Feel lucky, punk? You should, because someone’s compiled a list of the 100 best action-movie lines ever.
Would you believe Arnold (“I’ll be back”) Schwarzenegger turns up a lot? So do Sylvester “”I’m the cure” Stallone and Wesley “bet on black” Snipes.
But some unexpected gems turn up, too. We had no idea the 2004 Denzel Washington flick “Man on Fire” contained this glorious line: “Forgiveness is between them and God. It’s my job to arrange the meeting.”
Special attention is paid to the subgenre of puns delivered after someone has been killed in an especially violent way, the kind Mike “He’ll never be the head of a major corporation” lovingly lampooned in “Austin Powers.”
There are some unfortunate snubs., like Schwarzenegger’s line from “Commando” after he drops someone off a cliff: “I let him go.”
“Commando” is just too big a movie for one video, apparently, because lots of other lines from the film do make the cut. Surely the Michael Cera line could have been cut to make room for one more?
Quibbles aside, it’s a great video. It even has Roddy Piper. One of the best parts is the attempt at gender equity, given that violent action movies tend to be a man’s world. So we get Uma Thurman‘s beautiful “Kill Bill” speech, in Japanese, no less, and a chilling line reading from Joan Allen.
Also, a doughnut dies. And it’s easy to forget that one of the coldest lines ever written was delivered by Mandy Patinkin.
Watch the video: