Jerry Maguire is a 1996 classic starring Tom Cruise, Renee Zellweger, and Cuba Gooding Junior. It has received much critical acclaim, including being nominated for best picture. Jerry Maguire is filled from start to finish with laughter and romance, making it the perfect romantic comedy. It is brimming with epic movie quotes, many of which have made it to Hollywood Report's "100 Favorite Movie Quotes" list. What are the best quotes from Jerry Maguire? Read on to find out!
10 SHOW ME THE MONEY
Perhaps one of the most famous lines in movie history, "show me the money" has made it to the list as the 25th best movie quote of all time according to the American Film Institute and the 32nd best on The Hollywood Report's "100 Favorite Movie Quotes" list. Not bad, huh?
This line is uttered (or better yet screamed repeatedly) through comically giant '90s cellphones as Jerry tries to keep Rod Tidwell as his client. It is an unforgettable scene and it is a line that we still repeat to this day, 23 years since the film's release. Cuba Gooding Junior was so epic in this "show me the money" scene that he won the Academy Award for best supporting actor, and we all know this line is what made Jerry Maguire the classic hit that it is.
9 YOU COMPLETE ME
What a record-breaking movie. Believe it or not, "show me the money" was not the only quote from this film to be listed as one of the top 100 movie quotes of all time. "You complete me" also made it as number 95 in The Hollywood Report's "100 Favorite Movie Quotes" list.
This line is uttered by Jerry and it proves his character's breakthrough as he finally is able to express emotional intimacy. It is a line that carries a lot of weight because when Jerry and Dorothy were in the elevator towards the beginning of the film, they stood right by a couple as the man told the woman that she completed him in sign language. So beautiful!
8 THE HUMAN HEAD WEIGHS 8 POUNDS
What would Jerry Maguire be without Ray? Okay, it would probably still be an amazing movie, but the glasses-wearing kid with all the interesting facts in the world really brought something special to this romantic comedy. Interestingly enough, this line was added into the film when the child actor who plays Ray, Jonathan Lipnicki, announced that "the human head weighs 8 pounds" while on set. The director knew at once that they had to put this line into the film, and boom, it became one of the most memorable quotes just like that.
7 HELP ME HELP YOU
Another hilarious line from this '90s hit. "Help me help you" is what Cruise's character pleads when he is trying to make things work with Ray. Jerry is all about business, and his whole life pretty much revolves around his job. This is one of the reasons he has so much trouble when it comes to emotional intimacy. He has trouble being vulnerable in his romantic life, but when it comes to work, he is willing to get down on his hands and knees in order to make things work with his clients. Luckily, Dorothy teaches him the importance of finding balance in both your love life and in the office.
6 YOU HAD ME AT HELLO
Well, would you look at that? At this point, is it really all that surprising? Here is another quote from Jerry Maguire that has made it to The Hollywood Report's 100 Favorite Movie Quotes, listed as number 25. Even people who have never even heard of this film know this line because it is such a famous and repeatedly used quote. It's rather beautiful that Dorothy has been in love with Jerry since their very first exchange and it proves how beautiful it can be to give your all to someone, as scary as it sometimes may seem.
5 BREAKDOWN? NO, BREAKTHROUGH
Sometimes when we are at a low point in life, it can be the cause of a serious mental breakdown. Yet other times, we can use these low points as inspiration to find breakthroughs. This is exactly what Maguire does as he realizes that he has become "just another shark in a suit." Instead of feeling bad for himself for losing his soul to the job, he decides to have a breakthrough moment where he creates a mission statement that favors genuine relationships with clients over the greedy obsession to obtain more money.
4 4.THAT'S HOW YOU BECOME GREAT, MAN. HANG YOUR BALLS OUT THERE
When Jerry goes to the copy place to make a bunch of copies of his mission statement, this is what the copy guy tells him. In order to achieve greatness, you must put yourself out there without the fear of what consequences may arrive because of it. Jerry is taking a risk by writing this mission statement and it ultimately is what causes him to get fired from the company. Luckily, he finds success as an independent sports agent, but it takes time and hard work in order for him to get there.
3 I WAS 35. I HAD STARTED MY LIFE.
This quote is great because it wasn't until later in life that Jerry Maguire was finally able to start his life and live by his own rules. Sometimes life requires you to take a big leap in order for you to finally start living. Something had been missing in his life for a long time, both in his career and in his romantic relationship. Once he started to be honest with his desires and actually went after them, he was able to find true happiness and success. Yet we all know he wouldn't have been able to do it without Dorothy by his side.
2 I THINK IN THIS AGE, OPTIMISM IS A REVOLUTIONARY ACT
As Jerry states towards the very end of the film, "we live in a cynical, cynical world". Dorothy must agree with this, because she tells Jerry that she thinks in this day and age any form of positivity must be revolutionary.
The mission statement that Jerry created is what inspired Dorothy to quit her job and join him. It helped a lot that she was extremely attracted to him, possibly even in love with him from the very start. She admires the direction that Jerry wants to take and she wants to go right there with him.
1 DON'T CRY AT THE BEGINNING OF A DATE, CRY AT THE END LIKE I DO
This hilarious line is uttered by Dorothy's protective sister, Laurel. It is beautiful to witness the relationship between Laurel and Dorothy, considering all Laurel wants is for Dorothy to be happy. She is extremely protective of her sister and she doesn't want to see her get hurt. Now that's a good sister! Laurel says this line as Dorothy gets all weepy right before her first date with Jerry, who she has been crushing on for a lifetime. While all of the characters in this film are incredibly loveable, Laurel is probably the most relatable out of the bunch.
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