Over the years, movies have given us some truly memorable lines—the ones you can't get out of your head after the credits roll, the ones you drop in conversation constantly, and the ones that, no matter how old, will always be relevant. Some you've probably heard (and said!) without ever having seen the film. Click through to find the most iconic movie quotes of the past century.
Quote: “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
There was huge controversy over using the word “damn” in the now infamous line from Gone with the Wind. Two months before the film was set to premiere, censors requested the word to be cut due to a code that “forbade profanity,” among other things. Luckily, the now-iconic curse word stayed.
Quote: “Here’s looking at you, kid.”
Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) says his goodbyes to Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) with a line that people loved, but never really understood. In Japanese, the line translates to “Cheers to your eyes,” which makes a little more sense (maybe?). Anyway, apparently it was easy for Bogart to say goodbye—he hated working with Bergman on the film.
Quote: “Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”
With 14 Oscar nominations, the film is tied with Titanic for most Academy Award nominations for a single film—yet, it’s famous line, said by Margo Channing, is often misquoted. Many people have replaced the word “night” with “ride.” While this makes more sense, it’s not what was actually said.
Quote: “Bond. James Bond.”
The iconic line—spoofed literally thousands of times (ok, we didn't count but we're pretty sure that's accurate)—was originally said by Sean Connery in Dr. No, the first of many James Bond movies. Author of the popular series, Ian Fleming, reportedly named his spy character after an American ornithologist.
Quote: “Take your stinkin' paws off me you damn dirty ape.”
This was a major scene in the original Planet of the Apes movie—it's the first time the apes have heard a human speak. Astronaut George Taylor landed on a planet where animals communicate with words and humans behave like wild creatures. This rather vulgar line has made it's way into popular culture, re-enacted in shows like Family Guy.
Quote: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”
The most memorable line from the movie is first said by Jennifer to Oliver. But it became the tear-jerker quote we know today when Oliver says it to his father, who attempts to comfort Oliver after (spoiler) Jennifer dies. Some critics have gone so far as to analyze why you should tell the ones you love that you’re sorry.
Quote: “We're gonna need a bigger boat.”
The catchphrase from the classic thriller actually started as a behind-the-scenes inside joke. While filming scenes at-sea, the crew experienced logistical difficulties—like not enough room on the boat for essential equipment or craft services.
The films’ screenwriter Carl Gottlieb said in an interview, "[David] Zanik [sic] and [Richard] Brown were very stingy producers so everyone kept telling them 'You're gonna need a bigger boat.' It became a catchphrase for any time anything went wrong—if lunch was late or the swells were rocking the camera, someone would say, 'You're gonna need a bigger boat.'"
Quote: “Are you talking to me?”
Robert De Niro created and delivered the infamous line in Taxi Driver in 1976. Director Martin Scorsese recently revealed that De Niro completely made it up on the spot. "A key improvisation in the movie was Bob in the mirror," Scorsese told the crowd at the 2016 Tribeca Film Festival.
Quote: “Here’s Johnny.”
Sometimes the scary lines are the most memorable—as was the case when Jack Nicholson stuck his head through the door and creepily said "Here's Johnny," a terrifying riff on the way Johnny Carson was introduced at the start of The Tonight Show. In 2013, a study revealed that this scene from The Shining was the scariest in movie history.
Quote: "Who ya gonna call?"
Ghostbusters! Ten bucks says you sang the phrase just now in your head. And now it's stuck there.
Quote: “I’ll be back.”
And we bet you read this catchphrase from The Terminator in Arnold Schwarzenegger's Austrian accent because the way he said it was that iconic. Reportedly the eventual California governor had trouble pronouncing the word "I'll" and asked director James Cameron if he could change the line to "I will be back." But that doesn't have quite the same ring.
Quote: "Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?"
Ben Stein, famous for delivering the monotone, droning line, wasn't even an actor—he was a lawyer who was in the right place at the right time. “One of the people I met when I was first out here, they said ‘We’re making a movie called “Ferris Bueller’s Day Off” and we’d like you to read the roll off-camera,'" Stein told Oprah Winfrey.
Quote: “Nobody puts baby in the corner.”
Patrick Swayze reportedly hated this classic line from Dirty Dancing—and so did the film's writer Eleanor Bergstein. ”I don’t think anybody thought it was too great a line,” Bergstein said in an interview with Huffington Post. “Patrick didn’t want to say it, but I just said, ‘Well, just say it once and then the next time, just go up and do the speech and maybe we won’t use it.’ But we decided to use it.”
Quote: “I’ll have what she’s having.”
In an attempt to prove that women can—and sometimes do—fake orgasms, Sally (Meg Ryan) fakes one right in front of Harry (Billy Crystal). The genesis of this memorable scene was during rehearsals, when two of the writers were debating the matter. Ryan had the brilliant idea of performing a fake orgasm in a public place, and even thought to have an older woman say the now famous "I'll have" line.
Quote: “There’s no crying in baseball.”
When Evelyn comes off the diamond crying, coach Jimmy Dugan (Tom Hanks) yells the line—which you now say whenever someone gets teary eyed. Hanks' unique voice made it easy for a lot of his lines from this movie and many others to become iconic.
Quote: "Alright alright alright."
Matthew McConaughey's delivery of this line is so iconic it's almost as though it's become a part of the actor himself. In an interview, McConaughey said his character was about three things—his car, getting high, and rock n'roll, which prompted him to say only three of the four original "alrights" while filming.
Quote: “You’re killin’ me smalls.”
The 90s classic introduced the world to the famous line, and it's one that actor Tom Guiry, who played Scotty Smalls, never gets tired of hearing. “I hear that about three or four times a day,” Guiry said in an interview. “I used to haaaaate it, man. But I like it now. You hit 30 and you’re, like, ‘It’s cool, it’s cool.’ It’s sort of nice that people still appreciate it.”
Quote: “My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”
It was the way Forrest Gump's mother described life's surprises to him, and it was just one of the many memorable quotes to come from the movie. (Again, thanks to Hanks' distinct voice and the accent he put on to play Forrest.) "My mama says that stupid is as stupid does" and "Run, Forrest! Run!" are close second- and third-place contenders.
Quote: "So you're telling me there's a chance."
When Jim Carrey's hopelessly optimistic character confesses his love for Mary, she tells him he's got a one-in-a-million chance with her—which prompted the oft-repeated phrase. Though, like many famous lines, it's not always said correctly. There's a chance you've said, "So you're saying there's a chance."