350 Greatest Movie Quotes

(This list, like all lists in this blog is regularly updated when I feel it is necessary).

I like to release a fun little list in conjunction with my new posts and pages.  I think it’s time I put up a new one, especially considering the fact that I didn’t have such a list for that mammoth publication on montage theory I did.  Now, considering the emphasis I placed on wit and dialogue in my “My Take On…Comedy” page, I felt it would be appropriate to list the greatest movie quotes of all time.  Most of these are comedic in that they are funny, satirical, witty, or sarcastic—as a matter of fact, they’re all at least witty (though some are far from funny).  That is good enough reason to publish this list in conjunction with an analysis on comedy.

You’ll probably notice how long this list is.  I don’t expect anyone to read it all; rather, I expect someone to hit Ctrl-F on their keyboard and look for their faves.  If you want to read them all, though, all power to you.

How could anyone possibly take the time to collect all these quotes and put them in order? Well, it all focuses on a certain line of criteria.  These criteria are not mathematical or purely formative.  They are, though, somewhat guiding.  In regards to a movie quote’s potency, one must consider first and foremost the impact this quote had on the culture.  These quotes are often re-quoted, in essence.  Or, they are never forgotten.  Sometimes, a single quote can sum up an entire movie’s substantive philosophy or premise.  Sometimes, it’s just really funny.  Anyway, it is important for a movie in the sound era to utilize that sound, and good dialogue is key.  Secondly, I must admit to the truth that the creation of this list actually began in November of 2006, when my family moved to a new state and I, simply put, had no friends for a rather long time.  In my solitude, I started a list that would eventually become this one.  So, if you consider that I have been working on this for seven years, it’s much less-staggering an idea to think that a single individual sorted through all these movie lines.

The only other list of this scope that I have seen online was compiled by the American Film Institute for their 100 years of film celebration.  They put together 400 quotes, and then released a top 100 list based on voting.  I must admit, I disagreed with some aspects of the list.  There are a few stand-out lines that are ultra-relevant and prevalent in today’s society—which I consider to be in the upper-echelons—that didn’t even make the top 100.  The majority of quotes on this list can be found on the AFI Top 400 nominees list, but there are easily over one hundred discrepancies considering the quotes that didn’t make my cut and the ones that didn’t make theirs.

To sum up the list, it may be easy to rename it “The Cultural Vindication of Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz, The Godfather, Star Wars, The Princess Bride, Gone With the Wind and Duck Soup.”  These movies (or sagas)  are the leaders in terms of how many movie lines they had which made the list, which is a testament to their outstanding influence in today’s pop culture.  Humphrey Bogart is the individual leader with 8 mentions. Tom Hanks, Al Pacino and Groucho Marx tie for second with 6 mentions; and James Stewart comes in fifth with 5. Peter Sellers, Robert DeNiro, Marlon Brando, Vivien Leigh, Bette Davis, Clint Eastwood, James Cagney, and Jack Nicholson take slots seven through thirteen with 4 apiece.  The top twenty-five is rounded out with Woody Allen, Spencer Tracy, John Wayne, Mae West, Judy Garland, Anthony Hopkins, Dustin Hoffman, Mike Myers, Gene Wilder, Jim Carrey, Barbara Stanwyck, and Robert Mitchum, each coming in with 3 mentions.  (That’s right, Mike Myers alongside the likes of Robert Mitchum).

A couple other points in determining criteria for this list.  The lines must be original—to an extent.  Some movies are based on books and plays, but I’m willing to let those slide in some aspects, particularly in instances where the movie has come to dominate the line, as is the case with Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? or Harry Potter.  Also, the lines must be in English.  I am unqualified for determining movie lines from other nations.  Elsewhere, you have movies inspired by TV shows.  I mostly ban those from my list, with a few noteworthy exceptions just because they were so important.  In the case of Star Trek, for example, the “boldly go where no man has gone before” line was altered slightly and spoken by a different narrator in Wrath of Khan, and since the movie itself is so important, it is included in the list.

Ricky Gervais once made fun of Tim Allen for sharing the stage with Tom Hanks to present a Golden Globe.  Well, they also share this list. (Tim Allen shows up twice, by the way.) Behold, the 350 Greatest Movie Quotes of all time.

  1. Clark Gable in Gone with the Wind: Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
  2. Marlon Brando in On the Waterfront: “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; let’s face it.”
  3. Harrison Ford in Star Wars: “May the Force be with you.”
  4. Marlon Brando in The Godfather: “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.”
  5. Robert Duvall in Apocalypse Now: “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.”
  6. Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz: “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
  7. James Earl Jones in Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back: “I am your father.”
  8. Judy Garland in The Wizard of Oz: “There’s no place like home.”
  9. Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca: “Here’s lookin’ at you, kid.”
  10. Clint Eastwood in Sudden Impact: “Go ahead, make my day.”
  11. Bette Davis in All about Eve: “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”
  12. Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men: “You can’t handle the truth!”
  13. Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard: “Alright, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.”
  14. Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca: “We’ll always have Paris.”
  15. Robert DeNiro in Taxi Driver: “You talkin’ to me?”
  16. Clint Eastwood in Dirty Harry: “You’ve gotta ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya’ punk?”
  17. Sean Connery in Dr. No: “Bond.  James Bond.”
  18. Tom Hanks in Apollo 13: “Houston, we have a problem.”
  19. Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon: “The stuff that dreams are made of.”
  20. Leslie Nielson in Airplane!: “I am serious.  And don’t call me Shirley.”
  21. Arnold Schwarzenegger in The Terminator: “I’ll be back.”
  22. Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca: “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
  23. Joe Welsh in E.T.: the Extra-Terrestrial: “E.T. phone home.”
  24. Ray Liotta in Field of Dreams: “If you build it, he will come.”
  25. Peter Finch in Network: “I’m mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!”
  26. Al Pacino in The Godfather Part II: “My father taught me many lessons from this chair.  He taught me, ‘Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.’”
  27. Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump: “Mama always said ‘life is like a bunch of chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get.’”
  28. Sean Connery in Goldfinger: “Martini.  Shaken, not stirred.”
  29. James Stewart in It’s a Wonderful Life: “What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word, and I’ll throw a lasso around it and pull it down.”
  30. Lucille la Verne in Snow White and the Seven Dwarves: “Mirror, mirror on the wall, who’s the fairest of them all?”
  31. Haley Joel Osment in The Sixth Sense: “I see dead people.”
  32. Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca: “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.”
  33. Hanna Hall in Forrest Gump: “Run, Forrest!  Run!”
  34. Orson Welles in Citizen Kane: “Rosebud.”
  35. Ali MacGraw in Love Story: “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”
  36. Dustin Hoffman in Midnight Cowboy: “I’m walkin’ here!  I’m walkin’ here!”
  37. Gary Cooper in The Pride of the Yankees: “Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”
  38. Mandy Patinkin in The Princess Bride: “Hello.  My name is Inigo Montoya.  You killed my father.  Prepare to die.”
  39. Tim Allen in Toy Story: “To infinity and beyond!”
  40. Margaret Hamilton in The Wizard of Oz: “I’ll get you my pretty, and your little dog, too!”
  41. Basil Rathbone in The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes: “Elementary, my dear Watson.”
  42. Strother Martin in Cool Hand Luke: “What we’ve got here is…failure to communicate.”
  43. Tom Hanks in A League of their Own: “There’s no crying in baseball!”
  44. Al Pacino in Scarface: “You wanna play games, let’s play games…Say ‘hello’ to my little friend!”
  45. James Cagney in White Heat: “Made it, Ma!  Top of the world!”
  46. Ingrid Bergman in Casablanca“Play it Sam, play ‘As Time Goes By.’”
  47. Patrick Swayze in Dirty Dancing: “Nobody puts baby in a corner.”
  48. Leonard Nimoy in Star Trek: the Wrath of Khan: “Space… the Final Frontier. These are the continuing voyages of the starship Enterprise. Her ongoing mission: to explore strange new worlds, to seek out new life forms and new civilizations, to boldly go where no man has gone before.”
  49. Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb: “Gentlemen, there’s no fighting in here!  This is the war room!”
  50. George C. Scott in Patton: “Now, I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country.”
  51. Russell Crowe in Gladiator: “Father to a murdered son. Husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.”
  52. Leonardo DiCaprio in Titanic: “I’m King of the world!”
  53. Cuba Gooding, Jr. in Jerry Maguire: “Show me the money!”
  54. Andy Serkis in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: “My precious.”
  55. Carrie Fisher in Star Wars: “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi, you’re my only hope.”
  56. Lauren Bacall in To Have and Have Not: “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”
  57. Michael Douglas in Wall Street: “The point is, ladies and gentleman, is that greed – for lack of a better word – is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit. Greed, in all of its forms – greed for life, for money, for love, knowledge – has marked the upward surge of mankind.”
  58. Colin Clive in Franksenstein: “It’s alive.  It’s alive!”
  59. Melinda Dillon in A Christmas Story: “You’ll shoot your eye out!”
  60. Groucho Marx in Animal Crackers: “One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas.  How he got in my pajamas, I don’t know.”
  61. Mel Gibson in Braveheart: “Aye, fight and you may die, run and you’ll live. At least a while. And dying in your beds many years from now, would you be willing to trade all the days from this day to that for one chance, just one chance to come back here and tell our enemies that they may take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom!”
  62. Alfonso Bedoya in The Treasure of the Sierra Madre: “Badges? We ain’t got no badges! We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinking badges!”
  63. Sidney Poitier in In the Heat of the Night: “They call me Mr. Tibbs!”
  64. Geena Davis in The Fly: “Be afraid.  Be very afraid.”
  65. Henry Travers in It’s a Wonderful Life: “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.”
  66. Roy Schneider in Jaws: “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”
  67. Matthew Broderick in Ferris Bueller’s Day Off: “Life moves pretty fast.  If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.”
  68. Judy Garland, Ray Bolger and Jack Haley in The Wizard of Oz: “Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!”
  69. Rosalind Russell in Auntie Mame“Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers and starving to death!”
  70. Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs: “A census taker once tried to test me.  I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”
  71. Bud Abbott in The Naughty Nineties: “Who’s on first?”
  72. Keir Dullea in 2001: A Space Odyssey: “Open the pod bay doors, HAL.”
  73. Jack Nicholson in The Shining: “Here’s Johnny!”
  74. Vin Diesel in Guardians of the Galaxy“I am Groot.”
  75. Hal Holbrook in All the President’s Men: “Follow the money.”
  76. Estelle Reiner in When Harry Met Sally: “I’ll have what she’s having.”
  77. Chevy Chase in Caddyshack: “Be the ball.”
  78. Mae West in She Done Him Wrong: “Why don’t you come up sometime and see me?”
  79. Charlton Heston in Soylent Green: “Soylent Green is people!”
  80. Gregory Peck in To Kill a Mockingbird: “You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”
  81. Heath Ledger in The Dark Knight: “Why so serious?  Let’s put a smile on that face.”
  82. Robbie Coltrane in Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone: “You’re a wizard, Harry.”
  83. Christopher Lloyd in Back to the Future: “Roads?  Where we going, we don’t need roads.”
  84. Frank Morgan in The Wizard of Oz: “Pay no attention to the man behind the curtain!”
  85. Bruce Glover in Chinatown: “Forget it, Jake.  It’s Chinatown.”
  86. Jim Carrey in The Mask: “Somebody stop me!”
  87. Jack Nicholson in As Good as it Gets: “You make me want to be a better man.”
  88. Robin Williams in Good Morning, Vietnam!: “Good morning, Vietnam!”
  89. Margaret Hamilton in The Wizard of Oz: “I’m melting!  Melting!”
  90. Arnold Schwarzenegger in Terminator II: Judgment Day: “Hasta la vista, baby.”
  91. Ian McKellen in The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring: “You shall not pass!”
  92. Jeffrey Jones in Amadeus: “There are simply too many notes.”
  93. Cleavon Little in Blazing Saddles: “Excuse me while I whip this out.”
  94. Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind: “After all, tomorrow is another day!”
  95. Warren Beatty in Bonnie and Clyde: “We rob banks.”
  96. Mark Ruffalo in The Avengers“That’s my secret, Captain.  I’m always angry.”
  97. Anthony Perkins in Psycho: “A boy’s best friend is his mother.”
  98. Shirley MacLaine in The Apartment: “Shut up and deal.”
  99. Bette Davis in Beyond the Forest: “What a dump!”
  100. Roy Schneider in All That Jazz: “It’s showtime!”
  101. Mike Myers in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery: “Yeah, baby!”
  102. Dan Aykroyd in Blues Brothers: “We’re on a mission from God.”
  103. Claude Rains in Casablanca: “Round up the usual suspects.”
  104. Robin Williams in Dead Poets’ Society: Carpe diem.  Seize the day, boys.  Make your lives extraordinary.”
  105. James Cromwell in Babe: “That’ll do, pig.  That’ll do.”
  106. Sylvester Stallone in Rocky: “Yo, Adrian.”
  107. Tim Robbins in The Shawshank Redemption: “Get busy livin’ or get busy dyin’.”
  108. Albert Brooks in Broadcast News: “I’ll meet you at the place near the thing where we met that time.”
  109. John Hurt in The Elephant Man: “I am not an animal!”
  110. Bela Lugosi in Dracula: “Listen to them, children of the night…what music they make.”
  111. Bette Davis in Now, Voyager: “Oh, Jerry, don’t let’s ask for the moon.  We have the stars.”
  112. Marlon Brando in A Streetcar Named Desire: “Stella!  Hey, Stella!”
  113. Cary Elwes in The Princess Bride: “As you wish.”
  114. Peter Graves in Airplane!: “You ever seen a grown man naked?”
  115. Robert Downey, Jr. in Iron Man“I am Iron Man.”
  116. Daniel Day Lewis in There Will Be Blood: “I’ve abandoned my child!  I’ve abandoned my boy!”
  117. Kirk Douglas in The Bold and the Beautiful: “Georgia, love is for the very young.”
  118. Woody Allen in Annie Hall: “That was the most fun I’ve ever had without laughing.”
  119. Renée Zellwegger in Jerry Maguire: “You had me at ‘hello.’”
  120. Johnny Depp in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: “May you all remember this as the day you almost caught Captain Jack Sparrow!”
  121. Edward Norton in The Incredible Hulk“Hulk…Smash!”
  122. Michael Caine in The Cider House Rules: “Goodnight, you princes of Maine, you kings of New England.”
  123. Margaret Avery in The Color Purple: “I think it pisses God off when you walk by the color purple in a field and don’t notice it.”
  124. Humphrey Bogart in Casablanca: “I’m no good at being noble, but it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.”
  125. Lew Ayres in All Quiet on the Western Front: “And our bodies are earth. And our thoughts are clay. And we sleep and eat with death.”
  126. Ben Kingsley in Schindler’s List: “The list is an absolute good.  The list is life.”
  127. Judy Holliday in Born Yesterday: “Wouldja do me a favor, Harry?  Drop dead.”
  128. Pat O’Brien in Knute Rockne: All-American: “Tell ‘em to go out there with all they got and win just one for the Gipper.”
  129. Bruce Willis in Die Hard: “Yippie-kay-yay, motherfucker!”
  130. Diane Keaton in Annie Hall: “La-dee-da, la-dee-da.”
  131. Elizabeth Taylor in Butterfield 8: “Mama, face it, I was the slut of all time.”
  132. Evelyn Venable in Pinocchio: “A lie keeps growing and growing until it’s as clear as the nose on your face.”
  133. Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard: “I am big!  It’s the pictures that got small.”
  134. Christopher Guest in This is Spinal Tap: “These go to eleven.”
  135. Peter Sellers in Dr. Strangelove: or How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb: “Mein Führer!  I can walk!”
  136. Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind: “As God as my witness, I’ll never go hungry again!”
  137. Kevin Costner in Bull Durham: “I believe in long, slow, deep, soft, wet kisses that last three days.”
  138. Millie Perkins in The Diary of Anne Frank: “In spite of everything, I still believe that people are really good at heart.”
  139. Christopher Reeve in Superman: the Movie: “I’m here to fight for truth, justice and the American way.”
  140. Russell Crowe in Gladiator: “Are you not entertained?”
  141. Butterfly McQueen in Gone with the Wind: “I don’t know nothing about birthin’ babies!”
  142. Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards in Top Gun: “I feel the need…The need for speed!”
  143. Joe E. Brown in Some Like it Hot: “Well, nobody’s perfect.”
  144. Michael Keaton in Beetlejuice: “I’m the ghost with the most, babe.”
  145. Robert Armstrong in King Kong: “It was beauty killed the beast.”
  146. Jack Nicholson in Batman: “Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?”
  147. Tony Curtis in Spartacus: “I’m Spartacus!”
  148. Matthew McConaughey in Dazed and Confused“Alright, alright, alright!”
  149. Greta Garbo in Anna Christie: “Give me a whiskey, ginger ale on the side.  And don’t be stingy, baby.”
  150. Harrison Ford in Air Force One: “Get off of my plane.”
  151. Wes Bentley in American Beauty: “Sometimes there’s so much beauty in the world I feel like I can’t take it, like my heart’s going to cave in.”
  152. Al Jolson in The Jazz Singer: “Wait a minute, wait a minute.  You ain’t heard nothin’ yet!”
  153. Tom Cruise in Jerry Maguire: “You complete me.”
  154. Charlton Heston in Planet of the Apes: “Get your stinkin’ paws off me, you damned dirty ape!”
  155. Marlon Brando in The Godfather: “I never wanted this for you.”
  156. Cary Grant in Gunga Din: “You’re a better man than I am, Gunga Din.”
  157. Paul Gleason in The Breakfast Club: “Don’t mess with the bull, young man.  You’ll get the horns!”
  158. Brandon de Wilde in Shane: “Shane!  Shane!  Come back, Shane!”
  159. Deborah Kerr in An Affair to Remember: “I was looking up.  It was the nearest thing to heaven.  You were there.”
  160. Walter Brooke in The Graduate: “Plastics.”
  161. Meryl Streep in A Cry in the Dark: “The dingo took my baby!”
  162. Barbara Stanwyck in Ball of Fire: “I love him because he’s the kind of guy who gets drunk on a glass of buttermilk, and I love the way he blushes right up over his ears. I love him because he doesn’t know how to kiss, the jerk!”
  163. Al Pacino in The Godfather Part II: “I know it was you, Fredo.  You broke my heart.”
  164. Tom Hanks in Forrest Gump: “Mama says, ‘stupid is and stupid does.’”
  165. Alec Guinness in Star Wars: “These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.”
  166. Samuel L. Jackson in Pulp Fiction: “The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is he who, in the name of charity and good will, shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper and the finder of lost children.  And I will strike down upon thee with great vengeance and furious anger those who would attempt to poison and destroy My brothers. And you will know My name is the Lord when I lay My vengeance upon thee!”
  167. Danai Gurira in Black Panther“Wakanda Forever!”
  168. Patrick Swayze in Ghost: “The love inside…you take it with you.”
  169. John Belushi in National Lampoon’s Animal House: “Nothing is over until we decide it is!  Was it over when the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor?  Hell no!”
  170. Marilyn Monroe in Gentlemen Prefer Blondes: “I always say a kiss on the hand might feel very good, but a diamond tiara lasts forever.”
  171. Bill Murray in Ghostbusters: “We came.  We saw.  We kicked its ass.”
  172. Henry Fonda in The Grapes of Wrath: “Wherever there’s a fight so hungry people can eat, I’ll be there.”
  173. Clayton Moore in The Lone Ranger: “Hi-yo silver!”
  174. James Cagney in Yankee-Doodle Dandy: “My mother thanks you.  My father thanks you.  My sister thanks you.  And I thank you.”
  175. Cliff Edwards in Dumbo: “Have you ever seen an elephant fly?”
  176. Jim Carrey in Ace Ventura: Pet Detective: “All-righty then!”
  177. James Stewart in Harvey: “Well, I’ve wrestled with reality for thirty-five years, Doctor, and I’m happy to state that I finally won out over it.”
  178. Kevin Spacey in The Usual Suspects: “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.”
  179. Mike Myers in Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery: “One million dollars.”
  180. James Cagney in Blonde Crazy: “That dirty, double-crossing rat!”
  181. John Ireland in Red River“There are only two things more beautiful than a good gun: a Swiss watch or a woman from anywhere.  Ever had a good Swiss watch?”
  182. Rutger Hauer in Blade Runner: “I’ve seen things you people wouldn’t believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in the rain. Time to die.”
  183. Bill Murray in Caddyshack: “Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greens-keeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac… It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole!
  184. Vivien Leigh in A Streetcar Named Desire: “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”
  185. Brad Pitt in Fight Club: “First rule of fight club is: you do not talk about fight club.”
  186. Steve Martin in The Jerk: “I was born a poor black child.”
  187. Pat Morita in The Karate Kid: “Wax on, wax off.”
  188. Yul Brynner in The King and I: “Et cetera, et cetera, et cetera!”
  189. Viggo Mortenson in The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King: “My brothers! I see in your eyes the same fear that would take the heart of me! A day may come when the courage of men fails, when we forsake our friends and break all bonds of fellowship. But it is not this day. An hour of wolves and shattered shields when the age of Men comes crashing down! But it is not this day! This day we fight!”
  190. Charles Laughton in The Hunchback of Notre Dame: “Sanctuary!”
  191. Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep: “I don’t mind if you don’t like my manners.  I don’t like them myself.  They’re pretty bad.  I grieve over them long winter evenings.”
  192. Roddie McDowell in Lassie, Come Home: “You’re my Lassie come home.”
  193. Wallace Shawn in The Princess Bride: “Inconceivable!”
  194. Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs: “Good evening, Clarice.”
  195. Viola Davis in The Help: “You is kind.  You is smart.  You is important.”
  196. Daniel Day-Lewis in There Will Be Blood: “Drainage! Drainage, Eli, you boy. Drained dry. I’m so sorry. Here, if you have a milkshake, and I have a milkshake, and I have a straw. There it is, that’s a straw, you see? You watching?. And my straw reaches across the room, and starts to drink your milkshake… I… drink… your… milkshake!”
  197. Robert Mitchum in Out of the Past“Baby, I don’t care.”
  198. Katharine Hepburn in The African Queen: “‘Nature,’ Mr. Allnut, is what we are put in this world to rise above.”
  199. Groucho Marx in Duck Soup: “I could dance with you ‘til the cows come home.  On second thought, I’d rather dance with the cows ‘til you came home.”
  200. Kathleen Turner in Body Heat: “You aren’t too bright.  I like that in a man.”
  201. John Belushi in National Lampoon’s Animal House: “Toga! Toga!”
  202. Geoffrey Rush in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: “You best start believin’ in ghost stories, Miss Turner.  You’re in one!”
  203. Danny Glover in Lethal Weapon: “I’m getting too old for this shit.”
  204. Chris Evans in Captain America: The First Avenger“I can do this all day.”
  205. Sigourney Weaver in Aliens: “Get away from her, you bitch!”
  206. Barbara Stanwyck in The Lady Eve: “I need him like the axe needs the turkey.”
  207. Mae West in Night after Night: “Goodness had nothing to do with it, dearie.”
  208. John Wayne in The Green Berets: “Out here, due process is a bullet.”
  209. Humphrey Bogart in In a Lonely Place: “I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me.”
  210. James Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: “I wouldn’t give you two cents for all your fancy rules if, behind them, they didn’t have a little bit of plain, ordinary, everyday kindness and a little looking out for the other fella, too.”
  211. Gene Wilder in Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory: “Oh, you should never, never doubt what nobody is sure about.”
  212. Lloyd Bridges in Airplane!: “I picked the wrong week to stop sniffing glue.”
  213. Peter Sellers in The Pink Panther Strikes Again: “Does your dog bite?”
  214. Richard Harris in Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets: “It is not our abilities that show us what we truly are. It is our choices.”
  215. Jeff Goldblum in Annie Hall: “I forgot my mantra.”
  216. Al Pacino in The Godfather Part II: “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.”
  217. Lauren Bacall in The Big Sleep“It depends on who’s in the saddle.”
  218. Boris Karloff in The Bride of Frankenstein: “We belong dead.”
  219. Annette Benning in Bugsy: “Why don’t you go outside and jerk yourself a soda?”
  220. Sean Penn in Mystic River: “Is that my daughter in there!?”
  221. Mark Hellinger in The Naked City: “There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them.”
  222. Robert Mitchum in The Night of the Hunter: “Chill-dren…”
  223. Katharine Hepburn in On Golden Pond: “Listen to me, mister. You’re my knight in shining armor. Don’t you forget it! You’re going to get back on that horse, and I’m going to be right behind you, holding on tight, and away we’re gonna go, go, go!”
  224. Bette Davis in Cabin in the Cotton: “I’d love to kiss you, but I just washed my hair.”
  225. Ossie Davis in Do the Right Thing: “Always do the right thing.”
  226. Burt Lancaster in Atlantic City: “Yes, it used to be beautiful—what with the rackets, whoring, guns.”
  227. Audrey Hepburn in Breakfast at Tiffany’s: “How do I look?”
  228. Barbara Streisand in Funny Girl: “Hello, gorgeous.”
  229. Jean Harlow in Hell’s Angels: “Would you be shocked if I put on something more comfortable?”
  230. Al Pacino in Any Given Sunday: “On this team, we fight for that inch!  On this team, we tear ourselves, and everyone around us to pieces for that inch.  We claw with our finger nails for that inch. Cause we know when we add up all those inches that’s going to make the fucking difference between winning and losing…between living and dying.”
  231. Robert De Niro in The King of Comedy: “Better to be king for a night than schmuck for a lifetime.”
  232. Chico Marx in A Night at the Opera: “You can’t fool me, there ain’t no Sanity Clause.”
  233. Roddy McDowell in How Green was My Valley: “They are with me still — real in memory as they were in flesh, loving and beloved forever. How green was my valley then.”
  234. Rita Hayworth in Gilda: “If I’d been a ranch, they would’ve named me the Bar Nothing.”
  235. Robert DeNiro in The Deer Hunter: “This is this.”
  236. Richard S. Castellano in The Godfather: “It’s a Sicilian message.  It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.”
  237. Dustin Hoffman in The Graduate: “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me, aren’t you?”
  238. Tom Hanks in Saving Private Ryan: “Earn this.”
  239. Groucho Marx in Duck Soup: “I suggest that we give him ten years in Leavenworth, or eleven years in Twelveworth.”
  240. Jeff Goldblum in Jurassic Park: “Life will find a way.”
  241. James Dean in Rebel without a Cause: “You’re tearing me apart!”
  242. Cary Elwes in The Princess Bride: “Life is pain, Highness!  Anyone who says differently is selling something.”
  243. Clifton Webb in Laura: “In my case, self-absorption is completely justified. I have never discovered any other subject so worthy of my attention.”
  244. Barbara Stanwyck in Double Idemnity: “There’s a speed limit in this state, Mr. Neff.  45 miles an hour.”
  245. Robert DeNiro in Meet the Parents: “I have nipples, Greg.  Could you milk me?”
  246. Johnny Weissmuller in Tarzan the Ape Man: “Jane.  Tarzan.  Jane.  Tarzan.”
  247. Mae West in I’m No Angel: “Well, it’s not the men in your life that counts, it’s the life in your men.”
  248. Melvyn Douglas in Ninotchka: “Ninotchka, it’s midnight.  One half of Paris is making love to the other half.”
  249. Edward Brophy in Dumbo: “The very things that hold you down are going to lift you up.”
  250. Michael Keaton in Batman: “I’m Batman.”
  251. Kathy Bates in Misery: “I’m your number one fan.”
  252. Tom Hanks in Big: “Okay, but I get to be on top.”
  253. Ann Savage in Detour: “Stop making noises like a husband.”
  254. Paul Reubens in Pee Wee’s Big Adventure: “I know you are, but what am I?”
  255. Richard Attenborough in Jurassic Park: “Welcome to Jurassic Park.”
  256. Frank Oz in Star Wars V: The Empire Strikes Back: “Do, or do not.  There is no try.”
  257. Charlie Chaplin in Modern Times: “Smile!”
  258. Spencer Tracy in Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?: “Well, Tillie, when the hell are we going to get some dinner?”
  259. John Wayne in True Grit: “Fill your hands, you son-of-a-bitch!”
  260. Joe Pesci in Goodfellas: “Funny like I’m a clown; do I amuse you?”
  261. Sean Penn in Fast Times at Ridgemont High: “Hey, Bud, let’s party!”
  262. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter in Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure“Excellent!”
  263. Woody Allen in Manhattan: “I think people should mate for life, like pigeons or Catholics.”
  264. Tony Beckley in When a Stranger Calls: “Have you checked the children lately?”
  265. Michael Madsen in Reservoir Dogs: “Are you gonna bark all day, little doggie, or are you gonna bite?”
  266. Clint Eastwood in The Outlaw Josey Wales: “Dyin’ ain’t much of a livin’, boy.”
  267. John Vernon in National Lampoon’s Animal House: “Fat, drunk and stupid is no way to go through life, son.”
  268. Liam Neeson in Schindler’s List: “I could’ve saved more.”
  269. Richard S. Castellano in The Godfather: “Leave the gun.  Take the cannolis.”
  270. James Stewart in Mr. Smith Goes to Washington: “You think I’m licked. You all think I’m licked. Well, I’m not licked! And I’m going to stay right here and fight for this lost cause!”
  271. Montgomery Clift in A Place in the Sun: “I love you. I’ve loved you since the first moment I saw you. I guess maybe I’ve even loved you before I saw you.”
  272. Peter Fonda in Easy Rider: “You know, Billy, we blew it.”
  273. Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs: “I do wish we could chat longer, but I’m having an old friend for dinner.”
  274. Groucho Marx in A Day at the Races: “If I hold you any closer, I’ll be in back of you.”
  275. Cary Grant in Arsenic and Old Lace: “Insanity runs in my family.  It practically gallops.”
  276. Robert Benchley in The Major and the Minor: “Why don’t you get out of that wet coat and into a dry martini?”
  277. Gene Wilder in Young Frankenstein: “For what we are about to see next, we must enter quietly into the realm of genius!”
  278. John Garfield in The Postman Always Rings Twice: “With my brains and your looks, we could go places.”
  279. Eddie Murphy in Shrek: “Parfait’s gotta be the most delicious thing on the whole damn planet!”
  280. Yul Brynner in The Ten Commandments: “So let it be written, so let it be done.”
  281. Orson Welles in The Third Man: “In Switzerland, they had brotherly love, they had 500 years of democracy and peace. And what did that produce? The cuckoo clock.”
  282. Grace Kelly in To Catch a Thief: “Do you want a leg or a breast?”
  283. Bill McKinney in Deliverance: “I bet you can squeal like a pig.”
  284. Peter Sellers in Being There: “I like to watch.”
  285. Todd Karns in It’s a Wonderful Life: “To my big brother George, the richest man in town!”
  286. Sally Kellerman in M*A*S*H*: “Oh, Frank, my lips are hot.  Kiss my hot lips.”
  287. Denzel Washington in Malcolm X: “We didn’t land on Plymouth Rock—Plymouth Rock landed on us!”
  288. Robert Mitchum in The Night of the Hunter: “Would you like me to tell you the little story of right hand, left hand? The story of good and evil? H-A-T-E. It was with this left hand that old brother Cain struck the blow that laid his brother low. L-O-V-E. You see these fingers, dear hearts? These fingers has veins that run straight to the soul of man—the right hand, friends, the hand of love.”
  289. Will Smith in Men in Black: “You know the difference between you and me?  I make this look good.”
  290. Denzel Washington in Remember the Titans: “I don’t care if you like each other, but you will respect each other.”
  291. Edward G. Robinson in Little Caesar: “Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico?”
  292. Ingrid Bergman in For Whom the Bell Tolls: “I do not know how to kiss, or I would kiss you.  Where do the noses go?”
  293. David Patrick Kelly in Warriors: “Warriors, come out to play!”
  294. Groucho Marx in Duck Soup: “Remember, you’re fighting for this woman’s honor, which is probably more than she ever did.”
  295. Kenneth Mars in The Producers: “Not many people know it, but the Führer was a terrific dancer”
  296. Tim Allen in Galaxy Quest: “Never give up!  Never surrender!”
  297. Clint Eastwood in Unforgiven: “It’s a hell of a thing killin’ a man. You take away all he’s got and all he’s ever gonna have.”
  298. James Donald in The Bridge on the River Kwai: “Madness.  Madness.”
  299. Howard da Silva in The Lost Weekend: “One drink’s too many, and a hundred’s not enough.”
  300. Harrison Ford in Raiders of the Lost Ark: “Snakes.  Why did it have to be snakes?”
  301. James Stewart in The Philadelphia Story: “You’re lit from within, Tracy. You’ve got fires banked down in you, hearth-fires and holocausts.”
  302. Meryl Streep in Out of Africa: “I had a farm in Africa.”
  303. Anthony Perkins in Psycho: “We all go a little mad sometimes.”
  304. Frank Oz in Star Wars I: The Phantom Menace: “Fear is the path to the dark side.  Fear leads to anger; anger leads to hate; hate leads to suffering.”
  305. Gene Wilder in The Producers: “I’m hysterical! I’m having hysterics. I’m hysterical. I can’t stop when I get like this. I can’t stop. I’m hysterical!”
  306. Ray Liotta in Goodfellas: “All my life, I wanted to be a gangster.”
  307. Geoffrey Rush in Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl: “I’m disinclined to acquiesce to your request…It means ‘no.’”
  308. Bob Uecker in Major League“Just a bit outside!”
  309. Billy Crystal in The Princess Bride: “Sonny, true love is the greatest thing in the world—except for a nice MLT: mutton, lettuce, and tomato salad, where the mutton is nice and lean and the tomato is ripe—they’re so perky, I love that.”
  310. Dustin Hoffman in Rain Man: “I’m an excellent driver.”
  311. Roscoe Karns in Woman of the Year: “Women should be kept illiterate and clean—like canaries.”
  312. Frances McDormand in Fargo: “Oh, you betcha.”
  313. Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind: “Fiddle-dee-dee.”
  314. John Travolta in Pulp Fiction: “They call it a ‘Royale with cheese.’”
  315. Clark Gable in Gone With the Wind: “You need kissing, badly. That’s what’s wrong with you. You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”
  316. Robert DeNiro in Raging Bull: “You never got me down, Ray!”
  317. Robert Downey, Jr. in Iron Man: “They say that the best weapon is the one you never have to fire. I respectfully disagree. I prefer the weapon you only have to fire once. That’s how Dad did it, that’s how America does it, and it’s worked out pretty well so far.”
  318. Kathleen Turner in Who Framed Roger Rabbit?: “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way.”
  319. Linda Blair and Mercedes McCambridge in The Exorcist: “What an excellent day for an exorcism.”
  320. Julie Andrews in Mary Poppins: “Mary Poppins: practically perfect in every way.”
  321. Dana Carvey and Mike Myers in Wayne’s World: “We’re not worthy!” 
  322. Paul Newman in Hud: “I’ll remember you, honey.  You’re the one that got away.”
  323. Fred Astaire in The Gay Divorcee: “Chance is the fool’s name for fate.”
  324. Jack Palance in City Slickers: “Day ain’t over yet.”
  325. James Cagney in The Public Enemy: “I ain’t so tough.”
  326. R. Lee Emery in Full Metal Jacket: “What is your major malfunction!?”
  327. Spencer Tracy in Pat and Mike: “Not much meat on her, but what is there is choice.”
  328. Robert Mitchum in Out of the Past: “Maybe I was wrong and luck is like love.  You have to go all the way to find it.”
  329. Ben Stiller in Zoolander: “There’s more to life than being ridiculously good-looking.”
  330. Ensemble of Children in Nightmare on Elm’s Street: “One, two Freddie’s coming for you…”
  331. Kevin McCarthy in Invasion of the Body Snatchers: “You’re next!  You’re next!”
  332. Alicia Silverstone in Clueless: “As if!”
  333. W.C. Fields in Poppy: “Never give a sucker an even break.”
  334. Alan Arkin in Argo: “Argo, fuck yourself!”
  335. Laurence Olivier in Marathon Man: “Is it safe?”
  336. Groucho Marx in Duck Soup: “I’ll see you at the opera tonight. I’ll hold your seat till you get there. After you get there you’re on your own.”
  337. Robert Warwick in Sullivan’s Travels“But with a little sex in it.”
  338. Marlene Dietrich in Shanghai Express: “It took more than one man to change my name to Shanghai Lily.”
  339. John Gielgud in Arthur: “I’ll alert the media.”
  340. Will Ferrell in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy: “I don’t know how to put this, but I’m kind of a big deal…people know me…I’m very important.  I have many leather-bound books and my apartment smells of rich mahogany.”
  341. Vince Vaughn in Swingers: “You’re so money, you don’t even know it.”
  342. Hugo Weaving in The Matrix: “Goodbye, Mr. Anderson.”
  343. John Wayne in She Wore a Yellow Ribbon: “Never apologize and never explain—it’s a sign of weakness.”
  344. Gene Kelly in Singin’ in the Rain: “Dignity.  Always dignity.”
  345. James Ackerman in War Games: “Would you like to play a game?”
  346. Melanie Griffith in Working Girl: “I have a head for business and a bod for sin.”
  347. William Holden in The Wild Bunch: “If they move, kill ‘em.”
  348. Kathy Bates in Fried Green Tomatoes: “Face it girls, I’m older and I have more insurance.”
  349. Danny Kaye in The Court Jester: “The pellet with the poison’s in the vessel with the pestle. The chalice from the palace has the brew that is true.”
  350. Woody Allen in Annie Hall: “There’s an old joke. Um… two elderly women are at a Catskill mountain resort, and one of ‘em says, ‘Boy, the food at this place is really terrible.’ The other one says, ‘Yeah, I know; and such small portions.’ Well, that’s essentially how I feel about life – full of loneliness, and misery, and suffering, and unhappiness, and it’s all over much too quickly.”

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