12 Sayings So Common We Forgot What Movies They’re From

Among the many great things about movies is that they frequently deliver unforgettable lines. Often, these lines work their way into our everyday vocabulary and become common sayings. Here are 12 sayings so common most people don't recall where they heard them.

1. “We’re Not in Kansas Anymore.”

In The Wizard of Oz, this is what Dorothy tells her dog Toto as she surveys the strange world a tornado has taken them to from their farm in Kansas. You might hear someone facing an unfamiliar situation say this.

2. “You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat.”

If the resources on hand aren’t up to the task, you might say this. It comes from the movie Jaws when the Amity police chief, played by Roy Scheider, gets his first look at the great white shark that’s been terrorizing the town’s beaches.

3. “There’s No Place Like Home.”

 Yes, this is from The Wizard of Oz, too, and it’s what Dorothy says when it’s time to return to Kansas. It conveys the idea that although there are a lot of nice places in the world, nowhere is as safe and comforting as home.

4. “I’ll Be Back.”

This is the iconic line muttered by Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator. If you hear someone say it in an odd accent that makes “back” sound more like “Bach,” you know that person’s channeling the film.

5. “Go Ahead. Make My Day.”

Usually, this is used as a dismissive expression. Its origin is Sudden Impact, ominously stated by Clint Eastwood as homicide detective “Dirty” Harry Callahan as he points his signature .44 Magnum at a criminal thinking about reaching for a gun.

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