‘Hulk, smash’ and the iconic movie line

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Among the many pleasures of ‘The Avengers’ is its sharp writing, which includes such lines as “Hulk, smash,” said by Captain America to the Hulk, or when Hulk says of Loki, “Puny god.”

Only time will tell if any of the lines from ‘The Avengers’ will enter into the realm of popular culture in the way that “Hasta la vista” (from 1991’s “Terminator 2”) or “Show me the money!” (from 1996 “Jerry Maguire”) did. The mega hits in recent years haven’t produced many memorable lines. Do you remember any from “The Dark Knight” or any of the “Transformer” films? How about any of the “Harry Potter” films, or even any of the “Lord of the Rings” films, let alone anything from the “Twilight” series.

What are some of the more iconic movie lines out there?

In the photo gallery above are some of the more iconic movie lines of all time.

What’s missing? Add your own in the comments below.



  1. Really? You don’t think that “why so serious?” from The Dark Knight is a memorable quote?


  2. Hi Jaimie — that is a good line, but I don’t remember it attaining the kind of cultural status of being repeated in other media the way some of the others get repeated again and again. I’ve already seen “Hulk smash” and its variants used in numerous stories about The Avengers, though.


  3. “Inconceivable!” Vennizzi
    “I do not think that word means what you think it means.” Diego Montoya
    A totally classic exchange from The Princess Bride that cracks me up every time!


  4. oops, his name is Inigo Montoya. Because I just remembered my other favorite line from that movie, which is also a classic,
    “Hello, my name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!”
    I also loved Billy Crystal’s line, “Have fun storming the castle!”


  5. “You’re gonna need a bigger boat” from Jaws.

    And a personal fave, especially after leaving a meeting with a group of big-wigs – “I didn’t get a harumph out of that guy!” from “Blazing Saddles”.


  6. I can’t believe the line from Jaws is not here. This movie made a generation think hard about swimming in the ocean..

    “We are gonna need a bigger boat”


  7. “Leave the gun, take the cannolis.”
    “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”
    “Yo Adrian!”
    “I pity the fool.”

    “100% pure adrenaline!”
    “Be nice.”

    The last 2 aren’t classics – but they are from 2 of my all time favorite bad movies – and both lines are by the same actor.


  8. “Surely you can’t be serious!” “I am serious, and don’t call me Shirley!”-Airplane!



  9. Are you kidding me… “My Precious” from LOTR

    Vader in Empire “No!, I am your father”
    Obi Wan “May the Force be With you”

    “Why so Serious” has been a popular line

    “Yippie Kay Yay Mother F’er” – Die Hard

    So so so many more lines….


  10. “Martini; shaken, not stirred”

    Couple of my favs…from Fletch:
    When a women answers a door wearing only a towel: Fletch says “Can I borrow your towel for a sec? My car just hit a water buffalo.” and during the proctological exam: “You using the whole fist, Doc?”


  11. From Mr. Mom – Micheal Keaton says to the wifes new boss, as he answers the door in an apron and oven mitts —-

    Yeah remodelin the backporch, ( boss ) oh yeah, what are using for electric 220 ? ( mr mom ) 220 – 221 whatever it takes…

    May not be exact but close…


  12. I can’t believe as soon as I saw the title of the post that the first one that cme to my head hasn’t been said yet….



  13. “Chicks dig me, because I rarely wear underwear and when I do it’s usually something unusual.”

    Bill Murray – Stripes


  14. “There’s no crying in baseball” League of Their Own.

    “We don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges.” Treasure of the Sierra Madre.


  15. “We don’t need no stinkin’ badges” Treasure of the Sierra Madre
    “Heeerrre’s Johnny” The Shining
    “I’ll be back” The Terminator
    “E.T. phone home” ET
    “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship” Casablanca
    “Show me the money” Jerry Maguire
    “You can’t handle the truth” A Few Good Men


  16. “They’re here” Poltergiest

    “Here’s Johnny” The Shining

    “mmmmmm Juicy Fruit” One flew Over the Cuckoos Nest

    “Cinderella story, out of nowhere, former greenskeeper, now about to become the Masters champion.” Caddy Shack


  17. “take the money and run” woody allen movie

    “come back shane” little boy in the movie shane

    “we eat lead” steve mcqueeen in “the magnificent seven”

    “nobody’s perfect” joe e lewis in “some like it hot”


  18. Oops . . . Mike from Saratoga . . . I think you have the Magnificent Seven quote wrong. Calvera (the bad guy) says “We’re in the same business, why not as partners?” Then McQueen says “We deal in lead”.


  19. “I know Kung Fu.”
    “I’ll have what she’s having.”
    “That’s no moon, that’s a space station.”
    “Life is like a box of chocolates.”
    “Stupid is as stupid does.”


  20. “Roads? Where we are going we don’t need roads!” Back to the Future
    “Boom chuga Luga, Boom chuga Luga, Boom Chuga Luga Boom!” Stripes
    “You can’t handle the truth!” Few Good Men
    “I’m your Huckleberry” or “Say When!” Tombstone
    “Say what again…” Pulp Fiction
    “We’re Going streaking….Will Farrell


  21. Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night! – All About Eve

    Oh Jerry, don’t let’s ask for the moon. We have the stars. – Now Voyager

    It’s a Sicilian mssage. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes. – The Godfather

    Who are those guys? – Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid


  22. I done killed a man with a lawn mower blade.. Slingblade
    Kahnnnnnnnnnnn.. Star Trek.. Wrath of Kahn

    I think I broke his F’n neck… The Longest Yard


  23. “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” Apocalypse Now.

    “I have no time to discuss this by committee.” Star Wars

    “It is your destiny.” Empire Strikes Back

    “Tora, Tora, Tora.” Pearl Harbor

    “Danger, Will Robinson.” Lost in Space

    “Gort, Klaatu barada nikto!” Day the Earth Stood Still


  24. This chick is toast. — Ghostbusters

    There’s no place like home. — Wizard of Oz

    Important safety tip. — Ghostbusters


  25. Why So Serious from the Dark Knight.

    You Shall Not Pass, and Keep It Secret, Keep it Safe are two that come to mind from the LOTR.


  26. Dr. Strangelove:

    “You can’t fight in here,
    this is the War Room!”

    Citizen Kane: “Rosebud”.

    Duck Soup(?): “Last Night
    I dreamed I shot an elephant
    in my pajamas; how it got
    into my pajamas, I’ll never


  27. That’s a big Twinkee- Ghostbusters

    Shhhh- Do you smell that ?- Ibid

    You can be a MAN !- The Godfather

    I know it was you, Fredo- You broke my heart- see above

    It’s a big Dub-Ya, I tell ya !- It’s a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World


  28. The better line from The Avengers regarding Hulk is when Lokie says ‘We have an Army’ and Tony Stark says ‘We have a Hulk’. That’s all I heard around my house the whole month before the movie released.


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