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The 15 Best Uses of 'F*ck' in Movie History

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Few words in the English language are as satisfying as a good fuck. Go ahead—say it right now. Sound your barbaric fuck over the rooftops of the world. Feels good, doesn't it?

Though Hollywood has had a long and complicated history with swearing in general, it's widely believed that 1970's M*A*S*H was the first major picture to use "Fuck." Since then, Hollywood has gone fucking nuts with it.

Below, please enjoy the best f-bombs in cinema history. (You might want to put in some headphones, just in case there are some fucking kids around.)

Team America—"AMERICA FUCK YEAH"

The Fucking Context: An action-movie montage, set to a jingoistic song that Toby Keith could have written.

What Makes It So Fucking Great: Anytime America does something dumb, this song plays in my head. This song has been playing in my head nonstop for about 18 months.

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Raging Bull—"YOU FUCK MY WIFE?"

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The Fucking Context: Robert De Niro is understandably upset that his wife has had sex with Joe Pesci.

What Makes It So Fucking Great: It's always nice to revisit a pre-give-up De Niro.

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The King's Speech—"FUCK FUCK FUCK AND TITS"

The Fucking Context: Fancy king overcomes severe stutter through the medium of f-bombs.

What Makes It So Fucking Great: It is satisfying to watch prissy people swear.

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Donnie Darko—"GO SUCK A FUCK"

The Fucking Context: Gyllenhaal family dinner gets real.

What Makes It So Fucking Great: Like the movie itself, it makes no fucking sense.

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Die Hard—"YIPPIE-KI-YAY, MOTHERFUCKER"

The Fucking Context: Bruce Willis gets catchphrase, runs with it.

What Makes It So Fucking Great: It might not be all that great. Bruce Willis might have just worn us the fuck down.

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The Usual Suspects—THE LINE-UP SCENE

The Fucking Context: We meet the usual suspects, they yell at us.

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What Makes It So Fucking Great: The sheer variety of fucks. Morose, gleeful, bemused, thoughtful, morose. Fuck really spreads its wings here.

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South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut—CARTMAN SAYS FUCK IN CLASS

The Fucking Context: Cartman has learned the f-word, and he is eager to share his findings.

What Makes It So Fucking Great: It harkens back to the delicious, forbidden f-bombs of early childhood.

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Forgetting Sarah Marshall—"JUST SAY FUCK THE LEMONS AND BAIL"

The Fucking Context: Paul Rudd's zen surfing instructor shares his philosophy.

What Makes It So Fucking Great: It's the truest thing we've ever heard.

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Risky Business—"SOMETIMES YOU GOTTA SAY WHAT THE FUCK"

The Fucking Context: Booger from Revenge of the Nerds spits hot truth.

What Makes It So Fucking Great: It's true. Why the fuck do you think we're doing this?

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Argo—"ARGO FUCK YOURSELF"

The Fucking Context: The makers of a fake movie share an inside joke.

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What Makes It So Fucking Great: "Oh! Because it sounds like ah, go fuck yourself!" – [Me, four months after having seen Argo.]

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History of the World Part I—"FUCK THE POOR"

The Fucking Context: The Roman Senate reveals its true purpose.

What Makes It So Fucking Great: It has never not been super fucking relevant.

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Goodfellas—"FUCK YOU PAY ME"

The Fucking Context: The Mafia's guiding principle, laid bare.

What Makes It So Fucking Great: It was very nearly the thing Donald Trump had embroidered on his campaign hats.

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Wolf Of Wall Street—ALL OF IT

The Fucking Context: The whole movie is one nonstop f-bomb

What Makes It So Fucking Great: It's all the fun of cocaine—without the expense, strained personal relationships, and heart trauma.

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Blue Velvet—"LET'S FUCK"

The Fucking Context: Dennis Hopper wants some.

What Makes It So Fucking Great: Who among us hasn't longed, just once, to shout this out loud?

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The 40 Year Old Virgin—CHEST WAXING

The Fucking Context: Steve Carell gets his chest waxed, the world is made to feel his pain.

What Makes It So Fucking Great: People so rarely suffer for their art these days.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.

* Minor edits have been made by the Esquiremag.ph editors.

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