Made iconic either through the style of delivery or the choice of words, movie quotes are essential not only for pivoting a movie to its iconic status. Its crucial reputation for influencing pop culture may attract like-minded people to form lasting bonds based solely on the taste of cinema.
While every genre sees countless memorable lines and countless parodies, comedy rules all in the quotable department despite not getting the same level of respect as other genres like dramas and thrillers from science fiction. From ad-libs to one-liners, these comedies definitely hit the mojo factor.
Presenter: The Legend of Ron Burgundy: “I’m in a showcase of emotion!”
If ever the public lacks the means to say that they are upset, Presenter: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004) certainly amps up the game after Ron Burgundy’s dog Baxter is thrown over a bridge by an angry biker played by Jack Black.
Produced by Judd Apatow and with Adam McKay in his directorial debut, the 2004 satirical comedy centers on a team of San Diego journalists led by Burgundy (Will Ferrell) in the 1970s, as they clash with their female counterpart (Christina Applegate) in a male-dominated newsroom. While the Sex Panther works 60% of the time…every time, Presenter tops the lists of many comedy fanatics…every time.
Ghostbusters: “We came. We saw. We kicked his ass!”
With Bill Murrayit is the dry spirit, Dan Aykroydthe geek comment, the late Harold Ramis‘ occasional moments of character breakdown, and Ernie Hudsonthe right words, ghost hunters (1984) put a unique spin on the horror-comedy genre that spawned various merchandise, video games, and reboots.
After losing their jobs, the team of scientists eventually create a corporation called Ghostbusters with the goal of battling and capturing all the evil spirits lurking in New York. As the wise Peter Venkman (Murray) says, “no job is too big, no expense is too big”.
Friday: “The darker the berry, the sweeter the juice.”
For anyone who stumbles upon “Bye Felicia” and “Damn!!!” internet memes, Friday (1995) is the must-see movie for fans of buddy comedy and an integrand stoner side.
The cult comedy classic sees unemployed friends Craig Jones (Ice Cube) and Smokey (chris tucker) going into debt with a local drug dealer after smoking marijuana. Upon its release, the film provided audiences with energetic and charming performances, particularly from Tucker, as well as a less threatening portrayal of the African-American community.
The Princess Bride: “Rest well and dream of great women.”
Containing some of the most parodied scenes in movie history, fans of the 1987 comedy-adventure fantasy can not only recite many of the film’s iconic lines, but newcomers can witness its perplexity in popular sitcoms like how I Met Your Mother and american dad.
The swashbuckling romance between Westley and Princess Buttercup may make romance fans swoon, and comedy buffs will unquestionably be thrilled and amused by The princess to be marriedThe unusual take on fairy tale movies, but how highly quotable it is that earned the film its cult classic status.
The Big Lebowski: “The guy remains.”
Stunned by John Turturrothe intimidating performance of Carmine Falcone in The Batman (2022)? Prepared to be stunned by his brief but unforgettable moment like Jesus in The great Lebowski (1998), a film that makes unemployment and bowling cool and sophisticated.
Boasting not only a likable and relatable main character – The Dude who takes the adage “go with the flow” to a whole new level, Coen The brothers’ cult classic offers moviegoers diverse but equally remarkable supporting characters. The movie is basically about the lack of deep meaning in life, but that’s just like…an opinion…a man.
Clueless: “You’re just a virgin who can’t drive.”
Fun fact: Brittany Murphywho plays Tai Frasier and utters that sassy line, was actually a virgin who couldn’t drive at the time of filming.
A teen comedy about coming of age directed by Amy Heckerlingthe modern Jane Austen the adaptation follows a beautiful and popular high school girl Cher Horowitz (Alicia Silverstone) as she wreaks havoc in Beverley Hills. As if! The ’90s classic details Cher’s journey of self-discovery, eventually realizing her love for her half-brother Josh (Paul Rudd) in addition to advocating for a more useful life with his power and wealth.
Austin Powers franchise: “You’re evil diet coke. Just one calorie.”
With Mike Myers is finally back with netflixit is The Pentaverate (2022), who can forget the lovable ogre comedy legend’s iconic roles Shrek to the smashing and groovy Austin “Danger” Powers.
An ironic revision of the james bond franchise, the spy action-comedy follows full-time playboy and part-time secret agent Austin Powers as he travels back in time to fight his nemesis – Dr. Evil (Myers). While he’s not exactly the most reliable agent who can keep his pants on, Powers’ mojo is undeniably irresistible not just to his female pursuits, but to moviegoers as well.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail: “I Fart in Your General Sense!”
One of the best historical comedies to ever grace the screen, the Monty Python gang once again channels its clever pun and absurdist humor in the surreal 1975 medieval comedy.
Parodying the legend of King Arthur and his divine quest for the Holy Grail, Monty Python convincingly transforms the inspiring tale into a collage of anecdotes featuring killer rabbits, titillated nuns and unnerving insults from a French guard. Even loyal fans of the movie as well as newcomers to Monty Python’s sardonic humor always ask the same question: “What is the airspeed of a vacuum swallow?”
This Is Spinal Tap: “It’s such a fine line between dumb and…er…clever.”
One of England’s ‘loudest’ bands, It’s Spinal Tap (1984) features a fictional heavy metal band and their roller-coaster journey through the rock music industry. Entertaining fans with hits like “Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight” and “Stonehenge,” the ensemble comedy film leaves viewers with laughter rolling on the floor with baffling remarks and simple ignorance mostly of the from group members.
A sequel to the groundbreaking mockumentary was recently announced and is slated for release in 2024. Until then, fans will just have to listen to the band’s “Lick My Love Pump” and wait.
Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story: “No one makes me bleed in my own blood.”
Fans of the 2004 sports comedy can not only appreciate the various ridiculous quotes presented by the film, but also how the five rules of dodgeball are forever etched in their minds. Dodge, dodge, dive, dive and…dodge.
A sharp and witty commentary on wellness culture and masculinity, Dodgeball: A True Underdog Story tells the inspiring story of a team of local misfits competing in a dodgeball tournament in Las Vegas to save their gym from the hands of an evil wellness corporate chain.
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