I have come to the conclusion that 1985's Fletch, starring Chevy Chase in the title role, is the most quotable movie of all time. There will be those of you who may disagree, but you are wrong. While many movies have memorable quotes, Fletch is the most quotable movie of all time. Some quotes are subtle and understated, which only makes them that much more appealing. This much is true - of all the supposed quotable movies, none gives more to the speaker than Fletch.

It’s true, the world is lousy with quotable movies. You can’t play a round of golf without hearing some unoriginal assclown spitting out a Caddyshack quote. If you’re debating someone, you run the risk of hearing, “Yeah, well, you know, that’s just, like, your opinion, man,” from The Big Lebowski. The list of quotes from movies is endless:

  • “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
  • “Say hello to my little friend!”
  • “It’s just a flesh wound.”
  • “You’re so money.”
  • “There’s no place like home.”
  • “I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.”

However, Fletch beats them all in terms of sheer volume and versatility. A little background - Fletch was released in 1985. Mind you, this is less than 10 years after Chevy Chase was hailed as the supernova star of Saturday Night Live. He could do no wrong, until he did. His cinematic hits - Foul Play, Caddyshack, and Vacation, were outnumbered by his bombs - Oh Heavenly Dog, Under the Rainbow, Modern Problems, and Deal of the Century. However when Fletch came along, it combined great dialogue with just the right kind of smarmy inside-joke delivery that Chase was born for. To wit:

  • “John. John Coxtolstoy”
  • “Can I borrow your towel for a sec? My car just hit a water buffalo.”
  • “You using the whole fist, Doc?”
  • “Oh, for... God dawd dawd! Who is it, Mr. Sinlindin?”
  • “Mr. Stanwyk’s parents Marvin and Velma of Provo, were unable to attend the wedding. Those are three names I enjoy; Marvin, Velma, and Provo.”
  • “Awww, come on guys, it’s so simple. Maybe you need a refresher course. Hey! It’s all ball bearings nowadays.”
  • “What kind of a name is Poon?”
  • “I’ll have a Bloody Mary and a steak sandwich and... a steak sandwich, please.”
  • “Yeah, do you have the Beatles’ White Album? Never mind, just get me a glass of hot fat. And bring me the head of Alfredo Garcia while you’re out there.”
  • “You’re not recording this, are you?” “No, never, never.”
  • “Well, the traffic was murder, you know. One of those manure spreaders jackknifed on the Santa Ana. Godawful mess. You should see my shoes.”
  • “He is actually 6'5", with the afro, 6'9".”

These are just a few of my favorites off the top of my head. You’re free to disagree, but you’re wrong. Fletch is the most quotable movie of all time. Present your arguments in the comments.