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Movie-based phrases, if repeated often enough, can eventually generate enough interest to be really cool... or reel-y funny. So fasten your seatbelts, it's going to be a bumpy ride... er, "night."

Movies with their own pages:

Mystery Science Theater 3000 also has its own section of memes for films that it has MSTed.


Individual examples:

Please add entries in the following format:
  • The name of the film.
    • The meme. Explanation 
      • Further mutations and successor memes, if any.

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  • Alvin and the Chipmunks:
    • "Pizza Toots" Explanation 
  • American Pie:
    • God bless the Internet. Explanation 
    • Apple pie, huh? McDonald's or homemade? Explanation 
    • This one time, at band camp...Explanation 
      • ...I stuck a flute up my pussy.
    • Stifler's mom is a MILF. M.I.L.F.= Mom I'd Like To Fuck.Explanation 
  • Animal House:
    • "They took the bar! The whole fucking bar!"
    • "Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son."
    • "Thanks. I needed that."
    • "Toga, toga, TOGA!"
  • A nonverbal one is the repeated use of Richard Wagner's Ride of the Valkyries for any grand attack scene in any situation ever. It even made it onto Farscape. The Simpsons had a memorable subversion when Mr. Burns tried to play "Valkyries" while executing one of his evil plans only to play ABBA's "Waterloo" instead (turns out Smithers taped over it).
  • Avatar:
    • "You are like a baby!" Explanation 

  • Back to the Future:
  • Being John Malkovich:
    • Malkovich malkovich! Malkovich malkovich. Explanation 
  • Bohemian Rhapsody:
    • “It’s a metaphor, Brian.”
    • Cardboard Ben
    • Rami Malek saying “We shot Live Aid on day one.” in almost every interview.
    • Shipping Roger Taylor with his car after “I’m in Love With My Car” was used as a Running Gag.

  • Chłopaki Nie Płaczą: The characters of Fred and Bolec are walking memes, the former being a Know-Nothing Know-It-All Politically Incorrect Villain posturing as a tough guy, and the latter a spoiled rich kid who wants to be a gangsta... being white.
    • "Why, why? So they don't look like concrete block. A Polish gangster has no flair, he moves like a coal wagon. This sad cunt of a city could use some flair and finesse, am I right, nigga?" [[labelnote:Explanation]]Bolec's Establishing Character Moment, painting him as a wannabe gangsta. His underling's response calls out the obvious lack of his N-Word Privileges.
      • "You have a pitbull that just happens to look like a dachshund. You're wobbling like a motherfucking rhesus. You're fawning over Mr Kunta-Kinte. You waste my friend's line of best Colombian powder. And finally, you show us a movie about a guy in a boat."Explanation 
    • "I want the guy to tell his buddies in heaven that he got whacked by a man of class."Explanation 
    • Laska, the perpetually stoned Cloudcuckoolander friend of the protagonist, Kuba, is as much of a walking meme.
    • "You gotta ask yourself one very fucking important question: what do you like to do in life? And then, start doing it."Explanation 
      • "I wanna be an ambassador, like Tony Halik. Just imagine how much stuff he smoked with all those tribes."Explanation 
      • "I'm the son of the Toilet King. That's a high bar to pass."Explanation 
    • "Ain't no bunkers, but it's still fuckin' awesome."Explanation 
  • A Christmas Story: "Remember to drink your Ovaltine!" shows up a lot both in and when discussing Alternate Reality Games.
  • C.K. dezerterzy:
    • "Ich weiß nicht"Explanation 
    • "There are no words in vocabulary of civilized people to...", followed with anything that fits.Explanation 
    • "This is a hen!"Explanation 
  • Cruella: When the film came out, people on social media criticized the plot point of the title character's mother being killed by a pack of Dalmatians, which was seen as a ridiculous attempt at "humanizing" an iconic movie villain. This led to a slew of fake villain origin stories revolving their parents bring killed by things similar to their enemies, and also the inevitable comparisons to the "Singing killed my grandma" meme.

  • Die Hard:
    • Now I have a machine gun, ho ho ho.Explanation 
  • Dirty Harry:
    • I know what you're thinking. "Did he fire six shots or only five?" Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you've got to ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?
    • Go ahead. Make my day.Explanation 
  • Dora and the Lost City of Gold:
    • "Can you say "delicioso?" Explanation 
    • "I had dreams! You think I want to be swiping at my age? Carrying on like a fool in this mask? I'm sixty-five years old, for crying out loud! I live in a studio apartment!" Explanation 
  • Downfall:
  • Dr. Strangelove:
    • The War RoomExplanation 
      • Gentlemen! Our gallant young president has been struck down in his prime!Explanation 
    • Precious bodily fluids!Explanation 
    • Riding the Bomb.Explanation 
  • Dredd:
    • "Ma-Ma's not the law. I am the law."Explanation 
    • "[Insert random phrase] is an automatic fail."Explanation 
  • Dude, Where's My Car?:
    • And then? Explanation 
    • Dude, where's my X?
      • Where's your X, dude?
    • "Dude, what's mine say?" "Sweet. What's mine say?"Explanation 
  • Dumb and Dumber (oh so many)
  • "The most annoying sound", as improvised by Jim Carrey.
  • Try not to hear the song "Mockingbird" (MOCK! YEAH!) and instantly think of this movie.
  • "Just when I thought you couldn't be any dumber, you do something like this... AND TOTALLY REDEEM YOURSELF!"Explanation 

  • Easy Rider:
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial:
    • E.T. phone home. Explanation 
  • Ex Machina:
  • The Exorcist:
    • The power of Christ compels you!
    • The head-twist and projectile pea-soup vomiting from Regan.

  • The Fault in Our Stars:
    • Once the film was released, there were plenty of memes theorising that Augustus's name is really Caleb Priornote  and Hazel is a Replacement Goldfish for his dead sisternote .
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
    • WAIT! We can't stop here... This is Bat Country!Explanation 
    • As your attorney I advise you to...Explanation 
  • Ferris Bueller's Day Off:
    • Anyone know of any more memes? Anyone? Bueller? Bueller? Bueller?
  • Sah-wing, batta!
  • Your ass is mine!
  • My best friend's sister's boyfriend's brother's girlfriend heard from this guy who knows this kid who's going with a girl who saw [Name] pass out at 31 Flavors last night.
  • Klytus, I'm bored. What plaything can you offer me today? Explanation 
    • An obscure body in the SK system, your majesty. The inhabitants refer to it as the planet...Earth.Explanation 
  • The Fly (1986):
    • Be afraid. Be very afraid.Explanation 
  • Friday:
    • "Bye, Felicia." Explanation 
  • Friday the 13th:
    • The scene in Jason Takes Manhattan where Jason randomly obliterates a blaring boombox by kicking it has become popular, with people editing any random music into the scene.
    • Crispin Glover's dance from Part IV. Explanation 
    • Ki-ki-ki-ki-ma-ma-ma-ma... Explanation 
  • The term "one-armed man" used to denounce someone who is clearly guilty of something, yet coming up with all sorts of ridiculous excuses for the overwhelming evidence against them. Ironically, this might also double as an Analogy Backfire, as despite how bizarre Kimble's story is, he's telling the truth.

  • That's a big Twinkie.Explanation 
  • "It's a Sicilian message. It means, 'Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes'."Explanation 
  • Leave the gun, take the cannoli.Explanation 
  • Godzilla:
    • "Now I am become Death, the destroyer of worlds" Explanation 
    • Eat your vegetables!Explanation 
    • SKREEEEEEEOOOOONK Explanation 
    • The Toy Wars Explanation 
    • Mosura, Ya, Mosura~ Explanation 
    • This is Tokyo. Once a city of six million people. What has happened here was caused by a force which up until a few days ago was entirely beyond the scope of Man's imagination. Tokyo, a smoldering memorial to the unknown, an unknown which at this very moment still prevails and could at any time lash out with its terrible destruction anywhere else in the world. There were once many people here who could've told of what they saw... now there are only a few. My name is Steve Martin. I am a foreign correspondent for United World News. I was headed for an assignment in Cairo, when I stopped off in Tokyo for a social; but it turned out to be a visit to the living hell of another world. Explanation 
    • DESUTOROYAH!!!Explanation 
    • PUNCH PUNCH PUNCH!/Jet JagarExplanation 
  • Goodfellas:
    • Funny? Funny how? Funny like a clown? Do I amuse you?Explanation 

  • Halloween (1978):
    • "I spent eight years trying to reach him, and then another seven trying to keep him locked up because I realized what was living behind that boy's eyes was purely and simply... evil." Explanation 
  • Halloween (2007):
    • MICHAEL! JESUS CHRIST!Explanation 
  • Hardcore has given us the infamous scene of George C. Scott going into a porno theater, only to see his daughter on screen, and saying "Turn it off. Turn it off! Turn it off!" Thanks to the Internet, it has now been remixed with many things, ranging from Rick Astley to the trailer for Jack and Jill.
  • Harry Potter:
    • "Turn to page three hundred and ninety-four."Explanation 
  • "It's "levi-ooooo-sa", not "levio-saaaaa".Explanation 
  • TROOOOOOLL IN THE DUNGEON! has become one when talking about, well, trolls.
  • That awkward moment when Voldemort hugs you.
  • My father will hear about this! Explanation 
  • Hellboy (2019):
    • Heckboy. Explanation 
  • Highlander:
    • "There can be only one!" Explanation 
  • The Hobbit:
    • Scene 88. Explanation 
  • Hook:
    • "Rufio! Rufio! RU! FI! OHHHHHHHHHHH!" Explanation 
  • SWAN!Explanation 
  • Yarp. Narp?Explanation 
  • How I Unleashed World War II:
    • "Oh dearie me, did I just mess up."Explanation 
    • "Bordello Bum Bum!"Explanation 
    • "Grzegorz Brzęczyszczykiewicz."Explanation 
  • How to Get Rid of Cellulite:
    • "Fuck. No. Just simply fucking no!"Explanation 
  • The Hunger Games:

  • Idiocracy
    • BRAWNDO: IT'S LIKE A MONSTER TRUCK THAT YOU POUR INTO YOUR FACE! It's got electrolytes!Explanation 
  • "Ow, my balls!"Explanation 
  • Inglourious Basterds:
    • Lt. Raine's ending speech to Hans Landa about him taking off his uniform, and "giving him something he can't take off", was used a lot by the Left following Trump's 2020 defeat, replacing "Nazi uniform" with "MAGA hat".
  • "Bawnjorno."Explanation 
  • Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1978):
    • The final, dialogue-free, shot of the movie, with Donald Sutherland's character, or rather his pod-person replacement, pointing at the viewer and screeching. Explanation 
  • It's Alive:
    • "It's Alive!" Explanation 
  • The Italian Job (1969):
    • "You're only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!" Explanation 

  • Jack and Jill:
    • DunkaccinoExplanation 
  • James Bond:
    • 007's "Bond, James Bond", "Shaken, not stirred", and Goldfinger's "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to DIE!" are among the franchise's most well-known and more often-repeated catchphrases
    • "Oh, James!" Explanation 
    • "YES! I AM INVINCIBLE!" Explanation 
    • The titles of some films have become well-known and repeated snowclones:

  • Kindergarten Copnote 
  • Who is your daddy and what does he do?Explanation 
  • IT'S NOT A TUMAH!Explanation 

  • Little Women:
    • It's common for fans of the film to make fun of the fact that most of the trailers before the film were for kids' movies, most notably The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run. This is because the film was rated PG despite its' audience being older than that of the average film with that rating, which just so happens to be most kids or family movies these days that try to avoid getting a G-rating.
  • The Lost Boys:
    • Tim Capello's performance of "I Still Believe" Explanation 

  • Mad Max: Beyond Thunderdome
    • Two men enter, one man leaves. Explanation 
    • Who run Bartertown? Explanation 
  • Mad Max: Fury Road
    • "OH WHAT A DAY! WHAT A LOVELY DAY!" Explanation 
    • "I LIVE! I DIE! I LIVE AGAIN!" Explanation 
    • "WITNESS ME!" Explanation 
    • "Mediocre!" Explanation 
    • "Uh, uh. That's bait." Explanation 
    • *Men yelling indistinctly* Explanation 
  • Man of Steel:
    • "I WILL FIND HIM!!" Explanation 
    • The line paraphrased from All-Star Superman has been spoofed numerous times.
      You will give DC an ideal to strive towards. They'll rise behind you. They will stumble. They will fall. But in time, they will join you in the theatres. In time, you will help them make an epic movie.
    • On that note, there's "Have you read All-Star Superman?" Explanation 
    • Sad Batman Explanation 
    • X saved more people than Superman Explanation 
    • "What does the [letter on costume] stand for?"
    • "WHERE DID YOU [action]? ON A FARM!?"
  • Marathon Man:
    • "Is it safe?" Explanation 
  • The Mask:
    • Ooh, somebody stop me!
  • The Matrix:
    • There Is No Spoon.
    • Red pill or blue pill?
    • I know kung-fu. Whoa.explanation 
    • Your Mind Makes It Real.explanation 
    • This is the very movie that popularized the Bullet Time.
    • Ergo consequently visavi apropos.
    • Missster Anderson.explanation 
    • "What if I told you...*insert item here*?"explanation 
  • Midnight Madness:
    • "Fagabeefe!" Explanation 
    • Leon!Explanation  Referenced on Robot Chicken.

  • Network
  • Nic Śmiesznego ("Nothing Funny", a Polish Movie-Making Mess film)
    • "Can you tell me: what the fuck do I need a forest for?" explanation 
      • "As they crossed over the hill, they saw a forest... (Beat) Of crosses."
    • "All right then! Fuck you, buddy! I'm in the rain here! Surrounded by wolves!"explanation 
    • "Second again. Always fucking second."explanation 
    • "Where do you think it's going, sideways?!"explanation 
  • Night at the Museum:
    • Battle of the Smithsonian:
      • "It was shorter in Egyptian."
  • Night of the Living Dead (1968)
    • "They're coming to get you, Barbara" Explanation 

  • Office Space:
    • Die, motherfucker, die, motherfuckin' still!Explanation 
    • "Federal pound-me-in-the-ass prison".Explanation 
    • I believe you have my stapler...
    • And nothing was wrong with the name "Michael Bolton" until that no-talent ass-clown got famous and started winning Grammys.
    • Don't forget about your flair.
    • Yeah, about that...I'm gonna have to ask you to come in on Saturday. explanation 
    • "PC Load Letter"? What the fuck does that mean?
    • Two chicks at the same time.
    • If you could just add this meme, that would be great. explanation 

  • Pacific Rim:
    • Once Ellen McLain's voice appeared as the robots' AI system, plenty of jokes were made about GLaDOS controlling the robots. And it's not just nerds flexing their voice actor knowledge, the AI sounds exactly like GLaDOS. The fact that the Kaiju come from a "portal" didn't exactly stem the tide of jokes either.
    • "Cherno Bill" Explanation 
  • Paddington is Ukraine Explanation 
  • Passenger 57:
    • "Always bet on black!" Explanation 
  • Pejzaži u magli (Landscape in the Mist)
    • "Hello. Yes, this is dog." Explanation 
  • Pirates of the Caribbean:
    • I got a jar of dirt~! I got a jar of dirt~! And guess what's inside it~! Explanation 
    • But why is the rum gone? Explanation 
    • Elizabeth is Will's long-lost sister...Explanation 
  • The Professional:
    • Bring me everyone. What do you mean "everyone"? EVERYONE!Explanation 
    • I haven't got time for this Mickey Mouse bullshit!Explanation .
    • The scene with Leon going Guns Akimbo while hanging upside down from the ceiling. It was even parodied in the Polish comedy Kiler as an example of Crazy Is Cool, completely impractical gunplay.
    • Mathilda.
  • I'm gonna GET MEDIEVAL on your ass!Explanation 

  • Race to Witch Mountain:
  • Rambo:
    • A socially relevant example: While Rambo is banned from being distributed in Burma for its honest portrayal of the Burmese military's sickening brutality towards helpless ethnic minorities, bootleg copies of the film's DVD are extremely popular amongst the Karen Rebel army, which fights the Burmese military's tyranny. Rambo's signature quote from the film, "Live For Nothing, Or Die For Something," has become a morale-lifting battle-cry amongst the Karen Warriors - a point which Stallone himself has said to be "my proudest moments in cinema." That's right ladies and gents. Rambo is so hardcore that he's actually feared by real world tyrants. Hard. Core. Period.
  • RoboCop (1987):
    • "IIIIIIIII LIKE IT!" Explanation 
    • "I'd buy that for a dollar!" Explanation 
    • BITCHES LEAVE. Explanation 
    • "Yer gonna be a bad mother FUCKER!" Explanation 
  • "Dead or alive, you're coming with me!"Explanation 
  • Robot Monster:
    • Pre-Internet example: Ro-Man from Robot Monster was popular all throughout The '50s for just how terrifying a monster he wasn't. Interestingly enough the Columbus OHIO annual 24 hour science fiction marathon keeps the memory of Ro-Man alive by mentioning him, and running the trailer for his film. As far as some people know that particular character has yet to be elected to that fine body's hall of fame.
  • The Rocky Horror Picture Show
    • There's a sort of trend on YouTube in which people make fan videos about effeminate male characters using a certain song from the movie. You know which one we're talking about.
    • Let's do the time warp again! Explanation 
    • The various and common Audience Participation
      • "ASS-HOOOOOOOLE!" "SLUUUUUUUUUT!" Explanation 
    • Janet! Explanation 

  • Saw:
    • Hello (insert name here), I want to play a game.Explanation 
    • Live or die, make your choice.Explanation 
    • GAME OVER.Explanation 
    • Quoting Linkin Park lyrics in the Horsepower Trap from Saw 3D, because of their late lead vocalist Chester Bennington playing its lead victim Evan. "Crawling" and "In the End" are especially popular for this, the former due to the line "crawling in my skin, these wounds, they will not heal" (itself highly memetic in its own right) and the fact that the trap involves Evan having to rip the skin from his back, and the latter for the line "I tried so hard, and got so far, but in the end it doesn't even matter", which describes Evan's struggle pretty well.
  • Say Anything...:
    • The ending scene of a guy, in a trench coat, holding a boom box blasting Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" has been used as a visual for guys seeking forgiveness or just attention.
  • Scanners:
    • *head explodes* Explanation 
  • Scarface (1983):
    • I only got two things, my balls and my word, and I don't break 'em for anybody!Explanation 
    • First, you get the money, then you get the power, then you get the WOMEN!Explanation 
  • A Serbian Film:
    • Newborn porn!note 
    • The film's repulsive subject matter led to jokes claiming it (or any similarly repulsive picture, like August Underground's Mordum) is the film adaptation of The Aristocrats joke.
  • Shane:
    • "Shane, come back!" Explanation 
  • The Shawshank Redemption:
    • The scene where Andy plays opera music for the prison has been edited many times on YouTube. Said opera music has been replaced by various kinds of music, from pop music to heavy metal, and even to flea market ads. To be fair, the reactions of the prisoners and the warden made it pretty ripe for parody.
  • “Not tomorrow, not after breakfast...NOW!”Explanation 
  • Short Circuit:
    • Number 5 has many memorable quotes throughout the film, such as:
    • "Number five is alive!"
    • "No disassemble!"
    • "Malfunction, need input."
      • INPUT!
    • "Hey, laser lips! Your mama was a snowblower!" (*raspberry*)
    • "Los Locos kick your ass!/Los Locos kick your face!/Los Locos kick your balls into ou-ter SPACE!" Explanation 
    • Newton and Ben would like to remind you that a robot "doesn't get happy, it doesn't sad, it doesn't laugh at your jokes, it just runs programs! Explanation 
  • Silent Night, Deadly Night Part 2:
    • "Garbage Day!" Explanation 
    • "Red car! Good point!" Explanation 
  • Slap Shot:
    • "Old time hockey!" Explanation 
  • Space Jam:
  • Space Jam: A New Legacy:
    • "Now say, "I'm hunting wabbits!" and try to chase me!" Explanation 
    • The cameo of the titular characters of Rick and Morty. Explanation 
  • Sully:
    • Never travel with Tom Hanks.Explanation 

  • Taken:
    • "I don't know who you are. I don't know what you want. If you are looking for ransom, I can tell you 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. If you let my daughter go now, that'll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don't, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you."Explanation 
  • Talladega Nights: The Ballad of Ricky Bobby
    • Shake-and-bake!Explanation 
    • "Hakuna matata, bitches!" Explanation 
  • Taxi Driver:
  • Team America: World Police
  • MATT DAMON!Explanation 
  • Durka durka durka.Explanation 
  • Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles (2014):
    • After the first trailer was released, many people noted the similarities in designs between the Turtles and Shrek.
    • The scene where Michelangelo tries to assure April that his bandanna is just a mask and frightens her by showing his real face has spawned a lot of parody videos where Michelangelo unmasks himself as either another fictional character or as a different incarnation of the Ninja Turtles.
    • The April/Raphael ship for those who don't... you know ship them together. While it had some basis in the 2012 cartoon (they were originally going to be love interests in the cartoon) it so far has no basis here except a few implications in the trailers that Raph might have been hanging out with April more than his brothers. Fans who haven't been following the Nick!2012 cartoon are especially confused by the support the pairing is getting.
  • They Live!:
    • Altering scenes where the See-Thru Specs are donned, or adding them to original photos.
    • By the way, Roddy Piper has come here to Chew Bubblegum. And kick ass. And he's all outta bubblegum.Explanation 
  • Tombstone:
    • "Well... bye". Explanation 
    • "I'm your huckleberry." Explanation 
    • "You're a daisy if you do!" Explanation 
    • "Nonsense. I have not yet begun to defile myself." Explanation 
  • How long did it take us to mention Total Recall in the first place? TWOOOO WEEEKS?Explanation 
  • Tropa de Elite:
    • The Brazilian movie Tropa de Elite (The Elite Squad, for the foreigners). In the country it was produced, it generated a lot of memetic mutations due to the good number of catchphrases, jokes, and situations (the narrator and arguably protagonist Captain Nascimento became a Memetic Badass). But due to an overly literal and formal translation, most of the jokes are lost, and the protagonists were seen as fascists. At least the grenade scene will still be understood.



  • Willy Wonka & the Chocolate Factory:
    • Condescending Wonka aka "You Must Be New Here".Explanation 
    • "Child: -dies- Oompa Loompas:" Explanation 

  • You Got Served:
    • "You got served!" Explanation 
  • Young Frankenstein:
    • "Frau Blücher!" [horses whinny] Explanation 

  • Zack and Miri Make a Porno:
  • Zardoz
    • THE PENIS IS EVIL!Explanation 
    • Zed's red outfitExplanation 
  • Zoolander:
    • It's become a meme to take a .gif file of the part where Derek and his friends are dancing around while driving in a car during the "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" scene (shortly before the freak gasoline fight accident that kills Derek's friends), and placing the heads of other fictional characters on them.
    • "Blue Steel" Explanation 
    • "I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!" Explanation 
    • "What is this, an X for ANTS!?!" Explanation 
  • "You think I don't know what a eugoogoly is?" Explanation 
  • "Mer-MAN!" Explanation 
  • " ...But why male models?" Explanation 
  • "The files are in the computer?!''Explanation 

*eats popcorn sinisterly*

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