25 Great Movie Quotes You Probably Don’t Remember (or Haven’t Heard!)

We all know that a lot of great movies get overlooked, but even more often we see classic lines from films that people don’t remember or notice. Well, I’m here to pay tribute to twenty-five of my favourites that most people just can’t identify.

1: “I think we’ll be okay here, Leon.” — Leon

2: “The town will never be the same. After the Tangiers, the big corporations took it all over. Today it looks like Disneyland. And while the kids play cardboard pirates, Mommy and Daddy drop the house payments and Junior’s college money on the poker slots. In the old days, dealers knew your name, what you drank, what you played. Today, it’s like checkin’ into an airport. And if you order room service, you’re lucky if you get it by Thursday. Today, it’s all gone. You get a whale show up with four million in a suitcase, and some twenty-five-year-old hotel school kid is gonna want his Social Security Number. After the Teamsters got knocked out of the box, the corporations tore down practically every one of the old casinos. And where did the money come from to rebuild the pyramids? Junk bonds. But in the end, I wound up right back where I started. I could still pick winners, and I could still make money for all kinds of people back home. And why mess up a good thing?” — Casino

3: “Shut up and deal.” — The Apartment

4: “Malkovich, Malkovich.” — Being John Malkovich

5: “When the truth… is found to be lies. And all the hope… within you dies. Then what?” — A Serious Man

6: “You don’t get to tell me what to do ever again.” — American Beauty

7: “A little boy went out to play. When he opened his door, he saw the world. As he passed through the doorway, he caused a reflection. Evil was born. Evil was born, and followed the boy.” — Inland Empire

8: “My fucking wife has an ass in her cock over in the driveway, alright? I’m sorry if my thoughts aren’t with the photography of the film we’re shooting tomorrow!” — Boogie Nights

9: “No, don’t do it!” — Persona

10: “Silencio.” — Mulholland Dr.

11: “I apologise to you, sir, for not telling you sooner that you’re a degenerate, sadistic old man. And you can go to HELL before I apologise to you now or ever again.” — Paths of Glory

12: “If you men only knew.” — Eyes Wide Shut

13: “The fact that my client has been ridden more than the Seattle Slew is irrelevant.” — Liar, Liar

14: “You get me slapped with a fine. You pick fights with the customers and I have to patch everything up. You get us chased out of a funeral home by violating a corpse. To top it all off, you ruined my relationship with Veronica! What’s your encore? Do you, like, anally rape my mother while pouring sugar in my gas tank?” — Clerks

15: “Try getting a reservation at Dorsia now, you fucking stupid bastard!” — American Psycho

16: “Are you gonna bark all day, little doggy, or are you gonna bite?” — Reservoir Dogs

17: “Hit me.” — Blue Velvet

18: “I’m somebody now, Harry. Everybody likes me. Soon, millions of people will see me and they’ll all like me. I’ll tell them about you, and your father, how good he was to us. Remember? It’s a reason to get up in the morning. It’s a reason to lose weight, to fit in the red dress. It’s a reason to smile. It makes tomorrow all right. What have I got Harry, hm? Why should I even make the bed, or wash the dishes? I do them, but why should I? I’m alone. Your father’s gone, you’re gone. I got no one to care for. What have I got, Harry? I’m lonely. I’m old.” — Requiem for a Dream

19: “And I feel profoundly grateful to my life, which gives me so much.” — Cries and Whispers

20: “I just wanted to hold a little baby.” — Dancer in the Dark

21: “This shit is about to go off!” — Hot Fuzz

22: “We’re a couple that doesn’t touch.” — Buffalo ’66

23: “To call you stupid would be an insult to stupid people! I’ve known sheep that could outwit you. I’ve worn dresses with higher IQs. But you think you’re an intellectual, don’t you, ape?” — A Fish Called Wanda

24: “Squeal like a pig!” — Deliverance

25: “I’m finished.” — There Will Be Blood

Those are my twenty-five, and I can probably think of a lot more. Leave a comment with what you thought of my choices, and let me know some of your own.

Thanks for reading.

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About Tyler

Patient observer of all things film and music, from Béla Tarr to Boards of Canada. Foul mouthed and clinging to the edge of sanity.

Posted on May 11, 2011, in Movies and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 8 Comments.

  1. For Reservoir Dogs, I’d have to go with: “Toby? Toby Wong. Toby Wong? Toby Wong. Toby Chung? Fuckin’ Charlie Chan. I got Madonna’s big dick coming out of my left ear, and Toby the Jap…I don’t know what, comin’ out of my right.”

    • There are so many countless great quotes from Tarantino movies that I decided for whatever stupid reason to put an obvious one. When I do a sequel to this list, which I probably will, there’ll definitely be a better Tarantino quote in there. As to which one, who knows?

  2. nice list, but here’s one from Reservoir Dogs that got me.

    Mr. White: “You shoot me in a dream, you better wake up and apologize.”

  3. American Psycho is filled with soooo many great quotes, but that is definitely one of my favourites! Any of his musings on Phil Collins or Huey Lewis are also amazing in their delivery.

    • What I like about American Psycho is that it’s so obviously influenced by Tarantino. All those pop culture references, the tiny little things that Bateman gets obsessed with (“It’s even got a watermark!”) and of course, the violence. Bale at his best.

  4. Some of these are very good others are too generic to be associated with a film even if you have seen it.

    A good quote is one that it is instantly associated with the film it’s from, providing of course you’ve actually seen the film.

    A great quote will need no reference at all. It will be intriguing, humorous, inspirational or enigmatic on its own terms, providing the person delivering the line gets it right the first time.

    Try quote number one out on someone and see how it goes down. The quote only works in the film as its playing.

    Same goes for your last quote. It works great in the film especially since it could have come off as ridiculously ham-fisted. But say it to someone in passing and I guarantee their answer is, “Finished what?”

    For the most part I understand your choices, you just need the heading to read; 25 Great Movie Quotes Providing You’re Watching the Movie.

    Yes, I’m super pedantic.

    “Ugh! Mountain Brook!”

    • Huh. I suppose I rather selfishly thought of them as quotes I consider to be great rather than considering their actual credentials for greatness and recognizability. I’m planning on doing a sequel to this so I’ll keep your thoughts in mind.

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