Hollywood’s 100 Favourite Movie Quotes
What topped the list? THR asked its entertainment industry readers to vote on the most memorable quote from every movie ever made. Ranked in descending order are the lines that made the cut.
Everybody has a favorite movie line, even movie moguls. Disney’s Alan Horn likes, “I’ll have what she’s having,” from When Harry Met Sally …. Fox’s Stacey Snider picks “You complete me,” from Jerry Maguire. Tellingly, several top executives — Viacom’s Philippe Dauman, Netflix’s Ted Sarandos — choose “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse,” from The Godfather.
Of course, to compile THR’s latest poll, the magazine didn’t merely talk to moguls. Just as with previous ballots (Hollywood’s 100 Favorite Films, Hollywood’s 100 Favorite TV Shows), THR surveyed a vast range of industry professionals — more than 1,600 producers, directors, actors, agents, publicists, craft workers and yes, even writers (Salman Rushdie picks “It was Beauty killed the Beast,” from King Kong) — and this time asked them to choose their favorite lines of dialogue from all of film history. While the editors were at it, they also chatted with many of the writers who penned those classic lines to find out the backstory behind the most quoted words (“I wrote, ‘Yippie-ki-yay, asshole,’ ” recalls Die Hard screenwriter Steven E. de Souza). The results, ranked in descending order, are on the following pages — the movie quotes that Hollywood pros, the people who actually put sentences up on screens, love most.
100. “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.” –Love Story, 1970–
One of the most parodied movie lines in cinema — even Ryan O’Neal himself poked fun at it in Peter Bogdanovich’s screwball comedy What’s Up, Doc?. When Barbra Streisand quotes it, he retorts, “That’s the dumbest thing I have ever heard.”
99. “They may take our lives, but they’ll never take our freedom!” –Braveheart, 1995
The only way Paramount pictures would fund Mel Gibson’s passion project about the 13th century Scottish noble was if he agreed to star in it as well as direct.
98. “They call me Mister Tibbs!” — In the Heat of the Night, 1967
Poitier did not want to shoot the film in Mississippi because he had been harassed by the Ku Klux Klan when he had visited there with Harry Belafonte at the height of the civil rights movement in 1964, so most of it was filmed in Sparta, Illinois. Filmmakers even changed the name of the fictional Mississippi town in the movie to Sparta so they wouldn’t have to pay to have the town’s water tower repainted.
97. “When you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.” — When Harry Met Sally, 1989
Writer Nora Ephron’s first draft didn’t have Sally and Harry ending up together because she considered a breakup to be a more realistic ending. So when it came time to film the revised happy ending, Billy Crystal ad-libbed much of his dialogue with Meg Ryan, including this most remembered line of the picture.
“If you let my daughter go now, that’ll be the end of it. I will not look for you, I will not pursue you. But if you don’t, I will look for you, I will find you, and I will kill you.” — Taken, 2008
True to his word, Liam Neeson kills 35 men in 93 minutes in the first film, scores more in the second and third, and who knows how many in the planned TV prequel.
95. “You complete me.” — Jerry Maguire, 1996
“It was one of those lines that came so easily, it felt almost too easy,” remembers writer-director Cameron Crowe. “When I first gave the script to Tom Cruise, and we were reading through it, I said, ‘I’m going to change that line.’ He said, ‘Uh, I love that line. Why don’t you give me a crack at it.’ I left it in, and on the night of filming — it was 4 a.m., on a Friday, and everybody was dropping from exhaustion — Tom says the line. By the end of his speech, everybody was in tears. Across the room, Renee was a wreck. Tom had delivered the line so powerfully, and so directly to her, she was still getting over it. Later he told me, ‘I had always wanted to say ‘I love you’ like that in a movie.'”
94. “My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions and loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next.” — Gladiator, 2000
Russell Crowe and director Ridley Scott didn’t quite see eye to eye on the screenplay, and on this line in particular. He routinely strayed from the script — by John Logan and William Nicholson — trying to improvise a bunch of alternatives, until Scott forced him to read the line as written. It went over like gangbusters, even though Crowe still hated it: “It was shit. But I’m the greatest actor in the world and I can make even shit sound good.” The “shit” script would get nominated for best original screenplay at the 2001 Oscars and Crowe would win best actor.
93. “I drink your milkshake!” — There Will Be Blood, 2007
A variation of the line was uttered by Sen. Albert Fall of New Mexico during congressional hearings in 1924 on the Teapot Dome scandal, which also involved oil tycoon Edward Doheny, who was the basis for Daniel Day-Lewis’ character: “Sir, if you have a milkshake and I have a milkshake, and my straw reaches across the room, I’ll end up drinking your milkshake.”
92. “Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!” — Planet of the Apes, 1968
The secret behind Charlton Heston’s hoarse, gravelly delivery? Great acting, sure, but also Heston had the flu through much of the production.
91. “You make me want to be a better man.” — As Good as It Gets, 1997
Though Jack Nicholson worried that his character was so unlikeable people would flee theaters, he ended up winning an Oscar for it, along with co-star Helen Hunt.
90. “As if!” — Clueless, 1995
“I am always compiling slang words,” says Clueless writer-director Amy Heckerling about the line’s origins. “In the early to mid-’90s ‘as if’ was floating around in the gay community, and I heard it and thought it was a multipurpose phrase. Some of the people I knew were already beyond ‘as if’ and they were just going, ‘zif!'”
89. “Chewie, we’re home.” — Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens, 2015
Harrison Ford considers director J.J. Abrams a “communications genius” for his decision to use the line in the movie’s trailer. “‘Chewie, we’re home’ was kind of the key in the door. Familiarity was unlocked at that moment,” said Ford.
88. “Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.” — Chinatown, 1974
Even though Nicholson and director Roman Polanski fought endlessly during the making of the movie, when the actor saw the rough cut he told producer Robert Evans, “We got a hot one. Get those checks ready — we’re on our way!”
87. “These go to eleven.” — This Is Spinal Tap, 1984
Amp maker Marshall liked the publicity surrounding this line so much, they made Christopher Guest a special set of speakers whose highest setting is infinity.
86. “I’m walking here! I’m walking here!” — Midnight Cowboy, 1969
Dustin Hoffman’s line was ad-libbed, and the scene was shot guerilla style because they didn’t have enough money to shut down a New York street. The cab “almost hit us,” Hoffman once recalled. “I guess the brain works so quickly, I said, in a split of a second, ‘Don’t go out of character …’ So I said, ‘I’m walking here.’ Director John Schlesinger started laughing. He clapped his hands and said, ‘We must have that, we must have that,’ and redid it two or three times, because he loved it.”
85. “It was Beauty killed the Beast.” — King Kong, 1933
When producer Merian C. Cooper pitched the role to Fay Wray, he told her, “You’ll have the tallest, darkest leading man in Hollywood.” Wray was sure she’d be acting with Cary Grant.
84. “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
The misquote of the line — “We don’t need no stinking badges!” — started with Micky Dolenz in a 1967 episode of The Monkees TV series, but Mel Brooks got it wrong, too, in 1974’s Blazing Saddles.
83. “I’m just one stomach flu away from my goal weight.” — The Devil Wears Prada, 2006
The National Science Teachers Association encourages biology and life sciences teachers to use this line to start a conversation about body image, nutrition and digestion among teenagers.
82. “They call it a Royale with cheese.” — Pulp Fiction, 1994
If John Travolta’s character had been hiding out in Italy rather than France, the line would have been “They call it a McRoyal DeLuxe.” If he’d been in Japan, he might have skipped the beef and tried the “Filet-O-Shrimp Burger.”
81. “They’re here!” — Poltergeist, 1982
Actress Heather O’Rourke, who was just 6 when she made Poltergeist, tragically died at age 12, in 1988, from complications of a bowel obstruction.
80. “Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?” — Snow White and the Seven Dwarves, 1937
Snow White was the only major character then-18-year-old Adriana Caselotti ever voiced. “Walt Disney thought it would spoil the illusion if you knew who the people were who provided the voices in the film,” she revealed in a 1987 interview, about the strict contract that kept her from other parts. (She died in 1997 at age 80.)
79. “Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.” — The Godfather: Part III, 1990
Mario Puzo’s literary estate, which contained 20 different versions of the Godfather III script written between 1978 and 1989, recently sold at auction to a private collector for $625,000.
78. “Nobody’s perfect.” — Some Like It Hot, 1959
The film’s closing line was never supposed to make it into the final cut. The writers — I.A.L Diamond and director Billy Wilder — put it into the script as a placeholder, until they came up with something better.
77. “Yo, Adrian!” — Rocky, 1976
Sylvester Stallone utters this line too many times to count in the first five Rocky films (six in the original alone) but the only time anyone ever remembers is at the end of Rocky II, when he holds the championship belt he has just won from Apollo Creed.
76. “Wax on, wax off.” — The Karate Kid, 1984
“I never imagined the ‘wax on, wax off’ would amount to anything,” says screenwriter Robert Mark Kamen. “The crane at the end was the one. I wanted that to be the big moment. If I thought anyone remembered anything they’d remember that.”
75. “You ain’t heard nothin’ yet!” — The Jazz Singer, 1927
Al Jolson was so excited about his rendition of “Dirty Hands, Dirty Face” that he spontaneously uttered the line before segueing into “Toot, Toot, Tootsie.” The line was going to be cut but Sam Warner insisted it stay.
74. “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the war room!” — Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb, 1964
When Stanley Kubrick sat down with Peter George to adapt George’s novel Red Alert, the director struggled with treating the material as a straight drama, as he initially intended. “My idea of doing it as a nightmare comedy came in the early weeks of working on the screenplay,” Kubrick said after the film’s release. “I found that in trying to put meat on the bones and to imagine the scenes fully, one had to keep leaving out of it things which were either absurd or paradoxical, in order to keep it from being funny; and these things seemed to be close to the heart of the scenes in question.”
73. “I don’t want to survive. I want to live.” — 12 Years a Slave, 2013
This line comes right from Solomon Northup’s 1853 book. Writer John Ridley has said he tried to remain true to the original. “To modify the man, no matter how sincere the desire, would have ultimately been dishonest. Solomon’s story begs for honesty. As the voice of his own history, what he wrote deserved fidelity.”
72. “Elementary, my dear Watson.” — The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes, 1939
Sherlock Holmes never utters this line in any of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle’s stories. It was invented entirely for the movies.
71. “That’ll do, pig. That’ll do.” — Babe, 1995
Although James Cromwell would get more screen time in George Miller’s talking pig tale than in any of his previous films, he had only 171 words of dialogue. These are his best five.
70. “I wish I knew how to quit you.” — Brokeback Mountain, 2005
Screenwriter Diana Ossana got this gem directly from the New Yorker short story that inspired the film, co-written by Larry McMurtry. “The film has become a part of the popular culture,” says Ossana. “We have a Google Alert for the film, and in the 10 years since it came out there hasn’t been a day that there wasn’t something, somewhere in the news about Brokeback Mountain.”
69. “Good morning, Vietnam!” — Good Morning, Vietnam, 1987
The real-life Adrian Cronauer says he came up with the drawn out “goooood moooorning” sign-on because he was often shuffling papers to start the show and needed to stall for time.
68. “My precious.” — The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers, 2002
Want your own? You don’t have to battle orcs and dragons — you just have to shop online. A platinum version, complete with Elvish script, retails for $3,100.
67. “Argo f— yourself.” — Argo, 2012
Screenwriter Chris Terrio actually found this memorable piece of dialogue in the real, declassified CIA report that agent Tony Melendez (played by Ben Affleck) wrote about the Iran Hostage Crisis rescue mission.
66. “It’s alive! It’s alive!” — Frankenstein, 1931
Censors cut Dr. Frankenstein’s original line — “It’s alive! It’s alive! In the name of God! Now I know what it’s like to be God!”
65. “I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.” — A Streetcar Named Desire, 1951
This line was originally delivered onstage by Jessica Tandy, who played Blanche on Broadway, and was almost delivered in the movie by Olivia de Havilland (she was offered the role but wanted too much money). Vivian Leigh took it for $100,000, making her the highest-paid English actress of the time, but there may have been moments she regretted it; she and co-star Marlon Brando initially hated each other.
64. “Go ahead, make my day.” — Sudden Impact, 1983
In Kenya the mispronunciation of “make my day” is “makmende,” which is slang for someone who tries to be a hero and was the name creators chose for the country’s first locally created superhero, described by CNN as “one part Shaft, one part Superman.”
63. “I mean, funny like I’m a clown? I amuse you?” — Goodfellas, 1990
The “funny how” bit was heavily based on an incident Joe Pesci experienced as a young waiter when he complimented a mobster on his sense of humor. Needless to say, the man didn’t take it too well. Martin Scorsese heard the story during rehearsal and liked it so much that he let Pesci and Ray Liotta incorporate it by improvising their dialogue. The other actors in the scene weren’t given advanced notice because Scorsese wanted their genuine, unrehearsed reactions, and he shot it with only medium takes and no close-ups in order to capture their surprise.
62. “Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.” — Star Wars, 1977
Soon after the film came out in 1977, Sir Alec Guinness told the BBC that fans sought him out for Obi-Wan-like wisdom. “I’ve been getting some pretty strange letters: ‘My wife and I have got problems, could you come over and live with us.'”
61. “You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.” — To Have and Have Not, 1944
The racy double entendre wasn’t penned by the credited screenwriters — that’d be Jules Furthman and William Faulkner — but by producer Howard Hawks, who came up with the line at Lauren Bacall’s test screening. She was so good at it, Hawks asked Faulkner to pencil it into the shooting script.
60. “You is kind. You is smart. You is important.” — The Help, 2011
“One of the weirdest places I’ve seen the line pop up,” says writer-director Tate Taylor, “was in a gift shop in Mississippi. It was crocheted toilet-seat cover that said, ‘You is kind, you is smart, you is important.’ I guess they thought it would be a beautiful place to those words every day.”
59. “After all, tomorrow is another day!” — Gone With the Wind, 1939
Though the screenplay, which went through numerous revisions, has four credited writers, this line is lifted directly from the book, where it is the closing line of the novel.
58. “Stella! Hey, Stella!” — A Streetcar Named Desire, 1951
Since 1997, the annual Tennessee Williams/New Orleans Literary Festival has held a Stanley and Stella shouting contest.
57. “Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!” — The Wizard of Oz, 1939
L. Frank Baum, the author of the novel on which the film is based, reportedly thought up the name “Oz” when looking at his filing cabinets, which were organized from A to N and O to Z.
56. “I’m also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.” — Notting Hill, 1999
No surprise that one of the ultimate rom-com lines of all time also had the biggest disparity between male and female voters. Women had it at No. 28. Men just No. 100.
55. “The Dude abides.” — The Big Lebowski, 1998
The inspiration for Jeff Bridges’ character was Jeff Dowd, legendary publicist and former head of the Seattle Film Festival. At Sundance in 2009, the real Dude famously got into a fistfight with Variety film critic John Anderson over a disagreement over a documentary titled Dirt! The Movie.
54. “Hasta la vista, baby.” — Terminator 2: Judgment Day, 1991
“Sayonara, baby” was used in the Spanish-language version of the film since hasta la vista wouldn’t have been funny to Spanish-speaking audiences.
53. “I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!” — The Wizard of Oz, 1939
Judy Garland became so attached to the little black Cairn Terrier who played Toto that she tried to adopt the pooch after filming ended. (His owner said no.) The dog, whose real name was Terry, was compensated well for his work: He got more than twice what the Munchkins received.
52. “Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By.'” — Casablanca, 1942
Blame Woody Allen and his 1972 comedy, Play it Again, Sam, for making this the all-time most misquoted movie line in film history.
51. “I’m having an old friend for dinner.” — The Silence of the Lambs, 1991
With lines as good as this one, Anthony Hopkins only needed about 16 minutes of screen time to win a best actor Oscar, among the shortest performances ever to earn someone an Academy Award in the category.
50. “I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way.” — Who Framed Roger Rabbit, 1988
The line was voiced before any part of Roger Rabbit had been illustrated, so to get Bob Hoskins in the mood, director Robert Zemeckis told the late actor to simply imagine his ideal sexual fantasy.
49. “If you build it, he will come.” — Field of Dreams, 1989
Another misquote! Nobody in Field of Dreams ever says, “If you build it, they will come.”
48. “Just keep swimming.” — Finding Nemo, 2003
This line — voiced by talk show host Ellen DeGeneres — was so popular, it’s earned her sidekick fish character, Dory, her own Nemo sequel, Finding Dory, coming this summer.
47. “Mama says, ‘Stupid is as stupid does.'” — Forrest Gump, 1994
Forrest Gump may have popularized the phrase, but it’s actually a variant of the old adage, “Handsome is as handsome does,” which appears in, among other places, J.R.R. Tolkien’s The Lord of the Rings and Herman Melville’s Billy Budd.
46. “I’m the king of the world!” — Titanic, 1997
Director James Cameron admitted “making a fool of” himself by repeating the line as he accepted the movie’s best picture Oscar.
45. “Shaken, not stirred.” — Goldfinger, 1964
The line is uttered onscreen for the first time by Dr. No, the villain in the first Bond movie. Bond himself doesn’t say it until Goldfinger, the third movie.
44. “What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” — Cool Hand Luke, 1967
Screenwriter Frank Pierson thought the line seemed too refined to be uttered by Strother Martin’s prison warden, so he wrote an elaborate backstory for the character that involved criminology courses that improved his vocabulary.
43. “I am big! It’s the pictures that got small.” — Sunset Boulevard, 1950
Numerous retired silent film stars were considered for the role of Norma Desmond — Mary Pickford, Greta Garbo, Norma Shearer, Pola Negri — but, of course, the part ultimately went to Gloria Swanson, who stayed in character throughout the entire shoot.
42. “Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.” — It’s a Wonderful Life, 1946
There are 42 rings heard during the movie, meaning, if Clarence (Henry Travers) is right, 42 new angels.
41. “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.” — The Godfather, Part II, 1974
Although this line is variously attributed to Sun Tzu, Machiavelli and an Arabian proverb, this specific phrasing came straight from the pens of screenwriters Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola.
40. “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” — The Usual Suspects, 1995
The line actually comes from 19th century French poet Charles Baudelaire’s poetry collection Paris Spleen. In French it is, “La plus belle des ruses du diable est de vous persuader qu’il n’existe pas.”
39. “I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!” — Network, 1976
Network screenwriter Paddy Chayefsky originally envisioned Paul Newman in the the role that won Peter Finch an Oscar — the first to be given posthumously (the second went to Heath Ledger). Two months before the Academy Awards, Finch suffered a heart attack in the lobby of the Beverly Hills Hotel while waiting for a meeting with director Sidney Lumet.
38. “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.” — On the Waterfront, 1954
Rod Steiger’s reaction to this line was filmed without Brando present. Brando’s deal with the studio allowed him to leave at 4:00 every day to attend therapy to deal with the recent death of his mother.
37. “Roads? Where we’re going we don’t need roads.” — Back to the Future, 1985
One of two lines on this list that have been quoted in State of the Union addresses (see also: No. 32). “There is just no greater tribute you can get than have the president of the United States quote your movie, no matter what your politics are,” says writer Bob Gale.
36. “Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.” — All About Eve, 1950
Despite holding the record for the most Academy Award nominations for a single film (14, tied with Titanic) and making nearly every list of the top 100 movies of all time, this is one of the most misquoted lines in movie history. Most say, “…It’s going to be a bumpy RIDE.
35. “I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” — Apocalypse Now, 1979
In the 37 years since the movie was released, this line has been parodied more than 50 times in other TV shows and movies, including Lizzie Maguire (“I love the smell of pop quizzes in the morning!”) and Mighty Morphin’ Power Rangers: The Movie (“I love the smell of destruction in the evening!”).
34. “You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya punk?” — Dirty Harry, 1971
Another misquote. Contrary to popular belief, Clint Eastwood never says, “Do you feel lucky, punk?”
33. “Say hello to my little friend!” — Scarface, 1983
Al Pacino’s M203 grenade launcher — which was custom-made for the film and later appeared in Predator — sold at an auction in November for $54,400.
32. “Show me the money!” — Jerry Maguire, 1996
“The most surreal part of hearing the line reappear in the culture,” writer-director Cameron Crowe tells THR about Cuba Gooding Jr.’s signature phrase, “was when George W. Bush and then Barack Obama both quoted it in their State of the Union speeches. When Obama said it, my mom called immediately: ‘OK, you did it,’ she said, ‘you got Bush and Obama to agree about something.'”
31. “Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.” — The Godfather, 1972
Richard Castellano, who played Clemenza, ad-libbed “take the cannoli,” riffing on an earlier scene where his character’s wife asks him to pick up the dessert on his way home.
30. “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys.” — Dead Poets Society, 1989
“I have a pair of pants from a company called Carpe Denim,” screenwriter Tom Schulman tells THR. “I didn’t realize when I bought them, but when they were folded in a certain way I saw it on the inside of the waistband. The ‘Denim’ is pretty much the funniest thing I’ve seen with that line.”
29. “Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me, aren’t you?” — The Graduate, 1967
In Mike Nichols’ movie, Mrs. Robinson is supposed to be 25 years older than recent college grad Ben Braddock. But in reality, 35-year-old Anne Bancroft was only six years older than 29-year-old Dustin Hoffman.
28. “I am serious. And don’t call me Shirley.” — Airplane, 1980
“I think people remember the line because of Leslie Nielsen’s delivery,” Jeff Zucker (who co-wrote the script with his brother David and Jim Abrahamson) tells THR. “The way he said it was exactly what we were going for. We told the actors to pretend they didn’t know they were in a comedy.”
27. “Here’s Johnny!” — The Shining, 1980
All the script called for was for Jack Nicholson’s deranged writer, Jack Torrance, to break down the door to get to his cowering wife. But Nicholson added a little something to cut the tension — the production went through dozens of doors before director Stanley Kubrick was satisfied — and his improvised “Here’s Johnny!” made the cut.
26. “There’s no crying in baseball!” — A League of Their Own, 1992
“If somebody put a gun to my head and said ‘What would be sort of the defining line from A League of Their Own, I would pick a line much later in the movie,” says screenwriter Babaloo Mandel. “Geena Davis is quitting and she’s trying to tell him, ‘It just got too hard,’ and Tom Hanks says to her, ‘It’s supposed to be hard. If it wasn’t hard everyone would do it. The “hard” is what makes it great.’ I would pick that.”
25. “You had me at hello.” — Jerry Maguire, 1996
“It was a straight-up tip of the hat to Billy Wilder and the last line of The Apartment,” says writer-director Cameron Crowe. “I always loved it when Shirley MacLaine said to Jack Lemmon, ‘Shut up and deal.’ It was the favorite last line to any movie in my family growing up. We loved it. So for Jerry Maguire, I wanted Renee to just cut him off and say it. The actual full line is, ‘Shut up — you had me at hello.’ It’s pretty much a rule of thumb for every screenwriter: Billy Wilder will never steer you wrong.”
24. “Houston, we have a problem.” — Apollo 13, 1995
Hollywood doing a little historical revisionism: In real life, astronaut Jim Lovell said, “Houston, we’ve had a problem.”
23. “To infinity and beyond!” — Toy Story, 1995
Buzz Lightyear’s catchphrase is actually a variation of the line “Beyond the infinite,” which appears as a title card in Stanley Kubrick’s 2001: A Space Odyssey. The phrase later served as the title of Karen Paik’s book recounting the history of Pixar — and as a lyric in Beyonce’s 2008 hit, “Single Ladies.”
22. “Yippie-ki-yay, motherf—er!” — Die Hard, 1988
“I wrote ‘Yippe-ki-yay, asshole,'” says screenwriter Steven E. de Souza. “But Bruce, on his final take, ad-libbed the ‘motherf—er,’ much to the amusement of the crew. The studio nervously left it in for the first test screening and the reaction made it permanent. But you don’t always know.”
21. “E.T. phone home.” — E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, 1982
Director Steven Spielberg voiced E.T. during shooting — standing just to the side of the camera and interacting with the child actors. Then sound designer Ben Burtt recorded actress Pat Welsh, whose raspy smoker’s voice he overheard one day at a camera store, and mixed it with animal sounds to get the friendly alien’s voice just right.
20. “You can’t handle the truth!” — A Few Good Men, 1992
It took an entire day to shoot the climatic courtroom scene where Nicholson utters this line. When it came time to shoot coverage — filming reaction shots from others in the scene — director Rob Reiner told Nicholson he would get someone else to read his lines off-camera, but Nicholson insisted on reading them himself, doing the speech about 50 times. Why? “I just love to act,” he told Reiner.
19. “I’ll be back.” — The Terminator, 1984
Schwarzenegger wanted to change the line to “I will be back” because it sounded more machine-like and he had trouble pronouncing “I’ll.” He said director James Cameron “looked at me like I’d lost my mind.”
18. “I see dead people.” — The Sixth Sense, 1999
As Haley Joel Osment says this line, the camera pans over Bruce Willis’ face. That worried producer Frank Marshall, who thought it might give away the movie’s twist. Test audience, though, didn’t have a clue.
17. “Bond. James Bond.” — Dr. No, 1962
Ian Fleming named his superspy by looking for the most boring moniker he could find on his bookshelves — it turned out to be the author of a bird-watching guide. “By God, [that] is the dullest name I’ve ever heard,” Fleming recalled of his eureka moment.
16. “We’ll always have Paris.” — Casablanca, 1942
In an oral history for the Writers Guild, screenwriter Julius Epstein recalled, “I wrote a note to [producer] Hal Wallis telling him how terrible [the script for Casablanca] was. He put it in a drawer. Thereafter, any time we had an argument about anything, he would open the drawer, pull out that note and hand it to [me] to read.”
15. “This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” — Casablanca, 1942
The original draft of the screenplay ended with Claude Rains, not Bogart, saying “This is the beginning of a beautiful friendship,” and Bogart replying, “Yes, but don’t forget you still owe me 10,000 francs.”
14. “I’ll have what she’s having.” — When Harry Met Sally, 1989
According to Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan was so self-conscious about faking an orgasm, director Rob Reiner faked “an orgasm that King Kong would be jealous of” to make her relax.
13. “Why so serious?” — The Dark Knight, 2008
Heath Ledger’s brilliantly twisted delivery may account for why this line finished No. 1 among 20- to 29-year-old voters.
12. “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.” — The Princess Bride, 1987
Mandy Patinkin has said that this line — by far the most famous he’s ever uttered — gets repeated back to him by fans at least two or three times a day.
11. “I am your father.” — Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes Back, 1980
One of the most misquoted lines in movie history, right up there with “Play it again, Sam.” The real line has no “Luke” in it.
10. “The first rule of Fight Club is: You do not talk about Fight Club.” — Fight Club, 1999
Edward Norton and Brad Pitt took their preparation for Fight Club seriously. Both took lessons in boxing, tae kwon do, grappling and studied hours of UFC programming. Pitt even visited a dentist to have his front tooth chipped. They also almost didn’t get the roles: Matt Damon and Sean Penn were considered for The Narrator, but David Fincher wanted Norton, as he was impressed with his performance in The People vs. Larry Flynt. One producer has his eye on Russell Crowe for Tyler Durden, but another producer overruled him.
9. “There’s no place like home.” — The Wizard of Oz, 1939
The film adaption took a lot of liberties with L. Frank Baum’s 1900 fantasy novel. The filmmakers did, however, take this jewel straight from the book.
8. “You talkin’ to me?” — Taxi Driver, 1976
Robert De Niro improvised the line. The script simply said, “Travis speaks to himself in the mirror.” Writer Paul Schrader told the actor his character was just “a little kid playing with guns and acting tough.”
7.”Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” — Casablanca, 1942
Casablanca has the most quotes in the top 100. In addition to this one there are Casablanca lines at Nos. 2, 15, 16 and 52.
6. “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” — The Godfather, 1972
Some variation of this line appears in all three Godfather movies. Screenwriter Mario Puzo and director Francis Ford Coppola were on opposite coasts when they were co-writing the script for the first film — Puzo in New York City, Coppola in San Francisco — and they literally mailed drafts back and forth to each other.
5. “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” — The Wizard of Oz, 1939
Since Dorothy first uttered it 77 years ago, this line has popped up in countless TV shows and movies, from Honey, I Shrunk the Kids to Avatar, from Grey’s Anatomy to Gilmore Girls. Not to mention Jo Dee Messina’s 1996 hit “You’re Not in Kansas Anymore.”
4. “May the Force be with you.” — Star Wars, 1977
Several characters say this line in the original movie, but surprisingly not Obi-Wan Kenobi, who doesn’t utter it until 2002’s Episode II: Attack of the Clones.
3. “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” — Jaws, 1975
“[Richard] Zanuck and [David] Brown were very stingy producers and everyone kept telling them ‘You’re gonna need a bigger boat,'” recalls Jaws screenwriter Carl Gottlieb (who moved in with director Steven Spielberg for four months to work on the shooting script). “It became a catchphrase for anytime anything went wrong — whether lunch was late or if the swells were rocking the camera.”
2. “Here’s looking at you, kid.” — Casablanca, 1942
The Japanese version of the line — “Kimi no hitomi ni kanpai” — literally translates as, “Cheers to your eyes.” Manako Ihaya of the American Translators Association calls it “a classic example of a good movie script translation” for its ability to capture the nuance of the English for the Japanese audience.
1. “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” — Gone With the Wind, 1939
Two months before the movie’s release, censors demanded that “damn” be dropped. The producers came up with 22 variations of the line, including “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a whoop,” before the censors relented and allowed the “damn” to stay. Read more here.
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