What are your all-time favorite movie lines?

Over the weekend, The Independent had a rambling little article about the best and worst movie lines of all time. Which, of course, got me thinking about my own personal favorites. Growing up, my sisters and I watched 1972’s hilarious What’s Up, Doc? (with Barbra Streisand and Ryan O’Neal) dozens of times, and I can still guarantee a laugh by calling them up and declaring, "I adore anyone who adores anyone who adores Emerson. Your turn." Ditto for, "Who is that dangerously unbalanced woman?," or any reference to Vocal Reverberation Under Spinal Pressure. "You know, VRUSP?" "Oh yes! I think I read a monograph on that!"

I’m also partial to Alan Alda’s "If it bends, it’s funny" bit from Crimes and Misdemeanors, and of course, all the creepy lines from Silence of the Lambs you can giddily take out of context over cocktails with a group of friends. "Don’t you hurt my dog!" "Don’t you make me hurt your dog!" "Or you won’t know what pain is!"

Oh boy, I could go on amusing myself all day here, but really, why do all the heavy lifting when I know you guys are full of dialogue, too? So what are you waiting for, PopWatchers… have at it by sharing your all-time favorite movie lines in the comments section below.


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  • Call

    “Many Shubs and Zuuls knew what it was to be roasted in the depths of the Sloar that day, I can tell you.”
    Louis (Ghostbusters)
    What an absurd line, and one that makes me laugh every single time I think of it.

  • Stephanie

    I grew up watching “What’s Up Doc,” and never really understood how funny it was until I got to college.
    I am Hugh
    You are me?
    No, I am Hugh
    Stop saying that…make him stop saying that!

  • Laurie

    I am partial to anything from the early nineties. I can call up any number of people I have been friends with since that time and say “Welcome to Debbie country” and they will immediately think of Singles. I also can think of innumberable lines from Dazed and Confused or Reality Bites that bring up hilarious sometimes drunken memories.

  • Ed

    L-l-l-love this post Michael!
    Working Girl: 1988
    “In order to be taken serious, you need serious hair”.
    “Just because I dance around my room in my underwear, doesn’t make me Madonna”.
    “I’m not stake, you just can’t order me”!
    and the best one…..”I have a head for business but a bod for sin”! (gay man’s manchra).

  • Charlotte

    My fam’s personal favorites:
    “Everyone I’ve told about the breif is dead” – Pelican Breif
    “Big mistake, big” – Pretty Woman
    “Do I like jello?” – While You Were Sleeping
    “You wanted to tussle, lets tussle” – Out of Sight

  • Beetle

    “It’s a trap!”
    – Return of the Jedi
    Probably the top quote among our gang. Always handy for a laugh (especially when you mimic Admiral Akbar’s voice).
    “What? What will come out no more?!”
    “It’s all in the reflexes.”
    “Shut up Mr Burton! You were not brought upon this world to get it!”
    – Big Trouble in Little China
    Heck, this movie’s choc full of good quotes.
    I could go on (Tremors, Top Gun, Caddyshack, Stripes, blah blah), but then I won’t get a thing done at work.

  • Gretchen Weiners

    I really can’t pin down an all-time favorite. Most of my favorite movies are odd choices which no one else likes – so here goes:
    ” In Southeast Asia we call this type of thing…. bad karma.” – The ‘Burbs
    Pretty much any line from The ‘Burbs is my favorite movie quote. Including: “I’ve never seen that. I’ve never seen anyone drive their garbage down to the curb and then bang the hell out of with a stick” and “It came with the frame.” Someone needs to help me out here because I can’t be the only freak whose favorite movie is The ‘Burbs!

  • marilinda

    I love the Powerglove. It’s so bad.

  • KTS

    Luca Brazi thanking the Godfather for inviting him to his daughter’s wedding, on the day of his daughter’s wedding. Can’t quote it exactly as I know we’ve bastardized it.
    “Strange things are afoot at the Circle K” Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure.

  • KTS

    “I want my two dollars.” Better Off Dead

  • mike

    Johnny Mnemonic: “It’s Jesus time!”
    The Cutting Edge: “We’re doing the Pompchenko!”
    Sneakers: “It’s your mother!”
    The Day After Tomorrow: “I’m using by body heat to keep you warm.”

  • nessa

    “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepre to die.”
    Pure genius.

  • Mafia Princess

    “I used the same f**king soap you did and when I finished the towel didn’t look like no g*damn maxie pad!”

  • SK

    Your life’s going down the toliet!
    Old man, you give those dogs another piece of my food, I’ll kick you till your dead.
    Both from Moonstruck.
    You know, for kids. — Hudsucker Proxy
    You speak the truth my faithful Indian — Radio Days
    Close your eyes and think of Christmas — Dragnet

  • Chris Richards

    There are so many greats to choose from, but the one that I probably quote most often(that’s the only way I can think to make a choice) is from Mel Brook’s classic Blazing Saddles:
    Hedly: “Qualifications?”
    Sh-tkicker: “Rape, murder, arson, and rape.”
    Hedly: “You said ‘rape’ twice.”
    Sh-tkicker: “I like rape.”
    It’s funny because it’s so horribly offensive, like that entire movie. If you don’t both cringe and laugh, there’s something wrong with you(it’s worse if you laugh and don’t cringe, by the way).

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