* ''YMMV/MagnumForce''
* ''YMMV/TheEnforcer''
* ''YMMV/SuddenImpact''
* ''YMMV/TheDeadPool''

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* AlternativeCharacterInterpretation: Many viewers agree with Harry's tough, aggressive methods, whereas others seem to find fascist undertones in the film.
* SugarWiki/AwesomeMoments: When Harry finally kills Scorpio, ending his rampage. Audiences leapt to their feet and ''cheered''.
* CompleteMonster: [[FaceOfAnAngelMindOfADemon Charles Davis]], better known as [[SerialKiller The Scorpio Killer]], is a [[AxCrazy psychotic madman]] who kills for money, but mainly [[ForTheEvulz for his own amusement]]. After sniping a swimming woman, he demands $100,000 in payment or he will continue his killing spree. After he is foiled in another killing attempt, he [[WouldHurtAChild murders a young boy]] and then makes an attempt to kill a priest, [[CopKiller killing a police officer in the process]]. He then kidnaps a 14-year-old girl and buries her alive, demanding a ransom in exchange for her life. When [[TheHero Harry Callahan]] arrives with the money, Scorpio strikes him down and reveals [[ILied that he was going to let the girl die anyways]]. The police find the girl, but are unable to save her life. Scorpio's final gambit is to hold a school bus full of children hostage, planning to kill them all. Upon being foiled by Callahan, Scorpio threatens to shoot a young boy fishing. He finally attempts to shoot Callahan before being shot dead. [[DirtyCoward Cowardly]] and {{sadist}}ic, Scorpio provides a contrast with [[CowboyCop loose cannon cop]] Harry Callahan, who, despite his methods, ultimately aimed to give criminals apt punishments when the bureaucratic justice system wouldn't.
* FirstInstallmentWins: The first film is easily the one that has retained the greatest stature in pop culture, to the point that some people forget that "Go ahead, make my day" [[BeamMeUpScotty didn't originate from it]].
* MoralEventHorizon: Scorpio crosses the line when he gleefully shoots children.
* MostWonderfulSound: Harry's gun firing. So much that it was used in ''Film/TheTerminator'' (Orion Pictures version), ''Film/DeathWish3'' (Paul Kersey's .475 Wildey Magnum), ''Series/YoungIndianaJones'', ''VideoGame/LethalEnforcers'' (the player's default gun), ''VideoGame/DonPachi'' (when the game tallies up the player's bomb stock), ''VideoGame/ResidentEvil1'' (Barry Burton's gun in the FMV intro), and ''VideoGame/ProjectXZone'' (Mii Koryuji's Dragon Jewel rifle in the opening).
* {{Narm}}: The Dirty Harry franchise has had its unintentionally funny moments:
** The torture scene described as "downright horrific" on the main page can just as easily be seen as a tad silly due to Scorpio's [[EvilIsHammy hysterical, overdone blubbering]]. Also, his [[http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ONZrE-BjFVI scream when stabbed]] is ''hilarious''.
** The mayor's assurance that Scorpio will not be "molested" in any way (likely an example of HaveAGayOldTime).
* {{Sequelitis}}: General consensus seems to be that each film is successively weaker than the last, although there are some who argue that ''Sudden Impact'' is better than ''The Enforcer'' was.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: The most powerful handgun in the world. In fairness, the claim is only made in the initial movie, but an upgrade is made to the .44 [=AutoMag=] in ''Sudden Impact''. Given that handguns have gone up to impractical calibres even for action movies, he goes back to his famous S&W revolver for ''The Dead Pool''.
* WhatDoYouMeanItsNotPolitical: Despite Siegel and Eastwood disavowing any political intent, ''Dirty Harry'' was ''extremely'' controversial when released. Critics (notably Pauline Kael) attacked it as a "fascist" endorsement of police brutality, the [=ACLU=] and other liberal organizations picketed its premiere, and the press savaged it both for its alleged politics and graphic violence. However, this backlash redounded to its benefit, as conservative viewers (including police organizations and UsefulNotes/RichardNixon, who invited Eastwood to the White House after seeing it) ''loved'' the movie for the same reasons liberals hated it.