Most Famous Movie Quotes

Friday, January 21 by Kelly Cannon

The most famous movie quotes live on in our collective consciousness. There are some movie quotes that are so well known, that most people know them even if they've never seen the movie the quote is from. They often become a part of our everyday colloquialisms, and are used in every day conversation for humor or to make a point.

  1. "I am serious – and don't call me Shirley." How many times have you said to someone "You can't be serious!" and this was their reply? This famous movie quote is from the movie "Airplane!", and was made by the Leslie Nielsen in his trademark deadpan delivery.
  2. "Here's looking at you, kid." This is one of the most famous movie quotes from "Casablanca," a movie that is packed full of great lines. This one is from restaurant owner Rick, played by Humphrey Bogart.
  3. "Go ahead, make my day." You know you've said it to someone at least once, just daring them to cross you. Dirty Harry Callahan, played by Clint Eastwood, said it first in the movie "Sudden Impact."
  4. "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse." One of the most often quoted and most famous lines from "The Godfather" trilogy, this is from the original "The Godfather" in 1972. First uttered by Don Vito Corleone, portrayed by the incomparable Marlon Brando.
  5. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn!" This is the famous movie quote from "Gone With The Wind" that had ladies swooning and the censors seething back in 1939, when Rhett Butler (played by Clark Gable) spat the line out at a forlorn Scarlett O'Hara. It's often called the first use of a vulgarity in a movie, but that's actually not true. In fact, the word "damn" had been used often in movies before, and the phrase "damn Yankees" is used earlier in the same movie.
  6. "Hasta la vista, baby." Everyone knows this line from 1991's "The Terminator 2: Judgement Day", and surely everyone has used it at least once in a real life situation.
  7. "Show me the money!" This famous movie quote is from 1996's "Jerry Maguire", a movie that had it's fair share of catchy lines and quotable quotes. While the movie has other popular lines, this is the one that seems to find its way into every day conversation most often.
  8. "Say 'hello' to my little friend!" Who can forget Tony Montana (played by Al Pacino) spitting out this line before he opened fire in the 1983 film "Scarface?"
  9. "Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!" This great movie quote comes from the original "Planet of the Apes" movie, and was spoken by Charlton Heston as he stood up to his ape overlords.
  10. "What we've got here is… failure to communicate." The consummate famous movie line, this line was first used in the movie "Cool Hand Luke". It was spoken by the hard-nosed Captain (played by Strother Martin) after he gave the recalcitrant Luke a beat down. The line, and the short speech that follow, are an attempt to explain his actions to the rest of the chain-gang, while also warning them against any ideas of standing up to him as Luke had.
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