Greatest Last
Film Lines or Quotes



1910s-1930s


Famous Last Words Greatest Last Film Lines or Quotes: These are many of the best-known curtain call lines, fade-outs, and final words of dialogue in cinematic history - the last lingering words heard before the title "The End." In quite a few cases, the memorable final lines are also some of the greatest lines in film history.

They often reveal a vital truth about the film, cap off a comedy with a punchline, or help to define what the film was all about in just a few words. The last phrases or words often help to set a mood or tone as the film concludes, or they can be great one-liners. See also Greatest Opening Lines or First Film Lines.



Greatest Last Film Lines
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Greatest Last Film Lines
1910s - 1930s
Famous Last Line Film Title
"Liberty and Union, one and inseparable, now and forever!" (title card) The Birth of a Nation (1915)
"At last I recognize his mania. He believes me to be the mystical Caligari. Astonishing! But I think I know how to cure him now." (title card) The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1920, Ger.)
"And at that moment, as if by a miracle, the sick no longer died, and the stifling shadow of the vampire vanished with the morning sun." (end title card) Nosferatu, the Vampire (1922, Ger.)
"Happiness Must Be Earned" (end writing in the stars of a nighttime sky) The Thief of Bagdad (1924)
"Brothers!" (title card) Battleship Potemkin (1925, USSR)
"THE MEDIATOR BETWEEN HEAD AND HANDS MUST BE THE HEART!" (title card) Metropolis (1927)
"Fog, fog all time. You can't tell where you was going. Only that old devil sea, she knows." Anna Christie (1930)
"Mother of Mercy! Is this the end of Rico?" Little Caesar (1930)
"Yes, I can see now." (title card) City Lights (1931)
- "As I said before, I say again: 'Here's, here's to a son, to the House of Frankenstein.'"
- "Indeed, sir. We hope so, sir."
Frankenstein (1931)
"The secret of my success is, never say die." A Free Soul (1931)
"The son of a (bitch) stole my watch." The Front Page (1931)
"I'm looking for a needle in the haystack." Monkey Business (1931)
(Title Card): The END of Tom Powers is the end of every hoodlum. 'The Public Enemy' is, not a man, nor is it a character -- it is a problem that sooner or later WE, the public, must solve. The Public Enemy (1931)
- "The Grand Hotel. Always the same. People come. People go...nothing ever happens."
- "Grand Hotel."
Grand Hotel (1932)
"We do!" Horse Feathers (1932)
- "How do you live?"
- " I steal."
I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932)
- "I'm sorry for him, and I'm sorry for you."
- "I'm sorry for everybody in the world, I guess."
Rain (1932)
- "I was reading a book the other day."
- "Reading a book!"
- "Yes. It's all about civilization or something, a nutty kind of a book. Do you know that the guy said that machinery is going to take the place of every profession?"
- "Oh, my dear, that's something you need never worry about."
Dinner at Eight (1933)
"Victory is ours!" Duck Soup (1933)
"And Marsh will probably say he discovered her. Some guys get all the breaks." 42nd Street (1933)
"Oh, no! It wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast." King Kong (1933)
"…And they've got to tell me that I'm much more wonderful than anyone else because, Nellie - Nellie, I'm not afraid. I'm not afraid of being just a morning glory. I'm not afraid. I'm not afraid. I'm not afraid. Why should I be afraid? I'm not afraid." Morning Glory (1933)
"Betty said that 'Honesty was the best politics.' (He holds up a cigarette) Look!" Sons of the Desert (1933)
"Scusi! Scusi! I'm also very good at parties!" The Gay Divorcee (1934)
- "But what in the world do they want a trumpet for?"
- "Dunno."
It Happened One Night (1934)
"There is no emperor. There is only an empress." The Scarlet Empress (1934)
"Look, Marguerite, England." The Scarlet Pimpernel (1935)
"It's a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done. It's a far, far better rest I go to than I have ever known." A Tale of Two Cities (1935)
"Thank you, sir. Thank you. I'm glad it's off my mind. Glad." The Thirty-Nine Steps (1935)
"Well, well, well, Mr. Beddini, what are you doing in this young lady's room?" Top Hat (1935)
"And you call yourself a detective." After the Thin Man (1936)
"She was beautiful when she died...a hundred years ago." Dracula's Daughter (1936)
"I've got to get more steps. I need more steps. I've got to get higher, higher!" The Great Ziegfeld (1936)
"Quiet, will you please be quiet!" Libeled Lady (1936)
"Stand still, Godfrey, it'll all be over in a minute." My Man Godfrey (1936)
"That's one kiss you won't wipe off."
(Epilogue): "It shall be as it was in the past... Not with dreams, but with strength and with courage... Shall a nation be molded to last."
The Plainsman (1936)
"Never give a sucker an even break." Poppy (1936)
"It is this or that - all the universe or nothing. Which shall it be, Passworthy? Which shall it be?" Things to Come (1936)
"Emily, I have a little confession to make. I really am a horse doctor. But marry me, and I'll never look at any other horse." A Day at the Races (1937)
"O-lan, you are the earth." The Good Earth (1937)
- "Don't shoot—they're in Switzerland."
- "All the better for them."
Grand Illusion (1937, Fr.)
"...Let us not pity him because he suffered and endured. Let us envy him. Let us envy him because his great heart won him the proudest of destinies: He was a moment of the conscience of man." The Life of Emile Zola (1937)
"Yes. Yes, I believe it. I believe it because I want to believe it. Gentlemen, I give you a toast. Here's my hope that Robert Conway will find his Shangri-La. Here's my hope that we all find our Shangri-La." Lost Horizon (1937)
"This is good for cracking nuts. Isn't it?" The Prince and the Pauper (1937)
"...so beautiful, even in death, that the dwarfs could not find it in their hearts to bury her...they fashioned a coffin of glass and gold, and kept eternal vigil at her side...The Prince, who had searched far and wide, heard of the maiden who slept in the glass coffin." Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)
"I think you'll like it here. We're one big family..." Stage Door (1937)
"Hello, everybody. This is Mrs. Norman Maine." A Star is Born (1937)
"All right, folks, you've seen enough. Move along, please. Come on, clear the sidewalk." Stella Dallas (1937)
"Bless our happy home." Topper (1937)
"May I obey all your commands with equal pleasure, Sire!" The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)
- "I'm sorry, Pepe. He thought you were going to escape."
- "And so I have, my friend."
Algiers (1938)
"It's true, boys. Every word of it. He died like they said. All right, fellas. Let's go and say a prayer for a boy who couldn't run as fast as I could." Angels With Dirty Faces (1938)
"Sometimes I think it's harder to raise a husband than a baby." Blondie (1938)
"There is no bad boy." Boys Town (1938)
"Oh, dear. Oh, my. Hmmm." Bringing Up Baby (1938)
"Merry Christmas, and may God bless us, every one." A Christmas Carol (1938)
"Thus in your field
My seed of harvestry will thrive
For the fruit is like me that I set
God bids me tend it with good husbandry
This is the end for which
We twain are met."
The Petrified Forest (1938)
"Where the devil are my slippers, Eliza?" Pygmalion (1938)
"And when the day comes, I want to stand beside you and see the ships go through the canal and know you built it for all the people in the world." Suez (1938)
"We've all got our health, and as far as anything else is concerned, we still leave that up to you. Thank you." You Can't Take it With You (1938)
"Blondie!" Blondie Brings Up Baby (1939)
"Is that you, Martha? I don't want to be disturbed." Dark Victory (1939)
"Papa, I've come home." Golden Boy (1939)
"...Tara!...Home. I'll go home, and I'll think of some way to get him back! After all, tomorrow is another day!" Gone With the Wind (1939)
"Goodbye, Mr. Chips. Goodbye." Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)
"Why was I not made of stone like thee?" The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
- "Every word that boy said is the truth! Every word about Taylor and me and graft and the rotten political corruption of our state. Every word of it is true. I'm not fit for office! I'm not fit for any place of honor or trust. Expel me!"
- "Yippee!"
Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
"Hey! Hey, Geoff!" Only Angels Have Wings (1939)
"He used to be a big shot." The Roaring Twenties (1939)
- "Well, they're saved from the blessings of civilization."
- "Yeah."
- "Doc? I'll buy ya a drink."
- "Just one."
Stagecoach (1939)
"Oh, but anyway, Toto, we're home! Home! And this is my room - and you're all here! And I'm not gonna leave here ever, ever again because I love you all! - And oh, Auntie Em, there's no place like home." The Wizard of Oz (1939)
"No pride at all. That's a luxury a woman in love can't afford." The Women (1939)
"No, not dead, Dr. Kenneth. Not alone. He's with her. They've only just begun to live. Goodbye Heathcliff. Goodbye my wild sweet Cathy." Wuthering Heights (1939)
"No, I think I might go on a piece. Maybe to the top of that hill." Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)


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