168 voters

The Best 'Dirty Harry' Quotes

Updated August 5, 2020 610 votes 168 voters 27.0k views21 items

Dirty Harry quotes are certainly quotable for movie fans. These are some of the best quotes from the thriller as determined by you and your votes. In this film, the first in the Dirty Harry franchise, San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan is tasked with finding "the Scorpio Killer" before more lives are lost. Released in theaters on December 23, 1971, the tagline for Dirty Harry was the oft-quoted "Do you feel lucky, punk?"

What are the best Dirty Harry quotes? Do you like Harry Callahan's line, "Now you know why they call me Dirty Harry: every dirty job that comes along"? Or do you like some of the lesser known lines from the film? Let it be known. Vote for your top Dirty Harry quotes and watch them rise to the top of the list.

  • Video: YouTube
    [After shooting several of the bank-robbers and stopping their getaway car by shooting the driver, Inspector Callahan approaches the front steps of the bank. The bank robber that Callahan shot first, wounding him and forcing him to drop his shotgun, now makes an effort to retrieve it. He pauses as he sees Callahan approach, aiming his revolver.]
    Callahan: I know what you're thinking: "Did he fire six shots or only five?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I've kinda lost track myself. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?
    [The thief gives up trying to retrieve his shotgun; Callahan picks it up and starts to walk away.]
    Thief: Hey! [Callahan turns around] I gots to know!
    [Callahan aims his revolver and pulls the trigger, but the gun just clicks on an empty chamber, and he grins, laughs, and walks away.]
    Thief: Son of a bitch!
  • Video: YouTube

    Mayor: All right, let's have it.
    Insp. Harry Callahan: Have what?
    Mayor: Your report. What have you been doing?
    Insp. Harry Callahan: Oh, well for the past three quarters of an hour, I have been sitting on my ass in your outer office, waiting on you.
    Lt. Al Bressler: Dammit all, Harry, that's the Mayor you're talking to! ...
    Mayor: Won't you sit down Inspector Callahan? ... There's a madman loose, I've asked you what's being done, fair enough?
    Insp. Harry Callahan: We've got a dozen men checking identification files, checking on all known extortionists, roof top prowlers, rifle nuts, peepers..
    Lt. Al Bressler: Mr. Mayor — we've arranged for rooftop surveillance and helicopter patrols especially around the Catholic churches and schools and in the Black areas.
    Insp. Harry Callahan: Ballistics is checking on the slug. We're pretty sure it's a .30-06, seven lands and grooves, right-hand twist ...
    Lt. Al Bressler: Sir — we're running a computer check on everybody in the files whose birthday falls between October 23rd and November 21st.
    Mayor: Why?
    Insp. Harry Callahan: Natives of Scorpio.
    Mayor: Thank you Inspector. Have any of you mentioned this note to anyone? How about you? (looking at Callahan)
    Insp. Harry Callahan: Nobody.
    Mayor: Your wife, sweetheart, ... press?
    Insp. Harry Callahan: Nobody.
    Mayor: All right. Give the message to the Chronicle. We'll agree to pay, but we'll tell him we need time to get the money together.
    Insp. Harry Callahan: Wait a minute. Do I get this right? You're gonna play this creep's game?
    Mayor: It'll get us more breathing space.
    Insp. Harry Callahan: It also might get somebody killed. Why don't you let me meet with the son-of-a-bitch?
    Chief: No, none of that. You'd end up with a real blood-bath.
    Mayor: I agree with the Chief. We'll do it this way, all right?
    Lt. Al Bressler: Thank you Mr. Mayor. Come on Callahan, let's go.
    Mayor: (calls out) Callahan.
    Insp. Harry Callahan: Sir?
    Mayor: I don't want any more trouble like you had last year in the Fillmore District. Understand? That's my policy.
    Insp. Harry Callahan: Yeah, well, when an adult male is chasing a female with intent to commit rape, I shoot the bastard; that's my policy.
    Mayor: Intent? How did you establish that?
    Insp. Harry Callahan: When a naked man is chasing a woman through an alley with a butcher knife and a hard-on, I figure he isn't out collecting for the Red Cross.
    Mayor: [after Callahan has left] I think he's got a point.

  • Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY
    Doctor: Sure, Harry. We can save the leg. [takes out some scissors]
    Callahan: What are you going to do with those?
    Doctor: Going to cut your pants off.
    Callahan: No. I'll take them off.
    Doctor: It'll hurt.
    Callahan: For $29.50, let it hurt. You can turn your back if you're embarrassed ...
  • Video: YouTube
    Gonzales: Why do they call ya "Dirty Harry"?
    De Georgio: That's one thing about our Harry, he doesn't play any favorites. Harry hates everybody. Limeys, Micks, Hebs, Niggers, Honkies, Fat Daigoes, Chinks, you name it.
    Gonzales: How does he feel about Mexicans?
    De Georgio: Ask him.
    Callahan:(says with a wink) Especially Spics.