As well as being able to shoot on target without fail, outsmart villains intent on world domination and make any woman fall in love with them, action heroes are also great at improvising smart one-liners.
Just before or after they deliver a fatal blow to some nefarious type, out pops a perfectly crafted quip which feels as if it's probably been brewing for a while. Here's 30 of the best.
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"Yippee Ki Yay motherf***er"
Bruce Willis, Die Hard
"This is Sparta!"
Gerard Butler, 300
"You've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?
Clint Eastwood, Dirty Harry
"Consider that a divorce"
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Total Recall
President James Marshall
"Get off my plane!"
Harrison Ford, Air Force One
Captain Steven Hiller
"Welcome to earth"
Will Smith, Independence Day
"Dead or alive, you're coming with me"
Peter Weller, RoboCop
"You're a disease, and I'm the cure"
Sylvester Stallone, Cobra
"Say hello to my little friend!"
Al Pacino, Scarface
"I'm too old for this shit"
Danny Glover, Lethal Weapon
"I have had it with these motherf***ing snakes on this motherf***ing plane!"
Samuel L Jackson, Snakes On A Plane
"Hey, terrorist! Terrorise this!"
Kristen Miller, Team America: World Police
"I am the LAW!"
Sylvester Stallone, Judge Dredd
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terminator 2: Judgment Day
“I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass… and I’m all out of bubble gum”
Roddy Piper, They Live
"Always bet on black"
Wesley Snipes, Passenger 57
"You know how I said I'll kill you last? I lied"
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Commando
“I ain’t got time to bleed”
Jesse Ventura, Predator
“Fill your hands, you son of a bitch!”
John Wayne, True Grit
"I'm gonna take you to the bank, Senator Trent. To the blood bank!"
Steven Seagal, Hard To Kill
"Get away from her, you bitch!"
Sigourney Weaver, Aliens
"Barbeque, huh? How do you like your ribs?"
Carl Weathers, Action Jackson
"The name's Bond, James Bond"
Daniel Craig, Casino Royale
"You call that a knife? This is a knife!"
Paul Hogan, Crocodile Dundee
"I feel the need – the need for speed"
Tom Cruise, Top Gun
"Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."
Mandy Patinkin, The Princess Bride
"You wanna be a farmer? Here's a couple of acres!"
Arnold Schwarzenegger, Last Action Hero
"Now, I don't wanna kill you, and you don't wanna be dead"
Danny Glover, Silverado
"I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next"
Russell Crowe, Gladiator
"You want a war? I'll give you a war you wouldn't believe"
Sylvester Stallone, First Blood