Top Five… best taglines

godzillaborderThey are normally just one sentence long, yet they can entice you into seeing a movie. Today, most taglines are needless marketing crap, but there have been a few down the years that are just as memorable as the films they helped advertise.

5. The Fly (1986): ‘Be afraid. Be very afraid.’

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Endlessly quoted and parodied, this tagline is arguably more famous than its film. The key to its success is in its simplicity and in its repetition. Being afraid is bad enough, but if I should also be very afraid, then I could be in for a good scare. The 1958 version had some good ones too, like the plot-spoiling ‘The fly with the head of a man! And the man with the head of a fly!’ and the baffling ‘It’s the terror-topper first introduced to the public in Playboy magazine.’

4. Godzilla (1998): ‘Size does matter.’

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Again, simple is better. Although this tagline is blatantly inaccurate (its tiny three words are way more effective than the huge, crap behemoth of a movie that went with it), it still hits the spot. This tagline is clever and gets straight to the point, but it too would have been rubbish had it starred Matthew Broderick.

3. The Thing (1982): ‘Man is the warmest place to hide.’

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Although its main tagline was the blandly boastful ‘The ultimate in alien terror’, it was its secondary promo that was more memorable, and more suited to the plot of John Carpenter’s brilliant horror with Kurt Russell. If you read this tagline without knowing anything about the movie, it really provokes your curiosity. Is man really the cosiest spot to hide in? What about Tauntauns?

2. Deliverance (1972): ‘This is the weekend they didn’t play golf.’

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It sure is. This is also the weekend they played banjo, were raped by a hillbilly, broke a leg and drowned. Fun tagline though.

1. Road House (1989): All of them

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Patrick Swayze’s finest hour as nightclub heavy James Dalton also has the greatest set of taglines of any movie. There are three, and they are just too good to separate. Here they are:

‘The dancing’s over. Now it gets dirty.’
Fine mocking of Swayze’s appearance in another movie, and a good indication that in his latest picture, he won’t be having the time of his life. No no. He will be too busy ripping out a man’s throat. With his bare hands. Proof that no one puts Swayze in a corner.

‘Dalton’s the best bouncer in the business. His nights are filled with fast action, hot music and beautiful women. It’s a dirty job, but somebody’s got to do it.’
If you like dumb action movies, this tagline is gonna make you wanna see Road House. If you hate dumb action movies, this tagline tells you exactly what’s in Road House.

‘Dalton lives like a loner, fights like a professional. And loves like there’s no tomorrow.’
And this is just icing on a testosterone-filled cake. And it makes no sense whatsoever. Contrary to the tagline, Dalton has loads of friends, fights like Patrick Swayze and loves fighting like Patrick Swayze. But who said taglines had to be truthful?

 

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170 Responses to “Top Five… best taglines”

  1. Some of my faves…

    “In space, no one can hear you scream” (ALIEN)
    “Look closer” (AMERICAN BEAUTY)
    “Why so serious?” (THE DARK KNIGHT)

  2. i second the Hatter’s choice of Alien.
    i also like: ‘Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. It’s fun to be a vampire.’

  3. “leave youe expectations at the door” (Velvet Goldmine)

    “Give yourself over to absolute pleasure” (The Rocky Horror picture show)

    “love is a force of nature” (Brokeback mountain)

    “Choose life. Choose a job. Choose a starter home. Choose dental insurance, leisure wear and matching luggage. Choose your future. But why would anyone want to do a thing like that?” (Trainspotting)

    “Why so serious?” (the dark knight)

  4. “The Opposite of Sex” — “You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll be offended.”

    “The Usual Suspects” — “Five criminals. One lineup. No coincidence.”

    “Barton Fink” — “Between Heaven and Hell, there’s always Hollywood.”

    “Apocalypse Now” — “The horror … the horror”

  5. ‘If you see one movie this summer, see Star Wars. But if you see two movies, see Austin Powers’ – brilliant.

    I yield though, not as brilliant as Road House

  6. Neville Longbottom Says:

    Crank 2 – “He died…but then he got better.”

  7. “when he said “i do” he never said what he did” – True Lies.

    I still think Alien has the best tagline though

  8. “Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.”
    (SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION)

  9. Terminator – I´ll be back

    The Shining – Wendy, I’m home

    The Field – She’s a woman like your mother. If we knew how to keep the women happy we’d still be in paradise

  10. SatriVision Says:

    “Every Government has one…” HIDDEN AGENDA

    “You’ll laugh, you’ll cry, you’ll hurl” WAYNE’S WORLD

    “Watch it or they’ll shoot the dog!” A RAGE IN HARLEM

    “Buy a bag, go home in a box” POPCORN

  11. “For them, war wasn’t hell. It was practice.” -The Good, The Bad and The Ugly.

    And Alien.

  12. ALIEN’s “in space, no one can hear you scream.” is still the best

  13. st001 sample Says:

    Fight Club
    “Mischief. Mayhem. Soap”

  14. Goldeneye: “You know the name, you know the number…”

  15. Sometimes the only way to stay sane is to go a little crazy (Girl interrupted)

  16. Clerks: Just because they serve you, doesn’t mean they like you.

    It was so good, Kevin Smith put it in Clerks 2

  17. I’m partial to Full Metal Jacket’s “The wind doesn’t blow in Vietnam, it sucks.”

    Also, the Exorcist’s “It will scare the hell INTO you.”

    Pretty slick.

  18. It is a terrible movie but the tag line is clever

    Candy “She’s only faithful to the book.”

  19. lipranzer Says:

    “My name is Frank, I’m an alcoholic. I kill people for a living. This is anonymous, right?” – You Kill Me

  20. 1974 Texas Chainsaw Massacre:Who will survive and what will be left of them

    1972 Last House on The Left:To avoid fainting, keep repeating “It’s only a movie…It’s only a movie

    1978 Dawn of the Dead:When there’s no more room in hell, the dead will walk the earth.

    1986 Night of the Creeps:The good news is your dates are here. The bad news is… they’re dead.”

  21. “We are going to eat you.” – Zombie

  22. “Who will survive, and what will be left of them?” Texas Chainsaw Massacre.

    And Alien is the best of all time. Godzilla? Seriously? Wow.

  23. 1.) “UH-OH” – South Park Bigger, Longer & Uncut

    2.) “Why so serious” – The Dark Knight

    3.) “Meet WALL*E. After 700 years of doing what he was made for, he’ll soon discover what he was meant for.” WALL*E

  24. Paul the Ball Says:

    Harland..
    can I just say, thanks for making my Friday
    ‘The good news is your dates are here. The bad news is… they’re dead.’
    that is just genius

  25. “Remember, remember the 5th of November, the gun powder treason and plot. I know of no reason why the gun powder treason should ever be forgot.” – V for Vendetta

    “Why so serious?” – The Dark Knight

    “You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll hurl.” = Wayne’s world

  26. I Killed Jenny Schecter Says:

    Funny Games (U.S.): You must admit, you brought this on yourself.

    Black Christmas: If this movie doesn’t make your skin crawl…it’s on too tight.

    Glamorama: The better you look, the more you see.

  27. I Killed Jenny Schecter Says:

    By the way, Paul the Ball, good one. Night of the Creeps. Classic…and classy!

  28. “Come in, Relax, Take a shower” – Psycho 1998

    “Welcome to the Suck” – Jarhead

    “Better late than never” – The 40 year old Virgin

    “Family is not a word, its a sentence” – The Royal Tennenbalms

    “It’s about time” – Back to the Future 2

    “Don’t make plans for August” – Independence Day

    “Collide with destiny” – Titanic

    “Fifty million people watching but no one saw a thing.” – Quiz Show

  29. Paul the Ball Says:

    sorry I Killed Jenny Schecter, i cant claim credit for that – i was laughing because Harland a few comments above had posted it – he deserves the kudos
    your knowledge of horror movies is impressive, though
    most impressive

  30. “You will believe a man can fly”- Superman

  31. 1. “In Space No One Can Hear You Scream.” Alien.
    2. “Sleep all day. Party all night. Never grow old. Never die. It’s fun to be a vampire.” The Lost Boys.
    3. “Why so serious?” The Dark Knight.
    4. “Be afraid. Be Very Afraid.” The Fly.
    5. “This time it’s war.” Aliens.
    6. “It’s nothing personal.” Terminator2:Judgment Day.

  32. Some favorite comedy taglines:

    “You’ve read the ad! Now see the movie!” – Airplane!

    “We’re ready to believe you.” – Ghostbusters

    “Movie? What movie?” – Top Secret!

    “For Harry and Lloyd, every day’s a no-brainer.” – Dumb and Dumber

    “He’s the best there is! (Actually, he’s the only one there is).” – Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

    “The amps are on, but nobody’s home.” – Airheads

  33. “Every town has a story. Tombstone has a legend.” – Tombstone

  34. “Makes Ben Hur Look Like an Epic” — Monty Python and the Holy Grail

    “We’re on a Mission from God” — The Blues Brothers

  35. “Sometimes the greatest journey is the distance between two people” – The Painted Veil. It’s so poetic and once I watched the movie, the tagline clicked in a way that no tagline for any other movie had ever done for me before.

  36. “A family comedy without the family” -Home Alone.

  37. Andrew Groothuis Says:

    “Every once in a while a movie comes along that makes you feel like falling in love all over again. This is not that movie”- War of the Roses

    “The wrong man. In the wrong place. At the right time.” – Good Morning, Vietnam

  38. Two personal faves –
    Rocky Horror Picture Show: “A Different Set of Jaws”
    The Usual Suspects: “You Can All Go To Hell.”

  39. Demented. Deranged. Deceptive. De Palma. (Raising Cain)

  40. “Love Never Dies” — Bram Stoker’s Dracula

    And, of course, Alien’s brilliant tag line.

    Road House and Godzilla make the list, but “In Space, No One Can Hear You Scream” doesn’t? Some top 5 list, eh?

  41. Max
    a tagline with a pun on the director’s name
    now that is just brilliant, that might be my favourite listed so far

  42. VernyWerny Says:

    From Dusk Til Dawn: Vampires. No Interviews.

  43. “Family Is Forever” – Halloween 2

  44. Jeff..
    your reservations about Godzilla I grant you, but even I would think twice about staging a robbery of the Double Deuce if Swayze was on the door.

    I am an exceptional thief, Mr Jeff. And since I’m moving up to kidnapping, you should be more polite.

  45. Alien is great, Superman is great.

    Also:

    ‘There’s only one thing wrong with the Davis baby …” It’s Alive

    “If you only see one movie this summer … you don’t get out enough” Naked Gun 2-1/2: The Smell of Fear

    “Frank Drebin is Back. Just Accept it.” Naked Gun 2-1/2: The Smell of Fear

    “Television the way it was meant to be seen: on the big screen!” UHF

  46. testgintton Says:

    Um, this list was pretty terrible. Other that “Be afriad, be very afraid” I don’t think any of them are good taglines at all.

  47. “They made the city to see what makes us tick. Last night one of them went off.” Dark City. Brilliant!

  48. Darth Ganj Says:

    You’ll Laugh, You’ll Cry, You’ll Kiss 3 Bucks Goodbye – Harware Wars

    The Taglines for Alien and Superman should have definatly been numbers 1 and 2.

  49. Andrew Pierce Says:

    “Are you eating it or is it eating you?” The Stuff

  50. Srdidymus Says:

    They Love Thier Grandchildren…..Well Done. -Rabid Grannies

  51. “Every generation has a legend. Every journey has a first step. Every saga has a beginning.” – Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace

    Gotta love the ones from Monty Python and the Holy Grail and From Dusk Till Dawn as well. Alien is a classic tagline that cannot be left out of any top 5 list.

  52. No ‘Alien’ on this list?! “In space, no one can hear you scream” is #1 in my humble opinion.

  53. Jaws 2 : Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.

    Godzilla 2000: If you cant take the heat…..Run!

    Pet Sematary: Sometimes dead is better.

    JasonX: Evil gets an upgrade.

    Halloween: The night HE came home.

  54. Paul the Ball Says:

    Am I the first to ask why there’s no Alien on this list? No… just kidding..
    Come on. I dont think much of this list (Road House at #1??!!!) but Alien’s tagline is way overrated, the David Beckham/Simon Pegg/Ricky Gervais of taglines.
    it doesnt even make sense – when John Hurt was writhing around on a table I could hear everyone screaming…

  55. America was Born in the Streets – Gangs of New York

  56. “What he really wanted was to spend Thanksgiving with his family. What he got was three days with the turkey.” – Planes, Trains and Automobiles

    “Leisure rules.” – Ferris Bueller’s Day Off

    “He was never in time for his classes… He wasn’t in time for his dinner… Then one day… he wasn’t in his time at all.” – Back to the Future

    “If adventure has a name, it must be Indiana Jones.” – Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

    “The story of a man who wanted to keep the world safe for democracy… and meet girls.” – Stripes

  57. They’re coming to save the world. : Ghostbusters

  58. tobi montana Says:

    Straw Dogs: “The knock on the door meant the birth of one man and the death of seven others!”

  59. RockChurch Says:

    How could you possibly have missed Alien?

    And what about almost equally classic:

    “Don’t go in the water.” – Jaws
    “They’re here.” – Poltergeist
    “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” – Star Wars
    “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.” – Cool Hand Luke
    “I see dead people.” – Sixth Sense

    That’s a poor list that has Godzilla and none of those. Boo.

  60. The best tagline ever….. still has to be Alien…… “In space, no one can hear you scream….” the others an their list pale bt comparison

  61. Good taglines. In fact the movies are good too.

  62. Ross, do yourself a favor…in fact, do all of your readers a favor: read ads and one-sheets of movies made before 1980. And you can start with The Good, the Bad and the Ugly: For Three Men the Civil War wasn’t Hell. It was Practice!

  63. “Work sucks.” – Office Space

    “History is about to be rewritten by two guys who can’t spell.” – Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure

    “Protecting the Earth from the scum of the universe.” – Men in Black

    “The hunt is on.” – The Hunt for Red October

    “He’s crude. He’s crass. He’s family.” – Uncle Buck

    “A rags to riches to rags story.” – Uncle Buck

    “The con is on.” – Bowfinger

  64. Oh, wait, “A rags to riches to rags story” was actually the tagline for The Jerk.

  65. yeah Damian, Deliverance is one of my favourite 80s movies
    love the bit near the end where Oh Yeah by Yello kicks in

  66. winslow leech Says:

    It wasn’t used, but proposed for “Cockfighter” starring Warren “Motherf**king” Oates — He’s rolling into town with his cock in his hand and what he does with it is illegal in 48 states.”

  67. Paul the Ball Says:

    no need to apologise Mo, youre hitting us with some quality taglines

  68. My fav from recent releases:

    “See it With Someone You F**k” – The Girlfriend Experience

  69. Don’t forget “Whoever wins we lose.”AvP

  70. “In a small town, word travels fast. But bullets travel faster…”

    can’t remember the name of the movie, but it’s pure gold

  71. quentintarantado Says:

    Wow. Memories are pretty short.
    “A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…” Star Wars
    “The film that is so funny it was banned in Norway.” Life of Brian
    “I am not an animal! I am a human being!” The Elephant Man
    “He was never in time for his classes… He wasn’t in time for his dinner… Then one day… he wasn’t in his time at all.” Back to the Future
    “A nervous romance.” Annie Hall

  72. “Here comes the bribe” – The proposal

  73. “Does for rock and roll what “The Sound of Music” did for hills” – This Is Spinal Tap. I love it.

    But yeah, Alien and Superman are memorable ones.

  74. My favorite has always been from “Say Anything. . .”:

    “To know Lloyd Dobbler is to love him.
    Diane Court is about to know Lloyd Dobbler”

  75. Any list like this that does not have “In space, no one can hear you scream” at the top is missing something big!

  76. you overlooked alien seriously? Says:

    How does Alien not make the list?

  77. sleepingbetty Says:

    ‘Big Cops. Small Town. Moderate Violence.’ – Hot Fuzz

  78. “Hardware” (from 1990 starring Dylan McDermott) isn’t a very good movie, but it had a great tagline. The movie takes place in a post-apocalyptic future where a couple stumbles across the remains of a hostile robot designed for war that was abandoned by the government due to its inability of self-control. Naturally, all hell breaks loose. The best part, though, is the tagline:

    “You can’t stop progress.”

    Too bad the movie sucked.

  79. Always thought that “Check in, relax, take a shower” was a classy line for Psycho.

    And who can deny the brilliance of “Does for rock’n’roll what the Sound of Music did for hills!”?

  80. Umm, hello? Anyone ever heard of Saw?

    “How much blood would you shed to stay alive?” This great tagline makes one question their own will to live.

  81. Wasabi: “Quite possibly the greatest French-language, English subtitled, Japanese action comedy of all time.”

  82. the longer you wait the harder it gets – 40 year old virgin

  83. “take the stairs….Take The Stairs…..FOR GOD’S SAKE, TAKE THE STAIRS”

    (British Horror Film) The Lift

  84. I’m shocked that this list missed possibly the 2 greatest taglines of all time. Which is..

    In space no one can hear you scream-Alien
    Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water-Jaws 2.

    Also another personal favourite is.
    She makes dinner. She does windows. She reads bedtime stories. She’s a blessing…in disguise Mrs doubtfire

  85. Shane Bricker Says:

    Here’s a few I remember but I’ll bet no one else does:
    ” It doesn’t exist but you can go there.’ ” The 13th Floor “.
    ‘ Leave no man behind ‘ ” Black Hawk Down ”
    ‘ Think you’re alone ? Think Again. ‘ ” Hollow Man ”
    ‘ High seas. Deep terror. Try and stay calm . ‘ ” Dead Calm ”
    and why doesn’t anyone remember…’ You won’t know the facts until you see the fiction ‘ ? Uh, ” Pulp Fiction ” anyone ?

  86. “The man… The music… The madness… The murder… The motion picture… Everything you’ve heard is true.” – Amadeus

    “Never give a saga an even break!” – Blazing Saddles

    “They’re not just getting rich. They’re getting even.” – Trading Places

    “Have the adventure of your life keeping up with the Joneses.” – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    “The fastest hands in the East meet the biggest mouth in the West.” – Rush Hour

  87. “Better late than never.”–The 40-Year-Old Virgin
    “Why so serious?”–The Dark Knight
    “Something wicked this way comes.”–Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
    “Fear can hold you prisoner, but hope can set your free.”–The Shawshank Redemption
    “You’ve got to get on to get off.”–Shortbus
    “You’ll know when you’re in it.”–The Hurt Locker
    “To avoid fainting, keep repeating: ‘It’s only a movie… it’s only a movie… it’s only a movie…'”–The Last House on the Left

  88. roy_munson Says:

    I’m sorry to have to tell you this but a lot of you are very dumb and do not know the difference between QUOTES and TAGLINES!!

    Come on, people!!

  89. roy_munson Says:

    The music

    The memories

    The madness…

    The Movie

    (Pink Floyd The Wall)
    Always loved that one

  90. “Not as good as regular superheroes…but slightly better than you.”- The Specials

  91. Some good ones are missing here…

    The newest attorney at the world’s most powerful law firm has never lost a case. But he’s about to lose his soul. Evil has its winning ways.
    — The Devil’s Advocate

    What’s forgotten is not always gone.
    — The Long Kiss Goodnight

  92. “Like father. Like son. Like hell.”

    At Close Range – 1986 Sean Penn and Christopher Walken

  93. “Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water….you can’t get to it”—Blood Beach

  94. “Family isn’t a word…it’s a sentence.”
    – Royal Tenenbaums

  95. The Devils Rejects: “This summer, go to hell!”

    but Alien is still the best

  96. Carson Dyle Says:

    The Party – “If you’ve been to a wilder party, you’re under arrest.”

    Marathon Man – “It isn’t safe.”

  97. Being the adventures of a young man whose principal interests are rape, ultra-violence and Beethoven. – A Clockwork Orange

    A lot can happen in the middle of nowhere. – Fargo

    There were three men in her life. One to take her… one to love her… and one to kill her. – Once Upon A Time In The West

    This is Benjamin. He’s a little worried about his future. -The Graduate

    Anything can happen during the dog days of summer. On August 22nd, 1972, everything did. -Dog Day Afternoon

  98. Ethan myer Says:

    Justice is coming to all of us, no matter what we do
    (Watchmen)
    A basterd’s work is never done
    (Inglorious Basterds)
    the tagline for Alien is a classic

  99. he knows no fear
    he knows no danger
    he knows… NOTHING

    – Johnny English

  100. The difference between life or death can be decided in a split second. – Run Lola run
    There is no right or wrong, only fun and boring – Hackers
    They’re armed. She’s dangerous. – Serenity
    There can be only one. – Highlander
    Nice guys finish last. Meet the winners. – Dirty Rotten Scoundrels

  101. I’ll make him an offer he cannot refuse……. – godfather

  102. Oh, lord, how could I have forgotten this one?

    No Nudity. No Violence. Unspeakable Obscenity. –The Aristocrats

  103. Maybe cuz it was one of my first fav movies, but Poltergeist, and “They’re here” did it perfect for me.

  104. VillageIdiot Says:

    The Fisher King : A modern day tale about the search for love, sanity, Ethel Merman and The Holy Grail.

    Scary Movie 4 : The fourth and final chapter of the trilogy.

    City of God : Fight and you’ll never survive….. Run and you’ll never escape.

  105. i like

    Look Closer….. (American Beauty)

    Things fall down. People look up. And when it rains, it pours. (Magnolia)

    Once upon a time…in Nazi occupied France (Inglorious Basterds)

    Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire. (Schindler’s List)

    The future is history. (12 monkeys) – how could people forget this!

    and lastly ALIEN no need to even quote it

  106. “Here we go again…again.” Scorcher 6

    From Tropic Thunder fake trailers. Not really a movie, but still damn funny.

  107. Doofyducksdinner Says:

    May sound strange but
    “Space…It’s deeper than you think” Muppets in Space

  108. Doofyducksdinner Says:

    Crappy movie but “Something has found us” – Cloverfield

  109. “He’s in town with a few days to kill” – Predator 2

  110. foshizzle Says:

    “Sanka, are you dead? Ya man”
    cool runnings

  111. gobeatbox Says:

    “Catch it!”–cabin fever

    “If this one doesn’t scare you, you’re already dead”–phantasm

    “You lose some. You get some”–forgetting sarah marshall

    “Who ya gonna call?”–ghostbusters

  112. Duder NME Says:

    “The story about a boy, a girl, and a galaxy.” – Star Wars

    “In a world… one man… a renegade cop…. a robot renegade cop… when your life is no longer your own…” – The Comedian

  113. Duder NME Says:

    This one creeps me out in the trailer…

    “Abracadabra, I sit on his knee. Presto, change-o, and now he’s me! Hocus Pocus, we take her to bed. Magic is fun…when you’re dead.” – Magic

  114. dragonkff Says:

    some left out:
    the last hope for humanity… rests on a high-power machine gun(planet terror
    if you’re not back by midnight… you won’t be coming home(prom night)
    they were seven…and they fought like seven hundred(magnificent 7)
    the body count continues(friday the 13th part 2)
    train them..excite them..arm them.. then turn them loose on the nazis(dirty dozen)

  115. klaatu347 Says:

    “So young. So bad. SO WHAT!” – Reform School Girls

  116. ntmyslftdy Says:

    “He’s in town with a few days to kill.” Predator 2 – lousy movie, great tagline

  117. Yes, that Predator 2 tagline is clever. Always liked that one.

    Lots of great ones over the years, but my favorite recent one if from Fanboys (and it helps if you can picture the one-sheet):

    “Never tell them the odds”

  118. Sorry. That should have been “is from Fanboys”, not “if from Fanboys”. My goof.

  119. Martin L. Kelly Says:

    “Where nothing can go wrongg…” – Westworld

  120. roy_munson Says:

    Whit meat. Dark meat. All will be carved.
    Thanksgiving (from Grindhouse)

  121. “Teen Wolf” used the tagline, “He always wanted to be special, but he never expected this”.

    “Teen Wolf Too” then cleverly inverted this with, “He never wanted to be special, but he always expected this.”

    Well, I thought it was clever (but I’ve never seen either film).

  122. Prom Night – If your’re not back by midnight, you won’t be coming home
    Volcano – The coast is toast – Los Angeles erupts 1997
    Dante’s Peak – Exploding soon
    Titanic – Collide with history
    Terror Train – All aboard..if you dare

  123. “Invisible. Silent. Stolen.” – The Hunt for Red October

    “Only their mother can tell them apart.” – Twins

    “The show has been cancelled, but the adventure is just beginning…” – Galaxy Quest

    “They’re not your average superheroes.” – Mystery Men

    And Shanghai Noon had some funny taglines:

    “The classic western gets a kick in the pants.”

    “The old west meets the far east.”

    “The first kung-fu western ever.”

  124. Pierluigi Puccini Says:

    No way this list doesn’t have “alien”!
    or the brilliant tagline from “The last detail”

    -No *#@!!* Navy’s going to give some poor **!!@* kid eight years in the #@!* brig without me taking him out for the time of his *#@!!* life.

  125. Shop S Mart Says:

    Evil Dead II: “The Comedy/Horror of the Decayed”

    X-Files: “The truth is Out There”

    “Something beyond comprehension is happening to a little girl on this street, in this house. A man has been called for as a last resort to try and save her. That man is The Exorcist.”

  126. PREDATOR: If it bleeds, we can kill it…

    SCENT OF A WOMAN: Col. Frank Slade has a very special plan for the weekend. It involves travel, women, good food, fine wine, the tango, chauffeured limousines and a loaded forty-five. And he’s bringing Charlie along for the ride.

    CITIZEN X: You don’t want to know what he does… You just want to know when he’s caught.

    HOLLOWEEN: The trick was to stay alive.

    APT PUPIL: If you don’t believe in the existence of evil, you’ve got a lot to learn.

    SCHINDLER’S LIST: Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.

  127. The adventure 65 million years in the making. (Jurassic Park)

  128. Captain Bill Says:

    “GARBO TALKS!” – Anna Christie
    “GARBO LAUGHS!” – Ninotchka
    “A LION IN YOUR LAP!…A LOVER IN YOUR ARMS!” – Bwana Devil

  129. 2 from Die Hard with a Vengeance:

    Think fast. Look alive. Die hard.

    John McClane is about to have a very bad day.

  130. Sorry, i can’t give you ONLY five of my favorites:

    “In God We Trust. All Others We Monitor…” – Enemy of the State

    “There Is No Such Thing As A Simple Miracle.” – Awakenings

    “Where Do You Hide When The Dark Is Alive?” – Bats

    “The Day They Moved In… Beverly Hills Moved Out.” – The Beverly Hillbillies

    “Nature Called. Look Who Answered.” – Big Daddy

    “Even In War… Murder Is Murder.” – Casualties of War

    “You Can’t Prepare Where The Truth Will Take You.” – 8MM

    “Don’t Get Mad. Get Everything.” – The First Wives Club

    “To Find The Truth, Follow The Lies.” – The General’s Daughter

    “Fortune Favors The Brave.” – In God’s Hands

    “Solution To The Gun Is Not The Gun.” – The Making Of Mahatma

    “History Is Made By Those Who Break Rules.” – Men Of Honor

    “Love With Safety Off” – The Mexican

    “Sometimes The Most Desireable Relationship Is The One You Can’t Have” – The Object of My Affection

    “No More Mr. Nice Guy.” – Payback

    “Some Things In Life Just Can’t Be Explained.” – Phenomenon

    “She Was Prepared For Anything Until Love Stormed In.” – Picture Perfect

    “Anyone Is An Enemy For A Price.” – Ronin

    “The Only Person You Need To Be Is Yourself.” – Save the Last Dance

    “Some Relationships Can’t Be Explained… They Just Work.” – Three of Hearts

    “Love Doesn’t Come Cheap” – Wedding Date

    “Finally… A Man Is Listening.” – What Women Want

    “Be Careful What You Wish For” – Wishmaster

  131. “If you believe in love at first sight, then you never stop looking.” -Closer

  132. Are you watching closely? – The Prestige

    I love the smell of napalm in the morning. – Apocolypse Now

  133. “It goes to 11” – This Is Spinal Tap

    “But why is the rum gone?” – Pirates of the Caribbean

  134. Are some of these actual taglines or just quotes?

    “We’re on a Mission from God” — The Blues Brothers

    “I´ll be back” – Terminator

    “Wendy, I’m home” – The Shining

    “Why so serious” – The Dark Knight

    “They’re here.” – Poltergeist

    “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.” – Cool Hand Luke

    “I see dead people.” – Sixth Sense

    I think these were simply quotes. They may have been in the trailers but were they really taglines?

  135. Don’t see it alone, unless you like talking to yourself! (The Minus Man)
    If my memory of her has an expiration date, let it be 10,000 years (Chungking Express)
    They met at the funeral of a perfect stranger. From then on, things got perfectly stranger and stranger. (Harold and Maude)
    Love. Expulsion. Revolution. (Rushmore)
    The story of an uncommonly gentle man. (Edward Scissorhands)

    And the one I can’t believe nobody has said yet:
    Her liffe was in their hands. Now her toe is in the mail. (The Big Lebowski)

  136. “It’s full of stars!” – 2001: A Space Odyssey

  137. “The Ultimate Trip” 2001 A Space Odyssey
    “Dead in the heart of Texas” Blood Simple
    “One man’s struggle to take it easy” Ferris Bueller

  138. “When the gang’s take over the highways…remember, he’s on your side” Mad Max

  139. I like the one for The Fountain:

    “What if you could live forever?”

    Intriguing question.

  140. “everyone pretend to be normal”. Little Miss Sunshine.

  141. Clayton-
    “I’ll be back” and “Wendy, I’m home” aren’t taglines and the one from the Blues Brothers is “They’ll never get caught. They’re on a mission from God.” but the rest of the ones you listed are.

  142. Dan Lister Says:

    if you see one spider movie this year you will have missed out (eight legged freaks )

  143. “The only thing more terrifying than the last 12 minutes of this film are the first 92.”
    Suspiria

  144. Leprechaun: “The Luck of the Irish Just Ran Out”

  145. Usagi Yojimbo Says:

    “Cool. Funky. Peace” – Samurai Fiction

  146. Bolt Upright Says:

    “Between the wind and the lion is the woman. For her, half the world may go to war.” – The Wind and the Lion
    (Hey, Helen of Troy. You can take your “face that launched a thousand ships” and shove it!)

  147. “A Woman in Trouble” – Inland Empire
    “It’s a Strange World.” – Blue Velvet
    “Prepare to Visit a Town You’d Never Want to Call Home” – Gummo
    “They Did a Bad, Bad Thing.” – Eyes Wide Shut
    “Television will never be the same!” – Network
    “Welcome to the endangered species list.” – Deep Blue Sea (Come on!)

  148. WanerinRoy Says:

    Heads will roll. “Sleepy Hollow”.

  149. Henry Gonzalez Says:

    Anyone remember this one?

    The Wild Bunch.

    “Nine men who came too late, and stayed too long.”

    It’s a tagline that has stayed with me for 40 years.

  150. Roger Wilson Says:

    “If adventure has a name, it must be Indiana Jones” – Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom

  151. hankaaron Says:

    “Clint Eastwood gives New York City 24 hours, to get out town”

    From the movie “Coogan’s Bluff” (1969), where Clint Eastwood plays a modern day, small town Sheriff from Arizona (sort of like McCloud) who treks to New York to extradite a fugitive back to Arizona. Remember, that at this point in his career, Eastwood was known only for westerns.

  152. Quite a few of these are quotes from movies..NOT taglines…

    Example of a TAGLINE would be:
    “In Space No one can hear you scream” – ALIENS

  153. 1973’s “Savage”:

    Men call him Savage. Women call him all the time.

  154. Re: the Badzilla one “Size Does Matter” I kinda like the takeoff the Lucas people came up with:

    Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace – Plot does matter.

    Of course, there was a lot of irony in that statement….

  155. “Dream It In Your Living Room, Be It In The Theatre!” – The Rocky Horror Picture Show (15th. Aniversary Video Tagline)
    “Trust Me, I’m a Doctor!” – Shock Treatment
    “Don’t Panic!” – The Hitchhiker’s Guide To The Galaxy
    “Something Is Wrong With Esther!” – Orphan
    “It started Out As A Typical Day At The Tendo Matial Arts Traninig Hall” – Ranma1/2:The Movie Big Trouble In Neconron China
    “If you hear a strange noise stay put” – The Boogins
    “Every year Hollywood makes alot a of movies, this is one of them!” -Mystery Sceince Theatre 3000: The Movie
    “Somone has taken their love of horror movies too far!” – Scream
    “Boldly Go!” – Star Trek
    “In October of 1994 three student filmmakers disappeared in the woods near Burkittsville, Maryland, while shooting a documentary…A year later their footage was found” – The Blair Witch Project
    “Rip out! Barbecue! Deour! How Long Can You Take It?” -Canibal Holocaust
    “The Madness, The Memories, The Music, The Movie” – Pink Floyd The Wall
    “You Are Not Welcome Here!” – District 9
    Not a movie (actualy a seies) but, I thaught I’d put it here anyway.
    “November, 3 2009, The Visitors Are Comming! – V

  156. Several already listed are faves of mine. I’d add to the list – of personal faves, anyway –

    “The man with the hat is back. And this time, he’s bringing his Dad.” and “Have the adventure of your life keeping up with the Joneses” – Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade

    “The story of a rebel and his bike.” – Pee-wee’s Big Adventure

    “He Sold His Soul for Rock ‘n’ Roll” – Phantom of the Paradise

    “A romantic comedy. With zombies.” – Shaun of the Dead

    “Never before in the history of human civilization has there been a movie called ‘Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl'” – Monty Python Live at the Hollywood Bowl

  157. Arawyn P. Says:

    Ive always been partial to :
    She gets kidnapped, He gets killed, But it all ends up okay. The Princess Bride…
    I see the tag line for Crank 2 kinda rips this off.. as well as ripping off Monty Python…

  158. My Own Private Idaho: Wherever, whatever, have a nice day

  159. RockChurch Says:

    Many movies use a quote from the film as a tagline. Take a look at the Poltergeist poster as an example.

  160. Thanks Z, we haven’t had that example yet.
    It’s always great to bring something novel to the discussion.

    PS. I Love You: “Sometimes there’s only one thing left to say.”
    Finding Neverland: “Unlock your imagination.”
    Twilight: “When you can live forever what do you live for?”

  161. F**kin’ Road House, man. Instantly just became the best damn poster of all time. Never hurts to have Patrick Swayze on it, either.

  162. “Hey Bud, Let’s Party!” – Fast Times At Ridgemont High!

    “They’re Back From The Dead, and Ready To Party” – Return Of The Living Dead

    “The Odd Are About To Get Even!” – Revenge Of The Nerds

    “All You Need Is Love” – Across The Universe

    “Death Has Saved The Best For 3-D!” – The Final Destination

  163. I know it was a Van Damme movie , but I allways liked this one from
    ” Timecop ” ( I guess I’m a sucker for movies about time travel )

    ‘ Turn back the clock,
    and you’re history ‘.

    And I’m quoting this one from memory so I’m not sure I got it right,
    from ” Reservoir Dogs ”

    ‘ They don’t know each others name, but they’ve got each others number’

  164. “The new police recruits. Call them slobs. Call them jerks. Call them gross. – Just don’t call them when you’re in trouble. ” – Police Academy

    “Once Upon A Time In Nazi Occupied France……” – Inglorious Basterds

    “If they really got what it takes, it’s going to take everything they got” -Fame (1980)

    “I’m gonna learn how to fly” – Fame (2009)

    “Choose Your Destiny…” – Mortal Kombat

    “No Day But Today” – Rent

    “Her voice became his passion. Her love became his obsession. Her refusal became his rage….. ” – The Phantom Of The Opera

    “25 Years Of Absolute Pleasure” – The Rocky Horror Picture Show (25th. anniversary DVD release Tagline)

  165. […] Five… worst taglines A few weeks ago Ross McG gave his verdict on the best movie taglines and the response was tremendous, thanks to you all and the good people at IMDb. As a special treat, […]

  166. “Be Your Own Hero” – Whip It

  167. ‘No leader can survive becoming a legend.’ Rumble fish (1983)

    ‘Today, I killed my best friend.’ Batoru rowaiaru (2000)

    ‘Gambler. Thief. Junkie. Killer. Cop.’ Bad Lieutenant (1992)

  168. ‘All’s good if it’s excessive.’ Salò o le 120 giornate di Sodoma (1975)

  169. […] What’s your proudest moment as a blogger? ROSS McD: Getting a TV gig out of it? Having a weekly newspaper column? Making the IMDb hitlist or WordPress front page is always a thrill… ROSS McG: https://rossvross.com/2009/08/13/top-five-best-taglines/ […]

  170. Guys, loved your dissection of what is undoubtedly the finest tagline ever. Clearly this subject generates some serious interest – and with such a long list of comments admittedly I haven’t read them all, but would be surprised if the following offering features amongst them. You’ve got to hear this unashamedly cheesy summation of the paper-thin plotline of lesser known 1987 Burt Reynolds actioner ‘Malone’. You ready for this? Here goes:
    Malone –
    Ex-Cop
    Ex-C.I.A.
    Ex-plosive.

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