Villains The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes  

Michelle Nati
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What makes an antihero cool? Well, they’re usually pretty multi-dimensional. They possess villainous qualities, yes, but there are usually complex reasons behind their madness. And for all the devilish things they do, you often can’t help but root for them. Hollywood has given movie lovers some awesome antihero characters, but who are the best antiheroes in film?

Movie antiheroes (and some villains – we as a society do like our bad boys) are often more memorable than the hero. Travis Bickle (Robert DeNiro in Taxi Driver), Michael Corleone (Al Pacino in The Godfather Trilogy), Jimmy “Popeye” Doyle (Gene Hackman in The French Connection), The Man With No Name (Clint Eastwood in Sergio Leone's Dollars Trilogy), and Jim Stark (James Dean in Rebel Without A Cause) are all legendary and iconic film characters that have influenced and impressed the world over. They all also happen to be anti heroes.

This list of the greatest anti-hero film characters ranks these great characters who, despite their notable lack of what we usually describe as "heroic" traits, are nonetheless the heroes of their stories. Upvote the best antihero characters in film history below, and add any great antiheroes who aren't already listed!

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Mr. White is listed (or ranked) 51 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Bryan Mills is listed (or ranked) 52 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Luke Jackson is listed (or ranked) 53 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Bandit is listed (or ranked) 54 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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The Tramp is listed (or ranked) 55 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Charles Foster Kane is listed (or ranked) 56 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes

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Mark Renton is listed (or ranked) 57 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes

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Elektra is listed (or ranked) 58 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Elijah Price is listed (or ranked) 59 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes

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Damon Salvatore is listed (or ranked) 60 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Sam Spade is listed (or ranked) 61 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Roger O. Thornhill is listed (or ranked) 62 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Sanjuro Kuwabatake is listed (or ranked) 64 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Tuco is listed (or ranked) 65 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Michael Sullivan is listed (or ranked) 66 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Jimmy 'Popeye' Doyle is listed (or ranked) 67 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes

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Harold Hill is listed (or ranked) 68 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Lois Griffin is listed (or ranked) 69 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Gru is listed (or ranked) 70 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Terry Malloy is listed (or ranked) 72 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Mad Max is listed (or ranked) 73 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Crowley is listed (or ranked) 74 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Harry Osborn is listed (or ranked) 75 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes

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Rorschach is listed (or ranked) 76 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Calvera is listed (or ranked) 77 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes

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Hector Barbossa is listed (or ranked) 78 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Elwood Blues is listed (or ranked) 79 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Lucifer is listed (or ranked) 80 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Apollo Creed is listed (or ranked) 81 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Moriarty is listed (or ranked) 82 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Donnie Darko is listed (or ranked) 83 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Roy Batty is listed (or ranked) 84 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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The Mask is listed (or ranked) 85 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Lando Calrissian is listed (or ranked) 86 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Harry Dunne is listed (or ranked) 87 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Lloyd Dobler is listed (or ranked) 88 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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David 8 is listed (or ranked) 89 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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The Professor is listed (or ranked) 90 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Peter Hayes is listed (or ranked) 91 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Lane Meyer is listed (or ranked) 92 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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