50 most famous movie quotes of all time

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1.
The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home in Kansas and help her friends as well. (102 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ No denying that this film has the most total famous lines, but picking one for a top 50 may not be as easy. Still, whether we like it or not, the most used movie line ever is "There's no place like home." Deal with it. ” - drystyx
 
2.
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Fred Dobbs and Bob Curtin, two Americans searching for work in Mexico, convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains. (126 mins.)
Director: John Huston
“ Who doesn't want to use the word "stinkin'" when in a confrontation? Simply the most used line ever ” - drystyx
 
3.
Gone with the Wind (1939)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods. (238 mins.)
Director: Victor Fleming
“ Frankly, you may not give a tinker's d..n, but this is undeniably more famous in the real world than the ones touted by imdb cliques. ” - drystyx
 
4.
Cool Hand Luke (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A man refuses to conform to life in a rural prison. (126 mins.)
“ What we have here is a failure to.......? ” - drystyx
 
5.
Love Story (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
A boy and a girl from different backgrounds fall in love regardless of their upbringing - and then tragedy strikes. (99 mins.)
Director: Arthur Hiller
“ It was a poor movie, but unfortunately the lame line of "Love is never having to say you're sorry" was a natural for people who didn't know what they were talking about, and con artists. ” - drystyx
 
6.
The Godfather (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.2/10 X  
The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son. (175 mins.)
“ We'll see a lot of poor movies with famous catch lines that make no sense when you think about them. What does it mean to make someone an offer he can't refuse? Sounds tough. Unfortunately, it sounds like a nerd trying to be tough, which may be why it caught on. ” - drystyx
 
7.
King Kong (1933)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A film crew goes to a tropical island for an exotic location shoot and discovers a colossal giant gorilla who takes a shine to their female blonde star. He is then captured and brought back to New York City for public exhibition. (100 mins.)
“ Actually, it was machine guns in planes that killed the beast, and it didn't make much sense that a big ape would think a pale yellow hair human was beautiful, it's the talent and charisma of Robert Armstrong that made this movie what it was, so blame him for the fame of this line. ” - drystyx
 
8.
A Few Good Men (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Neo military lawyer Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder; they contend they were acting under orders. (138 mins.)
Director: Rob Reiner
“ Really, this is an easy one to make famous, because so many people really can't handle the truth. ” - drystyx
 
9.
Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle-station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the evil Darth Vader. (121 mins.)
Director: George Lucas
“ Lots of famous lines, and it probably ranks an easy second to Oz for movie with the most total famous lines, but clearly "May the Force be with you" became iconic. It makes no sense, but ever since the space age, people have latched onto senseless sayings for no reason, and this was one of them. Personally, I always like the line about these aren't the droids you're looking for, and the day may come when that does become more famous. It may be very soon, but not quite yet. ” - drystyx
 
10.
Sudden Impact (1983)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A rape victim is exacting revenge on her aggressors in a small town outside San Francisco. "Dirty" Harry Callahan, on suspension for angering his superiors (again), is assigned to the case. (117 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ If Oz is the film with the highest number of famous quotes, Dirty Harry may be the character with the most. It's unfortunate that one of his worst movies got the catch phrase that inspired a song, but it must have went ahead and made someone's day ” - drystyx
 
11.
Dirty Harry (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
When a mad man calling himself 'the Scorpio Killer' menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath. (102 mins.)
Director: Don Siegel
“ So, do you feel lucky, punk? ” - drystyx
 
12.
The Hobbit (1977 TV Movie)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A homebody hobbit in Middle Earth gets talked into joining a quest with a group of dwarves to recover their treasure from a dragon. (77 mins.)
“ With all due respect to later classic works, this is where most people first heard Gollum look for "MY PRECIOUS!" ” - drystyx
 
13.
The Shining (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A family heads to an isolated hotel for the winter where an evil and spiritual presence influences the father into violence, while his psychic son sees horrific forebodings from the past and of the future. (146 mins.)
Director: Stanley Kubrick
“ In a quandary here, as the line was already famous, but the list is about famous lines, not necessarily just famous for the film, and in a hundred years, when Johnny Carson may not be so famous, people will have a haunting feeling when they hear "HERE'S JOHNNY!" ” - drystyx
 
14.
Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
King Arthur and his knights embark on a low-budget search for the Grail, encountering many, very silly obstacles. (91 mins.)
“ Where do we begin? There simply were too many great quotes for one to be most famous, so we get it a bit diluted among the populace, and no doubt the lines will abound if I make an extension list of 51-100. Still, one memorable line that can be used so often is "Let's not bicker about who killed whom" ” - drystyx
 
15.
The Rocky Horror Picture Show (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A newly engaged couple have a breakdown in an isolated area and must pay a call to the bizarre residence of Dr. Frank-N-Furter. (100 mins.)
Director: Jim Sharman
“ When one mentions the Grail, one also thinks of this cult classic, and it will always be that way because of the eccentric style. Again, lots of super quotes, and the one that probably has the most fame as of this day is "GREAT SCOTT!" ” - drystyx
 
16.
Network (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit. (121 mins.)
Director: Sidney Lumet
“ Those of us who don't really care for this movie are just mad as Hell, and we aren't going to take it any more. ” - drystyx
 
17.
McLintock! (1963)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Wealthy rancher G.W. McLintock uses his power and influence in the territory to keep the peace between farmers, ranchers, land-grabbers, Indians and corrupt government officials. (127 mins.)
“ Like we so often see, it is one of the duke's worst movies that came up with one of his most memorable lines, but he won't hit you because of it. He won't hit you. The hell he won't hit you. ” - drystyx
 
18.
White Heat (1949)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
A psychopathic criminal with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist. Shortly after the plan takes place, events take a crazy turn. (114 mins.)
Director: Raoul Walsh
“ He made it to the top of the world! ” - drystyx
 
19.
Patton (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
The World War II phase of the career of the controversial American general, George S. Patton. (172 mins.)
“ Another quote famous even outside of the movie, since Patton is a historic character, and we're reminded that winning wars is done not by dying for your country, but making some other poor bastard die for his. ” - drystyx
 
20.
Magnum Force (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
Dirty Harry is on the trail of vigilante cops who are not above going beyond the law to kill the city's undesirables. (124 mins.)
Director: Ted Post
“ A man has got to know his limitations, especially if he's as limited in common sense as Dirty Harry's foes in this movie ” - drystyx
 
21.
Deliverance (1972)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Intent on seeing the Cahulawassee River before it's turned into one huge lake, outdoor fanatic Lewis Medlock takes his friends on a river-rafting trip they'll never forget into the dangerous American back-country. (109 mins.)
Director: John Boorman
“ I'm sorry, but Jon Voight does not have "a purty mouth" ” - drystyx
 
22.
Jaws (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a local sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down. (124 mins.)
“ We're really really really gonna need a bigger bigger bigger bigger boat. ” - drystyx
 
23.
Casablanca (1942)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.5/10 X  
In Casablanca in December 1941, a cynical American expatriate encounters a former lover, with unforeseen complications. (102 mins.)
Director: Michael Curtiz
“ Of all the gin joints, just saying that much pretty much covers it. ” - drystyx
 
24.
Jerry Maguire (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
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. (139 mins.)
Director: Cameron Crowe
“ I have no idea, and it makes no sense, why people say this. Like showing money means someone can get it. But lets face it, that's all most of us even know about this movie. ” - drystyx
 
25.
Taxi Driver (1976)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
A mentally unstable Vietnam War veteran works as a night-time taxi driver in New York City where the perceived decadence and sleaze feeds his urge for violent action, while attempting to save a preadolescent prostitute in the process. (113 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
“ You must be talking to somebody, so who are you talking to? You talking to me? Of course most of us said this line long before the movie, but as time goes on, that will change. ” - drystyx
 
26.
Planet of the Apes (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved. (112 mins.)
“ "Take your stinking paws off me!" ” - drystyx
 
27.
Planet of the Apes (1968)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
An astronaut crew crash-lands on a planet in the distant future where intelligent talking apes are the dominant species, and humans are the oppressed and enslaved. (112 mins.)
“ And can't forget the other super quote "it's a madhouse" ” - drystyx
 
28.
The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
After settling his differences with a Japanese PoW camp commander, a British colonel co-operates to oversee his men's construction of a railway bridge for their captors - while oblivious to a plan by the Allies to destroy it. (161 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ The ones you would think would catch on did not, but like most other films, it's a line from a minor character "Madness" ” - drystyx
 
29.
Five Easy Pieces (1970)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A dropout from upper-class America picks up work along the way on oil rigs when his life isn't spent in a squalid succession of bars, motels, and other points of interest. (98 mins.)
Director: Bob Rafelson
“ If one thing should be on everyone's bucket list, it is to say this line to a waitress before they die, but of course do everything else first, because that will be the day you die, but you'll die with these words on your lips "I want you to hold it between your knees" ” - drystyx
 
30.
Commando (1985)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A retired elite Black Ops Commando launches a one man war against a group of South American criminals who have kidnapped his daughter. (90 mins.)
Director: Mark L. Lester
“ So which line is more famous? The set up line about being funny, so he gets killed last? No, the one where Arnie says "I lied". Mean, but kind of funny, and obviously famous. ” - drystyx
 
31.
Big Jake (1971)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
In 1909, when John Fain's gang kidnaps Big Jake McCandles' grandson and hold him for ransom, Big Jake sets out to rescue the boy. (110 mins.)
Director: George Sherman
“ Since you haven't learned to respect your elders, it's time you learned to respect your betters. Works best if you say it to someone who isn't better. ” - drystyx
 
32.
Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
The story of T.E. Lawrence, the English officer who successfully united and led the diverse, often warring, Arab tribes during World War I in order to fight the Turks. (216 mins.)
Director: David Lean
“ You will always be a little people. A silly people. ” - drystyx
 
33.
Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
After the rebels are overpowered by the Empire on their newly established base, Luke Skywalker begins Jedi training with Master Yoda. His friends accept shelter from a questionable ally as Darth Vader hunts them in a plan to capture Luke. (124 mins.)
Director: Irvin Kershner
“ he doesn't look like Luke's father to me. ” - drystyx
 
34.
The Untouchables (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
Federal Agent Eliot Ness sets out to stop Al Capone; because of rampant corruption, he assembles a small, hand-picked team. (119 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
“ This was always meant to just be a sort of cool cheesy film, with cool cheesy lines. "He's in the car" never caught on, and really, for some reason, in our society the one that caught on for being politically correct is the one where Sean Connery tells Eliot about the "Chicago way" ” - drystyx
 
35.
Soylent Green (1973)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
In the world ravaged by the greenhouse effect and overpopulation, an NYPD detective investigates the murder of a big company CEO. (97 mins.)
“ Can't say the line without a spoiler, can I, you fine young cannibal? ” - drystyx
 
36.
Forrest Gump (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.8/10 X  
While not intelligent, Forrest Gump has accidentally been present at many historic moments, but his true love, Jenny Curran, eludes him. (142 mins.)
Director: Robert Zemeckis
“ My mama never told me anything about a box of chocolates, probably because we never got any. ” - drystyx
 
37.
Hombre (1967)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
John Russell, disdained by his "respectable" fellow stagecoach passengers because he was raised by Indians, becomes their only hope for survival when they are set upon by outlaws. (111 mins.)
Director: Martin Ritt
“ A line and movie that comes retro some times, but a great plitical statement to the flag of truce "how you going to get back down that hill" is an ideal idea. ” - drystyx
 
38.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.9/10 X  
The lives of two mob hit men, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption. (154 mins.)
“ Obviously, just like King Kong lives by the log scene, this movie lives by the pawn shop scene, and the great line "I'm gonna get mideval on your ass". ” - drystyx
 
39.
A Christmas Carol (1951)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
An old bitter miser is given a chance for redemption when he is haunted by three ghosts on Christmas Eve... (86 mins.)
“ Bah, Humbug! Maybe it should be higher, but it is diluted among many Scrooge movies ” - drystyx
 
40.
North by Northwest (1959)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A hapless New York advertising executive is mistaken for a government agent by a group of foreign spies, and is pursued across the country while he looks for a way to survive. (136 mins.)
“ So many great lines to choose from, and a slight edge to "games, must we?" ” - drystyx
 
41.
Aliens (1986)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
The moon from Alien has been colonized, but contact is lost. This time, the rescue team has impressive firepower, but will it be enough? (137 mins.)
Director: James Cameron
“ There's a whole network of "hudsonisms", but of course his real gem is the "We're in some deep *beep* now" tirade. ” - drystyx
 
42.
They Live (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A drifter discovers a pair of sunglasses that allow him to wake up to the fact that aliens have taken over the Earth. (94 mins.)
Director: John Carpenter
“ Yeah, but can you chew gum and kick ass at the same time? ” - drystyx
 
43.
49th Parallel (1941)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A World War II U-boat crew are stranded in northern Canada. To avoid internment, they must make their way to the border and get into the still-neutral USA. (123 mins.)
Director: Michael Powell
“ Of course the specifics of the line have been copied by many films, including the Lord of the Rings, which borrowed much from dozens of past films in homage to them. But whether you say "this is for Matisse" or "this is for Frodo", the final line is "and that's for me" (or something similar) ” - drystyx
 
44.
The Sixth Sense (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.1/10 X  
A boy who communicates with spirits that don't know they're dead seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist. (107 mins.)
“ I see dead people. Of course I go to a funeral to see my dead people ” - drystyx
 
45.
Die Hard (1988)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  
John McClane, officer of the NYPD, tries to save his wife Holly Gennaro and several others that were taken hostage by German terrorist Hans Gruber during a Christmas party at the Nakatomi Plaza in Los Angeles. (131 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ No, not Yippee Ki Yay, cause those aren't real words (I don't think), but "you ask for a miracle, I give you the F B I." ” - drystyx
 
46.
Goldfinger (1964)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Investigating a gold magnate's smuggling, James Bond uncovers a plot to contaminate the Fort Knox gold reserve. (110 mins.)
Director: Guy Hamilton
“ Not sure why, but Goldfinger's line "No, Mr. Bond, I expect you to die" became the big 007 tagline. ” - drystyx
 
47.
RoboCop (1987)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
In a dystopic and crime-ridden Detroit, a terminally wounded cop returns to the force as a powerful cyborg haunted by submerged memories. (102 mins.)
Director: Paul Verhoeven
“ Full of great lines, and they knew when they made it that "I'll buy that for a dollar" would head the inane list the public loves. ” - drystyx
 
48.
Airplane! (1980)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
A man afraid to fly must ensure that a plane lands safely after the pilots become sick. (88 mins.)
“ And don't call me Shirley ” - drystyx
 
49.
Jaws (1975)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.0/10 X  
A giant great white shark arrives on the shores of a New England beach resort and wreaks havoc with bloody attacks on swimmers, until a local sheriff teams up with a marine biologist and an old seafarer to hunt the monster down. (124 mins.)
“ I know we quoted the movie already, but Quinn had some lines we know have to come under scrutiny for this, notably "the cage is in the water, you're in the water, shark in the water" ” - drystyx
 
50.
For Your Eyes Only (1981)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Agent 007 is assigned to hunt for a lost British encryption device and prevent it from falling into enemy hands. (127 mins.)
Director: John Glen
“ only fitting to end the list with "we're not dead yet". ” - drystyx