Great movie quotes to learn English

Updated: Apr 20

When great writers spend months or even years creating incredible dialogue, they can craft truly exciting, tense, funny or scary moments, just with their words.


Today we’ll look at some famous movie quotes from some of the most popular movies, whether they’re action, romance, thriller or horror.


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Action

Action movies usually give us fast-paced and aggressive dialogue between characters. You’ll often find harsher tones and more urgent speech. Action movies often show characters in emergency or dangerous situations, which can show you a whole new type of English and how it’s used.

“You talking to me?” – Raging Bull in 1976
“Spartans! Ready your breakfast and eat hearty… For tonight, we dine in hell!” – 300 in 2006

Romance

Romance movies are all about sensations, feelings, descriptions and senses. Dialogue is usually more calm and can be funny when people are getting to know each other and flirting. Romance movies can show you some new and useful romantic and interpersonal expressions.

“You had me at hello.” – Jerry Maguire 1996
“Life is not the amount of breaths you take, it’s the moments that take your breath away.” – Hitch in 2005

Thriller

Thriller movies often have that same urgency and fast pace as action movies, but contain much more questions, word play and conversations. Characters are often trying to solve problems, and this type of vocabulary is extremely useful in work and personal situations alike.

“You take the red pill - you stay in Wonderland and I show you how deep the rabbit-hole goes.” The Matrix in 1999
"Do You Want To Play A Game?" - Saw in 2004


Horror

Horror movies have a unique type of vocabulary and style, centred around fear. Speech is breathy, hard to understand and fast, with raised voices or altered from tension and horror. Watching these types of movies can show you some of the interesting ways that native English speakers use their voices to express intense emotions.

“I see dead people” - Sixth Sense in 1999
“It’s alive, it’s alive!” – Frankenstein in 1931

Check out these movies, listen to the specific vocabulary and tone of voice, and you’ll start to see some creative and interesting ways to use English.


If you’d like more fun ways to improve your English, check out our article on the best series to watch to learn English here.

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