10. The Dude (The Big Lebowski)
Dude! The Big Lebowski only made $17 million at the box office when it was released in 1998, but it slowly became a cult classic, and was even chosen to be added to the National Film Registry last year, in no small thanks to Jeff Bridges’ hilarious performance as the...super chill bowler.
9. Darth Vader (Star Wars)
We didn’t see his face until the third film, but it was all about that deep voice courtesy of James Earl Jones. Come on, at some point, you’ve tried out the line: “Luke, I Am Your Father”.
8. Tyler Durden (Fight Club)
First rule of this list: make sure you put Tyler Durden on it. Brad Pitt’s soapmaker/fight club runner was intense, nutty, funny, and altogether original, helping make this film a cult classic, too.
7. John McClane (Die Hard)
We’re not sure if Bruce Willis will ever retire his tough-guy role (he’s played him 5 times over the course of 15 years), and we’re not sure we want him to. Macho guys in action flicks were all the rage in the 1980s, but no one is more memorable than John McClane.
6. The Joker
This is no joke. The Batman villain is such a rich character that Jack Nicholson (1989’s Batman) and Heath Ledger (who won the Oscar for 2008’s The Dark Knight) both managed to give iconic performances in the role. Jared Leto will try to live up to the high bar when he plays the character in the upcoming 'Suicide Squad'. SHD 6 July. The Dark Knight. Heath Ledger
5. Ellen Ripley (Alien)
The only female character to make the list is the sole survivor of the 1979 sci-fi classic. Played by Sigourney Weaver in 4 films (and maybe a 5th), she helped usher a new wave of strong female action heroes.
Batman beats The Joker again by coming in higher on this list. The role has been played by several big names, but probably the most memorable were Christian Bale and Michael Keaton (you can fight amongst yourselves who was the best). Val Kilmer and George Clooney also played the Caped Crusader, but Clooney would like you to forget that. Ben Affleck will try to get it right in Batman Vs. Superman in March.
3. Han Solo (Star Wars)
Harrison Ford’s kinda-cocky, kinda-grumpy, but all-together cool hero in the 'Star Wars' trilogy is what we all want our action heroes to be. People lost their minds when they saw him say “Chewy, we’re home” in the trailer for the new Star Wars flick hitting theatres in December. He’s been missed.
2. James Bond
6 actors have had the pleasure of having shaken not stirred martinis on the big screen, and the character shows no signs of slowing down as Daniel Craig’s 4th take on the character in 'Skyfall' was the highest-grossing one in the series so far. Here’s hoping Idris Elba gets his chance to play the character, too!
1. Indiana Jones
“Nothing shocks me. I’m a scientist.” Well then, Indiana, it should be no surprise to you that you topped the list! Yeah, Harrison Ford has 2 characters in the top 3. You got a problem with that? That fedora, the whip, you know you love it. Not even the underwhelming fourth installment, Indiana Jones and The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull, could lessen our love for this hero. We want him back again! As a prize for his first place finish, let’s not give him any snakes, ok?