Often times you watch a movie and you hear a line or phrase that sticks. Such a well-timed line that it tends to become what the movie is most memorable for. In fact, some quotes are so good that the moment you hear them you’re able to remember what movie, who said it, and what was going on at that very point! So, as always, in no particular order – here are my top 15 movie lines!
Did we just become best friends?
Do you wanna go do karate in the garage?
Yup!Step Brothers | 2008
This is one of my favorite comedies of all time. Step Brothers, starring Will Farrell (as Brennan Huff) and and John C. Reilly (as Dale Doback) is full of hilarious lines – but this one in particular sticks out to me the most. It’s just an awesome scene where the two finally break the tension and realize they are similar in more ways than they’d imagined.
I live my life a quarter mile at a time. Nothing else matters. Not the mortgage, not the store, not my team and all their bullshit. For those ten seconds or less, I’m free.The Fast and the Furious | 2001
Ahhhh… enter Dominic Toretto (played by Vin Diesel) explaining his outtake on life to Brian O’Conner (played by the late Paul Walker). Hearing this line brings me right back to the movie theatre the night this movie came out. It was the summer of 2001 and I had just gotten my G1 (the first level of graduated licensing in Ontario, Canada) only four months prior. I remember my friends and I coming out of that movie theatre pumped and excited to see all the “suped up” cars peeling out of the parking lot after the movie – the year every single 16-year-old guy suddenly fell in love with the 1994 Toyota Supra and wanted a car with underglow lighting.
I’ll tell you what Merv. I bet I can tell you where you got your shoes. If I can do that, you give me a job alright? If not, I don’t know, you can have my ring.
Fine, you got yourself a bet. But you’ll never get that job Johnny and I’ll tell you why. I got these shoes when I was on a cruise when I was in international waters. So, no matter what you say, you’re gonna lose.
But I never said I could tell you where you bought your shoes Merv. I said I could tell you where you got ’em. And right now, you got your shoes on your feet.Poolhall Junkies | 2002
Not many people know this movie – but it’s a classic movie about a bunch of guys hustling their way through life with a shared passion – the beautiful game of pool. Johnny (played by Mars Callahan) is a talented pool shark and an even better hustler. Taken off the streets by Joe (played by Chazz Palminteri), Johnny comes out of “retirement” to help settle his brother Danny’s (played by Michael Rosenbaum) gambling debt; a debit owed to the very same man who prevented Johnny from becoming a star pool player on the circuit.
Sonny was right. The working man is a sucker, Dad.A Bronx Tale | 1993
He’s a sucker
Innocent little Calogero (played by Francis Capra at this point in the movie) gets a good old fashioned smack from his hard-working pops, Lorenzo (played by Robert De Niro) after referring to the working man as a “sucker”. Lorenzo, a bus driver who earns enough to provide his wife and son the bare necessities in the Bronx in the 1960s, takes no exception. Calogero, nicknamed “C”, befriends the city’s mafioso, Sonny (played by Chazz Palminteri) after intentionally failing to identify him to local authorities as the shooter in an incident over a parking spot. This movie is filled with life-lessons, if you haven’t watched it, I’m disappointed – but it’s never too late!
I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.The Godfather | 1972
This is probably the most famous line ever spoken by a movie mafioso. A simple message delivered by Don Vito Corleone (played by the late Marlon Brando) to his godson, Johnny Fontane (played by Al Martino), who is a singer whose career is on a decline and has his hopes set on a role in an upcoming Hollywood film. So what was this offer exactly? Don Corleone sends his consigliere, Tom Hagen (played by Robert Duvall), to visit the Hollywood director, Jack Woltz (played by John Marley) at his ranch. While on the grounds, the director proudly shows off his $600,000 thoroughbred horse – insisting Johnny would not get the lead role in the upcoming film. Well, the following scene, Woltz wakes up to find the severed head of his prized horse in bed with him. Suffice to say, the offer was accepted. The line was also featured in season 14 (episode 22) of The Simpsons in a mafia-like scene; because all that’s good ends up on The Simpsons!
If he dies, he dies.Rocky 4 | 1985
One of the most stone-faced statements made in Hollywood belongs to Ivan Drago (played by Dolph Lundgren) after defeating Apollo Creed (played by Carl Weathers) in a boxing match. A match where Apollo took devastating blows to the head resulting in his death in the center of the boxing ring while in the arms of his best friend and iconic Hollywood boxer, Rocky Balboa (played by Sylvestor Stallone). Come on guys, you gotta admit – at some point in your life, whether it was play fighting with your sibling(s) or buddies – you’ve looked away and quoted Ivan Drago after knocking down your “foe”.
Why so serious?The Dark Knight | 2008
An epic line by The Joker (played by the late Heath Ledger) in a scene where he explains the origin of his signature scars. As he tells the often changing story to a frightened bank attendant/hostage, he concludes with “why so serious?” while his victim’s life is on the line. I’ve totally used this line many times… definitely a great ice breaker!
You talkin’ to me?Taxi Driver | 1976
Travis Bickle (played by Robert De Niro) is a mentally unstable war veteran who now finds himself working as an overnight taxi driver in New York City. The events that unravel at night fuel his urge for violence by attempting to liberate a presidential campaign worker and an underage prostitute. In this scene, Bickle is role playing while looking at himself in the mirror practicing his gun draw.
My mama always said, life was like a box of chocolates.Forest Gump | 1994
You never know what you’re gonna get.
Spoken words have never had a truer meaning. Forest Gump (played by Tom Hanks) plays an Alabama man with an IQ of 75 who lives through the presedencies of Kennedy and Johnson, Vietnam, Watergate, and other historical events – all while in the pursuit to be reunited with his childhood sweetheart, Jenny (played by Jenny Curran). I mean, I guess when it boils down to it – of course, you could refer to the diagram on the inside of the box’s lid to know each chocolate; but you get the message here so don’t spoil it!
You can’t handle the truth!A Few Good Men | 1992
Lt. Daniel Kaffee (played by Tom Cruise) defends US Marines accused of murder after they contend they were acting under orders; orders handed to them by Col. Nathan R. Jessep (played by Jack Nicholson). In a heated trial discussion between the two, Col. Jessep snaps back with the famous line after Lt. Kaffee demands the truth. You know it’s true – any time you’ve heard someone say “I want the truth”… this line plays in your head and you’ve probably exclaimed it back; probably regretting it shortly thereafter.
Say hello to my little friend!Scarface | 1983
A Cuban immigrant turned cartel leader, Tony Montana (played by Al Pacino), yells this infamous line as his Miami mansion is infiltrated by enemies closing in on ending his reign. The “little friend” Tony is referring to, is his AR-15 assault rifle equipped with a grenade launcher. Tony knows he stands no chance at survival, but his character is a fighter who would rather die in a hail of bullets rather than surrender to his enemy. Not going to lie – I’ve lost count as to how many times I’ve heard this line used when mimicking the great Tony Montana.
Here’s Johnny!The Shining | 1980
Jack Torrance (played by Jack Nicholson) plays a father who is taken over by a sinister presence while in an isolated hotel with his family for the winter. This ranks as one of the top horror flicks of all time, often remembered for this famous line; yelled out as Torrance drives his face through a door after breaking through with an axe while trying to get to his wife Wendy (played by Shelley Duvall) on the other side. I feel like if your name is Johnny, you’ve totally introduced yourself with this line at some point… or several.
You’re gonna need a bigger boat.Jaws | 1975
This historic line comes from Chief Brody (played by the late Roy Scheider) moments after the iconic shark, Jaws, appears behind the “Orca” (the famous boat used in the film). After coming face-to-face with Jaws, Brody stumbles back into the cabin and makes the chilling statement after realizing their boat was not suited for the challenges that awaited.
I’ll be back.The Terminator | 1984
A human solider is sent from 2029 to 1984 to stop an almost indestructible cyborg killing machine, T-1000, who happens to be from the same year. Terminator (played by Arnold Schwarzeneggar) enters a police station looking for his friend, Sarah Connor (played by Linda Hamilton). The officer on duty tells him it’s going to be a while before she can be seen. Terminator scopes out the situation and awkwardly notifies the officer of his intentions to return. Boy does he return – Terminator drives a vehicle right through the front of the station for a grand entrance. Hate to say it, but this is a line we have ALL used – many a times, even when excusing yourself to use the facilities – don’t lie. It’s happens. By the way, in 9 years I wonder if we’ll have such beings among us!
Show me the money!Jerry Maguire | 1996
Jerry Maguire (played by Tom Cruise) plays a sports agent who is fired from his firm for having morals. So, he decides to become an independent agent with his former colleague Dorothy Boyd (played by Renée Zellweger) and Rod Tidwell (played by Cuba Gooding Jr) his only athlete client – a football star looking to cash-in. After some back and forth negotiation over the phone, Maguire asks Tidwell what he needs to do to keep him as a client. Followed by a gradual build-up, Tidwell lays it out in as simple a term possible. As he tells Jerry in the movie, “doesn’t it make you feel good just to say that? Say it with me one time Jerry!”
Now go ahead, like you haven’t said it before – loud and clear let me hear you say it! I need to feel you [Jerry]!
Well, that’s a wrap! I’m sure there are many more lines from movies that could keep this article going for… well, forever!
So, what are you waiting for? Go on, go ahead…