AFI's 100 YEARS...100 MOVIE QUOTES

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.

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FILM

YEAR

STUDIO

1

Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.

GONE WITH THE WIND

1939

2

I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse.

THE GODFATHER

1972

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.

ON THE WATERFRONT

1954

4

Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.

THE WIZARD OF OZ

1939

5

Here's looking at you, kid.

CASABLANCA

1942

6

Go ahead, make my day.

SUDDEN IMPACT

1983

7

All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.

SUNSET BLVD.

1950

8

May the Force be with you.

STAR WARS

1977

9

Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night.

ALL ABOUT EVE

1950

10

You talking to me?

TAXI DRIVER

1976

11

What we've got here is failure to communicate.

COOL HAND LUKE

1967

12

I love the smell of napalm in the morning.

APOCALYPSE NOW

1979

13

Love means never having to say you're sorry.

LOVE STORY

1970

14

The stuff that dreams are made of.

THE MALTESE FALCON

1941

15

E.T. phone home.

E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL

1982

16

They call me Mister Tibbs!

IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT

1967

17

Rosebud.

CITIZEN KANE

1941

18

Made it, Ma! Top of the world!

WHITE HEAT

1949

19

I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!

NETWORK

1976

20

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

CASABLANCA

1942

21

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

1991

22

Bond. James Bond.

DR. NO

1962

23

There's no place like home.

THE WIZARD OF OZ

1939

24

I am big! It's the pictures that got small.

SUNSET BLVD.

1950

25

Show me the money!

JERRY MAGUIRE

1996

26

Why don't you come up sometime and see me?

SHE DONE HIM WRONG

1933

27

I'm walking here! I'm walking here!

MIDNIGHT COWBOY

1969

28

Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By.'

CASABLANCA

1942

29

You can't handle the truth!

A FEW GOOD MEN

1992

30

I want to be alone.

GRAND HOTEL

1932

31

After all, tomorrow is another day!

GONE WITH THE WIND

1939

32

Round up the usual suspects.

CASABLANCA

1942

33

I'll have what she's having.

WHEN HARRY MET SALLY

1989

34

You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.

TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT

1944

35

You're gonna need a bigger boat.

JAWS

1975

36

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

1948

37

I'll be back.

THE TERMINATOR

1984

38

Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.

THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES

1942

39

If you build it, he will come.

FIELD OF DREAMS

1989

40

My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.

FORREST GUMP

1994

41

We rob banks.

BONNIE AND CLYDE

1967

42

Plastics.

THE GRADUATE

1967

43

We'll always have Paris.

CASABLANCA

1942

44

I see dead people.

THE SIXTH SENSE

1999

45

Stella! Hey, Stella!

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

1951

46

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

NOW, VOYAGER

1942

47

Shane. Shane. Come back!

SHANE

1953

48

Well, nobody's perfect.

SOME LIKE IT HOT

1959

49

It's alive! It's alive!

FRANKENSTEIN

1931

50

Houston, we have a problem.

APOLLO 13

1995

51

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

DIRTY HARRY

1971

52

You had me at "hello."

JERRY MAGUIRE

1996

53

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

ANIMAL CRACKERS

1930

54

There's no crying in baseball!

A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

1992

55

La-dee-da, la-dee-da.

ANNIE HALL

1977

56

A boy's best friend is his mother.

PSYCHO

1960

57

Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.

WALL STREET

1987

58

Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.

THE GODFATHER II

1974

59

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

GONE WITH THE WIND

1939

60

Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!

SONS OF THE DESERT

1933

61

Say "hello" to my little friend!

SCARFACE

1983

62

What a dump.

BEYOND THE FOREST

1949

63

Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. Aren't you?

THE GRADUATE

1967

64

Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!

DR. STRANGELOVE

1964

65

Elementary, my dear Watson.

THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES

1939

66

Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape.

PLANET OF THE APES

1968

67

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

CASABLANCA

1942

68

Here's Johnny!

THE SHINING

1980

69

They're here!

POLTERGEIST

1982

70

Is it safe?

MARATHON MAN

1976

71

Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothin' yet!

THE JAZZ SINGER

1927

72

No wire hangers, ever!

MOMMIE DEAREST

1981

73

Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico?

LITTLE CAESAR

1930

74

Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown.

CHINATOWN

1974

75

I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.

A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE

1951

76

Hasta la vista, baby.

TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY

1991

77

Soylent Green is people!

SOYLENT GREEN

1973

78

Open the pod bay doors, HAL.

2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY

1968

79

Striker: Surely you can't be serious.
Rumack: I am serious...and don't call me Shirley.

AIRPLANE!

1980

80

Yo, Adrian!

ROCKY

1976

81

Hello, gorgeous.

FUNNY GIRL

1968

82

Toga! Toga!

LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE

1978

83

Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make.

DRACULA

1931

84

Oh, no, it wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast.

KING KONG

1933

85

My precious.

THE LORD OF THE RINGS: TWO TOWERS

2002

86

Attica! Attica!

DOG DAY AFTERNOON

1975

87

Sawyer, you're going out a youngster, but you've got to come back a star!

42ND STREET

1933

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!

ON GOLDEN POND

1981

89

Tell 'em to go out there with all they got and win just one for the Gipper.

KNUTE ROCKNE ALL AMERICAN

1940

90

A martini. Shaken, not stirred.

GOLDFINGER

1964

91

Who's on first.

THE NAUGHTY NINETIES

1945

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!

CADDYSHACK

1980

93

Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!

AUNTIE MAME

1958

94

I feel the need - the need for speed!

TOP GUN

1986

95

Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.

DEAD POETS SOCIETY

1989

96

Snap out of it!

MOONSTRUCK

1987

97

My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you.

YANKEE DOODLE DANDY

1942

98

Nobody puts Baby in a corner.

DIRTY DANCING

1987

99

I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!

WIZARD OF OZ, THE

1939

100

I'm the king of the world!

TITANIC

1997

"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
06.21.05

VICAR
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. MINIVER
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SELECTION CRITERIA

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:

MOVIE QUOTE
A statement, phrase or brief exchange of dialogue spoken in an American film.* (Lyrics from songs are not eligible.)

CULTURAL IMPACT
Movie Quotes that viewers use in their own lives and situations; circulating through popular culture, they become part of the national lexicon.

LEGACY
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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The definitive list of classic American films