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

The 400 Nominees

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.

Facts (and Commentary) about the Nominees for the Greatest American Movie Quotes:

  • The list ranged from the first sound motion picture in 1927 to films in 2002:

    "Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothin' yet!", from The Jazz Singer (1927) -- Play clip (excerpt): The Jazz Singer - 1927
    "My precious!", from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)
    -- Play clip (excerpt): The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers

  • 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 six quotes.

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:

  • "The horror, the horror", from Apocalypse Now (1979) -- Play clip (excerpt): Apocalypse Now

  • "Do I make you horny, baby?", from Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997) -- Play clip (excerpt): Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery

  • "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): Chinatown

  • "You got the wrong guy, I'm the Dude, man", from The Big Lebowski (1998) -- Play clip (excerpt): The Big Lebowski

  • "Give me Librium or give me meth", from The Boys in the Band (1970)

  • "I never" in Dracula (1931) -- Play clip (excerpt): Dracula

  • "Do not speak to me of rules. This is war! This is not a game of cricket!" -- Play clip (excerpt): The Bridge on the River Kwai and
    "Be happy in your work!", from The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957) -- Play clip (excerpt): The Bridge on the River Kwai

  • "Do you think you used enough dynamite there, Butch?" -- Play clip (excerpt): Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid and
    "I couldn't do that. Could you do that? How can they do that? Who are those guys?" -- Play clips (excerpt): Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid 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): Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

  • "What do we do now?", from The Candidate (1972) -- Play clip (excerpt): The Candidate

  • "Well, boys. I reckon this is it. Nuclear combat - toe to toe with the Ruskies!", from Dr. Strangelove (1964) -- Play clip (excerpt): Dr. Strangelove

  • "Run, Forrest, run. Run, Forrest!", from Forrest Gump (1994) -- Play clip (excerpt): Forrest Gump

  • "You got knocked the f--k out", from Friday (1995) -- Play clip (excerpt): Friday

  • "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): Gone With the Wind

  • "As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster", from GoodFellas (1990) -- Play clip (excerpt): GoodFellas

  • "When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk", from The Good, The Bad, and the Ugly (1966) -- Play clip (excerpt): The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

  • "I am the motherf--king shore patrol, motherf--ker!" from The Last Detail (1973)

  • - "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): The Misfits

  • "Just a flesh wound", from Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975) -- Play clip (excerpt): Monty Python and the Holy Grail

  • - "Nice beaver!"
    - "Thank you. I just had it stuffed!", from The Naked Gun: From the Files of Police Squad! (1988) -- Play clip (excerpt): The Naked Gun

  • "Do you understand the words that are comin' out of my mouth?", from Rush Hour (1998) -- Play clip (excerpt): Rush Hour

  • "That'll be the day", from The Searchers (1956) -- Play clip (excerpt): The Searchers

  • - "Easy miss. I've got you."
    - "You, you've got me?!" Who's got you?!", from Superman: The Movie (1978) -- Play clip (excerpt): Superman: The Movie

  • "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): 2001: A Space Odyssey

  • - "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): What Ever Happened to Baby Jane?
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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