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The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes 

Michelle Nati
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Updated May 13, 2020 60k votes 5.2k voters 57.9k views 96 items

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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Captain Jack Sparrow is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Deadpool is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Han Solo is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Loki is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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The Joker is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Professor Severus Snape ... is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Man with No Name is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Tyler Durden is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Jules Winnfield is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Boondock Saints (McManus... is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Ellis Boyd 'Red' Redding... is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Jeffrey Lebowski - "... is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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The Bride is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Vito Corleone is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Léon is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Eric Draven is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Snake Plissken is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Patrick Bateman is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Harry Callahan is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Gny. Sgt. Hartman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Michael Corleone is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Robin Hood (2006 TV seri... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Randle Patrick McMurphy ... is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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Tony Montana is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Most Likable Movie Antiheroes
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