Great Movie Quotes from the 1990sby Col Needham | created - 09 Oct 2010 | updated - 16 Oct 2010 | Public
Some memorable quotes from a selection of 1990s movies in reverse chronological order. It's all in the writing. See also Great Movie Quotes from the 1980s
Note that not all quotes here are family friendly ...
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1. Notting Hill (1999)
PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The life of a simple bookshop owner changes when he meets the most famous film star in the world.
Votes: 226,344 | Gross: $116.09M
Anna Scott: After all... I'm just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her. -- More Quotes
2. The Matrix (1999)
R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
Votes: 1,377,836 | Gross: $171.48M
Trinity: I know why you're here, Neo. I know what you've been doing... why you hardly sleep, why you live alone, and why night after night, you sit by your computer. You're looking for him. I know because I was once looking for the same thing. And when he found me, he told me I wasn't really looking for him. I was looking for an answer. It's the question that drives us, Neo. It's the question that brought you here. You know the question, just as I did. Neo: What is the Matrix? Trinity: The answer is out there, Neo, and it's looking for you, and it will find you if you want it to. -- More Quotes
3. Eyes Wide Shut (1999)
R | 159 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A New York City doctor, who is married to an art curator, pushes himself on a harrowing and dangerous night-long odyssey of sexual and moral discovery after his wife admits that she once almost cheated on him.
Votes: 253,036 | Gross: $55.69M
[last lines] Alice Harford: I do love you and you know there is something very important we need to do as soon as possible. Dr. Bill Harford: What's that? Alice Harford: Fuck. -- More Quotes
4. Fight Club (1999)
R | 139 min | Drama
An insomniac office worker, looking for a way to change his life, crosses paths with a devil-may-care soapmaker, forming an underground fight club that evolves into something much, much more.
Votes: 1,535,860 | Gross: $37.03M
Tyler Durden: Man, I see in fight club the strongest and smartest men who've ever lived. I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables; slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war... our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires, and movie gods, and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off. -- More Quotes
5. Office Space (1999)
R | 89 min | Comedy
Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss.
Votes: 216,173 | Gross: $10.82M
[Peter, Michael, and Samir are chatting as they hang around the printer] Peter Gibbons: Our high school guidance counselor used to ask us what you'd do if you had a million dollars and you didn't have to work. And invariably what you'd say was supposed to be your career. So, if you wanted to fix old cars then you're supposed to be an auto mechanic. Samir: So what did you say? Peter Gibbons: I never had an answer. I guess that's why I'm working at Initech. Michael Bolton: No, you're working at Initech because that question is bullshit to begin with. If everyone listened to her, there'd be no janitors, because no one would clean shit up if they had a million dollars. Samir: You know what I would do if I had a million dollars? I would invest half of it in low risk mutual funds and then take the other half over to my friend Asadulah who works in securities... Michael Bolton: Samir, you're missing the point. The point of the exercise is that you're supposed to figure out what you would want to do if... [printer starts beeping] Michael Bolton: "PC Load Letter"? What the fuck does that mean? -- More Quotes
6. Contact (1997)
PG | 150 min | Drama, Mystery, Sci-Fi
Dr. Ellie Arroway, after years of searching, finds conclusive radio proof of extraterrestrial intelligence, sending plans for a mysterious machine.
Votes: 222,626 | Gross: $100.92M
S.R. Hadden: [over video feed from Mir space station] I wanna show you something. [shows satellite feed to Ellie] S.R. Hadden: Hokkaido Island. Ellie Arroway: The systems integration site. S.R. Hadden: Look closer. [zooms satellite feed to reveal second machine] S.R. Hadden: First rule in government spending: why build one when you can have two at twice the price? Only, this one can be kept secret. Controlled by Americans, built by the Japanese subcontractors. Who, also, happen to be, recently acquired, wholly-owned subsidiaries... Ellie Arroway: [speaks with Hadden] ... of Hadden industries. S.R. Hadden: They still want an American to go, Doctor. Wanna take a ride? -- More Quotes
7. Romy and Michele's High School Reunion (1997)
R | 92 min | Comedy
Two dim-witted, inseparable friends hit the road for their ten-year high school reunion and concoct an elaborate lie about their lives in order to impress their classmates.
Votes: 36,644 | Gross: $29.21M
Christie: So, Mi-chelle! What are you up to? Michele: Oh, okay. Um, I invented Post-Its. Christie: No offense, Michele, but how in the world did *you* think of Post-Its? Michele: Uh... [looks across the room at Romy talking to Billy Christianson] Romy: And I thought of them completely by myself. I mean, all Michele did was say: "What about making them yellow?" Michele: [turns to the A Group] Actually I invented a special kind of glue. Christie: Oh really? Well then I'm sure you wouldn't mind giving us a detailed account of exactly how you concocted this miracle glue, would you? Michele: No. Um, well, ordinarily when you make glue first you need to thermoset your resin and then after it cools you have to mix in an epoxide, which is really just a fancy-schmancy name for any simple oxygenated adhesive, right? And then I thought maybe, just maybe, you could raise the viscosity by adding a complex glucose derivative during the emulsification process and it turns out I was right. -- More Quotes
8. L.A. Confidential (1997)
R | 138 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
As corruption grows in 1950s LA, three policemen - one strait-laced, one brutal, and one sleazy - investigate a series of murders with their own brand of justice.
Votes: 459,011 | Gross: $64.62M
Lynn Bracken: You're the first man in five years who didn't tell me I look like Veronica Lake inside of a minute. Bud White: You look better than Veronica Lake. -- More Quotes
9. As Good as It Gets (1997)
PG-13 | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A single mother and waitress, a misanthropic author, and a gay artist form an unlikely friendship after the artist is assaulted in a robbery.
Votes: 242,230 | Gross: $148.48M
Melvin Udall: I've got a really great compliment for you, and it's true. Carol Connelly: I'm so afraid you're about to say something awful. Melvin Udall: Don't be pessimistic, it's not your style. Okay, here I go: Clearly, a mistake. I've got this, what - ailment? My doctor, a shrink that I used to go to all the time, he says that in fifty or sixty percent of the cases, a pill really helps. I *hate* pills, very dangerous thing, pills. Hate. I'm using the word "hate" here, about pills. Hate. My compliment is, that night when you came over and told me that you would never... well, you were there, you know what you said. Well, my compliment to you is, the next morning, I started taking the pills. Carol Connelly: I don't quite get how that's a compliment for me. Melvin Udall: You make me want to be a better man. Carol Connelly: ...That's maybe the best compliment of my life. Melvin Udall: Well, maybe I overshot a little, because I was aiming at just enough to keep you from walking out. -- More Quotes
10. Air Force One (1997)
R | 124 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
Hijackers seize the plane carrying the President of the United States and his family, but he - an ex-soldier - works from hiding to defeat them.
Votes: 158,810 | Gross: $172.96M
President James Marshall: GET OFF MY PLANE! -- More Quotes
11. Bound (1996)
R | 108 min | Crime, Romance, Thriller
Corky, a tough female ex con and her lover Violet concoct a scheme to steal millions of stashed mob money and pin the blame on Violet's crooked boyfriend Caesar.
Votes: 44,433 | Gross: $3.80M
[last lines] Corky: You know what the difference is between you and me, Violet? Violet: No. Corky: Me neither. -- More Quotes
12. The English Patient (1996)
R | 162 min | Drama, Romance, War
At the close of WWII, a young nurse tends to a badly-burned plane crash victim. His past is shown in flashbacks, revealing an involvement in a fateful love affair.
Votes: 156,250 | Gross: $78.65M
Almásy: I once heard of a captain who wore a patch over a good eye. The men fought harder for him. -- More Quotes
13. Broken Arrow (1996)
R | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
Terrorists steal nuclear warheads from the U.S. military but don't count on a pilot and park ranger spoiling their plans.
Votes: 82,232 | Gross: $70.77M
Giles Prentice: I don't know what's scarier, losing nuclear weapons, or that it happens so often there's actually a term for it. -- More Quotes
14. Jerry Maguire (1996)
R | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former secretary.
Votes: 208,592 | Gross: $153.95M
Jerry Maguire: I love you. You... you complete me. And I just... Dorothy: Shut up, just shut up. You had me at "hello". -- More Quotes
15. Clueless (1995)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance
A rich high school student tries to boost a new pupil's popularity, but reckons without affairs of the heart getting in the way.
Votes: 141,457 | Gross: $56.63M
Cher: Daddy's a litigator. Those are the scariest kind of lawyer. Even Lucy, our maid, is terrified of him. And daddy's so good he gets $500 an hour to fight with people. But he fights with me for free because I'm his daughter. -- More Quotes
16. Se7en (1995)
R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
Two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his motives.
Votes: 1,168,968 | Gross: $100.13M
[last lines] William Somerset: Ernest Hemingway once wrote, "The world is a fine place and worth fighting for." I agree with the second part. -- More Quotes
17. Crimson Tide (1995)
R | 116 min | Action, Drama, Thriller
On a U.S. nuclear missile sub, a young First Officer stages a mutiny, to prevent his trigger happy Captain from launching his missiles, before confirming his orders to do so.
Votes: 88,209 | Gross: $91.40M
Capt. Ramsey: God help you if you're wrong. Hunter: If I'm wrong, then we're at war; God help us all. -- More Quotes
18. The Usual Suspects (1995)
R | 106 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A sole survivor tells of the twisty events leading up to a horrific gun battle on a boat, which began when five criminals met at a seemingly random police lineup.
Votes: 836,310 | Gross: $23.34M
Dave Kujan: Do you believe in him, Verbal? Verbal: Keaton always said, "I don't believe in God, but I'm afraid of him." Well I believe in God, and the only thing that scares me is Keyser Soze. -- More Quotes
19. Wyatt Earp (1994)
PG-13 | 191 min | Adventure, Biography, Crime
The story of Wyatt Earp as he interacts and battles other famous figures of the Wild West era.
Votes: 38,948 | Gross: $25.05M
Doc Holliday: Wyatt, you ever wonder why we been a part of so many unfortunate incidents, yet we're still walking around? I have figured it out. It's nothing much, just luck. And you know why it's nothing much Wyatt? Because it doesn't matter much whether we are here today or not. I wake up every morning looking in the face of Death, and you know what? He ain't half bad. I think the secret old Mr. Death is holding is that it's better for some of us over on the other side. I know it can't be any worse for me. Maybe that's the place for your Maddie. For some people, this world ain't ever gonna be right. [Wyatt takes his first drink for many years] Wyatt Earp: Is that supposed to let me off the hook? Doc Holliday: There is no hook my friend. There's only what we do. -- More Quotes
20. Pulp Fiction (1994)
R | 154 min | Crime, Drama
The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.
Votes: 1,498,413 | Gross: $107.93M
[note these are chronologically the last lines of the movie] Fabienne: Whose motorcycle is this? Butch: It's a chopper, baby. Fabienne: Whose chopper is this? Butch: It's Zed's. Fabienne: Who's Zed? Butch: Zed's dead, baby. Zed's dead. -- More Quotes
21. The Firm (1993)
R | 154 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller
A young lawyer joins a prestigious law firm only to discover that it has a sinister dark side.
Votes: 97,741 | Gross: $158.35M
Wayne Tarrance: Man, I don't understand you. What'd you do it for? You didn't win a thing. Mitch McDeere: Oh, yes I did. I won my life back. YOU don't run me, and THEY don't run me! -- More Quotes
22. Malice (1993)
R | 107 min | Crime, Mystery, Thriller
A tale about a happily married couple who would like to have children. Tracy teaches art, Andy's a college dean. Things are never the same after she is taken to hospital and operated upon by Jed, a "know all" doctor.
Votes: 19,783 | Gross: $46.04M
Jed: I have an M.D. from Harvard, I am board certified in cardio-thoracic medicine and trauma surgery, I have been awarded citations from seven different medical boards in New England, and I am never, ever sick at sea. So I ask you; when someone goes into that chapel and they fall on their knees and they pray to God that their wife doesn't miscarry or that their daughter doesn't bleed to death or that their mother doesn't suffer acute neural trama from postoperative shock, who do you think they're praying to? Now, go ahead and read your Bible, _Dennis_, and you go to your church, and, with any luck, you might win the annual raffle, but if you're looking for God, he was in operating room number two on November 17, and he doesn't like to be second guessed. You ask me if I have a God complex. Let me tell you something: I am God. -- More Quotes
23. Fearless (1993)
R | 122 min | Drama, Thriller
A man's personality is dramatically changed after surviving a major airline crash.
Votes: 18,925 | Gross: $7.00M
Laura Klein: Why didn't you call and say you were alive? Max Klein: I thought I was dead. -- More Quotes
24. In the Line of Fire (1993)
R | 128 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Secret Service agent Frank Horrigan couldn't save Kennedy, but he's determined not to let a clever assassin take out this president.
Votes: 80,175 | Gross: $102.31M
[Horrigan and Leary are in a glass elevator. Sharpshooters are in place to take out Leary but can't see the target because the lights in the elevator are out. Horrigan is on the floor while Leary is standing over him and pointing a gun at him. Unbeknownst to Leary, Horrigan has a microphone concealed in his hand and is transmitting] Horrigan: Go ahead and shoot, dammit. Lilly Raines: They can't see inside. If they fire, you'll be hit. Mitch Leary: I want you to thank me first, Frank. Horrigan: Shut up and shoot. Lilly Raines: All right, Frank. Mitch Leary: All right, Frank. Lilly Raines: Shooters, stand by to fire. Wait for my command. Mitch Leary: [Cocks the gun] Sleep well, my friend. Horrigan: Just one thing: aim high. Mitch Leary: What? Lilly Raines: Aim high. Horrigan: Now! Mitch Leary: [Sees the microphone and realizes Horrigan has been talking to Raines] You bastard! Lilly Raines: Fire. [Glass is shattered by gunfire. Leary is forced to duck, giving Horrigan an opportunity to grapple with him] -- More Quotes
25. The Fugitive (1993)
PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Crime, Drama
Dr. Richard Kimble, unjustly accused of murdering his wife, must find the real killer while being the target of a nationwide manhunt lead by a seasoned US Marshall.
Votes: 231,629 | Gross: $183.88M
Dr. Richard Kimble: [Holding Gerard at gunpoint] I didn't kill my wife! Deputy Marshal Samuel Gerard: I don't care! -- More Quotes
26. True Romance (1993)
R | 120 min | Crime, Drama, Romance
In Detroit, a lonely pop culture geek marries a call girl, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood. Meanwhile, the owners of the cocaine - the Mob - track them down in an attempt to reclaim it.
Votes: 178,072 | Gross: $12.28M
Clarence Worley: If there's one thing this last week has taught me, it's better to have a gun and not need it than to need a gun and not have it. -- More Quotes
27. A Few Good Men (1992)
R | 138 min | Drama, Thriller
Military lawyer Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder. They contend they were acting under orders.
Votes: 200,446 | Gross: $141.34M
Judge Randolph: *Consider yourself in Contempt!* Kaffee: *Colonel Jessep, did you order the Code Red?* Judge Randolph: You *don't* have to answer that question! Col. Jessep: I'll answer the question! [to Kaffee] Col. Jessep: You want answers? Kaffee: I think I'm entitled. Col. Jessep: *You want answers?* Kaffee: *I want the truth!* Col. Jessep: *You can't handle the truth!* [pauses] Col. Jessep: Son, we live in a world that has walls, and those walls have to be guarded by men with guns. Whose gonna do it? You? You, Lt. Weinburg? I have a greater responsibility than you could possibly fathom. You weep for Santiago, and you curse the marines. You have that luxury. You have the luxury of not knowing what I know. That Santiago's death, while tragic, probably saved lives. And my existence, while grotesque and incomprehensible to you, saves lives. You don't want the truth because deep down in places you don't talk about at parties, you want me on that wall, you need me on that wall. We use words like honor, code, loyalty. We use these words as the backbone of a life spent defending something. You use them as a punchline. I have neither the time nor the inclination to explain myself to a man who rises and sleeps under the blanket of the very freedom that I provide, and then questions the manner in which I provide it. I would rather you just said thank you, and went on your way, Otherwise, I suggest you pick up a weapon, and stand a post. Either way, I don't give a damn what you think you are entitled to. Kaffee: Did you order the Code Red? Col. Jessep: I did the job I... Kaffee: *Did you order the Code Red?* Col. Jessep: *You're Goddamned right I did!* -- More Quotes
28. Unforgiven (1992)
R | 130 min | Drama, Western
Retired Old West gunslinger William Munny reluctantly takes on one last job, with the help of his old partner and a young man.
Votes: 312,628 | Gross: $101.16M
Little Bill Daggett: You'd be William Munny out of Missouri. Killer of women and children. Will Munny: That's right. I've killed women and children. I've killed just about everything that walks or crawled at one time or another. And I'm here to kill you, Little Bill, for what you did to Ned. -- More Quotes
29. The Last of the Mohicans (1992)
R | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
Three trappers protect a British Colonel's daughters in the midst of the French and Indian War.
Votes: 126,409 | Gross: $75.51M
Hawkeye: No, you submit, do you hear? You be strong, you survive... You stay alive, no matter what occurs! I will find you. No matter how long it takes, no matter how far, I will find you. -- More Quotes
30. Basic Instinct (1992)
R | 127 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
A violent, suspended police detective investigates a brutal murder, in which a manipulative and seductive woman could be involved.
Votes: 147,078 | Gross: $117.73M
Internal Affairs Investigator: There's no smoking in this building, Detective. Nick: [repeating Catherine] What are you going to do? Charge me with smoking? -- More Quotes
31. Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)
R | 100 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery
An examination of the machinations behind the scenes at a real estate office.
Votes: 84,043 | Gross: $10.73M
Blake: We're adding a little something to this month's sales contest. As you all know, first prize is a Cadillac Eldorado. Anybody want to see second prize? [Holds up prize] Blake: Second prize is a set of steak knives. Third prize is you're fired. -- More Quotes
32. Cape Fear (1991)
R | 128 min | Crime, Thriller
A convicted rapist, released from prison after serving a fourteen-year sentence, stalks the family of the lawyer who originally defended him.
Votes: 141,710 | Gross: $79.10M
Max Cady: I'm Virgil and I'm guidin' you through the gates of Hell. We are now in the Ninth Circle, the Circle of Traitors. Traitors to country! Traitors to fellow man! Traitors to GOD! You, sir, are charged with betrayin' the principles of all three! Quote for me the American Bar Association's Rules of Professional Conduct, Canon Seven. Sam Bowden: "A lawyer should represent his client... " Max Cady: "Should ZEALOUSLY represent his client within the bounds of the law." I find you guilty, counselor! Guilty of betrayin' your fellow man! Guilty of betrayin' your country and abrogatin' your oath! Guilty of judgin' me and sellin' me out! With the power vested in me by the kingdom of God, I sentence you to the Ninth Circle of Hell! Now you will learn about loss! Loss of freedom! Loss of humanity! Now you and I will truly be the same... -- More Quotes
33. Grand Canyon (1991)
R | 134 min | Crime, Drama
Grand Canyon revolved around six residents from different backgrounds whose lives intertwine in modern-day Los Angeles. At the center of the film is the unlikely friendship of two men from ... See full summary »
Votes: 13,423 | Gross: $33.24M
Davis: That's part of your problem: you haven't seen enough movies. All of life's riddles are answered in the movies. -- More Quotes
34. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.
Votes: 1,022,475 | Gross: $130.74M
Hannibal Lecter: A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti. -- More Quotes
35. The Hunt for Red October (1990)
PG | 135 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
In November 1984, the Soviet Union's best submarine captain in their newest sub violates orders and heads for the USA. Is he trying to defect or to start a war?
Votes: 155,216 | Gross: $122.01M
Captain Ramius: I miss the peace of fishing like when I was a boy. Forty years I've been at sea. A war at sea. A war with no battles, no monuments... only casualties. I widowed her the day I married her. My wife died while I was at sea, you know. -- More Quotes
36. Miller's Crossing (1990)
R | 115 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Tom Regan, an advisor to a Prohibition-era crime boss, tries to keep the peace between warring mobs but gets caught in divided loyalties.
Votes: 112,235 | Gross: $5.08M
Verna: What're you chewin' over? Tom Reagan: Dream I had once. I was walkin' in the woods, I don't know why. Wind came up and blew me hat off. Verna: And you chased it, right? You ran and ran, finally caught up to it and you picked it up. But it wasn't a hat anymore and it changed into something else, something wonderful. Tom Reagan: Nah, it stayed a hat and no, I didn't chase it. Nothing more foolish than a man chasin' his hat. -- More Quotes
37. Reversal of Fortune (1990)
R | 111 min | Biography, Drama, Mystery
Wealthy Sunny von Bülow lies brain-dead, husband Claus guilty of attempted murder; but he says he's innocent and hires Alan Dershowitz for his appeal.
Votes: 12,374 | Gross: $15.45M
[seating Claus and Alan] Maitre D': Professor Dershowitz, Dr. von Bulow. [he leaves] Claus von Bülow: When I was married to Sunny, we never got this table. Now, two injections of insulin and I'm a doctor. -- More Quotes
38. Ghost (1990)
PG-13 | 127 min | Drama, Fantasy, Romance
After a young man is murdered, his spirit stays behind to warn his lover of impending danger, with the help of a reluctant psychic.
Votes: 167,996 | Gross: $217.63M
Sam: Molly, you're in danger. Oda Mae Brown: You can't just blurt it out like that! And quit moving around, because you're starting to make me dizzy. I'll just tell her in my own way. [pause; then, to Molly] Oda Mae Brown: Molly, you in danger girl. -- More Quotes
39. Pretty Woman (1990)
R | 119 min | Comedy, Romance
A man in a legal but hurtful business needs an escort for some social events, and hires a beautiful prostitute he meets... only to fall in love.
Votes: 239,828 | Gross: $178.41M
Shop assistant: Hello, can I help you? Vivian: I was in here yesterday, you wouldn't wait on me. Shop assistant: Oh. Vivian: You people work on commission, right? Shop assistant: Yeah. Vivian: Big mistake. Big. Huge. I have to go shopping now. -- More Quotes