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Best Movie Quotes

Updated on September 25, 2014

Unmemorable Quotes from Famous Movies

Hundreds of famous movies have been created since the film industry began. Movies like Nosferatu are remembered by their characters, Titanic for its story, and Star Wars for its pop culture enlightenment. What isn't remembered though, are the specific lines which make the films great. Of course, there are some instances were lines such as "I'll make him an offer he can't refuse" are burned into memory, but the rest are lost.

Over the past year, I have watched nearly 100 movies thanks to Blockbuster and On-Demand. It's given me a better perspective on what makes movies great. No longer are movies such as Shenandoah and Vertigo (I love Jimmy Stewart) foreign to me. They are now part of my favorite films of all-time. As well, my list of great quotes have increased hundred-fold. It's fantastic! Moving on...

Let's take a look at some of the lesser known quotes which help make famous films memorable.

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Fox Movietone

Famous Films

Our memory of movies

Many of the most famous films in history are remembered for their storyline, characters, or special effects. But what isn't remembered, are the quotes which put everything together and lead up to the climax. If it wasn't for them, the movies wouldn't be what we see them as today; they'd just be another cheesy film. The movie lines help establish the plot, setting and give details about the characters. Seen out of context, many of the famous quotes we've grown to love wouldn't even make sense. However, once we have seen the films we can relate it directly to the characters and plot.

Here are just a few quotes which aren't remembered but have helped put their respective films on the movie map.

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Curvy Quotes
Curvy Quotes

Movie Quotes

Unmemorable quotes from the best movies

For whatever reason, the most famous lines of movies aren't always the best, almost like pop music. Oh yes, I went there! The famous lines are easy to recite and most often come at the climax. They were simply at the right place at the right time.

The true great quotes are the ones which have been forgotten; every famous movie has them. They are those one-liners which slip on by but are actually quite genius. They settle in our minds and run around a bit, helping our overall enjoyment; they give the film that extra push it needed to get over the top. Nonetheless, for whatever reason, they are forgotten. It's as if the producers implanted chips into our brains to forget these lines until we view the film 1000 times. That's why I'm here, to help you easily find what you missed!

So here we are, a list of 10 great unmemorable quotes from 10 of the best movies ever made.

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Movies with Great Quotes - View them for your own good

Spartacus
Spartacus

Spartacus

I am Spartacus!

Batiatus: "Come with us. See to it I don't misuse the money."

Gracchus: "Don't be ridiculous. I'm a Senator."

Planet of the Apes
Planet of the Apes

Planet of the Apes

Take your stinking paws off me...

George Taylor: "In my world, when I left it, only kids your age wore beards."

Pyscho
Pyscho

Psycho

You-you eat like a bird.

Norman Bates: "She just goes a little mad sometimes. We all go a little mad sometimes. Haven't you?"

Lawrence of Arabia
Lawrence of Arabia

Lawrence of Arabia

You are a clown!

Jackson Bentley: "What attracts you personally to the desert?"

T.E. Lawrence: "It's clean."

Ben-Hur
Ben-Hur

Ben-Hur

A grown man knows the world he lives in.

Sheik Ilderim: "You think you can treat my horses like animals?"

Paths of Glory
Paths of Glory

Paths of Glory

Now you got the edge on him.

General Mireau: "If those little sweethearts won't face German bullets, they'll face French ones!"

The Godfather
The Godfather

The Godfather

I'll make him an offer he can't refuse.

Calo: "In Sicily, women are more dangerous than shotguns."

Young Frankenstein
Young Frankenstein

Young Frankenstein

Fronkensteen.

Igor: "Wait Master, it might be dangerous... you go first."

Revenge of the Nerds
Revenge of the Nerds

Revenge of the Nerds

What are you looking at, nerd?

Sergeant: "See that man over there, we arrested him for mopery.

Booger: "What's mopery?

Sergeant: "Mopery is exposing yourself to a blind person.

Spaceballs
Spaceballs

Spaceballs

Prepare ship for ludicrous speed!

Captain of the Guard: "You idiots! These are not them! You've captured their stunt doubles!"

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      chookyco 

      8 years ago

      Great lens, many thanks

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      CoeGurl 

      8 years ago

      I enjoyed reading this lens!

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      Stephen Carr 

      9 years ago from Corona, CA

      I have a lot of fav quotes. You have listed some good ones as well! Nice lens. I always liked, "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas any more."

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      sheriangell 

      9 years ago

      . "I'll have what she's having."

      An old lady in a restaurant said this to Meg Ryan in "When Harry Met Sally"

      And Will Smith in Hitch: . Life is not the amount of breaths you take. Its the moments that take your breath away

      Great idea for a Quotes lens!

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Forgot to add Fantastic lens! I loved it.

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      Waitress (to Jack Nicholson): "You want me to hold the chicken, huh?"

      Jack Nicholson: "I want you to hold it between your knees."

      From "Five Easy Pieces", when he tries to order plain toast.

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      anonymous 

      9 years ago

      For some reason, "Clever Girl" from Jurassic Park sticks in my mind as an interesting line just before becoming dinner.

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      Malu Couttolenc 

      9 years ago

      Fabulous lens Gary :) Young Frankenstein and Ben-Hur are my favourite from the list. Young Frankenstaein is a movie I enjoyed so much. Who could forget Marty Feldman he was awesome. Enjoyed reading your page :)

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      raffael lm 

      9 years ago

      Best and wonderful movie quotes lens .. garyr_h. I really like them all. Planet of the Apes and Psycho are my favorite movies all the time. Thanks for sharing. 5 stars for you. Have a great movie time ;)

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      Rusty Quill 

      9 years ago

      Great idea for a lens - how about favorite quotes from the TV version of movies that had to be changed to be aired on TV. For example one of my favorite "doctored" lines from Die Hard is: "Yippie Kai Yay Mellon Farmer" It has always stuck with me. :)

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      mahimattphoto 

      9 years ago

      "That's not a knife; this is a knife" Crocodile Dundee.

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      Stonecutter 

      9 years ago

      One of my favorite lines comes from Resident Evil: Extinction, when Alice meets the A.I. in the lab below the desert. Alice tells the holographic image "I knew your sister, she was a homicidal bitch!" Great lens, had forgotten some of these movies, absolutely loved Young Frankenstein.

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      June Campbell 

      9 years ago from North Vancouver, BC, Canada

      My favorite recent quote is from The King's Speech. The tutor says that the king's physicians are all idiots. The king replies that the physicians have all been knighted. The tutor retorts,"Well, that proves it then!"

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      RetroMom 

      9 years ago

      @anonymous: That is an awesome saying...I saw the movie but didn't remember that. I like it.

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      RetroMom 

      9 years ago

      Okay, the Spaceballs one is pretty funny!! You captured their stunt doubles... got to love that line.

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      photofk3 

      10 years ago

      Awesome collection.

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      anonymous 

      10 years ago

      In my opinion the single best line from a movie ever!

      "I'm Hub McCann. I've fought in two World Wars and countless smaller ones on three continents. I led thousands of men into battle with everything from horses and swords to artillery and tanks. I've seen the headwaters of the Nile, and tribes of natives no white man had ever seen before. I've won and lost a dozen fortunes, KILLED MANY MEN and loved only one woman with a passion a FLEA like you could never begin to understand. That's who I am. NOW, GO HOME, BOY!"

      Robert Duvall - Second Hand Lions

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      Laniann 

      10 years ago

      I love move quotes! It is true what you wrote that every famous movie has a great quote. "They are those one-liners which slip on by but are actually quite genius."

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      Badbreathguy 

      10 years ago

      It's nice to have a few of these quotes at your finger tips. You never know when you might need them.

      Great lens.

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      Jeanette 

      10 years ago from Australia

      I'm not much up on my movies, but your lens made an entertaining read.

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      Sherry Venegas 

      10 years ago from La Verne, CA

      Haaa! funny! We love movie quotes in this house too.

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      GeorgeK2010 

      10 years ago

      lol space balls I saw that at the movies when I was young.

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      Treasures By Brenda 

      11 years ago from Canada

      I watched Finian's Rainbow (a leprechaun movie from 1968) this week and I don't have a famous quote so much as a famous song..."How Are Things in Glocca Morra?" Great subject for a lens.

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      Joan4 

      11 years ago

      One of my favorite quotes is from On Golden Pond, the grandmother to her grandson, "remember, we are all just doing the best we can."

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      JewelRiver 

      11 years ago

      Ha Ha hilarious how about in spaceballs when Vinny the max hedron character says about the character: Pizza the Hut: "Or else pizza is going to send out for you!" great lens 5 stars and favorite!

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