The Most Quotable Movie Quotes of All Time

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Let’s play a game. Name that movie:

“Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

“May the force be with you.”

“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

“Whatever.”

“That’s so fetch.”

Movies are so ingrained into our culture that we quote them in our daily lives, and sometimes, we may not even realize that the phrase we just said originated in Hollywood.

And just think, some script writer somewhere isn’t even getting the credit for crafting a quote so memorable that it sticks with people across the world from generation to generation long after they’ve passed away. William Shakespeare was right when he said:

“When in eternal lines to time thou grow’st:
So long as men can breathe or eyes can see,
So long lives this, and this gives life to thee.”

So all hail the power of the pen. Here are the greatest movie quotes — in no particular order — of all time.

1

"She doesn't even go here!"

Mean Girls

Quite possibly the most quotable movie of all time (thank you Tina Fey), Mean Girls is still a fantastic movie, even as it turns 16 years old today. Perhaps it’s because we all know a Regina George IRL.

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2

"May the force be with you"

Star Wars

Now here’s a movie quote that even has its own holiday. May the fourth. Obviously.

3

"Why so serious?"

The Dark Knight

Heath Ledger won an Oscar posthumously for his iconic portrayal of the Joker in this Batman franchise reboot in 2008.

4

"My mama always said 'Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.'"

Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump (played to perfection by Tom Hanks) stole our hearts when he ran into our lives in 1994. And he still owns them. Sigh.

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5

"There's no place like home."

The Wizard of Oz

Along with songs that remain as iconic as this 1939 film, The Wizard of Oz propelled a 14-year-old Judy Garland into stardom.

6

"I'll be back."

The Terminator

And yes. He did come back. Many times.

7

"Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn."

Gone with the Wind

Still gets us. Every time.

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8

"Here's looking at you, Kid."

Casablanca

Humphrey Bogart will never not be sexy saying this.

9

"I wish I knew how to quit you."

Brokeback Mountain

If you know, you know.

10

"There's no crying in baseball."

A League of Their Own

Another fantastic quote delivered by the incomparable Tom Hanks. And oh man, it’s such a good movie.

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11

"You can't handle the truth!"

A Few Good Men

How many times have you quoted this movie? No really. How many? Too many to count? Sounds about right.

12

"I'll have what she's having."

When Harry Met Sally

No comment.

13

"Just keep swimming."

Finding Nemo

Leave it to a forgetful blue fish to remind us all the best way to deal with 2020.

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14

"E.T. home phone."

E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial

One of Steven Spielberg‘s finest films about a young boy who befriends an alien. Also starring a very young Drew Barrymore.

15

"You is kind. You is smart. You is important."

The Help

We’re not crying. You’re crying.

16

"As if!"

Clueless

Another one of the most quoted movies of all time. In fact, we should have just left the whole script on this list, but we needed to save time. Whatever.

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17

"You talking to me?"

Taxi Driver

Go on. Say it without a New York accent. We dare you.

18

"Houston, we have a problem."

Apollo 13

Oh look, another quote made famous by the genius of Tom Hanks. We’re sensing a pattern here. Ironically, the real quote from the actual incident the movie is based on is: “Houston, we’ve got a problem here.”

19

"Here's Johnny!"

The Shining

Anyone else still have nightmares about ‘Red Rum’ and those twins? Anyone? “Buehler? Buehler?” (see what we did there?)

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20

"They may take our lives, but they'll never take our freedom!"

Braveheart

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!

21

"You had me at 'Hello'"

Jerry Maguire

Honorable mention would also have to go to “Show me the money!”

22

"STELLA!"

A Streetcar Named Desire

Marlon Brando nailed the character of Stanley Kowalski in the movie adaptation of Tennessee Williams‘ classic play A Streetcar Named Desire. Now, anytime the play is performed, every actor playing Stanley has to compete with this. Thanks Brando.

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23

"Nobody puts Baby in a corner."

Dirty Dancing

Excuse us for a minute…

“Now I’ve had the time of my life
No, I never felt like this before
Yes I swear it’s the truth
And I owe it all to you”

You were saying?

24

"Fasten your seatbelts. It's gonna be a bumpy night."

All About Eve

Bette Davis was a queen.

25

"You're killin' me, Smalls."

The Sandlot

Classic.

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26

"I see dead people."

Sixth Sense

Did you ever notice the clue the director left for you when Haley Joel Osment says this line? Next time you watch the Sixth Sense, notice where the camera goes.

27

"You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?"

Dirty Harry

You knew Clint Eastwood would show up eventually.

28

"The name's Bond. James Bond."

Dr. No

Although Dr. No gets credit, we think this phrase is in all the Bond movies.

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29

"A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti."

Silence of the Lambs

Anthony Hopkins is perfect in this movie. Absolutely, horrifically perfect.

30

"If you build it, he will come."

Field of Dreams

Any time we start on a new venture, this is the quote that we say to ourselves over and over so we keep working and we keep building until they come.

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