The Top 5 Movie Catchphrases of All Time


I am sure everyone has favorite lines or catchphrases from favorite movies.

There are many phrases that have become such a part of pop culture that they are known by people who have yet to even see the movie wherein the phrase was first uttered.

Often too, the phrases get twisted around and changed from the original dialogue. There are so many wonderful popular phrases from the movies that I found it hard to narrow the list down to just five and it proved just as hard to rank them. See if your favorites made my list of the top five movie catchphrases.

#5: “I’ll be back” is a phrase first used by Arnold Schwarzenegger in the title role of the 1984 film “The Terminator.” The line in the script was actually written as “I’ll come back,” but Schwarzenegger put his own touch and accent on the phrase and made it famous in the process. The scene is actually quite funny in a shocking way when you realize his character said it after being denied entry into a police station only to return and wreak havoc massacering nearly everyone in the building. Most people, when using this simple phrase, add the Schwarzenegger accent just for affect. I know I certainly do.

#4: Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) said, “Here’s looking at you, kid,” to Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman) in the 1942 classic film “Casablanca.” It was a sad, romantic moment in the movie with lovers saying goodbye and the phase was somehow sweet and corny all at the same time. Maybe that’s why the phrase has had so much meaning to so many people over time. The simple phrase is often used as a quick toast when nothing else comes to mind and it can also come in handy for a good laugh. This same movie also produced one of the top movie misquotes of all time: “Play it again, Sam.”

#3: “You talking to me?” is from the 1976 film “Taxi Driver.” Mentally-unstable war veteran Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro) says the phrase over and over while looking in a mirror imagining his reaction to a confrontation. Who hasn’t said the phrase complete with a double or even triple take, trying to mimic De Niro’s head and shoulder turning movements?

#2: “May the Force be with you!” was spoken in the original 1977 “Star Wars” film by General Dodonna (Alex McCrindle) to the rebel pilots before they attacked the Death Star. It is repeated by Han Solo (Harrison Ford) to Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill) before the attack on the Death Star battle station. The line is often attributed as being said by Ben Obi-Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness), but what he actually said to Luke was “The Force will be with you, always.” This is an all-around good luck or encouraging phrase used by young and old alike with symbolic, as well as real, meaning.

#1: “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore” was spoken by Dorothy (Judy Garland) to her dog in the classic 1939 film “The Wizard of Oz.” It should be noted that this phase is often misquoted as “I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore, Toto” or even “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore,” but I’m not splitting hairs here. Who has not used some version of that phrase on more than one occasion when feeling out of place or homesick?

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  1. Josue #

    Excelent list! Maybe you could add, “I’m gonna make him a deal he can’t refuse”. Godfather

    Or,”it’s over johnny” First Blood

    and probably anything from Back to the Future or any 80’s movie! lol

    but I agree with your choices!

  2. Lynn #

    lmao lmao Great list!!

    How about” “Show me the money!!” Cuba Gooding Jr and Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire?

  3. stargazer #

    Good list.

    “Houston, we have a problem.” Apollo 13

    “I have a bad feeling about this.” Star Wars movies

    “I’m always around.” ;)lol

  4. moviefan #

    that was a good list

  5. moviefan #

    that was a good list.

  6. Linda #

    I agree that is a very good list.

  7. Frank Moritz #

    I think it should go [acording to your list] #3, #5, #1, #2, #4. Now that is going by my favorite but in popularity you have the list right, only switch 5 & 4

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