10 Most Quotable Movies for Geeks (That Aren't Star Wars Films)

By Jay Barish in Daily Lists, Movies
Friday, June 1, 2012 at 8:04 am

5) Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan

The greatest Trek film, naturally, has some of the best quotes, thanks to Ricardo Montalban's debonair delivery ("I deprived your ship of power, and when I swing around, I mean to deprive you of your life.") and Shatner's unbridled fury ("You've managed to kill everyone else, but like a poor marksman, you keep missing the target!"). There's also some great McCoy quotes in there. ("Are you out of your Vulcan mind?") Phasers play their part, but from Kirk's "KHAAAAAAN!" to Khan's final curse, the entire film is a war of words.
The Big One: "Ah, Kirk, my old friend, do you know the Klingon proverb that tells us revenge is a dish that is best served cold? It is very cold... in space."

4) Indiana Jones and the Raiders of the Lost Ark

All of the Indiana Jones movies are somewhat light on dialogue, thanks to the extended action sequences that leave Dr. Jones little time to breathe, let alone speak. And though Temple of Doom may be the chattiest Indy film, nobody wants to quote Kate Capshaw, so Raiders remains the gold (idol) standard. Every line from the opening sequence -- "Throw me the idol, I'll throw you the whip!" "There is nothing you can possess which I cannot take away." "I hate snakes!" -- may as well be etched in stone given their permanent place in nerd culture. Factor in more bon mots from Belloq and some true gems from Sallah ("Bad dates." "Asps! Very dangerous! ...You go first.") and the script for that movie belongs in a museum. You know, in a good way.
The Big One: "You want to talk to God? Let's go see him together -- I've got nothing better to do."

3) Ghostbusters

"The Ghostbusters." This movie is so quotable even the title is a quote, if you say it in an exasperated voice like the mayor, or an annoyed voice like Janine Melnitz. The quotes don't start right away in this movie, but by the time the film hits its stride, it's pure gold, with a quote for nearly every occasion. ("Print is dead." "That's a big Twinkie." "Stop staring at me, you've got the bug-eyes." "Dogs and cats living together... mass hysteria!") And it all builds to the final battle scene, which gives us such gems as "Let's show this prehistoric bitch how we do things downtown," "What did you do, Ray?" and "Nobody steps on a church in my town!" The second movie is nowhere near as quotable, but I like to quote it as a sign of respect to the first.
The Big One: "Ray, when someone asks you if you're a god, you say 'yes'!"

2) Army of Darkness

The smartest thing Sam Raimi did in the third Evil Dead film was give Bruce Campbell's Ash more people to mouth off to. After talking mostly to cackling demons and himself for two films, AoD gave Ash a bunch of Middle Ages types to boss around and really showed off his personality, especially in regards to the ladies. ("Hail to the king, baby." "Gimme some sugar, baby." "Honey, you got real ugly." "It's a trick. Get an axe.") And if that wasn't enough, we were treated to Ash fighting an evil version of himself for much of the second half of the film, leading to double the Kampbell Kwotes. "Good, bad, I'm the guy with the gun."
The Big One: "All right, you primitive screwheads, listen up -- you see this? This... is my boomstick!"

1) Monty Python and the Holy Grail

There is no competition. When it comes to non-Star Wars movies geeks have quoted, Holy Grail takes the top spot. Of course, it does have a distinct advantage, considering that a large number of G1 geeks started out as Monty Python fans, and that every single line in the movie is effing hilarious to them. Still, a large number of geeks can speak entire sections of the movie by heart. "Bring out your dead!" "None shall pass." "Strange women lying in ponds distributing swords is no basis for a system of government." "There are some who call me... Tim?" And with the right accent, even a few words -- "A shrubbery!" "Run away!" "I got better." "He's already got one!" -- are enough to set off a long conversation between two giggling geeks.
The Big One: "We are the Knights who say 'Ni!'"


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