The Mission: Impossible franchise is one of the greatest action movie series of all-time. What started out as a fun spy thriller has continued to grow over the years, delivering increasingly insane stunts and Cruise's most iconic role as Ethan Hunt. And while the set pieces tend to steal the show, the series has some great lines, most of them coming from Cruise.
Hunt is a man of pure dedication. With each film he finds himself in a no-win situation then proceeds to put himself through hell in order to save the day. He is not a talkative man but when he does speak he's blunt and to the point which makes for some pretty great quotes. Here are some of Cruise's most famous lines from the Mission: Impossible series.
10 I let you know where I'm going, I won't be on holiday.
We've gotten a few glimpses of what Ethan Hunt's life is like outside of his extremely dangerous job. As the film go on, it becomes clear that he's not a man who can really have a normal life and he needs to dedicate himself fully to saving the world.
However, the opening of Mission: Impossible II is a pretty believable depiction of what he does in his free-time. Rock climbing without a rope is not everyone's idea of a good time, but it makes sense for Hunt who considers this vacation.
9 Make It Count
Lindsey: "How many rounds do you got?"
In Mission: Impossible III, Hunt returns from retirement to go on a rescue mission to save his protégé. Despite being out of the game for a while, Hunt doesn't seem to miss a beat. As he and Lindsey (Keri Russell) make their escape, they run into some bad guys and get into a gunfight and Hunt proves that a single bullet is all he needs.
Unlike some other action heroes, Hunt doesn't get the tough guy lines too often in these films but this one is a killer.
8 We just rolled up a snowball and tossed it into hell. Now let's see what chance it has.
Hunt may be willing to put his own life on the line again and again in order to save the day, but he never willing to put an innocent life in jeopardy no matter the stakes. That is a theme we've seen from him several times but it becomes most personal in Mission: Impossible II.
After developing a relationship with Nya (Thandie Newton), Hunt is reluctant to include her in the latest dangerous mission. His assessment of the risk they are putting her in and his guilt over it reveals a lot about Hunt as a hero.
7 The Countdown Is Not Helping.
The ticking clock is a big part of the Mission: Impossible franchise. Most of Hunt and his team's missions come down to the last second. As the stakes get bigger, being on the clock can really put the pressure on.
Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol features what could be the series' most harrowing stunt as Hunt (and Cruise himself) scales the Burj Khalifa building in Dubai. As Hunt continues to nearly fall to his death, Brandt continues to remind him how much time they have. Probably not the thing Hunt wants to hear at that moment.
6 That's the wrong door!
Another of the most jaw-dropping stunts from his franchise was when Cruise hung on the outside of a military plane as it took off. The sight of seeing one of the biggest movie stars in the world dangling from a plane was an unforgettable sight.
As Hunt is hanging on for dear life, Benji (Simon Pegg) attempts to open the door for him. Unfortunately, it takes him a couple tries to get the right door. To Hunt's credit, he was patient given the circumstances.
5 Kittridge, you've never seen me very upset.
The first mission we see Hunt in back in the first Mission: Impossible left him in a very vulnerable situation. His entire team was seemingly wiped out, leaving him as the only one left. This led to Hunt being suspected as a mole. As IMF watchdog confronts Hunt about the awkward situation, we see him start to unravel.
Hunt isn't always great at keeping his emotions in check but when he is truly angry, that's usually when he is the most dangerous to his enemies. With this intense line, Hunt shows he's ready to go out fighting.
4 We'll burn that bridge when we get to it.
Despite how long he's been in this job and how many times he has succeeded, the insanity of the situation is never lost on Hunt. However, he does trust himself and his team enough to know that, even without a plan and against ridiculous odds, they still stand a chance.
In Mission: Impossible – Fallout, Walker points out a foreseeable problem but Hunt is taking it one disaster at a time. It's a funny line but it also perfectly encapsulates the series and Hunt's jumping from one impossible situation to another.
3 Light The Fuse
The burning fuse is an iconic image of Mission: Impossible going back to the original television series. The opening credits featured a burning fuse going across images from the show, foreshadowing the high-stakes of the missions.
While the fuse has been a part of the credits from the beginning, Ghost Protocol brilliantly worked the fuse into the cold open of the movie. Hunt gives the iconic command and he follow the burning fuse throughout the credits right up to the explosion.
2 Red light! Green light!
The Mission: Impossible franchise has always had a lot of fun with its gadgets. The subtle and hidden tech that looks like ordinary objects is then used by Hunt and the team in their missions. And one of the first and most memorable is the chewing gum that is actually a small explosive.
As Jack (Emilio Estevez) explains, the red and green parts of the gum get mashed together to arm the explosive. Hunt manages to keep the gum with him the entire movie and brings it out as the villain makes his escape, with an intense closing line saves the day again.
1 Mission Accomplished
Somehow, they avoided using this line for three whole movies until Hunt finally used it as his big line in Ghost Protocol. After a brutal and desperate fight with the madman villain, Hunt is severely injured. He crawls his way to the nuclear detonator, pausing long enough to deliver this line, then hits the button.
Yes, it's a bit corny, but you knew they had to do it eventually. After what Hunt had been through, this moment seemed fitting. And to make it more bearable, Luther (Ving Rhames) ridicules Hunt for using such a cheesy line.