Ever since the first presentation of a video, movies have undoubtedly shaped our lives, giving us a way to experience stories, emotions, situations both real and fictional we were unlikely to find ourselves in. Some of these creations have entered history, and some have gone even further than that, assuming the central position in shaping the very culture that surrounds them. Among a number of lines that are defining these timeless giants, we have taken upon ourselves to distinguish a few movie quotes that have undeniably left a mark with any movie lover.
“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse”
Coming out of one of the most iconic movies of all time, The Godfather from 1972, the line “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse” is nothing short of legendary. Said by Don Vito Corleone himself who was portrayed by Marlon Brando, this memorable sentence epitomized the weight of the character that many tried to bring back out of the cinema. The phrase quickly became a part of the cultural vocabulary, spanning more and more generations as time goes on.
“Go ahead, make my day”
You can’t spell “macho” without Clint Eastwood, and his on-film persona falls nothing short of it. Most of us can relate to a moment of “boiling” where all it takes is one more drop to overfill the cup; one more word or action to push us over the edge. Just like Clint Eastwood in 1983’s Sudden Impact, we embrace the relief that it would bring us, face our cause of frustration and staring right at it, say: “Go ahead, make my day.” Doesn’t get much better than that!
“May the Force be with you”
We have the pleasure and luck to keep seeing the story of Star Wars movies develop even today. The episodes that came in the century past have given mankind hours of unforgettable screen time, and among countless memorable scenes, one line stands as a memento to the franchise anyone can summon with but a sentence: “May the force be with you.” Used in the movie to wish someone a safe journey or as a departure message, the phrase is commonly used in similar manner among friends anywhere in the world, as it transcends barriers of language and nation.
“You talking to me?”
Most of us have done it at one point or the other… You catch your reflection in the mirror, put your game face on, raise your eyebrows and tilt your head, asking: “You talking to me?” One of the best examples of how movies influence our everyday lives, De Niro’s line from the movie Taxi Driver from 1976 has even been recreated in many movies afterwards, earning its place in the hall of legends when it comes to movie quotes.
“Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship”
Truly a movie that can be watched in any era, Casablanca is a classic justly called by Murray Burnett “true yesterday, true today, true tomorrow.” The movie received great reviews even during its initial release, becoming even more popular as time passed until the movie itself turned into a cultural reference. It’s no wonder that the very last sentence that has the curtains drop became widely familiar; as Rick Blaine (played by Humphrey Bogart) and Captain Louis Renault walk through the fog, Rick states: “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
“Bond. James Bond.”
Another movie franchise that survived the test of time, the James Bond movies appeared in 25 different titles over the span of 50 years! It’s easy to see how any one of them could have left a significant impact on a generation, yet among thousands of pages of scripts, one line stands unparalleled in fame: “Bond. James Bond.” The phrase has left such a big impact that the James Bond producers have been proudly using it in the movies as a trademark of a sort, showing its importance in movie history.
“There’s no place like home”
Who doesn’t know how to bring their heels together three times and say the magic words: “There’s no place like home.” Although many are longing for home when away from it too long, thinking to themselves how there really is no place like home, some may be missing where the phrase comes from. Just like you, Dorothi was away from home in the 1939’s The Wizard Of Oz, a film that earned itself a special place in movie history and had a number of recreations throughout the years. Clapping her heels and repeating the words finally brought her back to her beloved home in Kansas, which is more than it’s usually done for us… Still, it makes for an incredible line even out of the movie theater.
“I’ll be back”
One of the most used one-liners out there, this quote comes out of a movie standing equally as famous. So notorious in fact, that the role has defined one of the most famous celebrities in the world, Arnold Schwarzenegger, as well as his career of an actor. The Terminator films have seen sequels made a number of times, including titles like Judgment Day, Rise of the Machines and Genesys, and they have one thing in common: the use of the phrase “I’ll be back.”
“Houston, we have a problem”
Positively received by both the critics and the audience, movie Apollo 13 from 1995 went to great lengths to depict America’s third Moon landing mission that occurred in 1970. The mission itself was famously aborted, and the recreated event in the movie can be summarized with one sentence: “Houston, we have a problem.” The phrase caught attention and was widely used ever since whenever an issue arose that needed reporting. A great dispute arose regarding misquoting the original message sent to Houston, which actually went “Houston, we’ve had a problem.” Regardless, the movie quote is etched into history.
“Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer”
This movie quote sounds so profound, you’d think it was said by a Roman Emperor or a Greek philosopher centuries ago. No one would blame you for it, as others had the same misconception. To “keep your friends close, but your enemies closer” might have been meant throughout history, but was for the first time actually said in The Godfather II movie that came out in 1974. Not only is it considered great writing, but the quote has been broadly used in many areas of real life ever since.
“Say “hello” to my little friend!”
Another unforgettable movie and character, Al Pacino’s Toni Montana in Scarface brought great critical acclaim to all those that participated in its creation. Among many great sentences put out by Montana, “say hello to my little friend!” has been one of the most popular. Used in a variety of creative ways, the quote has been a part of the global cultural treasure for decades.
“Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get”
No movie quote list is truly complete without Forest Gump. The movie itself reached people around the globe, inevitably planting its lines in the hearts of world’s entire population. Sitting on the bench, Forest Gump delivered both inspirational and emotional phrases while waiting for the bus, reaching into his past in order to connect with the audience. With this quote among them, we could all relate to Forest as well as the idea of mystery of life.