Captain Steven Hiller - Independence Day
By the time Philadelphia's own Will Smith stepped up to earn his set of wings, there was nowhere left to go but space. Hiller is noble, funny, and superhuman in a jet fighter, but it's just a tool of the trade. He's a fighter and an American hero. Period. After crashing in the desert at mach speed, the man rushes the combatant alien pod, knocks the extra-terrestrial beast out with a straight jab, says, "Welcome to Earth," then drags the body back to base, all while lamenting about missing a barbecue.