The best film insults of all time, from Star Wars to Anchorman

Jacob Stolworthy
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Clockwise from top left: Will Ferrell in 'Anchorman', Julia Robert in 'Erin Brockovich', Daniel Day Lewis in 'Phantom Thread' and Emma Stone in 'Easy A'
Clockwise from top left: Will Ferrell in 'Anchorman', Julia Robert in 'Erin Brockovich', Daniel Day Lewis in 'Phantom Thread' and Emma Stone in 'Easy A'

Movie insults have been a part of cinema since the very beginning.

Despite the changing face of film over the decades, scriptwriters will always relish the opportunity to let their characters speak awful words they could never get away with in real life.

The truth is, everybody loves a movie insult. A well-timed put-down can make any film more memorable, regardless of genre.

Knowing where to find the best examples of insults can be an overwhelming task. There are the obvious – the ones whose quotability ensured a film’s legendary status – but dig deep, and there are an entire heap of gems to discover.

Featured in this list are films as early as 1933, ranging right through to 2019 (full disclosure, the insults from some of these films are better than the actual films themselves), so from the Avengers films and Star Wars to Erin Brockovich and Oscar-winning Yorgos Lanthimos film The Favourite, these are the 65 best movie insults of all time.

Click through the gallery below to see which insults made the list.

Are there any we’ve missed? Feel free to let us know in the comment section below.

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