Top 25 Fantasy & Sci-Fi Movie Quotes

Updated March 9, 2023 | Infoplease Staff
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Words, in the not-so-humble opinion of a great wizard, are our most inexhaustible source of magic. And fantasy and science fiction movies provide us with some of the most magical and memorable words.

They may be set in strange, mythical kingdoms or even a long time ago in a galaxy far, far away, but they provide us with movie quotes that capture the heart of what it means to be human. Here are our top picks for sci-fi and fantasy movie quotes!

Top 25 Fantasy and Sci-Fi Movie Quotes

  1. “May the Force be with you.” - Star Wars: A New Hope, 1977.
    A rare example of a quote that’s transcended its movie. Even people who’ve never seen George Lucas’s magnum opus often say it to mean "good luck".
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  2. “Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, 2001.
    In what many consider to be the greatest fantasy films of all time, the Elven queen Galadriel offers legendary words of encouragement to Frodo the little hobbit.

  3. “May the Force be with you.” - Star Wars: A New Hope, 1977.
    A rare example of a quote that’s transcended its movie. People, who’ve never seen George Lucas’s magnum opus often say it to mean ‘Good luck’.

  4. “To be free. Such a thing would be greater than all the magic and all the treasures in the world.” - Aladdin, 1992.
    You didn’t think there’d be no Disney movies on the list, did you? Here, the genie reminds us what it really means to be rich. 

  5. “You either die a hero or live long enough to see yourself become the villain.” - The Dark Knight, 2008.
    Harvey Dent, also known as Two-Face, puts this idea forward as a foreshadowing of what happens to him, and possibly all heroes, in the end.

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  6. “I’m just here for the gasoline.” - Mad Max, 1979.
    Mel Gibson’s road warrior has no room for sentiment, even when he’s saving a life. 

  7. “It is the small things, everyday deeds of ordinary folk that keeps the darkness at bay. Simple acts of love and kindness.” - The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 2012.
    The wisest of words from the wisest of wizards, Gandalf.

  8. “Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” - Back to the Future II, 1989.
    Doc Brown’s visualization of flying cars in 2015 didn’t quite hit the mark in real life, but we still love it. 

  9. “I’ll… be… right… here.” - E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, 1982.
    In one of cinema’s most heart-wrenching farewells, E.T. shows Elliot they’ll never truly be apart.

  10. “Beware the beast man, for he is the Devil's pawn. Alone among God's primates, he kills for sport or lust or greed. Yea, he will murder his brother to possess his brother's land. Let him not breed in great numbers, for he will make a desert of his home and yours. Shun him; drive him back into his jungle lair, for he is the harbinger of death.” - Planet of the Apes - 1968.
    Charlton Heston’s spaceman gets a few home truths from the leader of the Apes. 

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  11. “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could, they didn’t stop to think if they should.” - Jurassic Park, 1993.
    Jeff Goldblum gives us a chance to reflect on the ethics of science before the thrills of dinosaur chases begin.

  12. “We’ve all got both light and darkness inside us. What matters is the part we choose to act on. That’s who we really are.” - Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix, 2007.
    Harry’s godfather, Sirius, offers him words of reassurance in dark times.

  13. "I'll be back." - The Terminator, 1984.
    A classic quote that was immortalized by Arnold Schwarzenegger's Terminator human-like android in this seminal sci-fi title.

  14. “This mission is too important for me to allow you to jeopardize it.” - 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968.
    In what’s widely considered the best sci-fi movie of all time, HAL, the spaceship’s supercomputer, delivers this ominous line to Dave as he tries to re-enter the ship. 

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  15. “I can do this all day.” - Captain America: Civil War, 2016.
    This quote captures Captain America’s relentless commitment and spawned a thousand gifs in the process.

  16. “Life is pain, Highness. anyone who says differently is selling something.” - The Princess Bride, 1987.
    Beneath his charm and wisecracks, Westley (the farm-boy-done-good) knows what he’s talking about. 

  17. “A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forget our friends and forsake all bonds of fellowship. But it is not this day! - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 2003.
    Aragorn inspires his men against Sauron’s great army at the gates of Mordor. Hearing it makes you want to charge into battle with them.

  18. “Never thought I’d die fighting side-by-side with an elf.” “What about side-by-side with a friend?” “Aye. I can do that.” - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, 2003.
    Moments after Aragorn’s speech, there’s a poignant moment when Gimli, a dwarf, and Legolas, an elf, put the long-held enmity of their two races aside. 

  19. “Do. Or do not. There is no try.” Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back, 1980.
    Is Yoda’s unforgettable instruction to aspiring Jedi Luke Skywalker the ultimate motivational line? 

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  20. “I want more life.” - Blade Runner, 1982.
    He might have been the movie’s villain, but all this Replicant wanted was to feel human, and live a little longer than the four years he was programmed to last.

  21. “It is possible to commit no errors and still lose. That is not a weakness. That is life.” - Star Trek: The Next Generation (Episode: Peak Performance), 1989.
    Captain Jean-Luc Picard gives the android Data a lesson in human struggles. 

  22. “Soylent Green is people!” - Soylent Green, 1973.
    The movie’s unforgettable closing lines reveal a horrifying secret. Interestingly, 2022 is the year that this dystopian sci-fi movie is set. 

  23. “As you wish.” - The Princess Bride, 1987.
    These simple words, spoken by Westley every time his beloved Princess Buttercup demanded something of him, became a symbol of his unconditional love for her. 

  24. “I’m a real boy!” - Pinocchio, 1940.
    The legendary wooden puppet finally proves himself worthy of being human, after making the ultimate sacrifice. 

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  25. “The world is not in your books and maps. It’s out there.” The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 2012.
    Gandalf’s attempts to convince Bilbo to go on a quest serve as a stirring reminder to all of us to make the most of our time on Earth. 

Hasta La Vista, Baby...

So, there you have our top 25 quotes from fantasy and sci-fi movies. Are there any that you would add to the list? And if you consider yourself a movie quote aficionado, you might want to try a movie quotes quiz, or check out our other film lists!

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