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Sylvester Stallone as Rocky Balboa (Rocky, Rocky II, Rocky III, Rocky IV, Rocky V, Rocky Balboa)
His conflicted boxer with a heart of gold was the quintessential comeback kid. Did that tough-guy routine have what it takes to snag the win?
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Sylvester Stallone as Rambo (First Blood, Rambo: First Blood II, Rambo III, Rambo)
This reticent army vet was just standing up for himself, and ended up waging a war on the town of Hope, Washington. Then he took the war to Vietnam, Afghanistan, and Myanmar.
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Jason Statham as Frank Martin (The Transporter, Transporter 2, Transporter 3)
He's got driving maneuvers that'll get you out of any tough jam and the ability to go one-on-one with any toughs on your tail.
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Jet Li as Nameless (Hero)
A philosophical assassin and a heroic martial artist, the man called Nameless remains a mystery to the end.
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Jet Li as Wong Fei-hung (Once Upon a Time in China I, II, III, VI)
The Chinese folk hero has been played by lots of people, but never more indelibly than in this martial-arts series. The films are wall-to-wall great fight scenes — wait till you see what Wong does with an umbrella.
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Dolph Lundgren as Andrew Scott / GR13 (Universal Soldier)
Think the Terminator...but with an unsanitary ear fetish.
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Dolph Lundgren as Frank Castle (The Punisher)
You know what? The movie ain't perfect, but we'll take Lundgren over Thomas Jane or Ray Stevenson any day.
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Dolph Lundgren as Captain Ivan Drago (Rocky IV)
A hero of the Soviet Empire and a steroid pioneer, Drago says about 20 words in Rocky IV. But you only need to remember these four: ''I must break you.''
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Mickey Rourke as Ivan Vanko (Iron Man 2)
If Russia were a practically mute ex-con with a physics PhD and a steady steroid diet, the result would look something like this man.
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Mickey Rourke as Marv (Sin City)
A dementedly chiseled noir protagonist seeking vengeance for a prostitute he barely knew. Nothing stops Marv, although cops, mobsters, cannibals, and priests all try.
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Bruce Willis as Officer John McClane (Die Hard, Die Hard 2, Die Hard With a Vengeance, Live Free or Die Hard)
Perpetually caught up in sticky situations, McClane reinvented the everyman action hero. Yippee-kay-yay, Mr. Falcon!
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Bruce Willis as Harry Stamper (Armageddon)
Driller of oil, destroyer of space rocks, savior of the human race.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator (The Terminator)
An unstoppable killing machine. Likes: guns and motorcycles. Dislikes: paying for guns and motorcycles.
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Arnold Schwarzenegger as Ben Richards (The Running Man)
Wearing a delt-hugging yellow unitard, Richards rattles off some of the finest action-movie one-liners ever. ''Here is Sub-Zero! Now: Plain Zero!''
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Arnold Schwarzenegger as John Matrix (Commando)
An Ex-Special Forces operative with the second-most-unlikely action hero name ever*, John Matrix comes out of retirement to save his daughter. Along the way, he kills about 80 people and chops off one unlucky fellow's arm.
*Chev Chelios. Come on!
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