Like Tennesse Williams said a decade or so ago, when we don’t feel like moving, we go to the movies and have all those people on the screen move for us! Movies are a huge part of our lives today and, lets face it, its not everyday that we walk out of the theatre thinking “Wow, that line! Now that’s a line I’ll remember forever!”. Still there are a few movie quotes that have gained such popularity over the past decades that they have become an unconscious part of that side of our brain that works up responses to situations. How many times have you fought the urge to turn around, throw that file on your boss’ face and say “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!’? How many times have you had random people yell “Run Forrest, Runnnn” at you while you jogged in the park? Our guess is: more than once! And this is why we compiled for you a list of 10 famous movie lines that you just can’t do without:
1. “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn!”
A great line froma great movie (“Gone with the Wind”), labeled to be the most famous of all movie lines by the American Film Institute, Rhett Butler utters these powerful words before walking off into the fog, out of Scarlett’s home, for one last time, making it very clear that he can no longer put up with the selfish brat that Scarlett had been acting like. It is one line that never loses its flavor!
2. “ Here’s looking at you Kid”
Rick’s remark to IIsa in ‘Casablanca’ is fifth on American Film Institute’s list of most memorable movie lines. It comes as a rather oddly put response to IIsa’s declaration of her love for Rick and has ever since been used and abused by every Tom, Dick and Harry!
3. “You talkin’ to me?”
A famous quote said by Travis Bicker, a character played by Robert De Niro, in the movie that made him into a superstar: Taxi Driver. De Niro says this line while looking at his own reflection in the mirror, imagining a confrontation where he would have to pull his gun out. A very cool line, and a very cool guy, indeed.
4. “Run, Forrest, Run!”
Yelled by Jenny Curran as she prompts her young, mentally-challenged friend Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks) to run from the group of goons who try to harass him, this world-famous quote has gained popularity partly due to the comic nature of the words, and partly because everyone just has to run sometime!
5. “Bond…James Bond.”
From the 1962 movie “Dr. No’, this preposterously famous movie quote ranks top in the manner of introductions. The cool, suave, Sean Connery couldn’t have said it in a more charming manner to Sylvia Trench, a few minutes before he singlehandedly (of course) kills the bad guys.
6. “I see dead people.”
Did you say spooky? Yes, much indeed! Taken from the supernatural thriller “Sixth Sense’, this line comes as a disturbing revelation of the secrets of little Cole Sear who seeks a child psychiatrist’s help to come to terms with this frightening ability. If you find yourself using this line a lot, please get help like Cole did!
7. “ I’ll make him an offer he can’t refuse.”
Ah. The Godfather movies. What’s so difficult about figuring out what the most famous Godfather quote is this: the entire script was brilliant enough to be memorized! There isn’t a single line in the movies that escapes your notice. Still, when Don Vito Corleone, in his unique accent, delivers what’s MAroi Puzo’s finest line, everyone in the room sits up and takes special notice! (The ‘offer’ being : do as I say or I’ll kill you. Godfather style, no?)
8. “I’ll be back”
When our famous “Terminator” a.k.a. Arnold Schwarzenegger is refused entry to a police station, he says ‘Ill be back’ and then comes back smashing through the walls in a car. A line that Schwarzenegger used in the later “Terminator” movies as well, when you find your guests saying it in the same very manner, it will be perhaps the safer option to dial 911.
9. “Oh no, it wasn’t the aeroplanes. It was Beauty who killed the Beast”
A beautiful line from a beautiful movie, “King Kong”. The line pretty much sums up the theme of the movie- a beast in love with a beautiful girl, driven by his love to come to her world, caged and ridiculed and killed in the end despite the girl’s attempts to save him. It is never the aeroplanes, it is the people we love that get us killed, perhaps?
10. “At my signal, unleash hell.”
Delivered by Russell Crow in the Oscar-winning movie Gladiator, this quote is a rendition olf the final stroke of fight that this gladiator offers his enemies, the Roman Rulers of times that were unjust, brutal yet still undeniably grand. This line, alongside the rest in the movie, won Russell Crowe the critical acclaim he enjoys for being a fine actor. Long live the Gladiator!