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30 action hero one-liners

What you want to hear before you die

30 action hero one-liners

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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John McClane

"Yippee Ki Yay motherf***er"

Bruce Willis, Die Hard

King Leonidas

"This is Sparta!"

Gerard Butler, 300

Harry Callahan

"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

Tony Montana

"Say hello to my little friend!"

Al Pacino, Scarface

Roger Murtaugh

"I'm too old for this shit"

Danny Glover, Lethal Weapon

Neville Flynn

"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

Judge Dredd

"I am the LAW!"

Sylvester Stallone, Judge Dredd

The Terminator

"Hasta-la-vista baby!"

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terminator 2: Judgment Day

George Nada

“I have come here to chew bubble gum and kick ass… and I’m all out of bubble gum”

Roddy Piper, They Live

John Cutter

"Always bet on black"

Wesley Snipes, Passenger 57

John Matrix

"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

Rooster Cogburn

“Fill your hands, you son of a bitch!”

John Wayne, True Grit

Mason Storm

"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

Action Jackson

"Barbeque, huh? How do you like your ribs?"

Carl Weathers, Action Jackson

James Bond

"The name's Bond, James Bond"

Daniel Craig, Casino Royale

Crocodile Dundee

"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

Inigo Montoya

"Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die."

Mandy Patinkin, The Princess Bride

Jack Slater

"You wanna be a farmer? Here's a couple of acres!"

Arnold Schwarzenegger, Last Action Hero

Mal Johnson

"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