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Memorable Movie Tag Lines

It is no mean feat to sum up an entire movie in 12 words or less. Kudos, then, to all those invisible wunderkinds who, at their best, manage to convey the tone, premise and flavour of a picture in a sentence guaranteed to lodge itself in the memory.


Here at MSN Movies we think it's high time the tagline's integral role in the cinema going experience was recognised and saluted. Here are some of the best.

Jaws 2
Allied to an image of a big shark patrolling the waves, this ingenious tagline has been parodied ever since.



“Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water.”




Alien
Instantly memorable, endlessly quotable and chillingly ominous, the brilliant tagline for Ridley Scott's space shocker is as good as it gets.



“In space no one can hear you scream.”




Robocop
You only have to read this once to know exactly what Paul Verhoeven's film is - Dirty Harry in a metal suit.



“Part man. Part machine. All cop.”




Cocktail
Whatever you think of Tom Cruise, you've got to love that pun. Funny that there haven't been more films about bartenders.



“When he pours, he reigns.”




The 40-Year-Old Virgin
A play on words that manages to be both perfectly innocent and naughtily risqué. It's all in the mind, you see.



“The longer you wait, the harder it gets.”




The Fly
A tagline guaranteed to send people into David Cronenberg's 1986 horror with a sense of expectant dread.



“Be afraid. Be very afraid.”




Crank: High Voltage
Think the first one was stupid? Well, this one's even more insane! That's the message behind the tagline for this Jason Statham sequel.



“He was dead… but he got better.”




Close Encounters of the Third Kind
What might appear menacing now had an element of beguiling wonder when Spielberg's 1977 fantasy was first released.



“We are not alone.”




Alien Vs Predator
Simple and to the point, this tagline maintains the "Alien" franchise's admirable reputation for clarity and economy.



“Whoever wins… we lose.”




The Commitments
A smart tagline that makes you warm to the heroes of Alan Parker's 1991 musical before you've even meet them.



“They had absolutely nothing. But they were willing to risk it all."




Easy Rider
A wistful one-liner that perfectly encapsulates the searching restlessless of both this 1969 classic and its troubled times.



“A man went looking for America and couldn’t find it anywhere.”
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12 Comments

the crank and 40 year old virgin ones are great
tyko450 - 6/3/2010, 9:51 PM
I was always a little partial to The Wrath of Khan's, "At the end of the universe lies the beginning of vengeance."
EdGross - 6/4/2010, 11:26 AM
How about Brave Heart, "Every man dies, not every man really lives."
Spock - 6/4/2010, 11:40 AM
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Spock - 6/4/2010, 12:08 PM
Um... how about "A Long Time Ago, In A Galaxy Far Far Away..."

Or, "The Saga Continues..."
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