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Top 15 Film Misquotes

We all love film quotations but some of the most famous ones are actually misquotes of the original. This is a list of the top 15 film misquotes.

1. Dracula

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Misquote: I want to suck your blood!

This quote, usually attributed to Bela Lugosi who played Dracula in 1931, was actually never spoken by Lugosi. However, it was used for humor in Tim Burton’s 1994 Ed Wood. Muahaha!

2. Frankenstein

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Misquote: He’s Alive!

The actual phrase used is “It’s Alive”. This is true of both the original 1931 film and the comedy version in 1974 starring Gene Wilder.

Listen to the original

3. Cagney


Misquote: You dirty rat!

Attributed to James Cagney, he never said this line in a movie. The closest he ever came to saying this phrase was “Mmm, that dirty, double-crossin’ rat”, in the 1931 Blonde Crazy.

4. Tarzan


Misquote: Me Tarzan, you Jane!

As believable as it seems, this line was not spoken in the 1932 film Tarzan, the Ape Man. Here is what was actually said:

Jane: (pointing to herself) Jane.
Tarzan: (he points at her) Jane.
Jane: And you? (she points at him) You?
Tarzan: (stabbing himself proudly in the chest) Tarzan, Tarzan.
Jane: (emphasizing his correct response) Tarzan.
Tarzan: (poking back and forth each time) Jane. Tarzan. Jane. Tarzan…

Ah, such eloquence!

Listen to the original

5. Darling Buds of Mae

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Misquote: Come up and see me sometime.

Close but not close enough. What Mae West actually said in She Done Him Wrong (1933) was “Why don’t you come up sometime ‘n see me?”

Listen to the original

6. Bengal Lancer

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Misquote: “We have ways of making you talk.”

This is allegedly from the 1935 film Lives of a Bengal Lancer. The actual statement was “We have ways of making men talk.”

7. Snow White


Misquote: “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the fairest of them all?”

This is an incorrect quotation. In Disney’s animated film Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), the wicked Queen asked: “Magic Mirror on the Wall, who is the Fairest one of all?”

Listen to the original

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8. Elementary


Misquote: “Elementary, my dear Watson!”

This is a big misquote – because Sherlock Holmes never said it – at least not in any of the books! This quote was rather found in a film review in the New York Times on October 19, 1929. It became popularized only after its trademark use in The Return of Sherlock Holmes (1929) (the first Holmes film with sound), with Clive Brook and H. Reeves-Smith.

9. Casablanca

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Misquote: “Play it again, Sam”

This is often believed to have been said by Bogart in Casablanca. In fact, he closest Bogart came to the phrase was this: “You played it for her, you can play it for me…If she can stand it, I can. Play it!” Interestingly, Ingrid Bergman’s character comes closest when she says: “Play it, Sam.”

Listen to the original

10. White Heat!


Misquote: “Top of the world, Ma!”

Nope, before the tank explodes, James Cagney, in white heat, actually says: “Made it, Ma. Top of the world!”

Listen to the original

11. Star Wars

Obi-Wan Kenobi

Misquote: May the Force be With You

This quote is wrongly attributed to Obi Wan Kenobi who actually said: “The Force will be with you…always”, and “Remember, the Force will be with you…always”. Han Solo, on the other hand, did say this at one point in the film.

Listen to the original

12. Star Trek

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Misquote: “Beam me up, Scotty!”

This line was never uttered by Captain Kirk in Star Trek. The closest he ever came was “Scotty, beam me up”.

Listen to the original

13. Forrest Gump


Misquote: “My mama always said, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

Okay – it is a minor point, but he actually says “Life was like a box of chocolates.”

Listen to the original

14. Apollo 13


Misquote: “Houston, we have a problem.”

Also sometimes misquoted as: “Houston, we’ve got a problem.” Both are wrong. The correct historical phrase was: “Houston, we’ve had a problem.”

15. Badges

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Misquote: “Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!”

In its original form in director John Huston’s The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948), it was actually: “Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges. I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!”

Listen to the original

Bonus: Star Wars


Misquote: “Luke, I am your father”

Commonly believed to have been said by Darth Vader, this quote did not actually occur at all. The actual quote was “No, I am your father” and it was not even delivered on camera – it was dubbed in later; what was originally said on camera was “Obi-Wan killed your father”.

Listen to the original

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  • Kelsi

    Wow, interesting list! I have never seen Casablanca (*gasp* scandal!) but I still could have sworn that I had heard that line played in some kind of montage. Crazy. =p

    • Bandi J.

      Kelsi, I know what you mean by the “(*gasp* scandal!) part and I used to be like that, but I finally did see Casablanca for a college English assignment and I promise you, it really is a good movie– try catching it in the theater maybe, if you can, I know its playing around here soon for the anniversary… but it is that popular with that much hype because it really is good :)

  • Dan

    I’ll have to disagree with you on the Star Wars line: May the Force be with You. This was a tag line from the movie, used on posters and such. It may not have been used in the movie but it was used for merchandising.

    • Kedi

      1- we're talking about film quotes, not movie tags and such
      2- They said that it was said in the movie but not by Obi Wan Kenobi

  • Juggz

    Dan-the star wars line was used in the sequals by Han as well as others but obi wan never said it which is what is being implied

  • MartiniHoeR

    I think that the sentence that most people quote wrong, is the sentence “Luke, I’m your father”. Darth Vader doesn’t actually say this.

    Luke says that he (Darth Vader) has killed his father and DV answers with: “No. *I* am your father.”

    EDIT: here’s the proof:

  • Juggz

    ^^ Good point, a lot of people do get that wrong as well. Should be an honorable mention at least :)

  • Bruno

    Martin is right, I was just going to post that before I read his. My friend is a Star Wars superfan and constantly corrects people on this error.

    • Privvy

      That would make your friend a colossal nerd and pain in the ass.

  • Gee – how did I know that Star Wars would be the main topic of discussion on this post? :)

    • Joxman

      Because us Star Wars Nerds are deeply disturbed by misquotes. It is an offense that creates a disturbance in the Force SOO great that …. blah blah blah …Jedi Council …. Dark Side …. George Lucas ….blah blah blah …. Evil Goiter!



  • Dan

    Juggz- fair enough :-)

  • Juggz

    Jamie: Because Star Wars rules!

  • Juggz: hehe very unbiased :)

  • Sean the pyro

    On a non Star Wars note, I use “Badges” all the time. So what if it’s wrong.

    Jeremy Brett was the best Sherlock Holmes ever. Now if I can just save up the money for that massive DVD box set. I’m not sure but I think he says the line a few times in that series.

  • Juggz

    Jamie: What? I though it was fact! :) But I’m one of those wierdos who loves the prequals to.

  • Cyn

    i’m not quite sure what it says about me but i’m familiar w/ all these misquotes. *sigh* maybe i should get out more?

  • Sean the pryo: it is said in adaptations of the books – but it is not said at all in the books – so it is a film misquoting a book to be exact.

    Juggz: hehe – I lost you at the prequels though sorry. Shame on you!

    Cyn: maybe you should just rent foreign films and turn off the subtitles? Less likely to get quotes stuck in your head :)

  • Sean the pyro

    Since you are the top commentor on here, I would agree that you need to get out more lol.

  • Sean the pryo: haha – poor Cyn!

  • Cyn

    okay..i am a quote hound so there’s that. as for Sean..i can not live w/out listverse. i would sooner die than not keep up here and comment.

    uh…too dramatic? *wink*

  • GSW

    Regarding the “Badges” quote, it was used in Blazing Saddles.

  • Juggz

    Jamie: I wont say the acting was top notch and there were mistakes made. But i thought the prequals fleshed out the story line enough and made it a very well rounded story.

  • calbert

    One can’t forget “Dirty Harry”. “Do you feel lucky, punk?” was never said by Eastwood. I have seen this in print, internet articles, on t-shirts… it drives me crazy when people use movie quotes wrong. Most of the time, these are the same people who think that the only quotes worth (mis)using are the ones used in the trailer. These are the same morons, that when asked what their favorite part of a movie was, will invariably select a scene that was prominent in the trailer. Why do they bother seeing the entire movie, when obviously, all that is remembered are scenes/quotes from the trailer?

    Harry Callahan: I know what you’re thinking. “Did he fire six shots or only five?” Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I kind of lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself a question: Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?

  • tekno

    Another hack list… Jeez whats going on here? Whoever wrote this was MAJORLY stretching on some of those. Especially #’s 2, 5, 6, 11, 12, 13.

  • tekno: Thanks for the comment. As far as number 5 goes, I have never heard it quoted correctly so it seemed a worthy inclusion. And don’t forget – a quote is meant to be verbatim – so they all technically fit :)

  • juggz: I must confess I did enjoy number 1 – but not 2 and 3 so much.

  • Luke G.

    Cary Grant’s alleged “Judy, Judy, Judy” is another famous-quote-never-said.

  • Juggz

    Ill admit it Im just a sucker for lightsabers, i supose it doesn’t mater who is swinging them or what there saying while swinging them. You have to admit though that Darth Maul was awesome.

  • MarcDom7

    The big one for me is from “Sunset Boulevard.”

    The quote, “I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille,” is never uttered.

    It’s “And now, Mr. DeMille, I am ready for my close-up.”

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  • this list sucks. how old are the people who wrote it – 75? i’m 35, so i’m not young, but this list has absolutely no relevance to me, or anyone else my age.

  • andrew

    The cleaned up the original Badges quote for the movie actually.
    While they listed the 1948 movie as the source, the original source from the 1927 book was:
    “”Badges, to ***-****** **** with badges! We have no badges. In fact, we don’t need badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges, you ***-****** ****** and *****’ tu madre! Come out there from that ****-**** of yours. I have to speak to you.”
    Full quote can be found on wikipedia

  • chantal7399

    “We don’t need no stinkin badges.” comes from one of my all time favorites:


  • Juggz

    Tissot- you have to be the most mature 35 year old I have had the pleasure of meeting. /sarcasm

  • Sean the pyro

    I forgot all about blazing saddles, how could I miss that.

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  • Bryan

    One of the biggest is from The Empire Strikes Back. The line, “No, I am your father” is always misquoted as Luke, I am your father.

  • fgds

    I don’t know about the Snow White quote. It may never have been said in the film, but the story has been around for hundreds of years pre-dating the film.

  • Diogenes

    a fun list, yup. It’s gotta be they way of reducing to a jist or to a catch- phrase- sreamlining the basic essence of the form. Or like it says simple…”misquotes”

    I dont see Casablanca t-shirts or Hallmark cards selling well with the caption under Bogart’s mug, saying “You played it for her, you can play it for me…If she can stand it, I can. Play it!”

    then again, maybe.

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  • #15 was actually used in Blazing Saddles.

  • James

    Yeah, I agree with TTFK, I was going to make the same point that #15 is used in Blazing Saddles(Mel Brooks classic) when Hedley Lamarr (Harvey Korman) is recruiting an army to run the Sheriff out of town.

    Two thirds or so into the movie.

  • FMitty

    I think it's worth noting that one of the best films in history isnt even on this list.

    "Hello, Clarice" is one of the most popular quotes from The Silence of The Lambs and it was NEVER said in the film. Hannibal either says "Good evening Clarice" or he just goes right into his hyper-intelligent clues.

    • JackMion

      Hannibal says it to her on the phone in the film “Hannibal”.

  • Alex

    Can’t believe ‘No Luke, I am your father’ isn’t on the list.

  • josh

    where the hell was the infamous “luke, i’m your father line”?

  • jeff

    I’m not quite sure about the Frankenstein misquote. I’ve never heard anyone say “He’s alive!” instead of “It’s alive!”

  • Okay – due to popular demand (and rather angry commenters) I have put “Luke, I am your father” on the list! enjoy.

  • Diogenes: great comment :)

  • Cecilia

    If you’re going with the historical verson of the Apollo 13 quote you have to remember there’s an “origianal” version of the Snow White quote in the fairytale, and your “misquote” is the exact translation of the brothers Grimm’s German original.

  • Cecilia: hehe okay – either way, someone is misquoting something in Snow White history :)

  • Bill

    Another misquote is “Are you trying to seduce me, Mrs. Robinson?”

  • Lee

    Misquote: “Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!”

    this is not a misquote, it was said like this in the film Blazing Saddles.

  • Tom from DC

    “Play it Again, Sam” is not a misquote exactly: there is a point later in the film where Rick leans into Sam’s ear and whispers something. Sam glances at him with pity, then relents. Due to the brilliant screenplay and the restraint of the director the line was there but not heard… and audiences loved it because they were “in” on the whisper — they didn’t need to hear it, because they heard it in his head. Most current directors would Foley in the line, and is yet more more example of why this is one of the best films of all time.

  • T-Arsch

    Great list but I have to agree with MarcDom7 that the line from Sunset Blvd. is missing.

    I’m not sure but maybe Woody Allen’s Play It Again, Sam popularized the line of the same name.

    The actual German quote from Snow White is “Spieglein, Spieglein an der Wand, wer ist die Schönste im ganzen Land?” (Mirror, mirror on the wall, who is the most beautiful in the country?) I know the word-for-word translation isn’t very catchy.

    And yes, Star Wars rules (even the prequels)!!!

  • Staaxyo

    I thought the title was Top 15 film mosquitos.

    Otherwise, I wouldn’t have clicked it…


  • Luke

    I’m glad so many people are aware that Darth Vader never says “Luke, I am your father!”
    Being as that my name is Luke, I constantly hear people misquote that line (and with very bad Darth Vader impressions at that).

  • Staaxyo: heh I hope you didn’t mind the content anyway :)

    Luke: Haha – I can just imagine what you are describing. Tell your friends to come here to sort them out :)

  • Jackie

    jamie, this list is on today’s IMDB hit list at the bottom

  • Jackie: wow – how exciting – thanks for pointing that out :) I love IMDB.

  • Cyn

    how cool to be on IMDB! congrats.

  • Donna

    What about “Frankly, Scarlett, I don’t give a damn”? In Gone with the Wind (both the book and the movie) the phrase is correctly “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

    Just a bit of info to break up all the Star Wars commentary…

  • K

    its nice to see that people are as weird as me about misquoting… drives me insane when people misquote a beloved movie…..I feel the need to correct them and then I become a freak :D

  • Donna: I have never heard it at “Frankly Scarlet”. Everytime I hear it quoted it IS quotes as “Frankly My Dear”

  • cyn: thanks :)

    K: Welcome to the site – we are all freaks so it is okay :)

  • Petra

    I agree with most of these but I think Forrest Gump IS splitting hairs! And, as someone whose mother was one of the biggest Star Trek fans ever, I grew up knowing “Beam me up, Scotty,” was incorrect. It doesn’t even have a *ring* to it like some of the quotes do.

  • Petra

    PS – Staaxyo – that is hilarious!!! And I actually thought I read that at first, too! I was like, “Mosquitos? What the…?”

  • Lorky

    Good list, thanks. Two quibbles:

    The phrase “May the Force be with you.” does not occur in Episode IV. The first person in the original trilogy to say it is the dispatch chick in the Hoth base who’s telling the carriers when to leave – random nugget of memory from the Star Wars Trivial Pursuit game.

    Also, the Apollo 13 quote – it’s on the poster as “Houston, we have a problem,” so while the movie may have misquoted history, it’s not a misquote from the movie.

  • Beth

    In the film Apollo 13, whether it is historically accurate or not, Tom Hanks does say “Houston, we have a problem.”

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  • johandav

    Not a bad list, I was surprised that “Play it again, Sam” wasn’t #1. Two points – You say “before shooting himself, James Cagney, in white heat, actually says: ‘Made it, Ma. Top of the world!’ ” He doesn’t shoot himself. The gas storage tank he’s on explodes around him. (I think he might have been shooting it, but not himself.) Also, Donna said “In Gone with the Wind (both the book and the movie) the phrase is correctly ‘Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.’ ” Actually, in the book it’s just “My dear, I don’t give a damn.”

  • Wow – we are suddenly getting inundated with brilliant comments – thanks guys :) I will take all your points on board and consider them when making my next list! Don’t be too harsh on me – I am actually extraordinarily nice :)

  • johandav: Thank you for pointing that out – I must have been thinking of a top 10 suicides list when I wrote that line of text. I have corrected it!

  • tommyjn

    This list is sort of lame. Especially the Apollo 13. That’s not a film mis-quote. It may be different than what was said in history, but as far as films go,”houston, we have a problem” is a correct quote. And “may the force be with you” is not a misquote either. It is said in the star wars films. Who cares who said it. When people quote that line, they’re not specifically quoting obi wan.

  • mam

    The Casablanca correction is actually STILL wrong. Though I’m not going to refute what Tom from DC said, I’ve always figured the misquote that most people know came from Ilsa’s line. What she says is not, “Play it, Sam,” but, “Play it once, Sam, for old time’s sake.”

  • Chadster

    Hmmm. “life was like a box of chocolates” doesn’t make much sense.

  • NeckRomancer

    At least I know “May the schwartz be with you!” is correct. :) Plus of course “I am your father’s brother’s nephew’s cousin’s former roommate.”

  • NeckRomancer: heh – I like the last one :)

  • “The actual quote was ‘No, I am your father’ and it was not even delivered on camera – it was dubbed in later…”

    Umm, since James Earl Jones did Vader’s voice, but wasn’t wearing the Vader suit, weren’t ALL of Darth Vader’s lines “dubbed in later”?

  • toobitterforyou

    here’s one you definitely left off.

    “get away from her you bitch!” from aliens

    i’ve heard this one misquoted as “stay away from her you bitch” so many times.

    they even go so far as to make a reference to it in the film “scream 2” which is bizarre in itself because somebody quotes it correctly and jamie kennedy’s film buff character corrects him with the incorrect version.

  • Cgrus

    Here’s one that was not mentioned and should have been. With Jaws a lot of people assume Roy Schedier’s line is “I think we’re gonna need a bigger boat”, when its actually “You’re gonna need a bigger boat”. Yeah. Good one.

  • Bob

    What about Field of Dreams? I haven’t seen that movie in at least fifteen years, but the famous line is not, “If you build it, they will come”, it’s “If you build it, he will come”.

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  • Rev Ben

    Chadster – In the context, “Life was like a box of chocolates” makes sense because he delivers the line in past tense. However, it is bad english because Forrest is quoting his mom. It’s a common grammatical error.

    We are missing one of the major reasons why films are misquoted; because the original versions are classic lines, but either have mistakes in them that don’t mkae them quotable (like the “Gump” line) or they just aren’t all that catchy when repeated (like the “Sierra Madre” line). People just changed them to make them more quotable over the years.

    I do have an issue with #1 though; I have heard people say “I vant to suck your blood” (pronounced with the “v”), but I don’t think I know anyone who thinks it came from the film itself.

  • kingfish

    Here’s another one: Cary Grant never said: “Judy, Judy, Judy.”

    Perhaps some of these misquotes can be traced back to people impersonating celebrities. For instance, did Fernando Lamas ever really say: “You look Mahhvelous, Dahling?” I don’t think so, but that was Billy Crystal’s take on it, and it stuck.

    I think (as Rev Ben and Diogenes said similarly,) these quotes get simplified and condensed and then they resonate more than the original.

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  • Carteeg Struve

    I’ve also heard the ‘Gone with the Wind’ line several times as “Frankly, Scarlet…” instead of “Frankly, my dear…”

    But, the “Scarlet” version of the line does exist in movie history. It was used by Wodsworth in the movie “Clue”, a much more entertaining film in my opinion. ;-)

  • Robert C. Barker

    I am reliably informed from “The Star Trek Concordance” that the line “Beam me up Scottie” was actually used in the 1973/4 animated Star Trek series. As such it is not a misquote.

  • Roy

    We don’t need no stinkin’ badges was in Blazing Saddles.

  • Gus

    The Snow White misquote comes from the original German story, “Spieglein, Spieglein an der Wand, wer ist am schoensten in ganzen Land?” which literally translates to, “little mirror, little mirror on the wall, who’s most beautiful in all the land.” In any case, the original line (before Disney f****d it up was, “Mirror, mirror…”

  • Stephen

    One mis-quote that should have made it was from Wall Street. “Greed is good” is a major mis-quote. It’s actually, “…greed, for lack of a better word, is good”

  • mattayeaux

    Talk about splitting hairs. Forest does say “was” but, on his mothers death bed she says “life is like a box of chocolates Forests,you nev….”

  • Excellent comments guys – thanks for all the clarifications and additions – this could easily have been a top 20!

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  • Megagents

    My mind has been blown, am I just a figment of someone’s sick game? A game that forces people to believe they’ve heard something?! I’m just kidding. This was quite interesting.

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  • Xarkunshadow

    you know what, misquotes are not a bad thing. they are actualy really funny

  • Scooter

    Didn’t Han Solo say “May the force be with you” to Luke before the final Deathstar battle in Episode IV?

    Why is it assumed that it was Obi Wan who was being quoted all these years?

  • karen and matt

    Actually, Cagney says “You dirty rat, I’m going to get rid of you just like you gave it to my brother” in the 1931 movie “Taxi!”

    So the misquote should be “You dirty rat, you killed my bruddah!” which I think has gotten into the lexicon through a ninja turtle movie. And the correction is as above.


  • Kenkire

    Carteeg Struve:
    Wadsworth said “frankly, Scarlet….” because he was talking to Miss Scarlet….
    There-in lies the joke no one seems to get but me.

    Tim Curry is the master.

  • Drogo

    I forgot the real line but another misquote from “Jaws” is Richard Dreyfus’ character saying “This was not a boating accident!” (while looking at a mangled body). What he actually says is something such as “This damage didn’t result from a boat.”

  • Ark

    I’ve also heard that HAL never said “Good morning, Dave”.

  • Fruckert

    that star trek one still cracks me up…ive known that forever, i think i actually almost got into a fight with my 6th grade advisory teacher over that…ah good times good times

  • Rick B

    Finally, FINALLY I find a website that FINALLY gets the Treasure of the Sierra Madre quote correct. When I first saw that movie I was SO DEPRESSED. I didn’t know when it was going to happen but I had an idea based on the pictures I had seen. When I heard the dialog my first reaction was WTF?!?!?! Then Dammit, they (every idiot who quotes this wrong) screwed it up again. Excellent JF most excellent. (Now you need lyrics misquotes, I know there is a website, so what. My wife told me “Do the Funky Lady” was “Dude Looks Like a Lady.” I like hers better.

  • Dominic_Deegan

    Number 15 on the list is only HALF correct! The quote “Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges. I don’t have to show you any stinkin’ badges!” is actually what the ORIGINAL line was in John Huston’s The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948). However, in Mel Brook’s Blazing Saddles (1974), the line uttered is actually “Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!” as the ‘misquote’ says it is. Blazing Saddles is a movie that mainly makes fun of westerns and all the cliches involved with those kinds of films.

    BOTH quotes are actually correct depending on which film you are referencing. That vast majority of the time, when people are saying and thinking of the line “Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!”, they are actually thinking of Blazing Saddles and not The Treasure of the Sierra Madre.

  • babygirl2882

    Um this is really uninteresting! I mean come on most are one word or something…the first couple are really great but then…eck

  • Csimmons

    My friend is a huge star wars geek and corrects everybody all the time on those two quotes, its really frickin’ annoying.

  • Blogball

    I thought I would share this: When I was searching around for other interesting lists on this site I saw this one and misread it as “Top 10 Mosquitoes” (I actually do suffer from dyslexia).
    Anyway when I saw Dracula it still made sense because of the blood sucking thing. But then it didn’t as I looked at the rest of the list. Anyway maybe other people with dyslexia out there can relate to this as well.
    At lest this disability has taught me how to laugh at myself. Thank goodness for spell-check.

  • Bananas

    Quick Question… In the Disney Tarzan, Didnt Tarzan say ” Me Tarzan You Jane” because then it wouldnt be a misquote would it?

  • leonbrown

    what about hannibal he never says hello clairese, instead he says good evening clairese

  • BubbaGimp

    The “badges” line from Blazing Saddles was attempting to quote from Sierra Madre, but instead used the popular misquote. Same thing with the Disney Tarzan and the various spoofs of Casablanca.

    A later film misquoting the original source is still a misquote

  • Phat Lip

    Tarzan meets Jane

    Actually when Jane met Tarzan in the jungle she was very attracted to him. She had wondered if ever in his life how he managed for sex. So Jane positioned herself before Tarzan
    and explained to him what sex was.

    She lifted up her skirt & laid down on the ground and spread her legs wide. “Here,” she said,”You must put it in here”.

    “Oh, ungh see”. And hoofs Jane right in her love hole.

    Horrified, rolling around on the ground moans “DO! me! properly!!”.

    Tarzan removed his loincloth, stepped closer and said “first Tarzan check for BEEZ!”

  • mike

    You’re missing a KEY mis-quote from Star Wars….

    “Impressive, most impressive…but you’re not a jedi yet”

    It was NEVER SAID! This is what a “misquoted line” looks like, not using “was” instead of “is”.

    The actual line, “Impressive, most impressive, Obi Wan has taught you well” is used by Vader in “The Empire Strikes Back” during the light-saber fight with Luke….the “you’re not a jedi yet” part comes in at a different point when he Vader says “The force is with you young Skywalker, but you are not a Jedi yet.”

  • A

    YES! Thank God for you including Snow White on here.

  • titanic – “i’m the king of the world”

  • kerry

    what about the wizard of oz the line “fly my pretties fly” wasn’t said she said something like “fly fly”.

  • Sugen


  • Ricard

    wow…i’m so idiotic! I thought this was some list of famous film MOSQUITOS..-_-

  • Howie

    Badgers!! I don’t need no stinkin’ badgers!!! UHF – another great geek movie

  • Zac

    No. 9 Casablanca, what’s interesting is that there was a woody allen movie called “play it again, sam” in 1972′

  • pee-yaj

    The Silence of the Lambs..

    "Hello, Clarice" is a misquote, it should have been " Good Evening, Clarice", when they met for the second time…

    • JackMion

      But he says it on the phone to her in “Hannibal”.

      “Well hello, Clarice.”

      Jim Carrey does say, “Hello Clarice” in “The Cable Guy” during the Medieval Times scene.

  • AshleyBeTheMILF

    What about “you sure do got a pretty mouth” from Deliverance? The line is actually “He’s got a real pretty mouth on him, don’t he?”

  • Chrisdebo

    I saw Star Wars in the southern U.S. where Darth Vader was heard to say “Luke, I am your father AND your uncle”!

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  • Shaul Talmeed

    “Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!”
    This WAS said in “Blazing Saddles” and is probably where the misconception came from.

  • Kyle

    The badges line that you refernce “we don’t need no stinkin’ badges!” was actually said just like that in Blazing Saddles.

  • A

    Cagney said: in Angels with Dirty Faces, “You dirty rat, I’m going to get rid of you just like you gave it to my brother”…

  • mattmurfy

    Judy, Judy, Judy [Cary Grant]

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  • Danielle

    nit picky nerd elitist shit. Also, a few of these are wrong. way to do your research.

  • raideo

    The quote “Badges? We don’t need no stinking badges” is correct but from a completely different movie, Blazing Saddles.

  • DBay

    I didn't read all the comments, but the "We don't need no stinking badges" quote I always say is from Blazing Saddles.

  • Christian

    Actually (and this is from the Apollo transcripts provided by NASA)

    The original mention of the phrase in question is : "Okay, Houston. Hey, we've got a problem

    He later goes on to say "Houston, we've had a problem. We've had
    a main B bus interval."

    Excerpt below.

    CAPCOM 13, we've got one more item for you when
    you get a chance. We'd like you to stir up your cryo tanks.
    In addition have shaft and trunion
    SC Okay.
    CAPCOM for looking at the Comet Bennett if you
    need it.
    SC Okay, stand by.
    SC Okay, Houston. Hey, we've got a problem
    CAPCOM This is Houston, say again please.
    SC Houston, we've had a problem. We've had
    a main B bus interval.
    CAPCOM Roger. Main B interval. Okay, stand by
    13 we're looking at it.
    SC Okay, right now, Houston, the voltage is
    looking good. And we had a pretty large bang associated with
    the caution and warning there. And if I recall, Main B was
    the one that had a amp spike on it once before.

  • Xero

    forgot Use the force Luke

  • you dumb ass

    this list is shit!, most of the things you say are misquoted from the film are not for instance "may the force be with you" this is said in the movie, you nobody says they are specifically quoting obi one when they say it so they are quoting it correctly. Also in Apollo 13 tom hanks does say "Houston we have a problem" this may not be historically what the astronaut said but people are QUOTING THE FILM so once again they are correct in what they are saying, moron!!!!

  • Alex

    I have never heard the misquotes of Forest Gump and Frankenstein, and only hear people quote what is listed as the actual quote. Strange.

  • Tim

    How about this one: "Luca Brasi swims with the fishes." Actually, I am pretty sure Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes (i.e. he's dead), but I hear this one all the time!

  • tman

    add Indiana Jones


    The "Badges" quote (no. 15) may not be true to that movie, but it was used in Blazing Saddles. :D

    • kervinc

      Yep. He credited the wrong movie, but "We don't need no stinkin badges!" is from Blazing Saddles, and what I assume people are referencing when they say it. Even if Brooks was using parody, he did the better version :p. Love how the Elementary is presented as a misquote, but then corrected because it WAS in the film adaptions, which is what people are quoting. Really fail-piece, but good list idea anyway.

  • baxter

    The most misquoted line in history is from Jaws. Its not "We're gonna need a bigger boat" he says "You're gonna need a bigger boat" to Quint.

  • Stone2065

    Fyi… the “Badges” quote WAS in Blazing Saddles… “Batches? We don’t need no stinkin’ batches! Vamanos muchachos!”, if memory serves. I’m sure they used the misquote for their exact quote, but still, like I said, an fyi…

  • rawcookiedough

    The Tarzan one is funny because in THE BOOK (yes, there is a book, and it makes sense, unlike the movies) when Jane and Tarzan first meet they don't speak at all, since Tarzan can't speak a single human word, nor does he try to. __The first time he does speak it's in French (how about that?) because the guy who brings him to civilization is French. The first conversation Tarzan (wearing a suite, not a loin cloth) has with Jane is very articulate, actually. Too bad it's when the poor guy opens his heart to her after saving her from a fire, and she flat out dumps him.__Nice list, btw.

  • Greg L

    About the bonus, David Prowse did the acting. James Earl Jones did the voice acting. So really, whatever he said on camera has no significance whatsoever. Although you are right he does say “No, I am your father.”

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  • David Perkins

    We don’t need no stinking badg stinking badges is not the quote. It’s we don’t need no stinking badgers. And it’s from Videot from UHF quoted by Raoul

  • rosie

    That was the biggest waste of time!!

  • Rachel

    I totally disagree with the Forrest Gump line…if you watch the clip on YouTube (or the real movie) the line is definitely, “My mama always said life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.” He says the line sitting on the park bench waiting for the bus just before he goes to see Jenny! (Eventually running to her apartment when he learns it is jut a couple blocks away.)

  • Meghan

    How did Tarzan know his name?

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  • Dealy Stan

    I have just watched “Gone with the Wind”. I was hanging out for the big line, “Quite frankly my Dear, I don’t give a damn”. To my surprise that was not the line. Rhett actually said, “Frankly my Dear, I don’t give a damn”. No Quite.

  • Enky

    What about “Heeeres Johnny!” from The Shining? He was never supossed to say that!

  • napoleon dynamite

    “Gimme your tots” in Napoleon Dynamite is a misquote. Everyone thinks Napoleon said it, but it was the guy who kicked him in class, demanding for tots.

  • Wow! That is amazing! I never knew half of these lines weren’t actually said that way in the movies. I just learned something new. I am so going to be telling everyone this and it will drive them all crazy. LOL

    But it’s good to know things like this, you never know when the correct quotes are true to the movie or just “made up” and became an icon quote.

  • enda

    The Forest Gump one is right – see here crazy!

  • CdnFraser

    actually, the line “May the force be with you” was stated twice in the original movie (ep 4). The first instance was at the end of the scene when the rebel pilots were being shown the Death Star attack plan video. The second instance was when Luke was trying to convince Han to stay and help.

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