Top 5 Movie Quotes that Must Not Die

by LizM

Some quotes just can not be allowed to be forgotten. Our top 5 list of movie quotes that must not die covers some of the most loved and shared lines of all time.

Shared experiences are a great way for people to connect. Movie quotes share a special place in communication and bond us in a shared experience across time and space. Our top 5 movie quotes that must not die are a set of 5 core quotes that pretty much EVERYONE knew until recently. Don't let these quotes die, share the experience with someone new and pass on the legacy.

Frau Blucher!

From the 1974 Mel Brooks film, Young Frankenstein, this quote is nearly universally recognized by anyone over 25 although many may not know where the quote comes from.  Shout "Frau Blucher" in a room and chances are you'll here an answering neigh of terror from somewhere nearby.

This was a continuing joke throughout Young Frankenstein based off of the old classic horror movie standard of dramatic organ music every time something sinister was about to happen.

What is the Airspeed Velocity of an Unladen Swallow?

This is another quote that has an answering quote paired with it.  From Monty Python's 1975 movie, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, this line was a riddle asked of King Arthur by the bridge guardian.  The appropriate response is always, "African or European?"

Klaatu Varada Nikto

Ok, before you tell me I misspelled "Barada," I'm not talking about The Day the Earth Stood Still.  Klaatu Varada Nikto is from 1992's Army of Darkness (kinda, sorta, part of The Evil Dead movies).  While almost surely supposed to be "Barada" it's still an argument among many as to whether or not Ash says the V or a B at the start of the word and unless someone gets "The Chin" to answer the question I guess we'll be left arguing.

Also included in this scene is the main character, Ash, getting the words wrong at first as he tries to stop the undead army and saying "Klaatu Varada Necktie!"

You can compare the phrases in the videos below and decide for yourself if Campbell mispoke and said Varada instead of Barada.  The Klaatu Varada Nikto quote on the left and the original Klaatu Barada Nikto quote on the right.

I'm Sorry Dave, I'm Afraid I Can't Do That

From Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey, we get the terror of an intelligent computer disobeying a command in a life and death situation.  "I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that" has since come to be a near ever present phrase between friends saying no to something and they know the friend won't like the answer.


A movie that made us all doubt our sanity but yet we keep going back for more.  One of Tim Curry's signature lines as Dr. Frank-N-Furter in 1975's Rocky Horror Picture Show is famous for it's long pause.

During an interlude of a musical number Frank pauses to invite the helpless hero and heroine up to the lab to see his creation (the movie is basically a very twisted Frankenstein after all) and utters the word "anticipation" with a very long and meaningful pause in the middle.


You can see just the quote in the video on the left and the full song in the video on the right below.

Updated: 05/21/2013, LizM
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katiem2 on 05/30/2013

True Maggie, so true

MaggiePowell on 05/30/2013

Monty Python's Holy Grail is the mother of all quotable lines....

MikeRobbers on 05/24/2013

Very good list of quotes. Monty Python's and Rocky Horror Picture Show being among my all time favorites.

katiem2 on 05/21/2013

Rocky Horror Picture Show is an all time fave of mine and oh do I ever quote many of the fun lines. My kids have seen it, a great conversation topic. Plus making the use of the lines relevant and fun. Great Article.

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