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.
(and Commentary) about the Nominees for the Greatest American Movie
- The list ranged from the first sound motion picture in 1927 to films in 2002:
a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothin' yet!", from The Jazz Singer (1927) -- Play clip (excerpt):
"My precious!", from The
Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) -- Play clip (excerpt):
- 1939 was the biggest year for memorable catchphrases
with 19, followed by 1942 with 17, and 1980 with 12.
- The most represented male actor was Humphrey Bogart
with 10 quotes, followed by Al Pacino, Tom Hanks, the Marx Brothers,
Robert De Niro, Jack Nicholson and Jimmy Stewart with five apiece.
Woody Allen, Peter Sellers and Mike Myers each had four quotes represented.
- The most represented actresses were Bette Davis,
Greta Garbo, Judy Garland and Vivien Leigh, each with four memorable
movie quotes on the ballot.
- Billy Wilder had 13 lines from films he wrote or
cowrote, followed by Francis Ford Coppola with nine classic lines
- seven of which came from The Godfather trilogy, which he wrote with Mario Puzo (who had a total of eight
quotes). Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch each
had seven quotes (all from Casablanca (1942)),
and Woody Allen followed with six, while William Goldman tied Stanley
Kubrick and Cameron Crowe with five each.
- Casablanca (1942),
written by Julius J. Epstein, Philip G. Epstein and Howard Koch, was
the most represented film in the countdown with seven quotes. The
Wizard of Oz (1939) was the second most represented film with
There are hundreds of other great movie quotes located here -
many of which were in AFI's list of nominees. Below are just a few
very memorable quotes that were missing from
AFI's official list of 400 nominees:
Note: The films
that are marked with a yellow star are the films that "The Greatest Films" site has selected as the 100
- "The horror, the
horror", from Apocalypse Now (1979) -- Play clip (excerpt):
- "Do I make you horny, baby?", from Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) -- Play clip (excerpt):
- "You're a very nosy fella, kitty-cat, huh? Do you know what happens to nosy fellas? Huh, no? Wanna guess? Huh? No. OK, they lose their noses", from Chinatown (1974) -- Play clip (excerpt):
- "You got the wrong guy, I'm the Dude, man", from The Big Lebowski (1998) -- Play clip (excerpt):
- "Give me Librium or give me meth", from The
Boys in the Band (1970)
- "I never drink...wine" in Dracula
(1931) -- Play clip (excerpt):
- "Do not speak
to me of rules. This is war! This is not a game of cricket!"
-- Play clip (excerpt): and
"Be happy in your work!", from The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) -- Play clip (excerpt):
- "Do you think
you used enough dynamite there, Butch?" -- Play clip (excerpt): and
"I couldn't do that. Could you do
that? How can they do that? Who are those guys?" -- Play clips (excerpt): and
- "I can't swim."
- "Why, you crazy, the fall'll probably
kill ya!", from Butch Cassidy and the Sundance
Kid (1969) -- Play clip (excerpt):
- "What do we do
now?", from The Candidate (1972) -- Play clip (excerpt):
- "Well, boys. I reckon this is it. Nuclear combat - toe to toe with the Ruskies!", from Dr.
Strangelove (1964) -- Play clip (excerpt):
- "Run, Forrest, run. Run, Forrest!", from Forrest Gump (1994) -- Play clip (excerpt):
- "You got knocked the
f--k out", from Friday (1995) -- Play clip (excerpt):
- "No, I don't think I will kiss you, although you need kissing badly. That's what's wrong with you. You should be kissed - and often. And by someone who knows how!", from Gone
With the Wind (1939) -- Play clip (excerpt):
- "As far
back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster", from GoodFellas (1990) -- Play clip (excerpt):
- "When you have to shoot,
shoot. Don't talk", from The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly
(1966) -- Play clip (excerpt):
- "I am the
motherf--king shore patrol, motherf--ker!" from The Last Detail
- - "How do you find
your way back in the dark?"
- "Just head for that big star straight
on. The highway's under it - it'll take us right home", from The
Misfits (1961) -- Play clip (excerpt):
- "Just a flesh wound", from Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) -- Play clip (excerpt):
- - "Nice beaver!"
- "Thank you. I just had it stuffed!", from The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) -- Play clip (excerpt):
- "Do you understand the
words that are comin' out of my mouth?", from Rush
Hour (1998) -- Play clip (excerpt):
- "That'll be the
day", from The Searchers (1956) -- Play clip (excerpt):
- - "Easy miss.
I've got you."
- "You, you've got me?!" Who's
got you?!", from Superman: The Movie (1978) -- Play clip (excerpt):
- "I'll never let go. I'll
never let go, Jack", from Titanic (1997)
- "Look, Dave. I
can see you're really upset about this. I honestly think you ought to sit down calmly, take a stress pill, and think things over", from 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) -- Play clip (excerpt):
- - "You wouldn't be
able to do these awful things to me if I weren't still in this chair."
- "But ya AAH Blanche, ya AAH in that chair!", from What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962) -- Play clip (excerpt):