Star Wars spans generations of fans and has captured the imagination of millions. The films are also filled with classic lines that even non Star Wars fans recognize and diehards love to quote. As we continue to celebrate Star Wars in anticipation for The Force Awakens, we have ranked the top 10 Star Wars quotes. When creating this list I looked at not only the best and most iconic lines, but their significance as well. I looked at their impact and importance in the series, their influence on pop culture how quotable the line is.
Selecting just 10 quotes across 6 films (let’s face it, more like 3) was incredibly difficult. There were at least 30 that came to mind almost instantly all of which were all worthy of consideration of being the top, most iconic and quotable lines of the Star Wars saga.
Let’s start with the Honorable Mentions. These deserved intense consideration but just missed making our Top 10 list. These are in no certain order.
First up, “I don’t like sand. It’s coarse and rough and irritating. And it gets everywhere”.
Honorable Mention #1 – A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away.”
This isn’t really a quote from the film, but it’s about as iconic a line from Star Wars as you’re going to get. It’s the first thing you see in each film. It’s never spoken aloud by any character but it sets the stage for the entire saga. Hence why we just had to include it in our Honorable Mentions.
This isn’t exactly synonymous with Star Wars as it is a fairly common phrase, but if you’re around the right group of people and you say it just right they will all know exactly what you referencing. This line appears in various forms at least once in each of the films as numerous times in the various books, games and in The Clone Wars and Rebels. It’s become a running gag in Star Wars but it always works (well almost) and is definitely worthy of our Honorable Mentions.
This is the only quote exclusively from the prequels because, let’s face it, the dialogue in those films is pretty terrible and not very memorable, but this is one of those few lines that has stuck with me over the years. Master Yoda spells out the path to the Dark Side to young Anakin pretty clearly. It’s perfect foreshadowing for what’s to come for Anakin Skywalker and it gave us a rough outline of what the journey to the Dark Side looks like. The Sith may enjoy instilling fear in others, but their own fear is often what sets them on the path to Dark Side of the Force. Whether it was the fear of losing a loved one, fear of losing their power or fear of something else that fear evolved in hatred making them susceptible to the Dark Side.
But seriously we may never know exactly what Chewie is saying but he usually saying something, or at the very least letting out a primal yell. It may not sound just right but how many of us had made the Chewbacca roar (or tried to make it) a few times in our lives? You could argue Chewbacca is one of the most quoted characters in Star Wars.
We haven’t even seen The Force Awakens yet but this line has already become one of the most powerful and emotional lines in the next generation of Star Wars films. Those three words at the end of the first full trailer of Episode VII that debuted at Star Wars Celebrations brought tears to many fans. They were words of comfort It let us know that it’s okay. We’re home.
Now, on to the list!
This line is of course seconds after the Empire demonstrated their power by destroying Alderaan with the Death Star. Obi-Wan’s very being is shaken by the horror that the Empire has just displayed. The Force has reacted to that shift of power and sudden loss of life. This line sets the tone for series establishing just how powerful, dominate and controlling the Empire is. At this point there is no hope. You’re going to try and go against them? We’ll just destroy planets.
This is another one of those quotes that’s not synonymous with Star Wars. Tell me that any time you hear or read “it’s a trap” anywhere that you don’t at least think about Admiral Ackbar from Return of the Jedi (even if you’re the most casual of Star Wars fans). Not only do you probably think about that moment but you probably try to do your best Admiral Ackbar impression saying the line. The line also signifies the greater realization (after Lando figures it out of course) that the Rebellion has flown into a trap set by the Emperor leading into one of the cooler space battles in the entire saga. It also made Admiral Ackbar a household name among Star Wars fans. How many other military commanders in Star Wars can you name? Not many. But we’ll always remember “It’s a trap!”
#8b I find you’re lack of faith disturbing.
These next two are a bit of a cheat as I combined them, but the lines come from the same character in the same scene so close together that it was impossible to separate them. The first line gives us our first indication of how powerful the Force is. If the ability to destroy an entire planet is nothing compared to the Force then it is a power to be reckoned with. Then there’s the latter. Don’t mess with Lord Vader as Admiral Motti well tell you what happens to those who question the Sith Lord and the ways of the Force. Vader has zero patience for those who question or fail him. We see for the first time just exactly what you can do if you tap into the Dark Side of the Force. It’s also an extremely quotable line anytime someone questions you.
One of Obi-Wan’s most memorable and classic lines from Star Wars. We heard Obi-Wan describe the Force to Luke and we had seen Vader Force choke Admiral Motti, but we had yet to really see how it could actually be used for good. Obi-Wan’s Jedi mind trick was one of the earliest uses of the Force pulling a fast one on a group of weak-minded Stormtroopers. The Force is not just something that can manipulate physical objects or used to attack others but it has the power to influence the mind and bend those to your will. You know every kid (and probably adult too) who saw Star Wars back in 1977 tried the Jedi mind trick on someone just to see what would happen. I guarantee you’ve probably tried it at least once. It’s one of those classic quotes from Star Wars that fits many situations.
To some, this response to “I love you” may come across as lazy or cheeky but to a lot of Star Wars fans it’s just as powerful as responding with an “I love you too”. Unless you are completely new to StarWars then you probably know the story behind this line. The original line from Han was written as “I love you too” but no matter how many takes Harrison delivered the line in various ways it just never worked. That original line wasn’t fitting the character of Han Solo that had been established. Finally director of Empire Strikes Back, Irvin Kershner, just told Ford don’t think about, let’s do it and then they filmed the scene and he delivered the now iconic “I know.” Now that’s Han Solo.
Ah, Master Yoda. Who knew that little green fella could be such a smart-ass? Not only does this totally embody the backwards way the Yoda speaks but it represents a core value of the Jedi way. There is no middle ground or halfway. You either complete the task at hand or you do not. It embodies all of Yoda’s and Luke’s training scenes together in Empire as Luke desperately tries to harness the Force which is why he continues to struggle. Plus, who hasn’t used this line on friend when they respond with and “I’m trying”. Classic. Just try not to get slapped.
Who is this Obi-Wan character? And why is he your only hope? How many times have you heard this line parodied over the years? This is the line that set’s the entire original trilogy in motion. There’s a sense of urgency and desperation. It’s R2-D2’s mission to get Princess Leia’s message to Obi-Wan. This is Luke’s call to adventure in his Hero’s Journey, setting him on quest to help rescue Leia. It also lets us know that whoever this Obi-Wan is that he’s a significant player in the story that’s unfolding before us.
This quote may not be as iconic or quotable as some the others in this list, but it is extremely significant to the culmination of the Luke’s hero’s journey in the original trilogy. He has resisted the temptation of the Dark Side and the manipulation of Emperor Palpatine. This is the moment where Luke has fully embraced the light side of the Force and has become a Jedi.
Commonly misquoted as “Luke, I am your father”, this line revealed one of the biggest twists in film history, Darth Vader telling Luke that he is his father, Anakin Skywalker. I can only imagine the reaction that received in the theater back in 1980. I can’t remember my reaction when I saw the film years later, but I love seeing those videos of parents filming their kids watching that scene and seeing their jaws drop and eyes go wide. Can you imagine trying to keep a secret like that now with internet and social media? Obviously, this is an iconic quote for many reasons and has been parodied over the years, but it also completely changes everything we think we know about Darth Vader. He’s no longer the man who killed Luke’s father. He becomes this tragic and mysterious character even more so than before. How will this revelation affect Luke’s motivations and actions going forward?
This may just be the most recognizable quote from all of Star Wars. We hear many forms of this line throughout the series: “The Force will be with you;” “May the Force be with us;” “The Force is with us.” It’s a line of comfort, support and motivation. It’s saying good luck and I’m with you. Not only does it have significant meaning to the characters, but the positive messaging within the phrase hits us all as well. “May the Force be with you” registers with all of us regardless of our individual beliefs and values.
There you have it, our Top 10 Star Wars quotes. There were several lines that just missed making our list, but part of the fun is the debate. Which lines should have made the list? Which line should have been higher on the list? Or lower? Jump in the comments and let us know what are your Top 10 Star Wars quotes!
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