9. “Go ahead, make my day.”
Courtesy of: Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) in Sudden Impact (1983)
After the classic “Do you feel lucky, punk?” line from 1971’s Dirty Harry, it was only right that Clint Eastwood drop at least one quotable in the 1983 sequel, Sudden Impact. Reprising his role as copper Harry Callahan, the much older-looking, but still imposing, Eastwood steps into a diner for some coffee, exits, back in to complain about the excessive amount of sugar in his cup-o’-Joe, and stumbles upon some stick-up kids holding up the joint.
Naturally, Dirty Harry informs the dirtbags that “we” aren’t going to let them out of the place—“we” meaning Harry, Smith, and Wesson. Then, he unloads shells into all but one crook, who grabs a female hostage and gunpoint. Harry, though, ever the scene-stealers, taunts the scoundrel with the simple yet effective, “Go ahead, make my day.” Wisely, dude opts to make the days of Harry’s backup, arresting officers.