101 Movie One-Liners Every Movie Junkie Should Know

Collected by amog

We all know some of the famous on-liners from the movies, but some of them are so commonplace that you may not even know that it’s a quote from a movie or from which movie it originated. But there are some quotes from movies that everyone should know. Some of them have really stood the test of time and are very old. Ironically, these are sometimes the ones that we know the best.

Here’s a list of one-liners that everyone should know and also which movie it came from and who in the movie said it. I’ve started with the earlier movies and have continued to go in chronological order.

history_1933_boris 101 Movie One-Liners Everyone Should Know1.Frankenstein , (1931) “It’s Alive! It’s Alive!”, Dr. Henry Frankenstein (Colin Clive)

2. Every Day’s a Holiday, (1937), “You ought to get out of those wet clothes and into a dry martini.”, Larmadou Graves (Charles Butter worth)

3. Gone With the Wind , (1939), “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn”, Rhett Butler (Clark Gable)

4. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes , (1939), “Elementary, my dear Watson”, Sherlock Holmes (Basil Rathbone)

5.The Wizard of Oz , (1939), “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore”, Dorothy (Judy Garland)

6. The Wizard of Oz , (1939), “There’s no place like home”, Dorothy (Judy Garland)

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7. The Wizard of Oz , (1939), “I’ll get you, my pretty. And your little dog too”, Wicked Witch of the West (Margaret Hamilton)

8. Casablanca , (1942), “Here’s looking at you, kid”, Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart)

9. Casablanca , (1942), “Play it again, Sam”, Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart)

10.Casablanca , (1942), “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship”, Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart)

11. Casablanca , (1942), “We’ll always have Paris”, Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart)

12. Casablanca , (1942), “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine”, Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart)

13. Yankee Doddle Dandy , (1942), “My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you”, George Cohan (James Cagney)

14. All About Eve, (1950), “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy ride”, Margo Channing (Bette Davis)

15. A Streetcar Named Desire , (1951), “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers”, Blanche DuBois (Vivien Leigh)

16. Psycho , (1960), “We all go a little mad sometimes”, Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins)coolhandluke 101 Movie One-Liners Everyone Should Know

17. Dr. No , (1962), “Bond. James Bond.” James Bond (Sean Connery)

18. Goldfinger , (1964), “Shaken – Not stirred”, James Bond (Sean Connery)

19. Cool Hand Luke , (1967), “What we have here is a failure to communicate”, Captain (Strother Martin)

20. In the Heat of the Night , (1967), “They call me Mr. Tibbs”, Virgil Tibbs (Sidney Portier)

21. Dirty Harry , (1971), “Do ya feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk”, Inspector “Dirty” Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood)

22. The Godfather , (1972), “I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse”, Michael Corleone (Al Pacino)

godfather 101 Movie One-Liners Everyone Should Know23. The Godfather , (1972), “Don’t ask me about my business, Kay”, Michael Corleone (Al Pacino)

24. The Godfather , (1972), “This isn’t personal, Kay. This is business”, Michael Corleone (Al Pacino)

25. The Godfather: Part 2, (1974), “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer”, Michael Corleone (Al Pacino)

26. Rocky , (1976), “Yo, Adrienne”, Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone)

27. Taxi Driver , (1976), “You talkin’ to me”, Travis Bickle (Robert DeNiro)

28. Star Wars , (1977), “Get this big walking carpet out of my way”, Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher)

29. Star Wars , (1977), “May the force be with you”, Hans Solo (Harrison Ford)godfather_l 101 Movie One-Liners Everyone Should Know

30. Apocalypse Now, (1979), “I love the smell of napalm in the morning. It smells like victory”, Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore (Robert Duvall)

31. The Blues Brothers, (1980), “I took the liberty of bullshitting you”, Elwood Blues (Dan Ackroyd)

32. The Empire Strikes Back, (1980), “I’d rather kiss a wookie”, Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher)

33. The Empire Strikes Back, (1980), “Never tell me the odds”, Hans Solo (Harrison Ford)

34. The Shining , (1980), “He-e-e-e-re’s Johnny!”, Jack Torrance (Jack Nicholson)

35. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial , (1982), “E.T. phone home”, E.T. (Pat Walsh)

36. Poltergeist , (1982), “They’re here!”, Carol Anne Freeling (Heather O’Rourke)

scarface_million 101 Movie One-Liners Everyone Should Know37. Scarface , (1983), “Say hello to my little friend”, Tony Montana (Al Pacino)

38. Sudden Impact , (1983), “Go ahead. Make my day”, Inspector “Dirty” Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood)

39. Ghostbusters, (1984), “Back off, man. I’m a scientist”, Peter Venkmen

40. Karate Kid , (1984), “Look eye! Always look eye”, Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita)

41. Karate Kid , (1984), “Wax on, wax off”, Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita)

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42. The Terminator, (1984), “I’ll be back”, The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

43.The Terminator, (1984), “Hasta la vista, baby”, The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger):

44. Clue, (1985), “Men should be like Kleenex- soft, strong and disposable”, Mrs. White (Madeline Kahn)

45. Real Genius, (1985), “I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates who said, ‘I drank what'”, Chris Knight (Val Kilmer)

46. Crocodile Dundee , (1986), “You call that a knife? That’s not a knife. This is a knife”, Michael “Crocodile” Dundee (Paul Hogan)

47. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, (1986), “You can’t respect someone who kisses your ass. I just doesn’t work”, Ferris Bueller (Mathew Broderick)

48. Top Gun, (1986), “Take me to bed or lose me forever”, Carol Bradshaw (Meg Ryan)

49. Top Gun, (1986), “Your ego is writing checks your body can’t cash”, Captain Tom “Stinger” Jordan (James Tolkan)

50. Top Gun, (1986), “I feel the need – the need for speed”, Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise)

51. Top Gun, (1986), “That’s classified. If I tell you I’ll have to kill you”, Lieutenant Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise)

52. Lethal Weapon, (1987), “This is a real badge, I’m a real cop, and this is a real fucking gun”, Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson)

53. Die Hard, (1988), “Yippe-ki-yi-yay, Motherfucker”, John McClane (Bruce Willis)

54. Batman , (1989), “Tell me something, my friend. You ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight”, The Joker (Jack Nicholson)ghost 101 Movie One-Liners Everyone Should Know

55. Dead Poets Society, (1989), “Sucking all the marrow out of life doesn’t mean choking on the bone”, Mr. Keating (Robin Williams)

56. Ghost, (1990), “Ditto”, Sam (Patrick Swayze)

57. Mr. Destiny, (1990), “Destiny’s a pretty big concept, when you think about it. Where you are in life, how you got there, what would have happened if one thing or another had been different”, Larry Burrows (James Belushi)

58. City Slickers, (1991), “Women need a reason to have sex. Men just need a place”, Mitch Robbins (Billy Crystal)

59. The Addams Family, (1991), “Don’t torture yourself, Gomez. That’ my job”, Morticia (Angelica Hustion)

60. The Silence of the Lambs, (1991), “I do wish we could chat longer, but I’m having an old friend for dinner”, Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins):

61. Terminator 2: Judgement Day, (1991), “I need a vacation”, The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger)

a-few-good-ads-funny-junk 101 Movie One-Liners Everyone Should Know62. A Few Good Men , (1992), “You can’t handle the truth”, Colonel Nathan Jessup (Jack Nicholson)

63. A League of Their Own , (1992), “There’s no crying in baseball”, Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks)

64. Batman Returns, (1992), “You’re just jealous ’cause I’m a genuine freak and you have to wear a mask”, The Penguin (Danny DeVito)

65. My Cousin Vinny, (1992), “Sure, sure I heard of grits. I’ve just never actually seen a grit before”, Vincent Gambini (Joe Pesci)

66. Wayne’s World , (1992), “Schwing”, Wayne Campbell (Mike Myers)

67. A Bronx Tale, (1993), “The saddest thing in life is wasted talent”, Lorenzo Anello (Robert DeNiro)

68. Mrs. Doubtfire, (1993), “Ever wish you could freeze frame a moment in your day and look at it and say ‘this is not my life'”, Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams)

ace-ventura 101 Movie One-Liners Everyone Should Know 69. Ace Ventura Pet Detective, (1994), “Warning! Assholes are closer than they appear”, Ace Ventura (Jim Carrey)

70. Clerks, (1994), “This job would be great if it wasn’t for the fucking customers”, Randal Graves (Jeff Anderson)

71. The Shawshank Redemption, (1994), “Either get busy living, or get busy dying”, Ellis “Red” Redding (Morgan Freeman)

72. True Lies, (1994), “Women. Can’t live with ’em. Can’t kill ’em”, Albert Gibson (Tom Arnold)

73. True Lies, (1994), “I married Rambo”, Helen Tasker (Jamie Lee Curtis)

74. Apollo 13, (1995), “Houston, we have a problem”, Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks)

75. Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me, (1995), “Are you kidding, baby? I put the ‘grrrr’ in swinger, baby! Yeah”, Austin Powers (Mike Myers)

76. Braveheart, (1995), “The almighty tells me he can get me out of this mess, but he’s pretty sure you’re fucked”, Stephen (David O’Hara)

77. Braveheart, (1995), “Every man dies. Not every man really lives”, William Wallace (Mel Gibson)

78. Get Shorty, (1995), “So let me get this straight. You broke in again to apologize for breaking in yesterday”, Karen Flores (Rene Russo)

79. Judge Dredd , (1995), “I am the law. Put down your weapons and prepare to be judged”, Sylvester Stallone

80. Jerry Maguire , (1996), “Show me the money”, Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise)

81. Con Air, (1997), “There’s only two men I trust. One of ’em’s me, the other one’s not you”, Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage)

82. Liar Liar, (1997), “I CAN’T LIE”, Fletcher Reede (Jim Carrey)

83. Titanic , (1997), “I’m the king of the world”, Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio)

84. Titanic , (1997), “The best I’ve seen, ma’am. Hardly any rats”, Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio)

85. Titanic , (1997), “Music to drown by – Now I know I’m in first class”, Tommy Ryan (Jason Barry)

86. Deep Impact, (1998), “This isn’t a video game, son”, Captain Spurgeon “Fish” Tanner (Robert Duvall)

87. Rush Hour, (1998), “I’m ‘Blackinese'”, Detective James Carter (Ken Leung)rushhour 101 Movie One-Liners Everyone Should Know

88. Gladiator, (2000), “At my signal, unleash hell”, Maximus (Russell Crowe)

89. Shrek, (2001), “No one likes a kiss-ass”, Donkey (Eddie Murphy)

90. Sweet Home Alabama, (2002), “Honey, just ’cause I talk slow doesn’t mean I’m stupid”, Jake Perry (Josh Lucas)

91. Bruce Almighty, (2003), “B-E-A-utiful”, Bruce Nolan (Jim Carrey)

92. Bruce Almighty,(2003), “You can’t leave me! I’m the Alpha, lady! I’M THE OMEGA, BABY”, Bruce Nolan (Jim Carrey)

93. Daredevil, (2003), “You can do anything if you’re not afraid”, Jack Murdock (David Keith)

94.Pirates of the Caribbean, (2003), “Ye’djohnny%20depp%20pirates%20of%20the%20caribbean 101 Movie One-Liners Everyone Should Know best start believin’ in ghost stories, Miss Turner. Yer in one”, Captain Barbosa (Geoffry Rush)

95. Pirates of the Caribbean, (2003), “You seem somewhat familiar; have I threatened you before”, Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp)

96. 50 First Dates, (2004), “There’s nothing like a first kiss”, Lucy Whitmore (Drew Barrymore)

97. Forrest Gump , (2004), “My mama always said life was like a box a chocolates, never know what you’re gonna get”, Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks)

98. Forrest Gump , (2004), “Stupid is as stupid does”, Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks)

99. Forrest Gump , (2004), “My family knows ever’thing there is to know ’bout the shrimpin’ bidness”, Bubba Blue

100. Hitch, (2005), “Life is not the amount of breaths you take. It’s the moments that take your breath away”, Alex “Hitch” Hitchens (Will Smith)

101. Hitch, (2005), “Begin each day like it was on purpose”, Alex “Hitch” Hitchens (Will Smith)

44 thoughts on “101 Movie One-Liners Every Movie Junkie Should Know

  1. bookmole

    Sorry to rain on your parade, but Rik never says “Play it again Sam”.

    When Ilsa first enters the Café Americain, she asks Sam to “Play it once, Sam, for old times’ sake.” When he pretends not to understand, she says “Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By.’ ”

    Later that night, alone with Sam, Rick says, “You played it for her and you can play it for me.” and “If she can stand it, I can! Play it!”

    I had a big row with my mother in law over this, in the days before Wikipedia and the internet. We had to resort to renting the video and playing it. She made me play it THREE TIMES before she agreed I was right.

  2. Tom

    Missed out on some classic films there, and there’s some really forgettable quotes on that list. Seriously, two from Bruce Almighty and not a single quote from Pulp Fiction?

  3. Amy

    From Casablanca, and said again with no irony by Greenspan talking about his shock at the existence of outrageous greed in Wall Street.

    Captain Renault: I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!
    [a croupier hands Renault a pile of money]
    Croupier: Your winnings, sir.
    Captain Renault: [sotto voce] Oh, thank you very much.

  4. Matt

    Whats up with the lack of “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” from The Princess Bride?

  5. e

    30. Apocalypse Now, (1979), “I love the smell of napalm in the morning. It smells like victory”, Lieutenant Colonel Bill Kilgore (Robert Duvall)

    I thought it was, I love the smell of FRESH napalm in the morning…..

    but funny list!

  6. Kate

    My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

    As you wish!

    Have fun storming the castle!

    How could you leave out “The Princess Bride”?!

  7. Kate C.

    Maybe it’s because I’m lame, but I find myself quoting “Mean Girls,” “Elf,” and pretty much any Adam Sandler movie a LOT.

  8. jcm

    what ’bout “Everybody knows you never go full retard” ???


    “Kirk Lazarus: [to Tugg Speedman] What do you mean, “you people?”
    Alpa Chino: [stares at Lazarus, and then gets angry] What do *you* mean, “you people?”
    Kirk Lazarus: Huh? ”

    from tropic thunder


    You think you’re big time? You gonna fuckin’ die – big time. Carlito Brigante

    Carlito’s Way

    fuck… you missed a lot of good quotes dude…

  9. Monkey

    Army of Drakness
    Ash: “Good. Bad. I’m the guy with the gun. ”
    They Live
    Nada: “I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass… and I’m all out of bubblegum. ”
    Fight Club
    Marla Singer: “My God. I haven’t been fucked like that since grade school.”
    Cereal Killer: “Spandex: it’s a privilege, not a right. ”
    Blade: “Some motherfuckers are always trying to ice-skate uphill. “

  10. Tim

    The three most quoted Movies of all time….

    3. Stripes
    2. Monte Python and the Holy Grail
    1. Caddyshack

    and none of them made the cut??? What’s up with that?

  11. Michael

    Can anyone help me out on a oneliner?

    It´s in a movie with Mel Gibson and it´s his reply to a female in the movie. The line is an answer to hers.
    Woman says something like:
    – I have a couple of minutes…?
    Mel´s reply:
    – Go boil an egg…!
    Wich movie is it? Anyone?
    Thanks! -M.

  12. Jonathan Hopkins

    Brilliant List!! I love lists that are not just carbon copies or other lists. This one seemed to have a little thought put into it. Thank you for placing more value on the line than the perceived value of the film that it is in. I will say it again, Brilliant List!

  13. TK Morr

    One of the greatest, Raising Arizona: (slow southern draw) “Son… You gotta Panty on your head.”

  14. Mike

    Can anyone help me out on a oneliner?

    It´s in a movie with Mel Gibson and it´s his reply to a female in the movie. The line is an answer to hers.
    Woman says something like:
    – I have a couple of minutes…?
    Mel´s reply:
    – Go boil an egg…!
    Wich movie is it? Anyone?
    Thanks! -M.

    The movie was Payback

  15. Steve Summa

    Instead of crediting the actor that said the line, how about crediting the writer who thought it up. You do realize scripts are not written by the actors (exception to Stallone)?

  16. WTF

    not one Indiana Jones quote. Just pitiful.

    Sallah: Indy, why does the floor move?
    Indiana: Give me your torch.
    Indiana: Snakes. Why’d it have to be snakes?
    Sallah: Asps. Very dangerous. You go first.

  17. Noo.


    No Airplane?
    “Rumack: Can you fly this plane, and land it?
    Ted Striker: Surely you can’t be serious.
    Rumack: I am serious… and don’t call me Shirley.”

    No princess bride, Caddyshack, The Big Lebowski?

    Not diggin the list so much.

  18. WAG

    what about TOMMY BOY?
    I can get a good look at a steak by sticking my head up a bulls ass
    but i would take the butcher word for it .

  19. Casey

    Shame on ALL of you1

    Blazing Saddles: “Badges!? We don't need no stinking badges!”

    Young Frankenstein: “Walk THIS way.” (inspired title for Aerosmith song of same name)

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail: “She's a witch, may be burn her?”
    “I fart in your general direction”
    “We are the Knights who say Ni!”
    so many more

  20. BrinLondo

    The badges line is originally from “Treasure of the Sierra Madre”. I have serious doubts as to the inspiration of the Aerosmith song. And there are much better lines from MPHG.

  21. Jeff A

    Rick never said “Play it again, Sam” in Casablance. That was the title of the Woody Allen movie, however.

    And how cna there be two quotes from Hitch in here and none from The Princess bride or Animal House?

    “You f’d up, you trusted us!” must be on the list.

    And “You keep usink that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

  22. Tom

    John Belushi – Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor? (CLASSIC)

    CUT THE CAKE – Niedermeyer DEAD – Do you mind if we dance with your dates. – Oh Boy is this gonna be great! – Carmine, you can take your thumb out of my ass anytime now. – I gave my love a cherry that had no stone, I gave my love a chicken that had no bone, I gave my love a story that had no end (D-DAY then smashes guitar. – Mine is bigger – *&^& her, squeeze her &^*%, grab her &^%$, you know she wants it. So many many more.

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