When looking back on an entire year of movies, there are many different ways to try to encapsulate the ups and down, the blockbusters and the flops, but few roundups can capture the essence of 52 weeks of cinema quite like the best quotes.
As we learned this year, a memorable line can grow into something much bigger. It can spawn a series of memes and its own Internet culture, sum up an entire movie, or even make you see an iconic character in an entirely different light. They're the lines that will stick with us and ultimately help us remember the year in movies.
These are the 15 best quotes from the movies of 2012:
"In a million years, when kids go to school, they gonna know: Once there was a Hushpuppy, and she lived with her daddy in the Bathtub." — Quvenzhané Wallis as Hushpuppy in "Beasts of the Southern Wild"
"One particle of unobtainium has a nuclear reaction with the flux capacitor — carry the '2' — changing its atomic isotoner into a radioactive spider. F--- you, science!" — Channing Tatum as Jenko in "21 Jump Street"
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