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The 10 Most Quotable Movies Of All Time

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Ever know one of those people who can quote movies ad nauseam? Perhaps you’re one of them yourself! Quoting movies and other media is nothing new—we’ve seen it in The Simpsons and in Community, and Family Guy’s entire show practically revolves around referential humor. But there’s something fun about peppering one’s speech with quotations. It’s a little wink to a shared pop culture, and in a small way it can even strengthen friendships: think about how you feel when you realize that someone else loves the same things you do. The following list is, admittedly, subjective and perhaps, er, show’s this writer’s age, but no matter: classics are classics. Here are some of the most quotable films ever. (Warning: occasional salty language ahead.)

10. RoboCop (1987)

RoboCop is a killer film with sharp satire and, yes, brutal violence. Its franchise was vast: it spawned two sequels, several series of comic books from Marvel and Dark Horse, a fantastic stand-up arcade game, and a TV series or two. In fact, its impact was so strong that it’s a wonder that anyone could watch That ’70s Show without thinking “Oh my God, it’s Clarence Boddicker! Run for your lives!” whenever they saw Red on screen. RoboCop was so good, in fact, that it surely didn’t need that weak remake in 2014. Despite that, it may seem that the great lines in RoboCop are few and far between, but there are some that will live forever.

Best lines:

  • “Dead or alive, you’re coming with me.”
  • “Come quietly or there will be… trouble.”
  • “I’d buy that for a dollar!”
  • “I can feel them… but I can’t remember them.”
  • “You call this a glitch?!”
  • And:
      • “Book him.”
      • “What’s the charge?”
      • “He’s a cop killer.”
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9. Army of Darkness (1992)

This is the third movie in the Evil Dead series, and this installment favors the comical over the horrific. There are “scares,” but there’s nothing terrible and there’s a lot more slapstick in it compared to the other films. Arguably, some of this movie’s greatest lines are actually kind of the worst: “Good. Bad. I’m the guy with the gun.” It’s dumb. But it doesn’t matter. Army of Darkness is a huge heaping tablespoon of fun, making its presence felt in video games (the Duke Nukem franchise), on stage (Evil Dead: The Musical), and in a new TV series scheduled to debut on Halloween 2015 (Ash vs. Evil Dead).

Best lines:

  • “All right, you primitive screwheads, listen up! See this? This… is my BOOMSTICK!”
  • “Groovy.”
  • “Gimme some sugar, baby.”
  • “Come get some.”
  • “Well hello, Mr. Fancypants. I got news for you pal, you ain’t leading but two things right now: Jack and sh–t. And Jack left town.”
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8. The Godfather (1972) and The Godfather Part II (1974)

The Godfather films are so ingrained in pop culture that it’s a little easier to think of places they haven’t been referenced. Every Italian who loves movies has likely seen the first two (full disclosure: this writer is Italian), and some may even give a reluctant pass to the third, though why remains unclear. Ugh, that third one. Some of the best lines are too well-known: “Leave the gun. Take the cannoli,” “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse,” and “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer,” and so on. Here are some other ones (though with films this widely known, they’re pretty much all popular lines):

Best lines (The Godfather):

  • “That’s my family, Kay, it’s not me.”
  • “I don’t like violence, Tom. I’m a businessman. Blood is a big expense.”
  • “You straightened my brother out?”
  • “Don’t ask me about my business, Kay.”
  • And:
    • “My father is no different than any other powerful man, any man who’s responsible for other people, like a senator or a president.”
    • “Do you know how naive you sound?”
    • “Why?”
    • “Senators and presidents don’t have men killed.”
    • “Oh. Who’s being naive, Kay?”

Best lines (The Godfather Part II):

  • “My father’s name was Antonio Andolini… and this is for you!”
  • “I don’t want anything to happen to him while my mother’s alive.”
  • “The rent stays like-a before.”
  • “If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it’s that you can kill anyone.”
  • And of course: “I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart.”
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7. Spaceballs (1987)

Mel Brooks has had an incredible career as a parodist, creating classics such as Blazing Saddles, Young Frankenstein, and History of the World, Part 1, to name a few. But perhaps none of his films are quite as popular—or dare we say even as funny—as Spaceballs. It’s a spoof of Star Wars and a few other sci-fi franchises (e.g., Star Trek, Alien), and it’s flat-out hilarious, provided you enjoy silly humor and have an appreciation of the Star Wars films.

Best lines:

  • “When will then be now?” “Soon.”
  • “Now you see that evil will always triumph, because good is dumb.”
  • “Excuse me, I’m trying to conduct a wedding here which has nothing to do with love! Please be quiet!”
  • “I am your father’s brother’s nephew’s cousin’s former roommate.”
  • “God willing, we’ll all meet again in Spaceballs II: The Search for More Money.”
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6. Dazed and Confused (1993)

This is a major film for the generation that came of age in the early ’90s, which is arguably odd since the film is about a generation coming of age in the mid-’70s. But perhaps that’s not so odd, since what the film is doing is showing how some things never change (rebelling against authority, managing relationships with friends, cliques and lovers, and the confusion of what to do with your life), and that high school—or the end of it, at least—is a weird time in our lives; one we can cherish and yet one we never want to revisit. It captures the magic of those last carefree days, and it’s loaded with great dialogue, including Matthew McConaughey’s now-famous “All right, all right, all right.”

Best lines:

  • “Man, it’s the same bullsh–t they tried to pull in my day. You know, if it ain’t that piece of paper, it’s some other choice they’re gonna try and make for you. You gotta do what Randall ‘Pink’ Floyd wants to do, man. Let me tell you this: the older you do get, the more rules they’re gonna try to get you to follow. You just gotta keep livin’, man… L-I-V-I-N.”
  • “Hey man. That Julie chick? Loves you. Oh yeah. You want her? Gotta play it cool, you know. Can’t let her know how much you like her ’cause if she knows, she’ll dump you like that. Believe me. Like, if she asks you to ride out there with her, you don’t do it, you say something like, ‘Nah, I’ve got my own ride, but maybe I’ll see you later.’ Sounds stupid, doesn’t it? It works.”
  • “It’s like the ‘every other decade’ theory, you know: the ’50s were boring; the ’60s rocked; the ’70s, oh my God, they obviously suck. Maybe the ’80s will be… radical, you know? I figure we’ll be in our 20s, and hey, it can’t get any worse.”
  • “I’d like to quit thinking of the present, like right now, as some minor, insignificant preamble to somethin’ else.”
  • “I never get shotgun.”
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5. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

This is the movie of choice for high school nerds discovering absurdist humor for the first time. There isn’t a segment in this film that isn’t quotable, from the detailed breakdown of the airspeed velocity of an unladen swallow, to the logical debate on how to detect witches, to the sneering French guards throwing all manner of farm animals over a castle wall. It’s supremely silly, but, as is Python style, with great intelligence behind it.

Best lines:

  • “Listen, strange women lyin’ in ponds distributin’ swords is no basis for a system of government. Supreme executive power derives from a mandate from the masses, not from some farcical aquatic ceremony.”
  • “…I got better.”
  • “’Tis but a scratch!”
  • “And the Lord spake, saying, ‘First shalt thou take out the Holy Pin. Then, shalt thou count to three, no more, no less. Three shall be the number thou shalt count, and the number of the counting shall be three. Four shalt thou not count, neither count thou two, excepting that thou then proceed to three. Five is right out! Once the number three, being the third number be reached, then lobbest thou thy Holy Hand Grenade of Antioch towards thy foe, who, being naughty in My sight, shall snuff it.’”
  • “Good idea, O Lord!” “’Course it’s a good idea!”
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4. Ghostbusters (1984)

Written by Saturday Night Live and SCTV alumni at the height of their comedic powers (i.e., Dan Aykroyd and Harold Ramis, respectively), Ghostbusters remains one of the greatest comedies ever made. It was a huge hit and its franchise was equally big: it birthed a sequel, video games (on several platforms over the decades), comic books, an animated TV show (The Real Ghostbusters), and several toy lines. And with an all-star comedy cast, led by Bill Murray’s deadpan delivery, how can you go wrong? There are so many great lines to choose from that it was almost tempting to just throw in a link to the entire script.

Best lines:

  • “Back off, man—I’m a scientist.”
  • “You’re right, no… human being would stack books like this.”
  • “Human sacrifice, dogs and cats, living together… mass hysteria!”
  • “Listen… do you smell something?”
  • And:
    • “Everything was fine with our system until the power grid was shut off by d–ckless here.”
    • “They caused an explosion!”
    • “Is this true?”
    • “Yes, it’s true—this man has no d–ck.”
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3. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)

Another seminal ’80s comedy and arguably John Hughes’ best (though some may say, and perhaps they’re right, that that honor belongs to The Breakfast Club), Ferris Bueller’s Day Off never gets stale. While there have been some interesting (read: bizarre) fan theories as to what the film is really about (e.g., Ferris doesn’t exist and is just a figment of Cameron’s imagination [whaaat?]), the heart of this movie is about a guy trying to a) enjoy his life, because as he says, “[it] moves pretty fast,” and b) show his best friend that life is, in fact, worth living, to snap him out of what he foresees as a depressing funk that will wreck said friend in the end. It’s written with the intelligence and sensitivity typical of John Hughes, and it’s brilliantly funny.

Best lines:

  • “A) You can never go too far. B) If I’m gonna get busted, it is not gonna be by a guy like that!”
  • “It’s a little childish and stupid, but then, so is high school.”
  • “Ladies and gentlemen, you’re such a wonderful crowd. We’d like to play a little tune for you. It’s one of my personal favorites and I’d like to dedicate it to a young man who doesn’t think he’s seen anything good today. Cameron Frye, this one’s for you.”
  • “I am not going to sit on my a–s, as the events that affect me unfold to determine the course of my life. I’m gonna take a stand.”
  • And (while a baseball game is on TV):
    • “What’s the score?”
    • “Nothing to nothing.”
    • “Who’s winning?”
    • (pause) “The Bears.”
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2. The Princess Bride (1987)

The Princess Bride is an absolute joy to watch. It has everything: adventure, romance, comedy. It’s a fairy tale, but it’s also about the bonds of family as a grandfather reads the story to his sick grandson. The most famous line is, obviously, “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!” but there are gems of dialogue dispersed throughout the script, and some of them have a lot more depth than one would expect, since the film, at least on the surface, feels like it was made for kids. Or maybe those kinds of films simply did have more depth back then and weren’t as sanitized as they are today; some modern films could learn a thing or two from The Princess Bride.

Best lines:

  • “Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.”
  • “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
  • “I am not left-handed.”
  • “What in the world can that be?”
  • “You truly love each other, and so you might have been truly happy. Not one couple in a century has that chance, no matter what the storybooks say. And so I think no man in a century will suffer as greatly as you will.”
  • “As you wish.”
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1. Pulp Fiction (1994)

And in the number one spot is Quentin Tarantino’s masterpiece, Pulp Fiction. Practically every line in this film is quotable, from the classic “Royale with cheese” bit and the Ezekiel 25:17 passage, to getting medieval on someone’s a— and Zed being very dead. In this opinion of this writer, it’s a shame that this film lost to Forrest Gump for best picture at the Academy Awards. But film critic Bruce Kirkland made a good point about this: Who do you know who still quotes Forrest Gump? Now think of who you know who still quotes Pulp Fiction. That’s one reason, among many others, why the latter has had a greater impact on the landscape of cinema, paving the way for countless films inspired by its style and challenging the way Hollywood films are made.

Best lines:

  • “Hey, a sewer rat may taste like pumpkin pie, but I’d never know ’cause I wouldn’t eat the filthy motherf—ker.”
  • “That’s when you know you’ve found somebody really special. When you can just shut the f—k up for a minute and comfortably share silence.”
  • “If I’m curt with you, it’s because time is a factor. I think fast, I talk fast, and I need you guys to act fast if you want to get out of this. So, pretty please, with sugar on top, clean the f—king car.”
  • “Would you give a guy a foot massage?”
  • “Normally, both your a—es would be dead as f—king fried chicken, but you happen to pull this sh–t while I’m in a transitional period and I don’t wanna kill you. I wanna help you.”
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