Skip to comments.AFI Ranks Top Movie Quotes
Posted on 06/22/2005 4:59:10 AM PDT by TrebleRebel
Frankly, my dear, even those who have never seen Gone with the Wind can still identify Rhett Butler's final words to Scarlett O'Hara.
The level of instantaneous recognition inspired by Clark Gable's final line to Vivien Leigh--"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn"--led the American Film Institute to deem it number one on its list of the top 100 movie quotes.
The listmakers extraordinaire over at the AFI revealed the latest compilation in their 100 Years series--100 Movie Quotes: America's Greatest Quips, Comebacks and Catchphrases--in a three-hour CBS television special Tuesday hosted by Pierce Brosnan.
The winning lines were selected by 1,500 jurors from a list of 400 nominees. Voting criteria included a nominated quote's cultural impact on the national lexicon and whether it was used to invoke the legacy of the film in which it appeared.
In close contention for the top spot on the list were two of Marlon Brando's most famous lines--"I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse," from 1972's The Godfather and "You don't understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am," from 1954's On the Waterfront--which finished second and third, respectively.
In fourth place was Judy Garland's naive proclamation to her loyal canine in 1939's The Wizard of Oz: "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."
Humphrey Bogart's remark to Ingrid Bergman in 1942's Casablanca, "Here's looking at you, kid," was looking at fifth place on the list, but was one of six quotes overall chosen from the film. Others included Bogart's "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship" (20th), "We'll always have Paris" (43rd), "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine" (67), and Bergman's "Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By' " (28th).
Gone with the Wind also had multiple entries in the top 100. Leigh's "After all, tomorrow is another day" made the list at number 31, and her "As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again" was number 59.
The earliest quote was Al Jolson's "Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothin' yet," (71st) from 1927's The Jazz Singer. The most recent was Andy Serkis' "My precious," (85th) from 2002's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
Numerous sci-fi films inspired list-making quotes, including Harrison Ford's "May the Force be with you" (8th) from 1977's Star Wars, Arnold Schwarzenegger's "I'll be back" (37) from The Terminator and a certain friendly alien's insistence that "E.T. phone home," (15th) from 1982's E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial.
On the lighter side, John Belushi's exclamations of "Toga! Toga!" from 1978's Animal House made the list at number 82, while Cuba Gooding Jr.'s rallying cry of "Show me the money!" from 1996's Jerry Maguire placed 25th on the list.
Then there were the lines that inspired fear in the hearts of all but the most intrepid moviegoers, such as Jack Nicholson's "Here's Johnny!" (68th) from 1980's The Shining, and Haley Joel Osment's "I see dead people," from 1999's The Sixth Sense (44th).
Patrick Swayze's solemn declaration that "Nobody puts Baby in a corner," from 1987's Dirty Dancing squeaked onto the list at number 98 and Margaret Hamilton's witchy vow, "I''ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too!" from The Wizard of Oz came in at number 99.
Rounding out the top 100 was Leonardo DiCaprio's passionate shout-out from 1997's Titanic: "I'm king of the world!" (And, please, let that be the last we hear of it.)
The complete list of 100 Movie Quotes: America's Greatest Quips, Comebacks and Catchphrases can be viewed at www.afi.com.
Here's a rundown of the top 25 most memorable movie quotes as determined by the AFI:
1. "Frankly, my dear, I dont give a damn." Gone with the Wind, 1939
2. "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse." The Godfather, 1972
3. "You don't understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am." On the Waterfront, 1954
4. "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." The Wizard of Oz, 1939
5. "Here's looking at you, kid." Casablanca, 1942
6. "Go ahead, make my day." Sudden Impact, 1983
7. "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up." Sunset Boulevard., 1950
8. "May the Force be with you." Star Wars, 1977
9. "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night." All About Eve, 1950
10. "You talking to me?" Taxi Driver, 1976
11. "What we've got here is failure to communicate." Cool Hand Luke, 1967
12. "I love the smell of napalm in the morning." Apocalypse Now, 1979
13. "Love means never having to say you're sorry." Love Story, 1970
14. "The stuff that dreams are made of." The Maltese Falcon, 1941
15. "E.T. phone home." E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, 1982
16. "They call me Mister Tibbs!" In the Heat of the Night, 1967
17. "Rosebud." Citizen Kane, 1941
18. "Made it, Ma! Top of the world!" White Heat, 1949
19. "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" Network, 1976
20. "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." Casablanca, 1942
21. "A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti." The Silence of the Lambs, 1991
22. "Bond. James Bond." Dr. No, 1962
23. "There's no place like home." The Wizard of Oz, 1939
24. "I am big! It's the pictures that got small." Sunset Boulevard, 1950
25. "Show me the money!" Jerry Maguire, 1996
ANY of these would have been better than "Toga! Toga!"
Fat, drunk, and stupid is no way to go through life, son.
Christ. Seven years of college down the drain. Might as well join the f'ing Peace Corps.
Doug Neidermeyer: How does it feel to be an independent, Schoenstein?
Boon: How does it feel to be an a$$hole, Neidermeyer?
They confiscated everything, even the stuff we didn't steal!
Ladies and gentlemen, I'll be brief. The issue here is not whether we broke a few rules, or took a few liberties with our female party guests - we did. But you can't hold a whole fraternity responsible for the behavior of a few, sick twisted individuals. For if you do, then shouldn't we blame the whole fraternity system? And if the whole fraternity system is guilty, then isn't this an indictment of our educational institutions in general? I put it to you, Greg - isn't this an indictment of our entire American society? Well, you can do whatever you want to us, but we're not going to sit here and listen to you badmouth the United States of America. Gentlemen!
Katy: Is this really what you're gonna do for the rest of your life?
Boon: What do you mean?
Katy: I mean hanging around with a bunch of animals getting drunk every weekend.
Boon: No! After I graduate, I'm gonna get drunk every night.
Dean Vernon Wormer: Carmine, I don't think it's right that you should extort money from the college.
Mayor Carmine De Pasto: Look, these parades you throw are very expensive. You using my police, my sanitation people, and my Oldsmobiles free of charge. So, if you mention extortion again, I'll have your legs broken.
Marion Wormer: You can take your thumb out of my a$$ any time now, Carmine.
Guitar dork: I gave my love a cherry / That had no stone / I gave my love a chicken / That had no bones / I gave my love a story / That had no end / I gave my...
Bluto: [grabs the guitar and smashes it against the wall] Sorry.
Mind if we dance with your dates?
What do you mean "THEY cut the power"? How could they cut the power, man? They're animals!
We're on an express elevator to hell; going down!
Were in the pipe, five by five
I say we take off and nuke the site from orbit. It's the only way to be sure.
That's it man, game over man, game over!
Aliens - 1986
Yes, they also left off some great ones from "Young Frankenstein." Mel Brooks was a genius for inventing memorable one-liners......
"Pardon me while I whup this out"
Don't forget movies like Real Genius: "I was thinking of the immortal words of Socrates who said 'I drank what?'"
Mister Roberts and Ensign Pulver are two of the most underrated movies of all time.
The funniest movie I have ever seen, from start to finish, was No Time For Sergeants. Andy griffith was brilliant in that role.
"Hey! Where are de white wimmen at?"
One man is born a hero, his brother a coward. Babies starve, politicians grow fat. Holy men are martyred, and junkies grow legion. Why? Why, why, why, why, why? Luck! Blind, stupid, simple, doo-dah, clueless luck!
Ah. Fortune smiles. Another day of wine and roses. Or, in your case, beer and pizza!
Caffeine will KILL YA!
Has anyone ever told you have a SERIOUS impulse control problem?
You know, I simply love what you've done with this place. Heavy Metal with just a touch of House and Garden.
You have broken into our hideout. You have violated the sanctity of our lair. For this we should crush your bones into POWDER. However, you do pose a very interesting proposition: therefore, heads, we accept, and tails, we blow your damned head off!
You should have let me in on this. We could have planned it, prepared it, pre-sold the movie rights!
Your entrance was good... his was better. The difference: showmanship.
You tell him I'm comin---AND HELL'S COMIN' WITH ME!
Texas Jack: Where's Wyatt?
Doc Holliday: Down by the creek, walking on water.
Ike Clanton: What is that, Holliday? Twelve hands in a row? Ain't nobody that lucky.
Doc Holliday: Why, Ike, whatever do you mean? Maybe poker's just not your game. I know! Let's have a spelling contest!
"Well, raise my rent! You are The Kid!"
That's some of the best acting I've ever seen!
"I don't want my brother coming out of there with just his dick in his hands" The Godfather
"Hey everybody, we're all gonna get laid!" Caddyshack
"I'll make you famous" Young Guns
Lloyd: What are the chances of a guy like you and a girl like me ending up together
Mary: Not good
Lloyd: Not good like one out of a hundred
Mary: More like one out of a million
Lloyd: So you're telling me there's a chance. YEAH!!
Dumb and Dumber
"The first rule of fight club is - you do not talk about fight club" Fight Club (duh)
"Everybody freeze or the nigger gets it"
"Stay back everyone, I think he's serious" Blazing Saddles
"It's good to be the king" History of the World Part I
That's a classic, as is the "eight years of college" line. I'm also partial to the "Knowlege is Good" sign on the college statue.
Doc Holliday: "Yes Darlin, you're an angel..... Then again, you may be the anti-Christ"
I don't know if this was made here or overseas, but:
"What did he say? Blessed are the cheesemakers?"
From Monty Python's "Life of Brian"
"Soylent Green is people!"
"Get your stinking paws off me, you damned filthy ape."
"Gort, klaatu barada nikto."
"So let it be written, so let it be done."
I watched it last night as I was working on a work PC. The "badges" quote was about #40 on the list.
The Waco Kid: "My real name is Jim. But most folks just call me...... Jim."
I think I've seen that movie a million times. One of my favorites.
"Pre-law? I thought you were in pre-med."
I vote with you... all time well in the top 100 quotes.
"I'm afraid I can't do that..."
Wow! A personal favorite, as one of the most chilling movie scenes. This is a great list.
it was 7 years of college....
Clint Walker (Marine Captain) to Tommy Samds (Marine 2nd Lieutenant) about Frank Sinatra (Navy Chief Corpsman), "Never pull rank on a Navy Chief."
"We've gotta protect our phoney-baloney jobs"
Nothing from "Raising Arizona'?!?!
"I'll be taking these here Huggies, and whatever cash ya have." Classic. Holly Hunter's son of a $itch lines were hysterical.
Bad Guy: "I want to hear you scream!"
Bruce Willis: "Play some rap music."
The Last Boy Scout.
Bad Guy: "I want to hear you scream!"
Bruce Willis: "Play some rap music."
The Last Boy Scout.
"What is your major malfunction numbnuts?" Full Metal Jacket
Oh yea, Yul Brenner in the Ten Commandments.
No quote but just thinking about Edward G. Robinson as an old Roman with a new york accent in that movie makes me laugh. Better yet, was Billy Crystal doing Robinson from that movie. Hysterical.
"You can't serve a writ to a rat, baby sister."
John Wayne, "True Grit"
"Well, ain't this place a geographical oddity. Two weeks from everywhere!" from O Brother, Where Art Thou?
Puttin on da foil coach-
Daves a Killer, No Daves a mess
I'm listenin' to the $&%()_ing song
You cant fight in here, this is a war room
Back to School
Your'e a poetry major? Care to see my longfellow?
It's not personal its business
How am I funny, funny like clown, Do I amuse you?
Care to roll in ze hay? Rollll Rollll Rolll
Beverly Hills Cop
When I was a kid I might have fractured a law or two
Various Clint Eastwood movies
You know youre mouthwash aint making it
Man your one ugly M)(*^() f*()&*()
Excuse me while I whip this out.
"What? The curtains?"
"This watch is two days slow." --Mad Hatter Alice In Wonderland
I love that one! Also, do you remember...
"We - thought - you - wes - a - TOAD"
2 From Sunset Boulevard in the top 25?
"Leave the gun.....take the cannoli's"....
Well, not sure if it's enumerated on the list, but they did show the clip on the show.
"You two are dumber than a bag of hammers"
How about, "Sometimes I get the menstrual cramps, real hard."
"Nothing from "Raising Arizona'?!?!"
My fave line from that movie is "Isn't that your god damned raison d'etre?"
Everett: "Well, ain't it a small world, spiritually speakin'! Pete 'n Delmar here have just been baptized and saved. I guess I'm the only on who remains unaffiliated!"
Only thing I can think of isn't from a movie but, "No soup for you".
The Coen Brothers seem to have a knack for this stuff :)
I haven't checked on the list yet, but I was wondering about the rules last night. Some of the movies obviously have numerous memorable lines, but in some cases, not all of them need to be mentioned.
For example, it was obvious that they would use "May the Force be with you" (which is spoken by numerous people in one form or another), but in sci-fi circle (or I should say, at cons or in game rooms), I hear more variations on "Use the Force, Luke" the MtFbwy.
As for "Casablanca", that film is loaded with quotable quotes. A newbie might think the film was one giant cliche until informed, "No, this is the film were all those lines originally came from."
"Round up the usual suspects." "I am shocked -- SHOCKED -- ..." (the rest of the line doesn't matter, that's the part that's overused).
Okay, I'm off to list the list and the rest of this thread.
if you're going for john wayne quotes, i'd have to say "Not Hardly" from big jake is one of my favourites. or from the shootist, "see that gun? make like it's your mother's nipple"
To quote a famous line from Gov. William J. LePetomaine (Mel Brooks) in Blazing Saddles as he notices the ample bosom of Lili Von Shtupp.