What are the greatest taglines ever?

Posted by · 11:48 am · August 8th, 2008

In the “Appaloosa” post below, I mention how striking the tagline for the film was: “Feelings get you killed.”  So cold, so direct, so perfect in so many ways.

It has me wondering, what are the greatest movie taglines of all time?  “Look closer” from “American Beauty” comes to mind.  I also always loved “The man with the barbed-wire soul” from “Hud.”  “Don’t go in the water?”  “In space, no one can hear you scream?”  “An adventure 65 million years in the making?”  “There’s something about your first piece?”

I don’t know, you guys tell me…what’s the greatest film tagline of all time?

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  • 1 8-08-2008 at 1:06 pm

    Agent69 said...

    “In space, no one can hear you scream” is the ultimate tagline

    Some other great ones are :
    “Check in. Relax. Take a shower.”
    “I’m in trouble, George… bad trouble”
    “Not that it matters, but most of it is true.”
    “Pathetic Earthlings… Who Can Save You Now?”
    “This time, it’s war.”

  • 2 8-08-2008 at 1:12 pm

    John K said...

    “You’ll believe a man can fly.” Obviously.

    “For three men the Civil War wasn’t hell. It was practice!” Pure awesome.

    In terms of movies released when I was actually alive:
    “His story will touch you, even though he can’t.”
    “I already forget how I used to feel about you.”

    And of course, “What if this guy got you pregnant?” Pretty bad movie, inspired marketing.

  • 3 8-08-2008 at 1:33 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    Moving beyond the obvious ones, my favourite is the line for “Petulia:”

    The uncommon movie.

    Says it all. Amazing film, too.

  • 4 8-08-2008 at 1:35 pm

    Guy Lodge said...

    In a similar vein, I love Annie Hall’s line too:

    A nervous comedy.

  • 5 8-08-2008 at 3:28 pm

    Jack said...

    My favorite has to be from The Shawshank Redemption:
    “Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free.”
    There’s also Gattaca:
    “There is no gene for the human spirit.”
    Both I think are extremely inspirational

  • 6 8-08-2008 at 4:07 pm

    Dillon said...

    hmm, definately
    brokeback mountain – “Love is a Force of Nature”
    deliver us from evil – “For Some There’s No Such Thing As Salvation.”
    an inconvenient truth – “The Scariest Movie You’ll Ever See”
    pan’s labyrinth – “Innocence Has a Power Evil Cannot Imagine”

    and, even though the movie was not exactly “good”
    star wars episode II – “A Jedi Shall Not Know Hatred. Nor Anger. Nor Love”

  • 7 8-08-2008 at 4:26 pm

    Belik said...

    “Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.”

    “Cops or Criminals. When you’re facing a loaded gun what’s the difference?”

    “Being the adventures of a young man whose principal interests are rape, ultra-violence and Beethoven.”

  • 8 8-08-2008 at 7:07 pm

    John Travolta said...

    The Departed one was very good.
    There Will Be Blood’s was also very direct and good
    Annie Hall’s was good
    I love Brokeback’s.

  • 9 8-08-2008 at 8:51 pm

    Casey said...

    Mischief. Mayhem. Soap

  • 10 8-08-2008 at 9:26 pm

    Aaron said...

    “Look closer” from American Beauty is fantastic. Love the poster for it too.

    I also like, even though it’s kinda cheesy, “Someone has taken their love of scary movies one step too far.” Scream. Great horror film.

  • 11 8-08-2008 at 9:36 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I just thought of one recent tagline I loved: Charming. Magnetic. Murderous.

  • 12 8-09-2008 at 12:19 am

    Leone said...

    Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water. JAWS 2

  • 13 8-09-2008 at 1:58 am

    noveltyhat said...

    They came home to bury mom… and her killer.
    – Four Brothers

    The Magic Begins November 1994.
    – The Swan Princess

    This time there are two.
    – Terminator 2

    It’s better to be a fake somebody than a real nobody.
    – The Talented Mr. Ripley

    From the company that brought you “Zombies of Mora Tau” and “Lawrence of Arabia.”
    – The Lost Skeleton of Cadavra

    A MAN – Trying to run away from his past… A WOMAN – Trying to escape her future!
    – Out of the Past

    This summer, someone’s got some Atoning to do.

  • 14 8-09-2008 at 5:53 am

    Glenn said...

    The “Alien” tagline is my second favourite, but my #1 tagline is “The Texas Chain Saw Massacre”


    Doesn’t that terrify you? I also think “Last House on the Left” had a doozy “…it’s only a movie…”

  • 15 8-09-2008 at 6:01 am

    Rasgriz said...

    Never forget, never forgive
    Sweeney Todd

    You think you know who you are. You have no idea

    There Will Be Greed. There Will Be Vengeance. There will be Blood

    Life is one long insane trip. Some people just have better directions
    Donnie Darko

    “As far back as I can remember, I’ve always wanted to be a gangster.” — Henry Hill, Brooklyn, N.Y. 1955

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

  • 16 8-09-2008 at 6:19 am

    David said...

    If Nancy Doesn’t Wake Up Screaming She Won’t Wake Up At All…

  • 17 8-09-2008 at 7:29 am

    John Foote said...

    Sent this earlier, not sure why it didn’t make it through —
    “You’ll believe a man can fly”… Superman (1978)…and we did,


    “They’re young, they’re in love…and they kill people” (Bonnie and Clyde)

  • 18 8-09-2008 at 9:08 am

    AJ said...

    um…17 comments and no Beauty and the Beast?

    “The Most Beautiful Love Story Ever Told”

  • 19 8-09-2008 at 10:19 am

    Adrianna said...

    Tagline that made me see a movie I’d never heard of:
    “A romantic comedy. With zombies”. (Shaun of the Dead)
    And the tagline that encouraged me to see the next one:
    “Big cops. Small town. Moderate violence”. (Hot Fuzz).

    Interesting to see how tag lines treat controversial matters of the day:
    “They couldn’t like each other less. They couldn’t need each other more”. (The Defiant Ones, 1958)
    “Because of the adult nature of it’s theme, this film is not recommended for children”. (The Children’s Hour, 1961). Variation: “what made these women different?”
    “They’re going to pin something on that smart cop from Philadelphia…maybe a medal…maybe a murder!” (In the Heat of the Night, 1967)

    Another classic:
    “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate”. (Cool Hand Luke)

    And ones that really resonate after you’ve seen the movie, from “Edward Scissorhands”:
    “His scars run deep”.
    “Edward lived alone where he could hurt no-one and no-one could hurt him. Until the day the Avon Lady came calling…”

  • 20 8-09-2008 at 10:34 am

    Jeff said...

    haha, sorry to be enslaved to the recent hysteria over dark knight, but you can’t deny the tagline is great:

    “Why So Serious?”

  • 21 8-09-2008 at 10:35 am

    Ross Miller said...

    This isn’t a movie but a TV show tagline but it’s fantastic enough for that to be acceptable (:P) –

    “He takes life. Seriously” – Dexter

  • 22 8-09-2008 at 6:16 pm

    William Goss said...

    “Matt never saw her coming… but all his friends had!” -The Girl Next Door

    (What? Don’t give me that look…)

  • 23 8-11-2008 at 4:05 am

    Max said...

    The damnedest thing you ever saw! (Nashville)

    Play At Your Own Risk. (The Crying Game)

    They Never Saw It Coming. (Derailed)

    Sister, sister, oh so fair, why is there blood all over your hair? (What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?)

    Having a wonderful time, wish I were here. (Postcards from the Edge)

  • 24 8-11-2008 at 4:06 am

    Max said...

    and one last one……

    No one stays at the top forever. (Casino)

  • 25 8-11-2008 at 5:14 am

    William Goss said...

    A recent favorite: “You must admit, you brought this on yourself.” -Funny Games

  • 26 8-11-2008 at 10:40 am

    BurmaShave said...

    I’ve always been partial to “Pray for Michael Sullivan”

  • 27 8-11-2008 at 5:57 pm

    Chad said...

    “What Would NPH Do?”

    Seriously though, I think taglines should be abolished altogether.

  • 28 4-11-2009 at 1:50 pm

    Sandman said...

    “Ein, Zwei, Die!”, from “Dead Snow”, a movie about nazi-zombies

  • 29 4-11-2009 at 2:04 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    How about the one for Crank 2: High Voltage?

    “He was dead…but he got better.”

  • 30 8-24-2009 at 8:39 am

    Sarah said...

    Notting Hill

    ” I am just a girl standing in front of a boy asking him to love me ”


  • 31 5-07-2011 at 5:47 pm

    Ashleigh said...

    Either Aladdin. ” Imagine if you had three wishes, three hopes, three dreams and they could all come true.”
    or Princess and the Frog. “The most magical kiss the world has ever known.”