‘I’ll Never Let Go’ And 12 Other Iconic ’90s & ’00s Quotes That Have Shaped Our Modern Zeitgeist

When Jack and Rose dramatically collided with each other on board James Cameron’s Titanic back in 1997 with in the lead roles, it was everything we could have ever imagined and beyond.

Years on and we’re still falling hard for the spectacular love story and, despite having sobbed through the 3 hour juggernaut countless times, there’s one line that engages our heartstrings in an incomparable tug of war like no other: “I’ll never let go.”

Yep, there’s nothing quite like watching Leo’s beautiful face sink to the bottom of the Atlantic Ocean to get those waterworks going (c’mon Rose, you silly girl, there was on that floating door!)

However, this isn’t the only famous movie line that has continued to shape our modern zeitgeist. Here are 12 to continue incorporating into our daily dialogue:

1. Fight Club (1999)

Brad Pitt getting ready to punch someone hard

Brad Pitt getting ready to punch someone hard

Tyler Durden made it very clear that there are only two rules when it comes to Fight Club. And in case you’ve been living under a rock for the past decade or so, you better know that there isn’t even any point in talking about them.

  • Quote: “Welcome to Fight Club. The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club!”

Fun Fact: David Fincher has since revealed that there is a Starbucks coffee cup visible in every shot in the movie.

2. Gladiator (2000)

Russell Crowe making sure we are all entertained

Russell Crowe making sure we are all entertained

Gladiator certainly has one of our favorite performances from Australian born Russell Crowe, which tells the story of Maximus Decimus Meridius and his brutal battles in Rome’s gladiatorial pits. The following line became so famous in fact that even rapper Jay-Z featured it in his 2003 track “What More Can I Say.”

  • Quote: “Are you not entertained? Are you not entertained? Is this not why you are here?”

Fun Fact: Throughout all of the movie’s gladiatorial scenes, Russell Crowe broke bones in his foot and his hip, and also hurt both bicep tendons.

3. Napoleon Dynamite (2004)

Napoleon just wants some tots, ok!
Napoleon just wants some tots, ok!

Napoleon Dynamite is riddled with quotes that continue to roll off the tongue to this day — one of them particularly highlighting the moment that Napoleon shoved a spoonful of food into llama Tina’s face. Legendary.

  • Quote: “Tina you fat lard come get some dinner. Tina! Eat the FOOD!”

Fun Fact: In real life, the llama was actually called Dolly and belonged to director Jared Hess’s mother.

4. Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan (2006)

Sacha Baron Cohen as controversial character Borat
Sacha Baron Cohen as controversial character Borat

When Borat: Cultural Learnings of America for Make Benefit Glorious Nation of Kazakhstan came out in the cinema, it had us literally gasping for air out of sheer shock and hilarity at the ridiculous scenes unfolding before our very eyes. Yet, while we may have been left astounded by all that Pamela Anderson action (complete with some ball-to-ball nude wresting), it is perhaps the following phrase that has really stuck with us over the years.

  • Quote: “Very nice, how much?”

Fun Fact: During the filming, the police were called on Sacha Baron Cohen over 90 times. Yep, people were far from pleased.

5. Black Swan (2010)

Natalie Portman as Nina in 'Black Swan'

Natalie Portman as Nina in ‘Black Swan’

Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan totally lived up to the hype when it came out in 2010. The intense, psychological thriller about the dark world of the New York City ballet was brought to life with outstanding dedication by Natalie Portman and her rival Mila Kunis. And this famous quote continues to linger on.

  • Quote: “I felt it. Perfect. I was perfect.”

Fun Fact: The “Swan Lake” ballet soundtrack in the movie, composed by Clint Mansell, is a variation of the original by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky, but played backwards and heavily distorted.

6. Babe (1995)

Our beloved Babe the Pig

Our beloved Babe the Pig

Every time we watch the film and the following line is spoken by Farmer Hoggett (played by James Cromwell), our hearts are filled with joy.

  • Quote: “That’ll do, pig, that’ll do.”

Fun Fact: 48 pigs were used in the filming of Babe because the little piglets would grow up too fast. Aw!

7. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994)

Jim Carrey as Ace Ventura

Jim Carrey as Ace Ventura

We will never forget the moment that Jim Carrey squeezed himself out of a fake rhinoceros’s bum hole as Ace Ventura, just as we will probably never forget his most-said line in the movie.

  • Quote: “Aaaaaawl-right-y-then!”

Fun Fact: Jim Carrey had his own personal chef with him on set, who was also given the task of preparing meals for his pet iguana.

8. Austin Powers: International Man Of Mystery (1997)

Mike Myers in his most famous role

Mike Myers in his most famous role

Wild and wacky Austin Powers is rife with sexual innuendo, hilarious stock characters and outrageous plot lines. Yet, unlike our favorite 007, this ’60s spy is a far cry from the tuxedo-donning, Martini-sipping agent we all know and love. After all, you wouldn’t catch James Bond uttering the following lines while furiously raising his eyebrows, would you?

  • Quote: “Oh, behave! Yeah! Yeah, baby!”

Fun Fact: Apparently Jim Carrey was in the running to play Dr. Evil alongside Mike Myer’s and when he backed out due to scheduling problems, the latter took on the second role for himself.

9. Mean Girls (2004)

The Plastic grilling Lindsay Lohan in 'Mean Girls'

The Plastic grilling Lindsay Lohan in ‘Mean Girls’

Tina Fey’s Mean Girls can be re-watched countless times and yet, we will never tire of it. In fact, many of us can proudly recite the entire movie without messing up a line — that’s just how popular it continues to be all these years on. Yet, somehow we’ve been struggling to make the following happen ever since:

  • Quote: “That is so fetch!”

Fun Fact: Despite starring as characters in the same grade, Rachel McAdams was actually eight years older than Lindsay Lohan at the time of filming.

10. The Lord Of The Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

Gollum in the Lord of the Rings series

Gollum in the Lord of the Rings series

While there is a myriad of stand-out lines in Peter Jackson’s movie adaptation of J.R. R. Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings book series, Gollum perhaps has the most quotable; partly because the scene that introduces it is also one of the most unsettling and partly because the creature’s voice is so unique.

  • Quote: “My precious!”

Fun Fact: Andy Serkis said he based Gollum’s cravings on the withdrawals of heroin addicts.

11. Braveheart (1995)

Mel Gibson as William Wallace in 'Braveheart'

Mel Gibson as William Wallace in ‘Braveheart’

Mel Gibson’s Braveheart was certainly a powerful watch when it first came out in 1995 and today, the actor’s most iconic quote (which was never actually uttered by the real William Wallace back at the Battle of Stirling in 1297) continues to be repeated and parodied to this day.

  • Quote: “They may take away our lives, but they will never take our freedom.”

Fun Fact: The movie is often considered to be the least historically correct feature of all time. But we still love it!

12. Spider-Man (2002)

Tobey Maguire as 'Spider-man' in 2002

Tobey Maguire as ‘Spider-man’ in 2002

In addition to giving us some of the best action sequences in the early ’00s, Spider-Man also happened to give us one of the most quotable lines of any superhero blockbuster.

  • Quote: “With great power, comes great responsibility.”

Fun Fact: Before he took on the role, Tobey Maguire hadn’t read a single Spider-Man comic book. That’s probably changed now.

Can you think of any more famous quotes from ’90s and ’00s movies?


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