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Cinematic Catch Phrases. By definition, the phrase(s) should to be repeated multiple times throughout the film or the film series in order to qualify.

This page is not a dumping ground for famous film quotes; those go on the Signature Line page.

Likewise, if the quote has become a Catch Phrase for the audience, those belong on the Memetic Mutation page.


  • Abbott and Costello:
    • "Hey Abbott!" - Lou Costello

  • Ace Ventura series:

  • Adele Hasn't Had Her Dinner Yet:
    • "Always on alert!" - Nick Carter, America's greatest detectivenote 

  • Airplane!:

  • Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy
    • "You stay classy, San Diego."
      • "Go fuck yourself, San Diego."

  • Animal House

  • Annie:
    • Stacks tries to modify his cell phone company's slogan "never drop a call" into a political slogan for his mayoral campaign: "never drop a citizen".
    • Hannigan, when flirting, tends to open with the same line:
    Man: Ms. Hannigan?
    Hannigan: That's my maiden name. But I'm not ... married to it.

  • Austin Powers series:
    • "Oh behave!"
    • "Yeah, baby, yeah!"

  • The Back to the Future trilogy
    • Doc Brown's "Great Scott!" and Marty McFly's "This is heavy!". In the first film, Brown takes Marty's catchphrase literally. Subverted in the third movie, where they once exchange lines.
    • In the second and third films Marty also develops the Catchphrase "Nobody calls me chicken!" (or "yellow" in the Western setting) in response to his personal Berserk Button.
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    • "Hey McFly!" - said by Biff/Griff Tannen to Marty and George

  • Batman (1989)
    • "You ever dance with the Devil in the pale moonlight?" - Joker; later used right back at him by Batman.

  • The Big Lebowski:
    • "Man." - Jeff Bridges
    • "It really tied the room together"
    • "Shut the fuck up, Donny."

  • ''The Blues Brothers":

  • Bonnie and Clyde:

  • Conan the Barbarian (1982):
    • "Do you want to live forever?"

  • The Court Jester:
    • "King of jesters, and jester of kings!"
    • "Harm one hair on (her/that majestic) head, and I throw myself from the highest turret!"
    • "If he dies, you die."
    • "Get it?" "Got it." "Good."

  • The Dark Knight:

  • Die Hard:
    • "Yippee ki-yay, motherfucker!" - Bruce Willis; Only given context in the first film but said in all of them.

  • Dog Day Afternoon

  • Duets:
    • Todd Woods: "I'm going out for a pack of cigarettes."
    • Reggie Kane: "I made an error in judgement."

  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
    • "E.T. phone home."

  • Evil Dead

  • From Dusk Till Dawn
    • Protagonist Seth Gecko has a Catchphrase template he adapts to the situation at hand: "Ok [noun], let's [verbed form of same noun]."
    • Prior to making the last dash to the Mexican border and freedom: "Ok ramblers, let's get ramblin'."
    • Having arrived at the rendezvous at which they are to meet their Mexican contact: "Ok hard drinkers, let's start drinking hard."
    • Immediately prior to the last confrontation with the vampires: "Ok vampire killers, let's kill some fucking vampires."

  • Funny Girl

  • ''Galaxy Quest'
    • "Never give up — never surrender."
    • "By Grapthar's hammer..."

  • GoldenEye

  • Good Burger
    • "Welcome to Good Burger, home of the Good Burger, can I take your order?"
    • "You mess with Kurt and you go into the grinder"

  • Good Morning, Vietnam

  • Highlander
    • "There can be only one."
    • "It's a kind of magic."

  • The Hudsucker Proxy
    • "You know...for kids!"

  • The Indiana Jones film series

  • The James Bond film series
    • "Bond. James Bond."
    • "Shaken, not stirred."
      • The martini one was subverted in the most recent version of Casino Royale (2006): when asked how he wants his martini, Bond asks "Do I look like I give a damn?" Earlier in the film, though, he gives very specific instructions as to how he wants his martini prepared, which is word-for-word out of the original book. "Shaken, not stirred" is a summary of part of this particular order.
      "A dry martini," he said. "One. In a deep champagne goblet."
      "Oui, monsieur."
      "Just a moment. Three measures of Gordon's, one of vodka, half a measure of Kina Lillet. Shake it very well until it's ice-cold, then add a large thin slice of lemon-peel. Got it?"
    • Q's repeated plea to Bond, to bring his equipment back "in pristine order" (which Bond never does). And of course, the ever-popular "Grow up, 007."

  • Judge Dredd
    • "I knew you'd say that."
    • "I am the law!"
    • "Court's adjourned."

  • Kill Bill
    • "You and I have unfinished business." - The Bride

  • The King and I: "Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera." - The King of Siam.

  • The Kung Fu Theater series
    • "I thought you were dead!" (crops up in other genres as well)
    • "I heard your kung fu is really good." (usually meant as a challenge to the hero)
    • "Teacher!"
    • "But still..."
    • "You (or he) killed teacher!"

  • Late Night (2019)
    • "I hope I've earned the privilege of your time." - Katherine Newbury

  • Laurel and Hardy film series
    • "D'ooooooooooh!" - James Finlayson
    • "Why don't you do something to help me?" - Oliver Hardy
    • "There's another nice mess you've gotten me into." - Oliver Hardy (often misquoted as "fine mess")

  • Lethal Weapon: "I'm too old for this shit!" - Roger Murtaugh

  • The Little Shop of Horrors: Seymour's "I didn't mean it", Gravis Mushnick's "excellent", and Audrey Jr.'s "Feed Me".

  • Lives Of A Bengal Lancer: "We have ways to make men talk" - Douglas Drimbille (which later became a stock phrase as: We Have Ways of Making You Talk)

  • Logan's Run
    Box: Fish and plankton! And sea greens and protein from the sea!

  • The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
    • "Always with a little humor." - Dr. Yen Lo

  • Marathon Man

  • The Marx Brothers film series
    • "Of course you know, this means war!" - Groucho Marx. He first mentioned it in Duck Soup (1933).
    • Chico Marx often began conversations with a cheery "Hello, boss!" Groucho would sometimes end them with, "...And I do mean you." (suggestive eyebrow waggle)

  • A Mighty Wind
    • Fred Willard plays a former child TV star where his catchphrase was "Wha' Happened?" — which he still uses as it's his only claim to fame left.

  • Missing in Action series:

  • Miss Meadows: Miss Meadows' says "Toodle-oo" for goodbye, whether the farewell is temporary or permanent.

  • Mr. Saturday Night
    • Billy Crystal plays a TV comedian whose catchphrase is "Don't get me started!" (also a title of one of Billy Crystal's comedy albums).

  • Monty Python and the Holy Grail.
    • The Black Knight's "NONE SHALL PASS!" as well as everything else he says.
    • "Ni!" - Michael Palin as the Head Knight Who Says "Ni"
    • "Run away!" King Arthur sounding retreat
    • People assumed to be killed suddenly saying "I'm not dead yet!"

  • The More the Merrier:
    • Benjamin Dingle says, "Damn the torpedoes. Full speed ahead!"

  • Mystery Team

  • Oblivion2013:
    • "Another day in paradise." - Victoria
    • "Are you an effective team? - Sally

  • The Pirates of the Caribbean:
    • "I'm Captain Jack Sparrow." - Johnny Depp.
    • And, of course, "Captain Jack Sparrow," when someone omits his title.
      • To the point that when he isn't there, Will and Elizabeth do it for him.
    • Of course, "the rum is always gone". "But we need not forget about that one". Or any of his other multitudes of catchphrases, "savvy?"
    • "This will be the day you will always remember as the day you ALMOST defeated/captured/killed/cannibalized/etc. Captain Jack Sparrow!"
    • Davy Jones: "Do you fear death?"
    • Cutler Beckett: "It's just... good business."
    • Pintel: "Hello, Poppet."

  • Prince of Space

  • The Princess Bride:

  • Porco Rosso, the eponymous character (who is half man, half pig) bitterly reiterates "I'm a pig."

  • Psycho

  • In Rain Man, Raymond has "I'm an excellent driver."
    • "Definitely, definitely."
      • "Uh-oh."
      • "Ten minutes to Wapner."

  • RoboCop (1987)
    • "I'd buy that for a dollar!" - Bixby Snyder in a Lampshade of the trope. Continuity Nod in the 2014 version by Rick Mattox: "I wouldn't buy that for a dollar."
    • "Dead or alive, you're coming with me." - Robo himself.
    • "Come quietly or there will be (beat) trouble." - Also Robo himself.

  • Rocky III
    • "I pity the fool." - Mr. T

  • The Room
    • "Oh hi, (name)!" - Tommy Wiseau
    • As well as his distinctive, inappropriate laughter.

  • Saw
    • "Hello, [victim]. I want to play a game." - Jigsaw
    • "Live or die. Make your choice."

  • The Searchers

  • In Shakespeare in Love, Geoffrey Rush's character answers every question to which he doesn't know the answer with "I don't know. It's a mystery." By the end of the movie, he's got Gwyneth Paltrow using it, too. This is arguably a reference to Rush's portrayal of David Helfgott in the 1996 film Shine, where he frequently said the line, too.

  • Shoot 'em Up
    • "Y'know what I hate?" - Clive Owen

  • Showdown in Seattle
    • "THE WHOLE WORLD IS WATCHING!" - a chant repeated by demonstrators throughout the protests.

  • Silent Night, Deadly Night
    • "Punish!" - Billy Caldwell

  • Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2
    • "Naughty." - Eric Freeman

  • Smoke Signals
    • "HEY VICTOR!". - Thomas Builds-A-Fire
    • "Thomas, you're so full of shit...". Victor Joseph

  • Song of the South
    • "Don' worry. Ah can take care of mah self." - Brer Rabbit
    • "Ah'm just gonna knock his head CLEAN OFF! - Brer Bear
  • Star Wars
    • "Hello there!" (General) Obi-wan Kenobi
    • "Good"- Chancellor/Emperor Palpatine
    • "May the Force be with you"- The Jedi as a whole
    • "You underestimate/do not know the power of the Dark Side"- various Sith

  • Stroker Ace
    • "Fastest chicken in the South!" - the Chicken Pit's oft-repeated campaign slogan
    • "It's in your contract." - Clyde Torkle and pretty much everyone else when Stroker complains about his job. Stroker later gets to turn this against Torkle.
  • Franchise
  • The Terminator film series

  • TRON
    • "I fight for the users"
    • End of line.
    • "Greetings, Programs!"

  • The Truman Show
    • "Good morning! And in case I don't see ya, good afternoon, good evening and good night!"

  • The Victors
    • "Stupid idiots!" Sgt. Craig.

  • The War
    • "A bowl full of cherries" - Miss Strapford uses this as her way of saying that everything, including racism, is wonderful.

  • Wayne's World
    • "Party on, [Character]!"

  • Who Framed Roger Rabbit
    • "P-P-P-Pleeeease!" - Roger Rabbit

  • The Wild Bunch
    • "Let's go." - Pike Bishop

  • The Wolf Man series
    • "Even a man who is pure at heart/and says his prayers at night/may become a wolf when the wolfsbane blooms/and the autumn moon is bright"
    • It's worth noting that the movie Van Helsing has both this and the prior phrase.

  • Woody Allen film series

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