These Are the Most Iconic Movie Catchphrases of All Time

A good movie can stick with you long after you leave the theater. How do you know when a movie is a real hit? Forget about Oscars, Golden Globes and all of that nonsense — if viewers are quoting lines decades later, it’s a true winner.

Some of these catchphrases are so ingrained into our daily lives that some of us don’t realize where they’ve come from. Join us as we take a look at some of the best one-liners in cinema history. You might be surprised at what you find.

"I’ll be back." – The Terminator

Photo via Hemdale
Photo via Hemdale

You don’t have to be a movie fan to know this line. It’s almost as famous as Arnold himself. The simple sentence “I’ll be back” comes from 1984 hit The Terminator. The sci-fi outing proved so popular that it spawned multiple sequels and is now a firm part of pop-culture history.

Arnie utters the dialogue just before he drives a car through a police station. It’s undoubtedly one of the most repeated movie lines to ever exist. Going to the bathroom? “I’ll be back.” Popping out to the store? “I’ll be back.” So many uses, so little time.