Screenwriters don’t always know which one of their lines will become a memorable quote. It’s often a combination of the drama or action in that moment, the character speaking it reaching a pivotal moment, the cinematography and ambience, and of course — the delivery by the actor.
When people think of their favorite movies, chances are the first thing that comes to mind – along with the visual effects if it’s an action movie – is the film’s memorable lines.
24/7 Tempo reviewed several entertainment sources, including the American Film Institute and movie review sites, to compile a list of 25 of the most famous quotes in the history of American and English-spoken cinema. We only included individual lines, not conversations between characters.
People often relate to characters or the words they speak. Memorable movie phrases have made their way into people’s everyday vocabulary and pop culture.
The most recent film to make the list came courtesy of 2008’s “The Dark Knight.” Perhaps, more time needs to pass until newer releases — and the lines in them — can claim to be timeless. These are the 50 best movies of all time.