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Top 100 Movie Quotes

Here is a list of the top 100 movie quotes according to the American Film Institute. The AFI created this list to celebrate its 100th anniversary in 2005. The list spans famous movie quotes from the 1920s to the early 2000s and includes some fun facts from the films or about the quotes!

 

  1. “Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.” Gone With the Wind, 1939

    Gone with the wind scene quoting Frankly my dear I don't give a damn.
  2. “I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse.” The Godfather, 1972

    This line makes it into each Godfather film in some way or another.
  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

    One of the most famous movie quotes in film history, this line has been parodied by many different movies and television shows.  
  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 Blvd., 1950

  8. “May the Force be with you.” Star Wars, 1977


    Han Solo saying may the force be with you
  9. “Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night.” All About Eve, 1950

  10. “You talking to me?” Taxi Driver, 1976

    Robert DeNiro improvised this line. The script only said "Travis speaks to himself in the mirror" so DeNiro took some liberties and was ultimately successful.
  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

    Two years later Ryan O'Neal will hear this line again in the film What's Up Doc when Barbara Streisand says it to his character and respond, "That's the dumbest thing I've ever heard."
  14. “The stuff that dreams are made of.” The Maltese Falcon, 1941

  15. “E.T. phone home.” E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial, 1982

    Little girl from E.T. saying E.T. phone home
  16. “They call me Mister Tibbs!” In the Heat of the Night, 1967

    Sydney Poitier didn't want to film in Mississippi because he had been harassed by the Ku Klux Klan when he had visited before during the Civil Rights Movement in 1964, so most of it was filmed in Sparta, Illinois.
  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

    James Bond quote, Bond, James Bond.
  23. “There's no place like home.” The Wizard of Oz, 1939

  24. “I am big! It's the pictures that got small.” Sunset Blvd., 1950

  25. “Show me the money!” Jerry Maguire, 1996

  26. “Why don't you come up sometime and see me?” She Done Him Wrong, 1933

  27. “I'm walking here! I'm walking here!” Midnight Cowboy, 1969

    Dustin Hoffman midnight cowboy​​​​​​​                       This scene was improvised. Midnight Cowboy filmed in New York City so the taxi in the shot is an actual New York taxi. Remaining in character Hoffman yells at the driver and the scene made the cut in the film.
  28. “Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By.'” Casablanca, 1942

  29. “You can't handle the truth!” A Few Good Men, 1992

  30. “I want to be alone.” Grand Hotel, 1932

  31. “After all, tomorrow is another day!” Gone With the Wind, 1939

  32. “Round up the usual suspects.” Casablanca, 1942

  33. “I'll have what she's having.” When Harry Met Sally, 1989

  34. “You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.” To Have and Have Not, 1944

  35. “You're gonna need a bigger boat.” Jaws, 1975

    Jaws, you're gonna need a bigger boat​​​​​​​
  36. “Badges? We ain't got no badges! We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinking badges!” The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, 1948

  37. “I'll be back.” The Terminator, 1984

  38. “Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.” The Pride of the Yankees, 1942

  39. “If you build it, he will come.” Field of Dreams, 1989

  40. “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.” Forrest Gump, 1994

    Forrest gump box of chocolates scene​​​​​​​
  41. “We rob banks.” Bonnie and Clyde, 1967

  42. “Plastics.” The Graduate, 1967

  43. “We'll always have Paris.” Casablanca, 1942

  44. “I see dead people.” The Sixth Sense, 1999

    When Haley Joel Osmet says this line the camera goes to Bruce Willis's face. This is a cinematic clue that Bruce Willis's character is dead.​​​​​​​
  45. “Stella! Hey, Stella!” A Streetcar Named Desire, 1951

    Stella, Hey Stella scene Streetcar​​​​​​​
  46. “Oh, Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars.” Now, Voyager, 1942

  47. “Shane. Shane. Come back!” Shane, 1953

  48. “Well, nobody's perfect.” Some Like It Hot, 1959

  49. “It's alive! It's alive!” Frankenstein, 1931

    The original line was "It's alive! It's alive! In the name of God! Now I know what it's like to be God!"​​​ Censors cut Dr. Frankenstein's full line because it was considered sacrilege.
  50. “Houston, we have a problem.” Apollo 13, 1995

  51. “You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?” Dirty Harry, 1971

  52. “You had me at ‘hello.’” Jerry Maguire, 1996

  53. “One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know.” Animal Crackers, 1930

  54. “There's no crying in baseball!” A League of Their Own, 1992

    ​​​​​​​league of their own, theres no crying in baseball
  55. “La-dee-da, la-dee-da.” Annie Hall, 1977

  56. “A boy's best friend is his mother.” Psycho, 1960

  57. “Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.” Wall Street, 1987

  58. “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” The Godfather II, 1974

  59. “As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again.” Gone With the Wind, 1939

  60. “Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!” Sons of the Desert, 1933

  61. “Say “hello” to my little friend!” Scarface, 1983

    Scarface say hello to my little friend scene​​​​​​​
  62. “What a dump.” Beyond the Forest, 1949

  63. “Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. Aren't you?” The Graduate, 1967

  64. “Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room! Dr. Strangelove, 1964

  65. “Elementary, my dear Watson.” The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, 1929

    Sherlock Holmes never says this iconic quote in any of the books the character is based off of.​​​​​​​
  66. “Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape.” Planet of the Apes, 1968

  67. “Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” Casablanca, 1942

  68. “Here's Johnny!” The Shining, 1980

    The Shining heres johnny scene​​​​​​​                                               This line was completely improvised. Jack Nicholson was only prompted to break down the door, but he decided to improvise this line and it made the final cut of the movie.
  69. “They're here!” Poltergeist, 1982

  70. “Is it safe?” Marathon Man, 1976

  71. “Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothin' yet!” The Jazz Singer, 1927

  72. “No wire hangers, ever!” Mommie Dearest, 1981

  73. “Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico?” Little Caesar, 1930

  74. “Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown.” Chinatown, 1974

  75. “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” A Streetcar Named Desire, 1951

  76. “Hasta la vista, baby.” Terminator 2: Judgment Day, 1991

    Terminator saying hasta la vista baby​​​​​​​
  77. “Soylent Green is people!” Soylent Green, 1973

  78. “Open the pod bay doors, HAL.” 2001: A Space Odyssey, 1968

  79. Striker: Surely you can't be serious.

    Rumack: I am serious…and don't call me Shirley. Airplane!, 1980
  80. “Yo, Adrian!” Rocky, 1976

    Rocky saying yo Adrian​​​​​​​
  81. “Hello, gorgeous.” Funny Girl, 1968

  82. “Toga! Toga!” National Lampoon's Animal House, 1978

  83. “Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make.” Dracula, 1931

  84. “Oh, no, it wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast.” King Kong, 1933

    The King Kong roar was a combination of a lion and tiger's roar combined and played backward very slowly. 
  85. “My precious.” The Lord of the Rings: Two Towers, 2002

    Gollum with the ring saying My precious
  86. “Attica! Attica!” Dog Day Afternoon, 1975

  87. “Sawyer, you're going out a youngster, but you've got to come back a star!” 42nd Street, 1933

  88. “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!” On Golden Pond, 1981

  89. “Tell 'em to go out there with all they got and win just one for the Gipper.” Knute Rockne All American, 1940

  90. “A martini. Shaken, not stirred.” Goldfinger, 1964

    James Bond saying a martini shaken not sitrred​​                                               This iconic scene has been parodied over and over again. In Casino Royale, 42 years later, Daniel Craig's James Bond will be asked, "Shaken or stirred" and Bond responds "Do I look like I give a damn?"
  91. “Who's on first.” The Naughty Nineties, 1945

  92. “Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, 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!” Caddyshack, 1980

  93. “Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!” Auntie Mame, 1958

  94. “I feel the need - the need for speed!” Top Gun, 1986

  95. “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” Dead Poets Society, 1989

    Dead Poets Society, Carpe Diem, Seize the day, make your lives extraordinary​​​​​​​                                            The inspiration for Robin William's character, John Keating, is Sam Pickering, an English Professor at UCONN.
  96. “Snap out of it!” Moonstruck, 1987

  97. “My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you.” Yankee Doodle Dandy, 1942

  98. “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” Dirty Dancing, 1987

  99. “I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!” The Wizard of Oz, 1939

  100. “I'm king of the world!” Titanic, 1997

    Jack Dawson, Titanic, yelling I'm the King of the world​​​​​​​

Source: American Film Institute, 2005, IMDb, and Hollywood Reporter.

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