Everybody agrees that the 80s was a great decade for movies. From Terminator to The Lost Boys to Dirty Dancing, there was something for everyone in the era of epic sci-fi movies and Brat Pack high school comedies. In the article below we’ve included 20 of the best lines from a wide selection of classic 80s films. See which ones you can remember quoting weeks and months after you had first been to the cinema…

Darth Vader's famous quote from The Empire Strikes Back

There’s plenty of much-loved movies in there, from Star Wars to Die Hard, so it’s time to say “Yippe-ki-yay, motherf****r!” and scroll down this list to relive some of your favourite 80s movie quotes.


John Maclain in Die Hard

1.”I was in here yesterday and you wouldn’t wait on me. You work on commission right? Big mistake, big….Huge! I have to go shopping now.”

Julia Roberts and Richard Gere in Pretty Woman

Julia Roberts was at her finest here as Vivian Ward in Pretty Woman.

2. “Hey You Guys!!”

Sloth from The Goonies

As yelled by Sloth, played by John Matuszak in The Goonies.

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3. “Death By Stereo.”

The 'Death by Stereo' scene from The Lost Boys

As uttered by the late great Corey Haim, who played Sam in the The Lost Boys.

4. “You have 13 hours in which to solve the labyrinth, before your baby brother becomes one of us, forever.”

David Bowie in Labyrinth

The iconic singer and musician David Bowie played Jareth, The Goblin King in Labyrinth.

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5. “There’s a Peck here, with an acorn pointed at me!”

Val Kilmer as Madmartigan in Willow

This was a line from the movie Willow, starring a young Warwick Davis. However, this particular quote was from Madmartigan, played by Val Kilmer.

6. “Strange Things are Afoot at the Circle K!”

Bill and Ted during their Excellent Adventure

Far out! This was a classic line from Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. The quote itself came from Ted, who was played by The Matrix star Keanu Reeves in one of his first ever roles.

7. “That’s Not a Knife…. That’s a Knife.”

Bill Hogan gets his knife out in Crocodile Dundee

One of the most quotable lines of the 80s, this was Paul Hogan as Mick Dundee, in Crocodile Dundee.

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8. “Stephanie Reassemble.”

Johnny 5 from Short Circuit

This was Johnny 5’s plea to Stephanie after he squashes a grass hopper in Short Circuit. Johnny 5 was voiced by Tim Blaney.

9. “Get Away From Her You BITCH!”

Sigourney Weaver as Ellen Ripley in Alien

Ellen Ripley from Aliens was played by Sigourney Weaver, who uttered this line whilst trying to save Newt (Carrie Henn). Affirmative!

10. “I Don’t Get It.”

Tom Hanks in Big

Josh Baskin (played by Tom Hanks) innocently brings down his rival, Paul, in Big.

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11. “Yippee-Ki-Yay Mother F****r!”

Bruce Willis in Die Hard

The immortal words of John McClane (Bruce Willis) in Die Hard and in pretty much every Die Hard thereafter!

12. “I Feel the Need, the Need For Speed.”

Maverick and Goose in Top Gun

As said jointly by Tom Cruise as Maverick and Anthony Edwards as Goose in Top Gun.

13. “No, I Am Your Father.”

Darth Vader speaking to his son Luke

These words were uttered by the voice of James Earl Jones as Darth Vader in The Empire Strikes Back.

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14. “Gonna make it, Gonna make it, Not gonna make it, Not gonna make it, Not gonna make it!”

Steve Martin in The Three Amigos

Steve Martin played Lucky Day in The Three Amigos. He shouted this line whilst trying to escape El Guapo’s trap.

15. “Nobody Puts Baby in a Corner.”

Patrick Swayze and Jennifer Grey in Dirty Dancing

Patrick Swayze as Johnny Castle in Dirty Dancing. Apparently the actor himself hated the line and thought it was too cheesy (it is).

16. “We Came, We Saw, We Kicked Its Ass.”

Bill Murray as Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters

It’s Bill Murray as Peter Venkman in Ghostbusters, of course!

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17. “Come With Me if You Want to Live.”

Michael Biehn in Terminator

First said by Kyle Reese played by Michael Biehn in Terminator, but later used in the sequels too.

18. “I am Serious and Don’t Call Me Shirley.”

Leslie Nielsen in Airplane!

It’s Leslie Nielsen as Dr Rumack in Airplane! This was everybody’s favourite spoof film in the 80s.

19. “Catch Ya Later, Navigator.”

A scene from Flight of the Navigator

This was the voice of Paul Reubens as Trimaxion “Max” in Flight of the Navigator.

20. “Wax On, Wax Off.”

Pat Morita and Ralph Macchio in The Karate Kid

As said by Mr Miyagi, who was played by Pat Morita in The Karate Kid.

Is one of your favourite 80s movie quotes not on our list? Add it in the comments section!