101 Movie One-Liners Everyone Should Know

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.

1. 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)

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)

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)

23. 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)

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)

37. 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)

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)

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)

62. 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)

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)

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’d 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 , (1994), “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 , (1994), “Stupid is as stupid does”, Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks)

99. Forrest Gump , (1994), “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)

Leave a Comment

  1. tonyc21 says:

    Leave the gun, take the cannoli.- The Godfather

  2. john says:

    "RUN FOREST RUN" – Forest Gump

  3. ijAcK says:

    "Let me kill that peacock" Troy

  4. wilson says:

    Star Wars: Luke, I am your father

  5. Jen says:

    c'mon! what ever happened to "Luke, I am your father." from Star Wars IV: A New Hope

  6. SeeMeePee says:

    "I've had it with these mother fucking snakes on this mother fucking plane!" Neville Flynn [Samuel L. Jackson] Snakes on a Plane (2006) uncensored!
    And I agree This List be lacking in Greatness! correct punctuation. spelling and linkage!

    *even a braindead monkey would have known that shit!*

  7. GetMeOuttaHere! says:

    "I've had it with these mother fucking snakes on this mother fucking plane!" Neville Flynn [Samuel L. Jackson] Snakes on a Plane (2006) uncensored!
    And I agree This List be lacking in Greatness! correct punctuation. spelling and linkage!

    *even a braindead monkey would have known that shit

  8. Moosterdom says:

    "Paddle faster, I hear banjos." – Deliverance

  9. poopnoodles says:

    What about "Luke, I am your father!"

  10. d man says:

    Good Will Hunting :

    Billy – "You're legally allowed to drink now, so we figured the best thing for you was a car"

    Morgan: "If you were gonna fight them, why didn't you fight them back there? We got snacks now!"


    Will: Do you like apples?
    Clark: Yeah.
    Will: Well, I got her number. How do you like them apples?

  11. This is my favourite : Every Day’s a Holiday, (1937), “You bought to get out of those wet clothes and into a dry martini.”, Larmadou Graves (Charles Butter worth). Walking in the rain is the perfect feeling 🙂

  12. erika says:

    How about, "What if this is as good as it gets?" That movie has a LOT of good quotes!

  13. Shayna says:

    C'mon! mean girls, Janice"your moms chest hair" or Regina george "gretchen stop trying to make fetch happen, it's never going to happen!"

  14. TONKA says:

    wtf? what about the clasics bud spencer terance hill whatch out where mad,they call me trinity,or what about jerry lewis and dean martin heaps and heaps of real classics most of the shit you have listed are not even old let alone classic GET A GRIP AND ERASE THIS LIST BEFORE ANYONE ELS SEE's IT YOU IDIOT!!!!!!

  15. Big Dave says:

    "Excuse me while I whip this out." Blazing Saddles

  16. jhowelle says:


  17. Bills says:

    All you f*cks quit bitching and put together your own lists. I for one enjoyed the whole thing…

  18. lhar says:

    "those men tried to have sex with me" Trading Places

  19. lhar says:

    "whisky… all you can drink" Trading Places

  20. Lhar says:

    "Where's all the white women at?" Blazing Saddles

  21. Benny says:

    You're gonna need a bigger boat. – Chief Brody, Jaws (1975)

  22. sara says:

    here's to swimmin with bow-legged women…(Quint) Jaws

  23. Manhatn Movie Maniac says:

    There are some mistakes and misquotes and quotes that should have been included or not included. What does it matter? Favorite movies quotes are fun to read.

    • Lisette says:

      OMG I love this quote from Clueless " I totally paused." Or " Of course I'm a virgin. You know how picky I am about shoes. And those only go on my feet."

  24. gigster says:

    we're gonna need a bigger boat-jaws…isnt that one obvious…and then a little more esoteric…from The 5th Element when Bruce Willis says…after blowing away a couple dozen baddies "anyone else wanna negotiate?"

  25. Tweenmom says:

    It's:Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night.
    Not ride. From All About Eve.

  26. Steve says:

    From: The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, "Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinkin' badges!"

  27. Mari says:

    Bullet Tooth Tony: “And the fact that you've got "Replica" written down the side of your guns… And the fact that I've got "Desert Eagle point five O"… Written down the side of mine… Should precipitate your balls into shrinking, along with your presence. Now… F*ck off!”

  28. Stone says:

    "Im your Huckleberry"

  29. Shawn says:

    Seems you only list popular movies. There are a few great lines, that come from less popular movies: Uncomman Valor quote said by Sailor (Tex Cobb) to Patrick Swayzes character:
    "Boy… you just bought the whole can of WHOOP- ASS!

    Also, some of the ratings are a bit odd, some you listed low on the rating list, should be much, much higher. Granted though, there are a lot of great lines to rank.

  30. Mcrawford76 says:

    Fuck you, fuck you, fuck you, you're cool, Fuck you I'm out!

  31. jay says:

    most of the al pacino quotes from the godfather were actually said by marlon brando. fuck this list.

  32. Penis says:

    "Tell me, baby, do I make you horny?"-Austin Powers

  33. Aimee says:

    Forrest Gump was made in 1994, not 2004….

  34. caitlin says:

    But why is the rum gone!?

  35. Horatio says:

    This list blows

  36. junior says:

    "sir, it megamaid! she's gone from suck to blow." Spaceballs

  37. dave w says:

    waters wet, sky's blue, women have secrets……..who gives a fuck. – he last boy scout

  38. GiftsAcrossIndia.com says:

    "Here comes Queen bitch of the universe". The Abyss.

  39. dave herbert says:

    No quotes from superman?? But daredevil and hitch???????????? Best superman quote: Easy miss, I've got you. You've got me? Who's got you.

  40. Karel Gerrit says:

    The Fonz, eeey?

  41. just me says:

    when your a kid you see the life your gonna have, and it never crosses your mind it won't turn out that way.
    -love and basketball

  42. NoNe says:

    "Im his father, you're just the guy fuckin his mother" – The movie: Thank you for smoking

  43. Topher says:

    Yeah, I know I'm late to the game, but that has to be the most half assed – shitty list – EVER! It started out good, with some famous lines from the older classics, and then it got to The newer movies and has stuff like shreck, rush hour, and bruce almighty in it? Are you SERIOUS?! Whoever made this list needs to learn the definition of "best" and then go go figure out how it applies to movie quotes, and THEN go watch some really great ones, and THEN…. NOT to write this list. It's awful. You should be ashamed of including some of those newer movie quotes with the classics. SHAME.

  44. Silver says:

    The quotes from Aliens should be there. As many others have mentioned.

    But, how about Total Recall? Lots of great lines….

    Like this one: "Get your ass to Mars!"

  45. smokey says:


  46. StuartN15ted says:

    Yippe-ki-yi-yay??? How can you get that wrong? Its yippee ki-yay.

    And "I love the smell of napalm in the morning. It smells like victory" Is wrong.

    It's "I love the smell of napalm in the morning. You know, one time we had a hill bombed, for twelve hours. When it was all over I walked up. We didn't find one of 'em, not one stinkin' dink body. The smell, you know that gasoline smell, the whole hill. Smelled like… victory"

    If your gonna use quotes that aren't one liners, get them right at least.

    Even without the mistakes this is a bad list. But the mistakes are the reason so many people have commented about how bad it is. Try harder in everything you do in future.

  47. moviefisher says:

    worst list ever. rush hour? jesus.

  48. dale says:

    'FUCK YOU DALE. FUCK YOU' – step brothers!! most quotable movie ever.

  49. leeboy says:

    fucking shite list
    SNATCH is full of belter 1 liners

  50. siddhant shukla says:

    he who makes a beast of himself…
    gets rid of the pain of being a man….
    From Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind..