13 Famous Ad Lib Movie Lines

I hope you love movies as much as I do.

It was great fun to put together. This is an incomplete list of 13 famous movie lines that weren’t written in the script, but were added by actors and so great that they made their way into the movie.

Not only did these lines make it into the movie… they became some of the most famous lines in movie history.

In no particular order, here we go.


Colonel Nathan Jessup (Nicholson) interviewed by Daniel Kaffe (Tom Cruise), was supposed to say “I want the truth!”

Instead, he said, “you can’t handle the truth!”

The rest is history.

2. WHEN HARRY MEETS SALLY – OLYMPIA DUKAKIS – “I’ll have what she has.”

Meg Ryan is at a dinner party with Billy Crystal, while at the table she performed a fake orgasm scene.

Dukakis follows with a “I’ll have what she has.”

It’s one of the most memorable lines in movie history and it wasn’t in the script.

3. JAWS – ROY SCHEIDER – “You’re going to need a bigger boat.”

Some say it’s the most memorable line in movie history. It’s always subjective of course.

Scheider utters this unscripted line after taking a close look at the enormous great white shark in Jaws.

4. BUSINESS – JOE PESCI – “How funny? Am I amusing you?

Apart from The Godfather, Freedmen might be the greatest mob movie of all time.

Pesci and Ray Liotta have this memorable exchange together.

5. TAXI DRIVER – ROBERT DE NIRO – “Are you talking to me?”

De Niro looked in the mirror and was supposed to say “Bickle talks to himself in the mirror”.

It wasn’t in the script… Di Niro offered “Are you talking to me?” alone.

It became one of the most famous lines of all time.


One of the greatest lines of all time and it was another ad-lib. Richard Castellano (Clemenza) was just supposed to say “Leave the gun”.

In a beautiful AC lib, instead, he said, “Leave the gun, take the cannolis.


7. CASABLANCA – HUMPHREY BOGART – “Here’s looking at you, kid.”

Bogart improvised this line when saying goodbye to Ingrid Bergman. Incredible chemistry between these two and a truly iconic line has been invented for the ages.

8. TITANIC – LEONARDO DI CAPRIO – “I am the king of the world!”

One of the most famous lines in this film and of all time was not in the script at all. DiCaprio added it, and it turned out to be one of the most memorable lines from that Oscar-winning film.

9. ANIMAL HOUSE – JOHN BELUSHI – “I’m a pimple. Do you get it?”

Right after the famous cafeteria queue scene at Faber University, when Belushi was eating (like an animal) at the table, he said, “See if you can guess what I am now?”

Belushi places a bowl of cottage cheese in his mouth and proceeds to slap both cheeks and lets it fly.

Afterwards, he says: “I am a pimple. Do you get it?” It was disgusting, but, remember, the movie is animal house.

ten. CADDYSHACK – BILL MURRAY – “The Cinderella Story is about to become The Masters Champion.”

It’s a wonderful movie. All the script says is that “Carl (the gardener) is outside the clubhouse practicing his golf swing, cutting off the tops of flowers with a weed whip.”

Murray ad-libbed this classic and memorable line.

11. HOSTED AND CONFUSED – Matthew McConaughey – “Okay, okay, okay.”

Yeah, another total ad-lib. Every person who impersonated Matthew McConaughey says okay, okay, okay.

McConaughey said he was inspired to do so by Jim Morrison’s schtick on a Doors live album.

12. DIRTY DANCE – PATRICK SWAYZE – “No one puts baby in the corner.”

A total Swayze ad-lib. It’s one of the most famous and imitated lines in movie history by people doing it all the time some 34 years later.


This is not an actual movie line. It’s a sound.

13. THESILENCEOFTHELAMBS – SIR ANTHONY HOPKINS – The whistling of Hannibal Lecter.

The masterful line, “I ate his liver with beans and a good Chianti.”

Hopkins pauses and then gives the unforgettable whistle. It was not in the script and Hopkins never repeated it.


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