9 Ridiculously Wrong Movie Quotes We Can't Stop Screwing Up

November 24, 2023
9 Ridiculously Wrong Movie Quotes We Can't Stop Screwing Up

Movies have a way of embedding themselves into our culture, sometimes through lines that aren’t quite as they appeared on screen. Here’s our countdown of the top 9 famous movie misquotes, from the subtly altered to the wildly misremembered.

9. “I want to suck your blood”

While this line drips with the classic vampire vibe, it’s actually not in Bram Stoker’s novel or the iconic 1931 film. It’s a product of our collective imagination of what a vampire, especially Dracula, would say.

8. “Hello, Clarice”

The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
The chilling first encounter between Hannibal Lecter and Clarice Starling is often misquoted. The real line? A more mundane “Good evening, Clarice.”

7. “I don’t think we’re in Kansas anymore, Toto”

The Wizard of Oz (1939)
Dorothy’s realization that she’s not in Kansas is a bit off in our collective memory. The actual line is “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”

6. “Greed is good”

Wall Street (1987)
Gordon Gekko’s ode to greed is often truncated. He actually says, “The point is, ladies and gentlemen, that greed, for lack of a better word, is good.”

5. “Beam me up, Scotty”

Star Trek: The Original Series
This iconic phrase is synonymous with Star Trek, yet it was never actually uttered in the series. Close versions appeared, but never this exact line.

4. “Do you feel lucky, punk?”

Dirty Harry
Dirty Harry’s famous taunt is often misremembered. The correct line is a bit more verbose: “You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?”

3. “Elementary, my dear Watson”

Sherlock Holmes series
Surprisingly, this quintessential Sherlock Holmes line is not from Conan Doyle’s books. It’s a later addition that has become inseparable from the character.

2. “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?”

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
The Evil Queen’s question to her mirror is often misquoted. She actually says, “Magic mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?”

1. “Luke, I am your father”

Star Wars: Episode V – The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
Perhaps one of the most famous twists in cinema history is also a misquote. The actual line is “No, I am your father.”

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