Greatest Opening
Film Lines and Quotes

1970s - 1980s

Greatest Opening Film Lines
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Greatest Opening Film Lines
1970s - 1980s
Famous Opening Line Film Title
"What can you say about a twenty-five-year-old girl who died? That she was beautiful and brilliant? That she loved Mozart and Bach, the Beatles, and me?" Love Story (1970)
"Yes, sir."
M*A*S*H (1970)
"...Now I want you to remember that no bastard ever won a war by dying for his country. He won it by making the other poor dumb bastard die for his country." Patton (1970)
(voice-over) "There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie, and Dim, and we sat in the Korova Milkbar trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening. The Korova milkbar sold milk-plus, milk plus vellocet or synthemesc or drencrom, which is what we were drinking. This would sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence." A Clockwork Orange (1971)
"Death ends a life, but it does not end a relationship, which struggles on in the survivor's mind toward some resolution which it may never find." I Never Sang For My Father (1971)
"I believe in America. America has made my fortune. And I raised my daughter in the American fashion. I gave her freedom, but - I taught her never to dishonor her family. She found a boyfriend, not an Italian...Two months ago, he took her for a drive, with another boyfriend. They made her drink whiskey. And then they tried to take advantage of her. She resisted. She kept her honor. So they beat her like an animal...She was the light of my life - my beautiful girl. Now she will never be beautiful again..." The Godfather (1972)
"Come on, boys! The way you're lolly-gaggin' around here with them picks and them shovels, you'd think it was 120 degrees. It can't be more than 114. (laughter) Dock that Chink a day's pay for nappin' on the job." Blazing Saddles (1974)
"All right, Curly, enough's enough. You can't eat the venetian blinds. I just had 'em installed on Wednesday." Chinatown (1974)
"Gentlemen, cock your pistols!" Barry Lyndon (1975)
"Whoa, there!" [clip-clopping of coconut shells before and after] Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975)
"Do you think they'll come, sir?" Murder By Death (1976)
"There's an old joke: Two elderly women are at a Catskill Mountain resort. And one of 'em says: 'Boy, the food in this place is really terrible.' The other one says: 'Yeah, I know. And such small portions.' Well, that's essentially how I feel about life. Full of loneliness and misery and suffering and unhappiness, and it's all over much too quickly." Annie Hall (1977)
"Will you just watch the hair? You know, I work on my hair a long time and you hit it. He hits my hair." Saturday Night Fever (1977)
"In the decade of the 1930s, even the great city of Metropolis was not spared the ravages of the world-wide depression. In the times of fear and confusion, the job of informing the public was the responsibility of the Daily Planet, a great metropolitan newspaper, whose reputation for clarity and truth had become a symbol of hope for the city of Metropolis." Superman: The Movie (1978)
"Long ago, the great Frith made the world. He made all the stars, and the Earth lived among the stars. He made all the animals and birds, and at first, he made them all the same. Now, among the animals in these days was El-Ahrairah, the prince of rabbits. He had many friends, and they all ate grass together. But after a time, the rabbits wandered everywhere, multiplying and eating as they went. Then Frith said to El-Ahrairah, 'Prince Rabbit, if you cannot control your people, I shall find ways to control them.'..." (narrated prologue) Watership Down (1978)
"Saigon. S--t! I'm still only in Saigon. Every time I think I'm gonna wake up back in the jungle..." Apocalypse Now (1979)
"I am not a bum. I'm a jerk. I once had wealth, power, and the love of a beautiful woman. Now I only have two things: my friends and... uh... my thermos. Huh? My story? Okay. It was never easy for me. I was born a poor black child. I remember the days, sittin' on the porch with my family, singin' and dancin' down in Mississippi." The Jerk (1979)
"'Chapter One. He adored New York City. He idolized it all out of proportion.' Uh, no, make that: 'He-he...romanticized it all out of proportion. matter what the season was, this was still a town that existed in black and white and pulsated to the great tunes of George Gershwin.' Ahhh, now let me start this over..." Manhattan (1979)
"I'm Statler."
"I'm Waldorf. We're here to heckle The Muppet Movie."
The Muppet Movie (1979)
(Male announcer): "The white zone is for immediate loading and unloading of passengers only. There is no stopping in the red zone." Airplane! (1980)
"My god, it's hot. I stepped out of the shower and started sweating again." Body Heat (1981)
"In 1988, the crime rate in the United States rises four hundred percent. The once-great city of New York becomes the one maximum-security prison for the entire country. A fifty-foot containment wall is erected along the New Jersey shoreline, across the Harlem River, and down along the Brooklyn shoreline. It completely surrounds Manhattan Island. All bridges and waterways are mined. The United States Police Force, like an army, is encamped around the island. There are no guards inside the prison. Only prisoners and the worlds they have made. The rules are simple. Once you go in, you don't come out." Escape From New York (1981)
"The life of a playwright is tough. It's not as easy as some people seem to think." My Dinner with Andre (1981)
"Norman. Come here. Come here, Norman. Hurry up. The loons! The loons! They're welcoming us back."
"I don't hear a thing."
On Golden Pond (1981)
"The Hovitos are near. The poison is still fresh, three days. They're following us." Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)
"Between the time when the oceans drank Atlantis, and the rise of the sons of Aryas, there was an age undreamed of. And unto this, Conan, destined to wear the jeweled crown of Aquilonia upon a troubled brow. It is I, his chronicler, who alone can tell thee of his saga. Let me tell you of the days of high adventure!"
Conan the Barbarian (1982)
"1954. You don't get years like that anymore. It was my favorite year..." My Favorite Year (1982)
"When I stepped out into the bright sunlight from the darkness of the movie house, I had only two things on my mind..." The Outsiders (1983)
(voice-over) "The dream is always the same. Instead of going home, I go to the neighbors'. I ring, but nobody answers. The door is open, so I go inside. I'm looking around for the people, but nobody seems to be there. And then I hear the shower running, so I go upstairs to see what's what. Then I see her. This girl! This incredible girl! I mean, what she's doing there, I don't know, because she doesn't live there. But it's a dream, so I go with it. 'Who's there?' she says. 'Joel,' I say. 'What are you doing here?' 'I don't know what I'm doing here. What are you doing here?' 'I'm taking a shower,' she says. Then I give her: 'Do you want me to go?' 'No,' she says. 'I want you to wash my back.' So now I'm getting enthusiastic about this dream. So, I go to her, but she's hard to find through all the steam and stuff. I keep losing her. Finally, I get to the door and I find myself in a room full of kids taking their College Boards. I'm over three hours late! I've got two minutes to take the whole test. I've just made a terrible mistake. I'll never get to college. My life is ruined." Risky Business (1983)
"He even took the gramophone on safari." Out of Africa (1985)
- "Aw, you don't know where it's gonna come from anymore. Total strangers are killin' each other. Everybody's got a piece."
- "You know, the murder rate used to be around a thousand a year, three a day in the whole county and that was high. Now it's about five a day. Higher in the summer. Fourteen of 'em two Fridays ago. We get the death penalty six, seven times a day, only it's not for murderers, it's for ordinary citizens."
- "Yeah, there are 8 million stories in the naked city. Isn't that an old TV show?...What we got in this town, we've got eight million ways to die."
8 Million Ways to Die (1986)
"What am I working on? Uh, I'm working on something that'll change the world and human life as we know it." The Fly (1986)
"God, she's beautiful. She's got the prettiest eyes. She looks so sexy in that sweater. I just want to be alone with her and hold her and kiss her, tell her how much I lover her, take care of her. Stop it, you idiot. She's your wife's sister." Hannah and Her Sisters (1986)
"On the 23rd Day of the Month of September in an early year of a decade not too long before our own, the human race suddenly encountered a deadly threat to its very existence, and this terrifying enemy surfaced, as such enemies often do, in the seemingly most innocent and unlikely of places..." Little Shop of Horrors (1986)
(dictating): "Your Holiness, the little matter that brought me here to the furthest edge of your light on Earth is now settled. The Indians are once more free to be enslaved by the Spanish and Portuguese settlers. I don't think that's hitting the right note. Begin again...." The Mission (1986)
(voice-over) "I was 12 going on 13 the first time I saw a dead human being." Stand By Me (1986)
"I am Gunnery Sergeant Hartman, your senior drill instructor. From now on, you will speak only when spoken to, and the first and last words out of your filthy sewers will be 'Sir!' Do you maggots understand this?" Full Metal Jacket (1987)
"Once upon a time, many years ago, two burglars broke into our neighbor's house in Rockaway. Mr. and Mrs. Needleman had gone to a movie, and the following events occurred..." Radio Days (1987)
"September 21, 1945... that was the night I died." Grave of the Fireflies (1988, Jp.)
"Take off your clothes." The Unbearable Lightness of Being (1988)
"Wake up! Wake up, wake up, wake up, up you wake, up you wake, up you wake, up you wake! This is Mr. Senor Love Daddy, your voice of choice, the world's only twelve-hour strongman on the air, here on We Love Radio, 108 FM, the last on your dial but first in your hearts and that's the truth, Ruth." Do the Right Thing (1989)
"Garbage. All I've been thinking about all week is garbage. I mean, I just can't stop thinking about it."
sex, lies and videotape (1989)

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