17 Unforgettable Movie Quotes
There are some movie quotes that define a generation. Many of these words and phrases become pop culture legends and are repeated between friends. Eventually, these quotes are immortalized as inside jokes.
"FRANKLY, MY DEAR, I DON'T GIVE A DAMN."
Often misquoted as 'Scarlett' rather than 'my dear', it's spoken by Rhett in "Gone With the Wind" as his final words to Scarlett. After more than a decade of chasing after her love, Rhett no longer cares and leaves.
It's incredibly memorable and shocking because of its use of profanity during an era where profanity was generally unheard of.
?HELLO. MY NAME IS INIGO MONTOYA. YOU KILLED MY FATHER. PREPARE TO DIE."
A favorite from "The Princess Bride", Inigo prepares this statement for when he finally avenges his father's death. Though seriously wounded, Inigo fights the Rugen, repeating the words as he corners him.
The writer, Mandy Patinkin, said the inspiration for the scene was his real life loss of his father to cancer.
?THIS JOB WOULD BE GREAT IF IT WASN'T FOR THE F'N CUSTOMERS."
This hilarious quote resonates with anyone in the service industry. Randal Graves says it while working at the convenience store in "Clerks" in reference to having to deal with all sorts of customers.
His run in with ex-girlfriends, criminals, and protesters is nothing compared to the everyday rudeness of the average customer.
?THE THING IS, BOB, IT'S NOT THAT I'M LAZY, IT'S THAT I JUST DON'T CARE."
The 1999 comedy "Office Space" makes light of getting stuck in a job you absolutely hate. The quote is a reminder of spending your life in a cubicle not doing something you love.
It has often been repeated by those who work in corporate America.
"YOU'RE GONNA NEED A BIGGER BOAT"
This line became an instant classic when "Jaws" star Roy Scheider uttered the line the first time his character sees the great white. The line was actually improvised by Scheider and was not in the actual script; it's the most memorable line of the film.
"THE PERSON IS SMART; PEOPLE ARE DUMB, PANICKY, DANGEROUS ANIMALS AND YOU KNOW IT."
Agent K spouts this off to Will Smith's character prior to becoming Agent J in "Men In Black." It is his explanation of why people shouldn't be told about aliens living on Earth.
K assures him that revealing this truth would cause widespread panic. The line addresses a possible real life explanation for the government hiding extraterrestrial existence from the public...
"THERE ARE ONLY TWO THINGS I CAN'T STAND IN THIS WORLD: PEOPLE WHO ARE INTOLERANT OF OTHER PEOPLE'S CULTURES...AND THE DUTCH."
Austin's father Nigel says this line to Goldmember in the hilarious film of the same name. The quote is memorable because of the immediate contradiction.
It has been interpreted to mock politicians who swear by justice for all and later express hate towards a certain group of people.
"MY THEORY ON FEDS IS THEY'RE LIKE MUSHROOMS; FEED 'EM $#!T AND KEEP 'EM IN THE DARK."
"The Departed" features a crooked cop, an Irish mob boss, and a straight cop undercover. The line helps narrate the moral struggles of police everywhere and is just plain memorable.
?YOU'VE GOT TO ASK YOURSELF ONE QUESTION: DO I FEEL LUCKY? WELL DO YAH, PUNK?"
"Dirty Harry" is set in San Francisco and is about a cop who doesn't follow the rules but somehow always gets things done. During the film, the protagonist tracks down a serial killer who snipes random victims.
Callahan utters this line after explaining that neither of them is sure just now many shots his .44 magnum has made: 5 or 6, goading the perp to reach for his gun knowing it might lead to his death.
"I'M NOT LOCKED IN HERE WITH YOU. YOU'RE LOCKED IN HERE WITH ME!"
In the comic book turned film "Watchmen," Rorschach utters this line after some inmates try to bully him. A man tries to attack him with a knife and Rorschach throws a frying pan on top of him, burning him alive.
The line fits perfectly with his violent actions.
?LIFE MOVES PRETTY FAST. IF YOU DON'T STOP AND LOOK AROUND ONCE IN A WHILE, YOU COULD MISS IT."
Ferris breaks the fourth wall and says this line directly to the camera in the 1986 film "Ferris Bueller's Day Off." The film is set in Chicago and Ferris cleverly avoids getting caught during while skipping school.
It highlights the idea that having fun should be the top priority in life.
"ARE YOU NOT ENTERTAINED?!"
This line comes from a the scene in "Gladiator" when Maximus Decimus (Russell Crowe) defeats several enemies in the gladiator pit. As they all cheer him on, he challenges them with whether they enjoy this moment of human atrocity.
The crowd goes silent.
"SO YOU'RE TELLING ME THERE'S A CHANCE"
Lloyd asks Mary Swanson if there is a chance that they will ever be together at the end of "Dumb and Dumber." She responds that the chances would be one in a million to which he volleys with the now famous line.
It is the most hilarious part of the film and highlights his stupidity.
"YEAH, WELL, YA KNOW, THAT'S JUST, LIKE UH, YOUR OPINION, MAN."
In the 1998 film "The Big Lebowski" about a friendly, unemployed, slacker, Jeffrey 'The Dude' keeps his cool when he's threatened. It's the perfect way to handle a threat.
People have uttered his ever since.
"60% OF THE TIME, IT WORKS EVERY TIME."
Brian Fantana says this to Ron Burgundy in the laugh out loud comedy "Anchorman." It's funny because Brian believes that it means it'll work every time.
Ron contradicts him stating that his phrase doesn't make any sense, and that the cologne smells like pure gasoline. When in Rome...
"YOU'RE KILLIN' ME, SMALLS!"
Ham says this line to Smalls in the 1993 comedy "Sandlot." This line became an instant classic to show extreme frustration towards someone's lack of understanding, especially in very obvious situations.
It's the perfect line for the middle school comedy.
"I'M GONNA MAKE HIM AN OFFER HE CAN'T REFUSE."
Don Corelone to Johnny Fontane about getting him a role in a movie that he wants. Even as you read it, you are trying to say it in Corelone's voice. Fans of "The Godfather" have this quote forever ingrained in their brains.