20 Badass Quotes from Cinema’s Tough Guys

No one could have predicted that decorated Irish actor Liam Neeson, star of the Oscar-winning Schindler’s List, would find life as an action hero playing former CIA operative Bryan Mills in the Taken film series. Part three hit theaters this weekend, boasting Neeson’s “particular set of skills.” Neeson’s killer speech from the original film, uttered in his chilling authoritarian tone, remains perhaps the best part of the Taken franchise. A bad-talking line from a movie tough guy always wins the day — and cinema is full of them. Here are some of our favorite fearsome quotes from film bruisers we wouldn’t want to mess with.


Liam Neeson, Taken

“I don’t know who you are. I don’t know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you I don’t have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you. If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.”

John Wayne, The Green Berets

“Out here, due process is a bullet.”

Roddy Piper, They Live

“I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass . . . and I’m all out of bubblegum.”

Humphrey Bogart, The Maltese Falcon

“People lose teeth talking like that. If you want to hang around, you’ll be polite.”

Clint Eastwood, Dirty Harry

“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 kinda lost track myself. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve gotta ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well? Do ya, punk?”