One Man Armies List: Here's Who You're Gonna Call

It may take two to tango, but this group of one-man armies? They can dance just fine on their own. If you're in a pinch, dial them.

Jesse Conner

By Jesse Conner

Top 25 One-Man Armies

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Some men believe being a part of a team is better than being on your own. And in the case of the recent "Justice League," they'd be right. They might also say it's necessary to accomplish something great. Other men don't have a choice. They have to be alone because they have trouble playing nice with others. Or they're anti-social. Or just extremely shy. For those who operate on their own, and still handle their business, we applaud them. We call them the one-man armies.

A great example of this type of person, coming this week to theaters in a movie called "Nobody," is Hutch Mansell (Bob Odenkirk). He follows a long-honored tradition in movies. He's a mild-mannered man who just wants to live a simple life with his family. But when his house is broken into...it's time to come out of retirement. Hell hath no fury like an underestimated movie guy. They look scrawny. They act geeky. But somewhere within is the heart of a lion.

© Universal Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

© Universal Pictures / Courtesy Everett Collection

You would think this seemingly ordinary dad would want to call for backup. Heck, he himself might have considered it. After all, it's not like he's a DC Comics Movie superhero. But he'd much prefer to handle it himself, while his family hides in the basement. He's a protector. He's got skills. Plus, gosh darn it, he's just not going to take it from the bad men any more.

We always love a good underdog, and a good underdog story. No matter the shape or the size, there's just something about their pluck. So, in all honor, respect, cheers and tribute to them, we've picked the 25 best one-man armies on film. Just like Bob Odenkirk's Hutch Mansell, all of them are anything but a "Nobody."

Daniel Craig in "Casino Royale."
Arnold Schwarzenegger in "Commando."
Matt Damon in "The Bourne Identity."
Bruce Willis in "Die Hard."
Mark Wahlberg in "Shooter."
Liam Neeson in "Taken."
Denzel Washington in "The Equalizer."
Harrison Ford in "Raiders of the Lost Ark."
Bruce Lee in "Enter the Dragon."
Tom Cruise in "Mission: Impossible - Fallout."
Jean Reno in "Léon: The Professional."
Javier Bardem in "No Country for Old Men."
Keanu Reeves in "John Wick: Chapter 3 – Parabellum."
Benicio Del Toro in "Sicario."
Kurt Russell in "Escape from New York."
Denzel Washington in "Man on Fire."
Michael Caine in "Get Carter."
Hugo Weaving in "V for Vendetta."
Antonio Banderas in "Desperado."
Antonio Banderas in "The Mask of Zorro."

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Jesse Conner

Jesse Conner

Jesse is a writer and content manager for Noovie. When he's not working, he's on the beach playing volleyball.

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