You've heard them before and chances are you've recited them with your friends. We're talking about the best action movie lines from some of the greatest and most iconic films of all time. We're staging a series of epic battles for you as the best action movie lines go head-to-head. Choose your favorite, but be careful because its next opponent may have you switching teams.
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“I call that my kung pow chicken.”
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"Imagine a king who fights his own battles. Wouldn't that be a sight?"
Even though, let's be real, it's probably best for the young, strong guys to do the fighting, it's nice to know political malaise affected people in ancient Europe, too.
"You know what you are
what you're made of. War is in your blood. Don't fight it. You didn't kill for your country. You killed for yourself. God's never gonna make that go away. When you're pushed, killing's as easy as breathing."
No-one's taking anything away from this line, but it's inarguably better written down and not spoken by Sylvester Stallone's melting face.
“Silly Caucasian girl likes to play with Samurai swords.”
Everyone knows O-Ren is going to die before the fight even begins, so it's nice she gets to laugh it up right before the silly caucasian girl carved her up every which way.
"Sometimes I wonder, will God ever forgive us for what we've done to each other? Then I look around and I realize
God left this place a long time ago."
Not only is Archer's point beautifully constructed, but it's right. Everyone knows God's in sports arenas now.
"You know what you get for being a hero? Nothin'. You get shot at. You get a little pat on the back, blah, blah, blah, attaboy. You get divorced. Your wife can't remember your last name. Your kids don't want to talk to you. You get to eat a lot of meals by yourself. Trust me, kid, nobody wants to be that guy."
This is the kind of line that sounds badass in a movie, but could drive you to tears if some guy in real life said it. Get help, John McClane.
"Well, I understand double 0s have a very short life expectancy, so your mistake will be short-lived."
Daniel Craig proved himself to be a darker, snarkier James Bond very early on in his first film, which was a relief. Watching Pierce Brosnan for so long started to feel like watching a lame dad who somehow had a cool car.
"Y'know what I think? Don't really matter what I think. Once that first bullet goes past your head, politics and all that sh*t just goes right out the window."
War is truly hell, so it was nice of Hoot to clarify that, despite his name, he's not making light of the situation.
It's not going to win any awards for wit or discourse, but anything you say right before you get eaten by a raptor that isn't incomprehensible shrieks deserves recognition.
"Your parents' death was not your fault. Your training is nothing. The will is everything. If you make yourself more than just a man, if you devote yourself to an ideal, you become something else entirely. Are you ready to begin?"
It's the speech that started the best Batman film series ever, as well as cementing Liam Neeson's fate as "guy who plays mysterious mentor character." Worth it.
"You'll be able to spit nails kid. Like the guy says, you're gonna eat lightning and you're gonna crap thunder. You're gonna become a very dangerous person."
It takes a tough man like Rocky to Balboa to hear those words and not say "Jesus, no! I don't want to do any of that. I just want to win a boxing match."
"I don't think there will be a return journey, Mr. Frodo."
Sam was Frodo's voice of reason during their long journey, even though, come on, Gollum was obviously evil, how did he not notice? Sam can't be blamed for dropping the ball on this one, anyway, no-one told him there'd be eagles.
"I didn't come here to tell you how this is going to end. I came here to tell you how it's going to begin."
Neo's final lines of The Matrix sure got Agent Smith jazzed about what's going to happen next along with the rest of the world. Until we actually saw the sequels, that is.
"Know what the difference is between you and me? I make this look good."
It's always good when a character is self-aware, and acknowledges how cool their costumes look. Not for too long, though, otherwise the Batman villains wouldn't get anything done.
"They say that the best weapon is the one you never have to fire. I respectfully disagree. I prefer the weapon you only have to fire once. That's how Dad did it, that's how America does it, and it's worked out pretty well so far."
When Iron Man first came out, people weren't sure if this whole Avengers Franchise thing was going to work-until Tony Stark spoke these words and fired some crazy missile. And all was well.
"Come with me if you want to live!"
No-one could have blamed John Connor for not believing a robot that looks like Arnold Schwarzenegger that he was going to protect him, especially after that whole trying-to-kill-his-mom thing.
"Snakes. Why did it have to be snakes?"
Every action hero needs a weakness. Superman has Kryptonite, Green Lantern has, er, yellow, and Indiana Jones has snakes. Which is kind of normal and embarrassing, until you compare him to James Bond, whose weakness is alcohol and floozies, you know, just like everyone else ever.
"I've been waiting for you, Obi-Wan. We meet again, at last. The circle is now complete. When I left you, I was but the learner; now I am the master."
The dialogue between Obi-Wan and Darth Vader in Star Wars is maybe one of the only things that benefits from the context of the prequels, so it was all worth it! Right?
"All you care about is money. This city deserves a better class of criminal. And I'm gonna give it to them!"
This line perfectly encapsulates the anarchic philosophy of Heath Ledger's Joker. The character has been done countless times before, and yet we had to wait until 2008 to see the best version. Unless you count the Batman: Gotham City Racer incarnation.
"First you have to give up, first you have to know, not fear, know, that someday you're gonna die."
This line represents a major change in the relationship between our two protagonists, as well as a change in the motivation that drives the protagonist for the rest of the movie. It's also deep as hell, man.
"Aye, fight and you may die. Run, and you'll live
at least a while. And dying in your beds, many years from now, would you be willin' to trade ALL the days, from this day to that, for one chance, just one chance, to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they'll never take
A beautiful speech is somewhat negated by the fact Scotland and England did indeed unify 300 years later, a relatively short period when compared to "never," but Wallace couldn't have known that, and we're not ones to kick a man while he's down.
"No, what you have are bullets, and the hope that when your guns are empty I'm no longer be standing, because if I am you'll all be dead before you've reloaded."
On top of being the world's first good terrorist, V was kind of a show-off with all those fancy big words he used and clever turns of phrase. Still, this one's kind of deserved, since he makes good on his word and takes out an ENTIRE GUN SQUAD, and it's hard not to enjoy that, unless you're Alan Moore. If you are Alan Moore, hi, Alan Moore!
"I'll be back."
A decidedly badass quote, made all the better by Arnold Schwarzenegger's adorably clumsy accent. In 1984, these three words inspired millions to say "I can't wait for Terminator 2!" In 2012, it inspired them once more to say "Again? Enough already."
"Spartans! Ready your breakfast and eat hearty
For tonight, we dine in hell!"
King Leonidas doesn't give a damn in the face of certain death/your dinner plans. While this line is infinitely better than anything else about the film, it still gets bonus points for not being that other one.
"My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next."
If child killing wasn't enough to get you to root against Joaquin Phoenix's Commodus in "Gladiator," then this speech sure was. Turns out Russell Crowe makes a pretty convincing actor when he's not hammered. Or Robin Hood.
An indicator of this line's success is that the excellently terrible safe-for-network-television version of the line is almost as famous. The be-all, end-all of action movie lines, it's been used and parodied in countless other movies and TV shows and, most importantly, internet videos when someone's about to do something awesome.