17 Movie Threats That Will Make You Squirm

Dangerous words from cinema's toughest characters

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From Clint Eastwood's immortal "Go ahead, make my day" to Liam Neeson's "I will find you...", blood-curdling threats have been at the heart of many Hollywood classics.

So easy to get wrong and cause laughter where there should be fear, a good movie threat needs that rare combination of barely concealed rage, potential violence and an imaginative use of language (oh, and a great actor helps too).

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Here, we've rounded up our favourites for your enjoyment. Just don't have your speakers on too loud – you might upset someone.


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1 | Ryan Gosling as The Driver, Drive (2011)

“How about this? Shut your mouth or I’ll kick your teeth down your throat and I’ll shut it for you.”

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2 | Daniel Day Lewis as Daniel Plainview,  There Will Be Blood (2007)

“One night I'm going to come to you inside of your house or wherever you’re sleeping and I’m going to cut your throat.” [From 2mins 50]

 

3 | Ralph Brown as Danny, Withnail & I (1987)

"If I medicined you, you’d think a brain tumour was a birthday present” [From 20 seconds]

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4 | Clint Eastwood as Harry Callahan – The Dead Pool (1988)

“Don’t fuck with me buddy or I’ll kick your ass so hard you’ll have to unbutton your collar to shit” [From 7 min 48]

 

5 | R. Lee Ermey as Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, Full Metal Jacket (1987)

"I’m going to give you three seconds – exactly three fucking seconds – to wipe that stupid-looking grin off your face or I will gouge out your eyeballs and skull fuck you.” [From 1 minute]

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6 | Dennis Farina,  Jimmy Serrano – Midnight Run (1988)

“You and that other dummy better start getting more personally involved with your work or I’m gonna stab you through the heart with a fucking pencil.” 

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7 | Al Pacino as Carlito Brigante (speaking to Benny Blanco from the Bronx), Carlito's Way (1993) 

“If I ever, if I ever see you here again, you die. [Clicks fingers] Just like that.”

 

8 | Samuel L. Jackson as Jules Vincent, Pulp Fiction (1994)

“Say ‘What?’ again. I dare you. I double dare you motherfucker.”

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9 | Daniel Day Lewis as Bill "The Butcher" Cutting, Gangs Of New York (2002)

“You see this knife? I’m going to teach you to speak English with this fucking knife!” [From 1 min 40]

 

10 | Dolph Lundgren as Ivan Drago – Rocky IV (1985)

“I must break you.” 

 

11 | Christopher Walken as The Man With The Plan, Things To Do In Denver When You're Dead (1995)

"Buckwheats."

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12 | John Turturro as Jesus Quintana, The Big Lebowski (1998) 

“Let me tell you something banderol, you pull any of your crazy shit with us, you flash a piece out on the lanes, I’ll take it away from you and stick it up your ass and pull the fucking trigger until it goes ‘click.’” [From 1 min 30] 

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13 | Paul Gleason as Richard Vernon, The Breakfast Club (1985)

“Don’t mess with the bull young man or you’ll get the horns” [From 2 min]

 

14 | Robert DeNiro as Al Capone, The Untouchables (1987)

“I want you to find this nancy boy Elliot Ness, I want him dead. I want his family dead. I want his house burnt to the ground. I wanna go there in the middle of the night and I wanna piss on his ashes.”

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15 | Sylvester Stallone as Rambo, Rambo: First Blood (1982)

“Don’t push it or I’ll give you a war you won’t believe.”


16 | Ben Kingsley as Don Logan, Sexy Beast (2000)

[Upon being asked to put out a cigarette so a plane can take off] "What's that Sancho? You want me to cut your hands off and use it as an ashtray? Yeah I'll put it out, provided you're prepared to let me stub it out on your eyeball. I'll put it out. Agreeable?"

 

17 | Paddy Considine as Richard, Dead Man's Shoes (2004)

“If I were you, I’d get in that fucking car and I’d get out of here mate… I’d gather them goonies and get whatever you’ve got comin’ mate, 'cause I’m going to fucking hit you all… I’m not threatening you mate. It’s beyond fucking words. I watched over you when you were asleep and I looked at your fucking neck and I was that far away from slicing it... You’re fucking there mate [opens palm and clenches fist]…So get in that car and fuck off.” [From 1 min]


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