56 Brilliant Things '80s Movies Taught Us About Life And Love

Iconic quotes from iconic movies.

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Back before texts, the way to really get your point across was to stand outside a girl's window a boom box over your head blasting Peter Gabriel. Or at least that's what we learned from Lloyd Dobler in the 80s classic Say Anything.

But we have not only learned about love from movies from the 1980s, we've learned so much about life.

There are so many famous movies that came out of that iconic decade, like Terminator, Star Wars, Pretty Woman, Back to the Future, and many more. 


Each of them has provided us with 80s movie quotes and other classic lines that just get love and life.

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1. "This may sound Incredibly dumb, but I love you, and I'll do anything to make you love me." — Sixteen Candles

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2. "If someone doesn't believe in me, I can't believe in them."  — Andie (Molly Ringwald), Pretty in Pink

3. "Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die!" — The Princess Bride

4. “Life isn't like in the movies. Life... is much harder.” — Cinema Paradiso


5. "All I ever wanted to do was get close to you." — Can't Buy Me Love

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6. "I want a serious girlfriend. Somebody I can love, that's gonna love me back. Is that psycho?" — Jake (Michael Schoeffling), Sixteen Candles

7. "Tell me somethin', my friend. You ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?" — Batman

8. "Don't you have a dark side? I know, you're probably one of those cheerful people who dot their "i's" with little hearts." — When Harry Met Sally

9. "You want beauty, look in the mirror." — Pretty In Pink

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10. "She gave me a pen. I gave her my heart, and she gave me a pen." — Say Anything

11. “Be afraid. Be very afraid.” — The Fly

12. "I don't want sex. Anyone can have sex. I want a relationship. I want romance." — Fast Times at Ridgemont High

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13. "She is the only evidence of God I have seen with the exception of the mysterious force that removes one sock for the dryer every time I do my laundry." — St. Elmo's Fire

14. “I’m not crazy. I’ve just been in a very bad mood for 40 years.” — Steel Magnolias

15. “Everyone runs in her own way, or his own way. And where does the power come from, to see the race to its end? From within.” — When Harry Met Sally

16. "You look good wearing my future." — Some Kind of Wonderful

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17. ”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.” — Pretty Woman

18. “We’re all pretty bizarre. Some of us are just better at hiding it, that’s all.” — The Breakfast Club

19. "Nobody really thinks it will work, do they? You just described every great success story." — Say Anything

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20. "We came, we saw, we kicked its ass." — Peter Venkman (Bill Murray), Ghostbusters

21. “Say ‘hello’ to my little friend. ” — Scarface

22. “You said you couldn’t believe in anyone who didn’t believe in you. I believed in you. You just didn’t believe in me.” — Blaine, Pretty in Pink

23. “Me? I'm scared of everything. I'm scared of what I saw, I'm scared of what I did, of who I am, and most of all I'm scared of walking out of this room and never feeling the rest of my whole life the way I feel when I'm with you.” — Dirty Dancing

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24. "I feel the need, the need for speed." — Maverick (Tom Cruise), Top Gun

25. “I know you are but what am I?” — Pee-wee's Big Adventure

26. “That’s why they call them crushes. If they were easy, they’d call ’em something else.” — Jim Baker, Sixteen Candles

27. "When you grow up your heart dies." — The Breakfast Club

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28. "Nobody puts Baby in a corner." — Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze), Dirty Dancing

29. “Life moves pretty fast. You don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” — Ferris Bueller's Day Off

30. “Maybe I didn’t really know you. Maybe you were just a mirage. Maybe the world is full of food and sex and spectacle and we’re all just hurling towards an apocalypse, in which case it’s not your fault. I’m been thinking about all these things and…you’re probably standing there monitoring. And one more thing: about the letter. Nuke it. Flame it. Destroy it. It hurts me to know it’s out there. Later.” — Lloyd Dobler, Say Anything

31. "I am desperately, completely ... in love with you." — St. Elmo's Fire

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32. "Wax on, wax off." — Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita), The Karate Kid

33. "Do or do not, there is no try." — Yoda, Empire Strikes Back

34. “No one can stand being alone. The minute you stop thinking there’s someone out there for you, it’s over you know?” — Keith, Some Kind of Wonderful

35. "Do I love you? My God, if your love were a grain of sand, mine would be a universe of beaches." — Westley, The Princess Bride

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36. "I gotta take a stand. I gotta take a stand against him. I am not gonna sit on my ass as the events that affect me unfold to determine the course of my life. I'm gonna take a stand. I'm gonna defend it. Right or wrong, I'm gonna defend it." — Ferris Bueller's Day Off

37. "Forever is a long time, and time has a way of changing things." — The Fox and the Hound

38. “Never trust a woman who says she isn’t angry.” — Kevin, St. Elmo’s Fire

39. "I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible." — Harry, When Harry Met Sally

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40. "Little pigs, little pigs, let me come in. Not by the hair on your chinny-chin-chin? Then I'll huff, and I'll puff, and I'll blow your house in." — The Shining

41. "All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain." — Blade Runner

42. “Loretta, I love you. Not like they told you love is. And I didn’t know this either, but love don’t make things nice. It ruins everything. It breaks your heart. It makes things a mess. We aren’t here to make things perfect. The snowflakes are perfect. The stars are perfect. Not us. Not us. We are here to ruin ourselves and to break our hearts and love the wrong people and die.” — Ronny, Moonstruck

43. "You better shape up, 'cause I need a man. And my heart is set on you." — Grease

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44. "Listen to me, mister. You're my knight in shining armor. Don't you forget it. You're gonna get back on that horse and I'm gonna be right behind you, holding on tight and away we're gonna go, go, go!" — On Golden Pond

45. "Carpe Diem boys. Seize the Day. Make your lives extraordinary!" — Dead Poets Society

46. “You had to be big shots, didn’t you? You had to show off. When are you gonna learn that people will like you for who you are, not for what you can give them?” — Lisa, Weird Science

47. "When you love them they can drive you crazy because they know they can." — Moonstruck

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48. “In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the woman.” — Scarface

49. “People, when you do find that special somebody, you gotta hold that man, hold that woman! Love him, please him, squeeze her, please her! Signify your feelings with every gentle caress, because it's so important to have that special somebody to hold, to kiss, to miss, to squeeze, and please!” — The Blues Brothers

50. "Ha! What did I tell you?! 88 miles per hour! The temporal displacement occurred exactly 1:20 AM and zero seconds!" — Doc Brown, Back To The Future

51. "E.T. phone home." — E.T. the Extra Terrestrial

52. "America has rolled by like an army of steamrollers. It has been erased like a blackboard, rebuilt and erased again. But baseball has marked the time. This field, this game: it's a part of our past, Ray. It reminds of us of all that once was good and it could be again. Oh... people will come Ray. People will most definitely come." — Terence Mann (James Earl Jones), Field of Dreams

53. "I'll be back." — Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terminator

54. “Strange things are afoot at the Circle K.” — Bill and Ted

55. “Come out the coast, we’ll get together, have a few laughs…" — John McClane, Die Hard

56. "You both seem to be suffering from a mild form of hysteria." — Sigmund Freud, Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure

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Brittany White is a writer who has been published in the Ocean Drive Magazine, Central Florida Future, YourTango, and Knight News.