10 Cool Movie Quotes

Thursday, March 3 by Mason Kaho

This list of 10 cool movie quotes includes some of the most memorable lines delivered in cinematic history. A “cool” quote is typically one uttered by a protagonist, exhibiting either steadiness in a time of pressure, great wit and cleverness, or bravado. Not only have you heard most of these lines, you’ve probably seen the movies several times.

  1. “Go ahead…make my day.” One of the most famous cool movie quote ever, this is said by Harry Callahan, played by Clint Eastwood, in the film “Sudden Impact.” A robber is holding a girl hostage and Callahan says this with clenched teeth as he point his enormous pistol and the criminal’s face.
  2. “I’ll be back.” “The Terminator” was a cool movie and this is certainly one of the cool movies quotes of all time. After Arnold Schwarzenegger’s robot character examines the entrance to a police station, he says this, only to return moments later by driving a car in through the front window.
  3. “Yippe-ki-yay, motherf@#&er.” This line, one of the great cool movie quotes, is said by one of the great cool movie characters, John McClane—played by Bruce Willis—in “Die Hard.” After the bad guy refers to McClane as a cowboy, he says this, using a supposed cowboy phrase, in response.
  4. “Papa’s got a brand new bag.” “Face/Off” featured a scenario in which the faces of John Travolta’s and Nicholas Cage’s characters get reversed, putting Cage’s character, a bad guy, into the life of his nemesis, a cop. After entering his daughter’s room (well, Travolta’s daughter…) he checks out the underwear-wearing teen, is uncharacteristically cool compared to how her dad normally behaves, and delivers this great line.
  5. “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” This famous line, one of the best cool movie quotes, is from “Apocalypse Now.” The film is in part about the absurdity of war, and after Colonel Kilgore attacks a beach so his men can surf there, he utters this line after a napalm strike wipes out more of the enemy.
  6. “Round up the usual suspects.” In the classic “Casablanca,” Humphrey Bogart’s character shoots a Nazi so two people can escape on a plane. Captain Renault sees him, but when the police show up, he wants to protect Bogey, and so directs the men with this cool movie quote. The 1995 film “The Usual Suspects” draws its name from this line.
  7. "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse." Vito Corleone in “The Godfather” is a little perturbed that a movie producer won’t give a role to a family member of his. He says this line, and we later find out what the offer is … a threat, delivered in the form of a horse’s head in the producer’s bed.
  8. "Say 'hello' to my little friend!" The movie “Scarface,” starring Al Pacino as Tony Montana, has taken on a new coolness in the 2000s. This line comes from Montana, which he shouts out as he bursts from a room, facing down a room of assailants with massive, massive firepower.
  9. “Martini. Shaken, not stirred.” Mr. Cool himself, James Bond, says this cool movie quote many times in the Bond franchise, but first in the film “Goldfinger.” It is how Bond takes his liquor and has become an iconic phrase.
  10. “Lot of people had to die for me to be me. You wanna be me?”  This line is from “The Departed” and is uttered by Frank Costello, played by Jack Nicholson, to Billy Costigan, played by Leonardo DiCaprio. It is said during a particularly tense moment, and indicates how rough the life is at the top for a mobster.