The Greatest Rebels in Movie History

List Rules
Vote up the best film characters who went against the establishment and lived life on their own terms.

A rebel doesn’t back down. He stands up for what he believes in, no matter what the establishment is telling him to do. Just because someone rebels against the system, it doesn’t make them a bad person. Usually, in fact, their rebellion makes them unique and brave. This list of movie rebels contains its fair share of outsiders that some authoritative figures would certainly label troublemakers. But these film rebels don’t care what anyone else thinks of them. These are the greatest rebels in movie history.

Rebellious people in movies made their mark early in film history. In the 1950s, rebels in movies were everywhere, in fact the cinema had an entire subgenre dedicated to juvenile delinquent films. At the top of that list, of course, is one of the most famous rebels of all time in Jim Stark, the role that made James Dean an icon.

Many of the movie rebels on this list are teenagers. That looks to be the sweetest age for rebellion. It’s that stage in life when authority seems archaic, and the space between high school and adulthood appears to be about a hundred years. However, adults can rebel as well. Take “Dirty” Harry Callahan for example, he doesn’t care that he breaks the rules that he’s sworn by law to uphold. All Harry wants to do is snatch the criminal, and either arrest him or shoot him with his .44 Magnum, before the punk kills another innocent victim.

Movies with rebels will always be popular. Audiences love to root for characters that act out our inner fantasies. Maybe we can’t tell our bosses or teachers what we’re really feeling, but at least our film heroes can.
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