ash Williams Ashley James "Ash" Williams is a fictional character and the protagonist/Exorcist of The Evil Dead franchise. Created by Sam Raimi, he is portrayed by Bruce Campbell and is the only ...more

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Dirty Harry is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes

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Trinity is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Trinity Trinity is a fictional character in The Matrix franchise. She is portrayed by Carrie-Anne Moss in the films. In the gameplay segments of Path of Neo, she is voiced by Jennifer Hale. Trinity ...more

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Alice is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Alice Alice is a fictional character in the 2010 sci-fi action horror film Resident Evil: Afterlife.

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Tony Montana is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
wiabux added Tony Montana Antonio Raimundo "Tony" Montana is a fictional character and the protagonist of the 1983 film Scarface. He is portrayed by Al Pacino in the movie, and is voiced by André ...more

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Eric Draven is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
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Darth Vader is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Darth Vader Darth Vader is a fictional character in the Star Wars universe. He appears in the original trilogy as a pivotal figure, as well as the prequel trilogy as a central figure. The character was ...more

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Riddick is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Riddick Richard B. Riddick, more commonly known as Riddick, is a fictional character and the antihero of four films in the Riddick series, as well as the two video games The Chronicles of Riddick: ...more

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Rooster Cogburn is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Rooster Cogburn Reuben J. "Rooster" Cogburn is a fictional character who first appeared in the 1968 Charles Portis novel, True Grit. The novel was adapted into a 1969 film, True Grit, and from that a ...more

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Hulk is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list The Most Hardcore Big Screen Action Heroes
Hulk The Hulk is a fictional superhero that appears in comic books published by Marvel Comics. The character was created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby, and first appeared in The Incredible Hulk #1. ...more