The Terminator’s ‘I’ll Be Back’ Voted Most Commonly Used Film Phrase

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The Terminator’s ‘I’ll Be Back’ Voted Most Commonly Used Film Phrase

A survey by has concluded that Arnold Schwarzenegger’s classic “I’ll be back.” line from ‘The Terminator’ is the most common film line used in everyday conversation.

The question asked to reveal the top ten film catchphrases was “Which famous phrase do you borrow from films to use in everyday conversation?” 2000 people were asked and the top ten are all as I would have expected them to be.

Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn“, Rhett Butler’s closing line in ‘Gone With The Wind’ came second, with “Beam me up, Scotty” from ‘Star Trek’ a close third, even though it’s a line that was never actually uttered in any of the hundreds of television episodes or film spin offs.

A spokesman for the site said:

“Our research shows the huge influence films have over people, from life-changing experiences to the way we speak.”

The full top ten film catchphrases are:

1. “I’ll be back.” from the ‘The Terminator’
2. “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” from ‘Gone With The Wind’
3. “Beam me up, Scotty.” from ‘Star Trek’
4. “May the force be with you.” from ‘Star Wars’
5. “Life is like a box of chocolates.” from ‘Forrest Gump’
6. “You talking to me?” from ‘Taxi Driver’
7. “Show me the money.” from ‘Jerry Maguire’
8. “Do you feel lucky, punk?” from ‘Dirty Harry’
9. “Here’s looking at you, kid.” from ‘Casablanca’
10. “Nobody puts Baby in the corner.” from ‘Dirty Dancing’


  1. JimBob

    They never said “beam me up scotty” in star trek ho bag

  2. someone

    beam me up scotty was used in spaceballs, no?

  3. Will

    My personal favorite is from The Big Lebowski
    “Shut the fu** up Donny!”

  4. Joouni

    Not surprising at all.. But i agree with Will.. “Shut the fu** up Donny!” king ralph rules ;)

  5. Fronz

    AFI did a top 100 list a year or two ago though, and “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” was number 1? I know some time has passed, but I’d trust their survey more.

    Although I do hear that Arnold quote way more than any of the others on the top 10.

  6. What the fuck?

    What the hell? Obviously number 1 should be “Say hello to my little friend.”

  7. Jon

    This list is horrible! I haven’t heard half of these on this list. Gone With the Wind is # 2? Are you kidding?

  8. Bryan Price

    When Harry Met Sally:

    “I’ll have what she’s having!”

  9. Jon

    Here’s a list of the most famous movie one liners as audio files:

  10. Fooman

    “Such a fine line between clever and stupid.”

  11. Obvious Discrete

    I mean, coming up with those seems like a really big, long, hard task….

    haha, “That’s what she said!”

    ^ Still, my favorite…Waynes World all day long…

    Konichiwa Bitches.

  12. Hudson

    “Game over, man! Game Over!”

    end of thread.

  13. TripKoer

    This list is horrible!

    “HERE’S JOHNNY!” – the shining (jack nickholson)

  14. Booger Presley

    My favorite is the same one that I say to my wife: “As you wish”.

  15. Deus

    Are you joking? I’ll be back is a common turn of phrase, it is erroneous that it was in the film.

    I mean, if in the sixteenth installment of spiderman MJ says “Nice shoes” at some high point in the scene, will be be looking ten years from now at that as a commonly used movie phrase?

    Seriously. Some standards of common deviation might be a good idea. Nothing that my grandmother who hasn’t watched a movie since the war would understand, I think, is a good start.

  16. Alan Rowley

    Deus, you’re a dimwit. ‘It is erroneous that it was in the film.’ Do you even know what erroneous means?

    God killer

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