What Was That?—10 Famously Misquoted Movie Lines

Brody (Roy Scheider) on the boat in Jaws (1975)

At one time or another, we’ve all heard one (if not all) of these famous movie lines and maybe even uttered them ourselves. But, more often than not, we have misremembered these iconic one-liners and, as a result, have suffered from a societal case of the Mandela Effect— remembering something in a particular way, when it is in fact incorrect. 

So whether it’s the moment that Darth Vader reveals his true identity to Luke Skywalker or the moment just before Clint Eastwood blows away some criminal, we’ve taken a look at the top 10 most famously misquoted movie lines!


Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

Star Wars

Misquote: “Luke, I am your father.”
Actual Quote: “No, I am your father.”


Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Sunset Blvd.

Misquote: “I’m ready for my close-up, Mr. DeMille.”
Actual Quote: “All right, Mr. DeMille. I’m ready for my close-up.”


Dirty Harry (1971)

Dirty Harry

Misquote: “Do you feel lucky, punk?”
Actual Quote: “You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya punk?”


Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Silence of the Lambs

Misquote: “Hello, Clarice.”
Actual Quote: “Good evening, Clarice.”


Field of Dreams (1989)

Field of Dreams

Misquote: “If you build it, they will come.”
Actual Quote: “If you build it, he will come.”


Jaws (1975)


Misquote: “We’re going to need a bigger boat.”
Actual Quote: “You’re going to need a bigger boat.”


Forrest Gump (1994)

Forrest Gump

Misquote: “Mama always said, ‘Life is like a box of chocolates.’”
Actual Quote: “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates.”


The Wizard of Oz (1939)

The Wizard of Oz

Misquote: “Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
Actual Quote: "Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”


The Graduate (1967)

The Graduate

Misquote: "Mrs. Robinson, are you trying to seduce me?"
Actual Quote: "Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. Aren't you?"