Arnie's "I'll be back” tops movie quotes Brits love to say


There are many instantly recognisable quotes from films and TV shows that Brits love to repeat, but Arnold Schwarzenegger’s famous “I’ll be back” from Terminator tops the list, with nearly two thirds of people (62 per cent) admitting to using the line in conversation and on social media.

“D’oh” topped TV show list in BT TV poll

There are many instantly recognisable quotes from films and TV shows that Brits love to repeat, but Arnold Schwarzenegger’s famous “I’ll be back” from Terminator tops the list, with nearly two thirds of people (62 per cent) admitting to using the line in conversation and on social media.

He’s possibly the most quotable actor, securing a second spot in the top 10 BT TV movie quotes list with his follow up quote “Hasta la vista, baby” from Terminator 2: Judgment Day.

The BT TV study of 2,000 Brits, who have all used a quote when speaking to others, also looked at the nation’s favourite TV shows quotes, with the long-running animated series The Simpsons “D’oh!” coming out top. Hot on Homer Simpson’s tail is everyone’s favourite grumpy neighbour, Victor Meldrew with his famous “I don’t believe it” line.

Top 10 movie quotes Top 10 TV show quotes
1. “I’ll be back” - Terminator 1. “D’oh!” – The Simpsons
2. “Houston we have a problem” - Apollo 13 2. “I don’t believe it” – One Foot in the Grave
3. “I could tell you but then I’d have to kill you” – Top Gun 3. “You plonker” – Only Fools and Horses
4. “E.T. phone home” – E.T. The Extra Terrestrial 4. “How you doin’?” - Friends
5. “Frankly my dear I don’t give a damn” – Gone With the Wind 5. “Yabba dabba doo!” – The Flintstones
6. “May the force be with you” – Star Wars: A New Hope 6. “You are the weakest link. Goodbye” – The Weakest Link
7. “You talking to me?” – Taxi Driver 7. “Is that your final answer?” – Who Wants to be a Millionaire
8. “Hasta la vista baby” – Terminator 2: Judgement Day 8. “Am I bovvered?” – The Catherine Tate Show
9. “My precious” – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers 9. “Exterminate” – Doctor Who
10. “The name’s Bond. James Bond” – Bond: Doctor No 10. “I’m free!” – Are you Being Served?

On average, Brits like to say lines from film and TV shows three times a week and the people we are most likely to say them to are our friends (43 per cent) followed by our partners (42 per cent). Over two thirds of people (69 per cent) said it’s funny to say the lines, and half of people (51 per cent) said they sum up moments in life. Film critic James King commented: “There are so many iconic quotes in these lists from different eras of film and television, there is something for everyone. Arnie has some great lines from the Terminator series and when you say them you instantly know they were said by him and what film they are from. But there are many quotes here that people say a lot but perhaps don’t realise originate from a film or TV show.”

Tony Singh, Director of Content at BT TV, said: “Great TV brings us closer together and films play such a powerful part in our lives that all of us borrow quotes from the movies when speaking to our friends and families or when posting on social media. My personal favourite is ‘Make him an offer he can’t refuse’ from Coppola’s masterpiece The Godfather, which sadly didn’t make it into the list.”

When quizzed almost 35 per cent of young adults admitted they quote from films ‘all the time’ while almost 35 per cent of people aged over 65 admitted to doing it ‘sometimes.

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Notes to editors

Research of 2,001 adults aged over 18 conducted by Mortar on behalf of BT.

  Top 50 film quotes
1 "I'll be back" Terminator
2 "Houston we have a problem" Apollo 13
3 "I could tell you but then I'd have to kill you" Top Gun
4 "E.T. Phone home" E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
5 "Frankly my dear I don't give a damn" Gone with the Wind
6 "May the force be with you" Star Wars: A New Hope
7 "You talking to me?" Taxi Driver
8 "Hasta la vista baby" Terminator 2: Judgement Day
9 "My precious" The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
10 "The names Bond James Bond" Bond: Doctor. No
11 "Here's Johnny" The Shining
12 "Elementary my dear Watson" The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes
13 "My mama always said ?life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get" Forest Gump
14 "You can't handle the truth" A Few Good Men
15 "Go ahead make my day" Sudden Impact
16 "To infinity and beyond" Toy Story
17 "Nobody puts Baby in the corner" Dirty Dancing
18 "Hakuna Matata" The Lion King
19 "Make him an offer he can't refuse" Godfather
20 "I'll have what she's having" When Harry Met Sally
21 "Here's looking at you kid" Casablanca
22 "Show me the money" Jerry Maguire
23 "Good morning Vietnam" Good morning Vietnam
24 "I am serious and don't call me Shirley" Airplane
25 "You're gonna need a bigger boat." Jaws
26 "I am your father" Star: Wars: The Empire Strikes Back
37 "Big mistake" Pretty Woman
38 "I see dead people" The Sixth Sense
29 "Yipee-Ki-Yay?" Die Hard
30 "A Martini shaken not stirred" Bond: Goldfinger
31 "As if!" Clueless
32 "Say hello to my little friend" Scarface
33 "Practically perfect in every way" Mary Poppins
34 "I'm a good girl I am" My Fair Lady
35 "They may take our lives but they'll never take our freedom" Braveheart
36 "We're not in Kanas anymore!" Wizard of Oz
37 "Wilson!" Cast Away
38 "Why so serious?" The Dark Knight
39 "I solemnly swear that I am up to no good" Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
40 "If you build it they will come" Field of Dreams
41 "I'm king of the World" Titanic
42 "That'll do pig. That'll do" Babe
43 "In case I don't see you? Good afternoon good evening and good night." Truman Show
44 "It's been emotional" Lock Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
45 "How do you like them apples?" Good Will Hunting
46 "Roads? Where we're going we don't need roads." Back to the Future
47 "Wingardium leviosa" Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone
48 "On Wednesdays we wear pink" Mean Girls
49 "We came we saw we kicked it's ass" Ghostbusters
50 "Put the bunny back in the box" Con Air
  Top 50 TV show quotes
1 D'oh!" Simpsons"
2 I don't believe it" One Foot in the Grave"
3 You Plonker" Only Fools and Horses"
4 How you doin'?" Friends"
5 Yabba Dabba Doo!" The Flintstones"
6 You are the weakest link. Goodbye" The Weakest Link"
7 Is that your final answer" Who Wants to be a Millionaire"
8 Am I Bovvered?" The Catherine Tate Show"
9 Exterminate" Doctor Who"
10 I'm free!" Are You Being Served?"
11 To boldly go where no man has gone before" - Star Trek "
12 I love it when a plan comes together" The A-Team"
13 Good night John Boy" The Waltons"
14 Don't mention the war - Fawlty Towers
15 Nice to see you to see you nice" The Generation Game"
16 Our survey says?" - Family Fortunes "
17 Yeahbutt Nobutt" Little Britain"
18 This time next year we'll be millionaires - Only Fools and Horses
19 Don't tell him Pike!" Dad's Army"
20 Get outta my pub!" Eastenders"
21 Na-nu Na-nu" Mork and Mindy"
22 Oh my god. They killed Kenny!" South Park"
23 The truth is out there" X Files"
24 Don't tell him Pike! - Dad's Army
25 What'chu talkin' ?bout Willis?" Different Strokes"
26 To the Batmobile" Batman"
37 Book him Danno" Hawaii Five-0"
38 I would have got away with it if it wasn't for you pesky kids" - Scooby Doo"
29 Look! Up in the sky! It's a bird! It's a plane! It's Superman!" Adventures of Superman"
30 ?No likey no lightey ? Take Me Out"
31 Bazinga" The Big Bang Theory"
32 Ooh Betty the cat's done a woopsie - Some Mother do '?Ave 'Em
33 Aay!" Happy Days"
34 On your marks. Get set. Bake!" Great British Bake Off"
35 Yada yada yada" Seinfeld"
36 I'm listening" Frasier"
37 Giggity Giggity" Family Guy"
38 Sweetie Darling!" Absolutely Fabulous"
39 I'm ready" Spongebob Squarepants"
40 What's next?" The West Wing"
41 They're screwing with the wrong people" The Walking Dead"
42 When jumping in muddy puddles you must wear your boots" Peppa Pig"
43 Save the cheerleader save the world" Heroes"
44 That's what she said" The Office (US)"
45 It's handled" Scandal"
46 Fact!" The Office (UK)"
47 Paw Patrol to the lookout!" Paw Patrol"
48 If you don't like what's being said change the conversation" Mad Men"
49 Everybody lies" House"
50 Pretty pretty pretty good" Curb Your Enthusiasm"