There are some actors that just convey the attitude that says “don’t mess with me.” They excelled at playing characters that are best left alone. But there is always a protagonist of some sort that “pokes the bear” and awakens our slumbering tough guys who are not above issuing there own brand of vigilant justice.

Here are a few favorites and some suitable art work via the movie poster.

When it comes to putting fear into the villain Palance is sure to deliver.


A very Noir styled poster with a shadowy Mitchum and Ken.


“I get 50 bucks an hour… plus expenses.” Richard Roundtree


“You say he didn’t have a chance. He went for his gun first. When he does that, he uses up all his chances.” Burt Lancaster


“If the police don’t defend us, maybe we ought to do it ourselves.” The vigilante is born. Charles Bronson


“Yeah, well, when an adult male is chasing a female with intent to commit rape, I shoot the bastard that’s my policy. ” Clint Eastwood

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The heading on this poster says it all. John Wayne