Here is our pick of the best quotes from all the Ghostbusters movie franchise, with the first two Ivan Reitman directed installments now considered classic supernatural comedies. The third movie, directed by Paul Feig, was considered a reboot of the franchise. However, the fourth installment, Ghostbusters: Afterlife, is considered a direct sequel of the original two, directed and co-written by Jason Reitman.
1. Ghostbusters (1984)
'We came, we saw, we kicked its a**!' - Dr. Peter Venkman (Ghostbusters 1984) Click To Tweet
Dr. Raymond Stantz: [to Peter after they’ve been fired from the university] Personally, I like the university. They gave us money and facilities. We didn’t have to produce anything. You’ve never been out of college. You don’t know what it’s like out there. I’ve worked in the private sector. They expect results.
Janine Melnitz: [moviequotesandmore.com] You’re very handy. I can tell. I bet you like to read a lot too.
Dr. Egon Spengler: Print is dead.
Janine Melnitz: Oh, that’s very fascinating to me. I read a lot myself. Some people think I’m too intellectual, but I think it’s a fabulous way to spend your spare time. I also play racquetball. Do you have any hobbies?
Dr. Egon Spengler: I collect spores, molds, and fungus.
Dana Barrett: [as Peter is about to enter her room to check for supernatural activity] That’s the bedroom. But nothing ever happened in there.
Dr. Peter Venkman: What a crime.
Dana Barrett: You know, you don’t act like a scientist.
Dr. Peter Venkman: They’re usually pretty stiff.
Dana Barrett: You’re more like a game show host.
2. Ghostbusters II (1989)
'Sometimes s**t happens, someone has to deal with it, and who are you going to call?' - Dr. Peter Venkman (Ghostbusters II) Click To Tweet
Brownstone Boy: [working as children’s entertainers at a birthday party] You know, my dad says you guys are full of crap.
Brownstone Mother: Jason, hush!
Dr. Raymond Stantz: Well, some people have trouble believing in the paranormal.
Brownstone Boy: No, he just says you guys are full of crap, and that’s why you went out of business.
Winston Zeddemore: [after being insulted at a children’s birthday party] Man, face it. Ghostbusters doesn’t exist. A year from now, those kids won’t even remember who we are.
Dr. Raymond Stantz: Ungrateful little yuppie larvae. After all we did for this city.
Winston Zeddemore: Yeah, we conjured up a hundred foot marshmallow man, blew the top three floors off an uptown high-rise, ended up getting sued by every state, county and city agency in New York.
Dr. Raymond Stantz: Yeah, but what a ride.
Dana Barrett: How is he these days?
Dr. Egon Spengler: Peter? Well, he was borderline for a while. Then he crossed the border.
3. Ghostbusters (2016)
'It smells like burnt bologna and regrets down here.' - Patty Tolan (Ghostbusters 2016) Click To Tweet
Jillian Holtzmann: [as she’s filming Erin] Ma’am, can you tell us where you got the world’s tiniest bow tie?
Erin Gilbert: Uh, it came with the shirt.
Abby Yates: [moviequotesandmore.com] I mean, we saw a real ghost. You know, and she was beautiful.
Jillian Holtzmann: Till she dislocated her jaw and ecto-projected all over you.
Erin Gilbert: Yeah, that stuff went everywhere, by the way, in every crack.
Abby Yates: But, I got to say, even that was kind of spectacularly beautiful.
Erin Gilbert: [after Kevin introduces himself] Kevin. Oh. That’s a manly name. My name’s Erin. With an E. For “everything you want”.
Patty Tolan: That’s where I saw that weird sparking thing.
Jillian Holtzmann: What was it?
Patty Tolan: Baby, if I knew what it was, I wouldn’t say “a weird sparking thing”.
Jillian Holtzmann: You’re mouthy. I like that.
Patty Tolan: [referring to the ghost on the train] Well, I guess he going to Queens. He’s going to be the third scariest thing on that train.
4. Ghostbusters: Afterlife (2021)
Single mother, Callie (Carrie Coon), and her two children, Phoebe (Mckenna Grace), and Trevor (Finn Wolfhard), move to a small town after inheriting property from their grandfather, Dr. Egon Spengler. When the town experiences a series of unexplained earthquakes, the children discover their family’s link to the original Ghostbusters, and the secret legacy their grandfather left behind.
We’ll add the best quotes once we’ve had a chance to watch the movie, but for now here’s a small selection.
Janine Melnitz: Your father wasn’t much of a homemaker. He could hardly keep the power on.
Callie: You’re saying he left us nothing?
Janine Melnitz: Well, I wouldn’t say nothing.
Phoebe: Mom, what kind of scientist was grandpa?
Callie: Honestly, I have no idea.
Mr. Grooberson: You’re a great mom.
Callie: I don’t know. I’m fine with Trevor, but with Phoebe, she really keeps me on the outside.
Mr. Grooberson: That’s normal. She’s an awkward nerdy kid.
Callie: Maybe a new home can be an opportunity to start fresh. I just wish she’d get into some trouble.
Mr. Grooberson: There’s still time.
Phoebe: [referring to the Ectomobile] You went with the station wagon?
Trevor: It’s the only one that had an engine.
Lucky: What are you doing here in Summerville anyway?
Trevor: Honestly, my mom won’t say it, but we’re completely broke. And the only thing that’s left in our name is this creepy old farmhouse my grandfather left us in the middle of nowhere.
Lucky: Why did you bring me up here? Entertainment value?
[suddenly they feel the ground shaking beneath the oil well]
Trevor: [hearing something down the oil well] What is that?
Lucky: I don’t know.
[suddenly a ghost shoots out of the well]
Trevor: What is happening here?
Mr. Grooberson: Somehow, a town that isn’t anywhere near a tectonic plate, that has no fault lines, no fracking, no loud music even, is shaking on a daily basis.
Phoebe: Maybe it’s the apocalypse.
Phoebe: Egon came out here for a reason.
Callie: [as the ground starts shaking] Under the dining table now!
Trevor: Hey, remember that one summer we died under a table?
Phoebe: [referring to the Ghostbusters ghost trap] I found this in my living room.
Mr. Grooberson: Woh! Killer replica.
Phoebe: A replica of what?
Mr. Grooberson: A ghost trap.
Mr. Grooberson: [referring to the Ghostbusters ghost trap] Wait a minute. This thing is real?
Mr. Grooberson: [showing Phoebe and her friend footage of the Ghostbusters] There hasn’t been a ghost sighting in thirty years. New York in the ‘80s, was like The Walking Dead. Your dad never mentioned this to you?
Phoebe: It’s just my mom.
Phoebe: My grandfather died. My mom says we’re just here to pick through the rubble of life.
Mr. Grooberson: Who are you?
Dr. Peter Venkman: Call it fate. Call it luck. Call it karma. I believe that everything happens for a reason.
Phoebe’s classmate: [referring to the Ectomobile] It has a gunner seat?
Trevor: You guys hear that?
Phoebe: Something’s coming.
Phoebe: This isn’t a mine. It’s a gateway.
Trevor: What exactly is happening here?
Phoebe: We need to finish what our grandfather started.
Dr. Raymond Stantz: [answers a call] We’re closed.