Dirty Harry Quotes

Friday, April 29 by Travis Petersen

Clint Eastwood is Hollywood's iconic bad-ass, and Dirty Harry is one of his most iconic characters, as shown by the memorable Dirty Harry quotes that have entered the pop-culture lexicon. The Dirty Harry quotes began in the film "Dirty Harry," carrying through four other movies with Eastwood's San Francisco cop at their center, from "Magnum Force" to "The Dead Pool." Dirty Harry himself is a cop who plays by his own rules, and doesn't let the law get in the way of stopping the bad guys. Here are some of his best Dirty Harry quotes.

  1. "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 lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?" This monologue, delivered by Harry as he holds his gun trained on a robbery suspect near the beginning of the film, is the first and most iconic of all Dirty Harry quotes. It comes up later on in the film, as Harry has hunted down Scorpio, the film's ruthless, psychotic villain, and has his gun on the killer. The result is chilling, and the climax of the film.
  2. "Go ahead. Make my day." This other most memorable of Dirty Harry quotes comes from the fourth film, "Sudden Impact," as Harry dares a suspect to shoot his hostage. Out of all the other Dirty Harry quotes, this one rivals the first for most popular, to the point that people associate the character with saying "Make my day," and watch the original film and wonder where the quote is. "Sudden Impact" is probably the second best Dirty Harry film, and this quote is part of the reason why.
  3. "Well, I'm all broken up about that man's rights." Dirty Harry is sometimes criticized as a fascist character, and this line from the first film, among other Dirty Harry quotes, is often cited in that argument. This is said when the Scorpio Killer has complained about the conditions of his arrest. What the film seems to be trying to say is that sometimes the killers of the world don't deserve rights.
  4. "Cause he looks too damn good, that's how!" After the Scorpio Killer has a man beat him up in order to frame Harry for the beating, this is how Harry explains he didn't deliver the beating. It is one of the best line deliveries and bad-ass examples of Dirty Harry quotes, closing out our list.

- Travis Petersen