- Awesome Music: As with most Cameron Crowe films, it has an excellent and aptly-assembled soundtrack. Special mention must go to "Shelter From the Storm" by Bob Dylan over the end credits.
- The Catchphrase Catches On: Many, including "Help me help you", "You had me at 'hello'", "You complete me", and most notably "Show me the money". Two well-earned spots on AFI' s "100 Quotes" List, with the "hello" line ranked at #52 and the "money" line at #25.
- Ensemble Dark Horse: Ray for being an adorably precocious child, and getting a lot of great lines.
- Heartwarming in Hindsight: The hug that Jerry and Rod give each other, the touchdown celebration Rod does, and Rod's subsequent breakdown during his final interview are all heartwarming in the moment, but become even more so when one sees how Cuba Gooding Jr. perfectly emulated each of them during his Oscar acceptance speech.
- Hilarious in Hindsight: The final scene shows Ray throwing a baseball with shockingly good accuracy, prompting Jerry to think he might have potential. While Jonathan Lipnicki didn't become a baseball player, he did become a jacked MMA fighter.
- Memetic Mutation:
- "You had me at hello" usually as a response to some kind of offer. It's also sometimes turned around to "you lost me at hello."
- Ray's line about the weight of the human head to a lesser extent.
- Everything Is Terrible's quest to collect as many VHS tapes of the film as possible, which has spiralled into an attempt to build a pyramid tomb housing theme.
- Narm Charm: Some of the lines can be seen as Narmy due to constant parody and Shout-Out, but in the context of the film they're still rather sweet.
- Retroactive Recognition:
- Cuba Gooding Jr. had appeared in quite a few high-profile movies before this one, among them Boyz n the Hood, A Few Good Men, and Outbreak, but this was the role that gave him actual name recognition.
- Hilary Swank has a bit part as one of Jerry's ex-girlfriends.
- Donal Logue also has a small part as one of Jerry's co-workers at SMI.
- Signature Scene: The Christmas party at the end, for giving us not one, but two of the most heartwarming movie quotes of all time.
- Some Anvils Need to Be Dropped: Summed up nicely at the very end of the movie.Dicky Fox: Hey, I don't have all the answers. In life, to be honest, I failed as much as I have succeeded. But I love my wife. I love my life. And I wish you my kind of success.
- Squick: In a blink-and-you'll-miss-it moment, Rod walks down a hallway in his house where a ton of ants are crawling on the wall. Yuck.
YMMV / Jerry Maguire