Top 8 Movies That Are Basically Memes

Published Nov. 12, 2019

8. The Lord Of The Rings: The Fellowship Of The Ring

Rating: PG-13

Year: 2001

Run time: 2h 51m


Rotten Tomatoes: 91%

Audience Score: 95%

This popular book by J. R. R. Tolkien was turned into this movie in 2001 and was followed by two sequels that are both longer than this one. If you are going to watch the movie just to see the meme, than you will be sitting there for awhile. 

The movie is very well done, due to its lengthy run time, it answers all of the questions for the first part of the great quest. It starts with Frodo, played by Elijah Wood, that obtains a powerful ring that is capable of controlling all of the other rings in the kingdom. Frodo must go on a long quest united with some of his useful friends to destroy the ring for it has too much power. 

The meme was made from one scene where Frodo's friends were having a meeting to discuss how to destroy the ring. When Elrond, played by Hugo Weaving, says that the only way to destroy the ring is to put it into Mordor, which is the volcano that made the ring. This is when Boromir, played by Sean Bean, responds, "One does not simply walk into Mordor." Not the most amazing line, but it made a classic meme. 

7. Toy Story

Rating: G

Year: 1995

Run Time: 1h 21m


Rotten Tomatoes: 100%

Audience Score: 92%

With a perfect score of 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, this is truly a great animation. If you compare Toy Story 4's animation to the original Toy Story, you will find that it has greatly improved. 

This story focuses on a boy named Andy's set of toys he leaves in his room. When he's gone, the toys come to life, it's the unspoken rule that you can't show signs of life when kids are looking. The main toy is Woody, played by Tom Hanks, who is the sheriff of the toys. When the boy gets a new toy named Buzz Lightyear, played by Tim Allen, Woody becomes jealous. Buzz thinks he is the new leader, and Woody thinks the other toys are playing along with him. 

The meme above is well known and more or less funny depending on which one you look at. It just gets straight to the point.  

6. Willy Wonka And The Chocolate Factory

Rating: G

Year: 1971

Run time: 1h 40m


Rotten Tomatoes: 91%

Audience Score: 87%

Heavily based on the popular children's book "Charlie And The Chocolate Factory" by Roald Dahl in 1964, this movie is about a powerful candy factory owner.

Willy Wonka, played by Gene Wilder, has too many secrets to what makes his candy so good. He closes down his factory due to the spies that work for other candy competitors trying to find out his secret ingredient. Three years later, he opens the factory again to give out his candy once more. He gives a once in a lifetime opportunity to five kids in the world to get a golden ticket in a Wonka chocolate bar. This ticket will give whoever finds it a grand tour of the factory. A young boy, Charlie, played by Peter Ostrum, wants a ticket badly. When he gets a ticket, his dreams seemed to of come true. Charlie and the other kids figure out that Willy Wonka's factory might not be the ultimate dream.

The meme is from a scene where Willy Wonka is going to show everyone a fantastic and secret machine under a tarp. Charlie asks him, "What does it do?" He leans on his machine and says "Would you like to see?" Not that exciting for the context of a popular meme. 

5. The Matrix

Rating: R

Year: 1999

Run time: 2h 16m 


Rotten Tomatoes: 88%

Audience Score: 85%

Before John Wick, Keanu Reeves played Neo in The Matrix. It's about Neo becoming confused about his life when a man named Morpheus, played by Laurence Fishburne, tells Neo that he's living a lie. He gives him the option of waking up believing whatever he wants, or showing Neo the truth. He portrays this with the famous scene of the red and blue pill. 

Most of us have seen this action packed movie, and seen this meme, but do you know the context of this picture? Most people would say that it's the blue and red pill scene. This is true, but it's not that part. Did you know that Morpheus never said the line, "What if I told you?" Watch the scene as many times as you want, but you will never catch this line. Wherever this picture came from, it made a popular meme. 

4. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge Of The Sith

Rating: PG-13

Year: 2005

Run time: 2h 20m


Rotten Tomatoes: 80%

Audience Score: 66%

Basically, Obi-Wan Kenobi, played by Ewan McGregor, does a lot of fighting during a big space battle for most of the movie. Let's get straight into the memes. This movie owns one of the funniest (if used correctly) sound effect memes. You might have heard of this one if you watch a lot of YouTube. "Hello there." That's the meme. Obi-Wan Kenobi is going to fight an army of robots with light sabers. How does he get in quietly and destroy all of them without making a sound? He jumps from a high place right in the middle of the crowd with all of them watching. What is his hero quote before he takes down the enemy? "Hello there." Legendary.

Another meme that is hilarious if you find it on YouTube is the fighting scene towards the end between Obi-Wan Kenobi and Anakin Skywalker, played by Hayden Christensen. The scene is your average, overly dramatic fighting scene except the meme makes it so much better. The meme is the fighting scene, except their voices are a google translate Japanese voice. Try going back to this scene after watching the meme. 

3. Dinner For Schmucks

Rating: PG-13

Year: 2010

Run time: 1h 54m


Rotten Tomatoes: 41%

Audience Score: 42%

Yes, that's the guy from the famous laughing meme used for everything on YouTube. That's also Paul Rudd and Steve Carell as the main characters. 

Paul Rudd plays Tim, a guy that really wants the promotion at his company. He finally got into the meeting with the guys in the higher floor of the company. They said that every year, they have a dinner where everyone brings someone that the guys can make fun of. Steve Carell plays Barry, a nobody that one day got hit by Tim's car. Tim needs someone to bring to the dinner and thinks that Barry is a good person for it because of his rat taxidermy hobby. 

Therman is the meme. He is played by Zach Galifianakis. Therman is Barry's boss for the company he works for and Therman thinks he can read minds and manipulate people. He is laughing at Tim's offshore investment losses. Disappointment strikes when you know the context of this one.  

2. The Lion King

Rating: G

Year: 1994

Run time: 1h 29m


Rotten Tomatoes: 93%

Audience Score: 93%

Don't lie, you know you laughed a little bit in your head when you first looked at that meme above. If you've never seen The Lion King or at least heard of it, we don't know what to tell you, just watch it. This classic animated movie by Disney is amazing and gained a lot more popularity because of the remake of it in 2019. No one will be mad if you don't watch the new one, it's basically the same movie, except for two scenes. The original 1994 version is the greatest and also where this meme came from. This is a scene where Mufasa is probably looking at Simba, smiling.

That's not the most popular meme from this movie though. There have been many memes on YouTube where they change the story a little. Believe it or not, there is actually a descent YTP on the lion king. It's only good because it shows Rafiki, the monkey, instead of showing the kingdom its future king, it shows him throwing Simba off the cliff.   

1. Bee Movie

Rating: PG

Year: 2007

Run time: 1h 31m 


Rotten Tomatoes: 50%

Audience Score: 53%

You probably saw this one coming. If you don't remember the scene where the words, "You like jazz?" are said, any child does. This movie is all over YouTube, probably because you either like it or not. 

This movie is about a bee named Barry, played by Jerry Seinfeld. Barry wants to see the world outside of the hive. He doesn't want to stay in the hive where you are only allowed to have one job for the rest of your life. He has to chose a job, so he chooses a pollen jock. This is the only job he can do to get outside of the hive. He is supposed to get pollen and bring it back to the hive, but he explores and starts talking to humans. He talks to a florist named Vanessa, played by Renee Zellweger. He has to introduce himself, so he reherses by saying, "You like jazz?" 

If you haven't seen this movie, at least watch it for the meme.  

Est. Nov. 9, 2019