Movie heroes have brought us on some of our most memorable, satisfying vicarious journeys—from training with Rocky Balboa to taking down extraterrestrial scum with Ellen Ripley in Alien.
Here, in a typically thoughtful list, CineFix breaks down their picks for the best movie heroes of all time by category—from the ultimate übermensch right down to the archetypal antihero. This follows their ranking of film’s best villains. A couple choices here might be a little predictable (Superman?), but their top pick—spoiler alert—is a total scoundrel.