Some of our most rewarding experiences have involved fictional characters. In fewer mediums has this been more resonant than in movies.
A screenplay can absolutely make or break a movie a movie, so it's always a pleasure when they boast memorable scenes and even more memorable lines. These factors have helped some movies retain their place in the public consciousness.
People were more than happy to share their favorite quotes after Redditor NoHousing819 asked the online community:
"What's your favorite movie quote?"
""Sir, you are a cowardly son of a bitch! You just shot an unarmed man!"
"He should've armed himself if he's gonna decorate his saloon with my friend!"
This film won all of those Oscars for a reason!
Definitely worth revisiting.
Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)
"Gentlemen you can't fight in here, this is the war room!"
This film has only become increasingly relevant.
Doesn't it feel like we're on the brink of more Cold War scenarios?
"They literally stopped me from eating foods that were shaped like dicks. No hot dogs, no popsicles... You know how many foods are shaped like dicks? The best kinds."
Oh, the humanity!
My heart weeps!
Blade Runner (1982)
"I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.”
No matter which cut you happen to watch, Blade Runner is a classic.
And believe it or not, it wasn't too well regarded in its original release!
Lord of War (2005)
"There are over 550 million firearms in worldwide circulation. That’s one firearm for every twelve people on the planet. The only question is: How do we arm the other eleven?”
A film that I nearly forgot about–and probably worthy of another watch.
Those trailers were EVERYWHERE.
V for Vendetta (2005)
"Beneath this mask there is more than flesh, Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof."
Now here's a film I need to see again–when this came out, just about everyone in my high school saw it.
American Psycho (2000)
"There is an idea of a Patrick Bateman. Some kind of abstraction. But there is no real me. Only an entity. Something illusory."
"And though I can hide my cold gaze, and you can shake my hand and feel flesh gripping yours, and maybe you can even sense our lifestyles are probably comparable, I simply am not there."
American Psycho, for all its violence and all the feelings it stirs in people, is immensely quotable.
Read the book if you dare.
Blazing Saddles (1974)
"You've got to remember that these are just simple farmers. These are people of the land. The common clay of the new West. You know...morons."
Out of all of Mel Brooks's movies, this one is probably the best.
Spy Kids (2001)
“Do you think God hides in Heaven because he too is afraid of what he created?”
Still blows my mind that this was in Spy Kids of all movies.
It... it's not good.
The Princess Bride (1987)
“The king's stinkin' son fired me, but thank you so much for bringing up such a painful subject. While you're at it, why don't you give me a nice paper cut and pour lemon juice on it!”
A classic that always manages to lighten my mood each time I watch it.
At least a few of these quotes are making you want to revisit some of these movies, huh?
And while you're at it, you might as well tell us some of your favorites.
Feel free to sound off in the comments below.
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One of the most memorable things about movies, and tv, is dialogue. You can go to your grave knowing all of the best lines of cinema.
Who hasn't spent hours in parking lots of bars, drunk, replaying the dialogue of the classics of Hollywood?
A film can look look gorgeous, but the words, the words make it all come together. Maybe I'm biased.
Great dialogue and memorable quotes are what keep us coming back. Our chance to relive, reenact and be a part of the story.
Redditor No_Housing_4819 wanted everyone to share some of our most memorable film moments, they asked:
"What's your favorite movie quote?"
"Flames. Flames, on the side of his face... heaving, burning flames." -CLUE
GENIUS! I'll never not be able to act along when I watch. I love you Madeline Kahn.
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"I think I got it. But just in case… tell me the whole thing again I wasn’t listening." ~ WTFrickFrackCadillac
"What, do you think a spaceship is just gonna appear out of- are you kidding me?!" ~ CaptainSkips
"Sir, you are a cowardly son of a *itch! You just shot an unarmed man!"
"He should've armed himself if he's gonna decorate his saloon with my friend!" ~ Axenroth187
“ It's a hell of a thing, killin' a man. You take all he's got... and all he's ever gonna have.”
“Well, I guess they had it comin’”
“We all have it comin', Kid.” ~ bolerobell
"They literally stopped me from eating foods that were shaped like d**ks. No hot dogs, no popsicles... You know how many foods are shaped like d**ks? The best kinds." ~ MOTHER_UN*UCKER
"How old are you, McLovin?"
"Old enough for what? "
"To party..." ~ SaAvilez
"Honestly out of all the hobbit quotes this one from the movie, not the book, gives me the greatest swelling of emotions:"
"Galadriel: Mithrandir, why the halfling?"
"Gandalf: Saruman believes it is only great power that can hold evil in check, but that is not what I have found. I found it is the small everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keep the darkness at bay. Small acts of kindness and love. Why Bilbo Baggins? I don't know. Perhaps because I am afraid, and he gives me courage." ~ cowabungaboogaloo
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“He starts monologuing! He starts this prepared speech about how feeble I am to him, how my defeat is inevitable, and the world will soon be his, yada yada yada, he’s yammering! I mean the guy has me on a platter, and he won’t shut up!” ~ Dazzling_Realties
"Evil Willow: And there is no one in the world who has the power to stop me now."
"Giles: I'd like to test that theory."
Buffy the Vampire Slayer (TV show). Brilliant! If you know... you KNOW!
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"I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle."
"https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=hZ45RU2Xty0". ~ 11B-1P-CIB
Weathering With You
"A hero would sacrifice you for the world but a villain would sacrifice the world for you." ~ I_Love_Small_Breasts
"His selfish desire to be with an ACTUAL GODDESS. I love how complex and big but also intimate and sad the romance in this movie was. He was a villain for sure, but also my heart was breaking for them the whole movie. I wouldn't have been any happier if he was a hero; everyone would have lost." ~ WinsomeWombat
The Naked Gun
"Who are you? And how'd you get in here?"
"I'm the locksmith, and I'm a locksmith." ~ parallel_jay
"This is quintessential Nielsen. Great joke, perfect delivery." ~ ivanparas
“I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die.” ~ uckitillbeanunicor
"Humanizes an antagonist that we had previously thought to be completely inhuman. I don't think Blade Runner would be the same without these lines." ~ absolutelyfree2
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“I’m as mad as hell and I’m not going to take it anymore!” ~ UpperUnderstanding77
"One of the criticisms of Chayefsky's screenplay was that it was too cynical and unrealistic. In hindsight it almost seems quaint." ~ DaBake
All great choices. Thank God for film and words!
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There are literally millions of movies.
Within each movie, hundreds to thousands of quotes. The options for your favorite movie quotes are endless.
Of course, not all movies are created equally, so some definitely stand out more than others.
u/eoghan_mckenna_ asked:What is the best movie quote you have ever heard?
Here were some of those answers.
An Arnie Film
Barbarian General: "We won again. This is good! But what is best in life?"
Warrior: "The open steppe, fleet horse, falcons at your wrist, wind in your hair!"
General: "Wrong! Conan, what is best in life?"
Conan: "To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women!"
Barbarian General: "That is good."
The Horror Of War
"I love the smell of napalm in the morning. You know, one time we had a hill bombed, for 12 hours. When it was all over, I walked up. We didn't find one of 'em, not one stinkin' dink body. The smell, you know that gasoline smell? The whole hill, smelled like...victory. Someday this war's gonna end."
— Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore (Robert Duvall), Apocalypse Now
Guess This One
(In a thick Gloucester accent)
"No luck catching them killers then?"
"It's just the one killer actually"
"I'd ask you about love, you'd probably quote me a sonnet. But you've never looked at a woman and been totally vulnerable. Known someone that could level you with her eyes, feeling like God put an angel on earth just for you. Who could rescue you from the depths of hell. And you wouldn't know what it's like to be her angel, to have that love for her, be there forever, through anything, through cancer. And you wouldn't know about sleeping sitting up in the hospital room for two months, holding her hand, because the doctors could see in your eyes, that the terms "visiting hours" don't apply to you.
You don't know about real loss, 'cause it only occurs when you've loved something more than you love yourself. "
From the movie 'Good Will Hunting'.
The Green Mile
"I'm tired, boss. Tired of being on the road, lonely as a sparrow in the rain. I'm tired of never having me a buddy to be with to tell me where we's going to, coming from, or why. Mostly, I'm tired of people being ugly to each other. I'm tired of all the pain I feel and hear in the world...every day. There's too much of it. It's like pieces of glass in my head...all the time. Can you understand?" :'(
"You ain't gonna believe this, but you used to fit right here. (He gestures to the palm of his hand). I'd hold you up to say to your mother, 'This kid's gonna be the best kid in the world. This kid's gonna be somebody better than anybody I ever knew.' And you grew up good and wonderful. It was great just watchin' you, every day was like a privilege. Then the time come for you to be your own man and take on the world, and you did. But somewhere along the line, you changed. You stopped being you. You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you you're no good. And when things got hard, you started lookin' for something to blame, like a big shadow.
Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It's a very mean and nasty place, and I don't care how tough you are, it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done!
Now if you know what you're worth, then go out and get what you're worth! But you gotta be willing to take the hits. And not pointing fingers saying you ain't where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain't you! You're better than that!
I'm always gonna love you no matter what. No matter what happens. You're my son and you're my blood. You're the best thing in my life. But until you start believing in yourself, you ain't gonna have a life."
– Rocky Balboa
Ash To Ash
(I'm paraphrasing the set-up a bit)
Evil Ash: You won't shoot me ... because you're good ! I'm Evil Ash and you're Good Ash ! You're a goody little two-shoes, goody little two-shoes, goody little two-shoes !
(Ash shoots Evil Ash with his shot gun )
Ash: Good ... Bad ... I'm the guy with the gun.
A Last Hurrah
When King Lear dies in act five, do you know what Shakespeare has written? He has written, 'He dies.' No more. No fanfare, no metaphor, no brilliant final words. The culmination of the most influential piece of dramatic literature is, 'He dies.' Now I am not asking you to be happy at my leaving but all I ask you to do is to turn the page and let the next story begin. -- Mr. Magorium (Mr magoriums wonder emporium)
O Captain My Captain
"We don't read and write poetry because it's cute. We read and write poetry because we are members of the human race, and the human race is filled with passion. Medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for."
"No matter what anybody tells you, words and ideas can change the world."
"We're not laughing at you - we're laughing near you."
"There's a time for daring and there's a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for."
-- Mr. John keating, Dead poet's Society.
A Sign Of The Times
"It's like the great stories, Mr. Frodo, the ones that really mattered. Full of darkness and danger they were, and sometimes you didn't want to know the end because how could the end be happy? How could the world go back to the way it was when so much bad has happened? But in the end, it's only a passing thing this shadow, even darkness must pass. A new day will come, and when the sun shines, it'll shine out the clearer. I know now folks in those stories had lots of chances of turning back, only they didn't. They kept going because they were holding on to something. That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo, and it's worth fighting for." -Samwise Gamgee