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Since the dawn of the motion picture industry, those who produced and exhibited films realized early on how important it was to advertise them effectively. The grandiose language used to entice the moviegoing public was pivotal in drawing “boffo” box office.

Over time, as movie audiences became more sophisticated, so did the ad campaigns launched by the studios. The movie tagline became a shorthand method of expressing the central theme or appeal of the film. In many instances, especially with respect to low-budget “B” movies, the taglines were more memorable than the films themselves.

Today, with the rise of independent film and the widespread use of sloganeering, the movie tagline has evolved into a modern art form acknowledged for its use of humor, irony, double meaning, hyperbole, and understatement.

More than 1,500 movie taglines were reviewed to produce the 300+ nominated taglines included on the list below. The Top 100 American Movie Taglines, which were drawn from this list, are ranked in Tagline Guru’s Movie Tagline Survey.

Movie Tagline List

How do I loathe thee? Let me count the ways.   10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
Forget what’s legal...do what’s right!   10 to Midnight (1983)
Life is in their hands. Death is on their minds.   12 Angry Men (1957)
The ultimate trip.   2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
Handcuffed to the girl who double-crossed him.   39 Steps, The (1935)
Thank God it’s only a motion picture.   Airplane! (1980)
In space no one can hear you scream.   Alien (1979)
The bitch is back.   Alien3 (1992)
Whoever wins...we lose.   Alien Vs. Predator (2004)
Look closer.   American Beauty (1999)
Families that slay together stay together.   American Gothic (1988)
There’s something about your first piece.   American Pie (1999)
Things are about to get a little hairy.   American Werewolf in Paris, An (1997)
The animal is out.   Wolf (1994)
Garbo talks!   Anna Christie (1930)
The horror...the horror.   Apocalypse Now (1979)
Houston, we have a problem.   Apollo 13 (1995)
Eight legs, two fangs, and an attitude.   Arachnophobia (1990)
Earth. It was fun while it lasted.   Armageddon (1998)
Trapped in time. Surrounded by evil. Low on gas.   Army of Darkness (1992)
A comedy from the heart that goes for the throat.   As Good As It Gets (1997)
Disco sucks.   Avenging Disco Vampires (2001)
Whatcha gonna do?   Bad Boys (1995)
And you thought Earth girls were easy.   Bad Girls from Mars (1991)
In 1959 a lot of people were killing time. Kit and Holly were killing people.   Badlands (1973)
Don’t call me babe!   Barb Wire (1996)
They will suck you dry.   Bats (1999)
A hard cop and a soft dame.   Big Heat, The (1953)
Her life was in their hands. Now her toe is in the mail.   Big Lebowski, The (1998)
If this movie doesn’t make your skin crawl, it’s on too tight!   Black Christmas (1974)
...and remember, the next scream you hear may be your own!   Birds, The (1963)
Man has made his match...now it’s his problem.   Blade Runner (1982)
Scream now, while you can still breathe.   Blob, The (1988)
He’s a cop who’s not.   Blue Streak (1999)
They’ll never get caught. They’re on a mission from God.   Blues Brothers, The (1980)
They’re young...they’re in love...and they kill people.   Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
Everyone has one special thing.   Boogie Nights (1997)
One nation under the gun.   Bowling for Columbine (2002)
Every man dies, not every man really lives.   Braveheart (1995)
Chucky gets lucky.   Bride of Chucky (1998)
The monster demands a mate.   Bride of Frankenstein, The (1935)
Love is a force of nature.   Brokeback Mountain (2005)
War is hell, but peace is f%$#ing boring.   Buffalo Soldiers (2001)
An epic of miniature proportions.   Bug’s Life, A (1998)
He’s a man of peace in a savage land...Suburbia.   ‘Burbs, The (1989)
Not that it matters, but most of it is true.   Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
The snobs against the slobs!   Caddyshack (1980)
These women are serious about their taste in men.   Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death (1989)
If you’ve got a taste for terror, take Carrie to the prom.   Carrie (1976)
They had a date with fate in Casablanca!   Casablanca (1942)
Get an Afterlife.   Casper (1995)
The true story of a real fake.   Catch Me If You Can (2002)
It’s not who you love. It’s how.   Chasing Amy (1997)
This ain’t no chick flick.   Chicken Run (2000)
Sometimes it’s too late to tell the truth.   China Syndrome (1979)
Yule crack up.   Christmas Vacation (1989)
We are not alone.   Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977)
Check your soul at the door.   Club Vampire (1998)
Sex. Clothes. Popularity. Is there a problem here?   Clueless (1995)
They took everything he had...except his rage.   Collateral Damage (2002)
One dream. Four Jamaicans. Twenty below zero.   Cool Runnings (1993)
Exorcise your rites.   Craft, The (1996)
Live your life at the point of impact.   Crash (2004)
Good girls want him bad. Bad girls want him worse.   Cry-Baby (1990)
See it with a bud.   Dazed and Confused (1993)
How many times can you die for love?   Dead Again (1991)
Laugh...or I’ll blow your lips off!   Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid (1982)
You scream. You die.   Dead Silence (2007)
Bigger. Smarter. Faster. Meaner.   Deep Blue Sea (1999)
This is the weekend they didn’t play golf.   Deliverance (1972)
He charges $10 but he’s willing to negotiate.   Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo (1999)
Suddenly, life was more than French fries, gravy, and girls.   Diner (1982)
You don’t assign him to murder cases. You just turn him loose.   Dirty Harry (1971)
Nice guys finish last. Meet the winners.   Dirty Rotten Scoundrels (1988)
There is a reason why you are so messed up.   Dodgeball (1995)
Grab life by the ball.   Dodgeball: a True Underdog Story (2004)
It can be Hell getting into Heaven.   Dogma (1999)
Dishes. Relationships. Wind. This guy breaks everything.   Drop Dead Fred (1991)
After a night they can’t remember comes a day they’ll never forget.   Dude, Where’s My Car? (2000)
What the one doesn’t have, the other is missing.   Dumb and Dumber (1994)
A man went looking for America and couldn’t find it.   Easy Rider (1969)
Movies were his passion. Women were his inspiration. Angora sweaters were his weakness.   Ed Wood (1994)
His story will touch you, even though he can’t.   Edward Scissorhands (1990)
Now Freddy’s a daddy, he’s killing for two.   Nightmare on Elm Street, A: The Dream Child (1989)
Success didn’t go to his head, it went to his neighbor.   Envy (2004)
He will erase your past to protect your future.   Eraser (1996)
She brought a small town to its feet and a huge corporation to its knees.   Erin Brockovich (2000)
No actual Europeans were harmed in the making of this film.   EuroTrip (2004)
Take me to your teacher.   Faculty, The (1998)
Controversy...what controversy?   Fahrenheit 9/11 (2004)
There’s no body in the family plot.   Family Plot (1976)
A lot can happen in the middle of nowhere.   Fargo (1996)
Fast cars. Fast girls. Fast carrots. Fast carrots?   Fast Times at Ridgemont High (1982)
Together forever. Or else.   Fear (1996)
Buy the ticket, take the ride.   Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Leisure rules.   Ferris Bueller’s Day Off (1986)
Mischief. Mayhem. Soap.   Fight Club (1999)
Death doesn’t take no for an answer.   Final Destination (2000)
There are 3.7 trillion fish in the ocean. They’re looking for one.   Finding Nemo (2003)
Don’t get mad. Get everything.   First Wives Club, The (1996)
A tale of murder, lust, greed, revenge, and seafood.   Fish Called Wanda, A (1988)
Be afraid. Be very afraid.   Fly, The (1986)
Life is like a box of chocolates...you never know what you’re gonna get.   Forrest Gump (1994)
The night...has an appetite.   Forsaken, The (2001)
Five good reasons to stay single.   Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
Wanna date?   Frankenhooker (1990)
A monster science created but could not destroy.   Frankenstein (1931)
You’ll wish it were only a nightmare.   Friday the 13th (1980)
Vietnam can kill me, but it can’t make me care.   Full Metal Jacket (1987)
This ain’t Hoosiers.   Game Day (1999)
There is no gene for the human spirit.   Gattaca (1997)
The mob is tough, but it’s nothing like show business.   Get Shorty (1995)
Who ya gonna call?   Ghostbusters (1984)
Death holds the mortgage, and if you try to move in...there’ll be Hell to pay!   Ghosthouse (a.k.a. La Casa 3) (1988)
A girl wilder than a peach orchard hog.   Girl from Tobacco Row, The (1966)
Sometimes the only way to stay sane is to go a little crazy.   Girl, Interrupted (1999)
What we do in life echoes in eternity.   Gladiator (2000)
I changed my sex!   Glen or Glenda? (1953)
Lie. Cheat. Steal. All in a day’s work.   Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
A weekend wasted is never a wasted weekend.   Go (1999)
Size does matter.   Godzilla (1998)
Ice cold. Hot wired.   Gone in Sixty Seconds (2000)
For three men the Civil War wasn’t hell. It was practice.   Good, the Bad and the Ugly, The (1966)
Every father’s daughter is a virgin.   Goodbye, Columbus (1969)
This is Benjamin. He’s a little worried about his future.   Graduate, The (1967)
Where there’s a will, there’s a relative.   Greedy (1994)
The story of two people who got married, met, and then fell in love.   Green Card (1990)
Even a hit man deserves a second shot.   Grosse Pointe Blank (1997)
He’s having the day of his life...over and over again.   Groundhog Day (1993)
It never forgives. It never forgets.   Grudge, The (2004)
His genius undeniable. His evil, unspeakable.   Hannibal (2001)
Some houses are born bad.   Haunting, The (1999)
The story of a man who was too proud to run.   High Noon (1952)
Think you’re alone? Think again.   Hollow Man (2000)
Just deux it.   Hot Shots! Part Deux (1993)
Ding dong. You’re dead.   House (1986)
You’ve never been scared until you’ve been scared in 3-D.   House of Wax (1953)
Evil loves to party.   House on Haunted Hill (1999)
The man with the barbed-wire soul.   Hud (1963)
Crushed lips don’t talk.   I Confess (1953)
Someone is dying for a second chance.   I Still Know What You Did Last Summer (1998)
Earth. Take a good look. It might be your last.   Independence Day (1996)
The greatest hero ever assembled.   Inspector Gadget (1999)
It’s harvest time!   Jack-O (1995)
Welcome to the suck.   Jarhead (2005)
Evil has an upgrade.   Jason X (2001)
Don’t go in the water.   Jaws (1975)
Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.   Jaws 2 (1978)
This time, it’s personal.   Jaws: The Revenge (1987)
What’s eating you?   Jeepers Creepers (2001)
The story that won’t go away.   JFK (1991)
He knows no fear, he knows no danger, he knows nothing.   Johnny English (2003)
Nothing is inconceivable.   Junior (1994)
An adventure 65 million years in the making.   Jurassic Park (1993)
For truth. For justice. For five bucks a day.   Jury Duty (1995)
What’s a little sex between friends?   Kate’s Addiction (1999)
Nobody ever grows up quite like they imagined.   Kid, The (2000)
Shove this up your mind.   Kids in the Hall: Brain Candy (1996)

 
In space, no one can eat ice cream.   Killer Klowns from Outer Space (1988)
There is no substitute.   Knock Off (1998)
When you deal a fast shuffle, love is in the cards.   Lady Eve, The (1941)
Part mystery. Part thriller. Parts missing.   Lake Placid (1999)
To avoid fainting keep repeating: it’s only a movie, it’s only a movie.   Last House on the Left, The (1972)
God made him simple. Science made him a god.   Lawnmower Man, The (1992)
Trust me.   Liar, Liar (1997)
A disgrace to criminals everywhere.   Lock, Stock, & Two Smoking Barrels (1998)
How did they ever make a movie of Lolita?   Lolita (1962)
One ring to rule them all.   Lord of the Rings, The: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It’s fun to be a vampire.   Lost Boys, The (1987)
The movie with something to offend everyone.   Loved One, The (1965)
The bad news is you have houseguests. There is no good news.   Madhouse (1990)
The guy with the dynamite heart meets the girl with the firecracker eyes.   Magic Town (1947)
Things fall down. People look up. And when it rains, it pours.   Magnolia (1999)
A glove story.   The Main Event (1979)
Hello, my name is Andy and this is my movie.   Man on the Moon (1999)
It’s the Godfather on laughing gas.   Married to the Mob (1988)
Nice planet. We’ll take it!   Mars Attacks! (1996)
M*A*S*H gives a D*A*M*N   M*A*S*H (1970)
From zero to hero.   Mask, The (1994)
Reality is a thing of the past.   Matrix, The (1999)
From gentle to mental.   Me, Myself, and Irene (2000)
Some memories are best forgotten.   Memento (2000)
Expect the impossible.   Mission: Impossible (1996)
The biggest mother of them all.   Mommie Dearest (1981)
On this highway, the roadkill is human.   Monster Man (2003)
This relationship is going to be a real mother.   Monster-in-Law (2005)
You won’t believe your eye.   Monsters, Inc. (2001)
It takes all kinds of critters to make farmer Vincent’s fritters.   Motel Hell (1980)
Disaster has a passport.   Mr. Bean’s Holiday (2007)
A thousand hours of Hell for one moment of love.   Mutiny on the Bounty (1935)
A comedy of trial and error.   My Cousin Vinny (1992)
From the book that couldn’t be written comes the motion picture that couldn’t be made!   Myra Breckenridge (1970)
You won’t know unless you go.   Mystery Date (1991)
From the brother of the director of Ghost.   Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994)
He’s out to prove he’s got nothing to prove.   Napoleon Dynamite (2004)
One city, three stories tall.   New York Stories (1989)
How many eyes does horror have?   Night of the Lepus (1972)
The night the unsinkable sank.   Night to Remember, A (1958)
Garbo laughs!   Ninotchka (1939)
They served you Breakfast. They gave you Pie. Now we’re gonna stuff your face.   Not Another Teen Movie (2001)
They have a plan...but not a clue.   O Brother, Where Art Thou? (2000)
Are you in or out?   Ocean’s Eleven (2001)
Twelve is the new eleven.   Ocean’s Twelve (2004)
Everything is in its proper place...except the past.   Ordinary People (1980)
It was supposed to be the safest room in the house.   Panic Room (2002)
Laughter is contagious.   Patch Adams (1998)
If this one doesn’t scare you, you’re already dead.   Phantasm (1979)
Evil comes with strings attached.   Pinocchio’s Revenge (1996)
I’m in trouble, George...bad trouble.   Place in the Sun, A (1951)
The first casualty of war is innocence.   Platoon (1986)
Nothing is as simple as black and white.   Pleasantville (1998)
They’re here.   Poltergeist (1982)
They’re back.   Poltergeist II (1986)
Buy a bag, go home in a box.   Popcorn (1991)
Having a wonderful time, wish I were here.   Postcards from the Edge (1990)
Pure energy has a name.   Powder (1995)
Sooner or later, a man who wears two faces forgets which one is real.   Primal Fear (1996)
What went down on the way to the top.   Primary Colors (1998)
Attila the Hun. Ivan the Terrible. Al Capone. They were all seven once.   Problem Child (1990)
The classic story about a boy and his mother.   Psycho (1998)
You won’t know the facts until you’ve seen the fiction.   Pulp Fiction (1994)
Up Madison Avenue.   Putney Swope (1969)
Think you’re quick enough?   Quick and the Dead, The (1995)
Meet the Marquis de Sade. The pleasure’s all his.   Quills (2000)
Fifty million people watched but no one saw a thing.   Quiz Show (1994)
They’re tobacco chewin’, gut chompin’, cannibal kinfolk from Hell!   Redneck Zombies (1987)
Throw the ball. Catch the girl. Keep it simple.   Replacements, The (2000)
It’s 4 a.m. Đ do you know where your car is?   Repo Man (1984)
The vacation is over.   River Wild, The (1994)
His whole life was a million-to-one shot.   Rocky (1976)
Pray for Rosemary’s baby.   Rosemary’s Baby (1968)
Family isn’t a word, it’s a sentence.   Royal Tenenbaums, The (2001)
This Christmas, the snow hits the fan.   Santa Clause, The (1994)
Catch it.   Saturday Night Fever (1977)
The mission is a man.   Saving Private Ryan (1998)
He loved the American dream. With a vengeance.   Scarface (1983)
No mercy. No shame. No sequel.   Scary Movie (2000)
More sex! More screams! Less taste!   Scary Movie 2 (2001)
Great trilogies come in threes.   Scary Movie 3 (2003)
The funniest thing you every sawed.   Scary Movie 4 (2006)
The list is life.   Schindler’s List (1993)
Just because you’re accepted doesn’t mean you belong.   School Ties (1992)
Someone has taken their love of scary movies one step too far.   Scream (1996)
Someone has taken their love of sequels one step too far.   Scream 2 (1997)
Every journey begins with a single move.   Searching for Bobby Fischer (1993)
Fear is a place.   Session 9 (2001)
Dying is a lousy way to make a living.   Settlement, The (1999)
I want a man...not a human punching bag!   Set-up, The (1949)
Seven deadly sins. Seven ways to die.   Se7en (1995)
Shaft’s his name. Shaft’s his game.   Shaft (1971)
Loved by children. Desired by women. Adored by bartenders everywhere.   Shakes the Clown (1991)
Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.   Shawshank Redemption, The (1994)
All work and no play make Jack a dull boy.   Shining, The (1980)
This might hurt a little.   Sicko (2007)
Love kills.   Sid and Nancy (1986)
It’s not like they didn’t warn us.   Signs (2002)
After this week in paradise, they’re going to need a vacation.   Six Days Seven Nights (1998)
Not every gift is a blessing.   Sixth Sense, The (1999)
Buddy has an axe to grind. A big axe.   Slaughterhouse (1987)
You like to watch, don’t you?   Sliver (1993)
Believe everything except your eyes.   Snake Eyes (1998)
Uh oh.   South Park: Bigger, Longer, Uncut (1999)
Get a grip on yourself.   Spanking the Monkey (1994)
Men cannot resist her. Mankind may not survive her.   Species (1995)
Get ready for rush hour.   Speed (1994)
Eternity is closer than you think.   Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)
At the end of the universe lies the beginning of vengeance.   Star Trek: The Wrath of Khan (1982)
A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away   Star Wars (1977)
Good cops. Bad hair.   Starsky & Hutch (2004)
I want my sexual awakening and I want it now.   Stiff Upper Lips (1998)
All it takes is a little Confidence.   Sting, The (1973)
You know you want it.   Strange Days (1995)
As American as apple pie and twice as smart.   Stupids, The (1996)
It would’ve been a great day to call in sick.   Suicide Blonde (1999)
He’s got a plan to stick it to the Man!   Super Fly (1972)
You’ll believe a man can fly!   Superman (1978)
He’s been humiliated, kicked, and spat on...and it’s only 10:00 a.m.   Swimming with Sharks (1994)
Cocktails first. Questions later.   Swingers (1996)
On every street in every city, there’s a nobody who dreams of being a somebody.   Taxi Driver (1976)
Once you stop screaming, then you’ll start talking about it.   Texas Chain Saw Massacre, The (1974)
Love is in the hair.   There’s Something About Mary (1998)
Man is the warmest place to hide.   Thing, The (1982)
They transplanted a white bigot’s head on a soul brother’s body.   Thing with Two Heads, The (1972)
You can go there even though it doesn’t exist.   Thirteenth Floor, The (1999)
Does for rock and roll what “The Sound of Music” did for hills.   This is Spinal Tap (1984)
Collide with destiny.   Titanic (1997)
If at first you don’t succeed, lower your standards.   Tommy Boy (1995)
Movie? What movie?   Top Secret (1984)
Melvin was a 90 lb. weakling until nuclear waste transformed him into a...   Toxic Avenger, The (1985)
They’re not just getting rich. They’re getting even.   Trading Places (1983)
Lust in space.   Transformations (1988)
The nearer they get to their treasure, the farther they get from the law.   Treasure of the Sierra Madre, The (1948)
When he said I do, he didn’t say what he did.   True Lies (1994)
Stealing, cheating, killing...who said romance was dead?   True Romance (1993)
On the air. Unaware.   Truman Show, The (1998)
Murder is a dying art.   Trust Me (1989)
The future is history.   Twelve Monkeys (1995)
Five criminals. One line up. No coincidences.   Usual Suspects, The (1995)
The one name they all fear.   Van Helsing (2004)
The coast is toast.   Volcano (1997)
Friends are the people who let you be yourself...and never let you forget it.   Waiting to Exhale (1995)
Every dream has a price.   Wall Street (1987)
You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll hurl.   Wayne’s World (1992)
Bernie may be dead, but he’s still the life of the party!   Weekend at Bernie’s (1989)
Can two friends sleep together and still love each other in the morning?   When Harry Met Sally (1989)
A story about love at second sight.   While You Were Sleeping (1995)
Which witch is which?   Wicked Stepmother (1989)
For John Belushi, every night was Saturday night.   Wired (1989)
Trust a few. Fear the rest.   X-Men (2000)
3% body fat. 1% brain activity.   Zoolander (2001)
 
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