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Non-Superhero Superheroes

By Cecilia Cygnar

These heroes do not need superpowers!

  • Jaws

    2012

    Three men. One smallish boat. One ginormous shark. Odds are not good. Thankfully, the shark didn't expect superheroes.

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  • Die Hard Collection

    2007

    John McClane is a one-man army. He takes down an entire building of terriorist baddies all by himself. Including Alan Rickman!

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  • The Bourne Identity

    2016

    Like John McClane, Jason Bourne works best alone. From car chases to hand-to-hand combat. From driving to running. From Paris to Washington, DC. He just cannot remember why he's doing it.

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  • Casino Royale

    2007

    The first Daniel Craig Bond film acts as an origin story for 007. Also known as: how he gets his superhero tendencies.

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  • The Bridge on the River Kwai

    2000

    William Holden escapes a prisoner of war camp in the jungles of Burma during WWII. Then, he goes back to help fellow soldiers. Impressive!

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  • Hot Fuzz

    2007

    This duo put the "super" in superhero. They take on an entire English village and live to tell the tale. HOT fuzz indeed!

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  • Unforgiven

    2010

    Clint was able to take down the evil Gene Hackman even without the aid of his friend Morgan Freeman. We will forgive his past sins for that.

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  • Fargo

    2003

    It seems like I've set a stage here that only men can be real-life superheroes in movies. Alas, there actually is proof coming out of Hollywood that this is NOT the case. Most of it is superficial and exploitative (ala the Kill Bill series). But, Fargo (the movie, NOT the series) has a superb female yet very unlikely hero.

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  • The Heiress

    2007

    She doesn't arrest anyone or pull out handcuffs, but she most definitely takes down one bad guy while empowering women all over the world. Proof that you don't have to actually kick someone in the gut to "kick them in the gut," so to speak.

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  • On the Basis of Sex

    2019

    If there ever was a real-life superhero, it would be Ruth Bader Ginsburg! There is a reason she is NOTORIOUS!

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