Hollywood's Favorite Movie Quotes: 10 Funny Lines

9:30 AM 3/3/2016

by THR staff

THR polls the industry for Hollywood’s all-time favorite funny movie quotes.

I'll have what she's having - H 2016

Sadly, it wasn’t captured on film, but Rob Reiner had to show Meg Ryan how to have an orgasm during the filming of the famous restaurant scene in When Harry Met Sally. “An orgasm that King Kong would be jealous of,” Billy Crystal once described Reiner’s performance.

Below, we pulled the 10 highest-ranking funny lines from THR’s latest poll, Hollywood’s 100 Favorite Movie Lines. (Also, check out Hollywood’s picks for the most romantic movie quotes).

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  1. 10

    "I'm just one stomach flu away from my goal weight."

    The National Science Teachers Association encourages biology and life sciences teachers to use this line to start a conversation about body image, nutrition and digestion among teenagers.

  2. 9

    "Nobody's perfect."

    The film’s closing line was never supposed to make it into the final cut. The writers — I.A.L Diamond and director Billy Wilder — put it into the script as a placeholder, until they came up with something better.

  3. 8

    "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the war room!"

    When Stanley Kubrick sat down with Peter George to adapt George’s novel Red Alert, the director struggled with treating the material as a straight drama, as he initially intended. "My idea of doing it as a nightmare comedy came in the early weeks of working on the screenplay," Kubrick said after the film’s release. "I found that in trying to put meat on the bones and to imagine the scenes fully, one had to keep leaving out of it things which were either absurd or paradoxical, in order to keep it from being funny; and these things seemed to be close to the heart of the scenes in question."

  4. 7

    "Argo f— yourself."

    Screenwriter Chris Terrio actually found this memorable piece of dialogue in the real, declassified CIA report that agent Tony Melendez (played by Ben Affleck) wrote about the Iran Hostage Crisis rescue mission.

  5. 6

    "Hasta la vista, baby."

    "Sayonara, baby" was used in the Spanish-language version of the film since hasta la vista wouldn’t have been funny to Spanish-speaking audiences.

  6. 5

    "Show me the money!"

    "The most surreal part of hearing the line reappear in the culture," writer-director Cameron Crowe tells THR about Cuba Gooding Jr.'s signature phrase, "was when George W. Bush and then Barack Obama both quoted it in their State of the Union speeches. When Obama said it, my mom called immediately: 'OK, you did it,' she said, 'you got Bush and Obama to agree about something.'"

  7. 4

    "Leave the gun. Take the cannoli."

    Richard Castellano, who played Clemenza, ad-libbed "take the cannoli," riffing on an earlier scene where his character's wife asks him to pick up the dessert on his way home.

  8. 3

    "I am serious. And don't call me Shirley."

    "I think people remember the line because of Leslie Nielsen’s delivery," Jeff Zucker (who co-wrote the script with his brother David and Jim Abrahamson) tells THR. "The way he said it was exactly what we were going for. We told the actors to pretend they didn’t know they were in a comedy."

  9. 2

    "Yippie-ki-yay, motherf—er!"

    "I wrote 'Yippe-ki-yay, asshole,'" says screenwriter Steven E. de Souza. "But Bruce, on his final take, ad-libbed the 'motherfer,' much to the amusement of the crew. The studio nervously left it in for the first test screening and the reaction made it permanent. But you don't always know.”

  10. 1

    "I'll have what she's having."

    According to Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan was so self-conscious about faking an orgasm, director Rob Reiner faked "an orgasm that King Kong would be jealous of" to make her relax.