Famous Movie Catchphrases

atkins-bookshelf-moviesSome of the most popular catchphrases in the English language originate in films. The variety of films found in the list of top ten movie catchphrases share one thing in common: they all contain a perfect line of dialogue that captures the essence of the film or a specific scene. Repeated in spoken language and writing, the catchphrase functions as effectively and efficiently as a metaphor; in short, the catchphrase is a very useful because it is so loaded — it instantly evokes the actor, the film, and a specific meaning, as well as serving as a verbal homage to cinematic history.  Naturally, diehard cinephiles tend to pepper their conversation with as many movie catchphrases as they can — the more obscure the reference, the better. The editors of Time magazine developed this list of the top 10 movie catchphrases of all time:

1. “I’ll be back.” – spoken by Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator (1984)
2. “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” – spoken by Clark Gable in Gone With the Wind (1939)
3. “The name’s Bond. James Bond.” – first spoken by Sean Connery in Dr. No (1962)
4. “My momma always said, ‘Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.'” – spoken by Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump (1994)
5. “Houston, we have a problem.” – spoken by Tom Hanks in Apollo 13 (1995)
6. “Here’s looking at you, kid.” spoken by Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca (1942)
7. “May the Force be with you.” first spoken by Alex McCrindle (playing General Jan Dodonna) in Star Wars (1977)
8. “Show me the money!” spoken by Cuba Gooding, Jr. in Jerry Maguire (1996)
9. “If you build it, they will come.” spoken by Kevin Costner in Field of Dreams (1989)
10. “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” spoken by Marlon Brando in The Godfather (1972)

The editors of WatchMojo.com developed this list of the most famous movie catchphrases, introducing the list with “you may not remember the movie, but you remember the line”:

1. “Go ahead, make my day.” by Clint Eastwood in Sudden Impact (1983)
2. “You can’t handle the truth!” spoken by Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men (1992)
3. “Say hello to my little friend.” by Al Pacino in Scarface (1983)
4. “Yippee-ki-yay Motherf—-r” spoken by Bruce Willis in Die Hard (1988)
5. “I’ll be back.” – spoken by Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator (1984)
6. “May the Force be with you.” first spoken by Alex McCrindle (playing General Jan Dodonna) in Star Wars (1977)
7. “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” spoken by Marlon Brando in The Godfather (1972)
8. “Bond. James Bond.” – first spoken by Sean Connery in Dr. No (1962)
9. “There’s no place like home.” spoken by Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz (1939)
10. “Show me the money!” spoken by Cuba Gooding, Jr. in Jerry Maguire (1996)

Not to be outdone — and to remedy the many glaring omissions in the previous lists — the movie lovers at Film.com have reprinted David Balboa’s comprehensive list of 150 famous catchphrases from the movies. Here are some of the classic catchphrases:

“I love the smell of napalm in the morning” from Apocalypse Now
“Heeeeeere’s Johnny!” from The Shining
“You talkin’ to me?” from Tax Driver
“I see dead people” from The Sixth Sense
“It’s alive!” from Frakenstein
“I coulda been a contender.” from On the Waterfront
“What do you mean, I’m funny?” from Goodfellas
“I’ll have what she’s having.” from When Harry Met Sally
“Wax on, wax off.” from The Karate Kid
“Is it safe?” from the Marathon Man
“I’m king of the world!” from Titanic 

 

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For further reading: content.time.com/time/specials/packages/article/0,28804,1900025_1900019_1899988,00.html
watchmojo.com/video/id/11678/
slashfilm.com/votd-150-movie-lines-catchphrases/

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