My top 10 quotable movies

One of the things that makes a good movie great for me is its quotability. The more awesome memorable oneliners the better… in fact there are quite a few film that I can almost quote along line for line. I think we all have a couple of those, my husband possibly too many. Trust me, you do not want to watch Withnail and I with him. These are the ones that have all my most loved lines in them. Just in case no one has noticed, I am completely stuck in the 90s.


Casablanca (1942)
Synopsis: An American expat stuck in North Africa during WWII has to make a life-changing decision when he encounters a former lover.
Most quotable character: Rick Blaine played by Humphrey Bogart
Best quotes:
Rick: Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.”
Rick: Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
Rick: …Here’s looking at you, kid.”

Empire Records (1995)
Synposis: On one fateful day the staff of Empire Records must come together to save their beloved record store from corporate takeover.
Most quotable character: Lucas played by Rory Cochrane
Best quotes:
Lucas: What’s with today today?”
Lucas: Damn the man.”
Gina: Well “Sinead O’Rebellion.” Shock me shock me shock me with that deviant behavior.”
Mark: We mustn’t dwell… no, not today. We CAN’T. Not on Rex Manning day.”


Lawless (2012)
Synopsis: The Bondurant Brothers’ successful bootlegging  business comes under threat when a new deputy rolls into town.
Most quotable character: Forrest Bondurant played by Tom Hardy.
Best quotes:
Forrest Bondurant: It is not the violence that sets men apart, alright, it is the distance that he is prepared to go.”
Forrest Bondurant: I thought I walked.”

Forrest Bondurant: I’m a Bondurant. We don’t lay down for nobody.”

10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Synopsis: Bianca Stratford isn’t allowed to date until her sister does. Unfortunately for her, her sister is the bitchiest girl in school.
Most quotable character: Kat Stratford played by Julia Stiles
Best quotes:
Kat Stratford: Don’t, for one minute, think that you had any effect whatsoever on my panties.”
Patrick: What is it with this chick? She have beer-flavored nipples?”
Cameron: And I’m BACK IN THE GAME!”
Kat Stratford: [sarcastically] Am I that transparent? I want you, I *need* you, oh baby, oh baby.”


Dazed and Confused (1993)
Synopsis: It’s the last day of school and while Kevin is trying to survive being hazed, Randy’s trying to decide what to do with the rest of his life.
Most quotable character: Slater played by Rory Cochrane
Best quotes:
Wooderson: All right, all right, all right.”
Wooderson: That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.”
Slater: George Washington was in a cult, and the cult was into aliens, man.”
Slater: Didja ever look at a dollar bill, man? There’s some spooky shit goin’ on there. And it’s green too.”
Slater: You cool man?”


Mallrats (1995)
Synopsis: After they’ve both been dumped by their girlfriends TS and Brodie retreat to the mall and lick their wounds.
Most quotable character: Brodie played by Jason Lee
Best quotes:
Brodie: Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned for Sega.”
Jay: Silent Bob here’s an electrical genius. He won the science fair in eighth grade by turning his mom’s vibrator into a CD player using some chicken wire and shit. The mother fucker’s like MacGyver. No, the mother fucker’s *better than* MacGyver.”
Brodie: That kid is *back*… on the escalator again!”


The Crow (1994)
Synopsis: A year after he was murdered, Eric Draven returns from the dead to avenge his girlfriend.
Most quotable character: Eric Draven played by Brandon Lee
Best quotes:
Eric Draven: Mother is the name for God on the lips and hearts of all children.”
Eric Draven: Suddenly I heard a tapping, as of someone gently rapping, rapping at my chamber door.”
T-Bird: Abashed the Devil stood and felt how awful goodness is.”
Eric Draven: It can’t rain all the time.”


Wayne’s World (1992)
Synopsis:  Wayne and his best friend, Garth’s lives change overnight when their late night cable show gets picked up.
Most quotable character: Wayne Campbell played by Mike Myers
Best quotes:
Wayne Campbell: Ex-squeeze me? Baking powder?”
Garth Algar: Benjamin is nobody’s friend. If Benjamin were an ice cream flavor, he’d be pralines and dick.”
Wayne Campbell: All I have to say about that is “asphinctersayswhat”.”
Wayne CampbellGarth Algar: [to Alice Cooper] We’re not worthy! We’re not worthy!”


Wayne’s World 2 (1993)
Synopsis: This time Wayne and Garth are trying to organise a music festival but there’s a pretty good chance none of the acts will actually turn up.
Most quotable character: Del Preston played by Ralph Brown
Best quotes:
Del Preston:  I had to beat them to death with their own shoes”
Del Preston: Listen, sonny Jim. Sleeping like this will add ten years to your life. I learned it from Keith Richards when I toured with the Stones. This may be the reason why Keith cannot be killed by conventional weapons.”

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Finding Nemo (2003)
Synopsis: After Marlin’s son Nemo goes missing he must go on a quest to find him.
Most quotable character: Dory voiced by Ellen DeGeneres
Best quotes:
Seagulls: Mine.”
Crush: ‘Cause we were like, “woaaaah.”, and I was like, “woaaaah.” and you were like, “woaaahh…””
Dory: Do you speak whale?”


  1. Great list Abbi! Especially Waynes World 2!

    My list would include Anchorman, Aliens, Predator, and The Dark Knight

    1. Anchorman for sure, I try and use some Burgundy gold in everyday life 🙂

      1. Abbi

        Great Odin’s raven! I actually can’t believe I missed Anchorman out. I should go back to my home on whore island. I might actually do a post of just my top 10 Anchorman quotes.

  2. And Die Hard With A Vengeance!

    1. Abbi

      I’m not a big Die Hard fan… I fell asleep.

  3. Some fun choices here!
    I know it is preictable but I would have to include Pulp Fiction on my list!

    1. Abbi

      Thanks! Pulp Fiction has some great quotes.

  4. So pleased the Wayne’s World films were on here! Unbelievably quotable 🙂 Also interesting choice on Lawless.

    1. Abbi

      If you were a teenager in the 90’s the Wayne’s World films obviously formed the basis of 50% of yout vocabulary 😉

      I think Lawless has some awesome lines in it. “I thought I walked” gets used on everyone in my office who comes up with some grandiose thing that they can’t deliver.

  5. Excellent list! Even though Wayne’s World 2 wasn’t as good as the first one the quotability potential is stellar.

    1. Abbi

      I agree. Del is hilarious though. I often tack “I hate to beat them to death with their own shoes” to the end of random anecdotes.

  6. Ha, fun list Abbi! Love them all. Especially Wayne’s World — well, if we are going with Mike Meyers, then add “Oh, do behave” from Austin Powers–anything Dory says makes me laugh.

    1. Abbi

      Austin Powers has some awesome quotes. I think the silly movies have the best one liners!

  7. Labyrinth and Lethal Weapon and Tremors!

    1. Abbi

      I have to admit that I’ve never seen Tremors. Labyrinth is awesome though.

  8. Great list! BUT OMG, no Mean Girls or Superbad?! hahah

    1. Abbi

      I think that’s totally an age thing. All my teen movies are from the 90s when I was a teenager.

      1. Yeah, that makes sense. Totally a generational thing. I can quote Mean Girls pretty much word-for-word, and I think Superbad is the funniest movie ever.

        1. Abbi

          I do love Superbad. McLovin’ is so funny. Mean Girls I think I’ve only seen a couple of times but it has some great lines. I often use the Africa one because I’ve been asked a few times how I can be African if I’m not black.

          1. Glad you like them 🙂
            And that Africa question has got to be one of the dumbest questions ever!

  9. Fantastic list as always Abbi!

    Nobody ever gets it when I drop “And I’m BACK IN THE GAME!” 😦 You would though ahahahaha.

    1. Abbi

      Thank-you! I actually do that all the time!

  10. Clearly you are not a fifty year old guy or you would have Stripes and Caddyshack on the list. I liked most of your choice though, 10 Things has a lot of good ones.

    1. Abbi

      I think this one is really so age specific because I had someone younger than me ask about Mean Girls anf Superbad. I guess the catchphrases from your teens are the ones that really stick!

  11. Actually laughed out loud at “Do you speak Whale”….great choice.

    1. Abbi

      Thanks! My former flatmate once ended up at a house party very late at night, very drunk and went to the bathroom where bizarrely they had a full undersea mural. She was found standing in the bath shouting, “do you speak whale?” In Dory’s voice to no one in particular.

  12. OMG loved this! I laughed all the way through reading this. I am totally stuck in the 90s too, the days when we held on tight and rewatched our beloved VHS tapes over and over again. The escalator scene… lol … not a year goes by that I don’t read about some escalator accident… hahaha

    1. Abbi

      Most of my VHS tapes were bootlegged off the TV which made them even better.

      1. HAHA yes!! I did that too. And there was always like 4 movies on one VHS so you had to rewind or fast forward till you found what you wanted to watch. Kids these days they have it so easy!!

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