What are the best 80s Hollywood action movies one-liners?

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When it comes to the most bankable film genres of all time, action movies are always a topnotch choice. At this point, we would like to acknowledge the impact of the James Bond film series for what it has brought to the table. Ian Fleming must have been a proud writer, for his work has become a solid foundation of action films in the 1960s and 1970s. Since then, we have associated action films with men who are in tailored-fit tuxedos emblazoned with a black bow tie and a pair of black shades, with a gun tucked somewhere, loaded with one-liners that could immediately take down a villain. Of course, in our minds, we hear explosions and screeching of car tires as they chase each other. Yet, the genre was not a staple in Hollywood until the 1980s.

Enter Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sylvester Stallone; The two action stars who came into vogue and put the action genre on the map. As they were making a hallmark, they also managed to engrave their killer lines in the hearts of fans. And since we are all here for the best Hollywood action film one-liners in the 80s, we made sure to showcase not just their roles but their fascinating lines. One flick that made it to the cut is Schwarzenegger's 1987 role as Ben Richards in The Running Man. Since strangling someone with just bare hands is so mainstream, why not strangle him with barbed wire and play his line in your head, "What a pain in the neck." A whole lot of sarcastic one-liners await you below, so waste no time, go over the list, and read till the end!

  1. 1“What a pain in the neck.”


    As he slowly ascended to the top of the bodybuilding world, little did Arnold Schwarzenegger know that he was also on his way to stardom as a critically-acclaimed action star. His portrayal of Ben Richards in the 1987 Stephen King-inspired movie The Running Man secured a spot on the list of the best one-liners in action films. Careful, he might strangle you!

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  1. 2“You’re a disease… And I’m the cure.”


    The best movie one-liners do not need to be so complicated. Sometimes, it just needs to have a perfect personification. The trophy goes to Lieutenant Marion "Cobra" Cobretti played by Sylvester Stallone in the 1986 action film Cobra. Under the direction of George P. Cosmastos, the film depicts an amalgamation of a hero and an anti-hero in the character of Cobretti. He doesn't possess conventional heroic qualities. In fact, he hates disciplines. As the movie's tagline says, "Crime is a disease. Meet the cure."

  2. 3“I don’t step on toes… I step on necks.”


    Who doesn't love Chuck Norris? We all do! As he made a comeback in Braddock: Missing in Action III in 1988 as Colonel Jim Braddock, he made sure to say the rights words and solidify them as one of the best movie one-liners in the 80s! In terms of physical qualities, Mr. Norris and Sylvester Stallone resemble great physique. It's just that, Norris is more expressive, so much so that he helped in writing the script of the action film.

  1. 4“They’ve been de-kaffir-nated!”


    To show some courtesy to the American actor slash film director slash political activist, Daniel Lebern Glover, we included this iconic line of his character Sergeant Roger Murtaugh from the 1989 action-thriller Lethal Weapon 2. With so much pun and audacity, Murtaugh mentioned the word 'kaffir', which is an insulting term for a black African. It was Murtaugh's answer to Martin Rigs' question, "...The bad guys? Are they all gone?" 

  2. 5“How do you like ya ribs?”


    Years ago, before he landed in The Mandalorian, Carl Weathers has always been a legend in the parlance of action films. He entered the limelight when he finally got to star in the 1988 action flick Action Jackson as Sergeant Jericho. His angst, coupled with his physique, allowed Weathers to weather through the odds of becoming an iconic one-liner. By the way, his partner, Vanity (played by Sydney Ash) was such an eye-candy!


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