100+ Best '80s Movie Quotes From All The Best Loved Classics

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The 1980s saw the production of some of the most impactful and best movies that touched the hearts of millions, and here we present you with a collection of the best and most famous movie quotes from the '80s.

We are here to revive the decade of '80s and take a walk down memory lane by bringing back all the best movie quotes from the '80s in order to remind you of some of your most treasured memories once again. 1980s movie quotes were not just about action and drama, they were also about love and inspiration too.

The era of '80s saw Americans flock to the cinema in a huge wave, bringing a revolution to the film industry. Cinema of the '80s remains among the very best and '80s films have taken an important and cherished place in the minds and hearts of us all. The most iconic characters and movies of all times have caused an impact that can still be seen today, even after passing of four decades. The times of '80s blessed the film industry with the best movies of our times, bringing in  characters that inspired people to the fullest and represented a carefree and freedom-loving image of American culture that was completely new to people. The most popular film of the '80s was 'E.T. - The Extra Terrestrial', which grossed over $399 million at the box office, but there was a huge range of different popular films in the '80s. Movies like 'Ghostbusters', 'The Blue Lagoon', 'Scarface', 'Karate Kid', 'Top Gun' and more introduced a range of different genres to the movie buffs of the time. The dialogues, as well as the background score, are still much loved and remembered in the hearts of all fans.

For more quotes from your favorite movies, check out these 'Top Gun' quotes and these Arnold Schwarzenegger movie quotes too!

Sarcastic '80s Movie Quotes

American cinema during the '80s saw the introduction and evolution of some remarkable characters that stood out thanks to their sarcastic nature and comments which are still quoted and used even now. Let's take a look at some of the best quotes from '80s movies from characters such as Dolores from 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit', Barbara from 'Beetlejuice', Dolores Benedict from 'The Man With Two Brains' and many more that displayed their sarcasm to the fullest for the entertainment of the audience.

1. "Imagine seven million people all wanting to live together. Yeah, New York must be the friendliest place on earth."

- Michael J. 'Crocodile' Dundee, 'Crocodile Dundee' (1986).

2. "Aw, this is the worst lookin' hat I ever saw! What, when you buy a hat like this, I bet you get a free bowl of soup, huh? Oh, it looks good on you, though."

- Al Czervik, 'Caddyshack' (1980).

3. "I just met a wonderful new man. He's fictional, but you can't have everything."

- Cecilia, 'The Purple Rose of Cario' (1985).

4. "Excuse me, is that your nose, or did a bus park on your face?"

- C.D. Bales, 'Roxanne' (1987) .

5. "I get so excited when you get angry. It makes me feel so much closer to the reading of the will."

- Dolores Benedict, 'The Man With Two Brains' (1983).

6. "Stef: You know your voice is kind of nice when your mouth isn't screwing it up.

Mouth: Yeah and your looks are kind of pretty. When your face isn't screwing it up."

- 'The Goonies' (1985).

7. "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good."

- Gordon Gekko, 'Wall Street' (1987).

8. "You are not too smart, are you? I like that in a man."

- Matty, 'Body Heat' (1981).

9. "Never trust a woman who says she isn't angry."

- Kevin, 'St. Elmo's Fire' (1985).

10. "Is he always this funny, or only on days when he's wanted for murder?"

-  Dolores, 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' (1988).

11. "God? He can't find us any better than Santa Claus."

- Richard Lestrange, 'Blue Lagoon' (1980).

12. "What's the good of being a ghost if you can't frighten people away?"

- Barbara, 'Beetlejuice' (1988).

13. "Since when can weathermen predict the weather, let alone the future?"

- Marty McFly, 'Ghostbusters' (1985).

14. "It's a big building with patients, but that's not important right now."

- Rumack, 'Don't Call Me Shirley' (1980).

Iconic '80s Movie Quotes

The 1980s hit the silver screen with various iconic movies and characters that are still remembered by us, even today. US cinema during the '80s offered people a bucket of dreams with the production of so many great movies including 'Ghostbusters', 'Dirty Dancing', 'Karate Kid', 'Tony Montana', 'Back To The Future' and many more that are still iconic, even in present times. These movies will take you back in time and keep you brimming with nostalgia. Let’s take a look at some of the most  iconic 1980s quotes to refresh all of our memories.

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15. "Nobody puts Baby in a corner."

- Johnny, 'Dirty Dancing' (1987).

16. "Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads."

- Dr. Emmett Brown, 'Ghostbusters' (1985).

17. "I am serious, and don't call me Shirley."

- Rumack, 'Don't Call Me Shirley' (1980).

18. "I wanna see your baby browns! Daniel, what happened to your eye and don't tell me it was another bike accident!"

- Lucille, 'Karate Kid' (1984).

19. "Look, spaghetti arms. This is my dance space. This is your dance space. I don't go into yours, you don't go into mine."

-  Johnny, 'Dirty Dancing' (1987).

20. "Me, I always tell the truth, even when I lie! So, say good night to the bad guy!"

- Tony Montana, 'Scarface' (1983).

21. “I'm not bad. I'm just drawn that way.”

- Jessica Rabbit, 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' (1988).

22. “You won’t answer my calls, you change your number. I mean, I am not gonna be ignored!”

- Alex Forrest, 'Fatal Attraction' (1987).

23.  "Say hello to my little friend."

- Tony Montana, 'Scarface' (1983).

24. “Dead or alive, you are coming with me.”

- Peter Weller, 'Robocop' (1987).

25.  “Wax on, wax off.”

- Mr. Miyagi, 'The Karate Kid' (1984).

26. "I feel the need – the need for speed."

- Peter Maverick, 'Top Gun' (1986).

27. “I eat green berets for breakfast.”

- John Matrix, 'Commando' (1985).

28. "I’ll have what she’s having.”

- Harry, 'When Harry Met Sally'  (1989).

29. “In the field, we had a code of honor, you watch my back, I watch yours. Back here there’s nothing!”

- Rambo, 'First Blood' (1982).

30. "E.T. phone home."

- E.T., 'E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial' (1982).

31. "Back off, man! I'm a scientist"

- Dr. Peter Venkman, 'Ghostbusters' (1984).

32. "Gizmo Caca!"

- Gremlins, 'Gremlins' (1984).

33. "Snakes! Why’d it have to be snakes?"

- Indiana Jones, 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark' (1981).

34. "Listen! You smell something?"

- Dr. Raymond Stantz, 'Ghostbusters' (1984).

35. "I'm your father."

- Darth Vader, 'Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back' (1980).

Funny '80s Movie Quotes

The 1980s can be deemed as a high point for comedy movies that made audiences split their sides  laughing. Remarkable comedies such as 'Airplane', 'Beverly Hills Cop', 'Ghostbusters', 'Sixteen Candles', 'The Goonies', 'Revenge Of Nerds', 'Weird Science', 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off', 'Beetlejuice' and many more had spectators in fits of giggles in cinemas around the world. While some are downright funny, others have  just a tinge of sarcasm, making viewers smile at the thought of it all. Here are some funny '80s quotes that will make you giggle.

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36. "Jump back. Are you kidding me? Dancing is against the law?"

- Ren, 'Footloose' (1984).

37. "Arthur: I'm going to take a bath.

Hobson: I'll alert the media."

- 'Arthur' (1981).

38. "Don't mess with the bull young man, you'll get the horns."

- Richard Vernon, 'The Breakfast Club' (1985).

39. "That's why they call them crushes. If they were easy, they'd call 'em something else."

- Jim Baker, 'Sixteen Candles' (1984).

40. "Ethel Thayer: You're my knight in shining armor. Don't you forget it. You're gonna get back on that horse and I'm gonna be right behind you, holding on tight and away we're gonna go, go, go!"

Norman: I don't like horses."

- 'On Golden Pond' (1981).

41. "Rumack: Can you fly this plane and land it?"

Ted Striker: Surely you can't be serious.

Rumack: I am serious. And don't call me Shirley."  

- 'Airplane!' (1980).

42. "Marion: You're not the man I knew ten years ago.

Indiana: It's not the years, honey, it's the mileage."

- 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark' (1981).

43. "She's gone. She gave me a pen. I gave her my heart; she gave me a pen."

- Lloyd Dobler, 'Say Anything' (1989).

44. "You wanna know what I did to get in here? Nothing… I didn't have anything better to do."

- Allison Reynolds, 'The Breakfast Club' (1985).

45. "Why you stuck up, half-witted, scruffy-looking… nerf-herder!"

- Leia Organa, 'Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back' (1980).

46. "I've read through that handbook for the recently deceased. It says: 'live people ignore the strange and unusual'. I myself am strange and unusual."

- Lydia, 'Beetlejuice' (1988).

47. "You're not dying. You just can't think of anything good to do."

- Ferris, 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' (1986).

48. "Sorry, but I’m positive about this. The machine shrunk our kids."

- Wayne Szalinski, 'Honey I Shrunk The Kids' (1989).

49. "By the way, is there anyone on board who knows how to fly a plane?"

- Elaine, 'Don't Call Me Shirley' (1890).

50. "If you built it, he will come.”

- Ray Kinsella, 'Field Of Dreams' (1989).

51. "I’m not crazy. I’ve just been in a very bad mood for 40 years."

- Ouiser Boudreaux, 'Steel Magnolias' (1989).

52. "Go ahead: make my day."

- Harry Callahan, 'Sudden Impact' (1983).

53. “They’re hee-eere!”

- Carol Anne, 'Poltergiest' (1982).

54. "I'll be back".

- Terminator, 'The Terminator' (1984).

55. “Alright, alright, Mickey’s a mouse, Donald’s a duck, Pluto’s a dog. What’s Goofy?”

- Gordie Lachance, 'Stand By Me' (1986).

Romantic '80s Movie Quotes

The '80s was a great decade for love and romance in the cinema, from Baby's adolescent love, paired with beautiful dance sequences to Harry and Sally's coming-of-age romance, as well as the heart-warming dialogues from 'Say Anything', these romantic movie quotes will throw you back in the topsy turvy realms of matters of the heart. Let's take a brief look at some of the best romantic '80s quotes from our favorite movies of the decade.

56. "Before I go, I just want you two to know something, alright? The supercop story… was working. Okay? It was working, and you guys just messed it up."

- Axel Foley, 'Beverly Hills Cop' (1984).

57. "Most of all I'm scared of walking out of this room and never feeling, the rest of my whole life, the way I feel when I'm with you."

- Baby, 'Dirty Dancing' (1987).

58. "Cindy: Someday my wish is for him to hold me in his arms, in a sea of deep blue, together at last, together as two.

Ronald: That’s beautiful. I didn’t know you were a poet.”

- 'Can’t Buy Me Love' (1987).

59. "I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible."

- Harry Burns, 'When Harry Met Sally' (1989).

60. "Do I love you? My God if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches."

- William Goldman, 'The Princess Bride' (1987).

61. “You said you couldn’t believe in anyone who didn’t believe in you. I believed in you. You just didn’t believe in me.”

- Blaine, 'Pretty In Pink' (1986).

62. “I want a serious girlfriend. Somebody I can love, that’s gonna love me back. Is that psycho?”

- Jake Ryan, 'Sixteen Candles' (1984).

63. "Diane: Nobody thinks it will work, do they?

Lloyd: No. You just described every great success story.”

- 'Say Anything' (1989).

64. “You like me because I’m a scoundrel. There aren’t enough scoundrels in your life.”

- Han Solo, 'Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back' (1980).

65. “She’s gone. She gave me a pen. I gave her my heart, she gave me a pen.”

- Lloyd Dobler, 'Say Anything' (1989).

66. "Didn’t I tell you, you’re the only one who can see me like this."

- Emmy, 'Mannequin' (1987).

67. "All I ever wanted to do was get close to you."

- Ronald Miller, 'Can't Buy Me Love' (1987).

68. "Snap out of it!”

- Loretta Castorini, 'Moonstruck' (1987).

69. “I wanted it to be you, I wanted it to be you so badly.”

- Kathleen Kelly, 'You've Got Mail' (1998).

70. "Death cannot stop true love. All it can do is delay it for a while."

- Westley, 'The Princess Bride' (1987).

Dark '80s Movie Quotes

Movies from the 1980s introduced some great dark characters and villains that were extremely well loved and appreciated by the audience, they connected with audiences all over the world through their great performances and strong characters. The Joker from 'Batman' and Darth Vader from 'Star Wars' are some of the most powerful characters of all time, and their dialogues still remain favorites of many. Let’s take a look at some of dark quotes from '80s movies that are still loved and remembered today.

71. “You have 13 hours in which to solve the labyrinth, before your baby brother becomes one of us, forever.”

- Jareth, 'Labyrinth' (1986).

72. “We’d better get back, cause it will be dark soon, and they mostly come at night...”

- Newt, 'Aliens' (1986).

73. “You are free to use any methods necessary, but I want them alive. No disintegrations.”

- Darth Vader, 'Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back' (1980).

74. “Have you ever danced with the devil by the pale moonlight?”

- The Joker, 'Batman' (1989).

75. “We are all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.”

- Andrew, 'The Breakfast Club' (1985).

76. “Remember me, Eddie? When I killed your brother, I talked just like this!”

- Judge Doom, 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' (1988).

77. “There can be only one.”

- Ramirez, 'Highlander' (1986).

78. "Do or do not. There is no try."

- Yoda, 'Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back' (1980).

Non-Fiction '80s Movie Quotes

The decade of the '80s stunned audiences worldwide with the relatively new concept of fiction movies that had largely never been seen before. This new genre was extremely appreciated and loved by many audiences. Space travel, science fiction adventures, and  true to life psychological horror thrillers became new and upcoming genres that were loved by all. Now let’s take a look at the best non-fiction movie quotes from the '80s that had audiences hooked.

79. “I am not an animal! I am a human being.”

- John Merrick, 'Elephant Man' (1980).

80. “You guys created me; I didn’t come from anywhere. Before you started messing around with your computer, I didn’t even exist.”

- Lisa, 'Weird Science' (1985).

81. "Here's Johnny!"

- Jack Torrance, 'The Shining' (1980).

Inspirational '80s Movie Quotes

The best films of the '80s inspired audiences immensely through their inspirational characters and  the powerful and inspiring morals that they explored. Every movie of the decade likely had at least one inspirational character that encouraged positive attributes and influenced the audience for the better. Movies like 'The Breakfast Club' and 'Dead Poets Society' still warm one's heart, encouraging us to look for more in life. Here are some inspirational catchphrases from our favorite '80s movies that you will love.

82. “There’s a force in the universe that makes things happen. And all you have to do is get in touch with it, stop thinking, let things happen, and be the ball.”

- Ty Webb, 'Caddyshack' (1980).

83. “Don’t you understand? When you give up your dreams, you die.”

- Nick, 'Flashdance' (1983).

84. "Carpe diem boys. Seize the day. Make your lives extraordinary!"

- John Keating, 'Dead Poets Society' (1989).

85. "I have given a name to my pain, and it is Batman."

- Batman, 'Batman' (1989).

86. “Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look around once in a while; you could miss it.”

- Ferris Bueller, 'Ferris Bueller's Day Off' (1986).

87. “You had to be big shots, didn’t you? You had to show off. When are you gonna learn that people will like you for who you are, not for what you can give them?”

- Lisa, 'Weird Science' (1985).

88. “You ought to spend a little more time trying to make something of yourself and a little less time trying to impress people.”

- Richard Vernon, 'The Breakfast Club' (1985).

89. “A laugh can be a very powerful thing. Why, sometimes in life, it’s the only weapon we have.”

- Roger Rabbit, 'Who Framed Roger Rabbit' (1988).

Sad '80s Movie Quotes

Some of the best movie quotes of the '80s displayed a rollercoaster of emotions, it wasn't all roses! In times of sadness, the performances of actors gave depth to their dialogue, making them some of the best in the genre. Here, we bring you some of the most exceptional yet sad catchphrases of the '80s that touched the hearts of everyone through their portrayal.

90. "All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain, time to die."

- Roy Batty, 'Blade Runner' (1982).

91. “When you don’t have anything, you don’t have anything to lose. Right?”

- Samantha, 'Sixteen Candles' (1984).

92. “I could disappear forever, and it wouldn’t make any difference.”

- John Bender, 'The Breakfast Club' (1985).

93. "When I buy a new book, I read the last page first. That way, in case I die before I finish, I know how it ends. That, my friend, is a dark side."

- Harry, 'When Harry Met Sally' (1989).

94. “Life is pain, Highness. Anyone who says differently is selling something.”

- Westley, 'Princess Bride' (1987).

95. “Goblin King! Goblin King! Wherever you may take this child of mine far away from me!”

- Sarah, 'Labyrinth' (1986).

Action Movie Quotes From The '80s

The '80s was not only about romance and emotion, but also about action. Another remarkable gift from US cinema during 1980s was the production of some of the best action movies and characters that are still iconic today even thirty years after their arrival. Here we present to you some of the most iconic phrases from the action movies of '80s from 'Commando', 'Robocop', 'Batman' and many more.

96. "My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”

- Inkiyo Montaya, 'The Princess Bride' (1987).

97. "John Rambo: I think they've surrounded themselves.

Colonel Trautman: A hell of a time for humour John."

- 'Rambo 3' (1988).

98. "Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads.”

-Dr. Emmett Brown, 'Back To The Future' (1985).

99. “[After killing a man in the plane] Don't disturb my friend, he's dead tired.”

-Arnold Schwarzenegger, 'Commando' (1985).

100. “They drew first blood, not me.”

- John Rambo, 'First Blood' (1982).

101. "All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain."

- Roy Batty, 'Blade Runner' (1982)

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