From the earliest days of silent films to the more modern film masterpieces that today thrill audiences everywhere, movies have definitely become a huge part of the cultural fabric of American society. Many movies are so infamous that they are known by one simple line from the script--these catchphrases have become a huge part of American vernacular with multiple meanings as well as associations. As you get ready to get into your favorite movie character this Halloween, keep some of these more infamous movie lines (and the characters that go with them) in mind! Here’s a list of some of our faves:
I’ll Be Back. (The Terminator)-Today you can put on your best tough guy imitation and use this line to say you are soon returning, with an “attitude” of course!
Frankly, My Dear, I don’t give a damn. (Gone With The Wind)-In today’s terms, this phrase is a very useful way to show complete indifference after you’ve “had it up to here”…particularly effective spewed right before heading into the man cave.
The Name is Bond, James Bond. (James Bond Franchise) Just feeling sexy and you know it? This phrase can be pretty funny if timed just right. If you take it too seriously, however, you might fall flat on your noggin’ and just look like an idiot.
Life is Like a Box of Chocolates. (Forest Gump)-This phrase means basically that you never know what life is going to throw at you--some of life’s surprises are good, others not so much.
Houston, We Have a Problem. (Apollo 13)- A universal phrase that now means, “Uh-oh, we’ve got big trouble…!!” You’ve said it, I’ve said it, okay--we’ve all said it.
May the Force be with you. (Star Wars) -This is sort of a sci-fi-ish way of expressing a similar sentiment to “May God be with you”.
Show Me the Money! (Jerry Maguire)-Exactly what it says, essentially “put your money where your mouth is” or let the “money do the talking!” This is useful in so many fiscally oriented situations!
I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse. (The Godfather) Hmmm, sort of a threat guised in false sincerity, but we definitely get the point.
Toto, I’ve got a feeling were not in Kansas anymore. (The Wizard of Oz) This essentially states that something big is going down that is really out of the norm.
If you build it, they will come. (Field of Dreams) Basically it means the same thing as believe in yourself and trust your instincts; good things will happen.
Why so serious? (The Dark Knight) The Joker’s infamous line is still useful in situations that may require a little release valve for lots of built-up tension.
Go ahead, make my day. (Sudden Impact) Still being used today, this infamous line almost taunts as it challenges.
Here’s Johnny! (The Shining) Obviously this infamous line was originally swiped from the Johnny Carson show, but Jack Nicholson’s version is now useful for any surprise entrance.
Elementary, my dear Watson. (Sherlock Holmes) Nowadays, this is the same thing as saying “this is going to be really easy!”
They’re Here! (Poltergeist) Getting the willies or the heebie jeebies? Are the hairs on the back of your neck, standing straight up? This famous line pretty much says it all.
Yo Adrian! (Rocky) A very Philadelphia, boxer-style greeting that most anyone gets warm and fuzzy over.
Shop our huge collection of movie character costumes for lots of fun and exciting character choices for the most Hollywood inspired Halloween costume ever. You might even consider learning a little bit of the lingo--some of these one-liner’s seem likely to live on forever!