4. “Do you feel lucky, punk?”
Courtesy of: Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) in Dirty Harry (1971)
No matter the year, Clint Eastwood could read bland instructions right out of a humorless cookbook and it’d still sound exceptionally hard-body. And, back in his 1970s tough guy prime, the manliest Academy Award darling of all time made his one-liners count.
In the gritty, violent cop flick Dirty Harry, Eastwood, as the iconic lawman Harry Callahan, delivered arguably the most simultaneously intimidating and insulting line of dialogue in cinema history. To a criminal who’s on the ground, after Eastwood’s six-round gun has eliminated other bad guys, the titular badass taunts the deviant by saying he’s not sure if he’s fired all six bullets or only five.
With the barrel pointed directly at the poor bastard, Eastwood says, “You have to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?” And what happens when he pulls the trigger? Nothing. Yes, it’s the original, and ultimate, vision of someone getting punked.