America's Greatest Quotes in the Movies
100 YEARS...
100 MOVIE QUOTES

100 Greatest Movie Quotes

by American Film Institute (AFI)





The American Film Institute (AFI) in Los Angeles, California conducted their eighth polling, 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes highlighting "America's Greatest Quotes in the Movies." AFI’s 100 Years…100 Movie Quotes revealed the 100 greatest movie quotes in American films, as chosen by leaders of the entertainment community, in a three-hour television event, that aired on the CBS Television Network in June 2005. A ballot was distributed in 2004 with 400 Nominated Quotes from Films to a jury of 1,500 leaders from the film community, including filmmakers, actors, historians, scholars, journalists and industry types. Voters could submit up to five write-in choices not included among the 400 nominees.

Judging Criteria for Selection of 100 Greatest Movie Quotes (and Top 10):

  • Movie Quote - A statement, phrase or brief exchange of dialogue spoken in an American film. [AFI defined 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 were considered. AFI defined a feature-length film as a motion picture of narrative format that was typically over 60 minutes in length.]
  • Cultural Impact - Movie Quotes that viewers used in their own lives and situations; circulating through popular culture, and becoming part of the national lexicon.
  • Legacy - Movie Quotes that viewers used to evoke the memory of a treasured film, thus ensuring and enlivening its historical legacy.

    NOT ELIGIBLE: Lyrics from songs.


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The Top 10 Greatest American Movie Quotes
From the Top 100

(According to American Film Institute (AFI))

Top 10 Greatest American Movie Quotes: These are the top 10 Greatest American Movie Quotes, revealed in AFI's 100 Years...100 Movie Quotes in mid-2005, from a winning list of 100 quotes. Eligible feature-length American films had to have been released before January 1, 2004. See more details about the 100 Greatest Film Quotes further below.

See also the Top 10 Most Famous Movie Quotes according to the Guinness Book of Film, and the Top 10 Best Movie Lines Ever according to Odeon Cinemas, and the Top 10 Best Comedy Lines From Classic Films according to TCM.


1. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."
(Clark Gable (as Rhett Butler), in Gone With the Wind (1939))

Play clip (excerpt): Gone With the Wind

2. "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse."
(Marlon Brando (as Don Vito Corleone), in The Godfather (1972))

Play clip (excerpt): The Godfather

3. "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."
(Marlon Brando (as Terry Malloy), in On The Waterfront (1954))
Play clip (excerpt): On the Waterfront (extended)

4. "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."
(Judy Garland (as Dorothy Gale), in The Wizard of Oz (1939))
Play clip (excerpt): The Wizard of Oz

5. "Here's looking at you, kid."
(Humphrey Bogart (as Rick Blaine), in Casablanca (1942))
Play clip (excerpt): Casablanca

6. "Go ahead, make my day."
(Clint Eastwood (as 'Dirty' Harry Callahan), in Sudden Impact (1983))
Play clip (excerpt): Sudden Impact

7. "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my closeup."
(Gloria Swanson (as Norma Desmond), in Sunset Boulevard (1950))
Play clip (excerpt): Sunset Boulevard

8. "May the Force be with you."
(Harrison Ford (as Han Solo), in Star Wars (1977))
Play clip (excerpt): Star Wars

9. "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night."
(Bette Davis (as Margo Channing), in All About Eve (1950))
Play clip (excerpt): All About Eve

10. "You talkin' to me?"
(Robert De Niro (as Travis Bickle), in Taxi Driver (1976))
Play clip (excerpt): Taxi Driver

See # 11-20 below


Additional Facts (and Commentary) about the 100 Greatest Movie Quotes Chosen:

Casablanca (1942) had the most quotes (6) in the top 100:

  • "Here's looking at you, kid." (# 5) -- Play clip (excerpt): Casablanca
  • "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." (# 20) -- Play clip (excerpt): Casablanca
  • "Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By'" (# 28) -- Play clip (excerpt): Casablanca
  • "Round up the usual suspects." (# 32) -- Play clip (excerpt): Casablanca
  • "We'll always have Paris." (# 43) -- Play clip (excerpt): Casablanca
  • "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine." (# 67) -- Play clip (excerpt): Casablanca

The Wizard of Oz (1939) and Gone With the Wind (1939) were the second most quoted films, with 3 on the top 100 list:

  • "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." (# 4) -- Play clip (excerpt): The Wizard of Oz
  • "There's no place like home." (# 23) -- Play clip (excerpt): The Wizard of Oz
  • "I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!" (# 99) -- Play clip (excerpt): The Wizard of Oz

  • "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." (# 1) -- Play clip (excerpt): Gone With the Wind
  • "After all, tomorrow is another day!" (# 31) -- Play clip (excerpt): Gone With the Wind
  • "As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again." (# 59) -- Play clip (excerpt): Gone With the Wind

The earliest film quote in the top 100 was from The Jazz Singer (1927):

  • "Wait a minute, wait a minute - you ain't heard nothin' yet..." (# 71) -- Play clip (excerpt): The Jazz Singer - 1927

The most recent quote in the top 100 was from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002):

  • "My precious." (# 85) -- Play clip (excerpt): The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

The most recent quote in the top 10 was from Sudden Impact (1983):

  • "Go ahead, make my day." (# 6) -- Play clip (excerpt): Sudden Impact

Many actors have spoken the familiar introductory line in numerous official James Bond films:

  • "...Bond, James Bond." (# 22), from Dr. No (1962) -- Play clip (excerpt): Dr. No (short) Dr. No (extended)

Only one of the 100 quotes (# 79) was actually a two-line conversation between two different actors:

  • - "Surely, you can't be serious."
    - "I am serious, and don't call me Shirley."
    Ted Striker (Robert Hays) to Dr. Rumack (Leslie Nielsen) in Airplane! (1980) -- Play clip (excerpt): Airplane!

The four briefest quotes (of only one word, or a repeated single word) were the following:

  • "Rosebud." (# 17), from Citizen Kane (1941) -- Play clip (excerpt): Citizen Kane
  • "Plastics." (# 42), from The Graduate (1967) -- Play clip (excerpt): The Graduate
  • "Toga! Toga!" (# 82), from (National Lampoon's) Animal House (1978) -- Play clip (excerpt): National Lampoon's Animal House
  • "Attica! Attica!" (# 86), from Dog Day Afternoon (1975) -- Play clip (excerpt): Dog Day Afternoon

Eleven quotes from ten films released since 1990 made the top 100 list:

  • "A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti." (# 21), from The Silence of the Lambs (1991) -- Play clip (excerpt): The Silence of the Lambs
  • "Show me the money!" (# 25), from Jerry Maguire (1996) -- Play clip (excerpt): Jerry Maguire
  • "You had me at 'hello'." (# 52), from Jerry Maguire (1996) -- Play clip (excerpt): Jerry Maguire
  • "You can't handle the truth!" (# 29), from A Few Good Men (1992) -- Play clip (excerpt): A Few Good Men
  • "My mama always said, 'Life is (was) like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get'." (# 40), from Forrest Gump (1994) -- Play clip (excerpt): Forrest Gump
  • "I see dead people." (# 44), from The Sixth Sense (1999) -- Play clip (excerpt): The Sixth Sense
  • "Houston, we have a problem." (# 50), from Apollo 13 (1995) -- Play clip (excerpt): Apollo 13
  • "There's no crying in baseball!" (# 54), from A League of Their Own (1992) -- Play clip (excerpt): A League of Their Own
  • "Hasta la vista, baby." (# 76), from Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991) -- Play clip (excerpt): Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • "My precious." (# 85), from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) -- Play clip (excerpt): The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  • "I'm the king of the world!" (# 100), from Titanic (1997) -- Play clip (excerpt): Titanic

Humphrey Bogart had the most quotes (5) on the top 100 list, four from Casablanca (1942):

  • "Here's looking at you, kid." (# 5) -- Play clip (excerpt): Casablanca
  • "(What is it?)" "The, uh, stuff that dreams are made of." (# 14), from The Maltese Falcon (1941) -- Play clip (excerpt): The Maltese Falcon
  • "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." (# 20) -- Play clip (excerpt): Casablanca
  • "We'll always have Paris." (# 43) -- Play clip (excerpt): Casablanca
  • "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine." (# 67) -- Play clip (excerpt): Casablanca

Three actors had 3 quotes in the top 100 list:

Marlon Brando:

  • "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse." (# 2), from The Godfather (1972) -- Play clip (excerpt): The Godfather
  • "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." (# 3), from On The Waterfront (1954) -- Play clip (excerpt): On the Waterfront (extended)
  • "Stella! Hey, Stella!" (# 45), from A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) -- Play clip (excerpt): A Streetcar Named Desire

Tom Hanks:

  • "My mama always said, 'Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get'." (# 40), from Forrest Gump (1994) -- Play clip (excerpt): Forrest Gump
  • "Houston we have a problem." (# 50), from Apollo 13 (1995) -- Play clip (excerpt): Apollo 13
  • "There's no crying in baseball!" (# 54), from A League of Their Own (1992) -- Play clip (excerpt): A League of Their Own

Al Pacino:

  • "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer." (# 58), from The Godfather, Part II (1974) -- Play clip (excerpt): The Godfather, Part II
  • "Say 'hello' to my little friend." (# 61), from Scarface (1983) -- Play clip (excerpt): Scarface
  • "Attica! Attica!" (# 86), from Dog Day Afternoon (1975) -- Play clip (excerpt): Dog Day Afternoon

Two actresses had 3 quotes in the top 100 list:

Bette Davis:

Vivien Leigh:

The second Top 10 Greatest American Movie Quotes (# 11-20) were the following:

One of the most popular quotes of all-time only made # 33:

Three quotes were incorrectly cited by AFI:

  • "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." (# 4) from The Wizard of Oz (1939) -- Play clip (excerpt): The Wizard of Oz
    (AFI added the word "got")
  • "Take your stinkin' paws off me, you damned dirty ape!" (# 66) from Planet of the Apes (1968) -- Play clip (excerpt): Planet of the Apes
    (AFI used the word "Get" instead of "Take")
  • "I'm the king of the world!" (# 100) from Titanic (1997) -- Play clip (excerpt): Titanic
    (AFI left off the first "the")

Many critics commented that four real-life quotes shouldn't have been counted:

  • "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth." (# 38), Lou Gehrig's farewell speech from The Pride of the Yankees (1942) -- Play clip (excerpt): The Pride of the Yankees
  • "Houston, we have a problem." (# 50), from Apollo 13 (1995) -- Play clip (excerpt): Apollo 13 (The real historical quote was: "Houston, we've had a problem")
  • "Tell 'em to go out there with all they got, and win just one for The Gipper." (# 89), a pep talk in a Notre Dame game against Army, from Knute Rockne: All-American (1940) -- Play clip (excerpt): Knute Rockne: All American
  • "My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you." (# 97), from Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942) - George M. Cohan's trademark curtain speech - Play clip (excerpt): Yankee Doodle Dandy

Silent films were ignored, although there could be some inter-titles that were worthy of choice.

Short, simple catchphrases, one-word quotes (often repeated), and quips were over-emphasized, rather than actual monologues/speeches, words of true wit, or conversational dialogues.

Note: The films that are marked with a yellow star are the films that "The Greatest Films" site has selected as the 100 Greatest Films


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