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Top 15 Most Quotable Movies Ever

There are many ways for a movie to worm its way into our collective consciousness. It can dazzle us with mind-blowing special effects, introduce us to unforgettable characters, or move us with great stories. Or it can just be chock full of quotable dialog that we’ll still be muttering to ourselves when we’re all in an old age home. Here are 15 such films with great lines that we can pretty much recite from memory, whether or not we remember anything else about them. Note that just having one or two famous quotes isn’t enough to qualify for this list.

#15. The Big Lebowski

Fifteen years after the Coen Brothers released their cult comedy, The Dude still abides. So much so that he even inspired a new religion.

#14. The Breakfast Club

When even the janitor in a movie has good lines, you know you’ve got a classic on your hands.

#13. The Wizard of Oz

Among the many great, lasting pop culture legacies of The Wizard of Oz is a treasure trove of wonderful dialog.

#12. Kindergarten Cop

Arnold Schwarzenegger movies are usually full of lines that elicit laughs, but in this case it was intentional. Hell, the man is practically a human clip soundboard machine.

#11. The Empire Strikes Back

Quote or quote not, there is no try.

#10. Anchorman

While I think Anchorman tries a little too hard to be clever at times, there’s no denying a lot of its material.

#9. Pulp Fiction

Quentin Tarantino might be one of the greatest dialog writers working in Hollywood today. And this is his crowning achievement.

#8. Napoleon Dynamite

This is probably the most polarizing choice on the list, and it definitely isn’t quite as hot as it was in the first few years after its release. But I still love it, so it goes to number eight.

#7. Full Metal Jacket

Full Metal Jacket is admittedly front-loaded, both in terms of plot and quotes. But man, what a great half. This is the film that basically made R. Lee Ermey’s acting career.

#6. Office Space

Not only is Mike Judge’s Office Space a depressingly accurate depiction of the drudgery of white collar life, it also boasts a litany of great lines.

#5. The Princess Bride

Is there a person reading this list who hasn’t seen this movie or quoted it at least once? Inconceivable!

#4. Monty Python and the Holy Grail

All you need to know about the quotability of Holy Grail is that it inspired this all-time great article on The Onion.

#3. The Godfather

Best lines ever? Probably not, but it’s pretty close. Best movie ever? I might have to concede that.

#2. Airplane!

Airplane! is pretty much nothing more than a ridiculously bountiful collection of fantastic lines hung on a threadbare plot. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

#1. Caddyshack

Comedy tends to age about as well as bread, which is what makes the enduring popularity of Caddyshack — almost 33 years old as of this posting — all the more amazing. It truly is a Cinderella story.

  • Mordalo

    Great list. Like the new design, BTW. Thank goodness you still have these all one one page and now some awful slideshow.

  • jefito

    Thanks! We hate the clickbaiting slideshow technique, too.

  • Jose

    Great List. I would add ‘In The Loop’ to the list. That movie is comedy gold. They jokes and dialogue is so fast that you’ll have to watch it twice to catch and appreciate every line.

  • jkmagic

    ridiculous that Young Frankenstein isnt on this list. more quotable lines in that movie than any three of these movies combined.

  • lainie

    I would add The Blues Brothers

  • zombiehiker

    Any most quotable list without Shaun of the Dead on it is a pathetic excuse for a list. Epic and total failure!

  • adfsafasfsdf

    The Hunt for Red October. The GOONIES.

  • adfadfasdfasfdsdf

    Rocky, Casablanca, Jurassic Park, Fight Club.

  • DwDunphy

    Much as I love Shaun Of The Dead, I have never met anyone, anywhere, at any time who has quoted it out of the blue. Never. Not even among nerds. The test is not whether the dialogue is quotable but whether it HAS been quoted a lot. By this standard, Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure trumps Shaun Of The Dead every time.

  • Zach

    Maybe it’s just a thing with my friends, but I quote “Tropic Thunder” on an almost daily basis.

  • Paper Clip


  • Paper Clip

    I won’t take advice on what’s cool or quotable from someone still using the term “epic failure.”

  • Paper Clip

    No, No, No, No.

  • larry laffer

    Apocalypse Now.

  • zombiehiker

    I hear people quoting Shaun of the Dead constantly so “Get fucked four eyes”

  • zombiehiker

    This coming from some douche bag with the handle Paper Clip . . . talk about failure

  • Murray Ballstein

    Very good list. I agree with most of the picks, with one grips: “Casablanca” should never, ever, ever be left off of a list of most quotable movies. How you can overlook these – “Play it, Sam” ; “Round up the usual suspects”; “Of all the gin joints…”; “Here’s looking at you, kid”; “We’ll always have Paris”; and “The problems of two little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world” – in making a most-quotable-movies list is beyond me. Otherwise, good list.

  • dhornet7

    What about Spaceballs and Ghostbusters??!!! They are WAYY more quotable than most of the movies on this list.

  • Manuel Granados

    Same here. My friends are zombie lovers and they talk about Shaun of the Dead, but they haven’t randomly quoted it like they have with Empire Strikes Back or Pulp Fiction

  • rico

    starship troopers?

  • GodsAdvised

    The fact that Wedding Crashers didn’t make this list is a travesty.

  • Bcouls1

    1989 batman is epically quotable

  • G Willikers

    Blazing Saddles.
    Better Off Dead.
    Young Frankenstein.
    Animal House
    (Plus Arrested Development, if they ever get around to making a movie version.)

  • Slice

    Missing the arm of darkness

  • Jon Grayson

    Fletch. Or should I say “Fletch F. Fletch?”
    Can I borrow your towel? My car just hit a water buffalo.

  • Paper Clip

    You’re going to pick on someone’s handle (something of which you have no idea the meaning behind) as a comeback? Wow, that’s pathetic.
    Also, “douchebag” is as overused and played out as “epic failure.” Step into 2013, buddy. Let 2010 go. It’s okay.

  • Brett Alan

    FTW! Other than maybe Princess Bride, I don’t think I’ve quoted any movie as often as Fletch.

    “So you’re saying, she moved out.”
    “I’d like a copy of the Beatles’ White Album. And bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia.”
    “I love your body, Larry.”
    “Provo Spain?”
    “Bravo, Mr. Fletcher. Bravo.”
    “Thank God–the police.”
    “I rent ‘em. I have a lease with an option to buy.”
    “Bow and arrow. Very weird.”
    “I would have been here sooner, but a manure-spreader jackknifed on the Santa Ana. Gawdawful mess. You should see my shoes.”

    No way would I put Caddyshack ahead of Princess Bride or Holy Grail, but it’s a good list. Most lists of this type wouldn’t acknowledge something like The Wizard of Oz, but who among us hasn’t said “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my” or “I’ll get you my pretty, and your little dog too” or “pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”?

  • $20734018

    How about you suck me dick, is that played out asshole?

  • $20734018

    Pulp Fiction is quoted a lot, but the only thing I ever hear quoted from Empire Strikes Back is Vader saying “I am your father:”

  • crowe0323

    An interesting list, but there are so many failures it’s hard to know where to start … you included “Kindergarten Cop”??? Seriously???? At least “Breakfast Club” and “Anchorman” are *debatable* (really, was BC a “quotable” film? Or just a great flick??) … now, for what you left off: “Blues Brothers”. Seriously??? Mission from God??? … Blazing Saddles???Holy hell, where to even begin?? Richard Pryor was passed over for the role of Sheriff Bart b/c he was so controversial; instead he wrote the scenes for Cleavon Little — and it shows!! Dr. Strangelove??? “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here. This is the War Room.” “Mein fuhr, I can walk.” and on and on!! “Ghostbusters”!! “He slimed me”!! etc. etc.