50 Best Pickup Lines of All Time

  1. Do you have a name, or can I call you mine?
  2. Your hands look heavy, can I hold them for you?
  3. Where do you hide your wings?
  4. Are you an angel, because it looks like you fell from heaven?
  5. Do I know you? You look just like my next girlfriend.
  6. Are you a magician, because whenever I look at you, everyone else disappears.
  7. I seem to have lost my phone number. Can I have yours?
  8. Would you grab my arm? I want to tell my friends I’ve been touched by an angel.
  9. I’d say God bless you, but it looks like he already did.
  10. Did I see you on the cover of Vogue?
  11. You’re so cute it’s distracting.
  12. There’s only one thing I want to change about you. Your last name.
  13. I never believed in love at first sight – until I saw you.
  14. I just have to talk to you. Sweetness is my weakness.
  15. Something is wrong with my eyes; I cannot take them off of you.
  16. If I could rearrange the alphabet, I would put U and I together.
  17. Kiss me if I’m wrong, but dinosaurs still exist, right?
  18. If I had four quarters to give to the four prettiest women in the world, you would have a dollar.
  19. I’m going to have to ask you to leave. You’re making the other girls look bad.
  20. Hey, you’re beautiful. Can I tell you that again next Saturday over dinner?
  21. Do you play soccer? Because you’re a keeper.
  22. Let me tie your shoes. I don’t want you to fall for anyone else.
  23. If God made anything more beautiful than you, I’m sure he’d keep it for himself.
  24. Do you have a map? I’m getting lost in your eyes.
  25. Can I take your picture? I want to show my friends that Angels do exist.
  26. Hi, I’ Mr. Right. Someone said you were looking for me?
  27. You’re so beautiful that you made me forget my pickup line.
  28. Are you lost ma’am? Because heaven is a long way from here.
  29. Please call 9-1-1. You just made my heart stop.
  30. Could you please step away from the bar? You’re melting all the ice.
  31. If you don’t have a twin sister, you must be the most beautiful girl in the world.
  32. When God made you, he was showing off.
  33. Can I borrow a kiss? I promise I’ll give it back.
  34. How was heaven when you left it?
  35. I’m new in town. Could you give me directions to your apartment?
  36. Please call an ambulance. Your beauty is killing me.
  37. I wish I was cross-eyed, so I could see you twice.
  38. You don’t need a key to drive me crazy.
  39. I’m not trying to impress you or anything, but . . . I’m Batman!
  40. You are the reason men fall in love.
  41. You’re single. I’m single. Coincidence? I think not.
  42. I don’t know you, but I think I love you already.
  43. If beauty were time, you’d be eternity.
  44. Feel my shirt. It’s made of boyfriend material.
  45. Stand still so I can pick you up.
  46. What time do you have to be back in heaven?
  47. Hey, so do you have a couple of minutes for me to hit on you? If not, just say the word.
  48. If kissing you were a sin, I’d happily walk through hell.
  49. What is a shooting star doing flying so low?
  50. Can I ask you a personal question? Beer or wine?

Pickup lines are revered in popular culture. Great movies are famous for providing some of the most memorable pickup lines in history, and some people collect pickup lines with the sincere belief that the right line at the right moment, will make the difference between ‘dying all alone’ and spending eternity with your soul mate.

Most often opening lines make people cringe. That is why you have to try to find the best pickup lines ever. Girls are sometimes nauseated by guys that approach them with corny and creepy lines that are second-hand and tired.

Even so:

Many guys are under the impression that an opening line is supposed to be vulgar and suggestive, that it should be bold and sexual. They could not be more wrong.

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There is a big difference between opening lines ‘online’ and opening lines ‘offline.’ One might distinguish between pickup lines and opening lines if you will. When you are cruising dating sites the culture is much more forward, much more direct and can get away with less romantic aplomb.

The Approach…

When you approach a dream babe in a bar you have to take out your best, most romantic opening line. You are not hiding behind the facade of a dating profile. In the real world, you have to be more subtle and more romantic, and less quirky.

So what are pickup lines for?

This question is very important.

The more traditional of the ‘pickup lines,’ opening lines were considered to be semi-entertaining excuses to start a conversation – ice breakers in modern language. Characters like James Bond brought us lines like “what is a girl like you doing in a place like this” – which will probably get you slapped at least, if you used it today, but when Sean Connery used this in You Only Live Twice he was the sexiest and coolest chain smoking super-spy –ever- in the world.

The hard choice:

It is one of the most agonizing aspect of being a man, to have to approach a woman in a bar, restaurant or any crowded space, to try and charm them into not only liking you, but to like you enough to want to, and to risk to go out with you – a complete stranger.

For the modern woman, this agony has become hers too.

Today, women are often burdened by changing gender and professional roles that have made it redundant for her to sit there and wait for Mr. Charming to find her. Many modern girls believe that if Mr. Charming has not shown up yet, she is not waiting any longer. She is going to start looking for him herself.

Famous Movie Opening Line

“I don’t bite you know… unless it’s called for.”
– Audrey Hepburn, Charade (1963)

“Is that cannon fodder, or is it my heart pounding?”
– Ingrid Bergman, Casablanca (1942)

“You know, it’s dangerous for you here in the frozen foods section – because you could melt all this stuff.”
– Steve Martin, My Blue Heaven (1990)

“Your eyes are amazing, you know that? You should never shut them, even at night.”
– Oliver Martinez, Unfaithful (2002)

I hate to see you go, I love to watch you leave.”
– John Travlota, Face / Off (1997)

One thing that remains certain however, is that a ‘canned’ opening line is not enough at all. Opening lines aren’t magic spells. The magic has to be inserted into the line by your delivery and timing, by your charm and confidence.

Tinder Pickup Lines

“Like ur pic:) Wanna eat cookie dough together sometime?”

“Do you like spiders? I bet if you were a spider you’d be a mommy long legs.”

“I have scars and tattoos and make a mean grilled cheese.”

“Number. You. Now.”

What are the best pickup lines for?

I prefer to distinguish between opening lines and pickup lines, by intention.

What’s a pickup line?

Pickup lines are more forward and more suggestive.

What’s an opening line?

Opening lines are more benign and better suited for breaking the ice with someone you would like to get to know better, and maybe have a romantic entanglement with.

Some people see the relationship between the sexes as something that starts with appearance, and ends with the emotional, and others see relationships as something that starts with emotional intimacy.

Bottom line:

You have to decide which one you are. The answer you give to this question, will point you to either work on opening lines, or pickup lines, or both at different times.

Famous Movie Pickup Lines

“You make me want to be a better man.”
– Jack Nicholson, As Good As It Gets (1997)

I couldn’t help noticing you look a lot like my next girlfriend”
– Will Smith, Hitch (2005)

Designing the Best Pickup Lines

Most pickup lines and most opening lines are corny, creepy or ridiculous. Your presentation, your timing, your charm, must make the man/woman smile and if he/she laughs – with you – not at you, you are half way there, and you will need a very good comeback line if you want the conversation to become more than just an exercise in gut wrenching humiliation.

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Rather than using old clichéd lines from the movies or from your old college roommate, I recommend that you study the simple explanation below.

Once you understand how to construct your own – stupid, corny or ridiculous – opening line or pickup line, at least it will be your own.

Most pickup lines can be categorized into the groups below.

  • “I am” Pickup Lines
  • “You are” Pickup Lines
  • “Eh what” Pickup Lines

Understanding the various species of pickup lines, and how they are constructed, will make it easier for you to choose a category or two to specialize in. This way you can design different lines for different situations as you go about your business.

“I am” Pickup Lines

These lines are constructed by referencing yourself. You can start off with something as extra-benign as “I am Richard,” the most singular and most simple pickup line in existence.

It can also include more raunchy or risky statements, like BILL MURRAY’S line in LOST IN TRANSLATION(2003),

“I am trying to organize a prison break. I’m looking for, like, an accomplice. We’d have to first get out of this bar, then the hotel, then the city, and then the country.”

The defining characteristic of the I-AM pickup line/opening line, is its focus on yourself. You approach the other party without having to think of something crazy or safe or whatever you feel is needed, risking reproach if it comes out wrong.

All you have to do is to speak for yourself. I am Peter. I am organizing a prison break. I am Oscar the terrorist, and I need somewhere to hide.

Whatever you can creatively come up with, as long as it is focused on yourself alone. This way, you can approach anybody without the need to think on your feet, and to find an opening line that is based on the lady you would like to “break ice” with.

Another example of the I-AM line is the one used by TOM CRUISE IN VANILLA SKY (2001):

”See, I’ve got this little problem. I’ve got a stalker. I need a cover. I need for you to pretend we’re having a scintillating conversation, and you are wildly entertained.”

“You Are” Pickup Lines

The point of the YOU-ARE line, is the old rule verbalized by Mark Twain, “I can live for two months on a good compliment.”

Most people are a bit vain, and everyone has a degree of narcissism and face it, who doesn’t enjoy a sincere compliment and talking a bit about themselves.

For women, often a beautiful hat, a magnificent pair of shoes or a sexy black dress can only be approved as ‘really great’ if her peers consider it the same. They need positive reinforcement and nothing is so reinforcing as to be commended on (a) your taste, (b) your beauty, or (c) you panache.

Think of the words of WILL ROBERTS IN HITCH(2005),

“On the one hand, it’s very difficult for a man to even speak to someone who looks like you. On the other hand, should that be your problem?”

It is all about her.

The strange thing about people, is that they are more fascinated by themselves than by anything else in the world. And when it comes to women, they are genetically programmed to attract a mate, and after presenting themselves in the most attractive attire and in the most beguiling mystery attainable, they have to suffer in silence until they actually attract a mate.

How does it work?

When you show up, and if you have the sense to choose the right time, she is subconsciously delighted. If you add to her delight by appreciating the beauty of her attire, her “feathers” in a primal sense, you score big points. Women are not used to men who even notice, say, an antique broach, a beautiful pair of shoes or hazel eyes.

Women can be very gracious when you go the Vogue Magazine route and bring them “pearls” of feel-good delight.

A bit more corny version of the YOU-ARE line would be the well-known but always charming…

“Did it hurt when you fell from heaven? You must be an angel.”

It is universally rated, because of its sweetness, its innocence, and its unflinching power of communicating real attraction.

“Eh What” Pickup Lines

The EH-WHAT pickup line is meant for the quirky, the arty, the sarcastic and the cynical among you. It is a creative but dangerous approach that is almost Gothic in complexity. This approach uses comical irrationality to engender interest, and then require just the right delivery and follow-up if you want to hit a home run.

One unique line I overheard, was

“Ask me if I am an orange?” The women was shell-shocked at first, and then even a bit irritated. “Are you an orange” she replied, still looking a bit resentful. The follow-up was even more disappointing to me. The guy looked at her, and his answer was stunning in it baseness. His answer was “No.”

There followed silence.

Stunned silence, for a second or two.

The girl stared at the guy in horror, looking at him, and then at her friends, and then at him, and then she burst out screaming with laughter. He joined their table and left with their party later that night.

The guy pulled it off because he knew his delivery, and he knew how to keep a straight face, attending to the irony of his presentation. This is an extreme example, no doubt about it.

The Difference: Pickup Lines for Men and Women

FROM THE WOMEN’S PERSPECTIVE

Because men and women have such different traditional gender roles, successful opening lines and pick up lines tend to differ for the two. While men are more out there and are expected to respond to the wiles of the feminine by being bold and assertive, women are more subtle and more careful.

It is not advised for women to try and be masculine in their approach. The way for a woman to design the perfect line, is to hide the pickup line behind the same veil of mystique that she lives in as a woman.

When a woman desires an opening line, she will often hide the fact and get the required result in a more passive way. Interestingly, women will disguise their intentions of “picking-up” a boy behind a façade.

One way women do this, is by not putting herself out there, but to put the ball back in the man’s court. By simply writing her name and phone number on a piece of paper and leaving that behind for the guy, a woman can easily tempt a man to call her. It is almost certain that every man bar a few, will phone a girl after she handed them her number. This is not something that will generally work for men.

Another ploy woman often use, and often prefer to brash flirtation and chasing guys openly, is by requiring help. Just stopping a couple of cute guys to ask for directions, is normally enough for a girl to sit back and to allow the men to do their thing. Pretty soon the guys will be coming forward with their best lines, and the ladies will smile, and decide, something they were designed to do.

Even just going to a dance – alone – is already a feminine opening line. Guys look for woman to dance with. Just by being there, the lady is opting for the subtle behind-the veil opening line, while the man is left with the active pursuit.

This does not mean that the ladies cannot participate fully in all the versions of the pickup-line, and that they have to take the passive or subtle route. It is just that they are equipped to pick and choose.

Most guys feel like coming on to most women. Most girls are more selective, and they are so much more attuned to the mating game, that the men that line up with their lines, often have no idea how outmatched they are for the game.

FROM THE MAN’S PERSPECTIVE:

Men are hotwired to proposition females. The modern world made it more difficult, because the goods men used to have to display, things like muscular power and good hunting skills, health and the ability to defend the family, have become irrelevant.

No one wants you to take off your shirt and show your muscles in the local Starbucks before you ask a women out on a date.

These days, your income has replaced your hunting skills. Your emotional intelligence replaced your ability to defend your family against intruders.

The modern woman needs you to show that you will not harm or abuse her. Everything has changed, except, it hasn’t. Woman are still attuned by your body and your sexual prowess. We just frame it in different, more civilized terms.

As a man, all you have to do, is to look good, be healthy, appear decent, and to propose every woman you are attracted to every time you have the opportunity.

Practice makes perfect, and nothing is more devastating to a women than being ignored by an attractive guy, It is your duty to come on to the women, and to use the very best opening and pickup lines you can muster.

The line itself is not that important. It is you that the woman is interested in, not whether you are a great copy-writer or not.

By breaking the ice with a polite and complimentary opening line, that shows you off as an interesting decent, and sexy guy, the sky will be the limit for you.

We covered only three of the many, many pickup line structures. For more advanced training in creating your own pickup lines and become a master artist in the dating game, watch this space for more.

“I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

– BILLY CRYSTAL, WHEN HARRY MET SALLY (1989)