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The Most Quotable Movies

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Movies, we love to love them. They offer us an outlet to laugh, to cry, to hope, and to dream. They also offer us a chance to quote. Some movies have us at hello with one or two great lines, while others have so many great remarks, we don’t even know how to pick out the best. The following is our list of most quotable films, movies filled with golden lines that quickly turn us into copycats.

Old School: From the never-gets-old “You’re my boy, Blue” to Will Ferrell’s ode to married life (“We're going to go to Home Depot. Yeah, buy some wall paper, maybe get some flooring, stuff like that. Maybe Bed, Bath, & Beyond, I don't know, I don't know if we'll have enough time),” Old School has some of the funniest quotes since Caddyshack. Instead of focusing on one person, the quotes are equally divided and all of the characters utter delightful diction. Even Blue has some zingers. Who knew he had it in him?

Swingers: Vegas, baby, Vegas. Even people who have never seen Swingers quote this movie. A cult classic, particularly for the male species, Swingers follows a group of wannabe Rat Packing friends as they pick up girls and take on Vegas. A film that launched the careers of several actors, including Vince Vaughn, Swingers helped compound the swing revival and taught us that Mikey’s the big winner: quoting this movie is simply “money.”

When Harry Met Sally: A 1989 film that propelled both Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan into their roles as America's sweethearts, When Harry Met Sally features Harry (Crystal) and Sally (Ryan) from the time they meet on a cross-country carpool to their continual chance meetings over the next decade. Though Crystal arguably has some of the best quotable lines in this film, mimicking Ryan’s fake orgasm scene is sure to turn more heads than a regular ol’ quote ever will.

The Notebook: Sure, it’s not funny “ha-ha,” but if you want a movie filled with the quotes of love, open The Notebook. A story that is told both in the past and the present, The Notebook features an elderly couple, a wife, Allie, stricken by Alzheimer’s and a husband, Duke, who reads her their life – and love – story. Based on the novel by Nicholas Sparks, The Notebook is filled with some of the most heartfelt, romantic quotes in cinema history.

The Godfather: The mother of all movies, The Godfather also housed the mother of all quotes. Filled with intensity, drama, and some of the best actors of the 20th century, The Godfather made us an offer we couldn’t refuse and, since 1972, people have found themselves quoting this film in a variety of situations, weddings, speeches, movie scripts, and, of course, whenever anyone is found sleeping with the fishes.

The Breakfast Club: Ah, an oldie, but a goodie. A movie that propelled members of the Brat Pack into pop culture, The Breakfast Club – a film that was almost entirely set in a high school library – was known solely for its dialogue. Whether it was quotes from the stereotypical nerd – “Well, what I had said was I'm in the math club, the Latin and the physics club… physics club.” – or the rebel bad boy – “Why does Andrew get to get up? If he gets up, we'll all get up, IT'LL BE ANARCHY!!!” – The Breakfast Club lives on forever thanks to those of us who have it memorized.

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  • J

    Huh?

    No Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Pulp Fiction, Happy Gilmore, or Waterboy?

  • #2

    No Big Lebowski? Shenanigans.

  • Mike B.

    I vote for Clerks for those of us in the retail world.
    Randall:”You think that’s offensive, check THIS out, I think you can see her kidneys!”

    or Ghostbusters (I or II)
    Louis Tully:”No way, they have a judicial mestrangement order, they could be exposing themselves”
    Venkman: “And you don’t want us… exposing ourselves”
    OR
    Winston: “Ray,the next time someone asks you if you’re a god you say YES!”

  • http://kanrei.blogspot.com Brad Schader

    Yet another dangerous list that is sure to make the writer’s life hell. “The Most” anything is a deadly list to make. I agree with half of this list which ain’t bad for me, but where are the classics? Fast Times? Heathers? Kentucky Fried Movie? Airplane? If there is anything more quotable than Airplane I haven’t seen it.

  • http://www.myspace.com/musicfreakkate Kate C. Harding

    I agree with Brad. Lists will always get you in trouble. I think you’ve got some good ones here, but I’d like to put up a couple of more.

    Tommyboy: Honestly, Chris Farley is right up there with the great one-liners. “Housekeeping!” and “What did you do????” are the ones I hear on what seems like a weekly basis.

    Anchorman: Maybe this is just my ridiculous group of friends, but hardly a day goes by that I’m not subjected to hearing “That escalated very quickly,” “Milk was a bad choice,” “I immediately regret this decision,” or “I love…lamp.”

    Good start, though.

  • http://elvirablack.blogspot.com/ Elvira Black

    One word (or is it two?): Scarface! (I’ll crush those cockaroches!

  • JB

    Office Space, Animal House, Tombstone,Joe Dirt

  • Gray Hunter

    I will state irrevocably and without hesitation that Monty Python and the Holy Grail is the greatest and most quotable movie ever. It’s got “huge … tracts of land” to choose from when quoting. There’s just “lovely filth” to spew out at innocent bystanders.

    And I also love Anchorman. It has a few lines that rival Python. My favorite: “Sixty percent of the time … it works every time.”

    One other note: I do believe you forgot the most universally quoted movie, Star Wars (Episode IV for us fanatics). Who in the world has not said, “Use the Force”?

    A little more cowbell on the list and it’ll be very nice.

  • Dr Dreadful

    Monty Python’s Life of Brian is also exquisitely quotable. E.g:

    Brian’s mother, to the vast crowds attempting to worship her son: “He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!”
    Prisoner, envious of Brian for getting the ‘soft’ punishment of crucifixion: “You lucky, lucky bastard!”
    Pontius Pilate, oblivious to his desperate need for speech therapy: “Vewy well… welease Wodewick!”

  • http://vikk.typepad.com/blog_trek/ Heather Ames

    The list could be very long.

    Ghostbusters: “Where do these steps go? They go up.”

  • Catey

    Oh Boy!! :0) Ghostbusters “are you a god?” (“no”) “then….dieeeee” Princess Bride “inconceivable!”, “I died that day”, anybody wanna peanut?” :0)

  • Connor D.

    FIGHT CLUB???

    “i want you to hit me as hard as you can…”

    “i havent been F***ed like that since grade school…”

  • woodlawn

    Dr. Strangelove omitted? Shame! ….

    Miss Scott: Buck, honey…I’m not sleepy either.

    Turgidson: I know how it is, baby. Tell you what you do. You just start your countdown, and old Bucky’ll be back here before you can say…Blast Off!

  • Morse

    Fletch, Stripes, Raising Arizona.

  • BC

    “The Outlaw Josie Wales”

    Dyin’ ain’t much of a livin’ boy.

    …and…

    The hell with them fellas, buzzards gotta eat, same as worms.

  • Mr. X

    I’m a little TO’ed that no one mentionned Napoleon Dynamite. Idiots! Gosh! Now I’ll have to go make some sweet moolah with uncle Rico.

    Also I agree with Josey Wales. More quotes like:

    “Don’t piss down my back and tell me it’s raining” and “Are you gonna draw or stand there and whistle dixie?”

    And I love those Marx brothers’Night at the Opera quotes:
    ” We have an excellent insurace policy: If you lose a leg, we’ll help you look for it.”
    Groucho says:
    “That can’t be my shirt, my shirt doesn’t snore.”
    And Chico answers: “Shh! Don’t wake him up. He’s got insomnia, he’s trying to sleep it off.”

  • Doe

    Sorry but Monty Pyton and the Holy Grail, Cadyshack, Young Frankenstien, and History of the World Part 1.

    Holy Grail= “Nee”, “What is your favorite color?”, “I fart in your general direction”, “That Rabbit is dinomite”, “The castle Argggghhhhh.”

    Cadyshack= “You’ll get nothing and like it”, “Hey did somebody step on a duck.”

    Young Frankenstien= “Well they were wrong weren’t they”, “Frau Blücher. Nehhh”, “I eint got no body”, “Werewolf!? There wolf. Why are you talking like that”, “Who’s brain is that? Abby Normal”

    History of the World Part 1= “He looks just like the piss boy”, “Stand-up philosopher. I coalesce the vapors of human existence into a viable and meaningful comprehension. Oh, a *bullshit* artist!”