Face it, you can’t recite badass movie lines in real life and pull it off just like the characters onscreen. First of all, you’re not in a movie and second, the actor delivered the line better than you ever will. However, you can utilize some cool cinematic lines in effective ways within the right context. Here are five badass lines from movies that you can use to great effect when the timing is right (you’re welcome).
1. “You’ve got to ask yourself a question: ‘do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?” Dirty Harry
You probably read that in Clint Eastwood’s voice. The image of Eastwood as Dirty Harry casually walking toward the criminal with a swagger in his step, and a .44 Magnum in his grip just oozes cool. For Dirty Harry, it’s just another day on the job, as he delivers this line in a calm demeanor. It feels like this is the reason “And not a f*ck was given that day” was created.
Real Life: When someone is picking up their order of whatever new concoction Taco Bell came up with for stoners, deliver this line while holding a bottle of Pepto Bismol. Additionally, this would be more effective if you have shades on and leave right after saying the line without ordering anything.
2. “You Tell ‘em I’m coming. And Hell’s coming with me, ya hear? Hell’s coming with me!” Tombstone
Kurt Russell as Wyatt Earp just works, and we miss the days where he used to play these tough-as-nails characters. Russell’s chewing up the scenery quite nicely in this Tombstone scene, toting his shot gun, and delivering this classic threat. Subtle threats are quite scary, but direct threats are just as effective.
Real Life: When your friends keep asking you to go out for drinks, but you just want to stay home and binge a TV show. However, you pick up the phone, actually call your buddy, and spit out this line, ready for a night of chaos. Then, hang up the phone immediately after the line delivery for emphasis.
3. “You should move to a small town, somewhere the rule of law still exists. You will not survive here. You are not a wolf, and this is a land of wolves now.” Sicario
Benicio Del Toro’s portrayal of Alejandro in Sicario was overlooked by the Academy, but not by fans and critics. Del Toro’s Alejandro has ice in his veins, as he gives the ultimate reality check. With just a glare, Alejandro effortlessly gives off a “hell to you is home to me” vibe. Bravo to Del Toro as Alejandro.
Real Life: Whisper this line into the ear of the next intern or new hire at your job after they’ve made the slightest of mistakes. Afterwards, smile, shake their hand, and walk away.
4. “Yippee-ki-yay, motherf*cker.” Die Hard
In the last couple of Die Hard films, John McClane has grown to become seemingly invincible. Fact: he surfs an F-35 Jet in Live Free or Die Hard (you read that correctly). This line meant more when he was just a cop that was in the wrong place at the wrong time. In the original, there’s a very high sense of danger for our beloved hero because he’s vulnerable. McClane saying this line knowing that he might catch machine gun bullets to the face at any time makes it a classic.
Real Life: Any time. Any time at all. For example, your birthday, Christmas, Thanksgiving, right before you flush the toilet, after you order the biggest steak on the menu…anytime, anywhere. Furthermore, you can use the line while riding a horse.
5. “None of you understand. I’m not locked up in here with you. You’re locked up in here with me!” Watchmen
Zack Snyder actually did a solid job with Watchmen, and it’s far better than his other comic book movie efforts. Jackie Earle Haley gives arguably the best performance in the film. He also delivers one of the best lines in comic book movie history. Haley as Rorschach is one of the best casting decisions for a superhero ever, and this line defines the rage-filled mind of this badass character perfectly.
Real Life Use: When you occupy the middle stall in the restroom, and two strangers take the stalls to your left and right. Deliver this line and unleash the demons!