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." Gone With the Wind
(Clark Gable (as Rhett Butler), in Gone With the Wind (1939))

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

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." On the Waterfront
(Marlon Brando (as Terry Malloy), in On The Waterfront (1954))

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See # 11-20 also:


These are additional quotes from the top 100 that aren't included in any of the commentary:

  • "I am big. It's the pictures that got small." Sunset Boulevard (# 24) from Sunset Boulevard (1950)
  • "Why don't you come up sometime 'n see me?" She Done Him Wrong (# 26) from She Done Him Wrong (1933)
  • "(Hey!) I'm walking here! I'm walking here!" Midnight Cowboy (# 27) from Midnight Cowboy (1969)
  • "(But) I want to be alone." Grand Hotel (# 30) from Grand Hotel (1932)
  • "You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together - and blow." To Have and Have Not (# 34) from To Have and Have Not (1944)
  • "You're gonna need a bigger boat." Jaws (# 35) from Jaws (1975)
  • "Badges? We ain't got no badges! We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinkin' badges!" The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (# 36) from The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
  • "I'll be back." The Terminator (# 37) from The Terminator (1984)
  • "If you build it, he will come." Field of Dreams (# 39) from Field of Dreams (1989)
  • "We rob banks." Bonnie and Clyde (# 41) from Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  • (Pa's got things for you to do, and Mother wants you. I know she does.) Shane! Shane (echo) Come back." Shane (# 47) from Shane (1953)
  • "Well, nobody's perfect." Some Like It Hot (# 48) from Some Like It Hot (1959)
  • ("Look! It's moving.) It's alive. It's alive... It's alive, it's moving, it's alive, it's alive, it's alive, it's alive, IT'S ALIVE!" Frankenstein (# 49) from Frankenstein (1931)
  • ("I know what you're thinkin'. 'Did he fire six shots or only five?' Well, to tell you the truth, in all this excitement, I've kinda lost track myself. But being as this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off), you've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya punk?" Dirty Harry (# 51) from
    Dirty Harry (1971)
  • "One morning, I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got into my pajamas, I don't know." Animal Crackers (# 53) from
    Animal Crackers (1930)
  • "(Oh, well, ha-ha.) La-dee-da, la-dee-da. (La, la, yeah.)" Annie Hall (# 55) from Annie Hall (1977)
  • "Well, a boy's best friend is his mother." Psycho (# 56) from Psycho (1960)
  • "...Greed, for lack of a better word, is good...." Wall Street (# 57) from Wall Street (1987)
  • "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!" Sons of the Desert (# 60) from Sons of the Desert (1933)
  • "Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me, aren't you?" The Graduate (# 63) from The Graduate (1967)
  • "Gentlemen. You can't fight in here. This is the War Room!" Dr. Strangelove (# 64) from Dr. Strangelove, Or:... (1964)
  • "Elementary, my dear Watson." The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (# 65) from The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)
  • "He-e-e-e-re's Johnnie!" The Shining (# 68) from The Shining (1980)
  • "They're here!" Poltergeist (# 69) from Poltergeist (1982)
  • "Is it safe?" Marathon Man (# 70) from Marathon Man (1976)
  • "(No - wire - hangers. What's wire hangers doing in this closet when I told you.) No wire hangers EVER! Mommie Dearest (# 72) from Mommie Dearest (1981)
  • "Mother of Mercy! Is this the end of Rico?" Little Caesar (# 73) from Little Caesar (1931)
  • "Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown." Chinatown (# 74) from Chinatown (1974)
  • "Soylent Green is people!" Soylent Green (# 77) from Soylent Green (1973)
  • - "...Open the pod bay doors, HAL."
    - ("I'm sorry Dave, I'm afraid I can't do that.") 2001: A Space Odyssey (# 78) from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
  • "Yo, Adrian!" Rocky (# 80) from Rocky (1976)
  • "Hello, gorgeous." Funny Girl (# 81) from Funny Girl (1968)
  • "Listen to them. Children of the night. What mu-u-u-sic they make." Dracula (# 83) from Dracula (1931)
  • "Oh, no. It wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast." King Kong (# 84) from King Kong (1933)
  • "(...But you keep your feet on the ground and your head on those shoulders of yours and go out ... ) and Sawyer, you're going out a youngster, but you've got to come back a star!" 42nd Street (# 87) from 42nd Street (1933)
  • "Listen to me, mister. You're my knight in shining armor. Don't you forget it. You're gonna get back on that horse and I'm gonna be right behind you, holding on tight and away we're gonna go, go, go!" On Golden Pond (# 88) from On Golden Pond (1981)
  • "A martini. Shaken, not stirred." Goldfinger (# 90) from Goldfinger (1964)
  • - "Now on the St. Louis team, we have Who's on first, What's on second, I Don't Know's on third."
    - "That's what I want to find out. I want you to tell me the names of the fellas on the St. Louis team."
    - "I'm telling ya: Who's on first, What's on second, I Don't Know's on third..." The Naughty Nineties (# 91) from The Naughty Nineties (1945)
  • "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!.." Caddyshack (# 92) from Caddyshack (1980)
  • "Life is a banquet and most poor suckers are starving to death!" Auntie Mame (# 93) from Auntie Mame (1958)
  • "I feel the need...the need for speed!" (in unison) Top Gun (# 94) from Top Gun (1986)
  • "Carpe, Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary." Dead Poets Society (# 95) from Dead Poets Society (1989)
  • "Snap out of it!" Moonstruck (# 96) from Moonstruck (1987)
  • "Nobody puts Baby in a corner." Dirty Dancing (# 98) from Dirty Dancing (1987)

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." 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.

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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