Movie Lines: What’s your favorite?

Movie Lines: What’s your favorite?


POPCORNGoing to the movies this weekend?

So many films are being released for the summer season, and there may well be lines we’ll be quoting for years to come.

We’ve all been going to see films – and eating lots of popcorn – since we were little kids.

Can you remember the first film or feature-length cartoon you saw with your parents? What was the first film you went to with your friends – no parents?

All of us have our favorite cinema lines. They range from “I’ll be baaack!” (The Terminator) to “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” (Gone With the Wind). Perhaps you prefer “There’s no place like home” (The Wizard of Oz), or “May the Force be with you,” a Star Wars favorite.

It must be fate that encouraged us to publish this post on the 35th anniversary of that space epic’s opening!

A personal favorite is from Airplane! where a character says “Surely you can’t be serious,” while the other replies, “I am serious…and don’t call me Shirley.”

For a list of 100 memorable movie quotes see the American Film Institute (AFI) list.

Movie lines are such serious business that Cornell University’s computer scientists analyzed 1,000 movie scripts and a database of memorable quotes from those movies (Internet Movie Database) to learn the secret of what makes a line memorable.

The most memorable lines use a familiar sentence structure but use distinctive words or phrases and they make general statements that could apply elsewhere.

While the study was focused on movie scripts, the scientists said the analysis could have applications on marketing, politics, entertainment and social media, and that the same rules apply to advertising slogans.

Read the Cornell University press release. You can also take the memorability test.

Share with us your favorite movie quote – and your favorite film – in the comments below.

See you at the movies!

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  • Mary Samples

    May 25, 2012

    “You had me at hello”…I cant’ remember the name of the movie, that “chick flick” where the young navy pilot gets involved with local girl who works in a factory….

  • Samantha Hall

    May 26, 2012

    “this is going straight to the pool room” from the Castle (Aussie film) the dad says it when the daughter gives him a gift from overseas

  • Kernow Kev

    May 26, 2012

    “Showtime”, Michael Keaton in Beetlejuice

  • Adele Vincent

    May 27, 2012

    “Excuse me while I pull this out” Blazing Saddles

  • Roy W Allen lll

    May 27, 2012

    Hey you” guys it Harry and the Animal” from the movie – Stalag 17 starring William Holden

  • Kerry Benton

    May 29, 2012

    “Here’s looking at you kid” – Humphrey Bogart (Rick) to Ingrid Bergman (Ilsa) in Casablanca 1942

  • Tom Young

    August 2, 2012

    It’s funny how a movie can be so boring for 60 minutes, then the delivery of one line spawns an epic quote that makes the film last in infamy for decades.