April 15, 2014

The Sweet Sixteen “F**k Yeah!” Moments in Movies

You know that one moment in a movie where the hero does or says something so unbelievably cool or awesome that you punch the sky and shout “F**k yeah!”?

Either a climactic fight scene or one with humour; every decent action movie needs a moment that puts a shiver down the spine and makes you jump out of your seat.

I decided to put together a personal list of my favourite movie moments which just made me want to cheer; essentially the reason I love the genre so much.



16. “Yo Adrian!” from Rocky II (1979): It’s not technically an action movie but the end of Rocky II where he shouts “Yo Adrian, I did it!” makes me cheer and wipe away a few tears… of manliness. The underdog has overcome adversity and a true movie icon is born.


15. “Are you not entertained?” from Gladiator (2000)

Former General turned Gladiator Maximus singe-handedly takes on a group of armed men in an arena; determined to “give the crowd something they have never seen before” he stabs one of the men with two swords, then rips the swords out and decapitates him. He spits and asks the crowd “Are you not entertained?” Damn right we are!

14. Airplane Rescue from Superman Returns (2006)

Pretty much the only memorable scene from this movie but it’s certainly the highlight and as soon as THE music starts playing, I am in my happy place. It’s Superman doing what he does best: saving people in spectacular fashion. The best moment is once the plane has successfully been saved, Superman comes out and the crowd cheers with the theme tune triumphantly roaring in the background.


13. Arnold’s Battle Cry from Predator (1987)

This is one of my favourite moments; Dutch (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is tired of playing hide and seek with his alien nemesis The Predator, so he covers himself in mud, lights a big ass torch and gives the ultimate battle cry, essentially saying “Bring it, bitch and I will crush you like a cracker over soup!”


12. Neo Rescues Trinity from The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

The one thing I got from this scene is that it was high time we got a new Superman movie, which we soon did. Trinity is falling, close to death but seconds before she hits the ground, The One swoops in and saves the day.


11. Indy Shoots the Swordsman from Raiders of the Lost Ark (1983)

Harrison Ford was suffering from dysentery at the time of shooting the movie and it was meant to be this epic fight scene but instead he opted for “Shoot the F**ker” instead. It would end up being one of the best scenes of the series.



10. “I’m Batman” from Batman Begins (2005)

This movie remains my favourite of the Nolan Trilogy as strangely enough the main focus is on Bruce Wayne/Batman and not the villains. After an hour of character development and soul searching it’s time for Batsy to make his entrance… and it’s worth the wait. I also love Batman saying “THEN you have my permission to die!” from the end of The Dark Knight Rises.


9. Darth Vader’s Redemption from Star Wars: Return of the Jedi (1983)

This is actually my favourite scene of the entire series; The Emperor is electrocuting Luke Skywalker with Force Lightning and as he lies there writhing in agony, he tries to reach his hand out… “Father please…” No parent could say no. Goodbye Palpatine.


8. Watery Vengeance from Missing in Action (1984)

No list is complete without Chuck F**king Norris and this moment from Missing in Action is fist-pumpingly awesome. The Chuckster is back to rescue tome POW’s but some pesky Viet Cong have other plans; they think they’ve blown him out of the water… they’re dead wrong.

7. “Puny God” from The Avengers (2012)

Easily the best moment of the film (aside from maybe Hulk punching Thor, but watching the villain Loki just getting pimp slapped repeatedly by The Hulk is incredibly satisfying and hilarious. Everyone cheered in the cinema during this classic moment. How will they top it for Avengers 2?


6. “To the King!” from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

You might think this is an odd choice for this list but this scene makes me cheer every time; the visuals of Gandalf and Eomer at the top of hill and then charging towards the army of Orcs and crushing them is a perfect mixture of visuals and music.


5. “Wrong Bet!” from Lionheart (1991)

Jean-Claude Van Damme appears to be getting his ass kicked by Attila in the climactic fight scene of Lionheart; when his friend tells him he bet all the money on Atilla, Lyon looks up and snarls “Wrong Bet” and then proceeds to destroy Atilla.


4. “I told you I’d find you” from Taken (2008)

We all know THE speech Bryan Mills (Liam Neeson) gives in the movie as it has now entered the lexicon of pop culture; however for me, it’s after that when the movie becomes totally awesome. After several hours of searching, he finds the men involved in the kidnapping of his daughter. At first he messes with them asking how they say “sugar” in their language… then he gets Marko to read a note which says “Good Luck”. Mills then proceeds to destroy everyone in the building. Because they are human traffickers, there is no death violent enough for them but Mills gives it a damn good try. (Sadly this brief moment is the only clip I can find online).


3. “Next time, I’ll deflate all your balls… friend!” from The Expendables (2010)

Jason Statham proves what a complete badass he is by beating up and entire basketball team of brainless jocks. It’s one of the most satisfying scenes of the series thus far as anyone who hurts women thoroughly deserves a good ass kicking… which Statham quickly provides.


2. “I’m gonna show you God does exist!” from Con Air (1997)

I don’t care what anyone says, I love this movie and every time I watch this scene, I get a shiver down my spine. Cameron Poe marches up the aisle of the plane beating the crap out of various criminal scum to retake control of the hijacked aircraft. I mean, he’s so badass that he gets shot in the arm and doesn’t even flinch. “You’re gonna shoot me in the arm? Well I’m gonna punch you IN THE FACE!”


1. “Murdock… I’m coming to get YOU!” from Rambo: First Blood Part II (1985)

This scene alone is the reason Rambo 2 is my favourite of the series; I love action hero moments like this where our hero John has been captured and tortured by the enemy and can’t stands no more. He decides it’s time for America to kick some ass. Cue Jerry Goldsmith’s epic score and Stallone becoming the greatest one man army of all time.

Damn, that’s it already? Well, those are my personal favourite moments; what are yours?

About the Author

Eoin Friel
Eoin Friel
I grew up watching JCVD, Sly and Arnold destroy bad guys, blow things up and spew one-liners like it's a fashion statement. Action is everything I go to the movies for and the reason I came up with this site is to share my love for the genre with everyone.

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