Movie Taglines – The Untold Story…So Far

Mars Attacks!

Tagline: The best thing about this movie is no longer the trailer; it’s the tagline ~ As seen on a poster for the movie by the strange name – This Beach Called Life – The Movie

Love Guru

I have always been fascinated by movie taglines and I hope I am not alone. According to marketing literature, a movie tagline is a branding slogan or memorable phrase, produced by overpaid marketing departments, which reflect the tone of the movie, for example, An Adventure 65 Million Years In The Making ~ Jurassic Park or If you haven’t held her, how do you know it’s real ~ 56k. These taglines are smart and truthful hence memorable. Some taglines have even become part of pop culture – To boldly go where no man has gone before ~ Star Trek or Houston, we have a problem ~ Apollo 13. But not all taglines are fully understood until you see the movie – Grease is the word ~ Grease or The classic story about a boy and his mother ~ Psycho. Eventually, despite being paid with large paychecks, SUVs and women and men in bikinis, the best in the business comes up with thisWe’ve Sensed It. We’ve Seen The Signs. Now… It’s Happening ~ The Happening.

Affair in Trinidad

A successful movie tagline doesn’t necessarily mean a movie will be successful and some of the best taglines have come from the most forgettable movies – It took them twenty years to fall in love at first sight ~ ‘Til there was you and A comedy about life and other terminal conditions ~ Two Thousand and None. So it seems taglines may be inspired by movies but if they are any good, can be a branding slogan for life – You’ll laugh. You’ll cry. You’ll hurl ~ Wayne’s World

Apollo 13Sleepy Hollow

Anyway, in keeping with the best season for movies, but not necessarily the season for the best movies or taglines, I have compiled a list of my favorite taglines in random disorder.

  • This time they’re running from the joint. Harold and Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay
  • The Coast Is Toast Volcano
  • The movie too HOT for words! Some Like It Hot
  • His Karma is Huge The Love Guru
  • Good girls want him bad. Bad girls want him worse. Cry-Baby
  • Sex. Clothes. Popularity. Is there a problem here? Clueless
  • If at first you don’t succeed, lower your standards. Tommy Boy
  • Do you like fish? Well, he likes you too…Jaws
  • Happy Halloween! Halloween
  • Watch your head! Sleepy Hollow
  • Nice planet. We’ll take it! Mars Attacks!
  • It’s Happening. Signs
  • In space no one can hear you scream. Alien
  • The strangest story ever conceived by man. King Kong
  • The Devil Inside. The Exorcist
  • How much can you know about yourself if you’ve never been in a fight? Fight Club
  • In a world of 1s and 0s…are you a zero, or The One? The Matrix
  • He’s having the worst day of his life… over, and over…Groundhog Day
  • Not every gift is a blessing. The Sixth Sense
  • The Story That Won’t Go Away. JFK
  • The truth is always in the last place you look. The Usual Suspects
  • Don’t Breathe. Don’t Look Back. Twister
  • Life can be a comedy or a tragedy; it all depends on how you look at it. Melinda and Melinda
  • …Everything You’ve Heard Is True. Amadeus
  • For Three Men The Civil War Wasn’t Hell. It Was Practice! The Good, The Bad, and The Ugly
  • He charges $10 but he’s willing to negotiate. Deuce Bigalow: Male Gigolo
  • A killer comedy. Scary Movie
  • I already forget how I used to feel about you. Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
  • From the brother of the director of Ghost. Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult
  • No actual Europeans were harmed in the making of this film. EuroTrip
  • He’s out to prove he’s got nothing to prove. Napoleon Dynamite
  • These women are serious about their taste in men. Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death

7 thoughts on “Movie Taglines – The Untold Story…So Far

  1. There’s seriously a movie called Cannibal Women in the Avocado Jungle of Death???

    I’m a fan of:
    “The vegetables of doom return! They’re bad and this time they’re really stewed!” Return of the Killer Tomatoes

  2. lol. I thought i was the only one that came up with the idea of making such a blog. But – of course- i wasnt. Very nice choices ;)!

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