Most Quotable Film Quotes

  1. Alas, some 'famous quotes' are not remembered at all because an incorrect version is remembered best, like "Me Tarzan. You Jane" and "Play it again, Sam" and "Elementary, my dear Watson!" and "Is that a gun in your pocket, or are you just glad to see me?" These are all misquotes.
  2. Also, many great lines aren't remembered as well because they are part of a long conversation, or the line itself is too long, or the movie it is from is not popular enough. The recentness of the movie also comes into play.

  3. "Bond. James Bond." (Dr. No) - repetition is great for memorability, but repetition over several decades works even better.
  4. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn!" (Gone with the Wind) - a turning point in the movie, and legendary as the first 'curse' word ever used in a movie. Whether or not this is true is unimportant.
  5. "I'll be back." (Terminator) - repetition and double meaning: The Terminator will always be back. He's virtually indestructible.
  6. "May the force be with you." (Star Wars) - repetition, importance, memorable line of an incredibly popular film.
  7. "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine." (Casablanca) - a beautiful way of introducing love and impact.
  8. "E.T phone home." (E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial) - great delivery, brevity, from a very popular movie.
  9. "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse." (The Godfather) - representative of gangster's way of life, a cleverly insidious quote.
  10. "Say hello to my little friend." (Scarface) - great line, great delivery, applicable to every day life (though usually not referring to a gun).
  11. "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." (Forrest Gump) - repetition, clever, and easily applicable to anyone's life. A modern day proverb.
  12. "Hasta la vista, baby." (Terminator 2) - great delivery, short, original, and can be used in every day speech.
  13. "Fuh-get about it." (Donnie Brasco) - great delivery, short, original, and can be used in every day speech.
  14. "Cha-Ching!" (Wayne's World) - short, memorable delivery, easy to use in every day speech.
  15. "Houston, we have a problem." (Apollo 13) - everything goes to hell from here on, and we know it.
  16. "Here's looking at you, kid." (Casablanca) - a poetic finish to a great sequence.
  17. "Well, la-dee-dah." (Annie Hall) - great delivery, short, original, highly quoted.
  18. "I know you are, but what am I?" (Pee Wee's Big Adventure) - don't know why this caught on, but it did.
  19. "The power of Christ compells you!" (The Exorcist) - memorable delivery, repetition.
  20. "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!" - repetition, importance to story and character, memorable delivery.
  21. "You talking to me...?" (Taxi Driver) - incredible delivery.
  22. "I see dead people." (The Sixth Sense) - incredible story revelation.
  23. "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." (The Wizard of Oz) - subtely hilarious line in a famous film.
  24. "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" (Network) - repetition, important to the story.
  25. "Love means never having to say you're sorry." (Love Story) - highly quotable 'mantra' of sorts.
  26. "I'll have what she's having." (When Harry Met Sally) - a hilarious finish to one of the most memorable scenes ever.
  27. "Use the Force, Luke." (Star Wars) - perhaps I hear this more often than others because my name is Luke.
  28. "Gooooood morning, Vietnam!" (Good Morning Vietnam) - repetition, great delivery.
  29. "Aaaaaaawlyrighty then." (Ace Venture: Pet Detective) - incredible delivery, representative of the character, can be used in everyday speech.
  30. "It's alive! It's alive!" (Frankenstein) - shocking, and repeated in nearly every Frankenstein adaptation.
  31. "Yippie kay-yay, motherfucker." (Die Hard) - great delivery, short, original, and can be used in every day speech.
  32. "And I caaaan't stand him." (Singing in the Rain) - incredible delivery.
  33. "We're on a mission from God." (Blues Brothers) - hilarious delivery, repetition.
  34. "'ve got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya punk?" (Dirty Harry) - end of a great speech, representative of a great character.
  35. "I'm afraid I can't let you do that." (2001: A Space Odyssey) - Memorable delivery and highly useable.
  36. "I never knew it could be like this." (From Here to Eternity) - makes the women weep. Who am I to judge?
  37. "Heeeeere's Johnnie!" (The Shining) - incredible delivery. Change the name at the end and you can use it in every day life.
  38. "Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me." (The Graduate) - a strange but somehow believable line in a memorable scene.
  39. "Snakes. Why'd it have to be snakes?" (Raiders of the Lost Ark) - The greatest hero ever is afraid of... snakes?
  40. "I am Spartacus." (Spartacus) - powerful.
  41. "Schwing!" (Wayne's World) - hilaroius delivery and accompanying physical acting, repetition.
  42. "You're out of order! You're out of order! The whole trial is out of order!" (And Justice for All) - dramatic high to a dramatic scene.
  43. "You better stop eyeballing me, boy!" (An Officer and a Gentleman) - memorable delivery and characterization.
  44. "Get away from her, you bitch!" (Aliens) - what a funny thing to say to a giant alien.
  45. "I'm king of the world!" (Titanic) - an emotional high in an emotional movie.
  46. "He slimed me." (Ghostbusters) - short and funny.
  47. "Yo, Adrienne!" (Rocky) - great delivery, part of a memorable scene.
  48. "Show me the money!" (Jerry Maguire) - delivery, repetition, useable in everyday life, a sort of modern day 'proverb.'
  49. 'Yeah, baby!' (Austin Powers) - delivery, repetition, highly useable in everyday speech.
  50. "Well, nobody's perfect." (Some Like it Hot) - great in context, short, highly quotable.
  51. "Resistance is futile." (Star Trek) - short, memorable, repeatable.
  52. 'Oh, be-have!' (Austin Powers) - delivery, repetition, highly useable in everyday speech.
Author Comments: 

I considered hundreds of great quotes, these are the ones I happened to choose.

Several famous lines that did not originate in film are not included. For example, "damn the torpedoes" was recently removed because someone pointed out that "the phrase was originated by Admiral David Glasgow Farragut of the union navy, who rallied his fleet with that phrase to win against Franklin Buchanan at Mobile Bay, Aug 5 1864."

But what about Look ma, Top of the world ma! with J.C. all bug-eyed, with veins bulging from his neck and head. In fact, White Heat has lots that aren't actually quotes. Such as Cagney's reaction to a man asking for air in the trunk.



I considered hundreds of great quotes, these are the ones I happened to choose.

Is no.38 from 12 Angry Men?

Oops! Good catch. No, it's actually from 'And Justice for All.' Fixed.

Thanks for gathering these together. A list of quotations of no small cultural significance.

About misquotes: Shakespeare is as widely misquoted as he is quoted [hmm, idea for list].

I like humorous movie quotes, like "That suit ain't gonna explode, is it?"

What's #30 from, I know that I know it but I can't place it.

Oh, and I know that you said you chose from alot, but "I think we need a bigger boat" from Jaws would be a good one to have in there. I hear it quoted often, vital point in movie too.

I guess I just don't hear that said as often as you do :-)

Oops, sorry, that's from Dirty Harry. Fixed.

What about...

"Noone can eat 50 eggs"

It's one of my personal faves.



Funny, I was going to suggest: "I can eat 50 eggs."

Spooky. :?)



Two off the top....

"I ain't got time to bleed!" (Jesse Ventura)

"STELLLLLAAAAAA!!!!!" ~or~ "I coulda been a contenda!" (Brando)

More good choices, including some that I had considered, I just don't think they quite make it onto THIS list. But please, keep suggesting ones! :-)

how about:

'I've Been Expecting you, Mr.Bond'

just a suggestion


From Waynes World-catchy,kool and easy to use in everyday life

Damn, I liked Wayne's World and I don't even remember that line! :-(

Wayne is at the guitar store and the guy says

Guy (worker); can i put the guitar away now?

Wayne: No, my good man, i think im gonig to buy it..Do You Accept Cash? (pull out a hand of fanned out cash) Chur-Chinngg!

Wasn't it more like 'Cha-Ching'?


Okay, yeah, I actually quote that all the time wihout realizing it was originally from Wayne's World :-)

Actually, wasn't it "schwing", or some hyphenated variation like "scha-wing", with the accented syllable varying from time to time?

Yes, but that's a different one, and already on my list. Both "Schwing" (or "Scha-wing") and "Cha-ching!" are from Wayne's World, aren't they?

Maybe I'll need to watch it again to get some idea... but that would mean less time to watch the 700 movies I haven't seen but want to see :-)


I seriously doubt that such a well-used phrase like "cha-ching" comes from "Wayne's World." Though I guess I could be wrong.

Yes, I'm starting to wonder that as well. Rushmore, you suggested it. Any thoughts?

yeah it does i swear, im a huge fan.

come on wHY would i lie?

He's at the store and the guy says

Guy: can i put that away now? (guitar)
Wayne: no my good man i think im going to buy it...Do You accept Cash? (pull out a fanned out load of cash) Cha-Ching!

i swear plz putt it back on (well up to you) its so funny and i know people who say it in everyday life.

i swear its in there, its after garth does his drum solo

(i mean you have to put it in now, ive revealed how sad i am that i know the entire scene!!

Okay, cool, it's in there (I never thought you'd lie, just that you might be mistaken as jim was). I'm still searching to find out if that was really the phrase's origin, or if it had been in use before then.

LOL Ok :o)

couldn't find any instance of 'Cha-Ching' anywhere before Wayne's World, so I put it back in. If anyone can prove it was in use before Wayne's World, please let me know!

I've removed it from the list for now.

Some suggestions again mate.

'Resistance is futile'(star Trek)

'Do you expect me to talk?'
'no i expect you to die'

ive got a weapon and im not afraid to use it'(? dunno)
bb mate

ah, yes, I hear 'Resistance is futile' all the time. Good one. I had considered the Bond one. I'll look for something similar to your 'dunno' one.

James Bont: So, do you expect me to talk?
Hank Scorpio: I don't expect anything from you except to die and be a very cheap funeral.
You're gonna die now!
[Bont uses a quarter to deflect the laser, gases the guards and sprints for the exit]
Stop him! He's supposed to die!("You Only Move Twice", The Simpsons)

now this is just a personal one that i hear from my friends so i dont know if its used all the time alot but..

'if im not back in 5 minutes, just wait longer! (Ace Ventura)

i use it alot so do my mates

heres one "Exterminate,Exterminate!"
From Dr.Who

"Ive been reading poetry" Spider-man2

:[] ha! Not Really, just kidding, this may make it into the most stupid quotes!!!

[Homer chops through door]
Homer Simpson: Heeeere's Johnny!
[empty room]
[Homer chops through a third door]
Homer: Daaaaavid Letterman!
Abraham "Grandpa" Simpson: Hi David, I'm Grampa.
Homer: D'oh!
[Homer chops through another door]
Homer: [holding a ticking stopwatch] I'm Mike Wallace, I'm Morley Safer, and I'm Ed Bradley. All this and Andy Rooney tonight on "60 Minutes"!
Simpson Family: Aaaah! ("Treehouse of Horror V", The Simpsons)

Col. Nathan R. Jessup: You want answers?
Lt. Daniel Kaffee: I think I'm entitled.
Jessep: You want answers?
Kaffee: I want the truth!
Jessep:You can't handle the truth. (A Few Good Men)

Bart Simpson: We want the truth!
Sideshow Bob: You want the truth? You can't handle the truth! No truth-handler, you! Bah! I deride your truth-handling abilities. ("Sideshow Bob Roberts", The Simpsons)

Are you still taking suggestions?


"Im Afraid i cant let you do that" (Space od.2001)

Sometimes with character voice, easily applied to everyday life.

Yes, of course. Very good suggestion!

Hear here.

Ok, this is abit of an odd one and really im sure people just said this before the film but i thought maybe...

"Hey, I'm Walkin' here!" From "Midnight cowboy"

hmmm... yes, I'm not sure. Perhaps I'll try to find out if this was used before Midnight Cowboy.

I believe I've found some things that indicate the phrase was in use before Midnight Cowboy, so I'll leave it out.

I seem to remember a Dustin Hoffman interview where he revealed/confessed that he and Jon Voight had to keep doing the "I'm walkin' here!" scene over and over because they were on a real street. They had to time it just right in their walk and their dialogue to hit the crosswalk while the light was with them. After who knows how many takes they finally had it all synched up perfectly. Except for a cab that almost runs them over, leading Hoffman to pound on the hood and "deliver" his famous line. I wish I could remember where I saw this... I'm thinking something AFI.

Have we forgotten to include:
"Yeah, baby... and "Oh, be-have." from the Austin Powers (*gulp!*) trilogy.
If we have then please! tell me your secret.

ah, yes. Time has yet to tell how enduring these phrases will be, but for the moment, I'll add them.

Actually, I thought quoting those two Austin Powers lines had FINALLY fizzled out, proving the existence of a God, in my mind. If they're coming back or enduring in any way, I may have to resort to paganism.

Oh, their wild popularity certainly has faded, but they're still around.

Just this afternoon I heard someone who couldn't have been much more than twenty (if that) say, "Party On (Dude)." What was he, like eight , when Wayne's World came out?

To quote the works of Homer: "God bless those Pagans."

Could've easily watched it on video and loved it. Happens all the time.