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what’s your favorite movie one-liner?


Simple question this week, but a tough choice:

What’s your favorite movie one-liner?

I’m gonna go with “May the Force be with you” from the various Star Wars movies.

Your turn…

(If you have a suggestion for a Question, feel free to email me.)


  • Wurtz3l

    “Get away from her, you b*tch!” (Aliens). Oh, Ripley, you wonderful badass…

  • Bluejay

    Don’t know. Never been attacked by tree.


  • Kirk Aplin

    You’re gonna need a bigger boat.

  • Danielm80

    I like “Well, it turns out I have a rose garden,” from The American President.

    Also: “My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

  • LaSargenta

    “You’re right, I did lose a million dollars last year. I expect to lose a
    million dollars this year. I expect to lose a million dollars next year. You know, Mr. Thatcher, at the rate of a million dollars a year, I’ll have to close this place in… 60 years.”

  • RogerBW

    It varies with my mood, but right now I’m sentimental:



  • Kathy_A

    Mine also varies from minute to minute, but with the relatively recent death of Tom Clancy and the debacle in Washington DC this past few weeks, I’ve got this line from Hunt for Red October stuck in my head:

    “I’m a politician, which means I’m a cheat and a liar, and when I’m not kissing babies, I’m stealing their lollipops.”

  • Kirk Aplin

    (this is turning into a great trivia quiz!)
    another: “Hermione, you’re a girl…”

  • bronxbee

    “Life is pain; anyone who says different is selling you something.” Dread Pirate Roberts (Westley) to Buttercup.

  • Stephanie C.

    I wasn’t even supposed to *be* here today.

  • lanchid

    “No Mr. Bond, I expect you to die.”

  • FrankSerpico

    Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here, this is the war room!

  • NorthernStar

    “The force is with you, young Skywalker, but you are not a Jedi yet.”

    Tied with…

    “I carried a watermelon.”

  • Dr. Rocketscience

    “Never tell me the odds.”

    “I don’t know, I’m makin’ this up as I go.”

  • Dr. Rocketscience


    “You despise me, don’t you?”
    “If I gave you any thought, I might.”

  • amanohyo


    Preceded by the line “You are who you choose to be,” (more of a one-worder I guess). Instant onion ninja attack every time. The film builds to that single word so perfectly – like an animated Adagio For Strings.

  • Michael Brown

    Most recently, and memorably, Sandra Bullock’s “I hate space!”

  • Eric

    “If you gotta shoot, shoot. Don’t talk.”-Tuco (Eli Wallach), The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

  • Incredibly(!) tough choice!

    The first to come to mind is The Princess Bride, of course. I think the one I use the most is :

    “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”
    My wife and I trade quotes from the movie almost on a daily basis. I even sometimes tell my son at bedtime “Sleep well and dream of large “fill in the blank””
    There’s tons more, but I’ll just leave it at that.

  • Lowell Rapaport

    the classics are always the best…

    “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

    “Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

    “Lions, and tigers, and bears! Oh, my!”
    “Just try and stay out of my way. Just try! I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!”
    “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain.”
    “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas any more.”

    and honorable mentions to one line quotes no one ever said (at least in not so many words)

    “You dirty rat!”

    “Play it again, Sam.”

  • Hank Graham

    “Yes, this man has no dick.”

    In a tie with:

    “I want you to remember that no man ever won a war by dying for his country.”


    “Fasten you seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”

  • Hank Graham

    “You do know hot to whistle, don’t you? You just put your lips together, and blow.”

  • Froborr

    Most of my favorite are taken, so here’s one that I suspect is fairly obscure for this crowd: “All I have to do is go to her and say four words: ‘I am John Smith.'”

  • The Dude abides…

  • Dr. Rocketscience

    Thing about the “beautiful friendship” line: the line itself isn’t that great. What makes it so memorable is the conversation that leads up to it, as Rick and Louis make their plans to leave Casablanca and go to war against the Nazis, basically turing themselves into two of the greatest memetic badasses in film history.

  • MisterAntrobus

    Oh, the joy that is Citizen Kane. I like Bernstein’s line: “It’s no trick to make a lot of money . . . if all you want to do is make a lot of money.”

  • MisterAntrobus

    “A person is smart. People are dumb, panicky, dangerous animals and you know it.”

  • Froborr

    Thought of another great one: “He will never even know your name.” (Hint: the line is translated from Spanish.)

  • LaSargenta

    He never gave anything away, he just left you a tip, mmmm?

  • MichaelM

    It’s origin and purpose, still a total mystery.

  • MichaelM

    Sorry, it’s supposed to be:
    “Its origin and purpose, still a total mystery.”

  • Beowulf

    “Well…Nobody’s perfect.”

  • Beowulf

    “I don’t care.”

  • Beowulf

    “Well… Nobody’s perfect.”

  • Tim Norton

    What Hump?

  • Drave

    “Miss Belair, if you feel compelled to grab part of my body and shake it
    before you can even be friendly, you’ve got far worse problems than you
    think I have.”

  • Jim Mann

    “I am a man who likes talking to a man who likes to talk.”


    “I distrust a close-mouthed man. He generally picks the wrong time to talk and says the wrong things. Talking’s something you can’t do judiciously, unless you keep in practice.”

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