A Few of the Most Remembered Movie Quotes


Sometimes when we watch a movie we come away with a particular line from the film in our heads; a selection of words, which either sum up the film for us, or which take us back to the action whenever we hear it. Here’s a selection of ten most remembered movie quotes - do they all ring a bell with you?

1. “Go ahead, make my day.” Sudden Impact (1983) – info by www.reelviews.net

One of the most memorable of all phrases, uttered by the Harry Callahan of the Dirty Harry series of films and so skilfully played by Clint Eastwood, this catchphrase was written by Charles B. Pierce, an independent film maker. Apparently his father used to say those exact words to him when he was a child, and the phrase had stuck with him ever since.

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2. “I’ll be back.” The Terminator (1984) – info by www.empireonline.com

Spoken in the instantly recognisable voice of Arnold Schwarzenegger, these three small words became the catchphrase of the title character with the same name as the film The Terminator. The same words or something very similar are used in many of his later films, however it was first heard on the silver screen after he is refused entry into the police station. True to his word, the android assassin returns moments later by smashing a car through the police station’s doors. Schwarzenegger found it very difficult to pronounce the word “I’ll” properly and requested that it should be changed to “I will be back”, a request that was refused by director James Cameron.

3. “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” Forrest Gump 1994 – info by www.moviequotesandmore.com

We all love Forrest Gump, the sentimental classic film about a simple man from Alabama, with Forrest played by Tom Hanks. While Forrest uttered a number of memorable quotes as he went about his travels, this is perhaps the most remembered quote of all.

4. “The name’s Bond. James Bond.” Dr No (1962) – info by www.filmsite.org

Dr No was the first Bond film to hit the screen and featured the charismatic British spy, 007, James Bond, played by the much loved Sean Connery. Bond’s way of introducing himself became an instant catchphrase, and one that was uttered throughout all the subsequent Bond films. Go on admit it, have you spoken those immortal words?

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5. “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” Casablanca (1942) – info by www.filmmakeriq.com

One of our all time classic films, the story of wartime Casablanca put Humphrey Bogart firmly on the map of the romantic leading men, not only earning him an Oscar nomination in 1944, but putting him in the history books for one of the most memorable film quotes of all time.

6. “Houston, we have a problem.” Apollo 13 (1995) – info by www.rogerebert.com

In fact, the real life quote was “Houston, we’ve had a problem here” announced by Jack Swigert after the unsuccessful launch attempt, quickly followed by confirmation by Lovell, who shortened it to “Houston,n we’ve had a problem.” In the film, this phrase was altered to the present tense, and became the line we all remember today.

7. “Show me the money!” Jerry Maguire (1996) – info by www.moviequotedb.com

Although Tom Cruise was nominated for an Oscar for his performance in Jerry Maguire, it seemed as though it was the other members of the cast who got to say the really memorable lines. Cuba Gooding Jr played football player, Rod Tidwell, and coined the phrase “Show me the money”, the one line which is always associated with the film.

8. “That’s a bingo!” Inglourious Basterds (2009) – info by www.luckycowbingo.com

Based around an assassination attempt on Nazi leaders by a group of Jewish U.S. soldiers in Nazi-occupied France, this typically quirky film was written and directed by Quentin Tarantino.

Landa: Oooh, that’s a bingo. Is that the way you say it, “That’s a bingo?”
Raine: You just say, bingo.
Landa: Bingo! How fun.

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9. “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti. ” The Silence of the Lambs (1991) – info by www.dramatica.com

No matter how many times you hear this line, it sends shivers down your spine, not to mention the slurping noise that accompanies Hannibal Lecter’s delivery. Apparently actor, Anthony Hopkins, invented this particular sound and everyone liked it so much, it stayed in the final cut.

10. “Heeeere’s Johnny!” The Shining (1980) – info by www.metacritic.com

We all know the Stephen King adaptation of The Shining, where Jack Nicholson and his family spend the winter holed up in the haunted Overlook Hotel. This is probably the most famous line uttered by Nicholson’s character at the height of his psychosis, although it was not part of the original script, but ad-libbed.

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