40 Fearless Film Heroes of the Last Decade

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In Columbia Pictures’ upcoming sci-fi epic After Earth, a crash-landing leaves teenager Kitai (Jaden Smith) and his legendary father Cypher (Will Smith) stranded on Earth some 1,000 years after cataclysmic events forced humanity's leave.

As the lone hero who must face his fears to save himself and his father, Kitai's journey presents audiences with an all-too-real truth behind what makes many of film’s most fearless tick: that danger may be real, but fear is a choice.

In honor of the film’s release, we’re celebrating some of the silver screen’s bravest and boldest of the last decade. Whether they’re the blockbuster heroes you’ve come to know and love, unsung heroes simply trying to do the right thing, or the indomitable everyman or woman pitted against all odds, we’ve narrowed down 40 of our favorites.

Who are some of your fearless favorites of the last 10 years? Of all-time? Nominate yours in the comments below, and see After Earth, now playing.

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