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.

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.

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AFI's 100 Greatest Movie Quotes

(Ranked Winners)

1. RHETT BUTLER (Clark Gable): "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."
GONE WITH THE WIND, MGM, 1939
Play clip (excerpt): Gone With the Wind

2. VITO CORLEONE (Marlon Brando): "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse."
THE GODFATHER, Paramount, 1972
Play clip (excerpt): The Godfather

3. TERRY MALLOY (Marlon Brando): "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, Columbia, 1954
Play clip (excerpt): On the Waterfront

4. DOROTHY GALE (Judy Garland): "Toto, I've (got) a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."
THE WIZARD OF OZ, MGM, 1939
Play clip (excerpt): The Wizard of Oz

5. RICK BLAINE (Humphrey Bogart): "Here's looking at you, kid."
CASABLANCA, Warner Bros., 1942
Play clip (excerpt): Casablanca

6. HARRY CALLAHAN (Clint Eastwood): "Go ahead, make my day."
SUDDEN IMPACT, Warner Bros., 1983
Play clip (excerpt): Sudden Impact

7. NORMA DESMOND (Gloria Swanson): "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."
SUNSET BOULEVARD, Paramount, 1950
Play clip (excerpt): Sunset Boulevard

8. HAN SOLO (Harrison Ford): "May the Force be with you."
(Variation spoken by Obi Wan Kenobi (Alec Guinness): "The Force will be with you always.")
STAR WARS, Twentieth Century Fox, 1977
Play clip (excerpt): Star Wars

9. MARGO CHANNING (Bette Davis): "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night."
ALL ABOUT EVE, Twentieth Century Fox, 1950
Play clip (excerpt): All About Eve

10. TRAVIS BICKLE (Robert DeNiro): "You talkin' to me?"
TAXI DRIVER, Columbia, 1976
Play clip (excerpt): Taxi Driver

11. CAPTAIN (Strother Martin): "What we've got here is failure to communicate."
COOL HAND LUKE, Warner Bros., 1967
Play clip (excerpt): Cool Hand Luke

12. LT. COL. BILL KILGORE (Robert Duvall): "I love the smell of napalm in the morning."
APOCALYPSE NOW, United Artists, 1979
Play clip (excerpt): Apocalypse Now

13. OLIVER BARRETT IV (Ryan O'Neal): "Love means never having to say you're sorry."
LOVE STORY, Paramount, 1970
Play clip (excerpt): Love Story

14. SAM SPADE (Humphrey Bogart): "(What is it?)" "The stuff that dreams are made of."
THE MALTESE FALCON, Warner Bros., 1941
Play clip (excerpt): The Maltese Falcon

15. E.T. (voice of Joe Welsh): "E.T. phone home."
E.T.: THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL, Universal, 1982
Play clip (excerpt): E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial

16. VIRGIL TIBBS (Sidney Poitier): "They call me Mister Tibbs!"
IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT, United Artists, 1967
Play clip (excerpt): In the Heat of the Night

17. CHARLES FOSTER KANE (Orson Welles): "Rosebud."
CITIZEN KANE, RKO, 1941
Play clip (excerpt): Citizen Kane

18. ARTHUR 'CODY' JARRETT (James Cagney): "Made it, Ma! Top of the world!"
WHITE HEAT, Warner Bros., 1949
Play clip (excerpt): White Heat

19. HOWARD BEALE (Peter Finch): "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!
NETWORK, United Artists, 1976
Play clip (excerpt): Network

20. RICK BLAINE (Humphrey Bogart): "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
CASABLANCA, Warner Bros., 1942
Play clip (excerpt): Casablanca

21. DR. HANNIBAL LECTER (Anthony Hopkins): "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, Orion, 1991
Play clip (excerpt): The Silence of the Lambs

22. JAMES BOND (Sean Connery): "Bond. James Bond."
DR. NO, United Artists, 1962
Play clip (excerpt): Dr. No

23. DOROTHY GALE (Judy Garland): "There's no place like home."
THE WIZARD OF OZ, MGM, 1939
Play clip (excerpt): The Wizard of Oz

24. NORMA DESMOND (Gloria Swanson): "I am big! It's the pictures that got small."
SUNSET BOULEVARD, Paramount, 1950
Play clip (excerpt): Sunset Boulevard

25. ROD TIDWELL (Cuba Gooding, Jr.): "Show me the money!" (also said by character Tom Cruise (Jerry Maguire))
JERRY MAGUIRE, TriStar, 1996
Play clip (excerpt): Jerry Maguire

26. LADY LOU (Mae West): "Why don't you come up sometime and see me?"
SHE DONE HIM WRONG, Paramount, 1933
Play clip (excerpt): She Done Him Wrong

27. 'RATSO' RIZZO (Dustin Hoffman): "(Hey!) I'm walking here! I'm walking here!"
MIDNIGHT COWBOY, United Artists, 1969
Play clip (excerpt): Midnight Cowboy

28. ILSA LASZLO (Ingrid Bergman): "Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By.'"
CASABLANCA, Warner Bros., 1942
Play clip (excerpt): Casablanca

29. COL. NATHAN JESSEP (Jack Nicholson): "You can't handle the truth!"
A FEW GOOD MEN, Columbia, 1992
Play clip (excerpt): A Few Good Men

30. GRUSINSKAYA (Greta Garbo): "I want to be alone."
GRAND HOTEL, MGM, 1932
Play clip (excerpt): Grand Hotel

31. SCARLETT O'HARA (Vivien Leigh): "After all, tomorrow is another day!"
GONE WITH THE WIND, MGM, 1939
Play clip (excerpt): Gone With the Wind

32. CAPT. RENAULT (Claude Rains): "Round up the usual suspects."
CASABLANCA, Warner Bros., 1942
Play clip (excerpt): Casablanca

33. CUSTOMER (Estelle Reiner): "I'll have what she's having."
WHEN HARRY MET SALLY..., Columbia, 1989
Play clip (excerpt): When Harry Met Sally

34. MARIE 'SLIM' BROWNING (Lauren Bacall): "You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow."
TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT, Warner Bros., 1944
Play clip (excerpt): To Have and Have Not

35. MARTIN BRODY (Roy Scheider): "You're gonna need a bigger boat."
JAWS, Universal, 1975
Play clip (excerpt): Jaws

36. GOLD HAT (Alfonso Bedoya): "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, Warner Bros., 1948
Play clip (excerpt): The Treasure of the Sierra Madre

37. THE TERMINATOR (Arnold Schwarzenegger): "I'll be back."
THE TERMINATOR, Orion, 1984
Play clip (excerpt): The Terminator

38. LOU GEHRIG (Gary Cooper): "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth."
THE PRIDE OF THE YANKEES, RKO, 1942

Play clip (excerpt): The Pride of the Yankees

39. SHOELESS JOE JACKSON (voice of Ray Liotta): "If you build it, he will come."
FIELD OF DREAMS, Universal, 1989
Play clip (excerpt): Field of Dreams

40. FORREST GUMP (Tom Hanks): "My mama always said, 'Life is (was) like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.'"
FORREST GUMP, Paramount, 1994
Play clip (excerpt): Forrest Gump

41. CLYDE BARROW (Warren Beatty): "We rob banks."
BONNIE AND CLYDE, Warner Bros., 1967
Play clip (excerpt): Bonnie and Clyde

42. MR. MAGUIRE (Walter Brooke): "Plastics."
THE GRADUATE, Embassy Pictures, 1967

Play clip (excerpt): The Graduate

43. RICK BLAINE (Humphrey Bogart): "We'll always have Paris."
CASABLANCA, Warner Bros., 1942
Play clip (excerpt): Casablanca

44. COLE SEAR (Haley Joel Osment): "I see dead people."
THE SIXTH SENSE, Hollywood Pictures, 1999
Play clip (excerpt): The Sixth Sense

45. STANLEY KOWALSKI (Marlon Brando): "Stella! Hey, Stella!"
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, Warner Bros., 1951
Play clip (excerpt): A Streetcar Named Desire

46. CHARLOTTE VALE (Bette Davis): "Oh, Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars."
NOW, VOYAGER, Warner Bros., 1942
Play clip (excerpt): Now, Voyager

47. JOEY STARRETT (Brandon DeWilde): "Shane! Shane! Come back!"
SHANE, Paramount, 1953

Play clip (excerpt): Shane

48. OSGOOD FIELDING III (Joe E. Brown): "Well, nobody's perfect."
SOME LIKE IT HOT, United Artists, 1959
Play clip (excerpt): Some Like It Hot

49. HENRY FRANKENSTEIN (Colin Clive): "It's alive! It's alive!"
FRANKENSTEIN, Universal, 1931
Play clip (excerpt): Frankenstein

50. JIM LOVELL (Tom Hanks): "Houston, we have a problem."
APOLLO 13, Universal, 1995
Play clip (excerpt): Apollo 13

51. HARRY CALLAHAN (Clint Eastwood): "You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?"
DIRTY HARRY, Warner Bros., 1971
Play clip (excerpt): Dirty Harry

52. DOROTHY BOYD (Renee Zellweger): "You had me at 'hello.'"
JERRY MAGUIRE, TriStar, 1996
Play clip (excerpt): Jerry Maguire

53. CAPT. JEFFREY T. SPAULDING (Groucho Marx): "One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know."
ANIMAL CRACKERS, Paramount, 1930
Play clip (excerpt): Animal Crackers

54. JIMMY DUGAN (Tom Hanks): "There's no crying in baseball!"
A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN, Columbia, 1992
Play clip (excerpt): A League of Their Own

55. ANNIE HALL (Diane Keaton): "La-dee-da, la-dee-da."
ANNIE HALL, United Artists, 1977

Play clip (excerpt): Annie Hall

56. NORMAN BATES (Anthony Perkins): "(Well), A boy's best friend is his mother."
PSYCHO, Paramount, 1960
Play clip (excerpt): Psycho

57. GORDON GEKKO (Michael Douglas): "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good."
WALL STREET, Twentieth Century Fox, 1987
Play clip (excerpt): Wall Street

58. MICHAEL CORLEONE (Al Pacino): "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
THE GODFATHER: PART II, Paramount, 1974
Play clip (excerpt): The Godfather: Part II

59. SCARLETT O'HARA (Vivien Leigh): "As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again."
GONE WITH THE WIND, MGM, 1939
Play clip (excerpt): Gone With the Wind

60. OLIVER (Oliver Hardy): "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!"
SONS OF THE DESERT, MGM, 1933
Play clip (excerpt): Sons of the Desert

61. TONY MONTANA (Al Pacino): "Say 'hello' to my little friend!"
SCARFACE, Universal, 1983

Play clip (excerpt): Scarface

62. ROSA MOLINE (Bette Davis): "What a dump."
BEYOND THE FOREST, Warner Bros., 1949
Play clip (excerpt): Beyond the Forest

63. BENJAMIN BRADDOCK (Dustin Hoffman): "Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. Aren't you?"
THE GRADUATE, Embassy Pictures, 1967

Play clip (excerpt): The Graduate

64. PRESIDENT MERKIN MUFFLEY (Peter Sellers): "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!"
DR. STRANGELOVE, Columbia, 1964
Play clip (excerpt): Dr. Strangelove

65. SHERLOCK HOLMES (Basil Rathbone): "Elementary, my dear Watson."
THE ADVENTURES OF SHERLOCK HOLMES, Twentieth Century Fox, 1939
Play clip (excerpt): The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes

66. GEORGE TAYLOR (Charlton Heston): "Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape!"
PLANET OF THE APES, Twentieth Century Fox, 1968
Play clip (excerpt): Planet of the Apes

67. RICK BLAINE (Humphrey Bogart): "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."
CASABLANCA, Warner Bros., 1942
Play clip (excerpt): Casablanca

68. JACK TORRANCE (Jack Nicholson): "Here's Johnny!"
THE SHINING, Warner Bros., 1980
Play clip (excerpt): The Shining

69. CAROL ANNE FREELING (Heather O'Rourke): "They're here!"
POLTERGEIST, MGM, 1982
Play clip (excerpt): Poltergeist

70. DR. CHRISTIAN SZELL (Laurence Olivier): "Is it safe?"
MARATHON MAN, Paramount, 1976

Play clip (excerpt): Marathon Man

71. JAKIE RABINOWITZ/JACK ROBIN (Al Jolson): "Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothin' yet!"
THE JAZZ SINGER, Warner Bros., 1927

Play clip (excerpt): The Jazz Singer - 1927

72. JOAN CRAWFORD (Faye Dunaway): "No wire hangers, ever!"
MOMMIE DEAREST, Paramount, 1981
Play clip (excerpt): Mommie Dearest

73. CESARE ENRICO 'RICO' BANDELLO (Edward G. Robinson): "Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico?"
LITTLE CAESAR, First National, 1930
Play clip (excerpt): Little Caesar

74. WALSH (Joe Mantell): "Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown."
CHINATOWN, Paramount, 1974

Play clip (excerpt): Chinatown

75. BLANCHE DUBOIS (Vivien Leigh): "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers."
A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, Warner Bros., 1951

Play clip (excerpt): A Streetcar Named Desire

76. THE TERMINATOR (Arnold Schwarzenegger): "Hasta la vista, baby."
TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY, TriStar, 1991
Play clip (excerpt): Terminator 2: Judgment Day

77. DET. ROBERT THORN (Charlton Heston): "Soylent Green is people!"
SOYLENT GREEN, MGM, 1973
Play clip (excerpt): Soylent Green

78. DAVE BOWMAN (Keir Dullea): "Open the pod bay doors, (please) HAL."
2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY, MGM, 1968
Play clip (excerpt): 2001: A Space Odyssey

79. TED STRIKER (Robert Hays): "Surely you can't be serious."
DR. RUMACK (Leslie Nielsen): "I am serious. And don't call me Shirley."
AIRPLANE!, Paramount, 1980
Play clip (excerpt): Airplane

80. ROCKY BALBOA (Sylvester Stallone): "Yo, Adrian!"
ROCKY, United Artists, 1976
Play clip (excerpt): Rocky

81. FANNY BRICE (Barbra Streisand): "Hello, gorgeous."
FUNNY GIRL, Columbia, 1968

Play clip (excerpt): Funny Girl

82. JOHN 'BLUTO' BLUTARSKY (John Belushi): "Toga! Toga!"
NATIONAL LAMPOON'S ANIMAL HOUSE, Universal, 1978
Play clip (excerpt): Animal House

83. COUNT DRACULA (Bela Lugosi): "Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make."
DRACULA, Universal, 1931
Play clip (excerpt): Dracula

84. CARL DENHAM (Robert Armstrong): "Oh, no, it wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast."
KING KONG, RKO, 1933
Play clip (excerpt): King Kong

85. GOLLUM (Andy Serkis): "My precious."
THE LORD OF THE RINGS: THE TWO TOWERS, New Line Cinema, 2002
Play clip (excerpt): The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

86. SONNY WORTZIK (Al Pacino): "Attica! Attica!"
DOG DAY AFTERNOON, Warner Bros., 1975

Play clip (excerpt): Dog Day Afternoon

87. JULIAN MARSH (Warner Baxter): "Sawyer, you're going out a youngster, but you've got to come back a star!"
42ND STREET, Warner Bros., 1933
Play clip (excerpt): 42nd Street

88. ETHEL THAYER (Katharine Hepburn): "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, Universal, 1981

Play clip (excerpt): On Golden Pond

89. KNUTE ROCKNE (Pat O'Brien): "Tell 'em to go out there with all they got and win just one for the Gipper."
KNUTE ROCKNE ALL AMERICAN, Warner Bros., 1940

Play clip (excerpt): Knute Rockne: All American

90. JAMES BOND (Sean Connery): "A martini. Shaken, not stirred."
GOLDFINGER, United Artists, 1964
Play clip (excerpt): Goldfinger

91. DEXTER (Bud Abbott): "Who's on first."
THE NAUGHTY NINETIES, Universal, 1945

Play clip (excerpt): The Naughty Nineties

92. CARL SPACKLER (Bill Murray): "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, Orion, 1980
Play clip (excerpt): Caddyshack

93. MAME DENNIS (Rosalind Russell): "Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!"
AUNTIE MAME, Warner Bros., 1958

Play clip (excerpt): Auntie Mame

94. LT. PETE 'MAVERICK' MITCHELL (Tom Cruise): "I feel the need..."
LT. PETE 'MAVERICK' MITCHELL/ LT. NICK 'GOOSE' BRADSHAW (Anthony Edwards): "...the need for speed!"
TOP GUN, Paramount, 1986
Play clip (excerpt): Top Gun

95. JOHN KEATING (Robin Williams): "Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary."
DEAD POETS SOCIETY, Touchstone, 1989
Play clip (excerpt): Dead Poets Society

96. LORETTA CASTORINI (Cher): "Snap out of it!"
MOONSTRUCK, MGM, 1987

Play clip (excerpt): Play clip (excerpt): Moonstruck

97. GEORGE M. COHAN (James Cagney): "(Ladies and Gentlemen), My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you."
YANKEE DOODLE DANDY, Warner Bros., 1942
Play clip (excerpt): Yankee Doodle Dandy

98. JOHNNY CASTLE (Patrick Swayze): "Nobody puts Baby in a corner."
DIRTY DANCING, Artisan, 1987

Play clip (excerpt): Dirty Dancing

99. THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST (Margaret Hamilton): "I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!"
THE WIZARD OF OZ, MGM, 1939
Play clip (excerpt): The Wizard of Oz

100. JACK DAWSON (Leonardo DiCaprio): "I'm (the) king of the world!"
TITANIC, Paramount/Twentieth Century Fox, 1997
Play clip (excerpt): Titanic


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

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

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

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." The Wizard of Oz (# 4)
  • "There's no place like home." The Wizard of Oz (# 23)
  • "I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too!" The Wizard of Oz (# 99)

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

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..." The Jazz Singer - 1927 (# 71)

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

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

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

  • "Go ahead, make my day." Sudden Impact (# 6)

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

  • "...Bond, James Bond." Dr. No (short) Dr. No (extended) (# 22) from Dr. No (1962)

Only one of the 100 quotes 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." Airplane! (# 79)
    Ted Striker (Robert Hays) to Dr. Rumack (Leslie Nielsen) in Airplane! (1980)

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

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

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

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

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

Three actors had 3 quotes in the top 100 list:

Marlon Brando:

Tom Hanks:

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

Al Pacino:

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

Two actresses had 3 quotes in the top 100 list:

Bette Davis:

Vivien Leigh:

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." The Wizard of Oz (# 4) from The Wizard of Oz (1939)
    (AFI added the word "got")
  • "Take your stinkin' paws off me, you damned dirty ape!" Planet of the Apes (# 66) from Planet of the Apes (1968)
    (AFI used the word "Get" instead of "Take")
  • "I'm the king of the world!" Titanic (# 100) from Titanic (1997)
    (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." The Pride of the Yankees (# 38) - Lou Gehrig's farewell speech from The Pride of the Yankees (1942)
  • "Houston, we have a problem." Apollo 13 (# 50) from Apollo 13 (1995) - 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." Knute Rockne: All American (# 89) - a pep talk in a Notre Dame game against Army from Knute Rockne: All-American (1940)
  • "My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you." Yankee Doodle Dandy (# 97) - George M. Cohan's trademark curtain speech in Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

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.



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