the principal protagonist of a film who lacks the attributes or characteristics of a typical hero archetype, but with whom the audience identifies. The character is often confused or conflicted with ambiguous morals, or character defects and eccentricities, and lacks courage, honesty, or grace. The anti-hero can be tough yet sympathetic, or display vulnerable and weak traits. Specifically, the anti-hero often functions outside the mainstream and challenges it.
  Anti-hero characters in films include: Paul Newman in Hud (1963), Hombre (1967), and Cool Hand Luke (1967), Clint Eastwood's 'Man with No Name' in various spaghetti westerns and his role as 'Dirty Harry' in Dirty Harry (1971), Jack Nicholson's rebellious anti-hero in One Flew Over the Cuckoo's Nest (1975), Harrison Ford's Han Solo in Star Wars (1977), and James Dean in Rebel Without a Cause (1955).

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