Most Iconic Movie Lines Ever Uttered

The best movies manage to stick with us long after we’ve finished watching them. Different characters, scenes, songs, and even individual lines can live long in the memory, even becoming iconic parts of pop culture and being re-used and quoted by millions of fans. Some lines even end up becoming more famous than the films themselves, as well as becoming strongly associated with individual actors. Read on to learn all about five of the most iconic and memorable movie lines ever uttered.

“I’ll be back!” – Arnold Schwarzenegger

It’s almost impossible to think of Arnold Schwarzenegger without hearing the words “I’ll be back” in his distinctive voice echoing through your mind. This line was originally spoken in the first Terminator film, but Arnie would go on to re-use it in many others.

I'll be back! - Arnold Schwarzenegger

In fact, Schwarzenegger fans often enjoy watching his new films and just waiting for those three words to make their appearance, often cheering and applauding when the catchphrase finally came out. The line is repeated in some variant in all of the Terminator films and has also been said by Schwarzenegger in films like Commando and even Jingle All The Way.

“May the force be with you” – Star Wars

Lightsabers, droids, Jedi, Sith, and Jabba the Hutt are just a few of the most enduring images of the incredible world of Star Wars, created by George Lucas. Of all the film’s quotable lines, “May the force be with you” stands out.

May the force be with you. - Star Wars

This line was initially spoken by General Dodonna in the first Star Wars film and is an example of a line that went on to become a big part of pop culture, with May the Fourth actually becoming the official Star Wars holiday due to its similarity to the phrase.

“I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse” – The Godfather

Consistently ranked as one of the greatest movies ever made, Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather is a veritable cinematic masterpiece, filled with talents like Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, and James Caan.

I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse. - The Godfather

The film is packed full of iconic lines and imagery, and “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” has been one of its most repeated and referenced lines in popular culture. The line is delivered by the Godfather himself, Don Corleone, and beautifully sums up the character’s malice and power.

“Here’s Johnny!” – The Shining

Stanley Kubrick’s The Shining is one of the most intriguing horror films and Stephen King adaptations ever made, for so many different reasons. King himself famously dislikes the movie, but it was a smash hit and is still referenced to this day, with Jack Nicholson’s psychotic delivery of the words “Here’s Johnny!” standing out as one of the film’s freakiest moments.

Here’s Johnny! - The Shining

The line is uttered by Nicholson’s character, Jack Torrance, as he smashes down a door while hunting his wife in a fit of supernatural rage. This line becomes even more impressive when we learn that it was actually improvised by Nicholson.

“Why so serious?” – The Dark Knight

When Heath Ledger was cast as The Joker for Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight, some Batman fans were highly critical of the choice. How wrong they proved to be. Ledger made the role his own, delivering a Joke so deeply unhinged and terrifyingly humorous that he was even awarded a posthumous Academy Award.

Why so serious? - The Dark Knight

His delivery of the line “Why so serious?” was pitch-perfect and became an instant classic, with fans dressing up as the character and repeating the line at parties and conventions all over the globe. In just three words, Ledger summed up the entirety of the Joker’s personality.