We all love to quote movies. Whether it’s to be witty and make someone laugh, show off our pop-culture knowledge, or even steal a line from a romantic comedy to make our significant other swoon, most of us are guilty of confidently spouting off a line or two from a movie, even if we flub it, and even if it’s been done to death.
An overused movie catchphrase doesn’t necessarily mean it’s a bad line –to the contrary, it’s usually a good line, a smartly-delivered phrase turned popular movie quote that’s simply lost its charm –well, to everyone except the speaker! In fact, most overused movie quotes come from great movies. However, it’s easy to cross the line from funny movie zinger to eye-roll-inducing-excessively-used- quote.
Note: Some actors and movies appear more than once on this list. After a friendly debate, my friends and I decided that, to maintain the integrity of the list, we wouldn’t base inclusion or exclusion on the actor or movie, only the line itself. One actor makes the list not once, not twice , but three times. I think you’ll agree he and his lines are well-deserving.
In random order, here are the top ten overused movie quotes:
1. “Go Ahead, make my day.”
In the movie “Sudden Impact” (1983), Harry Callahan, played by Clint Eastwood, grumbles this line into cinema history, and with his trademark squint and scowl, puts fear –and second thoughts — into the minds of punks everywhere.
2. “I’ll be back.”
Arnold Schwarzenegger, with his instantly recognizable accent, delivers this line from “The Terminator” (1984) as , you guessed it, the terminator– with perfect cyborg detachment. Did he come back? Yes he did– as Governor of California.
2. “Show me the money!”
Rod Tidwell, obnoxious football player and loving family fan, as played by Cuba Gooding, Jr., danced and shook his booty while screaming this line to Tom Cruise in the movie “Jerry McGuire” (1996). We rooted for him and his family; we wanted him to get his due, to get paid. He got his money, and we got to see him in more movies.
3. “It’s not a tumahhhhh!“
For the second time, Arnold Schwarzenegger makes our list. In “Kindergarten Cop” (1990), he plays Detective John Kimble, a cop turned temporary kindergarten teacher. When he tells the class he has a headache, one precocious youngster informs him that it might be a tumor. It’s not!
4. “You talkin’ to me?”
Travis Bickle, as played by young Robert Dinero, in the cult classic “Taxi Driver” (1976), is one of the most soul-chilling characters ever — part anti-hero part and part villain, he’s completely disconnected from society, and somehow … we get him. He talks to himself in mirrors, challenging himself while practicing whipping out a gun and eventually sporting a real mo-hawk and letting the world know he just wasn’t going to take it anymore
5. “Run, Forest, run!”
Tom Hanks gave us “Forrest Gump” (1994) –Forrest Gump: lovable, not very sharp, yet able to see life and love more clearly than most of us.
He shed the braces that held his crippled legs, and he ran. He ran away from heartbreak (thanks, Jenny) and right into our hearts.
6. “Yo, Adrian!”
Rock Balboa, from the fighting hit, “Rocky” (1976), wins his boxing match and his dignity. He’s bloody, he’s battered, but he’s not beaten. Delivered with a snarled upper lip and caricature accent–of what? Philly? Jersey ? — he looks into the camera and gives that famous shout out to his wife, Adrian.
8. “You… complete me.”
Making another appearance on the list is the movie “Jerry McGuire”.
It was saccharine sweet and “awwww”-inspiring when, in Jerry McGuire(1996), title character Jerry (Tom Cruise) said it to assistant-turned-wife, Dorothy Boyd, in an attempt to show her the love. Now it’s become gold standard for weddings and proposals. For the record, what completes me: dark chocolate and a good book, and things I can’t mention in this list.
9. “No wire hangers!”
We know wire hangers are cheap, but they are also bad for your clothes, and apparently can inspire wrath, a long ‘you don’t appreciate anything’ speech and a simultaneous beating with said hanger from your already unstable mother.
Faye Dunaway was terrifyingly good as Joan Crawford in the movie “Mommie Dearest” (1981). Because of her, I still use plastic hangers, always.
10. “Hasta la vista, baby!”
Arnie is back on our list for a third time, and back for a second time as the terminator, this one from the sequel — Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991).
The cyborg finds his humanity as well as his his funny bone, and Arnold gets a new quote to use in future campaigns.
That’s the list! It wasn’t easy to make a list of just ten. A group of my closest friends and I decided on those ten (we’re all movie buffs and all guilty of over-quoting), and though there were many more we felt would fit, those were the ones we’ve heard –and said — over and over again. I hope you enoyed them, and with that —
“I’m Audi 5000! “
Consider that one a bonus.
Internet Movie Database(IMDB). Accessed multiple times. www.imdb.com