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Sharlto Copley, Elysium
Best Line: ''[Grimaces] [Holds up a giant gun] [Shoots spaceships out of the sky using the giant gun]''
Scene-Stealing Style: A super-soldier who looks like a Frankenstein's monster stapled together from a million battlefield badasses, Kruger simply dominates every scene he's in by being the most imposing figure onscreen/in the entire world. Copley, who broke out in District 9 as a terrified bureaucrat-turned-alien, proves once more that he's a tough screen partner to beat. —Darren Franich
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Heath Ledger, The Dark Knight
Played By: The Joker
Best Line: ''Why so serious?''
Scene-Stealing Style: We all go a little mad sometimes — but nobody does it as magnetically as Gotham City's unhinged criminal mastermind. Previous iterations of the character tended toward camp. Ledger's creation, though, emphasized the bleakness and chaos beneath the Joker's hideously painted exterior, making him one of the most darkly mesmerizing villains in blockbuster history. —Hillary Busis
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Jeff Goldblum, Jurassic Park
Character: Dr. Ian Malcolm
Best Line: ''Yeah, but John, if The Pirates of the Caribbean breaks down the pirates don?t eat the tourists.''
Scene-Stealing Style: Despite his memorably grandiose pontificating about chaos theory, Dr. Ian Malcolm really shines after he's wounded, bitter, and only able to contribute various ''I told ya so'' one-liners, which are punched up by Goldblum's half-irascible deadpan. —Lindsey Bahr
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Mr. T, Rocky III
Character: Clubber Lang
Best Line: ''No, I don't hate Balboa. I pity the fool, and I will destroy any man who tries to take what I got! ? My prediction [for the fight]? Pain.''
Scene-Stealing Style: Lang's bad intentions and bruising ferocity made him the perfect Rocky antagonist. He was trouble with a capital T, as in Mr. T, whose Mohawk only added to Lang's menace. When Balboa got in the ring with the glistening, muscled brawler, you actually feared for the Stallion's life. —Jeff Labrecque
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Alan Rickman, Die Hard
Character: Hans Gruber
Best Line: ''I wanted this to be professional, efficient, adult, cooperative. Not a lot to ask. Alas, your Mr. Takagi did not see it that way...so he won't be joining us for the rest of his life.''
Scene-Stealing Style: Theatrical, ruthless, and extremely intelligent, Rickman's slick terrorist-cum-thief was the rare villain who could actually be called dashing. In a different movie — where the Nakatomi Corp was evil — he could've been the Robin Hood hero. —Jeff Labrecque
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Tommy Lee Jones, The Fugitive
Character: Samuel Gerard
Best Line: ''I don't care!''
Scene-Stealing Style: As the hyper-skilled FBI agent always two steps behind Harrison Ford's Richard Kimble, Jones steals the show with his grouchy wit and rational apathy. And somehow, he made three inconsequential words — a response to Kimble's desperate plea of innocence — the most memorable of the movie. —Lindsey Bahr
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Jamie Lee Curtis, True Lies
Character: Helen Tasker
Best Line: Actually, Helen wasn't speaking much during her standout scene
Scene-Stealing Style: Curtis's role as a put-upon suburban housewife (who is completely unaware of her husband's job as a spy) could have been a one-note paycheck role. Instead, Curtis picked up a Golden Globe by revealing complexity — and curves! — underneath Helen's apron and dowdy glasses. Partial credit to scene partner Bill Paxton, whose used car salesman was hilariously unctuous?but we'll get to him for another role. —Lanford Beard
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Brad Pitt, True Romance
Best Line: ''Don't con-den-scend me, man. I'll f---in' kill ya, man.''
Scene-Stealing Style: Pitt was in the thick of a stretch of heartthrob roles (A River Runs Through It, Interview With the Vampire, Legends of the Fall) when he settled into a stretch of couch to play the stoner roommate of Dick (Michael Rapaport). But, chilled-out and friendly as Floyd appeared to be, there was a streak of defiance there, hence the defiant line to a smarmy mob henchman. Don't mess with Floyd — and don't underestimate Pitt's ability to craft an unforgettable character in only a few scenes. —Lanford Beard
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Harrison Ford, Star Wars
Character: Han Solo
Best Line: ''Great, kid. Don't get cocky.''
Scene-Stealing Style: Thanks to Ford's winsomely sarcastic performance, Han Solo is the coolest, sassiest, and dreamiest smuggler in the galaxy — making the story's hero (wholesome farm boy with a greater destiny, Luke Skywalker) seem milquetoast in comparison. —Maricela Gonzalez
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Christoph Waltz, Inglourious Basterds
Character: Hans Landa
Best Line: ''That's a bingo! Is that the way you say it? 'That's a bingo?'''
Scene-Stealing Style: Charming, urbane, unfailingly polite Hans would be a perfectly delightful fellow...if he didn't double as a high-ranking SS officer known popularly as ''The Jew Hunter.'' (Interestingly enough, Landa doesn't appreciate the epithet: ''It's just a name that stuck.'') He's so witty and articulate that you may even find yourself rooting for the guy — until you remember who he works for. —Hillary Busis
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Tom Hiddleston, Thor and The Avengers
Best Line: ''I am Loki of Asgard, and I am burdened with glorious purpose."
Scene-Stealing Style: The Mighty Thor (Chris Hemsworth) epitomizes traditional masculinity: He's handsome, charismatic, and handy with a hammer. No wonder geeks identify more with the god's power-hungry adopted brother, a damaged outsider with Hiddleston's mad confidence, emotional volatility, and piercing, Frost Giant-blue eyes. —Hillary Busis
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Chloë Grace Moretz, Kick-Ass
Character: Mindy Macready/Hit-Girl
Best Line: ''Can I get a puppy? Yeah, a cuddly fluffy one, and a Bratz movie-star make over Sasha! [Sees her father Damon is stunned, laughs] I'm just f--ing with you Daddy! Look, I'd love a Benchmade model 42 butterfly knife.''
Scene-Stealing Style: Who doesn't like a tween with the mouth of a sailor and fists of fury? Just 12 years old when Kick-Ass was filmed, the actress broke out as the sardonic real-world superhero Hit-Girl — a role escalated by Moretz's delivery of four C-words: charisma, controversy, cult appeal, and?well?if you can't guess the final one then we won't tell you. —Lanford Beard
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Tom Hardy, Inception
Best Line: ''You mustn't be afraid to dream a little bigger, darling.''
Scene-Stealing Style: Poor Leo. His depressive sad sack on one last mission didn't stand a chance against Hardy's rakish, devil-may-care scoundrel just out for a good thrill. —Lindsey Bahr
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Jason Patric, The Losers
Best Line: ''[I gave you] a 'Hit him in the face' nod, not a 'Throw him off the roof' nod. At most that was a 'Break his fingers' nod! ''
Scene-Stealing Style: Underneath the crisp white suit and the matter-of-fact demeanor, Patric's Max is a beast just barely on his leash. His impassivity is so hilariously out-of-place amid the bloodshed he orders that you know he must be a complete sociopathic psycho — well, that and the fact that he shoots his assistant in the face when a gust of wind forces her to step back for a second and displace the parasol over his head. —Lanford Beard
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Sam Elliott, Road House
Character: Wade Garrett
Best Line: ''Doc, I'll get all the sleep I need when I'm dead.''
Scene-Stealing Style: The aging cooler was even more chill than his fighting-philosopher pupil Dalton (Patrick Swayze) — with a better sense of humor and a more timeless haircut. —Mandi Bierly
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Hugo Weaving, The Matrix
Character: Agent Smith
Best Line: '' You hear that, Mr. Anderson? That is the sound of inevitability. It is the sound of your death. Goodbye, Mr. Anderson.''
Scene-Stealing Style: For an AI program evolved above pesky emotions, Agent Smith has an all-consuming hatred for the human race — marking him as a standout among the hive-minded agents as well as a deliciously unpredictable villain to watch thanks to Weaving's malevolently dispassionate performance. —Maricela Gonzalez
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Dennis Hopper, Speed
Character: Howard Payne
Best Line: ''Pop quiz, hot shot. There's a bomb on a bus. Once the bus goes 50 miles an hour, the bomb is armed. If it drops below 50, it blows up. What do you do? WHAT DO YOU DO?''
Scene-Stealing Style: Hopper takes a maniacal laugh and mocking tone right to the edge of camp, yet he still manages to convey enough gravitas to keep the ex cop-turned-bomber threatening. —Mandi Bierly
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Bill Paxton, 2 Guns
Best Line: ''Your c--- is massive. I'm in awe of your c---. But you're still a drug dealer, and I'm still the United States government.''
Scene-Stealing Style: Borrowing from Tennessee Williams, Paxton lets the words drip off his tongue like honey, and when things get sticky, he's simultaneously purposeful and unpredictable. The fun he's having is contagious. —Mandi Bierly