Some movie quotes are so great, they’ve gone mainstream

We polled The Advocate’s staff for the most quotable movies — the ones with the most lines that have crossed over into everyday conversation — and came up with this list.*

1. Casablanca (1942)

Starring : Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman

Classic lines:

  • “Here’s looking at you kid.”
  • “Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.”
  • “Round up the usual suspects.”
  • “Play it once, Sam. For old times’ sake.”

Note: “Play it again, Sam,” according to editorial writer Lanny Keller, who claims he can recite the script, is not in the movie. There are two lines imploring Sam to play “As Time Goes By,” the one uttered by Ilsa (Bergman) above and again, by Rick (Bogart): “If she can stand it, I can! Play it!”

2. Animal House (1978)

Starring : John Belushi, Tom Hulce, Kevin Bacon, Karen Allen

Classic lines:

  • “TOGA! TOGA!”
  • “Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.”
  • “They confiscated everything, even the stuff we didn’t steal!”
  • “We have an old saying in Delta House: Don’t get mad, get even.”

3. The Princess Bride (1987)

Starring : Cary Elwes, Mandy Patinkin, Robin Wright, André the Giant

Classic lines:

  • “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
  • “Maw-wage, that bwessed awangement, that dweam wifin a dweam. And wuv, true wuv …”
  • “Have fun storming the castle!”
  • “You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

4. Steel Magnolias (1989)

Starring : Shirley MacLaine, Olympia Dukakis, Sally Field, Julia Roberts, Daryl Hannah, Dolly Parton, Tom Skerritt

Classic lines:

  • “Well, you know what they say: if you don’t have anything nice to say about anybody, come sit by me!”
  • “Pink is my signature color.”
  • “I love you more than my luggage.”
  • “Looks like two pigs fightin’ under a blanket.”

5. Gone With the Wind (1939)

Starring : Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh

Classic lines:

  • “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
  • “No, I don’t think I will kiss you, although you need kissing badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”
  • “As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.”
  • “I don’t know nothin’ bout birthin’ babies!”

6. Forrest Gump (1994)

Starring : Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise

Classic lines:

  • “Stupid is as stupid does.”
  • “My momma always said, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.’”
  • “Run, Forrest! Run!”
  • “Dear God, make me a bird, so I could fly far. Far, far away from here.”

7. Ghostbusters (1984)

Starring : Bill Murray, Dan Aykroyd, Sigourney Weaver

Classic lines:

  • “Listen ... do you smell something?”
  • “That’s a big Twinkie.”
  • “Generally, you don’t see that kind of behavior in a major appliance.”

Note: One of the most quotable lines of the movie might actually be the theme song. “Who ya gonna call?”

8. The Godfather (I, II and III — 1972, 1974 and 1990)

Starring : Marlin Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Robert De Niro, Diane Keaton

Classic lines:

  • “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse. OK? I want you to leave it all to me.”
  • “Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.”
  • “He taught me: keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.”
  • “Just when I thought I was out ... they pull me back in.”

9. Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)

Starring : Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones, Michael Palin

Classic lines:

  • “ I fart in your general direction!”
  • “It’s just a flesh wound.”
  • “Go and boil your bottoms, you sons of a silly person.”
  • “Please! This is supposed to be a happy occasion. Let’s not bicker and argue over who killed who.”

10. Star Wars (1977)

Starring : Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher

Classic lines:

  • “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.”
  • “The Force is strong with this one.”
  • “That’s no moon. It’s a space station.”
  • “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.”