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The best movie taglines of all time

There's magic in those lines.

The best movie taglines of all time
Marc Chacksfield
08 April 2022

If we had to sell ourselves in just one sentence, well, we'd probably struggle to come up with something snappy enough to make you remember us - unlike these best movie taglines.

That's the problem which faces movie marketers on a daily basis. Aside from creating a visually compelling poster, they also need to attach a tagline that'll stick in the memories of the notoriously forgetful general public.

So we're clapping our real (and digital) hands at these 40 movies which managed to spin some smart words out of thin air and impress us hard-to-impress film buffs.

The best movie taglines

The best movie taglines

1. Alien

"In space no one can hear you scream"

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2. The Shawshank Redemption

"Fear can hold you prisoner. Hope can set you free"

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3. Jaws 2

"Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water"

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4. Platoon

"The first casualty of war is innocence"

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5. Taxi Driver

"On every street in every city, there's a nobody who dreams of being a somebody"

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6. Tommy Boy

"If at first you don't succeed, lower your standards"

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7. 12 Monkeys

"The future is history"

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8. The 40-Year-Old Virgin

"The longer you wait, the harder it gets"

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9. The Social Network

"You don't get to 500 million friends without making a few enemies"

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10. The Fly

"Be afraid. Be very afraid"

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11. Ferris Bueller's Day Off

"One man's struggle to take it easy"

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12. Chicken Run

"Escape or die frying"

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13. Alien Vs Predator

"Whoever wins...we lose"

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14. The Thing

"Man is the warmest place to hide"

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15. Napoleon Dynamite

"He's out to prove he's got nothing to prove"

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16. Predator 2

"He's in town with a few days to kill"

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17. I Am Legend

"The last man on earth is not alone"

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18. Psycho

"Check in. Unpack. Relax. Take A Shower"

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19. The Truman Show

"On the air. Unaware"

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20. A Nightmare On Elm Street

"If Nancy doesn't wake up screaming, she won't wake up at all"

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21. Contagion

"Nothing spreads like fear"

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22. The Royal Tenenbaums

"Family isn't a word. It's a sentence"

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23. Lost In Translation

"Everyone wants to be found"

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24. Quiz Show

"Fifty million people watching and no one saw a thing"

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25. Scott Pilgrim Vs The World

"An epic of epic epicness"

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26. Superman

"You'll believe a man can fly"

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27. True Lies

"When he said I do, he never said what he did"

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28. Greedy

"Where there's a will, there's a relative"

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29. The Texas Chainsaw Massacre

"Who will survive and what will be left of them?"

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30. Bram Stoker's Dracula

"Love never dies"

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31. Swingers

"Cocktails first. Questions later"

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32. Bonnie & Clyde

"They're young...they're in love...and they kill people"

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33. The Graduate

"This is Benjamin. He's a little worried about his future"

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34. Gattaca

"There is no gene for the human spirit"

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35. American Beauty

"...look closer"

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36. High Noon

"The story of a man who was too proud to run"

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37. Deliverance

"This is the weekend they didn't play golf"

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38. The Godfather Part III

"All the power on earth can't change destiny"

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39. Brokeback Mountain

"Love is a force of nature"

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40. Zodiac

"There's more than one way to lose your life to a killer"

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