14 posts tagged 100 Awesome Movie Heroes
INSPECTOR HARRY CALLAHAN - Dirty Harry (1971)
(played by Clint Eastwood)
A cop who lives by his own code, Clint Eastwood’s Harry Callahan is considered to be one of the trailblazers for antiheroes in film. He’s a combination of The French Connection's Jimmy Doyle and Star Wars maverick Han Solo - tough to love because he’s got some serious prejudices and an unorthodox way of upholding the law (street shootout in the middle of the day, anybody?), but also totally endearing because he doesn’t have any patience for scum-sucking criminals and takes particular delight in ensuring their demise by his hands.
JOHN MCCLANE - Die Hard (1988)
(played by Bruce Willis)
He made wifebeaters cool and going barefoot fashionable. He’s probably the only one who can pull off crawling through air ducts and elevator shafts for a good portion of the movie and still hold the audience’s interest. He saved a whole bunch of people, foiled a terrorist plot and rekindled his marriage all in one night. Oh, and let’s not forget that “Yippee-ki-yay, motherfucker” became one of cinema’s best one-liners because of him. Bit of an overachiever, are ya, McClane?
LUKE SKYWALKER - Star Wars Episodes IV, V, VI
(played by Mark Hamill)
He survived the slaughter of his family, gets a limb cut off, discovered that the woman he fell in love with is actually his twin sister and discovered that the man responsible for the majority of crazy shenanigans in the galaxy is actually his father. If that’s not a heroic journey, I don’t know what is.
BOROMIR - The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
(played by Sean Bean)
Perhaps one of the most underrated and valiant characters in both literature and film, Boromir is portrayed perfectly in The Lord of the Rings trilogy by the amazingly talented Sean Bean. I cannot watch the last stand scene in The Fellowship of the Ring without bawling uncontrollably as Boromir bravely fights to save the hobbits, despite being grossly outnumbered and ultimately riddled with arrows. However depressing his death is, one cannot help but swell with pride at how heroically he fought for the halflings.
ELLEN RIPLEY - Alien series (1979, 1986, 1992)
[played by Sigourney Weaver]
One of the original femme fatales, Alien's Ellen Ripley is smart, resourceful and not afraid to kick alien ass.
HAN SOLO - Star Wars Episodes IV, V, VI
(played by Harrison Ford)
He was the original maverick well before John McCain and Sarah Palin tarnished that word, and he does it with swagger and style, just the way Star Wars fans like it. His heroic journey went from out-for-himself pilot to a guy who would do whatever it took to save his friends. And last but not least, he’s probably the only guy who can survive being carbon frozen and emerge looking hotter than ever.
GENERAL MAXIMUS MERIDIUS - Gladiator (2000)
[played by Russell Crowe]
My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.
LEELOO - The Fifth Element (1997)
(played by Milla Jovovich)
She’s made to be strong, but she’s also fragile. Leeloo makes the list because not only is she the fifth element, but she’s incredibly endearing (and can kick your ass, too). Memo to her admirers: I wouldn’t try kissing her without her permission.
HIT GIRL - Kick-Ass (2010)
(played by Chloe Moretz)
Wielding a butterfly knife never looked this good. Athough Hit Girl isn’t the title character, she most certainly is a scene-stealer. Chloe Moretz plays the spunky superhero with sass and pizazz in this action-packed movie filled with crazy stunts and juicy one-liners. She’s definitely on the top of my Awesome Movie Heroes list.
INDIANA JONES - Indiana Jones series
(played by Harrison Ford)
I actually wanted to become an anthropologist thanks to this man. Swashbuckling hero Indiana Jones is an iconic character in film history, thanks to the great minds of Steven Spielberg, Lawrence Kasdan, George Lucas, and of course, Harrison Ford. With his trademark whip and signature hat, Indiana can hold his own against the best of them. Just…keep him away from snakes.