10 Iconic Lines from the Past Decade, Ranked

Fletcher (played by J.K. Simmons) coaches Andrew (played by Miles Teller) as he plays the drums in Whiplash (2014)

They say actions speak louder than words, but in movies, sometimes the opposite is true. Whether you’re a movie buff or just a fan of the cinema, we all at some point have gone home with a distinct quote reverberating in our minds. From past movies have come some of the most iconic quotes that have become a daily, household phrase. But when is it that these quotes cross the threshold from being just another movie line to becoming a landmark in movie history?

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We have gone through and ranked our top 10 favorite movie quotes from the last decade to bring some light to these lines that we believe contend to go down in history!


10. “A million dollars isn't cool. You know what's cool? A billion dollars”
The Social Network (2010)

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Mark Zuckerberg (Jesse Eisenberg) and Sean Parker (Justin Timberlake) in The Social Network (2010)

Quoting the real-life Sean Parker, entrepreneur and founder of the file-sharing computer service, Napster, Justin Timberlake delivers this line in a meeting with the young co-founders of Facebook. This line embodies the blind chase for wealth and success at any cost, even losing your closest friends. 


9. “We’re in love. We just want to be together. What’s wrong with that?”
Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

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Suzy (Kara Hayward) and Sam (Jared Gilman) in Moonrise Kingdom (2012)

We all remember our first love (or at least what we thought to be love), but in Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, we find a truly deep connection between this young couple that displays an almost preternatural understanding of affection. With this simple and straightforward quote, we are transported back to that nostalgic feeling of young love. 


8. “Now you’re in the sunken place.” 
Get Out (2017)

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Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) in Get Out (2017)

The Sunken Place refers to a trance-like state the victims of hypnosis are trapped in when their bodies are maliciously taken over by a host. In Get Out, this term is used to symbolize the continued oppression of African Americans in the US.


7. “Is this your king?”
Black Panther (2018)

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Erik Killmonger (Michael B. Jordan) and T'Challa / Black Panther (Chadwick Boseman) in Black Panther (2018)

Marvel has truly mastered the perfect villain, evoking emotion from audiences to create a unified hatred of each character. They have always left these villains with some of the more impactful lines in their movies, not sparing this quote that brought up feelings of anger, empathy, and betrayal. 

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6. “Chewie, we’re home.” 
Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

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Chewbacca (Peter Mayhew) and Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens (2015)

There’s no place like home, even for Han Solo and Chewbacca. This quote not only showed their sense of security and familiarity, but for Star Wars fans, this line brought on a tidal wave of nostalgia and emotion. 

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5. “I was perfect.”
Black Swan (2010)

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Nina Sayers / The Swan Queen (Natalie Portman) in Black Swan (2010)

Following another story of obsession and the arts, Natalie Portman’s line from Black Swan shows her fixation on becoming “perfect” in her role as a dancer, no matter what the cost. 


4. "Look at me. I'm the captain now." 
Captain Phillips (2013)

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(left to right) Muse (Barkhad Abdi), Captain Richard Phillips (Tom Hanks), and Elmi (Mahat M. Ali) in Captain Phillips (2013)

Though this quote has been more popular in meme trends online, the line itself was chillingly delivered by a Somali pirate as he stormed the bridge of the cargo ship to kidnap Captain Phillips (Tom Hanks). This line has been popularly used to illustrate a major change spearheaded by one individual.

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3. “I am Groot.” 
Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

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Groot (voiced by Vin Diesel) in Guardians of the Galaxy (2014)

He’s not a man of many words—three words to be exact—but they say “actions speak louder than words.” Though he may have a limited vocabulary, Groot never has a hard time getting his point across, and in the uttering of these three simple words, he has managed to make many powerful statements. 


2. “Not my tempo.” 
Whiplash (2014)

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Andrew (Miles Teller) and Fletcher (J.K. Simmons) in Whiplash (2014)

Yet another quote skewed by online meme trends, “not my tempo” may be one of the more anxiety-inducing lines delivered in modern movies. Delivered (or should we say ruthlessly screamed) by J.K. Simmons, this simple line that began as a friendly critique and escalated into a dehumanizing threat demonstrates his dedication and borderline insanity when it comes to his instructing.


1. "Well, I don't want to survive. I want to live." 
12 Years a Slave (2013)

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Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor) in 12 Years a Slave (2013)

From the Academy Award®-winning movie 12 Years A Slave (2013) comes this powerful line that not only shows the unbelievable torment endured in the life of a slave but urges the viewer to live their life with purpose and joy rather than just gritting their teeth and getting by. Truly a quote that resonated in our minds long after the movie was over, and pushed us to thrive in our daily lives.