Everyone likes a good comeback.
It’s like the verbal equivalent of a vigorous slap in the face.
So we went ahead and rounded up 11 good comeback lines from film for your next verbal duel.
Use these whenever the situation merits it. Just… proceed with caution.
The Avengers (2012)
The opener: Captain America: “Big man in a suit of armor. Take that off, what are you?”
The comeback: Tony Stark: “Genius, billionaire, playboy philanthropist.”
The extras: This line’s all about the delivery. And the elaborate facial hair.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
The opener: Scarlett O’Hara: “Where shall I go, what shall I do?”
The comeback: Rhett Butler: “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
The extras: A good suit, a nice mustache and a fog machine.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
The opener: Will Hunting: “Do you like apples?”
The comeback: Will Hunting (again): “Well I got her number. How do you like them apples?”
The extras: Matt Damon’s late ‘90s haircut.
A Few Good Men (1992)
The opener: Lt. Daniel: “I want the truth!”
The comeback: Col. Nathan: “You can’t handle the truth!”
The extras: Best said with a neatly-pressed uniform and a furrowed brow.
Mean Girls (2004)
The opener: Student: “Nice wig, Janis, what’s it made of?”
The comeback: Janis: “Your mom’s chest hair.”
The extras: High school bullies, your mom jokes.
Happy Gilmore (1996)
The line: Shooter McGavin: “I eat pieces of shit like you for breakfast.”
The comeback: Happy Gilmore: “You eat pieces of shit for breakfast?”
The extras: Nice sweater, Shooter. Maybe his shoulders are cold.
As Good As It Gets (1997)
The opener: Secretary: “I just want to know. How do you write women so well?”
The comeback: Melvin:”I start with a man. Then I take away reason and accountability.”
The extras: Jack’s oversized shirt complements the sexism nicely.
The opener: Hudson: “Hey Vasquez, have you ever been mistaken for a man?”
The comeback: Vasquez: “No, have you?”
The extras: A good tank top and some muscles.
The Untouchables (1987)
The opener: Frank Nitti: “Your friend died screaming like a stuck Irish pig.”
The comeback: Elliot Ness: (After throwing Nitti from building) – “Did he sound anything like that?”
The extras: Three-piece suits, slicked back hair and the perils of gravity.
Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
The opener: Snooty waiter: “Thank you for being so understanding.”
The comeback: Ferris Bueller, aka Abe Froman: “It’s ok, it’s understanding that makes it possible for people like us tolerate a person like yourself.”
The extras: Bueller’s leather jacket and devil-may-care nonchalance. And here’s the clip leading up to Abe Froman getting his reservation.
Casino Royale (2006)
The opener: Vesper Lynd: “Am I going to have a problem with you, Mr. Bond?”
The comeback: James Bond: “No, don’t worry, you’re not my type.”
Vesper Lynd: “Smart?”
James Bond: “Single.”
The extras: Best delivered in a Tom Ford suit and in the back of a Rolls Royce.