Comedies, dramas, chick flicks, horror movies—all of these genres play an important role in defining modern pop culture. Movie quotes from popular films can be silly, sentimental, inspirational, or motivational.
What we want is a story that starts with an earthquake and works its way up to a climax.
Quoted in Leslie Halliwell, Halliwell's Filmgoer's and Video Viewer's Companion (9th edn,1989).
Most people will never know anything beyond what they see with their own two eyes.Nightcrawler
Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light.Albus Dumbledore
We've all got both light and dark inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That's who we really are.Sirius Black
Things we lose have a way of coming back to us in the end, if not always in the way we expect.Luna Lovegood
[Screenwriting] is no more complicated than old French torture chambers, I think. It's about as simple as that.james l. brooks
Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.Inigo Montoya
Vizzini: No more rhymes now, I mean it.
Fezzik: Anybody want a peanut?
I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!Howard Beale
A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.Hannibal Lecter
My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.Forest Gump
Oh, Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars.Charlotte Vale
One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know.Jeffery Spaulding
Words are, in my not-so-humble opinion, our most inexhaustible source of magic.Albus Dumbledore
You don't understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.Terry Malloy
All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.Norma Desmond
Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night.Margo Channing
Life has a way of moving you past wants and hopes.Kevin Flynn
Love means never having to say you're sorry.
The most famous movie quotes tend to be short and sweet—easy to remember and repeat. For example, one of the most iconic moments in 1939's Wizard of Oz is when Dorothy said, "There's no place like home." In the years since, those five words have inspired countless other bits of movie and television dialogue.
The best movie quotes are often ones that can always feel relevant because they speak to universal emotions, such as love. For example, "Love means never having to say you're sorry." from the 1970 hit movie Love Story struck a chord with viewers because it alluded to the unconditional acceptance many of us are seeking from a romantic partner. On a similar note, "You complete me." became a popular line from 1996's Jerry Maguire because it spoke to the desire to find your soulmate.
Movie quotations can also become popular due to simple repetition. For example, there are several characters that use the phrase, "May the Force be with you" throughout the first Stars War movie in 1977. Obi-Wan Kenobi doesn't utter it until the release of 2002's Episode II: Attack of the Clones, but the saying is one that even casual fans of the movie will instantly recognize.
No matter what film genre you prefer, feel free to be creative in finding ways to share your favorite movie quotes. Add quotes to handmade greeting cards, use them to make wall art, or design your own pop culture t-shirt.