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The Most Quotable Lines in Hollywood

Tom Hanks starring as Forrest Gump in 'Forrest Gump" | Image: Courtesty of Sunset Boulevard/Getty Images

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When it comes to cinema, there are certainly more than enough reasons to prefer one movie over another. There’s nothing quite like winding down for the day with a good laugh from Michael Cera’s Scott Pilgrim. Sometimes, munching on some corn as the intense chase scene unravels in John Wick and Mission Impossible is just what one needs to enliven the day. Part of what makes these films great is not only the masterful storytelling and beautiful cinematography but also the actors and how well they can portray their characters. 

Some of the best movies in Hollywood probably wouldn’t have done so well without their phenomenal acting and improvisational skills. One could even make the case that the best movies have actors with lines that roll off the tongue. Whether it be complete meme material or one of the most legendary-sounding phrases ever, sometimes these lines can just be too irresistible not to say in real life. With that said, here are some of the most quotable lines in Hollywood. 

5. “If You’re Good at Something, Never Do it For Free” — The Joker in ‘The Dark Knight’ 

It probably isn’t surprising to hear that one of the best Batman movie adaptations would have to be none other than The Dark Knight. From beautiful cinematography and well-drawn darker tones to the thrilling musical score and dense themes of anti-heroism, trauma, and justice, it is no wonder that this film ranks among the top when it comes to superhero cinema. But perhaps the best parts of this movie are Christian Bale and Heath Ledger’s god-tier portrayals of Batman and The Joker. The tension between the two is seemingly one of the most accurate and realistic depictions of the duo yet, and Ledger is arguably the main star of the show, dropping one memorable line after the other. 

One of the best lines from The Dark Knight would have to be when the Joker stumbles into a meeting with Gambol and his thugs unannounced. During their meeting, Joker suggests that if the mob wants to continue their life of crime, the simple option would be to kill Batman. One of the members, skeptical about his words, questions him, “If it were so simple, why haven’t you done it already?” to which Joker replies, saying, “If you’re good at something, never do it for free.” This line hits hard, not only because it adds so much depth to his character but also because it is some actual solid advice one can apply to one’s professional life. After all, Joker has a point. If someone is good at something, why not shape a whole career around it? 

Heath Ledger starring as Joker in 'The Dark Knight' | Image: TM &DC Comics.2008 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.  Heath Ledger starring as Joker in ‘The Dark Knight’ | Image: TM &DC Comics.2008 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. All Rights Reserved.[/caption]

4. “They’re Taking the Hobbits to Isengard!” — Legolas in ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers’ 

Who doesn’t love a good meme? In The Lord of the Rings trilogy, the series is filled to the brim with all kinds of them. Some fans may recall the various scenes of Gandalf nodding his head with a joyful smile, the “I’m not trying to rob you” line, and the iconic “You shall not pass!” scene. Other eccentric characters like Boromir, Gollum, Frodo, and Sam are as quotable as one can get as far as popular lines go. But one character that stands out among the rest on this meme haven is none other than Legolas. 

In The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, two hobbits, Merry and Pippin, become separated from Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas. The hobbits are abducted by a pack of orcs who believe they are in possession of the one ring. Naturally, Aragorn, Gimli, and Legolas chase after the pack to save them, and at some point, Aragron asks Legolas if he can spot their missing hobbits. And Legolas, with his keen sight, scouts out the area and spots the herd. With a loud shout, he announces, “They’re taking the hobbits to Isengard!” No one really knows the explanation as to why this particular line has become so popular, but even so, it is easily one of the most quoted lines in the entire series. Perhaps it was the way Legolas said it, or maybe the tone of his voice sounded funny. Either way, it is a fun one to say. 

Orlando Bloom starring as Legolas in 'The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers' | Image: 2002 New Line Cinema. All rights reserved. Orlando Bloom starring as Legolas in ‘The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers’ | Image: 2002 New Line Cinema. All rights reserved.[/caption]

3. “Run! Forrest, Run!” — Jenny Curran in ‘Forrest Gump’ 

Another iconic line would have to be from the hit film Forrest Gump. Sure, there are plenty of fun lines to mention, especially when it comes to a scene between Jenny and Forrest. But there is one scene in particular that seems to be referenced repeatedly, sometimes even from strangers one might pass on the street. This is, of course, the moment when Jenny tells Forrest to run. The famous scene starts off with Jenny and Forrest taking a walk outside when a car full of young men taunts Forrest. Jenny, feeling protective over her friend, tells him to get away, saying, “Run, Forrest, run!”

Immediately, Forrest breaks into a stiff sprint as he is chased by the gang of bullies, throwing bits of trash at him from behind. The scene is further exaggerated when Forrest makes a cut into a football field, outrunning all the athletes who stare in confusion. If that wasn’t dramatic enough, the coaches who witnessed this later welcomed Forrest into their college football team. Forrest, who is standing in the middle of the field while the game is going on, is told yet again by a fellow teammate to “Run, Forrest, Run!” Like before, he dashes off, football in hand, dodging all the opposing players, scoring a touchdown, and tramples a band as he leaves the stadium. Because of the absurdity of this entire sequence, it is no wonder that this line has become so famous and still holds up even today. 

Tom Hanks starring as Forrest Gump in 'Forrest Gump" | Image: Courtesty of Sunset Boulevard/Getty Images Tom Hanks starring as Forrest Gump in ‘Forrest Gump” | Image: Courtesty of Sunset Boulevard/Getty Images[/caption]

2. “‘Tis But a Scratch” — The Black Knight in ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’

One of the cheesiest slapstick comedies out there, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, is a film notoriously filled with hilarious quips. From Arthur and Pasty trotting around on an invisible horse, a witch who abruptly disappears, to a group of French soldiers who mock and tease Arthur, this film is sure to give viewers some much-needed laughs. However, one scene seems to come out on top among the rest and has even become a widely popular meme. This is none other than the scene with King Arthur and the Black Knight. At the start of the scene, King Arthur trots up to the knight with Patsy behind, making trotting noises.

The knight seems to guard a small bridge, which Arthur and Pasty must cross to continue their quest for the grail. But halting at the bridge, Arthur compliments his combative talents instead of provoking the knight and asks if he would like him to join him on his quest. After several attempts and receiving no reply, Arthur attempts to pass the bridge when the knight finally stops him, saying that “none shall pass.” Arthur, taken aback, attempts to diffuse the situation, saying he must cross the bridge. However, the knight refuses to let him and challenges him to combat. A fight soon commences, with the black knight hilariously flailing his sword around, only to have one of his arms chopped off. Having done so, Arthur commands the knight to stand aside, to which he merely says, “‘Tis but a scratch.” Shocked by his comment, Arthur responds, “A scratch?” The fight continues this way for a while, with the knight continuously losing limbs and challenging Arthur. The oddball characters and the over-the-top choreography make this scene a golden piece of comedy and highly memorable. 

Eric Idle starring as Monty Python and John Cleese as the Black Knight in 'Monty Python and the Holy Grail' | Image: Courtesy of Getty Images Eric Idle starring as Monty Python and John Cleese as the Black Knight in ‘Monty Python and the Holy Grail’ | Image: Courtesy of Getty Images[/caption]

1. “Oh, hi, Mark” — Johnny in ‘The Room’ 

Sometimes, certain lines in movies become popular because of their sheer randomness in tone and delivery. Other times, while they are popular, they tend only to be referenced when a specific word, person, place, or item reminds someone of the line. In the case of Tommy Wiseau’s The Room, there is a line that his character, Johnny, says that is arguably both. In the film, there is one scene when Johnny storms onto the roof of a building, complaining to himself. When Johnny steps through the door, he is seen holding a water bottle, saying, “I did not hit her. It’s not true, it’s bullshit! I did not hit her. I did not.” Before his line ends, Johnny chucks the bottle to the floor and, pausing for a second, sees his best friend, Mark. Johnny then says, “Oh, hi, Mark,” in a completely different and happier tone. 

The awkward delivery of the line, along with the sudden change in Johnny’s mood, is essentially what makes this scene so ridiculously funny to viewers. What made this line so popular is that while the scene is obviously not meant to be funny, the performance was off, making the line sound goofier than it was meant to be. Not only that, but those who have the name “Mark” are undoubtedly likely to hear this line a lot from their peers. It is a similar situation to those who share the name “Alexa” with the A.I. speaker assistant, which in many cases can be funny or very annoying. But thankfully, with this line, it seems only to be funny whenever it is referenced. 

Tommy Wiseau starring as Johnny in 'The Room' | Image: Courtesy of Wiseau Films Tommy Wiseau starring as Johnny in ‘The Room’ | Image: Courtesy of Wiseau Films[/caption]

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Marc Agbayani's favorite genres to write are fantasy, science fiction, horror, action,n and mystery. His inspiration for writing stems from his love of various forms of pop culture, such as the film series Star Wars by George Lucas and the video game series The Legend of Zelda by Shigeru Miyamoto. In his free time, he enjoys writing, reading, listening to music, going to the gym, and hosting game nights with friends