For those of you keeping track, we’ve already offered samplers of some of the most memorable one-, two- and three-word movie lines, setting the stage for — ta-da! — this week’s list of four-word film classics.
In the best of cases, you’ll be able to identify the movie from these four words of dialogue alone. And an early warning: At least a couple of them qualify as “spoiler alerts,” but most of these films have been around so long, you’ve had plenty of chances to see ’em or hear about the ending, so you’re on your own.
As always, this list is only meant as a sampler, running the gamut from Westerns to sci-fi to sports to romantic dramas, as well as a few films that are harder to categorize. I encourage you to add some other memorable four-word gems in the Comment section below.
We’ll start with the classic four-word detective line:
• “Elementary, my dear Watson” — “The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes” and “Sherlock Holmes and the Secret Weapon.” This line never shows up word for word in any of the Sir Arthur Conan Doyle stories but has become the duo’s tag line, used in at least two of the many Basil Rathbone-Nigel Bruce movies.
Between the cracks
A couple of films that are hard to categorize:
• “I like to watch.” — “Being There”
I’ve saved the best for last, wrapping up with arguably the heart-tugging-est scene of all. First, three memorable lines from romantic films to get you in the mood:
And the clincher film speech — and ending — of all time: