Most Famous Movie Quotations

atkins-bookshelf-moviesMovies provide a shared experience on an unprecedented scale, uniting people all around the world as they are moved or inspired by the same respective stories. The late Roger Ebert observed, “Movies are like a machine that generates empathy. It lets you understand a little bit more about different hopes, aspirations, dreams and fears. It helps us to identify with the people who are sharing this journey with us.” The greatest films that endure not only provide a shared experience, they also color our language with useful phrases that evoke the film and succinctly express certain emotions, situations, or complex issues. The list of the most famous movie quotations reads more like a list of the most common cinematic catchphrases. Some of them are so well-known that they are used by people who have never even seen the particular film — or are not even aware that it came from a film.

In 2005, the American Film Institute (AFI) asked a jury of 1,500 film artists, historians, and critic to select the most memorable American movie quotations of all time. The AFI published the list of top 100 movie quotations of all time in June, 2005. Here are the top 25 movie quotations:

1. “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” – Clark Gable as Rhett Butler, Gone with the Wind (1939))

2. “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.” – Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone, The Godfather (1972)

3. “I coulda been a contender.” – Marlon Brando as Terry Malloy, On the Waterfront (1954)

4. “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” – Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale, The Wizard of Oz (1939)

5. “Here’s looking at you, kid.” – Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine, Casablanca (1942)

6. “Go ahead, make my day.” – Clint Eastwood as Harry Callahan, Sudden Impact (1983)

7. “All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.” – Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond, Sunset Boulevard (1950)

8. “May the Force be with you.” – Harrison Ford as Han Solo, Star Wars (1977)

9. “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.” – Bette Davis as Margo Channing (All About Eve, 1950)

10. “You talkin’ to me?” – Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle, Taxi Driver (1976)

11. “What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.” – Strother Martin as Captain, Cool Hand Luke (1967)

12. “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” – Robert Duvall as Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore, Apocalypse Now (1979)

13. “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” – Ali MacGraw as Jennifer Cavilleri Barrett, Love Story (1970)

14. “The stuff that dreams are made of.” – Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade, The Maltese Falcon (1941)

15. “E.T. phone home.” – Pat Welsh as E.T., E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

16. “They call me Mister Tibbs!” – Sidney Poitier as Virgil Tibbs, In the Heat of the Night (1967)

17. “Rosebud.” – Orson Welles as Charles Foster Kane, Citizen Kane (1941)

18. “Made it, Ma! Top of the world!”, James Cagney as Arthur Jarrett, White Heat (1949)

19. “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” – Peter Finch as Howard Beale, Network (1976)

20. “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” – Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine, Casablanca (1942)

21. “I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.” – Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Hannibal Lecter, The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

22. “Bond. James Bond.” – Sean Connery, James Bond as Dr. No (1962)

23. “There’s no place like home.” – Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale, The Wizard of Oz (1939)

24. “I am big! It’s the pictures that got small.” – Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond, Sunset Boulevard (1950)

25. “Show me the money!” – Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Rod Tidwell, Jerry Maguire (1996)




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