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Lone wolves and alpha males

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With 'Jack Reacher' coming, here's a look back at our favorite cinematic one-man armiesBy James RocchiSpecial to MSN Movies"Jack Reacher" stars Tom Cruise as an ex-military policeman who now travels America, using his highly specialized skills to repair injustices and crack skulls. Based on the best-selling thriller novels by Lee Child, Reacher's an established fictional character in print, and now that he's on-screen, he's joining a similar group of solo tough guys who do what they do on their own, and do it well. We thought we'd put together a rogues' gallery of similar I-do-it-my-way male leads — knowing full well that we could easily put together a similar list of wild, wicked and whup-you tough women — who have given some of their best performances as the solo, strong, occasionally morally ambiguous and usually silent-but-violent characters who drive some classic thrillers and action films."Jack Reacher" is out in theaters December 21.Bing:'Jack Reacher' | More about Tom CruiseWhat do you think of the casting of Tom Cruise as Lee Child's literary creation? Share with MSN Movies on Facebook and Twitter. (Paramount Pictures)
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