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Haven’t I heard this before? Cliché movie lines


I was recently watching Safe House and there was a line at the beginning of the movie I must have heard lot’s of times in other movies. It was “How do I know I can trust you?”. If you have seen a fair bit of movies, you will know what the other guy is going to answer to that.

It made me think of other cliché movie lines I must have heard lots of times and after the jump I’ve compiled a list of the ones I could think of.

Cliche movie lines

If you want to know in which movies these lines were used, just head on over to Subzin, an excellent site which allows you to search for specific dialog and returns all the movies which used it.

Youtube is also a good source for compilations of overused lines:
“You look like shit”

“You just don’t get it, do you?”

It’s gonna blow!

Any other lines you have heard time and time again?

Category: Movies
  • Jane says:

    Reblogged this on WonderWimp.

    July 10, 2012 at 7:59 am
  • Scott Lawlor (@FrontRoomCinema) says:

    HAHA very funny indeed, nice idea for an article Nostra

    July 10, 2012 at 10:14 am
    • Nostra says:

      Sometimes you get inspiration from the littlest things…

      July 13, 2012 at 2:31 pm
  • Jaina says:

    Haha, great!

    Don’t forget “Are You Crazy?”

    July 10, 2012 at 10:31 am
    • Nostra says:

      That’s a great one too! Thanks Jaina :)

      July 13, 2012 at 2:32 pm
  • Myerla says:

    Not really a line, but there is often an ex-wife and a child of whom the father does not get to see.

    July 10, 2012 at 12:11 pm
    • Nostra says:

      That’s a whole other post about movie cliches ;)

      July 13, 2012 at 2:32 pm
  • jackdeth72 says:

    Hi, Nostra and company:

    Someone’s slipping.

    Did anyone remember to include the ‘Obligatory Soliloquy as to Why the Bag Guy is about to ____________________________ ‘(fill in the blank) just before the tables turn and the hero gets the upper hand?

    Also noticeably absent, the always faithful, “It’s quiet!….. Too quiet!”.

    Could also add the recent snappy rejoinder to the cliched, “We’ve got company!” and the stoically handsome Captain asks, “How many?”. The plucky guy in the foxhole listening post, or behind the computer screen quips, “All of them!”.

    And where, oh, where is the ever popular “These are not the Droids you’re looking for.”?

    July 10, 2012 at 11:09 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Those are great ones too!

      July 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm
  • Anna (@MovieNut14) says:

    The line “It’s not a blessing. It’s a curse” is getting a tad dry to be honest.

    July 11, 2012 at 2:23 am
    • Nostra says:

      Interesting one, not sure I heard it much so I don’t have the same reaction to it…

      July 13, 2012 at 2:33 pm
  • The Cinemaniac says:

    I just stumbled upon your blog with your most recent post about Alec, whose blog I actively follow. Really enjoying yours now, as well. I stopped right in the middle of my review for Speed just to search around this blog. With this post, you manage to blend hilarious and mind-blowing terrifically. I’ll remember this post next time I hear “It’s gonna blow” (probably the most noticeable of them all), “You just don’t get it, do you?”, or “You look like s–t”. Thanks.

    July 11, 2012 at 2:57 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Thanks a lot! Just subscribed to your blog, looks good.

      July 13, 2012 at 2:35 pm
  • ruth says:

    Wow, those are REALLY clichéd movie lines! It’s amazing how many get used over and over again, I mean do these writers WATCH movies??

    For me, the word ‘destiny’ is overused waaaaaaay too much… there’s a variety of ‘em but every time I hear ‘em I cringe!

    July 12, 2012 at 5:26 am
    • Nostra says:

      I do like it when they switch them up a little though, shows that they at least knew they were cliche. I hear you on “destiny” :)

      July 13, 2012 at 2:35 pm
  • Alex Withrow says:

    Wow, those videos had me rolling. “You look like shit” is a personal favorite. I don’t think I’ve ever heard anyone say that in real life, but it can play so priceless on screen. Great post here.

    July 12, 2012 at 4:45 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Nice to hear! Thanks.

      July 13, 2012 at 2:35 pm
  • Claire Packer says:

    “If I’m not back in 5 minutes…” – that one is definitely a staple in any horror film!

    I like Ruth’s point about ‘destiny’. Now I think about it, I can think of a few films where it is overused.

    July 13, 2012 at 2:16 pm
    • Nostra says:

      I don’t watch horror movies, so I wouldn’t know, but it happens a lot in action movies as well.

      July 13, 2012 at 2:36 pm
  • rorydean says:

    Great post, in particular the crazy quip got me thinking about an article I’ve been mulling over far too long and should finally sit down and write it – the obligatory ‘best movie of the year’ or something like it. How they lie to us.

    Btw, did you review Safe House? I just watched it the other day. I was surprised how much I liked it.

    Great site, looking forward to looking around. Please drop by and say hello. Cheers->

    July 14, 2012 at 11:55 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Well, marketing people are in the business of selling, so they will put any label on a movie (if that is what you mean with best movie of the year). Yeah I reviewed Safe House (loved it), the link to it is at the beginning of the article (just click on Safe House).

      Thanks for dropping by and hope to see you back in the future!

      July 16, 2012 at 1:06 pm
  • Teepee12 says:

    Reblogged this on Serendipity and commented:
    He left out our personal favorite: “Stay in the car!” but I forgive him anyhow. Movies are bad, but lately, TV is nothing BUT cliches. I think they need their own special BlaBlaMeter.

    July 18, 2012 at 5:47 pm
  • Drancis says:

    This wasn’t part of the plan

    September 25, 2014 at 2:59 pm
    • Nostra says:

      Nice one

      October 8, 2014 at 3:15 pm

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