Lights, Camera, Quotes: Famous Lines From 2000s Movies

Quotes are like ogres; they have layers. The 2000s were ripe with funny and memorable movies that gave us these unforgettable lines.

Published June 27, 2023
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The 2000s were peek movies. Full stop. There's nothing as comforting, re-watchable, or timeless as those blockbuster hits. From those rom-coms you've owned on DVD for decades to the sci-fi movies that will never fade from memory, these are some of the best 2000s movie quotes.

Best Fantasy and Sci-Fi 2000s Movie Quotes

These are the sci-fi and fantasy quotes of 2000s movies that live rent free in our heads.

The Best Fantasy and Sci-Fi 2000s Movie Quotes
  • "My precious." - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  • "I'm a leaf on the wind. Watch how I soar." - Serenity (2005)
  • "A wizard is never late, Frodo Baggins. Nor is he early. He arrives precisely when he means to." - The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  • "You're a wizard, Harry." - Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone (2001)
  • "Doesn't it ever wake you in the middle of the night? The feeling that someday they will pass that foolish law or one just like it and come for you and your children?" - X-Men (2000)
  • "You were the chosen one! It was said that you would destroy the Sith, not join them! Bring balance to the force... not leave it in darkness!" - Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005)
  • "My journey took me some what further down the rabbit hole than I intended and though I dirtied my fluffy white tail I have emerged, enlightened." - Sherlock Holmes (2009)
  • "The only thing you can count on is that people will do anything to survive. I just want to live. I don't care how." - The Island (2005)
  • "I can't carry it for you, but I can carry you!" - The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
  • "You have no idea what I'm capable of." - Transformers (2007)
  • "Choice is an illusion created between those with power and those without." - The Matrix Reloaded (2003)

Swoon-Worthy 2000s Romance Movie Quotes

Not even the 90s could topple the perfection that was the rom-com movies of the 2000s, and these quotes are the chef's kiss of the era.

Swoon-Worthy 2000s Romance Movie Quote
  • "To me, you are perfect." - Love Actually (2003)
  • "So it's not gonna be easy. It's going to be really hard; we're gonna have to work at this every day, but I want to do that because I want you. I want all of you, forever, every day. You and me... every day." - The Notebook (2004)
  • "You have bewitched me body and soul, and I love... I love... I love you." - Pride & Prejudice (2005)
  • "If you're a bird, I'm a bird." - The Notebook (2004)
  • "They say when you meet the love of your life, time stops, and that's true." - Big Fish (2003)
  • "I think I'd miss you even if we'd never met." - The Wedding Date (2005)
  • "You are, and always have been, my dream." - The Notebook (2004)
  • "You have to promise you won't fall in love with me." - A Walk to Remember (2002)
  • "And sometimes you love a person just because they feel like home." - Bridget Jones's Diary (2001)
  • "I will return. I will find you. Love you. Marry you. And live without shame." - Atonement (2007)
  • "I would rather share one lifetime with you than face all the ages of this world alone." - Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001)
  • "You can tell she's a good dancer by the way she drinks her soda pop." - The Proposal (2009)
  • "Whatever our souls are made of, his and mine are the same." - Wuthering Heights (2009)
  • "The best love is the kind that awakens the soul." - The Notebook (2004)
  • "I just don't think that Brooke could've done this. Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy. Happy people just don't shoot their husbands, they just don't." - Legally Blonde (2001)
  • "I feel like I just found out my favorite love song was written about a sandwich." 27 Dresses (2008)
  • "Our love is like the wind... I can't see it, but I sure can feel it." - A Walk to Remember (2002)

Epic Quotes from Action Movies of the 2000s

Remember heading to the movie theatre, giant bowl of popcorn in hand, ready to enjoy fights, explosions, and creep toward the edge of your seat?

Action Movies Quote
  • "What we do in life echoes in eternity." - Gladiator (2000)
  • "Are you not entertained?" - Gladiator (2000)
  • "It's not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me." - Batman Begins (2005)
  • "This is SPARTA!" - 300 (2006)
  • "The name's Bond... James Bond." - Casino Royale (2006)
  • "Remember, remember, the Fifth of November, the Gunpowder Treason and Plot." - V for Vendetta (2005)
  • "Does it look like I give a damn?" - Casino Royale (2006)
  • "My single greatest regret is that he had to die for our dream to live." - X-Men: The Last Stand (2006)
  • "My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions and loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next." - Gladiator (2000)
  • "I aim to misbehave." - Serenity (2005)
  • "Ideas are bulletproof." V for Vendetta (2005)
  • "For Frodo." - Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003)
  • "It's not the years, honey. It's the mileage." - Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull (2008)
  • "Human beings have dreams. Even dogs have dreams, but not you, you are just a machine. An imitation of life. Can a robot write a symphony? Can a robot turn a... canvas into a beautiful masterpiece?" - I, Robot (2004)

Take to the Sky With Superhero Quotes

It's a bird, it's a plane, it's the best of the 2000s superhero movie quotes. The quotes are good; we never said Green Lantern was.

Take to the Sky with Superhero Quote
  • "With great power comes great responsibility." - Spider-Man (2002)
  • "I am Iron Man." - Iron Man (2008)
  • "This is my gift, it is my curse." - Spider-Man (2002)
  • "Sometimes you gotta run before you can walk." - Iron Man (2008)
  • "Some men just want to watch the world burn." - The Dark Knight (2008)
  • "Why so serious?" - The Dark Knight (2008)
  • "You either die a hero, or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain." - The Dark Knight (2008)
  • "I'm always angry." - The Incredible Hulk (2008)
  • "In brightest day, in blackest night, no evil shall escape my sight." - Green Lantern (2009)
  • "There is a right and a wrong in the universe, and that distinction is not hard to make." - Superman Returns (2006)
  • "The night is darkest just before the dawn." - The Dark Knight (2008)
  • "It's clobberin' time!" - Fantastic Four (2005)
  • "You're not Superman, you know." - Spider-Man 2 (2004)
  • "Truth, Justice, and the American Way." - Superman Returns (2006)
  • "I never said thank you. And you'll never have to." - Batman Begins (2005)
  • "In the end, you will always kneel." - Thor (2009)
  • "OK, kids, who's next? Remember, there are no dumb ideas." The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl (2005)

2000s Thriller and Adventure Movie Quotes

What's the difference between a thriller and a horror movie? A thriller doesn't require a nightlight after watching, and neither do these quotes.

2000s Thriller and Adventure Movie Quote
  • "I wish I knew how to quit you." - Brokeback Mountain (2005)
  • "I drink your milkshake!" - There Will Be Blood (2007)
  • "Our lives are defined by opportunities, even the ones we miss." - The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)
  • "You can't change who people are without destroying who they were." The Butterfly Effect (2004)
  • "There's a monster outside my room, can I have a glass of water?" - Signs (2002)
  • "I have to believe in a world outside my own mind. I have to believe that my actions still have meaning, even if I can't remember them." - Memento (2000)
  • "Sometimes we don't do things we want to do so that others won't know we want to do them." - The Village (2004)
  • "I have a competition in me. I want no one else to succeed." - There Will Be Blood (2007)
  • "What's the most you ever lost on a coin toss?" - No Country for Old Men (2007)
  • "I'm not a killer. I'm just someone who wanted to make things right. Can't I just let myself forget what you've told me?" - Memento (2000)
  • "Everybody in this family needs to just calm down and eat some fruit or something." - Signs (2002)
  • "Well, 4 out of 5 doctors agree that I am actually insane." - Hard Candy (2005)
  • "There is no spoon." - The Matrix Reloaded (2003)
  • "We bury our sins here, Dave. We wash them clean." - Mystic River (2003)
  • "I don't know if there's anything wrong because I don't know how other people are." - Punch-Drunk Love (2002)
  • "See what you have to ask yourself is what kind of person are you? Are you the kind that sees signs, that sees miracles? Or do you believe that people just get lucky? Or, look at the question this way: Is it possible that there are no coincidences?" - Signs (2002)
  • "I live my life a quarter mile at a time." - The Fast and the Furious (2001)
  • "Happiness is only real when shared." - Into the Wild (2007)

Frightening Horror Movie Quotes

What's your favorite scary movie? Wait, wrong era. But the 2000s is still gorgeously stacked with horror movie quotes.

Horror Movie Quote
  • "Remember: whatever happens, don't scream." - Dead Silence (2007)
  • "I have to return some videotapes." - American Psycho (2000)
  • "I want to play a game." - Saw (2004)
  • "Always check your candy." - Trick 'r Treat (2007)
  • "We have such sights to show you!" - Hellraiser: Hellworld (2005)
  • "They're coming to get you, Barbara!" - Night of the Living Dead 3D (2006)
  • "Why are you doing this to us?" - The Strangers (2008)
  • "Oh, yes, there will be blood." - Saw II (2005)
  • "A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti." - Hannibal (2001)
  • "Let's carve a scary face this time." - Trick 'r Treat (2007)
  • "That cold ain't the weather. That's death approaching." - 30 Days of Night (2007)
  • "I'm twelve. But I've been twelve for a long time." - Let the Right One In (2008)
  • "Well, we gave it a good shot. Nobody can say we didn't." - The Mist (2007)
  • "What an excellent day for an exorcism." - The Exorcist: The Beginning (2004)

Some of the Best 2000s Animated Movie Quotes

Jump back into these nostalgic childhood movies or simply enjoy the smile they bring to your face as an adult.

2000s Animated Movie Quote
  • "Just keep swimming." - Finding Nemo (2003)
  • "You don't meet a girl like that every dynasty." - Mulan II (2004)
  • "Squirrel!" - Up (2009)
  • "I never look back, darling! It distracts from the now." - The Incredibles (2004)
  • "Adventure is out there." - Up (2009)
  • "I don't want to survive. I want to live." - WALL-E (2008)
  • "Honey? Where is my super suit?" - The Incredibles (2004)
  • "I do not like the cone of shame." - Up (2009)
  • "I've spent so long in the darkness, I'd almost forgotten how beautiful the moonlight is." - Corpse Bride (2005)
  • "Fish are friends, not food." - Finding Nemo (2003)
  • "Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, but today is a gift. That is why it is called the present." - Kung Fu Panda (2008)
  • "That might sound boring, but I think the boring stuff is the stuff I remember the most." - Up (2009)
  • "The cuss you are." - Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)
  • "You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think." - Winnie the Pooh: Springtime with Roo (2004)
  • "We can stay up late, swapping manly stories, and in the morning, I'm making waffles!" - Shrek (2001)
  • "No capes!" - The Incredibles (2004)
  • "With this hand I will lift your sorrows. Your cup will never empty, for I will be your wine. With this candle, I will light your way in darkness. With this ring, I ask you to be mine." - Corpse Bride (2005)
  • "Oh and it is LOVELY! You know, you're really quite a decorator. It's amazing what you've done with such a modest budget. I like that boulder. That is a NICE boulder." - Shrek (2001)
  • "Good afternoon. My name is Russell, and I am a Wilderness Explorer in Tribe 54, Sweatlodge 12. Are you in need of any assistance today, sir?" - Up (2009)
  • "I'm a real boy!" - Pinocchio 3000 (2004)
  • "I don't know what you're talking about, but it sounds illegal." - Fantastic Mr. Fox (2009)

Hilarious Comedy Movie Quotes

Have a chuckle with these 2000s movie quotes that'll have you reciting lines to your favorite movie.

Comedy Movie Quote
  • "I'm in a glass case of emotion!" - Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
  • "You stay classy, San Diego." - Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
  • "I love lamp." - Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
  • "60% of the time, it works every time." - Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
  • "You sit on a throne of lies." - Elf (2003)
  • "Smiling's my favorite." - Elf (2003)
  • "By all means move at a glacial pace. You know how that thrills me." The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
  • "I'm McLovin!" - Superbad (2007)
  • "I'd have to say April 25th. Because it's not too hot, not too cold, all you need is a light jacket." - Miss Congeniality (2000)
  • "I'm just one stomach flu away from my goal weight." - The Devil Wears Prada (2006)
  • "I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany." - Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
  • "Exercise gives you endorphins. Endorphins make you happy." - Legally Blonde (2001)
  • "It's not a purse, it's called a satchel. Indiana Jones wears one." - The Hangover (2009)
  • "I'm the dude, playing the dude, disguised as another dude!" - Tropic Thunder (2008)
  • "There's so much room for activities!" - Step Brothers (2008)
  • "I feel like I'm taking crazy pills!" - Zoolander (2001)
  • "I immediately regret this decision." - Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004)
  • "I'm not like a regular mom, I'm a cool mom." - Mean Girls (2004)
  • "Hey! I'm gliding here!" - Miss Congeniality (2000)

Musical Movie Quotes

From the stage to the screen, these are the quotable musical movies of the 2000s. Fair warning: you will be singing songs for the rest of the day.

Musical Movie Quote
  • "The greatest thing you will ever learn is just to love and be loved in return." - Moulin Rouge! (2001)
  • "Welcome to the Moulin Rouge!" - Moulin Rouge! (2001)
  • "December 24th, 1989, 9 PM, Eastern Standard Time. From here on in, I shoot without a script." - Rent (2005)
  • "I'd be happy to die for a taste of what Angel had! Someone to live for, unafraid to say I love you." - Rent (2005)
  • "Mamma mia, here I go again. My my, how can I resist you?" - Mamma Mia! (2008)
  • "Even in the darkest of times, there is always hope." - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street (2007)
  • "You always said how lucky you were that we were all friends. But it was us, baby, who were the lucky ones." - Rent (2005)
  • "Music's the only thing that makes sense anymore, man. Play it loud enough, it keeps the demons at bay." - Across the Universe (2007)
  • "What you heard was a dream and nothing more." - The Phantom of the Opera (2004)
  • "You can't stop the beat!" - Hairspray (2007)
  • "I want to make magic. I want to breathe fire on the stage. I want to make every single line jump right off the page." - Fame (2009)

Golden Quotes From the 2000s Silver Screen Movies

Romance, laugh, grab a cape, and don't forget the popcorn. Relive the best of the 2000s with these memorable, oh-so-very quotable, movie quotes. The only question remains is, which movie will you watch first?

Lights, Camera, Quotes: Famous Lines From 2000s Movies