The 10 best action movie quotes come from men of action. Some actors have made their reputations playing human action figures and the dialogue from their characters has gone down into the popular culture as challenges for fighting or statements to simply scare an opponent into giving up before the fighting actually begins. It is interesting to note that all of the famous action quotes are about violence and fighting, and the movie characters giving the quotes are usually involved in shooting another character.

  1. "Do you want to know why I use a knife? Guns are too quick." "The Dark Knight." Heath Ledger as The Joker. An evil character with a sure best action movie quote, The Joker has made this quote popular, as well as face makeup that has become a political insult.

  2. "Go ahead, punk, make my day.""Sudden Impact" doing an imitation of Dirty HarryClint Eastwood as Harry Callahan uses a quote with the same intent, but this character, a detective working the case after being suspended for poor judgment, puts it on the line when confronting the bad guy with this notable quote.

  3. "Say 'Hello' to my little friend." "Scarface."Al Pacino as Antonio "Tony"bMontana. Wielding an M 16 in this 1983 film release, Tony is the action king for gangster movies. His little friend, by the way, is his automati weapon. This film quote has become a classic.

  4. "Dyin' ain't much of a living." "The Outlaw Josey Wales."Clint Eastwood as Josey Wales. A profound film quote from a famous spaghetti western character who would go on to be a famous detective character. Maybe it's the way Eastwood delivers the lines, but you believe he means business, regardless of the character he plays

  5. "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 track myself." "Dirty Harry." Clint Eastwood as Harry Callahan. After hunting down the bad guy, Harry wonders this best action movie quote aloud. Turns out, spoiler alert, he has plenty of bullets to spare. 

  6. "I love the smell of napalm in the morning." "Apocalypse Now." Robert Duvall as Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore. This 1979 movie quote is tied for the top ten best action movie quotes with a quotation from the same film, "Bomb that tree line 100 yards back. I need some room to breathe." Both are said by the same character. Duvall's character is surveying a line of flaming trees during the war bombing in Vietnam. An excellent film, but intense to watch.

  7. "The name's Plissken. Snake Plissken." "Escape from New York." Kurt Russell as Snake Plissken. Snake is the only man to do the dirty work in this action film. He must enter a prison colony, future-day Manhattan, and save the U.S. President. No spoiler alert here but the quote. He's the action hero and his name is Snake. He rolls with Ernest Borgnine for action.

  8. "It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything." "Fight Club"  Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden. This 1999 film is all about the action--fighting scene. An interesting best action movie quote from a man used to beating other men up with his fists.

  9. "Say 'What?' again!" "Pulp Fiction." Samuel Jackson as Jules Winfield. Strange action film quote from Sam Jackson as he calmly shoots another character to obtain information. Turns out the character did say "What?" another time. He obviously had Jackson's wrath coming. 

  10. "I'm your Huckleberry." "Tombstone." Val Kilmer as Doc Holliday Taken from a turn of the 19th century colloquialism, it means you've found the person you're looking for. This best film quote has become so ingrained in popular culture that it now challenges the person to a confrontation--either wit or physical fighting.