The best opening lines can make or break a movie.
Here are some of the best examples of opening lines from movies and TV shows.1.
“I’m in trouble.
I’ve been in trouble since birth.”
— Tom HanksIn the first episode of his breakout hit series Parks and Recreation, Tom Hank tells his character, a.k.a.
Fred, that he’s in trouble because he was born with a brain tumor and he’s had no other choice than to stay in school and try to get his degree.
The show also introduces Fred’s best friend, Amy, who also has a brain cancer.
The scene is a masterclass in the art of opening line writing.2.
“It was a very emotional time for me, but now I have some peace.”
— Paul RuddIn a scene from Paul Rudd’s breakout movie In the Heart of the Sea, the character, Peter, talks about the pain of being unable to walk away from a fight.
Paul Rudd said that the scene was inspired by a conversation he had with his father.3.
“You know I don’t have a lot of time to lose, but I just can’t wait for this day.”
— Kevin HartIn the second season of Kevin Hart’s hit TV show Parks and Rec, Kevin Hart speaks to his daughter and her friends as they contemplate their graduation.
Kevin Hart said that it was inspired in part by his own experience as a teen when he was unable to leave his home because he couldn’t pay his bills.4.
“Just get ready to get out.”
— James FrancoIn a moment from James Franco’s breakout hit film Love and Rockets, James Franco talks about leaving his home in New York to pursue his career in Hollywood.
Franco said that his character in Love and Bullets has a similar reaction when he finds out that his girlfriend is pregnant and wants to move to California.
The two go back and forth in a passionate kiss.5.
“There are no guarantees, but you always have hope.”
— Ben StillerBen Stiller says he doesn’t feel that the opening line of his best-selling novel The Night Manager, which is about a man in a police uniform who finds a way to stay on top of his life and make a life for himself, is too strong.
“Ben Stilla, I don ‘t think that line is strong enough,” he said in an interview with BuzzFeed.
He added, “I think that the best lines are always those that are strong.”6.
“If you’re looking for the perfect moment, just wait for it.”
— Seth MacFarlaneIn a movie called Finding Dory, Seth Macfarlane talks about waiting for his character to be found by a whale.
Macfarlan said that he had a lot in common with his character — his mother is on the island of Svalbard and he has a twin brother named Dory — because of his love for animals.7.
“We have a great time when we have a job, and we have an amazing time when our kids are at school.”
— John GoodmanIn a comedy sketch starring John Goodman, Goodman talks about a moment where he and his wife get together in a restaurant.
“She says, ‘You know, I’ve never seen a movie where you’ve been a waiter.’
And I said, ‘I’m just a waiter.'”8.
“Never stop fighting.”
— Clint EastwoodIn the fourth season of Clint Eastmond’s hit comedy The Good Doctor, Clint Eastridge tells his patients about the time he spent in a hospital room with a broken leg.
“Clint, I have to go now.
I’m not going to make it,” he says.
He continues to speak out about the fight in The Good Physician.9.
“Sometimes, I just have to let go of it.”— Chris PrattIn the third season of Chris Pratt’s hit television series Guardians of the Galaxy, Pratt talks about letting go of his desire to be an astronaut.
Pratt said that while he had dreams of flying in space, he never got to do it.
“As an astronaut, you know, you go through a lot,” he told BuzzFeed.
“And you have a huge responsibility.
You have to be patient and do the right thing.
You know, sometimes you just have a ‘let go’ moment.”10.
“Do you know what’s happening in your life?”
— Justin BieberIn the film The Help, Justin Bieber talks about losing his virginity at age 15 and going through a breakup with a woman who wanted to start a family.
“For a while, I felt like a failure,” he writes.
“The girl, in all honesty, was the worst girl in the world, and I just wanted to give her the satisfaction of feeling like an absolute bitch.”11.
“This is my last day at work.”
— Tim RobbinsIn the movie The Truman Show, Truman breaks down at his desk at the White House in a speech where he says,