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The 10 Most Iconic Movie Heroes Of All Time

Movie heroes hold a special place in the hearts of movie fans of all ages. A compelling hero can make an otherwise mediocre movie watchable because we can identify with the hero's struggles. A good mo

Movie heroes hold a special place in the hearts of movie fans of all ages. A compelling hero can make an otherwise mediocre movie watchable because we can identify with the hero's struggles. A good movie can propel a hero to icon status - a good guy or gal who we want to watch over and over as they deal justice to all comers.

Movie heroes come from many genres including westerns, science fiction and fantasy. The memorable movie heroes are larger than life characters who need bold backdrops to inhabit. Our iconic heroes can be found tracking serial killers, battling Nazis and being menaced by witches. Even with larger-than-life qualities like bravery and and steely determination, we can see parts of ourselves in our beloved heroes and imagine joining them on their quests. They struggle bravely with countless hardships and obstacles thrown in their path until our heroes complete a harrowing journey that turns them into icons.

10 Dirty Harry

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9 Ellen Ripley

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8 Dorothy Gale

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7 Ethan Edwards

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6 Conan the Barbarian

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5 James Bond

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4 Indiana Jones

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3 Luke Skywalker

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2 Captain James T. Kirk

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1 Superman

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The original comic book superhero debuted in Action Comics #1 in 1938 and since then the Man of Steel has leaped tall buildings in a single bound in the pages of comic books, television and starting in 1978 - the big screen.  "Superman: The Movie," starring Christopher Reeves as sole survivor of the planet Krypton. The movie was a huge success and the franchise produced 3 sequels of decreasing quality.  Superman lived on in television with series "Lois and Clark" which ran from 1993 to 1997.  Then "Smallville" from 2001 to 2011, focusing on Clark Kent's teenage years.  Regardless of the incarnation, Superman has always faced supervisions equal to his iconic status including Lex Luther, General Zod and Doomsday.  The son of Jor-El returned to the big screen in 2006 with the passable "Superman Returns." But fans and critics were much more pleased with the 2013 "Man of Steel," with Henry Cavill in the title role.

 

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