They are where you get your reference. They are what you use to get your friends to laugh, and often they are they offer up the secret phrase to let everyone know you are part of the cool kids club. We are talking Quotable Movies on this week’s Top Five.

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6 Comments

  1. i feel like quotable movies depend more on society and culture’s reception to the movie, rather than the movie itself, or even being a purely subjective, “well, i use quotes from this movie all the time, therefore it’s a super quotable movie” standpoint. it’s sort of a like a meme. you can’t force a quotable movie, a quotable movie just happens to be deemed quotable based on how people in general receive and attach themselves to it.

    so barring any of those Kevin Smith, Tarantino, Borat, Mean Girls, Austin Powers, Lebowski, etc. cultural zeitgeist-y films, i’m going full-on personal and subjective with my list.

    5) Captain America: The First Avenger. i know, a little out of left field, but especially in these strange and occasionally frightening times as a person of color, the discussion between Dr. Erskine and Steve Rogers the night before the procedure has stuck. it’s maybe the most effective “great power, great responsibility” speech i’ve ever been privy to, maybe even more so than any Spidey origin iteration. and it also set in motion a series of better Superman movies than any actual Superman movies to date. also, i’m not tough enough to say “i can do this all day” and make it sound like the most badass thing on the planet, but somehow Chris Evans, young erstwhile knucklehead from nearby Sudbury, MA did. jah bless ya, Captain Sudbury.

    4) lumping the entire the Indiana Jones trilogy here. if i’m hanging out with my friends and something even vaguely risky comes up, we have to stick “____…..very deadly. you go first.” or “if you’re ______, zen i am mickey mouse!” in a thick german accent, whenever somebody smells BS.

    3) Big Trouble in Little China. you have no idea how often “it’s all in the reflexes” or “sonuvabitch must pay” come into play in my daily life. (actually, the Kurt Russell/John Carpenter trilogy of The Thing, Escape from NY, and Big Trouble could be another solid tie here)

    2) Tombstone. if i see a man wearin’ a red sash, i’m killin’ the man who wears it. so run, you cur. run and tell all the other curs. you tell ’em the law’s comin’. you tell ’em i’m comin’. AND HELL’S COMIN’ WITH ME. almost wall to wall memorable quotes from a ridiculously dumb and entertaining action/western.

    1) The Lost Boys. it’s not summer until i sit in my living room drinking half a bottle of bourbon with frozen chunks of watermelon (trust me, it works) and i recite the entire damn thing front to back along with the movie.

  2. My top five quotable movies
    1. Ghostbusters. So many : If someone asks you if you’re a god you say yes! Don’t cross the streams. I feel so funky. Who ya gonna call?
    2..Jaws. This was no boating accident! You’re going to need a bigger boat.
    3. Silverado. Danny Glover has the best quote in any western. I don’t want to kill you and you don’t want to be dead. Followed closely by John Cleese in the same film. Today my jurisdiction ends here.
    4. The Princess Bride is just a parade of quotable moments. My name is Inigo Montoya you killed my father. Prepare to die!
    5. Toy Story. You can identify each character with a quote. To infinity and beyond! There’s a snake in my boot!

  3. I was surprised nobody had any Mel Brooks. I like the above mentioned (Disney, Ghostbusters, …) But I can’t not mention some of the movies I quote incessantly.

    1) History of the World part 1
    2) Monty Python’s Search for the Holy Grail
    3) Blazing Saddles
    4) Running Scared (1986 Billy Crystal and Gregory Hines)
    5) Pulp Fiction

  4. Jason Hoven on

    The first one that popped into my head was Clue, and and honorable mention for Doctor Horrible’s Singalong Blog. (I know that last one isn’t a movie, but it isn’t a TV show either. It’s just….something)

  5. Kaycee Wilson on

    Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    O Brother Where art thou
    Rocky Horror Picture Show
    Space Jam
    Nacho Libre

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