The Most Quotable Movies

Chances are, if you’re celebrating Thanksgiving, you’ll also be watching a movie. If your house is like my house, you won’t need a movie. The movies will be quoted throughout Thanksgiving dinner. Mashed potatoes will be sculpted and someone will invariably say, “This means something.”

Even if your house isn’t like mine, maybe later, after the turkey-nap wears off, you’ll be in need of some entertainment. You’re going to wonder which movie to choose. The following are some of the absolute most quotable movies, and my suggestions for your choosing.

The first two don’t even need examples. Seems like everyone knows all the lines from these two movies. You likely have your own favorite quotes from these. I’ll only include one each of mine.

1. The Princess Bride

When Fezzig is in the holocaust cloak at the castle gate: “I am here. Soon you will not be here!”

2. The Wizard of Oz.

“I do believe in spooks.”

3. Spiderman (the best one by Sam Raimi)

“You don’t trust anyone.”

“I trust my barber.”

“Bonesaw is ready!”

“The cunning warrior attacks

neither body or mind.”

4. Apocalypse Now

“That gasoline smell. I love the smell of napalm in the morning.”

“Them monkeys will bite.”

“The horror.”

“Some day this war’s gonna end.”

(I especially love this last quote, because Robert Duvall does a fantastic job making you wonder if he does or doesn’t want the war to end.)

5. Rubin and Ed

“It is el warmo out here.”

“How would you like a kick in the taco, buster?”

“My cat can eat a whole watermelon.”

6. Nacho Libre

“I smell cookies.”

“Do you not know I have had diarrheas since Easters?”

“Chancho, let me borrow some sweats.”

7. This Is Spinal Tap

“What day did the Lord create Spinal Tap, and couldn’t he have rested on that day too?”

“He exploded on stage.”

8. The Hudsucker Proxy

“You know. For kids.”

“Only a numbskull thinks he knows things about things he knows nothing about.”

9. The Emperor’s New Groove

“You threw off my groove.”

“Why do we even have that lever?”

“No one’s that heartless.”

10. Wayne’s World

“We’re not worthy.”

“Psycho hose beast.”

And finally, to round out a dozen, two more that you probably could recite all the way through from memory:

11. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

12. Star Wars

Enjoy the festivities. Enjoy the movies.

Published by Kurt Gailey

This is where I'm supposed to brag about how I've written seven novels, twelve screenplays, thousands of short stories, four self-help books, and one children's early-reader, but I'd rather stay humble. You can find out about things I've written or follow my barchive (web archive, aka 'blog) at or follow me on twitter @kurt_gailey. I love sports and music and books, so if you're an athlete or in a band or you're a writer, give me a follow and I'll most likely follow you back. I've even been known to promote other people's projects.

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