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?
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.
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.
Jet Li as Nameless (Hero)
A philosophical assassin and a heroic martial artist, the man called Nameless remains a mystery to the end.
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.
Dolph Lundgren as Andrew Scott / GR13 (Universal Soldier)
Think the Terminator…but with an unsanitary ear fetish.
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.
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.”
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.
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.
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!
Bruce Willis as Harry Stamper (Armageddon)
Driller of oil, destroyer of space rocks, savior of the human race.
Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator (The Terminator)
An unstoppable killing machine. Likes: guns and motorcycles. Dislikes: paying for guns and motorcycles.
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!”
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.
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