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Poll: AFI's Most Quotable Actors of the Last Century...

This list features all the actors with at least 4 quotes nominated to the American Film Institute Top 100 Most Classic Quotes. To give you an idea, these 16 actors and actresses put together, represent more than 20% of all the nominated quotes that impacted American movies' memories since the talkies and more than 30% of the Top 100 list. This called for a poll!

They're ranked in order of number of nominated quotes, but since quality matters more than quantity, which of these actors or actresses, in your opinion, deserves the title of most quotable American Cinema's actor of the last century?

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In green, the quotes delivered by an another actor (in the case of a dialogue) and in bold, the quotes that made the AFI's Top 100 list.

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    Humphrey Bogart


    THE AFRICAN QUEEN : "A man takes a drop too much once in a while, it's only human nature"""Nature,” Mr. Allnut, is what we are put into this world to rise above."

    THE BIG SLEEP : "I don't like your manners.""I'm not crazy about yours. I didn't ask to see you."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."

    THE CAINE MUTINY : "Ah, but the strawberries! That's, that's where I had them."

    CASABLANCA : "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."

    "Ilsa, 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."

    "We'll always have Paris."

    "Here's looking at you kid."

    "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."

    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."

    THE MALTESE FALCON : "You're good. You're very good."

    "The stuff that dreams are made off."

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    Al Pacino


    DOG DAY AFTERNOON : "Attica! Attica!"

    THE GODFATHER PART II : "I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart."

    "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."

    THE GODFATHER PART III : "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in."

    SCARFACE : "Say “hello” to my little friend!"

    SCENT OF A WOMAN : "Hoo-ah!"

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    Jack Nicholson


    AS GOOD AS IT GETS : "You make me want to be a better man."

    BATMAN : "Have you ever danced with the Devil in the pale moonlight?"

    A FEW GOOD MEN : "You can't handle the truth!"

    FIVE EASY PIECES : "You want me to hold the chicken, huh?" "I want you to hold it between your knees."

    THE SHINING : "Here's Johnny!"

    TERMS OF ENDEARMENT : "Would you like to come in?" "I'd rather stick needles in my eyes."

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    Groucho Marx


    ANIMAL CRACKERS : "One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know."

    A DAY AT THE RACES : "Oh, hold me closer! Closer! Closer!" "If I hold you any closer, I'll be in back of you."

    DUCK SOUP : "Remember, you're fighting for this woman's honor, which is probably more than she ever did."

    "I could dance with you ‘til the cows come home. On second thought, I'd rather dance with the cows ‘til you came home."

    "I suggest that we give him ten years in Levenworth, or eleven years in Twelveworth." "I’ll tell you what I’ll do. I’ll take five and ten in Woolworth."

    A NIGHT AT THE OPERA : "It’s alright, that’s in every contract. That’s what they call a sanity clause." "You can't fool me! There ain't no Sanity Claus."

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    Tom Hanks


    APOLLO 13 : "Houston, we have a problem."

    BIG : "Okay, but I get to be on top."

    FORREST GUMP : "My mama always said, “Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.”"

    A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN : "There's no crying in baseball!"

    SAVING PRIVATE RYAN : "Earn this."

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    Judy Garland


    A STAR IS BORN : "Hello, everybody. This is Mrs. Norman Maine."

    THE WIZARD OF OZ : "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."

    "Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!"

    "There's no place like home."

    MEET ME IN ST. LOUIS : "I can't believe it. Right here where we live -- right here in St. Louis."

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    Robert De Niro


    CAPE FEAR : "Come out, come out, wherever you are."

    THE DEER HUNTER : "This is this"

    THE KING OF COMEDY : "Better to be king for a night than schmuck for a lifetime."

    MEET THE PARENTS : "I have nipples, Greg. Could you milk me?"

    TAXI DRIVER : "You talkin' to me?"

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    Woody Allen


    ANNIE HALL : "I don't want to move to a city where the only cultural advantage is being able to make a right turn on a red light."

    "Don't knock masturbation. It's sex with someone I love."

    MANHATTAN : "I think people should mate for life, like pigeons or Catholics."

    SLEEPER : "It’s hard to believe that you haven’t had sex for two hundred years." "Two hundred and four, if you count my marriage."

    TAKE THE MONEY AND RUN : "Does this look like “gub” or “gun”? "Gun. See? But what’s “abt” mean?" "It’s “act”. A-C-T. Act natural. Please put fifty thousand dollars into this bag and act natural. "Oh, I see. This is a holdup?"

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    James Stewart


    HARVEY : "Well, I've wrestled with reality for thirty- five years, Doctor, and I’m happy to state I finally won out over it."

    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."

    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."

    "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. Even if this room gets filled with lies like these, and the Taylors and all their armies come marching into this place."

    THE PHILADELPHIA STORY : "You're lit from within, Tracy. You've got fires banked down in you, hearth-fires and holocausts."

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    Marlon Brando


    THE GODFATHER : "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse."

    ON THE WATERFRONT : "You don't understand! I could’ve had class. I could’ve been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am."

    A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE : "Stella! Hey Stella!"

    THE WILD ONE : "Hey, Johnny, what are you rebelling against?" "What've you got?"

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    Bette Davis


    ALL ABOUT EVE : "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night."

    BEYOND THE FOREST : "What a dump."

    CABIN IN THE COTTON : "I'd love to kiss you, but I just washed my hair."

    NOW, VOYAGER : "Oh, Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars."

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    Vivien Leigh


    GONE WITH THE WIND : "Fiddle-dee-dee"

    "As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again!"

    "After all, tomorrow is another day."

    A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE : "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers."

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    James Cagney


    BLONDE CRAZY : "That dirty double-crossin' rat!"

    THE PUBLIC ENEMY : "I ain't so tough!"

    WHITE HEAT : "Made it, ma! Top of the world!"

    YANKEE DOODLE DANDY : "My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you."

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    Clint Eastwood


    DIRTY HARRY : "You've got to ask yourself one question:“Do I feel lucky?” Well, do ya, punk?"

    THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES : "Dyin' ain't much of a living, boy."

    SUDDEN IMPACT : "Go ahead. Make my day."

    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."

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    Katharine Hepburn


    THE AFRICAN QUEEN : "A man takes a drop too much once in a while, it's only human nature"""Nature,” Mr. Allnut, is what we are put into this world to rise above."

    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!"

    "Come here, Norman. Hurry up. The loons! The loons! They're welcoming us back."

    STAGE DOOR : "The calla lilies are in bloom again"

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    John Wayne


    THE GREEN BERETS : "Out here, due process is a bullet."

    THE SEARCHERS : "Let's go home, Debbie."

    SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON : "Never apologize, never explain, it's a sign of weakness."

    TRUE GRIT : "Fill your hands, you son of a bitch!"

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