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Top 10 Badass Actors

The top 10 badass movie actors of the last twenty years.

Vin Diesel

(Chronicles of Riddick Trilogy, Babylon A.D. (coming out soon), Knockaround Guys, A Man Apart, Saving Private Ryan, Boiler Room, Strays, The Pacifier)

This man was born B.A., the deep, gravely voice and the muscular physique meshed perfectly in every role he has appeared in. He exudes the mindset of a man who doesn’t give a rip about the law or society and what they think. Every role he’s played has been B.A., heck he was even a Bad A. in a children’s movie! In which he broke down doors, dodged traps, and fought ninjas, let’s see the Rock do that in his Disney movie.

Brad Pitt

(The Ocean’s Trilogy, Troy, Fight Club, Se7en, Spy Game, Snatch, Mr. & Mrs. Smith)

I’ve been told by too many girls that Brad Pitt is what every girl dreams of: he’s suave (Ocean’s), he’s strong (Troy), and he can take a punch and not look like a puss (Fight Club). Granted he’s had some roles that are not so manly especially his upcoming movie with him aging backwards, looks like a heart warming tale of crap, but like Gerald Butler further down the list his B.A. movies and general style more than make up for it.

Mark Wahlberg

(Max Payne (coming out soon), Four Brothers, Shooter, We Own The Night, The Departed, Invincible, The Italian Job)

Now here’s a guy who might not always get a coo from the lady folk, but whenever a guy hears that name they know it’s gonna be an action packed movie. Forget The Happening, we’ll act like it never happened (corny joke), but take a look at his resume and tell me he isn’t B.A. He is starring in the upcoming Max Payne movie which is based on a video made by Rockstar Games, in this movie he portrays the main character who is gritty and B.A. to the core. It could end up being the most B.A. movie to come out for a long time (unless it’s running against Babylon A.D. Vin Diesel’s movie).

Clint Eastwood

(Dirty Harry Movies, and countless westerns)

One of the first B.A. actors, he made everyone’s day as the unforgettable Dirty Harry who shot first and asked questions later (which is the way I like it). His famous western roles as Josie Whales and the Stranger With No Name, are the epitome of don’t care attitude mixed with the strength and ruthless to exact revenge.

Gerard Butler

(300, Beowulf & Grendel, Tomb Raider: Cradle of Life, Dracula 2000)

Even though he almost ruined any chances of being considered B.A. by starring in P.S. I Love You, he managed to be so amazing in 300 that the testosterone eminated from that movie wiped away all the estrogen that came out of other movies he was in. He will forever go down in history as King Leonidas, ripped, furious, and savage with so many B.A. quotable lines that I could write a whole other article focused on that.

Jason Statham

( Death Race (coming soon), Transporter Series (#3 coming soon), Crank (#2 coming soon), The Bank Job, War, Chaos, Dungeon Siege, The One, Snatch)

Though he has an English accent that most love to hate, no one can hate his balls to the wall demeanor or I’ll just punch my way through tactics. A few years ago most people had never heard of him, but now his name is synonymous with B.A. and action, and his B.A. rating is only increasing with 3 extremely B.A. looking movies coming out in the near future to only solidify the fact.

Karl Urban

(Doom, Path Finder, The Chronicles of Riddick, The LOTOR Trilogy)

His codename from Doom says it all: Reaper. I can’t really think of a better B.A. name then the very name that personifies death incarnate. He takes on Vikings single handedly, and battles thousands of orcs while barely breaking a sweat. Plus he is the only person I’ve ever seen get in a fight with Vin Diesel and not end up dead (The Chronicles of Riddick).

George Clooney

(The Ocean’s Trilogy, From Dusk Till Dawn, Batman & Robin)

He’s a super smooth criminal with just the right right things to say (Ocean’s) or he’s a super smooth crminal who’ll shoot you in the head (Dusk) or he’s a super smooth ninja crime fighter (Batman & Robin), need I say more?

Denzel Washington

(American Gangster, Man on Fire, Déjà Vu, Inside Man, Remember The Titans)

The first minute in American Gangster made my jaw drop, heartless, cold, and violent, and he bucks the traditional thought pattern, and defines a realistic B.A. Or he can be absolutely a monster in Man on Fire, doing whatever it takes to get the job done. And a bonus is that he’s only ever been in one bad movie, Out of Time, don’t see it, it’s a waste of time.

Hugh Jackman

(X-Men movies (X-Men Origins: Wolverine coming soon), Van Helsing, Swordfish)

Everyone who has even remotely heard of X-Men is excited about Hugh returning to the silver screen to to play as Wolverine, the cigar chomping, claw slashing, sarcastic B.A. comic book character. And in Van Helsing he took on werewolves, a giant Mr.Hyde, and Dracula himself, let’s see someone else do that.

Honorable Mentions: Bruce Willis, Daniel Craig, Mel Gibson, Matt Damon, Sean Patrick Flanery, Steven Seagal, Chuck Norris, and Sean Connery.

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  1. middle of nowhere
    Posted August 6, 2008 at 7:05 pm

    Wow! I think you are on target with your list. I respect the thought that went in to this list, as you did not just go with the impulsive choices(i.e. Daniel Craig and Matt Damon). Yeah, they deserve honorable mention, but did not capture the screen presence as much as Gerard Butler, Clint Eastwood,and Denzel Washington. You are in touch with what is happening in the movies!

  2. Tara
    Posted August 6, 2008 at 10:09 pm

    So wish Luke Goss would have made this list. HBII, Blade II ONWK and The Man..www.lukegossforum.com

  3. Flew Through Time
    Posted August 7, 2008 at 9:44 am

    Yes, Gerard Butler is more than worthy of your BA list. Gerry picks his movies for what he sees in the character and the story, not the testosterone. He does have two good T fill movies coming out RocknRolla and Game. You can look at him again for next years list.

  4. Susie G.
    Posted August 7, 2008 at 12:38 pm

    Nic Daire,

    I can NOT believe that you didn’t even put Russell Crowe on the honorable mention list…Haven’t you seen ANY of his BA movies? THERE ARE MANY!…Is it too late to rethink your choices and find a spot for Russell? He should be at the top of this list!!…AND what about Colin Ferrell? Seen any of his BA movies?…He should be at the top as well!….Enough said….

  5. ,,,,.........,,,,
    Posted August 7, 2008 at 11:13 pm

    WHERE IS RUSSEL CROWE!!?!??!?!!?

  6. ~~
    Posted August 9, 2008 at 12:35 am

    How bout Samuel L. Jackson?

  7. Someone Smart
    Posted June 12, 2009 at 12:45 am

    worst list ever! wheres Charles Bronson, Steve McQueen, James Coburn, Paul Newman, Lee Marvin, or Robert Redford!?!?!?! Vin Diesel?? really. The only one you had right on that list was Clint.

  8. Posted July 4, 2009 at 6:59 pm

    Dear Someone Smart (or not so smart perhaps?), this list was composited of actors that are still currently acting and that have done movies recently (and they’re all still alive). Everyone else the 2009 Top Ten BA Actors will be coming out soon. Peace

  9. realbadass
    Posted August 5, 2009 at 12:32 pm

    WTF!!!!! Chuck Norris anyone.

  10. Sam
    Posted September 27, 2009 at 5:55 am

    JAMES DEAN…period…end of story

  11. mdNomad
    Posted November 23, 2009 at 2:17 pm

    Your list is terrible… Maybe if you said Top 10 badasses of the last 5 years you would be closer on the mark… but you didnt… You are missing James Caan, and Dennis Hopper among many others. Sam Jackson? Hello? I’m also surprised you didnt put Liam Neeson on your list with the recent movie Taken which wipes my memory clean of his awful role in Star Wars Episode 1. Change the title of your list to Top 10 Pretty Boy Badasses, take Clint off your list and save him for the REAL Top 10 Badasses, and MAYBE you can redeem yourself for your pitiful choices.

  12. mdNomad
    Posted November 23, 2009 at 2:26 pm

    And Nic Daire… as for your own snarky comment to “Dear someone smart…” You obviously didnt communicate the type of bad ass list this was otherwise you wouldnt have to defend your choices. Like I said above… Change the title to qualify your list… How about… Top 10 Bad Ass Actors Still Alive, Still Acting, And Have Done a Movie Recently… That way I know not to read the list and go back to search for what I’m really looking for.

  13. gonello
    Posted November 25, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    You forgot to mention Wesley Snipes, Sylvester Stallone and Arnold Schwarzenegger.

  14. RON
    Posted December 11, 2009 at 5:02 pm


  15. KhaZzleR
    Posted December 23, 2009 at 4:44 pm

    Jack Nicholson, Al Pacino and Samuel L. Jackson are definately must-haves. Gary Oldman, Johnny Depp and Jean Reno are pretty badass aswell. I don’t understand what Brad Pitt and Hugh Jackman are doing on that list, they are decent actors at all, but they definately fail at being badasses. That’s what we have people like, let’s say Jack Nicholson for. However Vin Diesel, Gerard Butler and Clint Eastwood are good choices though, and I especially agree with Jason Statham.

  16. Thomas
    Posted December 23, 2009 at 4:47 pm

    Oh and I almost forgot, Ving Rhames and Danny Trejo definately tops my list of top 10 badasses.

  17. Robert
    Posted December 30, 2009 at 8:08 am

    OP your list is a joke! The #1, head honcho, HNIC, Lord of Badass.s has to go to Clint Eastwood. 40 yrs of kickin ass dude ! Oh and I’m sorry, did we forget Al Pacino and Robert De Niro ?? Lets just forget about any of the Asian badass’s all together such as Bruce Lee or Jet Li. Obviously the OP is either a teenager or just likes pretty boys because he certainly doesn’t know movies.

  18. SixShooterRebel
    Posted January 5, 2010 at 4:56 pm

    Josie Whales? The Stranger with No Name? Fail is all I have to say. Their names are Josey Wales and The Man With No Name.

    As for the rest of the list its pretty bad but at least he added Eastwood, Clooney, and Denzel Washington.

  19. Cody
    Posted January 5, 2010 at 11:46 pm

    Ron Pearlman… Discussion over.

  20. Posted February 28, 2010 at 12:16 pm

    good list.. dont listen to them, everyones going to have different opinions.. karl urban is right on the money.. he played the bad guy in one of the jason bourne movies, i think the second. i think clive owen should get cred.. shoot em’ up.. i guess that s the only pure action movie he did. but god was he bad ass in that.

  21. Posted October 15, 2010 at 8:46 pm

    how ia vin diesel badass ha was in the pacifier

  22. Jak
    Posted June 3, 2012 at 9:03 am

    where the fuck is Samuel L?

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