The film Be Cool (which was rated PG-13) used a Precision F Strike in the very beginning to lampshade the ratings system. After telling a friend that a movie can't have more than one F-bomb or else it gets an R rating (contrary to popular belief, this is not exactly true), John Travolta's character gives his opinion of that rule: "Fuck that."
The UK's BBFC ratings had/have a similar rule, in that the F word can be used twice and qualify for a 12 certificate, but any more gets a 15. In 2012 it was changed to four uses.
Donnie Darko was rated R and therefore made few attempts to limit its "fuck"-ing, however it still features two prime examples of precisely-used F bombs.
The first occurs early in the film, while the Darko family is eating dinner. Donnie and Elizabeth engage in a heated argument, in which they use remarks like "fuck-ass" and "suck a fuck." Even more comical than the fact that this is all taking place at the dinner table is the youngest Darko's response.
Samantha: What's a fuck-ass?
The second incident happens during a school assembly featuring the motivational speaker Jim Cunningham. After Cunningham's presentation, he takes questions from audience members, whom he repeatedly insists are troubled only by their own fear. Finding these suggestions preposterous, Donnie stands up as if he plans to ask a question, but instead gives his own take on Jim's advice. Jim Cunningham then calls Donnie a "troubled and confused young man."
Donnie: You're right, actually. I am pretty— I'm, I'm pretty troubled and I'm— I'm pretty confused. But I— ...And I'm afraid. Really, really afraid. Really afraid. But I... I... I think you're the fucking Antichrist.
Night of the Comet: When the delirious gang leader Willie ices one of his own in a shopping mall standoff:
Regina: You're CRAZY!
Willie: I'm not crazy, I just don't give a fuck!
In Coneheads, the usually eloquently sesquipedalian Beldar casually lets one slip:
Beldar: Take my car, its re-enforced alloy superstructure is far superior to that of your broken down, rusted out shit box.
In Freedom Writers, the teacher sees that one of her Troubled, but Cute inner city students has given himself an F on his self-graded story. The normally clean and preppy teacher's reaction? "You know what I see with this F? A big FUCK YOU."
Hilariously, the TV edit censors it to another F strike: "You're a dirty bitch, San Diego."
In Serenity, Mal Reynolds' line of "I will shoot you down," was written in the script as "I will fucking shoot you."
Though unusually, when Mal talks about how Simon knew River might go "apeshit" at any moment, it passes very quickly.
Watch the out-takes. There's a particularly startling one at Book's village.
Subverted in Accepted: Ben Lewis uses Shit many times during the meeting, and he also says "Fucking A!" Because Accepted is rated PG-13, he's not allowed to say Fuck anymore, but, when he delivers the Movies Aesop, it's beeped out. This arguably makes it even funnier.
Zeus Carver: Hey, who was the twenty-first president?
Carjack victim: Go fuck yourself!
The Sum of All Fears attempts to avoid the R rating and ends up giving its one Fuck to the U.S. President.
The Amazing Yen speaks nothing but Chinese for the entirety of Ocean's Eleven until, in a fit of frustration at Danny and Linus's late arrival he screams out "Where the FUCK you been?!"
This gets pulled off by Spike Witwicky in Transformers: The Movie. After an attempt to destroy Unicron with a moon bomb fails, Spike makes explicit his surprise by exclaiming, "It isn't even dented! Oh SHIT, what are we gonna do now?!". The fact that this was based off a cartoon for all ages makes it all the more surprising. Some versions have the line removed. This became so prevalent that on one Transformers DVD, this particular moment is titled "Swear"!
Later on in the film, Ultra Magnus tries to open the Matrix to defeat Galvatron and his Decepticon army. He fails, letting off a growl of "Open! Damn it, OPEN!" Unlike the above, this one was retained on all video prints.
Also used in Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country, where Spock's response to the news of the Enterprise's decommissioning is: "If I were human, I believe my response would be... Go to Hell."
Homaged in Star Trek: First Contact; the Enterprise is ordered to stay out of a battle with the Borg. As the battle goes badly, Picard tells the crew he's about to violate that order and notes that any crew objections will be noted. Data (the logical android who had no emotions until the previous movie) responds with a crowning moment of awesome: "I believe I speak for the entire crew, sir, when I say... To Hell with our orders."
Also, Picard's "DAMN IT" during his Ahab speech.
Spock's efforts at swearing, when the Enterprise crew traveled the hell back in time to 1986, in Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, demonstrated why his not using curse words is a good idea.
Kirk's "Double dumbass on you, too!" is another example of why not to try.
An implied swear is present, when the local whale biologist is getting wise to time-travelling Kirk and Spock's true intentions with the whales.
Spock: Are you sure it isn't time for a colorful metaphor?
Although he did figure out swearing by the end of the film. "Just one damn minute, Captain."
When John Anderton finds out that a man named Crowe supposedly killed his son, he begins beating and interrogating him. Crowe then makes Anderton assume that his son is somehow still alive, although this turns out not to be true, and John Anderton blurts out the words "He's alive? He's alive! Where have you got him? Is he alright?!" When Crowe doesn't respond, he yells, "Tell me you FUCK! Where is he?!!"
In "Patriot Games", after Jack Ryan's daughter is seriously injured by IRA agents Jack confronts Paddy O'Neil in a rage and tells him that "I will FUCKING destroy you! I will make it my mission in life."
A well-timed cuss word is used when Tsu'tey figures out that Jake and Neytiri have had sex in the middle of an already-volatile situation, Dr. Augustine responds in the following fashion:
Tsu'tey: You mated with this woman?!
Dr. Augustine: Oh, shit.
This one's made even more effective because everyone present in the scene is using Na'vi mannerisms by this point, but Augustine "breaks character" to deliver her curse with a very noticeably human tone and gesture.
When Jake scares off the giant... rhino... thing.
Jake: Yeah that's right bitch, run back on to mommy.
Turns around to subsequently see a giant... leopard... thing behind him. One wonders why he didn't swear in the presence of Quaritch considering how much of a badass Quaritch is.
The F-bomb is dropped somewhat early in Hancock, and an earlier (foreign) swear had been censored in the subtitles, presumably to take advantage of the rule mentioned above.
In the Johnny Cash biopic Walk The Line, Cash generally sticks only to the mild, old-school country boy stuff like "damn" and "hell". But in the scene where he performs on stage drunk/high, he acts very strange, playing the guitar with a dazed smile on his face and making an unusually harsh aside to his drummer: "Just play the fucking thing." Moments later, he collapses. This surprising usage of the word catches the viewer off-guard and lets them know something bad is about to go down.
Later in the movie, he lampshades this trope while performing at Folsom Prison: "Now, we're recording live, so don't say 'hell' or 'shit' or anything like that."
In Changeling, this is important: Saying "Fuck you and the horse you rode in on" shows her decision to fight for her son whatever the cost.
Captain Yardley:(To Sgt. Prendergast, the protagonist) I never liked you. You know why? You don't curse. I don't trust a man who doesn't curse. Not a "fuck" or a "shit" in all these years. Real men curse.
(Much later at the ending, when Yardley tries to get Prendergast to say a few words and help him look good on camera:)
The Simpsons Movie: "SOMEBODY THROW THE GODDAMN BOMB!!" The reason it's effective in this case isn't the level of the swear (bitch, bastard, whore and slut having been mainstays in the series for years), but the speaker, Marge, who in the series proper almost never swears; however, only on Sky 1 is the word ever used on the show proper due to American TV blasphemy rules (see below for when Sky 1 did use that word).
Humourously the subtitles for the episode "Mother Simpson" on Sky 1 manages to turn a line into a weird kind of F-Strike. Makes it funnier if you are watching this episode at midday.
Homer: (upon seeing that the grave of his mother is actually another persons grave, screams angrily) DAMN YOU, WALT WHITMAN!
Subtitle track: GOD DAMN YOU, WALT WHITMAN!
The episode "Fraudcast News" has one delivered by Groundskeeper Willy near the end of the episode:
Willy: Check out the Willy World News! I review the new tractors... They're all shite!note Guess which three words of that sentence have always been cut from subsequent British TV airings... after being left intact for its premiere on Sky One, shown before the watershed.
There is a slightly better example; Early on, we are introduced to the "swear box," into which one must put money if they swear. This is called back later when Nick Angel tosses in a coin and yells "Leslie Tiller was FUCKING murdered!" Up 'til then, he was shown not even to swear ever on police time.
From Spaceballs: "'Out of order'?! FUCK! Even in the future, nothing works!" Interestingly, the MPAA actually rated the film PG despite this F strike, making it one of VERY FEW PG-rated films where someone audibly says "fuck". Even more interestingly, this was also after the PG-13 rating was introduced.
The Drover in Australia sticks to the fairly mild "crikey" for most of the film. After Darwin is bombed by the Japanese and he's told his lover is dead, he goes into the ruin of a bar for a drink. When the barkeep refuses to let the Drover's aborigine friend in he snaps "Just serve the fucking drink."
In Quantum of Solace, Judi Dench of all people drops a spectacular one when she snaps, "I don't give a shit what the CIA thinks!" This, after 22 Bond films where the strongest swear word heard is "bastard".
She manages to have three "hells" in her rant about Bond in Casino Royale
Who the hell do they think they are? I report to the Prime Minister and even he's smart enough not to ask me what we do. Have you ever seen such a bunch of self-righteous, ass-covering prigs? They don't care what we do; they care what we get photographed doing. And how the hell could Bond be so stupid? I give him double-O status and he celebrates by shooting up an embassy. Is the man deranged? And where the hell is he?
There's also Pam Bouvier in Licence to Kill, one of the series' most notable attempts to go Darker and Edgier. Her response to Q telling her Bond's just doing his usual thing in sleeping around on her is "Bullshit!"
It's not the first time either; when Bond hijacks an airplane in Live and Let Die, one passenger's response is to say "shit".
His "son of a bitch" in a crucial scene in Licence to Kill. That movie was the closest any Bond movie came to getting an R rating — they had to cut some of the more violent scenes in order for the movie to make PG-13. And then, the film got a 15 in the UK—the only Bond film to do so. Only recently has the uncut version, officially rated R by the MPAA, been released on home video in the States—and that one's always packaged with the PG-13 cut.
From Diamonds Are Forever: "You dirty double-crossing limey fink, those Goddam diamonds are phonies!"
In "Skyfall", M utters the first F word ever spoken in the Eon series:
M: I fucked this up, didn't I?
Earlier, when Q's invention is turned against him by Silva, he lets out one "shit" followed by a trio of them in quick succession.
Q: Oh, shit... oh, shit, shit, shit, he hacked us!
Monty Python's Life of Brian In a book full of interviews with the Pythons, one of them acknowledges this trope with regards to this exchange.
Brian: I'm not the Messiah! Will you please listen? I am not the Messiah, do you understand? Honestly!
Girl: Only the true Messiah denies His divinity.
Brian: What? Well, what sort of chance does that give me? All right! I am the Messiah!
On the other hand, his speech after that incident is more of a Cluster F-Bomb.
This trope is most definitely prevalent in Finding Forresterafter Jamal calls out Forrester for being too scared to help him out. And this is to a character played by Sean Connery, nonetheless.
In The Towering Inferno, after Steve McQueen realizes that the only way to put out the fire will probably kill both him and Paul Newman: "Oh, Shit!"
The Good Son has one of the actor-side variant; you wouldn't expect the Home Alone kid to say "Don't fuck with me."
Lucky Number Slevin drops the F-bomb from time to time, but The Boss (played by Morgan Freeman) rarely swears up until the film's climax. His calling the Rabbi a "fucking Philistine" face-to-face—er... back-to-back? is pretty intense.
Additionally, Slevin only drops the F-bomb when he's repeating something his neighbour Lindsay said.
And when he takes the precision F-shot after revealing himself not as Slevin or Nick Fisher, but as Henry, the child whose family was killed in the first flashback of the film.
"The two of you killed everything I ever loved. Fuck you both."
The Austin Powers series doesn't have a whole lot of swearing, making it more effective in Goldmember when Dr. Evil responds to his unexpected capture in the first act with a simple "...shit."
This was a Call Back to a similar situation in the first film. Dr. Evil outlines an elaborate plan to blackmail the Royal Family, but Number Two shoots it down. Dr. Evil, not to be deterred, follows up with a second even more elaborate plan involving lasers and cancer the world over...but Number Two shoots it down. Dr. Evil's response? "Shit."
Alec Baldwin uses a perfectly-timed F bomb in The Aviator.
Inverted in Once upon a Time in Mexico; aside from when he's deliberately being polite, Sands curses like a sailor throughout the movie. When he is truly, truly scared, he starts using G-rated euphemisms. For example, to Barillo and Dr. Guevara immediately before they take away his eyes:
Sands: I feel it's only fair to warn you that killing me is crossing the line, and you will have every single Marine from here to Guantanamo Bay up your keester, mister, so just know that.
The Sandlot (a PG-rated movie, by the way), right after Benny tries to get back the Babe Ruth autographed baseball from the neighbor's yard, the dog, Hercules, jumps over the fence and chases him all over town. His "Oh, shit!" is a perfect Oh, Crap moment, too.
In Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom, Indy, with Willie and Short Round with him, are on a rope bridge over a huge gorge with a rock-strewn and alligator-infested river beneath them...and mad cultists at either end of the bridge. Oh, and he's lost his gun.
In Sixteen Candles (rated PG) the word is used one time, when Samantha realizes that her family forgot her birthday.
Stargate Continuum. None of the characters swear that much in the series and then, it's fairly mild. But when SG-1 find themselves in Antarctica and Daniel has to be left alone in the freezing cold, with frost bite in his left leg, he calmly watches his friends walk away before muttering to himself: "Aw shit."
And later, during the interrogation montage:
Daniel Jackson: I mean, seriously, who would make this shit up?!
The recent Get Smart film made excellent use of this trope, especially with Alan Arkin's character.
Right after driving through a snack bar with a swordfish on it.
Max: Chief, are you thinking what I'm thinking? The Chief: I don't know, are you thinking Holy shit, holy shit, a swordfish almost went through my head? If so, yes.
Annoyingly averted in Galaxy Quest. Originally, when being told to go through the garbage chompers, Sigourney Weaver's reaction was supposed to be "Well fuck that!", which would have been the film's only profanity, and would have been highly effective. The line is instead dubbed to "Well screw that!", although the actor can clearly be seen saying the original line.
Equilibrium has little swearing, only three times by my count. The most effective one is when Preston has been caught, all seems lost, and then the polygraph he is hooked up to flatlines, accompanied by a simple "Oh... Shit." from the attendant, just before Preston says "Not without incident," and starts a Gun Kata asskicking spree that does not end until he kills DuPont.
As the DVD's deleted scenes reveal, X-Men: The Last Stand was originally poised to have one of these: "Mr. President, shut the fuck up!" The final cut of the film is actually the least profane of the trilogy, with not even a "shit" making it through. The most TV-unfriendly word in the movie is "dickhead".
In X-Men: First Class, during a montage of Charles and Erik finding and recruiting other mutants, their search bring them into a small, dingy bar where Wolverine has no interest in their offer. Doubles as a Crowning Moment of Funny. Not only the actor himself said he mostly accepted because of his line, but Rebecca Romijn said she wanted it in her cameo too.
Something of a trend for him, as the second film gave him a rather effective "Holy shit" upon seeing Lady Deathstrike's claws.
The Wolverine: "Go fuck yourself, pretty boy." The extended cut adds another ("Talk or I'll throw you out that fucking window!").
Dr. Emmett Brown: If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits eighty-eight miles per hour... you're gonna see some serious shit.
Also discussed when George asks Marty if he really needs to swear when he confronts him in the car with Lorraine ("Hey, You!! Get your damn hands off her."), which sets up George's Crowning Moment Of Awesome against Biff. "Yes, George, goddammit, swear!"
Public Enemies makes good use of this trope, partly due to taking place in a time when swearing had yet to be as cheapened as it is today. The "bomb" itself is dropped under appropriate duress.
Billy Bob Thornton's character in Armageddon is a calm, subdued NASA director. During the mission, when the drillers are having trouble drilling to the necessary distance in order to plant their bomb, the president orders the bomb to be remote detonated from mission control, which would essentially waste the bomb and doom the Earth to destruction. As one of the military generals the president has sent in prepares to detonate the bomb, Thornton's character lets his disapproval be known: "This is one order you shouldn't follow and you FUCKING know it!"
Nicolas Cage's character in The Rock starts out as a nerdy scientist type who's obviously way in over his head participating in the Alcatraz mission, and who makes conscious efforts to avoid the use of cuss words. By the time the mission is nearly complete, he has become so affected by his experiences that he gives both his partner and the enemy soldiers a mouthful of F-bombs.
In Orphan, Isabelle Fuhrman's character, a 9-year-old girl named Esther or so we are led to believe, delivers the first "Fuck" of the movie. It's the first foul word in the film and it's reasonably far in; all that combined with her absolutely calm, matter-of-fact, deadpan delivery makes the whole audience jump.
Near the end of Shall We Dance? after Link's co-workers discover that he is a ballroom dancer and begin to mock him, he says "Fuck you all."
While A Fish Called Wanda is hardly short swear words, it's still a great precision strike when the proper and polite Archie finally snaps:
George: Tell those pigs to fuck off. Archie: Fuck off, pigs. [Police officers are dumbfounded] Archie: Did you hear what I said? Fuck off.
From Dodgeball, "Spare me... I won that tournament... fuckin' Chuck Norris!"
In Red Eye, Psycho for Hire Jackson Rippner spends the majority of the film suave, calm, and in control of himself. His voice even borders on a Creepy Monotone at times. However, when he catches Lisa attempting to foil his plan, again, in the airplane bathroom, not only does he get seriously violent, but he finally starts to swear. (The rest of the swearing in the movie is from mostly heroic characters.) In a callback to his earlier misjudged drink order—
"You know what I think? I think you're not such an honest person. Because I've been following you for eight weeks now, and I never once saw you order anything but a fucking Sea Breeze!"
While Jay is pretty potty-mouthed himself, Silent Bob gets one in Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back. Jay's monkey is kidnapped and driven away in a van with a poster on the back that clearly shows its destination. After about 3 minutes of stupidity, SilentBob is forced to set his friend straight.
In 28 Days, the writers had to deliberate over the best place for Sandra Bullock to use the F word, it being a PG-13 movie an' all. In the end, they struck "Fuck Mr. Rogers" and went with the more perfunctory scene in which Bullock's character defends herself in a group circle. "Would you please just BACK THE FUCK OFF?!"
So, he's got the sandwich in one hand, and the fucking head in the other!
In another PG-13 rated Coen Brothers' film, Intolerable Cruelty, the one f-bomb is used really well.
Wrigley: Do you have any baby field greens? Diner Waitress: What did you call me? Wrigley: Uh — do you have a green salad? Waitress: What the fuck color would it be?
Val Kilmer delivers the sole F bomb in Tombstone while playing Chopin on the piano. The saloon's resident music critic/drunken gunfighter apparently had never heard of "Frederic fucking Chopin".
Questionably employed in the remake of The Italian Job. Apparently following the "one and only one use in a PG-13 movie" rule, the writers gave it to the villain when his truck full of gold vanishes on him ("Where the fuck is my TRUCK!!") Which is a good place for it, but meant that another character (with no in-character reason to self-censor) got to shout the laughable "mother-freaking Ukrainians!" in another scene.
Beetlejuice (Which was only rated PG by the way): "Nice fucking model!"
In Jennifers Body, after she realizes she's making out with Jennifer, Needy screams "What the fuck!?!" Jennifer tells her that it's the first time she's heard her say "fuck".
On the director's commentary for Shattered Glass, which was a PG-13 movie, director Billy Ray notes that they specifically saved up their allotted uses of the word "shit" for Chuck Lane's furious "World of Cardboard" Speech against Stephen Glass. Considering that Lane had been portrayed as a sensible, no-dramatics kind of guy, when he finally loses his temper the accompanying swearing is very effective.
In The Brothers Bloom, Bang Bang, a character who says almost nothing throughout the entire film, uses one of her few lines to simply say "Fuck me" when the gang accidentally causes a huge explosion.
"I know you gentlemen have been through a lot, but when you find the time, I'd rather not spend the rest of this winter tied to this fucking couch!"
The crawling head scene's hilarious quip: "You gotta be fucking kidding..."
"YEAH, FUCK YOU TOO!!"
Good Morning Vietnam: The fighting men have fought to get Cronauer back on the air after he reported censored news, but he's given up. His attitude pushes the normally mild-mannered Garlick to his breaking point: "So that's it? You're just gonna leave the whole fucking thing behind?!"
Quentin Tarantino, known for his vulgar dialogue, also likes throwing in precision strikes:
Pulp Fiction, Honey Bunny speaks in a Tastes Like Diabetes fashion to Pumpkin until they start their robbery, when she barks out "Any one of you fucking pricks move and I'll execute every motherfucking last one of you!" Later, the very business-like Wolf ends a request, "...so, pretty please, with sugar on top, clean the fucking car." Also when Marcellus Wallace runs into the man he's been looking for, just by sheer coincidence, his reaction is a single well-timed "Motherfucker".
In Kill Bill, O-Ren gives a poisonously sweet, friendly and courteous speech to the Yakuza council about her open-door management philosophy, then finishes it off with an increasingly angered, "Now, if any of you sons of bitches got anything else to say, now's the fucking time!"
Inglourious Basterds has a particularly notable example from a relatively mild word. A Gestapo officer discovers in a bar some of the Basterds disguised as German officers with the German actress Bridget von Hammersmark, a British double agent. The very Affably Evil Gestapo officer makes this point known and Hammersmark starts to speak, to which he replies "shut up slut". For a film that includes many instances of Crosses the Line Twice, that alone got an audible gasp among the audience.
The Devils Rejects, the f-bomb king, has one precision f-strike made all the sweeter by the fact it actually lampshades the f-strike itself!
Adam Banjo: (bleeding to death) Fuck... you... Otis B. Driftwood: That's what they all say. "Fuck you!" Well it ain't gonna save you. It don't scare me none and it don't suddenly make you a fucking hero.
From Knocked Up: Sure, there was plenty of cursing (it WAS an R-rated Judd Apatow movie, after all), but surprisingly enough, very little from Paul Rudd (who usually somehow ends up delivering Cluster F Bombs in most of his comedy movies before and since)...until he's looking for some nookie from his wife, played by Leslie Mann, and gets rebuffed.
This is also the only time we get to hear Ryan Seacrest curse.
Speed: "FUCK ME!", when Jack sees the bomb under the bus.
Even Siskel And Ebert considered this trope to be hilarious in the film Critters, in which it's uttered in Critterese by a foot-tall alien furball, and the translation appears as a subtitle.
Subverted in the Porky's sequel, when a character's misheard demand that an evangelist "get the flock out of here!" is mis-heard by an arena full of people ... and (this being a Porky's film) receives a standing ovation from the teen protagonists.
In Inside Man, the mayor of New York gets one. He and Madeleine White, played by Jodie Foster, are all smiles and pleasantries until the door to his office closes, at which point he shifts gear dramatically. After she's finished her list of politely-phrased demands, he tells her "You are a magnificent cunt."
In Soapdish, Sally Field, no less, complains about her character's outfit. "I don't feel quite right in a turban... what I feel like is Gloria fucking Swanson!"
Crimson Tide features a fantastic example, when Gene Hackman and Denzel Washington are having a disagreement and talking over each other, during which Hackman's character appears polite, calm and rational, but finally snaps, "Mr Hunter. I've made a decision. I'm Captain of this boat. NOW SHUT THE FUCK UP!"
The French-Canadian dub of Team America: World Police does a variation of this. As in the English-language original, swear words are used throughout. However, they are all translated as international French swearwords, such "putain" or "merde", which in Québec are considered as rather mild. However, when all hell breaks loose in the Egypt mission, one of the puppets let out a deadpan "Oh, shit". In that case, and ONLY in that case, it is translated by a "sacre", an infamous religious-based swear word unique to Quebec: "Ostie".
In The Blind Side when Leigh Ann is facing down a drug dealer while looking for Michael.
In the second movie, "-take mushroom" is actually subtly muttered after Carmen's use of "shit," similar to its use in the first movie.
Carmen does it again in the fourth film, when she and her family are surrounded by Tick Tock's agents:
Carmen: Oh, shittake mushrooms.
In Robert Altman's Mash, the 4077th is playing a football game against the 8063rd. During the game one of the 4077th's players decides to tell a player on the other team, "All right, bud, your fuckin' head is coming right off." Not only is this the only use of the word in the movie, it's one of the earliest uses of the word in all of mainstream Hollywood cinema. Its sudden appearance and "blink and you'll miss it" delivery is one of the film's funniest moments.
Two occur in Julie & Julia: The first when Julia Child (Meryl Streep) is removing pasta from a pan, remarking to her husband that "These damn things are as hot as a stiff cock!" The second, is later in the film; her husband Paul (Stanley Tucci) is consoling her over a failed book deal, with the style and gravitas one would expect from a diplomat - until he concludes with a heartfelt "Fuck them."
Daniel Craig's character in Munich: "Don't fuck with the Jews."
Bill Cosby - a famously clean comedian - uses one in one of his most famous routines. From Bill Cosby: Himself:
I said to a guy, "Tell me, what is it about cocaine that makes it so wonderful," and he said, "Because it intensifies your personality." I said, "Yes, but what if you're an asshole?"
In Date Night, Phil (Steve Carell) gets more and more tired of looking at the perpetually shirtless Mark Wahlberg. While asking him for some assistance before the climax, he ends by tearfully saying "And would you please, for the love of god, put on a fucking shirt?"
In Killers, after Katherine Heigl has found that her husband never told him about being an agent (and nearly getting killed several times), and then at the end finds out her father was also lying about who he was, she snaps and forces her husband and her parents into a "trust circle" and tells them that there will be no more secrets or lies in the family and no more killing, she then firmly illustrates her point by stating "I don't even want to see you swat a FUCKING fly!"
Some versions change this to "Blimey, he cleared it!", or just "Cleared it", annoyingly.
Million Dollar Baby has a single swear word, given by a priest of all people. While arguing with Clint Eastwood's character, he says, "there are no demigods, you fuckin' pagan!" in response to his questions about the one God/holy trinity dichotomy.
Gran Torino has one as well; when you see a very serious and straight-laced Catholic priest take the lord's name in vain (in a church, no less), you know things are about to get grim.
Walt employs a Precision Black Strike once, and not only is it his only racial slur against blacks in the entire film, it's the only racial slur against blacks in the entire film period!
Walt: What are you spooks up to?
Driving Lessons has a well-placed F strike toward the end (in the American version it's one of only two F words, the earlier one being spoken by Evie earlier on during their road trip to Edinburgh, and the two lines that follow this one are cut entirely):
Inigo Montoya: HELLO! MY NAME IS INIGO MONTOYA. YOU KILLED MY FATHER. PREPARE TO DIE. Count Rugen: No! Inigo Montoya: Offer me money. Count Rugen: Yes... Inigo Montoya: Power, too. Promise me that. Count Rugen: All that I have and more, please... Inigo Montoya: Offer me everything I ask for. Count Rugen: Anything you want. Inigo Montoya: I want my father back, you son of a bitch. (And then, finally, he kills Count Rugen.)
This is carried over almost exactly from the original novel. The main difference is that in the novel, Inigo practically screams the line; in the film, he says it very softly and intently and it's awesome.
Three Days of the Condor: "You play games. Six people died, and you play fucking GAMES?"
Although Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas was rife with all sorts of profanity, calamity, and insanity, Duke's "FINISH! THE FUCKING! STORY!!" is very effective, and due to the way he says it, is actually almost just as frightening as what he had been hallucinating: his attorney turning into a werewolf like demon with six breasts growing out of his back, accompanied with some scary ass music and creepy red lights everywhere.
In 2012, a very desperate Jackson Curtis tells his wife and kids to "get in the fucking car!", as their house crumbles around them.
In Married to the Mob, Connie Russo (Mercedes Ruehl) is tearing through the (pretty crappy looking) apartment of Angela de Marco (Michelle Pfeiffer), looking for her philandering husband Tony "The Tiger" Russo (played by Dean Stockwell, but he's not there). In mid-tear, Connie stops, looks around and says to no one in particular, "What a fucking dump."
Karl Urban manages one in the last 5 minutes of Red, the only one in the whole film. And it is glorious. "Fuck you, Cynthia."
In Air Force One, the Big Bad played by Gary Oldman drops the f-bomb twice, including the scene where the plane is about to land at Ramstein Air Force Base, but he won't allow it: "GET THE FUCK IN THE AIR!"
The movie version of Little Shop of Horrors, when Audrey II is electrocuted, right before he explodes he shouts "Oh, SHIT!"
Also when Seymour figures out his plan to take over the world with his plant army Audrey II responds "Well no shit Sherlock!".
In Knight and Day, there is a little swearing, and every use of it counts.
Played for humor in Panic Room. Meg and her daughter Sarah are trapped in the room, which has an intercom.
Scott Pilgrim vs. The World was going to contain a Precision F Strike, using their one PG-13 allotted curse word by having Envy Adams say the line "Shut the fuck up Julie." According to the director's commentary, the f-bomb was censored in the same way that Julie's lines jokingly were because they unwittingly used up their curse word allotment when Scott called the third evil ex-boyfriend a "cocky cock."
Though they did keep Wallace's "Oh, Shit" line from the comic book.
It's arguably funnier with the bleep (complete with a black box to cover her mouth) and lampshaded when she's asked how she does it.
This also meant that they had to censor another instance of the word "cock" in Stephen Stills's line "You know how I feel about girls cock-blocking the rock". This time they used amp feedback to obscure the word, making it almost unnoticeable.
In the beginning of Mixed Nuts, Mrs. Munchnik (Madeline Kahn) is generally pretty uptight and never curses. Later in the film, Phillip and Catherine discover her stuck in an elevator, only to get distracted and leave her there for a number of minutes. They forget about her, and she's pretty accomodating about it. Until, that is, she gets impatient and picks the perfect moment to shout "HEY...DICKHEADS!!!!"
Planet of the Apes has a very well known closing sequence, featuring Charlton Heston shouting "GOD DAMN YOU ALL TO HELL!!!"
"Get your stinking paws off me, you damn dirty ape!"
Star Wars has mostly clean language, which is why its few moments of swearing are so special.
A New Hope has the following conversation between Han Solo and Obi-Wan Kenobi:
Han: Even if I could take off, I'd never get past the tractor beam.
Obi-Wan: Leave that to me.
Han: Damn fool, I knew you'd say that.
Earlier in the film, Obi-Wan quotes an earlier remark to him by Owen Lars when calling his own mission a "damn fool idealistic crusade". Lars himself gets one in earlier when he tells Beru that if Luke isn't back with R2-D2 (who had run off on him) by dinner, then he should expect that "there'll be hell to pay".
Rebel technician: Sir, your tauntaun will freeze before you reach the first marker.
Han: Then I'll see you in hell!
In Battle: Los Angeles, Nantz (Aaron Eckhart) gets one very rousing example when he encourages men to "show those bastards who they're fuckin' with" during an alien invasion.
1971's A New Leaf (which co-writer and co-star Elaine May had since disavowed) has Walter Matthau dropping "hell" and "damn" several times (throwing in a "damn it to hell") as well as "son of a bitch" once (after being called a son of a bitch). Plus it had a scene of a woman removing her bikini top, cutting away to Matthau running off in a panic just in time. The MPAA gave this film a "G" rating.
In the PG-13 rated Cellular, Mooney finally reaches the end of his rope with people calling his retirement business a beauty parlor. "It's a day spa, you fuck!"
Possibly in The King's Speech. While Bertie's practicing with Lionel, Lionel suggests that Bertie tries swearing. Bertie isn't up for it at first, but in the end he goes into a long tirade of "FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCK FUCKtits." (The word possibly is used here because the swearing is to help Bertie speak more fluently. Previously in the movie, Bertie could get so angry that he would have a short outburst where he didn't stutter at all.)
Tank features one. While in the chow hall, Command Sergeant Major Carey (James Garner) is eating with the enlisted men, much to the displeasure of the mess sergeant. Fully prepared to chew the Sergeant Major a new one for such a breach of etiquette, the master sergeant points out that he's been working mess halls over 27 years. Dwight D. Eisenhower ate his cooking! Carey calmly explains he came in not for a surprise inspection, but because he wanted to eat with the men and because the food smelled good, and proceeded to compliment the mess sergeant on his cooking.
MSG Johnson: "You wanna talk about my food, you taste that apple cobbler and then you talk about my food."
CSM Carey: "That's the best fucking apple cobbler I ever tasted."
MSG Johnson: "Give that man some seconds."
Jason X: "What the hell is going on?" "Jason fucking Voorhees, that's what's going on!"
In Friday the 13th Part VI: Jason Lives, when Tommy chews out the sheriff for not burning Jason's remains upon discovering them, the sheriff has this to say before Tommy sets off to finish the job the sheriff allegedly slacked off on:
In the first Critters film two crites are having a subtitled argument about how harmless the humans when suddenly one of them gets blown to pieces with a shotgun blast the survior shouts "Oh fuck!" in subtitles.
In the anti-Mc Carthyism film The Front, Woody Allen spends the entire film fronting for blacklisting writers, but without committing himself... until (in the last line) he tells the Un-American Activities Sub-Committee to go fuck themselves... in a PG-rated movie!
Bullitt: The only profanity in the film occurs in a brief exchange near the end. According to IMDB, this was actually the first uncensored appearance of this word in a major film.
Senator Chalmers: Frank, we must all compromise. Lt. Bullitt: Bullshit.
1408 uses almost no curse words, save for this plot-summarizing line:
Olin: It's an evil fucking room.
1980s gem Galaxina features two. One, when it dawns on Chopper the high priest/leader of the motorcycle gangsters imprisoned on a distant planet that if he possesses the Blue Star, he'll be able to rule "the whole fucking universe!" The other is aimed at Sam, the elderly Oriental crewman who is prone to spouting off faux Confucianisms. Suffering from a neck injury, his crewmate, Maurice, has had one too many.
Sam: Robot woman like clock: pretty face, pretty hands, pretty movement, but hard to regulate when she get out of order.
"Karloff? Sidekick?!?FUCK! YOU!' Boris Karloff is not good enough to SMELL! MY! SHIT!''"
Otherwise mentioned for being hilarious, in Resident Evil: Afterlife, Luther's comment when Bennett betrays the others and steals Alice's plane, intent on leaving them behind, only for the plane to sink like a stone upon takeoff:
Luther: Yeah, that's right bitch! Fuck you!
In The Avengers (1998), a character at one point drops an F Bomb...but it's quite clearly been dubbed in, as it sounds nothing like the character's previously heard voice and the actor's lips do not move. This was done to bump the film up from a PG to a PG-13, in hopes to draw fans to the film (which had been postponed from its original release date due to terrible test screenings, and was subsequently Not Screened for Critics).
Colonel Ludlow in Legends Of The Fall, in his diminished capacity after his stroke, raising up his middle finger and saying "fuck the government."
Bob Barker (playing himself) in Happy Gilmore: "Now you've had enough... bitch."
High-octane Indian action movie Singham has about the same amount of Gratuitous English as any other Hindi movie (being a former English colony, there's more English speakers in India than you might think), but we get a good idea of Singham's own command of English after he scores his first real victory against the local mob boss and says "don't fuck with Bajrao Singham."
In Bridget Jones's Diary, Bridget's mum realises her new lover is a nasty piece of work when he shouts, "Careful, you ham-fisted cow!" The original audio had "cunt", which is still audible in the DVD commentary track.
Office Space: When Joanna's boss at the restaurant keeps passive-agressively badgering her to wear more than the minimum amount of "flair" (little buttons and pins and such) on her uniform to show a better attitude about her job, she finally has enough, and this exchange takes place:
Joanna: You know what, Stan, if you want me to wear 37 pieces of flair, like your pretty boy over there, Brian, why don't you just make the minimum 37 pieces of flair?
Stan (Manager): Well, I thought I remembered you saying that you wanted to express yourself.
Joanna: Yeah. You know what, yeah, I do. I do want to express myself, okay. And I don't need 37 pieces of flair to do it! (gives Stan a big middle finger)
At the climax of Nidaime Wa Christian, Sister Kyoko's patience with the Yakuza has finally run out after several churchgoers, including a new friend of hers who was a former Yakuza herself, are killed in a Yakuza-led ambush. When she confronts them, she yells, “Cross yourselves if you truly seek repentance; otherwise, you fuckers are all dead!” (approximate English translation).
In the 1984 historical docudrama The Right Stuff about the early days of the American space program, Alan Shepard (the first American astronaut in space) settles into his capsule and prepares for launch. Miked up, he quietly says to himself, "Dear Lord....please don't let me fuck up." Fellow astronaut Gordo Cooper, sitting in mission control, radios back to him, "I didn't quite copy that. Say again, please." to which Shepard responds, "I said everything's A-OK!"
Alice Harford: I do love you and you know there is something very important we need to do as soon as possible. Dr. Bill Harford: What's that? Alice Harford: Fuck.
The 1981 slasher-spoof film Student Bodies. Halfway through the film, which could up to that point have been rated PG, it interrupts the story and cuts to an announcer behind a desk, who says:
"Ladies and gentlemen, in order to achieve an 'R' rating today, a motion picture must contain full frontal nudity, graphic violence, or an explicit reference to the sex act. Since this film has none of those, and since research has proven that R-rated films are by far the most popular with the moviegoing public, the producers of this motion picture have asked me to take this opportunity to say 'Fuck you.'"
A very absurd example: according to Jerry Maren, while filming the Munchkinland scene in The Wizard of Oz, a bunch of Munchkins thought it would be a good idea to sing the lyrics to a certain song written for the film as "Ding Dong, the Bitch is Dead", because they knew that they had already pre-recorded the song ("Ding Dong, the Witch is Dead") as written and that it'd be plastered over their bawdy rendition on camera anyway. Also, an urban legend accuses Elmira Gulch of threatening to "bring a damnnote Actually "damage" suit that'll take [the] whole farm!" during the Kansas scene.
In Jack the Giant Slayer Fallon's right head, which is mostly unintelligible, very nearly says the F-word before he explodes after Jack drops a bean down Fallon's throat, causing it to grow from inside him and kill him.
Maid To Order is yet another "F word in a PG movie" example. Quoth Stan Starkey: "I don't want you walking on me with those 'fuck you' shoes!"
The senator who initiated the hearing in Iron Man 2, after seeing that he's been royally pwned by Tony Stark during a live broadcast. Hilariously, the F-word is replaced by a BLEEP. In some circumstances, you're allowed to say it on C-SPAN but pettiness is probably not among them.
In The Wedding Singer, a PG-13 film, we have Robbie's song about his ex-girlfriend that stood him up at the altar:
Robbie: But it all was bullshit! It was a goddamn joke! And when I think of you, Linda, I hope you fucking choke!
Mortimer Duke in Trading Places, while his brother is having a heart attack: "Fuck him!" Don Ameche was just about the only person who didn't consider the line his character's Crowning Moment of Funny; he begged John Landis to change the line, and when Landis refused, told all the actors and the hundreds of extras in the scene not to make any mistakes because he only wanted to do this once.
In a green-band trailer for the sequel, the same girl, now a few years older, breaks the record set by the final trailer for Star Trek: Into Darkness by saying "bitch" at least twice early on in the trailer.
Jobs: "He wants to go to war with I B FUCKING M!!"
Sort of in Elysium. Kruger's men gleefully flip off the members of parliament after tossing grenades into the council chamber. Kruger himself is fond of using it when he goes absolutely nuts, such as exploding a target or getting fired.
There's quite a few uses of the f-bomb in Lawless, but this line from Forrest takes the cake: "You send your talent with the bull tire round here again, and I guarantee you personally pulling a cleaver out of his fuckin' skull, you understand?"
Apollo 13 masterfully deploys this trope to ramp up the tension.
Lovell: I've trained for the Fra Mauro Highlands, and this is FLIGHT SURGEON HORSESHIT, Deke!
Marilyn: Don't give me that NASA Bullshit! I want to know what's happening with my husband!!!
Haise: This piece of shit is gonna get you home! Because that's all we've got left, Jack!
Humbert Humbert only swears once in Lolita (1997), during his Villainous Breakdown after he discovers that Lo has successfully escaped him at the hospital thanks to Claire Quilty.
Dawn Of The Dead (1978), Peter and Steven are up on the roof watching the bikers come roaring down the hill and into the parking lot. Steven lets out a "Holy Shit" as he realizes it's more than just three bikers and that everything they've worked for is about to be taken away.
In The Nature Of The Best, starring Lance Henriksen and Eric Roberts: a meek and repressed serial killer is pestered by a brash vagabond for the entire length of the film. When the vagabond realizes that the killer has finally set his sites on him, he asks him why he kills people. The killer drops his meek persona, brandishes his scalpel, and says, "For the fuck of it."
Beaches - The only F-bomb in the movie spoken by a dying character.
Hillary "Just leave me alone, okay? That's all I want: To be left fucking alone!
Non-Stop: The co-pilot mutters "fuck it" before putting the plane into a steep dive.
In the 1982 PG-rated(!) Gene Wilder/Gilda Radner movie Hanky Panky, Janet Dunn (Kathleen Quinlan) says "Get the fuck away from me!" while pointing a gun at Wilder's Michael Jordon. It goes by so quickly you're not sure you actually heard it.