We love movies. That's definitely not a surprise. We love going to the movies, getting popcorn and soda and candy (hey, it's a splurge, right?). We also love hanging out at home and watching movies. Especially if they're on Netflix. Society is pretty much obsessed with all things movie-related, from the people that star in the movies to the ones behind the camera, writing and directing and producing. We love movies so much that when a line makes an impact on us, we sometimes like to repeat it over and over as a catchphrase amongst our friends. A lot of films have memorable lines in them, but some more so than others. Here are some of the most memorable movie lines of all time.
This line comes from Back to the Future by Christopher Lloyd as Dr. Emmett Brown. It's basically introducing the fact that they would be time traveling in the car. Michael J. Fox found tons of success and fame with his role in the film, but it almost didn't happen. Initially, the studio had hired a different actor because Fox had conflicts with shooting Family Ties. But when they decided to fire the other guy and hire him anyway, he basically had to work day and night for the duration of the film's shooting schedule. He has said that he only slept about four hours a night during the months that was going on, but it seems like he made the right choice.
The film Airplane was released in 1980 and had a totally crazy plot. A lot of the humor in this film comes from its totally wacky lines that were delivered extremely seriously. The spoof comedy was basically poking fun at the extreme disaster films that were very popular in the 1970's. However, the film was also a remake of a TV movie from 1957 called Zero Hour, and the studio bought the rights to that film so that they could lift some of the lines directly. The plot essentially begins when the crew gets food poisoning and a rogue pilot who likes to drink and his ex-girlfriend have to take over and safely land the plane. The whole food poisoning situation is one thing that they took from the original TV movie. Overall this wacky concept created a whole lot of memorable quotes, the above being an extremely popular one.
The 40 Year Old Virgin was a hilarious movie in general, but Steve Carell's chest-waxing scene is one of the more memorable moments. He's a pretty hairy guy so there was some serious stuff happening there. To get authentic reactions to the pain of the waxing it was really performed, so the lines he screamed out were ad-libbed as they went along. "Argh Kelly Clarkson!" was one of the inexplicable ones that is impossible to forget. Since of course they could only film the scene once (because his hair would already be waxed off), they used five different cameras at once to make sure they didn't miss anything. It's hard to look away from the clearly in pain Steve Carell, but if you look at the other actors in the background during the scene you can actually see them cracking up at times. How could they not?!
Towards the beginning of Fight Club, there's a scene where Edward Norton hits Brad Pitt and says this line. The thing was, Brad didn't know that Ed was actually going to hit him. Right before filming, Fincher pulled him aside and told him to do it. Brad's reaction is a real one and ended up being one of the more memorable lines. Another scene in the film that went off book was the scene where Brad and Ed are golfing. They were actually knocking around some golf balls on a break from shooting and the director liked the concept. He basically just got out the camera and told them to keep doing what they were doing. The film Fight Club came from the book by Chuck Palahniuk, and the concept came to him from a real life experience. Once he got in a fight on a camping trip and got his face beat up pretty good but at work on Monday no one acknowledged it.
This line from Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory was a bit of a head-scratcher... but so were many lines said in that fantastical film. Some think this line means that Willy was owed everything that he got for owning the factory, and some think that it means you should never stop aspiring for more. The original film came out in 1971 but only because the director's daughter was a fan of the Roald Dahl book and thought it would make a great movie. Young Madeline Stuart suggested it to her father Mel Stuart, who ultimately agreed with her. She and her brother both make small appearances in the film. Roald Dahl is credited with being one of the film's screenwriters but he supposedly didn't like the film at all. Apparently he thought there was too much focus on Willy and not enough on Charlie.
American Pie was one of the more risque teen comedies of its era, so you probably have seen it, and you probably remember this super famous line. Probably the most memorable part was when Jason Biggs character Jim is bored listening to Michelle until she mentions that band camp was like sex ed and she once stuck a flute, well, you know where. The unassuming opener "this one time at band camp..." become a pop culture phenomenon. The script for the film was written by a first-time screenwriter named Adam Herz, who wrote it in only six weeks. When the finished script was dropped on the desks of studio bosses it was reportedly titled: "Unfinished Teenage Sex Comedy Which Can Be Made for Under $10 Million That Studio Readers Will Most Likely Hate but I Think You Will Love.” It was initially called Great Falls which didn't test well, but American Pie was clearly the perfect choice.
Anchorman's Ron Burgundy had absolutely hilarious dialogue but "I'm in a glass case of emotion" was a pretty memorable one. At the time he's on the phone in a phone booth, hence the glass case. Will Ferrell has said that Ron Burgundy was his favorite character to play, and he was actually based on a real guy: news anchor Mort Crim. Will was watching a documentary about Mort's former co-anchor Jessica Savitch and noticed that Mort made tons of sexist and offensive comments like it was nothing. He was so inspired by the guy (comedically, of course) that he called Adam McKay to tell him his idea. Adam became a co-writer and even directed the movie.
Dazed and Confused is a cult classic that launched the careers of some pretty big stars... including Matthew McConaughey. His most memorable line is definitely "I keep getting older they stay the same age" which is when he's talking about his love of going out with high school girls. His delivery is impeccable and endlessly quotable. It turns out that Vince Vaughn had auditioned for not one but two roles in the film and did not land either. First, he was up for the role of Fred O’Bannion, which ultimately was given to Ben Affleck. Then he read for Benny O’Donnell (which ended up being played by Cole Hauser), but the director Richard Linklater felt that Vince looked too much like Ben to make that work, so he didn't make it into the film. By the way, the word "man" is used in the film a whopping 203 times, and the young freshman Mitch Kramer played by Wiley Wiggins touches his nose 42 times.
Groundhog's Day is definitely an amazing movie. Bill Murray plays Phil, who has to live the same day over and over again. On that day, he runs into the exuberant and totally annoying character Ned. At one point, Phil feels like enough is enough and says this line. Tom Hanks was actually the director's first choice for the role, but he eventually was considered too nice for the part. It's true that he doesn't seem to have the same natural attitude that Bill does. Bill and the director actually got into a huge fight about the tone of the film. Bill thought it should be more philosophical while the director wanted it to be a comedy. The two didn't actually speak for twenty years after the movie was released. They didn't reconnect until Harold was literally dying.
The 1998 comedy Half Baked is a really over-the-top version of stoner humor, so naturally it became incredibly popular. One of the more memorable lines in the film is when the character Scarface uses the above line. You might have heard it repeated in other situations and not even have known where it originated. Dave Chappelle was inspired to write the movie after he heard about how the drug dealers in New York were conveniently delivering drugs to people's apartments. He co-wrote the film alongside Neal Brennan who would later go on to co-create the Chappelle’s Show for Comedy Central in 2003. Tamra Davis, the film's director, only read the first ten pages of the script before agreeing to the job because she thought it was so funny. The film only took 40 days to shoot and was mostly done in Toronto despite being set in New York.
The 1992 film A League of their Own is a heartwarming story about a women's baseball team. At one point Tom Hanks' character has to use the above line to keep the weepy ladies in check. Following the popularity of the film, the line is often used in different circumstances to basically mean ship up or pull it together. The original version of the film was actually four hours long and involved much more backstory for each character, but of course, that was trimmed down. 2,000 women headed down to the campus of the University of Southern California to cast the film. Almost all of them had to prove that they had the baseball chops before moving onto the part where they read for the director. However, Geena Davis read for the part... and then had to learn how to play baseball after she got it.
One of the best lines in Swingers is "You're so money and you don't even know it." The point of this line, of course, has to do with dating and knowing your worth to attract someone else. It's a funny line and also pretty good stuff that everyone should remember and live by at all times. Jon Favreau actually wrote the script for Swingers in a week and a half after going through a break up and feeling like he needed to fill the loneliness with something. Looks like heartbreak is definitely good for the creative process!