Ours is who we chose.”. Green Goblin, 111 Spider-Man. There’s only one thing that counts. This starts a very good relationship. – Casablanca. 1942. Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer” – Michael Corleone. “From eternity” – “Toy Story” 1995. We all have the opportunity to live, even the most precious ones. I’m huge! The pictures are tiny. Sunset Boulevard 1950.
Leslie Nielsen’s line, “It’s the same old story,” comes to mind when thinking of The Naked Gun.
On New Year’s Day, a devastating blimp accident kills a girl over the Orange Bowl after a boy finds her, loses her, then finds her again. that kind of thing.
We made the decision to compile this extensive list of the top 50 movie quotes in history to pay tribute to those transcendent lines of speech (and to divert ourselves from everything else currently happening in the world).
Our primary guideline for choosing contestants was to keep everything to one line of discourse.
Suppose the context of whatever was said back and forth by several persons was necessary for a statement to convey its brilliance adequately. In that case, This collection of famous movie quotes is suitable for all film fans, irrespective of genre.
50. “You will ride eternal, shiny, and chrome.”
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015)
With the addition of vicious Imperators and pale “Warboys” to his diesel-soaked post-apocalyptic narrative, George Miller skillfully established an entire world inside the first 30 minutes of his epic Mad Max: Fury Road, complete with its social construct and mythology.
Immortan Joe, a cruel dictator, created a religion to control his people by assuring them that they will continue to “ride gleaming and chrome” in the Viking paradise of Valhalla when they pass away.
Before sending young Nux (Nicholas Hoult) on a suicide mission, he says something to him. It represents the YOLO of the bloody, arid future.
Additionally, it is the last thing your lizard brain tells something before you run a red light.
49. “I don’t like sand. It’s all coarse and rough, and irritating. And it gets everywhere.”
Star Wars: Episode II – Attack of the Clones (2002)
Unfortunately, none of Hayden Christensen’s strange lines in Clone Wars or its sequel, Vengeance of the Sith, were memorable or made him an instant legend.
Perhaps the best example of unintentionally funny acting in the entire Star Wars trilogy is when Darth Vader delivers his typical dopey monologue to his lover, Padmé Amidala.
Since Anakin was raised as a slave on a planet with a desert, it makes sense that the feeling of the sand would bring back unpleasant memories. But come on man, can’t you devise a less spooky way to put it?
48. “I am the motherfucker that found this place, sir.”
Zero Dark Thirty (2012)
Zero Dark Thirty, the contentious drama about the decade’s search for Osama bin Laden, is unquestionably not a “funny” film, nor is Jessica Chastain, particularly a “funny” actor.
She portrays CIA intelligence analyst Maya, a no-nonsense character who is obsessive about her work and won’t back down when confronted by James Gandolfini’s stern CIA Director.
She has spent years hoisting this rock up a hill. The phrase “motherfucker” has a dismal, matter-of-fact quality to it that reflects the movie’s emphasis on Maya’s obstinate, unethical aim.
Mark Boal and Kathryn Bigelow’s tactics-focused war movies from the 2000s, Zero Dark Thirty and The Hurt Locker, are replete with useful nuggets of military lingo.
They don’t have quotable lines because they like to focus on instilling fear, but the “motherfucker” statement manages to defuse the situation and inject a much-needed dose of humor.
47. “Kiss me, my girl, before I am sick.”
Phantom Thread (2017)
Phantom Thread makes someone poisoning her spouse seem “lovely,” which is unusual. Reynolds Woodcock, played by Daniel Day-Lewis, is thorough and brutally honest in Paul Thomas Anderson’s follow-up to the hazy, muttering, postmodern mystery Inherent Vice.
The narrative simplicity of a couple falling in love is also emphasized.
The waitress he’s turned into his muse, Alma, is completely unwilling to sacrifice her own forthrightness and personal autonomy (The tea is going out, and the disruptions are staying right here along with me!).
Woodcock, a clothing designer with monomaniacal and controlling propensities, spends the entire number of iterations verbally attacking those who fail him.
46. “The wrong kid died.”
Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007)
For a moment, it nearly appeared like Adam McKay and Judd Apatow’s numerous man-babies would define the period of comedies, and Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story would be nothing more than a footnote.
Thankfully, this satire of dull music biopics has fared well over the years, especially when Hollywood continues to produce monotonous music biopics.
When a new film falls victim to the same clichés that Walk Hard lampooned, it is a point of comparison because it is now recognized as the masterpiece it is. Bohemian Rhapsody, ahem.
One of those cliches is the uncaring dad who won’t accept that his son is a gifted artist.
In an oral history of the movie, Apatow noted, “We started noting that most of the protagonists had the condemning parents.”
45. “Not the bees!”
The Wicker Man (2006)
Since Marlon Brando, Nic Cage is “the only actor who’s genuinely done something new with both the art of acting.”
He’s correct. Wicker Man, the mid-aughts adaptation of the 1973 British horror classic, is a prime example of Cage’s style of grabbing a part by the scruff of its neck and beating it into submission.
It’s a performance by Cage that is distinctly insane; while some could criticize it for being lousy acting, we prefer to acknowledge its insane gonzo genius.
The moment where the neo-pagans eventually exact their revenge is among Cage’s best works in a movie where he runs around screaming at kids and hitting and kicking women. Cage channels his genius into a guttural scream, “Not the bees!”
44. “I’m glad he’s single because I’m going to climb that like a tree.”
We will concentrate on Melissa McCarthy’s hilarious performance as Dougie’s (Tim Heidecker) doofus-with-a-heart-of-gold sister, Megan, unleashed her upon the world. We learn a lot about Megan in the first scene we see her in.
She blabs on Kristen Wiig’s Annie regarding obtaining pins in her leg after collapsing off a cruise ship.
She confuses Hugh Dane, who is incredibly tall and wearing a newsboy cap, for Annie’s “fella” because that’s when we see this gem of unrestrained libido.
43. “Are you watching closely?”
The Prestige (2006)
The entire purpose of magic tricks is to fool people. It is why they are called TRICKS, which makes Christopher Nolan’s The Prestige’s twisty-turny storytelling so captivating, even when you already know what occurs.
Making the audience believe the trick is occurring here while simply making something happen is a key magic component.
Alfred Borden (Christian Bale), one of the competing magicians vying for dominance in the film, uses a catchphrase to divert the audience’s attention: “Are you looking closely?”
The trick succeeds because you’re not paying attention to what he’s doing with his other hand while monitoring the ball in one hand.
42. “Dear 8-pound, 6-ounce newborn infant Jesus…”
Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby (2006)
Will Ferrell’s Ricky Bobby delivers a long family prayer over a meal of Domino’s, KFC, and “the always excellent” Taco Bell in Adam McKay and Will Ferrell’s quotable comedy Talladega Nights.
This particular scene has been mined the most in pop culture.
The topic of how people picture Jesus when they pray to him comes up at the dinner table after the man expresses gratitude for his wife’s 94/100 ass, his two sons Walker and Texas Ranger, his closest buddy Cal (John C. Reilly)—*fistbump* “shake and bake”—and his girlfriend’s father with an oozing open leg wound.
41. “Man, fuck Jesse Jackson!”
All the hoopla about the barbershop franchise. The series lasted more than ten years and gave rise to two sequels, a spinoff featuring Queen Latifah, and a short-lived Primetime comedy, followed the hectic activities and constant chitchat inside a Chicago hair salon run by Ice Cube’s Calvin Palmer Jr.
However, Eddie from Cedric the Entertainer, a gray-haired, spectacles barber with thoughts on everything, frequently took the stage instead of Calvin.
Eddie managed to generate tabloid headlines, sternly worded letters to the studio, and sometimes even threats of a boycott from Reverend Al Sharpton with his provocative remarks in the film, which included statements like “Fuck Jesse Jackson,” “O.J. did it,” and “Rosa Parks ain’t do nothing much and yet sit her black ass down.” This was in the pre-social media era.
40. “Would it be all right if I showed the children the whoring bed?”
Nymphomaniac Part I (2014)
While the two-part sexual addiction epic Nymphomaniac and the Danish bad-boy filmmaker Lars von Trier are not for everyone, for fans of his t-t-tWiStEd cinema, Nymphomaniac Part I features the best, strangest, and most frightening line reading of all his works.
It happens when Mrs. H (Uma Thurman, godmother) makes the decision to bring her family to meet her adulterous husband and the young girl (played by Stacy Martin here) with whom he’s sleeping.
Mrs. H toured her apartment and commented on all of her stuff.
39. “I was perfect.”
Black Swan (2010)
Few could have guessed that Darren Aronofsky’s psychological ballet thriller, which cost $13 million, would do so well at the movie office, but boy did it ever, earning $329 million.
Natalie Portman, in particular, gives a crazy, obsessive performance as Nina, a dancer losing her grip on reality as she strives to embody the Black and White Swan in Swan Lake, which accounts for much of the film’s appeal (as well as the much-hyped sex scene).
There is no better way to finish a picture about the dangers of perfectionism than with Portman’s Nina bleeding and looking into the camera.
Aronofsky’s movies frequently display his eye for a stunning last shot (The Wrestler or Requiem for a Dream, for example).
38. “That’s a bingo.”
Inglourious Basterds (2009)
During Quentin Tarantino’s Inglourious Basterds, Christoph Waltz gets to display his weasely, morally bankrupt appeal as Colonel Hans Landa, an SS officer serving in Nazi-occupied France.
But he hits this gem just when the Allies can win World War II.
For most of his screen time, Waltz delivers zingers in three languages, but this one phrase sums up how hollow his spirit is: He has no conscience and is intelligent.
The consistently happy colonel tries his hand at an American idiom when he makes his offer to B.J. Novak’s Smithson Utivich and Brad Pitt’s Aldo Raine.
37. “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!”
– President Merkin Muffley ( Peter Sellers )
Strangelove, Dr. (1964) This quote from Stanley Kubrick’s satirical portrayal of the Cold War between the United States and the Soviet Union is a superb illustration of the ludicrous irony in his work.
Every time you watch a fantastic movie, you discover something new. I learned what George C. Scott does with his face after seeing “Dr. Strangelove” by Stanley Kubrick for what feels like the tenth time.
Even though his performance is the wittiest in the film—better even than Peter Sellers’ inspired triple performance or Sterling Hayden’s portrayal of the nutjob general—this time, I remember myself paying close attention to his tics and twitches, winces, and brow arches, sardonic grins, and gum-chewing.
36. “Are you not entertained?”
Gladiator Maximus Decimus Meridius (Russell Crowe), a Spanish soldier who was sold into slavery after the terrible Commodus betrayed his family and his emperor, throws a blade into the stands after mockingly dispatching a group of bulky warriors with a few swings of his sword.
When the crowd starts to yell at the first sign of actual danger, he yells, “Are you not entertained?” into the crowd.
Is this not the reason you’re here? His blatant disregard for authority and prowess in the ring make him a favorite of the populace, eventually bringing him to Rome and the prospect of retaliation.
They all yell, “Spaniard” as he spits on the ground and walks away. Gladiator quotes immediately became a sign of annoyance in popular culture.
35. “Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?”
Donnie Darko (2001)
I’m voting for Dukakis; Smurfette doesn’t fuck; and “Occasionally we doubt your dedication to Sparkle Motion” were all mentioned as potential candidates for this list.
Richard Kelly’s dorm-room poster of a film is full of stoner-logic time-travel tomfoolery and enough childhood and adolescence angst to fill a heated LiveJournal entry.
The secret to the film’s survival is Kelly’s ear for adolescent vulgarity and suburban silliness; it prevents it from deteriorating into overdone science-fiction jargon and messianic self-pity. (His less well-known sequel, Southland Tales, too, features a few catchy smart-ass one-liners.)
36. “I know that babies taste the best.”
This one needs a spoiler warning. It comes as a complete shock when Chris Evans says this line in Bong Joon-thriller Ho’s Snowpiercer, which is about a class uprising on a train carrying the remains of civilization and traveling around the world.
Before Curtis, the protagonist of Evans’ story, admits that the poorest members of society were starved of food in the early days of this apocalypse and turned to devour one another, he had battled his way through most of the train.
Because Curtis is aware of how individuals taste and consequently is aware that “babies taste best,” he is a troubled soul.
35. “Honey? Where’s my super suit?”
The Incredibles (2004)
It’s doubtful that Brad Bird and his colleagues knew that this particular The Incredibles sequence would go down in the history books as one of the greatest and funniest movie scenes ever.
It’s primarily because Samuel L. Jackson plays the frosty superhero Frozone, and Kimberly Adair Clark, a Pixar employee, plays his wife and voices characters in the films.
The two argue over Frozone’s missing suit, with his wife informing him that they have a date scheduled and he shouldn’t run off to save the city from a huge rampaging robot.
34. “What is this? A center for ants?”
Zoolander’s impact on humor in the twenty-first century cannot be overstated.
The ridiculous idea, the ridiculous characters, and the densely packed screenplay with lines meant to be rehashed for weeks or even years after viewers leave the theatre.
Numerous quotations have become commonplace in popular culture: “Very, really, really, absurdly good-looking,” “So hot at the moment,” “Pop,” “Moisture is the essence of wetness,” “I suppose I have the black lung,” etc.
33. “Meet me in Montauk.”
Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)
“Meet me in Montauk” is a last-ditch rescue operation, a spoken or Hail Mary thrown into the void before the clock runs out, uttered by Kate Winslet’s Clementine in the middle of a disintegrating house and a disappearing memory.
This sincere request sticks in the mind the most out of all the smart speeches in Charlie Kaufman’s Oscar-winning comedy, which he wrote during a highly creative burst in the early 2000s, evoking a hope of shared life and a chance at emotional forgiveness.
32. “It’s the fucking Catalina Wine Mixer.”
Step Brothers (2008)
After John C. Reilly and Will Ferrell save the day with their ludicrous musical performance at the event, both Adam Scott’s super-slimy jerk Derek and Richard Jenkins’s dinosaur-loving grandpa Robert say, “It’s the fucking Catalina Wine Mixer.” The sentence has evolved into a way of life and a joyful shorthand in the years after the film’s debut.
31. “Rock stars have kidnapped my son!”
Almost Famous (2000)
In essence, a religious text for diverse groups, Cameron Crowe’s semi-autobiographical script is about a 15-year-old writer immersed with emerging stars in the heyday of ’70s rock: The cliched “uncool,” musicians, and journalists.
You may choose a classic example of rock douchebaggery: I am a golden god, declares Russell Hammond, who is high on acid and preparing to jump off a roof.
30. “Not quite my tempo.”
Throughout Whiplash, J.K. Simmons’ vicious jazz director, Terence Fletcher, snarls, “not my tempo,” but the moment when he questions Miles Teller’s 1st drummer, Andrew Neiman, about whether or not he’s dragging while behind the kit is the film’s one of the most famous lines and all those moments include famous movie quotes.
Cast Away (2000)
Your loudest friend would probably yell “Wilson!” throughout any beach, summer, or water-related activity for a long time.
The most iconic image in Robert Zemeckis’ survival drama Cast Away is when Wilson, Chuck Noland’s (Tom Hanks) only companion and a volleyball, slowly vanishes.
The scene and Hanks’ emotional cries became instantly unforgettable, largely because he’s such a volleyball with a bloody palm for a face.
28. “Now you’re in the sunken place.”
Get Out (2017)
Before filming the sequence in Getting Out where Daniel Kaluuya’s Chris is sent to the underground location by Catherine Keener’s unsettling hypnotist Missy, director and Oscar-winning writer Jordan Peele remarked, “Yo, this is classic.”
Peele pointed out that it’s not just Missy’s statement to Chris as his awareness drifts further from his immobilized body.
It’s an allegory about racial relations in America and its portrayal in horror movies that have been extensively dissected (and parodied), much like the film itself.
27. “Why so serious?”
The Dark Knight (2008)
The Joker, played by Heath Ledger, is unquestionably the most terrifying superhero villain to ever appear on film, and much of his menace stems from the absence of any backstory, motivation, or other characteristics that would typically humanize a villain just enough to elicit a tad of sympathy from the audience.
The Joker, in contrast, is a complete blank and takes great pleasure in making up tales about the hideous wounds on his face.
26. “Difficult difficult lemon difficult.”
In the Loop (2009)
In the Loop is a movie spinoff of Armando Iannucci’s British sitcom The Thick of It, featuring Peter Capaldi as the fabulously profane spokesman Malcolm Tucker.
This was filmed before Armando Iannucci began writing some of the most wonderfully nasty dialogue on television for his Veep. In the Loop, like Veep, is focused on the British and American political machinery.
At one point, Toby Wright (Chris Addison), the secretary of state for development cooperation, is persuaded to leave the room to gather information by the hapless Simon Foster (Tom Hollander), who receives an invitation to the Future Planning Commission in Washington.
25. “I won’t say it for Little Baby Ears over there, but it rhymes with ‘smushbortion.'”
Knocked Up (2007)
The “smushbortion” statement uttered by Jonah Hill in the 2007 film Knocked Up as Seth Rogen’s Ben puffs on a bong was a lesson in early backlash virality, the internet’s one-of-a-kind superpower.
Writers for websites like The Atlantic, Slate, and The Guardian dissected it. Judd Apatow’s second large cinematic success from the middle of the 2000s practically forbade the use of “the a-word,” as Jay Baruchel puts it. This led some critics to speculate: Is Apatow a pro-life director?
24. “Is this your king?”
Black Panther (2018)
“Wakanda Forever” is the movie’s slogan, but its most memorable line is “Is this your king?” One of the many reasons Black Panther stood out in the crowded superhero scene was how its antagonist, Michael B. Jordan’s Erik Killmonger, was portrayed. Killmonger is not an archetypal villain.
He criticizes Wakanda for its isolationist policy, which causes black people in other countries like the US to suffer and is a man filled with legitimate animosity.
It’s reasonable to have genuine questions about the titular hero when he overcomes T’Challa (Chadwick Boseman) in battle and asks the stunned crowd, “Is this your king?”
Although “Is this your king?” is easily incorporated into various memes, Killmonger is the best villain in these years.
23. “If you’re a bird, I’m a bird.”
The Notebook (2004)
Start to watch Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling fall madly in love without the outer ice covering your soul melting just a little bit.
The Notebook, modeled on the Nicholas Sparks novel of the same title, is one of the cheesiest, most sappy love stories you’d be hard-pressed to find. Years before a “Hey Girl” meme, the movie gave rise to the “Hey Girl” Gosling stereotype. It gave Gosling and McAdams’ on-screen romance to viewers.
22. “I am Shiva, the god of death.”
Michael Clayton (2007)
Michael Clayton is one of the most intense thrillers ever made. It follows the schemes of a powerful law firm fixer implicated in a massive agrochemical cover-up.
Still, no scene is as stressful as Clayton’s discussion with one of his firm’s lawyers (Tom Wilkinson), who is having a mental breakdown after realizing that he helped to engineer the cover-up that exposed people to recognized carcinogens.
21. “I’m gonna steal the Declaration of Independence.”
National Treasure (2004)
Because Benjamin Franklin Gates has the utmost respect for our venerable institutions, it’s challenging for him to consider ever committing a crime there.
After giving a lengthy and motivational lecture about needing to act when you understand you must do something well, Nicolas Cage utters one of movie history’s great movie quotes.
It’s a fantastic sequence that follows a character’s choice to go against his better judgment to accomplish what is right.
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20. “You shall not pass!”
The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Ian McKellen’s performances as Magneto in the X-Men series and Gandalf the Grey/White in the Lord of the Rings trilogy helped him develop into a badass in his latter years. In the latter, he consistently goes against expectations; his Gandalf alternates between being comical, cunning, and menacing.
But in The Lord of the Rings trilogy, he acts ridiculously cool when encountering the Balrog. McKellen’s commanding voice, more than anything else, is what makes a stand against the creature in “You Shall Not Pass,” making it a masterwork of delivery. The space trembles as we listen to him.
19. “I See Dead People.” – The Sixth Sense (1999)
This statement truly ought to have revealed the movie’s major plot twist. However, nobody immediately paid any attention to it because it was unexpected. The saying is frequently used in pop culture, and it is unsettling—especially given that a young child says it.
Even though the mere thought of seeing ghosts is unsettling, it is disturbing to see a young boy devastated by the talent he was born with. Despite M. Night Shyamalan’s less-than-stellar filmography, The Sixth Sense is unquestionably his most well-known work.
18. “But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career, skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.”
You might want to read our ode to the speech that contained this quote to understand it completely and to appreciate how frequently it is misquoted.
It is sufficient to state that Liam Neeson’s second career as an elder action star (and, somehow, multiple Taken sequels) was essentially launched by this phone chat, which also made the term “a very unique set of talents” one of the most often used catchphrases of the twentieth century.
17. “Look at me. Look at me. I am the captain now.”
Captain Phillips (2013)
One of his introductory sentences is a basic dread from Barkhad Abdi’s (then playing his first-ever film role) subtle menace and steel-hard gaze. He holds the captain of the commerce ship Maersk Alabama, played by Tom Hanks, at gunpoint and explains the issue as simply as he can. He is now the captain. It’s done now.
16. “Baby, you are gonna miss that plane.”
Before Sunset (2004)
The sentence almost concluding the middle section of Richard Linklater, Ethan Hawke, and Julie Delpy’s triptych about two extremely articulate people falling in love defies the trend for great conversation in 2019 to be turned into some meme.
Simply put, it is the ideal and most sensual way to finish a film, invoking memorable scenes like Shirley MacLaine’s “shut up and deal” line from The Apartment. When they return to her flat, and she turns on Nina Simone, Hawke’s Jesse and Delpy’s Céline have just spent a lovely day in Paris bickering and flirting with one another.
15. “My wife!”
The thing with the “My wife!” quotation is that Sacha Baron Cohen rarely says it in Borat the way the general population does—very loudly and with an unidentified regional twang to convert it into a nasally “Mah watch!”
Technically, he does say “my wife” a few times in his phony Kazakhstani dialect, but if you hadn’t seen the movie, you’d have thought he shouted it at the beach while wearing an unusual lime green bathing suit.
14. “Look at my shit.”
Spring Breakers (2012)
Harmony, It is truly a thing to watch this dreamlike neon-lit crime film play out; one that, like several of Korine’s movies, may necessitate a certain material or two to, like, comprehend, you get what I’m saying. Korine’s hedonistic “beach noir” accusation of riches and youthful consumerism was dubbed an “instant cult classic” upon its release if there is such a thing.
13. “You sit on a throne of lies.”
Buddy the Elf is a good-hearted boy-man. In Elf, the holiday comedy that made Will Ferrell a household name, he travels to New York and reserves his derision, his judgment, and his punishment for those who don’t have the proper regard for the season.
Buddy can’t help but call out the imposter Kris Kringle with remarks like “you disgust me,” “you stink,” and “how can you cope with yourself” when he spots a “fake” Santa in the mall, performed with just the right amount of roughness by comic Artie Lange.
12. “Wouldst thou like to live deliciously?”
The VVitch (2016)
By employing vocabulary from that era, Robert Eggers’ debut film sucked viewers into the paranoia of 17th-century New England. The script is chock-full of archaic language, which serves to heighten the dread of the tale of a family ripped apart by rumors of genuine witchcraft.
But as the movie nears its end, Black Phillip makes a startlingly unsettling offer to the teenager Thomasin.
She begins to communicate with the Satanic goat after the evil power that is raging through the woods has torn apart the rest of her family.
Would you wish to enjoy a delicious life? He whispers? It’s so easy and seductive, just like the devil. Thomasin is prepared to cede control.
11. “Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don’t shoot their husbands, they just don’t.”
Legally Blonde (2001)
Many of Reese Witherspoon’s Elle Woods’ best lines come during the first meeting of her legal internship, but none tops her defense of alleged spouse murderer Brooke Taylor Windham. A light comedy that combines absurdity and charm is “Legally Blonde.” It is hard to detest, although your level of enjoyment may vary depending on how much you adore Reese Witherspoon.
She dominates the screen to the point where the other performers appear more as collaborators in an acting class, feeding her lines. She bubbles, and they brew.
Witherspoon portrays Elle Woods, who may have gotten her name from the magazine or because the French equivalent of the term is “she.”
If you could improve that pun a little, you might call the movie “The Vengeance of Elle,” as Elle succeeds in getting back at the conceited snob who dumped her and has a successful legal career.
10. “You’re tearing me apart, Lisa!”
The Room (2003)
No one will claim that the script is excellent. Still, in its utter disregard for narrative coherence, common sense, and human interaction, it accomplishes a brilliance that keeps luring football-toting masses to theatres.
Pay attention to the few conversation passages that precede Wiseau as Johnny’s most famous line and well-known quote, lifted verbatim from James Dean’s Rebel Without a Cause.
9. “I’m a fiend for mojitos.”
Miami Vice (2006)
In the epic crime sagas by director Michael Mann, the seasoned career criminals and worn-out law enforcement officers frequently talk in clipped doublespeak that exposes character through minute nuances.
In 1981’s Thief, James Caan told a snobby supervisor at an adoption agency, “I was state-raised, and this is a dead place.” Imagine Robert De Niro saying to Al Pacino across the diner in the 1995 film Heat, “You must’ve worked for some dipshit crews.”
8. “Boy, that escalated quickly.”
Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
By 2004, Will Ferrell was a well-known actor, but most of his movie roles had been supporting ones, similar to Frank the Tank from Old School.
Thanks to a series of one-liners and quips that have become well-worn in the 15 years since the film’s debut, Ferrell rocketed to fame between Elf and Anchorman, and Ron Burgundy had become the legendary figure the full title of the film promised.
7. “King Kong ain’t got shit on me!”
Training Day (2001)
What could be more enjoyable than witnessing Denzel Washington blow up? After playing career good men, Denzel broke bad and discovered that playing a corrupt police officer fitted him just as well as a civil rights activist, an attorney, or a military officer.
6. “I live my life a quarter-mile at a time.”
The Fast and the Furious (2001)
It’s simple to forget that the Fast as well as the Furious series, the movie office juggernaut that has produced seven movies and a spinoff arriving this summer, was inspired by a Vibe magazine article about illegal street racing.
The Rob Cohen-helmed original included a plot commonly regarded as a Point Break copycat, a cast of relatively unknown young actors, and a title lifted from a Roger Corman B-movie from 1955.
5. “A million dollars isn’t cool. You know what’s cool?”
The Social Network (2010)
It’s nearly impossible to exaggerate what a minor miracle the script for The Social Network is. Aaron Sorkin and David Fincher transformed the story of the creation of Facebook into a gripping thriller populated by furious nerds and 6’5″ twins on a vendetta.
Perhaps Sorkin exaggerated a little to do this. Consider this quotation, which is just one of several that we could have used but best captures this witty portrayal of greed amid the internet boom. It is regularly misquoted.
4. “She doesn’t even go here!”
Mean Girls (2004)
In Mean Girls, when all the girls are assigned to write condolence notes to one another after Regina George’s “Burn Book” is made public, Damian Leigh (Daniel Franzese) is the only one who will point out the arbitrary “Crying Girl” at the assembly. Of course, it is even funnier than his tall figure is constantly covered in a huge light blue sweatshirt and dark shades as if doing so will help him blend in at an all-girls gathering.
3. “I wish I knew how to quit you.”
The homophobic memes infuriated Heath Ledger. “In an interview for a 10th anniversary oral history of Ang Lee’s romantic masterpiece, Jake Gyllenhaal said, “He was incredibly concerned about the political concerns surrounding the movie when it came out.
He was adamant about being professional, so he didn’t want to hear about something being made fun of. “A lot of people would want to have fun at the same time about it.”
2. “Florals? For spring? Groundbreaking.”
Culture can sometimes devour itself. Author Lauren Weisberger was inspired to write The Devil Wears Prada by her experience working at Vogue with infamous editor Anna Wintour.
The Aline Brosh McKenna-penned film adaption, which starred Meryl Streep as Miranda Bishop, the icy Wintour substitute, debuted in theatres in 2006.
Currently, Wintour’s magazine includes a quotation from Streep playing a priest. See, according to at least one writer, Rita Ora can make “florals for spring” truly revolutionary.
1. “I drink your milkshake.”
Even though it is not the movie’s real punchline, it was almost immediately canonized: Daniel Plainview’s wistful “I’m finished” would be that.
The milkshake line, however, appears during the intense conclusion, in which an out-of-control Daniel Day-Lewis yells with mind-blowing rage while squabbling with Paul Dano’s sniffling pastor, Eli Sunday.
Eli is destroyed by a furious Daniel, who first knocks him to death with a bowler pin before verbally abusing him. Early capitalism has gone wrong, with murderous consequences of ruthless tendencies.
1. What Is the Most Famous Movie Line Ever?
During a panel discussion in New York City in 1939, the jury selected Clark Gable as Rhett Butler from the 1939 epic Gone with the Wind.
2. What Is a Quote About Movies?
It’s like watching a movie; everything happens ten seconds after the big picture starts.
3. List a Few Movie Quotes Other Than the List Above.
- “Well, nobody’s perfect.” —Joe E. Brown as Osgood Fielding III in Some Like It Hot (1950)
- The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” —Kevin Spacey as Roger “Verbal” Kint in The Usual Suspects.
- “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” – Casablanca, 1942
- “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” – The Wizard of Oz, 1939
- “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys.” —Robin Williams as John Keating in Dead Poets Society
- “You can’t handle the truth!” —Jack Nicholson as Colonel Nathan R. Jessup in A Few Good Men (1992)
- “You complete me.” —Tom Cruise as Jerry Maguire in Jerry Maguire
- “I’m also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.” —Julia Roberts as Anna Scott in Notting Hill.
- Other famous movie lines are from Dirty Dancing, Fight Club, Cool Hand Luke, etc.
Everybody has a favorite movie quotation. Some catchphrases, like “My precioussss,” are so well-known that even people who haven’t seen the original film are familiar with them (you’re surely aware that this one frequently appears in Peter Jackson’s Lord of the Rings trilogy).
Some might be more cryptic, exchanged as a form of camaraderie between friends and admirers (“I want my two dollars!” from Better Off Dead, anyone?). They could capture a moment in time precisely, be worthy of a mic drop, or embed themselves into our collective cultural consciousness in some other way.
It’s a perfect opportunity to honor the authors of these well-known dialogue lines and the actors who brought them to life now that the 2022 Oscars have recognized the greatest in cinema. Specifically, here is the list of the top 50 famous movie quotes.