12 Most Quotable Movies of All Time
10. The Silence of the Lambs
The Silence of the Lambs was a masterpiece of horrific genius. Based on the 1988 novel of the same name, it went on to win 5 Academy Awards in the top categories of Best Picture, Best Actor, Best Actress, Best Director, and Adapted Screenplay. It raked in $272.2 million worldwide and is considered to be “culturally, historically or aesthetically” significant by the U.S. Library of Congress and was selected to be preserved in the National Film Registry in 2011. The film features Anthony Hopkins as a brilliant psychiatrist/cannibalistic serial murderer Hannibal Lecter, who is interviewed by Jodie Foster’s character, Clarice Starling, in order to apprehend a murderer at large, “Buffalo Bill.” The performances were so chilling that many of the phrases stuck with people. Most notably Lecter’s bravado statement, “A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.” At least the man knows his wine pairings!
9. Austin Powers
The parody spy-flick Austin Powers introduced a new generation of film viewers to the classic paradigm while exposing them to the colorful culture of the 1960s in an over-the-top showcase of the ultra-suave hero. The first of the three installments raked in almost $70 million and had viewers rolling in the aisles and leaving the theater with some memorable and quotable lines. The film features Mike Myers as Austin Powers, the irresistible spy whose mission it is to stop Dr. Evil. And he does so with a wild and outrageous personality whose emphatic catch phrase, “Yeah baby,” was echoed out of the mouths of babes for years after its release.