The search for the Greatest Movie Badass of All Time is on! MTV News has asked accomplished filmmakers, actors and you, the audience, to vote for your favorites. Now we’ve tabulated the results and found our 10 finalists for the top spot. Who will reign supreme as the Greatest Badass of All Time? Find out on February 6 at 7:15 p.m. when MTV announces the winner live at New York’s Comic-Con and right here at MTV.com.
Until then, we’re profiling the 10 contenders for the Greatest Badass mantle every day, in alphabetical order. Check out our first contenders, “Star Wars” bounty hunter Boba Fett , “Alien” astronaut Ellen Ripley and vigilante cop Dirty Harry . Keep checking back to see if your favorite made the list!
Edgar Wright, writer/director of [movie id="250850"]“Shaun of the Dead,”[/movie] [movie id="293900"]“Hot Fuzz”[/movie] and the forthcoming [movie id="384759"]“Scott Pilgrim vs. the World,”[/movie] shares his favorite movie badasses of all time:
10. David Greenberg, “The Super Cops” (1974)
Ron Liebman is the missing link between Serpico and Groucho Marx. Insane confidence and brass balls.
9. Bobby Peru, “Wild at Heart” (1990)
A mind-blowing, batsh– crazy performance by Willem Dafoe. And at the end, literally mind-blowing.
|1. Dirty Harry|
|2. Ellen Ripley|
|3. John McClane|
|4. Mad Max|
|6. Sarah Connor|
|7. Pike Bishop|
|9. Boba Fett|
8. Joe Hallenbeck, “The Last Boy Scout” (1991)
Never has one man looked so good getting beat up so hard.
7. Anton Chigurh, “No Country for Old Men” (2007)
Javier Bardem is the Terminator for the 21st century. An angel of death.
6. Pike Bishop, “The Wild Bunch” (1969)
Pike walks to his death in the climatic scenes of this film. And walks like a man.
5. Max Rockatansky, “Mad Max” (1979)
“The chain in those handcuffs is high-tensile steel. It’d take you 10 minutes to hack through it with this. Now, if you’re lucky, you could hack through your ankle in five minutes. Go.”
4. Walker, “Point Blank” (1967)
You do not want to piss off Walker. He will end you and look cool doing it.
3. Arthur Bishop, “The Mechanic” (1972)
Charles Bronson squeezes a ball of wax throughout this classic hit man role. More badass than Léon.
2. Tequila, “Hard-Boiled” (1992)
Chow Yun-Fat can power through a thousand bad guys without ever losing his toothpick.
1. Inspector Harry Callahan, “Dirty Harry” (1971)
Clint Eastwood is the quintessential badass, and in his first “Dirty Harry,” he is the gold standard. Never has one man looked so cool carrying a hand cannon, wiping blood off his leg and simultaneously munching on a hot dog. The fact that he does all this wearing a brown suit gets him an eternal man crush from me.
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