The 15 Best Movie Quotes Of 2012

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This year has had its fair share of great blockbusters, comedies, Oscar-baiters and what feels like a ton of politically-minded efforts dealing with a whole host of controversial subjects, including slavery, terrorism and economic meltdown. Some of these pictures will be remembered as some of the best films of the year – a result of their fine direction and expertly-written screenplays.

But sometimes it’s a single quote that sticks with you long after the movie’s over – many of which can be used to define a film in a single line of dialogue. Be they romantic, downright hilarious, a sign of the times, or just plain cool, here’s our pick – in no particular order – for the 15 best movie quotes of 2012.

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1. “America’s not a country – it’s a business. Now fucking pay me.” - Jackie Cogan (Brad Pitt) Killing Them Softly (Dir. Andrew Dominik) (Screenwriter: Andrew Dominik)

Pitt’s slick hitman Jackie Cogan ends the politically-minded Killing Them Softly with a punch, demanding he gets what he’s owed for services rendered because, hey, that’s capitalism.

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2. “Big things have small beginnings.” - David (Michael Fassbender) - Prometheus (Dir. Ridley Scott) (Screenwriter: Jon Spaihts/Damon Lindelof)

Michael Fassbender’s morally ambiguous android ponders the origins of life – and knowingly reminds audiences that the tiny speck on the end of his finger might one day grow up to be something terrifying. Like, say, a Xenomorph.

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3. “What a lovely, lovely voice!” – Bane (Tom Hardy) - The Dark Knight Rises (Dir. Christopher Nolan) (Screenwriter: Christopher Nolan/Jonathan Nolan)

Summing up the invariably mixed impression that Bane made upon audiences this year, this bizarre off-the-cuff comment from The Dark Knight Rises‘ idiosyncratic menace perfectly encapsulates what made the villain so equally unique and ripe for mockery.

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4.  “I’ve been surrounded my entire life by black faces. I only have one question: Why don’t they just rise up and kill the whites?” - Calvin Candie (Leonardo DiCaprio) - Django Unchained (Dir. Quentin Tarantino) (Screenwriter: Quentin Tarantino)

Quentin Tarantino’s candid approach to making a spaghetti western set in America’s slavery times is perfectly outlined here by Calvin Candie, who exemplifies the no-holds-barred attitude of the movie’s writer/director – and soon enough, Django himself.

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5. “We’re in love. We just want to be together. What’s wrong with that?” - Suzy (Kara Hayward) - Moonrise Kingdom (Dir. Wes Anderson) (Screenwriter: Wes Anderson/Roman Coppola)

12-year-old Suzy breaks down her feelings with heart-aching simplicity, making a case for young love that no adult could easily rebute.

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6. “Slavery, sir? It’s done.” - Abraham Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis) – Lincoln (Dir. Steven Spielberg) (Screenwriter: Tony Kushner)

President Lincoln’s agenda is nicely compressed into a single quote, one which highlights his respectful nature and relentless gusto – and an unrivalled dedication to see the cause through to the very end.

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7. “Argo fuck yourself.” - Lester Siegel (Alan Arkin) – Argo (Dir. Ben Affleck) (Screenwriter: Chris Terrio)

Catchy and profane, this jazzy line finds itself used by a whole host of characters needing to remind themselves just how dangerous a situation they’ve gotten themselves into – not to mention the implausibility of the entire operation. It just rolls of the tongue, doesn’t it?

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8. “I’m the motherfucker that found this place” - Maya (Jessica Chastain) - Zero Dark Thirty (Dir. Kathryn Bigelow) (Screenwriter: Mark Boal)

Jessica Chastain unleashes full-on bad-assery in one of the coolest lines of the year, asserting her role with the best kind of succinctness, and making James Gandolfini look meek by comparison.

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9. “Why are they so excited about a five?” - Dance Competition Announcer (Rick Foster) – Silver Linings Playbook (Dir. David O. Russell) (Screenwriter: David O. Russell)

Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence’s explosive joy at receiving a measly score of five in a professional dance contest shocks the announcer into this humorous quip – though we know that a lot more has been at stake.

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10. “He said he wanted to shit in my hand and make me use it as a brown lipstick!” - Tina (Alice Lowe) Sightseers (Dir. Ben Wheatley) (Screenwriter: Alice Lowe/Steve Oram)

Just one of many fantastically crude quotes to pepper this darkly comic road movie, Tina’s jealous attempts to have her husband murder an intruder emerge in the form of this creative fib.

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11. “Oh, we like goblinses, batses, and fishes, but we hasn’t tried Hobbitses before.” - Gollum (Andy Serkis) - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey (Dir. Peter Jackson) (Screenwriter: Peter Jackson/Fran Walsh/Philippa Boyens/Guillermo del Toro)

Gollum steals the movie with his relatively short appearance in Peter Jackson’s latest, and here’s a quote that offers everything we love about the character – his way of speaking, his passive/aggressive nature – in one line of “precious” dialogue.

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12. “You know how to get rid of crabs? You got to shave one testicle, then all the crabs go over to the other testicle. You got to light the hair on fire on that one, and when they all go scurrying out, you take an icepick and you fucking stab every single last one of them.” - Freddie Quell (Joaquin Phoenix) - The Master (Dir. Paul Thomas Anderson) (Screenwriter: Paul Thomas Anderson)

Joaquin Phoenix gives a brilliantly delirious and tic-addled performance as drifter Freddie Quell; his recommendations for getting rid of crabs are appropriately humorous and insane at once.

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13. “It’s good to meet you, Dr. Banner. Your work on anti-electron collisions is unparalleled. And I’m a huge fan of the way you lose control and turn into an enormous green rage monster.” - Tony Stark (Robert Downey Jr.) – The Avengers (Dir. Joss Whedon) (Screenwriter: Joss Whedon)

The Avengers is jam-packed with memorable quotes thanks to writer/director Joss Whedon’s trademark wit, but Tony Stark’s introduction to Bruce Banner showcases the character’s uncompromising sarcasm at its very best.

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14. “Is anyone asking how my hand feels after punching that iron-like jaw of that baby? – Cam Brady (Will Ferrell) – The Campaign (Dir. Jay Roach) (Screenwriter: Chris Henchy/Shawn Harwell)

Congressman Cam Brady attempts to take the attention off of the fact that he’s just punched a baby in the face by feigning a hand injury in truly ridiculous Ferrell style.

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15. “Fact is, the law says you cannot touch… but I see a lot of lawbreakers up in this house.” - Dallas (Matthew McConaughey) – Magic Mike (Dir. Steven Soderbergh) (Screenwriter: Reid Carolin)

Matthew McConaughey has succeeded in seriously revitalizing his career over the course of the past year, none so much as in Magic Mike, where he gets to relish in a whole host of hilariously seductive lines.

What do you make of our picks for best movie quotes of 2012? Which quotes should we have included on the list instead? Let us know in the comments section below. 

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  • BOO

    PIG FUCK – Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Best quote of the year

  • greg g

    “true courage is about not knowing when to take a life, but when to spare one.”
    -Gandalf; The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey. Most definitely in the top 15 movie quotes of 2012.

  • Movie Jit

    Quote from Rocky Balbca:
    Rocky Balboa: You ain’t gonna believe this, but you used to fit right here. I’d hold you up to say to your mother, “this kid’s gonna be the best kid in the world. This kid’s gonna be somebody better than anybody I ever knew.” And you grew up good and wonderful. It was great just watching you, every day was like a privilege Then the time come for you to be your own man and take on the world, and you did. But somewhere along the line, you changed. You stopped being you. You let people stick a finger in your face and tell you you’re no good. And when things got hard, you started looking for something to blame, like a big shadow. Let me tell you something you already know. The world ain’t all sunshine and rainbows. It’s a very mean and nasty place and I don’t care how tough you are it will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me, or nobody is gonna hit as hard as life. But it ain’t about how hard ya hit. It’s about how hard you can get it and keep moving forward. How much you can take and keep moving forward. That’s how winning is done! Now if you know what you’re worth then go out and get what you’re worth. But ya gotta be willing to take the hits, and not pointing fingers saying you ain’t where you wanna be because of him, or her, or anybody! Cowards do that and that ain’t you! You’re better than that! I’m always gonna love you no matter what. No matter what happens. You’re my son and you’re my blood. You’re the best thing in my life. But until you start believing in yourself, ya ain’t gonna have a life. Don’t forget to visit your mother.
    http://www.moviejit.com/2013/02/rocky-balboa-world-aint-all-sunshine-and-rainbows/

    • Hunter

      Notice how it said 2012