Most Iconic Film Quotes of All Time

This is not a list of the greatest movie quotes of all time. These are quotes that have become so much a part of our culture, we often forget they originated on the silver screen.

The Top Ten

1 "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse." - The Godfather

I hear this at least twice a week in general conversation. - PetSounds

2 "Houston, we have a problem." - Apollo 13

Ah this is the best one for me!
It's also used quite often in todays movie! - Curti2594

Or "Houston, we have a liftoff." - PetSounds

I heard this - how many times? Donno! Simply ionic... - HezarioSeth

3 "Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By'." - Casablanca

Thank-you, Britgirl. As a matter of fact, my first draft of this list included four quotes from Casablanca, but I thought I should try for variety, - PetSounds

I'd heard this quote countless times as "Play it again, Sam." before I finally asked who on earth Sam was. - PetSounds

PetSounds, if you hadn't put this quote on this list, I would surely have cried. Thank you! Great list by the way! - Britgirl

4 "Go ahead, make my day." - Sudden Impact
5 "Bond. James Bond." - Dr. No

Who would have thought that a name could become so iconic? - PetSounds

6 "Show Me The Money" - Jerry Maguire

I can't believe it wasn't on the list and I had to add it. It's so epic. - Metal_Treasure

7 "It's alive! It's alive!" - Frankenstein
8 "I will be watching you." - Meet the Parents
9 "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." - Gone with the Wind

The most famous use of swearing in movie history. - PetSounds

I love this movie so much! I never get bored of it, even if it is one of Hollywood's longest films. - MontyPython

Classic timeless quote, I'd say this all day if I wanted to.

10 "What do you mean he don't eat no meat? - Oh, that's okay. I make lamb." - My Big Fat Greek Wedding

The Contenders

11 "May the force be with you." - Star Wars

Whenever I hear this imidietly think of star wars - Ajkloth

12 "Do it. Do it." - Starsky & Hutch
13 "This is heavy" - Back to the Future
14 "Think of your children pledging allegiance to the maple leaf." - Canadian Bacon
15 "The stuff that dreams are made of." - The Maltese Falcon
16 "We're not goofing off. We're creating musical fusion." - School of Rock
17 "No. I am your father" - The Empire Strikes Back
18 "Round up the usual suspects." - Casablanca

The phrase "the usual suspects" has become iconic in itself. - PetSounds

19 "Hasta la vista, baby"- Terminator 2

O my god, why isn't this higher then nr. 15?

20 "It's gonna be a really tough project. You're gonna have to use your head, your brain, and your mind, too." - School of Rock
21 "Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." - Forrest Gump

And he's 100% right. there are few qoutes where you can say that

22 "Here's Johnny!" - The Shining
23 "Dude, I service society by rocking, OK? I'm out there on the front lines liberating people with my music!" - School of Rock
24 "You'll get nothing, and like it" - Caddyshack
25 "Always" - Harry Potter
26 "You will always remember this as the day that you almost caught, Captain Jack Sparrow!" - Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl
27 "Happy Hunger Games and may the odds be ever in your favor!" - The Hunger Games
28 "I just go berZERK" - Billy Jack

Billy Jack utters this line as he leaps straight up and kicks the villain in the head.

29 "Aboot? It's ABOUT! And what's with this 'eh' business?" - Canadian Bacon
30 "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!" - Goldfinger

Thank-you to whoever added this. Lines don't come much finer.
007: "So you expect me to talk? "
Auric Goldfinger: "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die!"
Brilliant, sinister, and simply classic. - PetSounds

31 "You shall not pass!" - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring
32 "He's a clean old man" - A Hard Day's Night

I was actually thinking of including this one. Thanks to the like-minded fan who added it! - PetSounds

33 "I'll be back" - The Terminator

I'd like to see someone say this to someone who watches movies and for them to not realise where this has come from. This is definitely the most iconic movie quote.

34 "We all go a little mad sometimes" - Psycho

Creepy quote from one of the scariest film characters of all time.

35 "Say hello to my little friend" - Scarface
36 "I'm your number one fan." - Misery

The moment this passes Annie Wilkes' lips, you know that writer Paul Sheldon is in trouble.
Probably the most sinister quote of all time. Excellent film. - Britgirl

37 "Wipe yourself off man, you dead" - Rush Hour
38 "Thank you sir; may I have another?" - Animal House
39 "The horror, the horror" - Apocalypse Now
40 "You're a wizard, Harry" - Harry Potter
41 "Danger is very real, but fear is a choice" - After Earth
42 "Dave's not here"- Cheech and Chong's Up In Smoke
43 "Double Secret Probation" - Animal House
44 "Yeeeeee-Hawwwwww" - Dr. Strangelove

Pickens yells this out as he rides a nuclear bomb out of the plane and onto Moscow.

The perfect "last words" for the end of civilization, from actor Slim Pickens.

45 "Snap out of it!" - Moonstruck
46 "Get off my lawn" - Gran Torino

Only Clint Eastwood could come off as a menacing 80-year old, as he rousts local gangbangers while pointing his M-1 Garand rifle at them.

47 "Do I feel lucky?" - Dirty Harry

Well, do ya, punk?

48 "OK you c**ts, lets see what you can do now"- Kick-A**

Among the most shocking lines ever in a movie, as it was said by an 11-year old girl "Hit-Girl", who had just killed a drug kingpin with a sword, and was taunting his awestruck henchmen.
She killed all 5 of them too, in a very grisly fashion.

49 "What a wonderful day for an exorcism" - The Exorcist
50 "Because those without faith are easier to control" - The NeverEnding Story
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Top Remixes

1. "No. I am your father" - The Empire Strikes Back
2. "Bond. James Bond." - Dr. No
3. "Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." - Forrest Gump
1. "Show Me The Money" - Jerry Maguire
2. "I will be watching you." - Meet the Parents
3. "What do you mean he don't eat no meat? - Oh, that's okay. I make lamb." - My Big Fat Greek Wedding
1. "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse." - The Godfather
2. "Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By'." - Casablanca
3. "Go ahead, make my day." - Sudden Impact


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