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The Most Memorable Movie Catchphrases of All Time

Written by bms

Almost every iconic movie has a famous catchphrase that goes down in history.  If we say, “Hasta la vista, baby” in a heartbeat you would know it’s from Terminator 2. These famous dialogues, that stand the test of time, stick with us and are distilled from the screen into our culture. They become a part of our day-to-day speech.  “May the force be with you” as you read some of the most memorable catchphrases of all time.

“I LOVE THE SMELL OF NAPALM IN THE MORNING.” – APOCALYPSE NOW

Apocalypse Now is considered to be one of the greatest war films ever made. Robert Duvall’s character and his helicopter squadron drop napalm from the sky in the middle of a firefight, and that’s how this famous line came into existence.

“YOU DAMN DIRTY APE!” – PLANET OF THE APES

In this film, Heston’s George Tayor is an astronaut who wakes up from a long hibernation to find his ship has crashed on an unknown planet inhabited by sentient, English-speaking simians. Heston who is caught in a net, growls and says, “Take your stinking hands off me, you damn dirty ape!”

“GO AHEAD. MAKE MY DAY.” – SUDDEN IMPACT

This is probably one of the most well-known catchphrases EVER. Clint Eastwood who plays the character of “Dirty” Harry Callahan is an iconic cowboy cop that has inspired so many movies and TV shows since.

Some other noteworthy mentions are “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” – Gone with the wind; “I’m king of the world!” – Titanic; “Why so serious?” – The Dark Knight; “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” – The Godfather; “Here’s looking at you kid.” – Casablanca.

What’s your favorite movie catchphrase?

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