Can you match all of these memorable quotes to their movies?
By: Abi Luftig
About This Quiz
Most people know the obvious quotes like "There's no place like home" or "Hasta la vista, baby," but only true movie fans can guess the quotes in this quiz. So, you have to ask yourself, "Do you feel lucky, punk?"
"Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!"
The Wizard (Frank Morgan) frantically shouts this while trying to maintain his illusion of being The Great and Powerful Oz in the 1939 classic, "The Wizard of Oz." MGM Studios acquired the rights to the story, based on the L. Frank Baum novel, for $75,000. It was an impressive sum in 1939. Adjusted for inflation, the studio paid approximately $1,317,392.77 in today’s money.
"The snozzberries taste like snozzberries."
Willy Wonka (Gene Wilder) mentions this during the Tasting Room stop of the tour of his Chocolate Factory in the 1971 film. Much of Wilder’s acting in the movie was improvised and/or known to the crew, but not the cast. As such, the surprised reactions of the other actors to his limp-and-flip when he first meets them are authentic, as is the genuine fear on most of their faces during the tunnel ride scene.
"I'm having an old friend for dinner."
Hannibal Lecter (Anthony Hopkins) delivers this line in 1991’s still-chilling, "The Silence of The Lambs." Hopkins has only 24 minutes and 52 seconds of screen time in the 1 hour and 58-minute film but offers arguably the most memorable performance. He invented Hannibal's slurping sound and convinced the director and costume designer that it would be most unsettling to clothe Lector in white (based on his real-life fear of dentists).
"Where we're going, we don't need roads."
This famous line is said by Christopher Lloyd's character, Doc Brown, at the end of 1985's "Back to the Future." Ronald Reagan quoted this line in his 1986 State of the Union address.
"I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way."
Animated femme fatale, Jessica Rabbit (voiced by Kathleen Turner), says this now famous line in the 1998 animated/live action neo-noir classic "Who Framed Roger Rabbit." Jessica Rabbit was an amalgamation of three classic live-action femme fatales -- Rita Hayworth, Lauren Bacall, and Veronica Lake -- mixed with the animated influence of siren, Red Hot Riding Hood.
"We will not vanish without a fight! We're going to live on! We're going to survive!"
President Whitmire (Bill Pullman) delivers this rousing speech before the battle in 1996’s groundbreaking, "Independence Day." It was filmed on August 6, 1995 in front of the airplane hangar that was once home to the Enola Gay, which dropped an atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan, exactly 50 years prior, on August 6, 1945.
"They're...uh...they're flocking this way."
Young dinosaur fan, Tim (Joseph Mazzello), comes to this realization about a herd of Gallimimus flocking together. Despite the title, only two dinosaurs featured in the film are from the Jurassic Period (Brachiosaurus and Dilophosaurus). All other species come from the same era, but apparently, Cretaceous Park just didn't have the same ring.
I don't know how to put this but, I'm kind of a big deal.
This line is from 2004's "Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy," Will Ferrell says this line as the titular character. The comedy gem was ranked 113th on Empire's 500 Greatest Movies of All Time.
"I am serious... and don't call me Shirley."
While there is no shortage of quotable lines in the 1980 comedy gem, "Airplane!," this line by Dr. Rumack (Leslie Nielsen) is one of the most quoted. While he is now well-known for comedic roles, this was Nielsen’s first comedic part. He, along with well-known dramatic actors Robert Stack, Lloyd Bridges, and Peter Graves, were sought out by the producers, specifically for their straight-arrow personas, as a way to further highlight the film's satire.
"He vas ... my boyfriend!"
Frau Blücher (Cloris Leachman) triumphantly reveals this fact about the original Dr. Frankenstein in the hilarious 1974 classic, "Young Frankenstein." Leachman was nominated for a Golden Globe for her role in this picture.
"I thought they smelled bad on the outside."
While perhaps not the most famous line delivered by Han Solo (Harrison Ford), this one is still memorable as he slices open a Tauntaun for warmth on the frozen planet of Hoth in 1980’s, "The Empire Strikes Back." The Echo Base Troops in the Battle of Hoth were actually Norwegian mountain-rescue skiers. In exchange for the skiers' participation in the film, Lucasfilm donated to the Norwegian Red Cross.
"Game over, man. Game over!"
This line was said by the late Bill Paxton as Private Hudson in 1986's "Aliens." The sequel to 1979's "Alien" took on more of a war movie vibe to counteract the horror movie connotations of its predecessor.
"He's gonna laugh at you. They're all gonna laugh at you!"
Carrie's psychotic mother, Margaret (Piper Laurie), shouts this in an attempt to convince Carrie to skip the ill-fated prom. Laurie and Sissy Spacek, who played Carrie, both earned Academy Award nominations for their work in this 1976 film, a rarity in the horror genre.
"We have both kinds. We have country AND western!"
When The Blue Brothers ask the waitress at the country bar what kind of music they normally have, she responds with this now-iconic line. The 1980 film was based on a 1978 Saturday Night Live skit created by stars John Belushi and Dan Ackroyd. The movie also features music legends such as Aretha Franklin, Ray Charles, Cab Calloway, and James Brown.
"You can't fight in here! This is the war room!"
This famous line from the 1964 Cold War satire film is said by President Merkin Muffley, one of three roles in the film played by Peter Sellers. In addition to President Muffley, Group Captain Mandrake, and the titular Dr. Strangelove, Sellers was supposed to play Air Force Major T. J. "King" Kong. However, an on-set injury prevented him from being able to work in the cockpit set.
"These go to 11."
Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) explains to fans that these amps are better than most because most amps only go to ten. This is just one of the many nonsensical quips and ad-libs that made the 1984 mockumentary, "This Is Spinal Tap," a genre-defining film. The actors essentially did form a temporary Spinal Tap; they are all capable musicians and decided to record the soundtrack themselves.
"The man is the head of the household, but the woman is the neck, and she can turn the head in any direction she wants."
This line is from the 2002 film, "My Big Fat Greek Wedding." It is said by matriarch, Maria, who was played by Lainie Kazan. While it underperformed in theaters, MBFGW eventually gained enough attention to be the highest-grossing romantic comedy in history.
"I don't have money. But what I do have are a very particular set of skills, skills I have acquired over a very long career. Skills that make me a nightmare for people like you.
Liam Neeson uttered this oft-quoted and even more oft-memed line as Bryan Mills in 2008’s action flick, "Taken." Neeson has said that he fully expected the film to bomb but wanted to have the chance to learn karate and spend four months in Paris. He was also excited to have the opportunity to play an action hero, a sharp departure from his previous roles.
"Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?"
Bluto (John Belushi) shouts this historically inaccurate speech in a successful attempt to rally his newly-expelled frat brothers in the 1978 film, "Animal House." The fictional Delta Tau Chi and Faber College were based on the experiences of writer Harold Ramis (Zeta Beta Tau at Washington University), writer Chris Miller (Alpha Delta Phi at Dartmouth College), and producer Ivan Reitman (Delta Upsilon at McMaster University).
"The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist."
Kevin Spacey says this line as unreliable narrator, Verbal Kent, in 1995’s "The Usual Suspects." The line was originally penned in 1862 by 19th Century French poet Charles Baudelaire in "Le Spleen de Paris."
"I didn’t make him for YOU!"
When Janet (Susan Sarandon) politely says that Rocky (Peter Hinwood) isn't her type because she doesn't like too many muscles, Dr. Frank-N-Furter (Tim Curry) angrily replies with this line in the 1975 midnight movie, "The Rocky Horror Picture Show." Curry originated the role in the 1973 West End stage production of the "Rocky Horror Show," as well as Patricia Quinn (Magenta and the Usherette/The Lips), and Nell Campbell (Columbia). Meatloaf originated the role of Eddie in the 1975 Broadway premiere of the show. Richard O'Brian (Riff Raff) wrote the show and originated his role in both the West End and Broadway runs.
"Husbands should be like Kleenex: soft, strong and disposable."
Mrs. White (played by the fantastic Madeline Kahn) uses this line to explain why she's had five husbands, in the 1985 sleeper hit, "Clue." The film has three different endings, and during its theatrical run, audiences were never sure which one they would see. The home video version includes all three endings, which fans greatly prefer.
"I’m walking here!"
1969’s dark tale of a Texas hustler trying to make it big in NYC starred Jon Voight and Dustin Hoffman as Joe Buck and Ratso Rizzo. Hoffman’s Rizzo shouts the aforementioned line, but it was not in the script. Without permits to close the streets for filming, the scenes had to be filmed around actual traffic. A taxi ran a red light on the 16th take, and wanting to vent his frustration while staying in character, Hoffman improvised this line. He later said that he was genuinely afraid the taxi would run him over.
"I feel a great swell of pity for the poor fool who comes to that school looking for trouble."
This line, originally said by Professor X's older version (Patrick Stewart) in 2000's "X-Men," was echoed by his younger version (James McAvoy) in 2016's "X-Men: Apocalypse." Due to X-Men's plot involving Ellis Island, the film had a special premiere showing at the location two days before it premiered everywhere else.
"He’s not the Messiah, he’s a very naughty boy!"
Terry Jones in drag delivers this line as Mandy Cohen, Brian's mother, in the 1979 comedy film. The town of Bournemouth in the UK did not screen the film in cinemas until 2015. The town council had given it an X rating and refused to show the “blasphemous” film until the ban was repealed 35 years later.
"Donny, you’re out of your element!"
Walter (John Goodman)'s frequently repeated line from 1998's "The Big Lebowski" has made its way into everyday vernacular and is used as an internet meme to tell people to shut up. When conceiving the comedy-crime cult classic, the Coen Brothers decided they wanted it to have a Raymond Chandler-esque feel to it.
"You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!"
Michael Caine’s exasperated declaration of this line as Charlie Croker in 1969’s "The Italian Job" has become iconic. In a British survey conducted in 2003, movie fans ranked this at the best one-liner in cinema history.
"Some men just want to watch the world burn."
Michael Caine’s, Alfred, uses this story to warn Bruce Wayne that men like the Joker can’t be reasoned with, in 2008’s "The Dark Knight." Heath Ledger, who died during production of this film, ended up with 32 posthumous nominations for Best Supporting Actor for his now-iconic portrayal of the Joker.
"When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."
The 1989 rom-com, "When Harry Met Sally," starred Billy Crystal (who said the quoted line) and Meg Ryan. Several scenes in the movie were improvised, including the Pictionary scene and the final interview with Harry and Sally.
"'What' ain't no country I've ever heard of. They speak English in 'What?'"
This is one of Jules’ (Samuel L. Jackson) few lines from 1994’s "Pulp Fiction" that is actually suitable to print, though he is far from the only character to resort to profanity. The f-word is used an impressive 265 times in the 2.5 hour movie, averaging out to approximately 1.76 times per minute.
"You son of a bitch. You left the bodies and you only moved the headstones!"
Steve Freeling (Craig T. Nelson) shouts this line to the neighborhood developer when he realizes why the house is haunted in 1982’s, "Poltergeist." The production crew made the extremely creepy decision to use actual human skeletons, instead of plastic ones, because it was cheaper. Many of the actors did not know this until the film had wrapped.
"Human sacrifice, dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!"
Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) says this in 1984’s "Ghostbusters," when trying to warn the mayor of the impending crisis. The role of Venkman had originally been written for John Belushi, who died two years prior. Dan Akroyd often referred to Slimer as Belushi’s ghost on set. This led to the Slimer/Animal House crossover homage in 2016’s "Ghostbusters" reboot.
"Have you ever met anybody you didn’t kill?"
While certainly not his most quoted line, this gem is also from Murtaugh (Danny Glover) in the 1987 action movie, "Lethal Weapon." While Hollywood is known for casting older actors for younger roles, Lethal Weapon is a rare example of the opposite. Riggs and Murtaugh were said to be 38 and 50 years old respectively. The actors who portrayed them, Mel Gibson and Danny Glover were only 30 and 41 at the time.
"San Dimas High School Football Rules!"
While most people don’t know his name and simply call him “the jock,” this line from 1989’s "Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure" was said by the minor character, Ox (William Robbins). In the beginning of the film, Bill and Ted are talking about how they need to get Eddie Van Halen to join their band. Eddie Van Halen has since joked several times in interviews that he would join if they invited him.
"I always think there's a band, kid."
The eponymous music man himself, Harold Hill (Robert Preston), says this line in the 1962 film adaptation of "The Music Man." Preston also originated the role in the 1957 Broadway premiere of the show.
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