A movie tagline survey was conducted by Tagline Guru (TagLineGuru.com) and taken by 500 branding, marketing and advertising professionals to comprise a list that includes the ten most famous movie taglines. The survey respondents gave a weighted ranking to the ten most famous movie taglines based on the number of votes received and the rank assigned to the films by each of those surveyed. Some of the movies contained multiple taglines; however, only one movie tagline was selected from each film. These most famous taglines were ranked using suitability, creativity, originality and memorability as the criteria. 

Movie taglines are an integral component of creating a box office draw as the slogans are used to effectively advertise, market and sell the movie. The nominated taglines were verified using the Internet Movie Database (IMDB.com). The following is the list of the top ten movie taglines out of the more than 300 movies that were nominated in the survey. 

  1. In space, no one can hear you scream. "Alien" (1979). A spaceship receives what appears to be an S.O.S. signal and lands on a far away planet. Upon further inspection, they discover some strange creatures.

  2. Houston, we have a problem. "Apollo 13" (1995). This is from the true story of the Apollo 13 astronauts who experienced trouble on their mission to the moon and were subsequently rescued.

  3. They're back. "Poltergeist II" (1986). The Freeling family moves into a new house but supernatural forces continue to torment them.

  4. We are not alone. "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977). A factory worker who comes across UFOs is then drawn out into uninhabited land for an amazing encounter.

  5. Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water. "Jaws 2" (1978). The police chief must protect the citizens of his town after they experience a recurrence of a Great White shark terrorizing their waters.

  6. Who you gonna call ? "Ghostbusters" (1984). Three unemployed turned self employed professors establish a ghost extermination service.

  7. A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away. "Star Wars" (1977). Luke Skywalker departs his native planet and collaborates with rebels to save the Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader.

  8. Be afraid. Be very afraid. "The Fly" (1986). A scientist mutates into a monstrous cross of man and fly after an experiment gone awry.

  9. The list is life. "Schindler's List" (1993). During World War II in Poland, factory owner Oskar Schindler becomes concerned for the welfare of his Jewish workers after seeing them being persecuted by the Nazi government.

  10. Earth. It was fun while it lasted. "Armageddon" (1988). An asteroid the size of Texas is on a collision course with Earth and a group of oil drillers are sent to drill into the rock and plant a nuclear bomb to destroy it.