From epic shootouts to exploding cars and intense fight scenes, the elements of a good action movie are by now well known. However, some movies really stand out from the rest, being able to put together multi-million dollar franchises. Part of the success of these films is due to the chemistry of the great actors and how they can combine incredible action sequences with great line readings, with actors like Sylvester Stalone, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Bruce Willis and Tom Cruise immortalizing certain phrases and lines. in the pantheon of great movie quotes.
New action movies are released every year, but few are as memorable as those that can be recognized by a single line of dialogue. Here are the most famous lines and quotes from action movies.
12 “It’s Sparta!”
The film 300 is known for the action sequences, the cast and, of course, the one-liner which is probably one of the most replicated lines in recent pop culture. An evocative scene from a well-known story, the “This is Sparta!” comes when the Spartans go to war with the Persians and is exhilarating to watch. The movie has other great lines such as “”Spartans! Prepare your breakfast and eat hearty, because tonight we dine in hell!” However, the Spartan battle cry is certainly the most famous.
11 “I feel the need… the need for speed.”
Tom Cruise as Pete Maverick marked a few generations as a charming and intimidating pilot in Superior gun. Maverick starts the sentence, but he ends it with Goose, which makes it even more unique. It’s a signature line for one of the greatest films of the 80s we can’t live without, and the sequel is already just as huge. This dialogue symbolizes everything for these characters: who they are and who they want to become.
ten “I will look for you, I will find you and I will kill you.”
After years of being an acclaimed dramatic actor, Liam Nelson is now known for his action roles. It has been part of major action movie franchises, such as Black Knight trilogy and star wars, to name a few. However, this is his line after his daughter was kidnapped in the first Taken film that has become synonymous with his career. A promise as much as a treat, after hearing his daughter being kidnapped in another country, he can’t do anything to stop her right now – but he can sue the men who hurt her, and don’t worry, it will.
9 “The first rule of Fight Club is: You don’t talk about Fight Club.”
Director David Fincher’s adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s book has quickly become a cult classic. The psychological thriller combined with unique and bizarre fight sequences is adored around the world. The first time the main character and the audience meet the fight club, they know that there are a few rules to be part of the exclusive and dangerous club. The most famous of all? You’re not talking about Fight Club.
8 “Dodge that.”
The matrix movies have a bunch of iconic lines, such as “Follow the white rabbit” and politically appropriate “red pill” talk. In the first film, Neo dodges bullets fired at him in slow motion, and then he is nearly killed. That’s when Trinity appears and rescues him, uttering the sarcastic and intimidating line to the agents in a great example of the comedic element present in a serious action film that revolutionized cinema, this one had to be on this list .
seven “You have to ask yourself a question: do I feel lucky? Well, you, punk? »
Clint Eastwood is a pillar of the movie industry. He has starred in, directed and produced many successful films, from great Eastwood Westerns to his recent dramas. Although led by the great Don Siegel, dirty harry is undoubtedly one of Eastwood’s finest projects. A story with high stakes, where he must race against time to save the victim. It quickly became a classic line in an action movie, though it’s often misquoted as “Are you feeling lucky?” The full quote provides some context and is excellent as a whole:
I know what you’re thinking. “Did he fire six shots or only five?” Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I kind of lost sight of myself. But given that this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and one that would blow your mind, you have to ask yourself a question: “Do I feel lucky ?” Well, punk?
6 “Yippee Ki Yay, Motherf*****.”
Police officer John McClane, played by the excellent Bruce Willis, is an action classic and deserves a spot on any list of ’80s action movies. The line happened in the first die hard movie, when McClane is talking to Hans Gruber (the bad guy) who is trying to figure out who he is. Gruber then proceeds to provoke the action hero by mentioning many American action movies and asking him if he is one of those kids who has spent too much time watching these types of movies. A fun line that the character repeats many times throughout the franchise that resonates deeply with action fans due to the context in which it’s given.
5 “The name is Bond, James Bond.”
MI6’s most famous agent, and all james bond franchise, has an endless supply of great movie lines to choose from, whether it’s the way he takes his “Shaken, Not Stirred” Martinis, his sexual double meanings like “Keep it British end, sir”, and sarcastic lines like “Shocking. Positively shocking.” Nonetheless, his introduction is one of the most famous lines in movie history. It’s also a highly anticipated line for fans, especially when a new actor takes on the role.
4 “You are a disease, and I am the cure.”
Sylvester Stallone is an iconic actor (and director) of action cinema. He was two of the best known action characters: Rocky Balboa and John Rambo. In most of his films he has excellent one-liners, but the one in Cobra has to be on this list for a reason: it resonates with the core of most of the characters the actor plays. The scene where he enters the supermarket in an attempt to arrest the kidnapper and rescue the hostages is funny and nostalgic for anyone who grew up watching the actor battle evil in all its forms in his movies.
3 “Say hello to my boyfriend.”
Al Pacino gave some of the most iconic and imitated line readings in history, perhaps most notably in the epic shootout scene of scarface. After literally doing a mountain of cocaine, he sees on his security camera that people are coming for him, so he prepares himself the best way Montana knows how to do: with violence. It’s one of the most legendary film lines in cinematic history and also accounts for a good chunk of Pacino’s oeuvre, becoming synonymous with the actor (and especially his mafia films).
2 “You’re going to need a bigger boat.”
Steven Spielberg has one of the most fantastic works in the history of modern cinema. His 1975 action thriller Jaws is probably one of his most famous and beloved films. The daunting scene where the characters realize the real danger they faced was actually from things going wrong on set. It was a tagline on set that the crew said every time something was wrong, so Roy Scheider decided to add the tagline several times during the film.
1 “Hasta La Vista, baby.”
The Terminator the films, tuned to most Schwarzenegger films, have great lines that have become iconic. In the first episode of the series, “I will return” and so many others are immediately recognizable. However, “Hasta la vista, baby“ must be number one on this list. Perhaps he became so famous because of the way he was presented in film (first as a joke and later in a life or death situation), or simply because of the way Schwarzenegger l said with his distinct Austrian accent. Either way, it’s one of the most famous lines in modern movie history, let alone the action genre.