Totally Unscripted Movie Lines That Became Famous

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Sometimes a movie line becomes so iconic that everyone knows where it comes from, even if they haven’t seen the movie. Sometimes those movie lines were unscripted.

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The Shining

When Jack Nichelson stuck his face through the door and announced, “Here’s Johnny,” it wasn’t in the script, but was too good to cut from the movie.
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Dumb and Dumber

When Jim Carrey asked his fellow actors if they wanted to hear the most annoying sound in the world, it was totally spur of the moment.
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The Godfather

“Leave the gun” was part of the script, but adding “take the cannoli” was ad libbed.
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The Empire Strikes Back

When Han Solo responded to Princess Leia’s announcement of love, he responded with, “I know” and now everyone knows the scene.
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Taxi Driver

Robert de Niro said, “Are you talkin’ to me” out of nowhere, but it’s now one of the most famous lines in movie history.
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Jaws

The original script when the shark was first scene didn’t call for Roy Scheider to say anything, but he announced, “You’re going to need a bigger boat,” and everyone knows that line now.
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A Few Good Men

“You can’t handle the truth,” is something everyone has probably said. The original line was actually, “you already have the truth.”
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Midnight Cowboy

When this famous scene with Dustin Hoffman was filmed, the taxi that almost hit him was real and his line, “I’m walking here,” was completely unscripted.
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Silence of the Lambs

When Anthony Hopkins hissed after talking about eating a liver with fava beans and Chianti, it was meant as a joke, but was so good that it was left in the movie.
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Good Will Hunting

Robin Williams is said to finish one scene in the movie with a different line each time. When he said, “Son of a bitch, he stole my line,” it stuck.
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Casablanca

Everyone knows the line, “Here’s looking at you kid,” but it wasn’t even in the script to begin with.
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