7 Of The Most Cringeworthy One-Liners In Action Movie History

When you try to compile a list of the worst dialogue in action movies, you’re left asking the question: where does it end? Answer - it doesn’t. Prepare to groan, people.
Air Force One
“Get off my plane!”

As action heroes go, Harrison Ford is a dead set Hollywood legend. But even we can’t buy the President of the United States duking it out with the head Russian hijacker (played by Gary Oldman) who has somehow, unbelievably, managed to sneak onto Air Force One. Or that POTUS manages to boot him OFF the plane in mid-air, and singlehandedly. There’s something very wrong with this picture.



Batman and Robin
“Alright everybody. Chill!”

Mr. Freeze is played to perfection by Arnold Schwarzenegger, who’s made a career out of delivering cheesy one-liners. In the same movie, the character also delivered, “Ice to meet you” plus a heap of other random, ice-inspired quips that don’t even make sense. Did they EMPLOY screenwriters on this film? Did they do a catchphrase brainstorm and just decide to use everything? The mind boggles.



Independence Day
“Welcome to Earth!”

It’s just one of many eye-rolling one-liners Will Smith is forced to utter in this trashy disaster travesty, but perhaps one of the more memorable because he says it after punching an alien in the head. And worse, follows it up with, “Now that’s what I call a close encounter.” Ever heard of quitting while you’re ahead, Will…?



Hard to Kill
“I'm gonna take you to the bank Senator Trent... to the blood bank.”

Steven Seagal’s movies generally rate high on the groan-o-meter, but this one’s a particular shocker. Basically because it’s said by a character called Mason Storm, who’d probably be more at place in a Bold and the Beautiful episode.



X Men
“You know what happens when a toad gets struck by lightning? The same thing that happens to everything else.''

This winner of this super-lame one-liner is Storm (Halle Berry), before she electrocutes the bad guy mutant, Toad. Maybe it’s in the delivery. Maybe Halle could’ve rescued it with a snarkier tone… but as is, we can’t watch it without wincing.



Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones
“I don't like sand. It's coarse, rough and irritating, and it gets everywhere. But not like you. You're everything soft...and smooth."

Anakin’s attempt to sweet talk Padme while talking about his dislike for sand, then inserting a random segue way to compliment her lovely skin, is beyond weird. And they say romance is dead.



Top Gun

“You are still dangerous… but you can be my wingman anytime.”


The finale love-in with sworn enemies Iceman and Maverick features some super corny banter to begin with, but the manly fist hug just pushes it over the edge. We love a bromance as much as the next person, but if Goose were around we’re guessing he’d consider this all shades of wrong too…

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