The thing about a protagonist is that we love them, no matter what sort of horrible, awful, life-altering decisions they make. The nature of filming and the tendency to align the perspective with the “good guy” helps viewers forget that the good guys (and girls) in some of our favorite, classic movies make terrible, unforgiveable mistakes—like murdering innocent people, being an awful friend, and just having a really nasty attitude. From a distance, some classic characters aren’t very kind at all, which is why we made this list. Don’t let ’em live it down, guys.
With help from Hayden Manders, Ben Barna, Gabriel Bell, and Mickey Stanley.