Watch: The Greatest Movie Pick-Up Lines

All 50 of them, from George Clooney to Will Ferrell and everything in between.

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It's difficult to approach a woman in a bar, on the street, or in a crowded venue and try to charm her with the perfect come-on. Which is precisely why we have the movies! Since the medium's inception, characters have been showing us the way to someone's heart through clever wordplay. From self-deprecating witticisms and goofy non-sequiturs to swoon-worthy proclamations and blunt offers of carnal delights, movie characters have given us a wealth of romantic remarks custom-built to help one score with a would-be significant other — or, at least, break the ice enough to allow for further chit-chat and drinks. Not that you should try to replicate all of these lines, mind you. But here we've assembled a wide selection of the best quips, cracks, and retorts onscreen men — and a few women, for good measure — have used in the name of love and sex.

"You need kissing badly. That's what's wrong with you. You should be kissed often, and by someone who knows how."

Clark GableGone with the Wind (1939)

"Will you marry me? Did he leave you any money? Answer the second question first."

Groucho MarxDuck Soup (1933)

"I don't bite, you know... unless it's called for."

Audrey Hepburn, Charade (1963)

"I hate to see you go, I love to watch you leave."

John TravoltaFace/Off (1997)

"Now on the one hand, it's very difficult for a man to even speak to someone who looks like you. But on the other hand, should that be your problem?"

Will SmithHitch (2005)

"You're good-looking. You got a beautiful body, beautiful legs, beautiful face, all these guys in love with you. Only you've got a look in your eye like you haven't been fucked in a year."

Al PacinoScarface (1983)

"Your husband had told me you were the most beautiful woman he'd ever met. I didn't expect the most beautiful woman I'd ever met."

George ClooneyIntolerable Cruelty (2003)

"How would you like to have a sexual encounter so intense, it could conceivably change your political views?"

John CusackThe Sure Thing (1985)

"You know how to whistle, don't you Steve? You just put your lips together and... blow."

Lauren BacallTo Have and Have Not (1944)

"Gimme some sugar, baby."

Bruce CampbellArmy of Darkness (1992)

"That's a nice dress — where's the rest of it?"

Andy GarciaInternal Affairs (1990)

"Swoon — I'll catch you."

Ralph FiennesThe English Patient (1996)

"I don't exactly know what I am required to say in order for you to have intercourse with me. But could we assume that I said all that? I mean, essentially we are talking about fluid exchange, right? So could we just go straight to the sex?"

Russell Crowe, A Beautiful Mind (2001)

"You make me want to be a better man."

Jack NicholsonAs Good As It Gets (1997)

"You know how they say we only use ten percent of our brains? I think we only use ten percent of our hearts."

Owen WilsonWedding Crashers (2005)

"I hear voices, too. Voices that say, 'If you don't kiss her soon, you're a chump.'"

Jimmy StewartYou Can't Take It with You (1938)

"You know... when you blow out the match... that's an invitation to kiss you... ?"

John GilbertFlesh and the Devil (1926)

"You know what you are? You're polymorphously perverse."

Woody AllenAnnie Hall (1977)

"Is that canon fire, or is it my heart pounding?"

Ingrid BergmanCasablanca (1942)

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"Can you keep a secret? I'm trying to organize a prison break. I'm looking for, like, an accomplice. We'd have to first get out of this bar, then the hotel, then the city, and then the country. Are you in or are you out?"

Bill MurrayLost in Translation (2003)

"I want you. I want all of you. Forever. You and me. Every day."

Ryan GoslingThe Notebook (2004)

"I would like to extend to you an invitation to the pants party."

Steve CarellAnchorman (2004)

"Why don't you come up sometime and see me?"

Mae WestShe Done Him Wrong (1933)

"I may be an outlaw, darling. But you're the one stealing my heart."

Brad PittThelma and Louise (1991)

"Gertie, I want to buy you food, I want to buy you corn dogs, I want to buy you anything."

Billy WaldemanKids (1995)

"Let's hop on the good foot and do the bad thing."

Mike MyersAustin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me (1999)

"When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."

Billy CrystalWhen Harry Met Sally (1989)

"Take me to bed or lose me forever."

Meg RyanTop Gun (1986)

"Ma'am in the leopard dress — you have an amazing rack."

Bradley CooperThe Hangover (2009)

"We gotta get you out of those wet clothes and into a dry martini."

Jay ChandrasekharBeerfest (2006)

"You were hoping to get a goodnight kiss?" "I was hoping to get goodnight laid."

Matt DamonGood Will Hunting (1997)

"You give me premature ventricular contractions. You make my heart skip a beat."

Natalie PortmanNo Strings Attached (2011)

"You scratch our backs, we'll scratch yours." "Well, Jules, the funny thing about my back is that it's located on my cock."

Jonah HillSuperbad (2007)

"Now what's a nice girl like you doing in a place like this?"

Sean ConneryYou Only Live Twice (1967)

"See, I've got this little problem. I've got a stalker... I need a cover. I need for you to pretend we're having a scintillating conversation, and you are wildly entertained."

Tom CruiseVanilla Sky (2001)

"Your hat has sequins."

Steve CarellThe 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)

"Wanna see my spaceship?"

Sam RockwellThe Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

"Excuse me, miss. I just want you to know that I don't intend to sleep with another woman until I'm back here in your arms with my head resting between your creamy thighs."

Curtis ArmstrongRevenge of the Nerds II: Nerds in Paradise (1987)

"I don't know how to put this, but... I'm kind of a big deal."

Will FerrellAnchorman (2004)

"You're not too smart — I like that in a man."

Kathleen TurnerBody Heat (1981)

"I have crossed oceans of time to find you."

Gary OldmanDracula (1992)

"There's no reason we need to be shackled by the strictures of the employee-employer relationship. Unless, of course, you're into that sort of thing. In which case, I got some shackles in the back. I'm just kidding. But seriously, I've got 'em."

Ben StillerDodgeball (2004)

"You are everything I never knew I always wanted."

Matthew PerryFools Rush In (1997)

"You know, it's dangerous for you to be here in the frozen foods section — because you could melt all this stuff."

Steve MartinMy Blue Heaven (1990)

"Marry me, and I'll never look at any other horse."

Groucho MarxA Day at the Races (1937)

"Your eyes are amazing, you know that? You should never shut them, even at night."

Oliver MartinezUnfaithful (2002)

"I love you. You complete me."

Tom CruiseJerry Maguire (1996)

"I really wish you'd come home with me. You're so cute, and I'm really good in bed, too, believe me."

Nicolas CageLeaving Las Vegas (1995)

"You know what I heard when I first met you? Beeeeoooo! Beeeeoooo! Beeeeoooo! Beeeeoooo. That's an ambulance, come to take me away, 'cause the sight of you stopped my heart. Beeeeoooooooooooo."

Will FerrellNight at the Roxbury (1998)

"Drop that zero and get with the hero."

Vanilla IceCool as Ice (1991)

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Nick Schager is a NYC-area film critic and culture writer with twenty years of professional experience writing about all the movies you love, and countless others that you don’t.