AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes

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AFI 100 Years... series
1998100 Movies
1999100 Stars
2000100 Laughs
2001100 Thrills
2002100 Passions
2003100 Heroes & Villains
2004100 Songs
2005100 Movie Quotes
200525 Scores
2006100 Cheers
200625 Musicals
2007100 Movies (Updated)
2008AFI's 10 Top 10
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AFI 100 Years... series
1998100 Movies
1999100 Stars
2000100 Laughs
2001100 Thrills
2002100 Passions
2003100 Heroes & Villains
2004100 Songs
2005100 Movie Quotes
200525 Scores
2006100 Cheers
200625 Musicals
2007100 Movies (Updated)
2008AFI's 10 Top 10

Part of the AFI 100 Years... series, AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes is a list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema. The American Film Institute revealed the list on June 21, 2005, in a three-hour television program on CBS. The program was hosted by actor Pierce Brosnan and had commentary from many Hollywood actors and filmmakers. A jury consisting of 1,500 film artists, critics, and historians selected "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn," spoken by Clark Gable in the American Civil War epic Gone with the Wind as the most memorable American movie quotation of all time.


Jurors were asked to consider the following criteria in making their selections:

The list[edit]

The table below reproduces the quotes as the AFI published them. The following have since been identified as being misquoted by the AFI[citation needed]:

Quotation numberQuotationCharacterActor/ActressFilmYear
1"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."Rhett ButlerClark GableGone with the Wind1939
2"I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse."Vito CorleoneMarlon BrandoGodfather, TheThe Godfather1972
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."[2]Terry MalloyMarlon BrandoOn the Waterfront1954
4"Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."Dorothy GaleJudy GarlandWizard of Oz, TheThe Wizard of Oz1939
5"Here's looking at you, kid."Rick BlaineHumphrey BogartCasablanca1942
6"Go ahead, make my day."Harry CallahanClint EastwoodSudden Impact1983
7"All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."Norma DesmondGloria SwansonSunset Boulevard1950
8"May the Force be with you."Han SoloHarrison FordStar Wars1977
9"Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night."[3]Margo ChanningBette DavisAll About Eve1950
10"You talkin' to me?"Travis BickleRobert De NiroTaxi Driver1976
11"What we've got here is failure to communicate."[4]CaptainStrother MartinCool Hand Luke1967
12"I love the smell of napalm in the morning."Lt. Col. Bill KilgoreRobert DuvallApocalypse Now1979
13"Love means never having to say you're sorry."Jennifer Cavilleri BarrettAli MacGrawLove Story1970
14"The stuff that dreams are made of."[5]Sam SpadeHumphrey BogartMaltese Falcon, TheThe Maltese Falcon1941
15"E.T. phone home."E.T.Pat WelshE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial1982
16"They call me Mister Tibbs!"Virgil TibbsSidney PoitierIn the Heat of the Night1967
17"Rosebud."Charles Foster KaneOrson WellesCitizen Kane1941
18"Made it, Ma! Top of the world!"Arthur "Cody" JarrettJames CagneyWhite Heat1949
19"I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!"Howard BealePeter FinchNetwork1976
20"Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."Rick BlaineHumphrey BogartCasablanca1942
21"A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti."Hannibal LecterAnthony HopkinsSilence of the Lambs, TheThe Silence of the Lambs1991
22"Bond. James Bond."James BondSean Connery[6]Dr. No[7]1962
23"There's no place like home."Dorothy GaleJudy GarlandWizard of Oz, TheThe Wizard of Oz1939
24"I am big! It's the pictures that got small."Norma DesmondGloria SwansonSunset Boulevard1950
25"Show me the money!"Rod TidwellCuba Gooding, Jr.Jerry Maguire1996
26"Why don't you come up sometime and see me?"[8]Lady LouMae WestShe Done Him Wrong1933
27"I'm walking here! I'm walking here!"[9]"Ratso" RizzoDustin HoffmanMidnight Cowboy1969
28"Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By.'"[10]Ilsa LundIngrid BergmanCasablanca1942
29"You can't handle the truth!"Col. Nathan R. JessupJack NicholsonA Few Good Men1992
30"I want to be alone."GrusinskayaGreta GarboGrand Hotel1932
31"After all, tomorrow is another day!"Scarlett O'HaraVivien LeighGone with the Wind1939
32"Round up the usual suspects."Capt. Louis RenaultClaude RainsCasablanca1942
33"I'll have what she's having."CustomerEstelle ReinerWhen Harry Met Sally...1989
34"You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow."Marie "Slim" BrowningLauren BacallTo Have and Have Not1944
35"You're gonna need a bigger boat."[11]Martin BrodyRoy ScheiderJaws1975
36"Badges? We ain't got no badges! We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinking badges!"[12]"Gold Hat"Alfonso BedoyaTreasure of the Sierra Madre, TheThe Treasure of the Sierra Madre1948
37"I'll be back."The TerminatorArnold SchwarzeneggerTerminator, TheThe Terminator1984
38"Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth."[13]Lou GehrigGary CooperPride of the Yankees, TheThe Pride of the Yankees1942
39"If you build it, he will come."[14]Shoeless Joe JacksonRay Liotta (voice)Field of Dreams1989
40"Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."Forrest GumpTom HanksForrest Gump1994
41"We rob banks."Clyde BarrowWarren BeattyBonnie and Clyde1967
42"Plastics."Mr. MaguireWalter BrookeGraduate, TheThe Graduate1967
43"We'll always have Paris."Rick BlaineHumphrey BogartCasablanca1942
44"I see dead people."Cole SearHaley Joel OsmentSixth Sense, TheThe Sixth Sense1999
45"Stella! Hey, Stella!"Stanley KowalskiMarlon BrandoA Streetcar Named Desire1951
46"Oh, Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars."Charlotte ValeBette DavisNow, Voyager1942
47"Shane. Shane. Come back!"Joey StarrettBrandon De WildeShane1953
48"Well, nobody's perfect."Osgood Fielding IIIJoe E. BrownSome Like It Hot1959
49"It's alive! It's alive!"Henry FrankensteinColin CliveFrankenstein1931
50"Houston, we have a problem."[15]Jim LovellTom HanksApollo 131995
51"You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?"[16]Harry CallahanClint EastwoodDirty Harry1971
52"You had me at 'hello.'"Dorothy BoydRenée ZellwegerJerry Maguire1996
53"One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know."Capt. Geoffrey T. SpauldingGroucho MarxAnimal Crackers1930
54"There's no crying in baseball!"Jimmy DuganTom HanksA League of Their Own1992
55"La-dee-da, la-dee-da."Annie HallDiane KeatonAnnie Hall1977
56"A boy's best friend is his mother."Norman BatesAnthony PerkinsPsycho1960
57"Greed, for lack of a better word, is good."[17]Gordon GekkoMichael DouglasWall Street1987
58"Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."[18]Michael CorleoneAl PacinoGodfather Part II, TheThe Godfather Part II1974
59"As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again."Scarlett O'HaraVivien LeighGone with the Wind1939
60"Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!"[19]OliverOliver HardySons of the Desert1933
61"Say 'hello' to my little friend!"Tony MontanaAl PacinoScarface1983
62"What a dump."[20]Rosa MolineBette DavisBeyond the Forest1949
63"Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. Aren't you?"[21]Benjamin BraddockDustin HoffmanGraduate, TheThe Graduate1967
64"Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!"President Merkin MuffleyPeter SellersDr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb1964
65"Elementary, my dear Watson."[22]Sherlock HolmesBasil RathboneAdventures of Sherlock Holmes, TheThe Adventures of Sherlock Holmes1939
66"Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape."George TaylorCharlton HestonPlanet of the Apes1968
67"Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."Rick BlaineHumphrey BogartCasablanca1942
68"Here's Johnny!"[23]Jack TorranceJack NicholsonShining, TheThe Shining1980
69"They're here!"Carol Anne FreelingHeather O'RourkePoltergeist1982
70"Is it safe?"Dr. Christian SzellLaurence OlivierMarathon Man1976
71"Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothin' yet!"[24]Jakie Rabinowitz/Jack RobinAl JolsonJazz Singer, TheThe Jazz Singer1927
72"No wire hangers, ever!"[25]Joan CrawfordFaye DunawayMommie Dearest1981
73"Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico?"Cesare Enrico "Rico" BandelloEdward G. RobinsonLittle Caesar1930
74"Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown."[26]Lawrence WalshJoe MantellChinatown1974
75"I have always depended on the kindness of strangers."Blanche DuBoisVivien LeighA Streetcar Named Desire1951
76"Hasta la vista, baby."The TerminatorArnold SchwarzeneggerTerminator 2: Judgment Day1991
77"Soylent Green is people!"Det. Robert ThornCharlton HestonSoylent Green1973
78"Open the pod bay doors please, HAL."Dave BowmanKeir Dullea2001: A Space Odyssey1968
79Striker: "Surely you can't be serious." Rumack: "I am serious...and don't call me Shirley."Ted Striker and Dr. RumackRobert Hays and Leslie NielsenAirplane!1980
80"Yo, Adrian!"Rocky BalboaSylvester StalloneRocky1976
81"Hello, gorgeous."Fanny BriceBarbra StreisandFunny Girl1968
82"Toga! Toga!"John "Bluto" BlutarskyJohn BelushiNational Lampoon's Animal House1978
83"Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make."Count DraculaBela LugosiDracula1931
84"Oh, no, it wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast."[27]Carl DenhamRobert ArmstrongKing Kong1933
85"My precious."GollumAndy SerkisLord of the Rings: The Two Towers, TheThe Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers2002
86"Attica! Attica!"Sonny WortzikAl PacinoDog Day Afternoon1975
87"Sawyer, you're going out a youngster, but you've got to come back a star!"Julian MarshWarner Baxter42nd Street1933
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!"Ethel ThayerKatharine HepburnOn Golden Pond1981
89"Tell 'em to go out there with all they got and win just one for the Gipper."Knute Rockne[28]Pat O'BrienKnute Rockne, All American1940
90"A martini. Shaken, not stirred."[29]James BondSean Connery[6]Goldfinger[30]1964
91"Who's on first?"[31]DexterBud AbbottNaughty Nineties, TheThe Naughty Nineties1945
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!"Carl SpacklerBill MurrayCaddyshack1980
93"Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!"Mame DennisRosalind RussellAuntie Mame1958
94"I feel the need—the need for speed!"Lt. Pete "Maverick" Mitchell and Lt. Nick "Goose" BradshawTom Cruise and Anthony EdwardsTop Gun1986
95"Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary."John KeatingRobin WilliamsDead Poets Society1989
96"Snap out of it!"Loretta CastoriniCherMoonstruck1987
97"My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you."George M. CohanJames CagneyYankee Doodle Dandy1942
98"Nobody puts Baby in a corner."Johnny CastlePatrick SwayzeDirty Dancing1987
99"I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too!"Wicked Witch of the WestMargaret HamiltonWizard of Oz, TheThe Wizard of Oz1939
100"I'm the king of the world!"Jack DawsonLeonardo DiCaprioTitanic1997
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  1. ^ AFI defines an American film as an English language motion picture with significant creative and/or financial production elements from the United States. Additionally, only quotations from feature-length American films released before January 1, 2004, were considered. AFI defines a feature-length film as a motion picture of narrative format that is typically over 60 minutes in length.
  2. ^ Robert De Niro as Jake LaMotta repeats Brando's speech in Raging Bull.
  3. ^ Often paraphrased as "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy ride"
  4. ^ Paul Newman repeats the line later in the film, mocking the prison warden, though he says "a failure", rather than simply "failure." Also heard quoted in this form.
  5. ^ This paraphrases a line from The Tempest by William Shakespeare: "We are such stuff as dreams are made on" (often misquoted as "made of")
  6. ^ a b Also George Lazenby, Roger Moore, Timothy Dalton, Pierce Brosnan, and Daniel Craig.
  7. ^ Appears in some form in a total of 23 films; Dr. No, From Russia With Love, Goldfinger, Thunderball, You Only Live Twice, On Her Majesty's Secret Service, Diamonds Are Forever, Live and Let Die, The Man With The Golden Gun, The Spy Who Loved Me, Moonraker, For Your Eyes Only, Octopussy, A View To A Kill, The Living Daylights, Licence To Kill, GoldenEye, Tomorrow Never Dies, The World Is Not Enough, Die Another Day, Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, and Skyfall.
  8. ^ Mae West paraphrased the line in her next film I'm No Angel as "Come up and see me sometime". Henceforth the line in She Done Him Wrong is often misquoted as "Why don't you come up and see me sometime?"
  9. ^ Sometimes claimed to be an ad lib.
  10. ^ Usually misquoted as "Play it again, Sam."
  11. ^ Baer 2008, pp. 201–202 Reportedly an ad lib. Commonly misheard as "We're gonna need a bigger boat," as for example at the Urban Dictionary.
  12. ^ Popularly misquoted as "Badges? We don't need no stinking badges!", most likely from Blazing Saddles in which the line was so worded.
  13. ^ An actual quotation from Lou Gehrig's retirement speech.
  14. ^ Often misquoted as "If you build it, they will come."
  15. ^ The line is based on an actual message from Apollo 13. Astronaut Swigert said "Houston, we've had a problem here," then Lovell repeated "Houston, we've had a problem".
  16. ^ Often misquoted as "...'Do you feel lucky?', Well, do ya, punk?" or "...'Are you feeling lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?"
  17. ^ The scene from the film in which this line appears is also excerpted in the movie's trailer, but in the trailer the sequence is edited so that Gekko's line occurs as simply "Greed is good." This shorter version of the line has become more popular – and more widely quoted – than the version in the film.
  18. ^ This maxim is attributed to several military strategists, notably Sun-tzu, Chinese general.
  19. ^ Often misquoted as "Well, here's another fine mess you've gotten me into!"
  20. ^ Although occurring in the 1949 film, this line did not become a widespread catchphrase until after the 1961 premiere of Edward Albee's play Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?. In the opening scene of that play, Martha quotes this line and then (since she has apparently forgotten) she asks George which of Bette Davis's films it is from.
  21. ^ Often misquoted as "Mrs. Robinson, are you trying to seduce me?"
  22. ^ This line, which does not appear in any of Arthur Conan Doyle's stories, was first said onscreen in The Return of Sherlock Holmes. The line's first occurrence is in the stage play Sherlock Holmes, written entirely by William Gillette with Doyle's approval, for which Gilette listed Doyle as co-author.
  23. ^ An ad-lib. The line is Ed McMahon's signature introduction of Johnny Carson on The Tonight Show.
  24. ^ Ad-libbed after a particularly good take
  25. ^ Usually misquoted as: "No more wire hangers, ever!"
  26. ^ Parodied in the film Hot Fuzz when Danny Butterman (Nick Frost) tells Nicholas Angel (Simon Pegg), "Forget it, Nicholas, it's Sandford."
  27. ^ Frequently heard as "...Twas beauty killed the beast"
  28. ^ This quotation is sometimes attributed to Ronald Reagan portraying George Gipp. Reagan's line—from earlier in the film—is "Ask 'em to go in there with all they've got, win just one for the Gipper."
  29. ^ Later, "Vodka Martini, shaken, not stirred." In the film You Only Live Twice, accidentally "Stirred, not shaken."
  30. ^ Appeared in multiple other films.
  31. ^ Although "Who's on first?" appeared in numerous other Abbott and Costello films prior to 1945, the one featured in The Naughty Nineties is considered the best rendition of the sketch.


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