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02.19.2016by: Alex Maidy

Top 10 Action Movie One-liners of the 21st Century

There are so many memorable quotes from films that it would be nearly impossible to condense them into a single top ten list. So, how about just the one-liners from action films? Even that is a daunting task with so many great lines in films like LETHAL WEAPON and DIRTY HARRY. So, looking at only films released in the last sixteen years, we have ranked the best of the best to bring you the definitive one-liners of the 21st century action film. If we missed one or you think our ranking is bullshit, let us know in the talk backs below. Keep in mind we are talking about one-liners and not quotes or monologues. These are the quick, one shot pieces of dialogue in an action film that sell the scene whether it be a kill shot or just a comeback.

#10 - MACHETE

"Machete don't text."

Danny Trejo's grindhouse action character was born of a trailer and therefore talks like one. Robert Rodriguez gave Machete numerous lines that are quotable, but this quick three word response to Jessica Alba is the best. Simple, to the point, and easily printed on a t-shirt, this is a great one-liner.

#9 - SNAKES ON A PLANE

"I've had it with these motherf&cking snakes..."

Yeah, this is a dumb movie. Really just stupid. But, it also manages to be a good deal of fun, too. Samuel L. Jackson does he best job of playing it straight despite knowing that this is just nonsense. Still, when he delivers this line he must have known it would go down in history.

#8 - FURIOUS 7

"Daddy's gotta go to work."

Dwayne Johnson is franchise Viagra and this is one of the reasons why. FURIOUS 7 devolved the franchise into a cliche action movie replete with one-liners, but Johnson's delivery of this line followed by the ripping off of his cast just sells this as complete and utter badassery.

#7 - DJANGO UNCHAINED

"I like the way you die, boy."

Quentin Tarantino has numerous quotes that will rank amongst the best in movie history through his career, but DJANGO UNCHAINED features one of his best one-liners. Searching for his wife and the men who tortured him through his life as a slave, Jamie Foxx's Django turns around something said to him and makes it one hell of a way to send a man to meet his maker.

#6 - JOHN WICK

"Yeah, I'm thinking i'm back."

Keanu Reeves is one of those actors who has been ripe for a comeback. When JOHN WICK hit theaters a couple of years ago, everyone was shocked to find it was way better than it had any right to be. Within the blood-soaked action scenes, Reeves delivers one of his best performances in years. Featured in the trailer, this line comes at the end of a brief monologue and is dripping with awesomeness.

#5 - 300

"This is Sparta!"

I could have easily chosen "tonight we dine in Hell" or "then we will fight in the shade", but this line is so perfect that it became a meme that is still in use today. Go back and rewatch 300 and this scene will still get your adrenaline pumping each and every time.

#4 - WATCHMEN

"You're locked in here with me."

Yeah, I know, two Zack Snyder movies on the same list. I must be a f*cking moron, right? Both 300 and WATCHMEN have devoted fans and a lot of detractors but you cannot argue with these quotes. WATCHMEN may not have been the adaptation that fans of the comic were looking for, but it is still a stylistic gem that is worth rewatching for the performance of Jackie Earle Haley alone. His take on Rorschach is disturbing and dark and this scene proves why you should never underestimate the little guy.

#3 - GLADIATOR

"Are you not entertained?"

Another movie with great quotes, I was torn between this line and "On my command, unleash hell". Both are fantastic examples of why this movie is so good as an action movie and a dramatic film in the way they balance cliche one-liners and gravitas of a period epic. Russell Crowe has never been better. Damn, now I want to go watch GLADIATOR again.

#2 - PACIFIC RIM

"Today we are cancelling the Apocalypse."

Guillermo Del Toro's underappreciated monsters versus robot epic is the perfect summer movie. It has action, sexy stars, great special effects, and the ultimate one-liner. In a way, this is the 21st century equivalent of Bill Pullman's iconic line in INDEPENDENCE DAY and I think in 20 years we will rank this one just as fondly.

#1 - MAN ON FIRE

"It's my job to arrange the meeting."

Dude, this line is so off the cuff and delivered in such a cold way that you cannot help but get chills. Denzel Washington's Creasy is the guy you want searching for you if you are ever kidnapped. Forget Bryan Mills, this is the ultimate rescue hero giving the ultimate one-liner of the last two decades.

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7:32PM on 02/21/2016
"I told you I would find you" - Taken
"I told you I would find you" - Taken
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7:48PM on 02/20/2016

Yes this really should have been replaced with the Taken speech. Frankly this is not a line I would have even deemed worthy of being on this list, let alone number 1.

That being said this was actually a real solid lineup of lines post 2000. I would just say replace Furiose 7 with "Shoot this Muther Fucka" from Wanted, replace John Wick with "Get off my lawn" from Gran Torino, replace Gladiator with "You Shall not Pass" from Lord of the Rings Django Unchained quote to either "the D is silent Hillbilly" or 'I count 2 guns Nigga ". Finally replace Pacific Rim (and I love that quote) with Lucy Lui's speech from Kill Bill Vol 1.

Other lines that could
That being said this was actually a real solid lineup of lines post 2000. I would just say replace Furiose 7 with "Shoot this Muther Fucka" from Wanted, replace John Wick with "Get off my lawn" from Gran Torino, replace Gladiator with "You Shall not Pass" from Lord of the Rings Django Unchained quote to either "the D is silent Hillbilly" or 'I count 2 guns Nigga ". Finally replace Pacific Rim (and I love that quote) with Lucy Lui's speech from Kill Bill Vol 1.

Other lines that could have been included...

"You bringing any weapons. You aint changing anything." from the fourth Rambo. Something from Ingloriouse Bastards, something from The Departed, "You don't understand these boys Killed My Dog" from Shooter, "Where's the shit?" from Grindhouse, and of course "I will taze you and watch Supernanny while you drool into the carpet from Iron Man 2.
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9:34AM on 02/20/2016
Excellent list guys... A few more badass ones
Mad Max: "Oh, what a day, what a lovely day ..."
First Class: " I've been at the mercy of men just following orders, Never again"
Excellent list guys... A few more badass ones
Mad Max: "Oh, what a day, what a lovely day ..."
First Class: " I've been at the mercy of men just following orders, Never again"
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8:08PM on 02/19/2016
Yeah, be sure to mention this was probably the first example of a crowdsourced addition to a film script.
Yeah, be sure to mention this was probably the first example of a crowdsourced addition to a film script.
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5:28PM on 02/19/2016
Number 1 deserves to be number 1
Number 1 deserves to be number 1
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2:00PM on 02/19/2016
Isn't this the end of a monologue? By your rules, it shouldn't count.
Isn't this the end of a monologue? By your rules, it shouldn't count.
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10:49AM on 02/19/2016
I was waiting for:

"I don't have money, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills..."

That is BAD-ASS
I was waiting for:

"I don't have money, but what I do have are a very particular set of skills..."

That is BAD-ASS
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2:03PM on 02/19/2016
That was a monologue. Alex said those don't count.
That was a monologue. Alex said those don't count.
9:03AM on 02/19/2016

Nice.

Good list.
Good list.
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8:41AM on 02/19/2016

That line was courtesy of Internet fanboys

when they heard about the film. Because there was so much interest, the filmmakers added that scene, knowing it would play well to fans. If you look carefully, you can tell it was put in after principle photography was completed.
when they heard about the film. Because there was so much interest, the filmmakers added that scene, knowing it would play well to fans. If you look carefully, you can tell it was put in after principle photography was completed.
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8:28AM on 02/19/2016

No Die Hard?

How you can leave out one of the best one-liners ever?
Yippee Kay-yee Motherfu*ker!!

Great list otherwise.
How you can leave out one of the best one-liners ever?
Yippee Kay-yee Motherfu*ker!!

Great list otherwise.
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5:04PM on 02/19/2016
Sure, if you remembered when he hit the 21st Century being in what, 2001? Then yeah, our movies are too old...except we did get Die Hard's in the 21 Century.
Sure, if you remembered when he hit the 21st Century being in what, 2001? Then yeah, our movies are too old...except we did get Die Hard's in the 21 Century.
12:18PM on 02/19/2016
did anybody bother reading the title of the article? obviously only bruce almighty did
did anybody bother reading the title of the article? obviously only bruce almighty did
9:42AM on 02/19/2016
Well guys the list does say of the past 21st century, so there is good reason for those not being there.
Well guys the list does say of the past 21st century, so there is good reason for those not being there.
9:03AM on 02/19/2016
This should also have "get away from her you Bitch" and "Who ya gonna call" . 3 movies missing from the list
This should also have "get away from her you Bitch" and "Who ya gonna call" . 3 movies missing from the list
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1:48AM on 02/19/2016
#4 is my personal fav from this list. Man, JEH really nailed Rorschach.

A personal fav that didn't make the list, "You should've taken option A" - The Rock, The Rundown
#4 is my personal fav from this list. Man, JEH really nailed Rorschach.

A personal fav that didn't make the list, "You should've taken option A" - The Rock, The Rundown
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9:01AM on 02/19/2016
Yeah, easily one of my fav moments in the entire movie alone. JEH was amazing as Rorschach. I woulda put this as #1
Yeah, easily one of my fav moments in the entire movie alone. JEH was amazing as Rorschach. I woulda put this as #1
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1:31AM on 02/19/2016

Forget Bryan Mills?!?!?

How could you say that? He had only one of the most quotable lines in recent history, "I'll will find you and I will kill you!"
How could you say that? He had only one of the most quotable lines in recent history, "I'll will find you and I will kill you!"
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2:01PM on 02/19/2016
That was a monologue. Alex said those don't count.
That was a monologue. Alex said those don't count.

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