AFI'S 100 GREATEST MOVIE QUOTES OF ALL TIME
AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes is a list of the 100 top film quotes of all time.
A jury of over 1,500 leaders from the creative community, including film artists, critics and historians. Selection criteria included choosing quotes from American films which circulate through popular culture, become part of the national lexicon and evoke the memory of a treasured film, thus ensuring and enlivening its historical legacy.
The television special AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes originally aired on CBS on June 21, 2005.
Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.
GONE WITH THE WIND
I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse.
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.
ON THE WATERFRONT
Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.
THE WIZARD OF OZ
Here's looking at you, kid.
Go ahead, make my day.
All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.
May the Force be with you.
Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night.
ALL ABOUT EVE
You talking to me?
What we've got here is failure to communicate.
COOL HAND LUKE
I love the smell of napalm in the morning.
Love means never having to say you're sorry.
The stuff that dreams are made of.
THE MALTESE FALCON
E.T. phone home.
E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL
They call me Mister Tibbs!
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT
Made it, Ma! Top of the world!
I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!
Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.
THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS
Bond. James Bond.
There's no place like home.
I am big! It's the pictures that got small.
Show me the money!
Why don't you come up sometime and see me?
SHE DONE HIM WRONG
I'm walking here! I'm walking here!
Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By.'
You can't handle the truth!
A FEW GOOD MEN
I want to be alone.
After all, tomorrow is another day!
Round up the usual suspects.
I'll have what she's having.
WHEN HARRY MET SALLY
You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.
TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT
You're gonna need a bigger boat.
Badges? We ain't got no badges! We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinking badges!
THE TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE
I'll be back.
Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.
THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES
If you build it, he will come.
FIELD OF DREAMS
My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.
We rob banks.
BONNIE AND CLYDE
We'll always have Paris.
I see dead people.
THE SIXTH SENSE
Stella! Hey, Stella!
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE
Oh, Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars.
Shane. Shane. Come back!
Well, nobody's perfect.
SOME LIKE IT HOT
It's alive! It's alive!
Houston, we have a problem.
You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?
You had me at "hello."
One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know.
There's no crying in baseball!
A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN
A boy's best friend is his mother.
Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.
Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.
THE GODFATHER II
As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again.
Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!
SONS OF THE DESERT
Say "hello" to my little friend!
What a dump.
BEYOND THE FOREST
Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. Aren't you?
Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!
Elementary, my dear Watson.
THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES
Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape.
PLANET OF THE APES
Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.
Is it safe?
Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothin' yet!
THE JAZZ SINGER
No wire hangers, ever!
Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico?
Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown.
I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.
Hasta la vista, baby.
TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY
Soylent Green is people!
Open the pod bay doors, please, HAL.
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY
Striker: Surely you can't be serious.
Rumack: I am serious...and don't call me Shirley.
LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE
Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make.
Oh, no, it wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast.
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: TWO TOWERS
DOG DAY AFTERNOON
Sawyer, you're going out a youngster, but you've got to come back a star!
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!
ON GOLDEN POND
Tell 'em to go out there with all they got and win just one for the Gipper.
KNUTE ROCKNE ALL AMERICAN
A martini. Shaken, not stirred.
Who's on first.
THE NAUGHTY NINETIES
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!
Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!
I feel the need - the need for speed!
Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.
DEAD POETS SOCIETY
Snap out of it!
My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you.
YANKEE DOODLE DANDY
Nobody puts Baby in a corner.
I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!
WIZARD OF OZ, THE
I'm the king of the world!
"Great movie quotes become part of our cultural vocabulary. When you consider that any phrase from American film is eligible, you realize this is our most subjective topic to date. We expect nothing less than a war of words as we reignite interest in classic American movies."
Jean Picker Firstenberg
President Emerita, American Film Institute
"I'm going to let you in on a little secret...and tell you that six of tonight's greatest movie quotes come from one film. CASABLANCA.
In the eight years we've aired these specials, CASABLANCA has been honored in seven of them. And when we counted down the greatest love stories of all time...it was #1.
This kind of movie trivia is fun, but the movies are never trivial. Consider MRS. MINIVER...a film released the same year as CASABLANCA. Its closing lines were so powerful to President Franklin Roosevelt, that he ordered them printed on millions of leaflets and dropped over Nazi-occupied Europe."
Jean Picker Firstenberg
AFI'S 100 YEARS...100 MOVIE QUOTES
This is the people's war! It is our war! We are the fighters! Fight it, then! Fight it with all that is in us, and may God defend the right.
MRS. MINIVER MGM, 1942
ACTOR Henry Wilcoxon
SCREENWRITERS Arthur Wimperis, George Froeschel, James Hilton, Claudine West
DIRECTOR William Wyler
PRODUCERS William Wyler, Sidney Franklin
MRS. MINIVERClick here to view the quote!
AFI distributed a ballot with 400 nominated movie quotes to a jury of over 1,500 leaders from the creative community, including film artists (directors, screenwriters, actors, editors, cinematographers), critics and historians.
Jury members were asked to choose up to 100 movie quotes from a comprehensive list, including entries such as "Here's lookin' at you, kid" (CASABLANCA), "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" (GONE WITH THE WIND), "Why don't you come up sometime and see me?" (SHE DONE HIM WRONG), "May the Force be with you" (STAR WARS), "Houston, we have a problem" (APOLLO 13), "Snap out of it!" (MOONSTRUCK), "You can't handle the truth!" (A FEW GOOD MEN), "I'll be back" (THE TERMINATOR) and "Show me the money!" (JERRY MAGUIRE).
Due to the extensive number of memorable movie lines in American film, jurors could also write in votes for up to five quotes that may not already appear on the ballot.
Jurors were asked to consider the following criteria in making their selections:
A statement, phrase or brief exchange of dialogue spoken in an American film.* (Lyrics from songs are not eligible.)
Movie Quotes that viewers use in their own lives and situations; circulating through popular culture, they become part of the national lexicon.
Movie Quotes that viewers use to evoke the memory of a treasured film, thus ensuring and enlivening its historical legacy.
*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 Movie Quotes from feature-length American films released before January 1, 2004, will be considered. AFI defines a feature-length film as a motion picture of narrative format that is typically over 60 minutes in length.
INTERESTING FACTS ABOUT THE BALLOT
Chronologically, the ballot spans from 1927, with the first full-length sound film, THE JAZZ SINGER: "Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothin' yet!" to 2002 and "My precious" from THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS.
CASABLANCA has seven quotes in AFI's ballot, making it the most represented film.
THE WIZARD OF OZ is the second most represented film with six quotes.
Humphrey Bogart has 10 quotes on the ballot, the most represented male actor. Al Pacino and the Marx Brothers follow with six quotes each and Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, James Stewart, Woody Allen and Jack Nicholson are all represented with five quotes each. Funnymen Peter Sellers and Mike Myers each have four quotes represented.
Bette Davis, Greta Garbo, Judy Garland and Vivien Leigh each have four memorable movie quotes on the ballot.
Billy Wilder is the top represented writer with 13 quotes, some co-written with I.A.L. Diamond, Charles Brackett and Raymond Chandler. Frances Ford Coppola has nine quotes represented, with seven coming from THE GODFATHER Trilogy. Mario Puzo, Coppola's collaborator on THE GODFATHER trilogy, has a total of eight quotes. Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch each have seven quotes (all from CASABLANCA), followed by Woody Allen with six and Cameron Crowe, William Goldman and Stanley Kubrick with five quotes each.
1939 is the most represented year with 19 movie quotes. 1942 has 17 quotes and 1980 has 12.
AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes is the eighth installment in AFI's centennial celebration of American cinema, meant to spark a national discussion of America's film history among movie lovers across the nation.
AFI's 100 YEARS...100 MOVIE QUOTES (2005)
List of the 400 nominated movie quotes
List of the 100 winning quotes
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