Have you noticed that the internet is slowly becoming a series of lists like “Good Movie Quotes,” and “Top 10 Ways You Can Look For Secret Messages While Watching ‘The Wizard of Oz’ Backwards”? Well, that’s what we all like, so we’re here to jump on that bandwagon with another list of great quotes from movies that have spanned the test of time.
“Oh, but you can't expect to wield supreme executive power just because some watery tart threw a sword at you.” (“Monty Python and the Holy Grail”) The British comedy troupe known as Monty Python have produced so many good movie quotes that it’s genuinely hard to pick just one from the treasure trove of material they left behind. This line is said by a peasant to King Arthur after he attempts to explain why he is the leader of the country even though there has been no election.
“I want rustlers, cut throats, murderers, bounty hunters, desperados, mugs, pugs, thugs, nitwits, halfwits, dimwits, vipers, snipers, con men, Indian agents, Mexican bandits, muggers, buggerers, bushwhackers, hornswogglers, horse thieves, bull dykes, train robbers, bank robbers, ass-kickers, shit-kickers and Methodists.” (“Blazing Saddles”) Mel Brooks spent the better part of the 70’s cracking up audiences with one great movie quote after another. This one, from his Western spoof, “Blazing Saddles,” is no exception. Lamarr (Harvey Corman), frustrated that all of his plans have failed, is now ready to use brute force to get his way and is instructing his minion Taggart (Slim Pickens) just who he wants to inflict his reign of terror upon the town.
“I’ll have what she’s having.” (“When Harry Met Sally”) If fans remember anything about this movie it’s the scene where Meg Ryan fakes an orgasm in a restaurant on a dare from her friend Harry (Billy Crystal). However, the good movie quote comes right after her ‘performance’ when an older woman, thinking that the orgasm was caused by Ryan’s sandwich, wants a little of her own. Here’s the really funny part. The older woman is the mother of the movie’s director, Rob Reiner.
Striker: "Surely you can't be serious?!" Rumack: "I am serious… and don't call me Shirley."(“Airplane”) This good movie quote may very well be one of the most remembered takeaway lines in the entire movie and one that has been parodied countless times. It was spoken by the late, great Leslie Neilson, who took dead pan humor to an art form. It’s still hard to find a single line of his in this movie that won’t have fans rolling in the aisles.
“Yo, she-bitch! Let's go!” (“Army of Darkness”) Much like Mel Brooks, director Sam Raimi knows how to pull the humor out of a scene and he’s been blessed to have someone as amazing as Bruce Campbell to aid him in his endeavor. It’s hard to pull a good movie quote from this film because so many of them could equally qualify, but this one near the end of the film really is a gem. In it, Ash has returned to his own world after battling demons from the past only to discover that some of them have followed him back into his own time.
“Yippee-ki-yay, Mother F***er!” (“Die Hard”) It’s now a staple of the “Die Hard” movies to figure out a way to make star Bruce Willis say this line every time he plays Det John McClain. What makes this one a good movie quote is because it provides a way of contrasting the clean-cut movie cowboy Roy Rogers (whose “Yippe-ki-yay” line made him famous) that McClain worshipped as a child, against the modern hero of McClain who is a bit more damaged than Rogers.
- Mark Dodson