If a movie line sticks with the viewer long after the film is over that film did at least one thing right. Typically, the greatest films have the most memorable quotes but there are occasions when even the worst films leave us at least one gold nugget. The quotes on this list have worked their way into our lives to the point where we might recite them randomly and mindlessly on any given day.
Check out some of the most memorable movie lines ever written and the movies they came from.
The Godfather (1972)
“I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” – Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando)
Cinematic history was made when Marlon Brando, The Godfather himself, uttered these words. With this line and others, Vito Corleone would go down as the greatest character in movie history.
“Success is nothing without someone you love to share it with.”- Brian Walker (Billy Dee Williams)
This line was also the tagline for the film that showed us the importance of keeping things in perspective and reminded us that success is sweet but love is sweeter.
Jerry Maguire (1996)
“Show me the money!”- Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding Jr.) and Jerry Maquire ( Tom Cruise)
Fact: In the film Rod first says these words to Jerry in a now classic scene, but it was his forcing Jerry to scream them over the phone that has made this an unforgettable movie quote.
Training Day (2001)
“King Kong ain’t got Sh** on me!”- Alonzo Harris (Denzel Washington)
This testosterone drenched declaration helped Denzel Washington secure the Oscar for Best Actor. Washington’s Alonzo Harris was unflinchingly masculine and apologetically corrupt. It was a role so far removed from Denzel’s typical triumphant hero that it made everyone take notice.
Forrest Gump (1994)
“Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” -Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks)
This line is one of the many nuggets of wisdom dropped on viewers of this oddball classic. Was he a dim-wit or was he a genius? We may never know. All we can truly say is that he was just…Gump.
Lean On Me (1989)
“I don’t have to do nothin’ but stay black and die.”- Joe Clark (Morgan Freeman)
This line has become so popular in the African American community that many say it without ever knowing where the phrase came from.
“Say ‘hello’ to my little friend!”- Tony Montana (Al Pacino)
Al Pacino will always be remembered for executing one of the most famous and often parodied lines in movie history.
Snakes On A Plane (2006)
“I have had it with these motherf**kin’ snakes on this motherf**kin’ plane!”- Neville Flynn (Samuel L. Jackson)
And you thought Sam Jackson’s best lines were in Pulp Fiction. Fooled you! Snakes on a Plane may have gone down in flames but this gem of a quote managed to survive the wreckage.
A Few Good Men (1992)
“You can’t handle the truth!”-Col. Nathan R. Jessup (Jack Nicholson)
Tensions were high in the court room as a heated Jack Nicholson famously yelled these words at Tom Cruise in A Few Good Men.
Dirty Dancing (1987)
“Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”- Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze)
Arguably the most famous line from this classic sultry dance film.
“I’m the king of the world!” – Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio)
When Jack Dawson yelled those words to the universe he couldn’t have possibly imagined the fate that would befall him. Well, long live the king!
The Wizard of OZ (1939)
“There’s no place like home.”- Dorothy (Judy Garland)
Judy Garland will forever be remembered for uttering these famous words as she closed her eyes and clicked together her sparkling red heels in The Wizard of Oz.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
“Either get busy living, or get busy dying.”- Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins)
In short, these simple words summed up life. Tim Robbins gave us a character who refused to give up on his dream while Morgan Freeman showed us a man who had gotten so stuck in life that he was afraid to even hope for anything more. Based on the Stephen King novella, The Shawshank Redemption brought us one of the most powerful and touching stories in cinematic history.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
“I see dead people.”- Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment)
This line has been parodied so much it is likely to evoke laughter from those who say it or hear it, but at the time when The Sixth Sense was first released, it was the chilling revelation of a scared young boy to his psychologist.
Star Wars (1977)
“May the Force be with you.”-Han Solo (Harrison Ford)
Folks who have never even seen a Stars Wars film know this famous line. This quote is said at least once by a character in each of the Star Wars movies, but most memorably Han Solo says “may the force be with you” to Luke Skywalker just before the attack on the Death Star battle station.