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MOST MEMORABLE MOVIE QUOTES

 

 

The most memorable movie quotes of all time

GONE WITH THE WIND's 'Frankly, My Dear, I Don't Give a Damn' Tops AFI's List of 100 Greatest Movie Quotes of All Time

22 June 2005: Other Winners Include THE GODFATHER, 'I'm Going To Make Him An Offer He Can't Refuse,' WIZARD OF OZ, 'Toto, I've  Got a Feeling We're Not in Kansas Anymore' and CASABLANCA, 'Here's Looking at You, Kid'

The American Film Institute (AFI) revealed the top movie quotes of all time in AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes, a three-hour special television event on CBS hosted by actor and action star Pierce Brosnan with commentary from many of Hollywood's most celebrated actors and filmmakers. A jury of 1,500 film artists, critics and historians selected "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn," spoken by Clark Gable in the celebrated Civil War romance epic, GONE WITH THE WIND as the most memorable movie quote of all time.

Rounding off the rest of the top 10 were classic lines spoken in films from the thirties all the way through the eighties including: "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse," from THE GODFATHER (#2), "You don't understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am," from ON THE WATERFRONT (#3), "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore," from THE WIZARD OF OZ (#4), "Here's looking at you, kid," from CASABLANCA (#5), "Go ahead, make my day," from SUDDEN IMPACT (#6), "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm 
ready for my close-up," from SUNSET BLVD (#7), "May the Force be with you," from STAR WARS (#8), "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night," from ALL ABOUT EVE (#9) and "You talking to me?" from TAXI DRIVER (#10).

The Honorees Are ...

# Quote Movie Year

1. GONE WITH THE WIND 1939
Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.

2. GODFATHER, THE 1972
I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse.

3. ON THE WATERFRONT 1954
You don't understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.

4. WIZARD OF OZ, THE 1939
Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore.

5. CASABLANCA 1942
Here's looking at you, kid. 

6. SUDDEN IMPACT 1983
Go ahead, make my day. 

7. SUNSET BLVD. 1950
All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.

8. STAR WARS 1977
May the Force be with you. 

9. ALL ABOUT EVE 1950
Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night.

10.  TAXI DRIVER 1976
You talking to me?

11. COOL HAND LUKE 1967
What we've got here is failure to communicate.

12. APOCALYPSE NOW 1979
I love the smell of napalm in the morning.

13. LOVE STORY 1970
Love means never having to say you're sorry.

14. MALTESE FALCON, THE 1941
The stuff that dreams are made of.

15.  E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL 1982
E.T. phone home.

16.  IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT 1967
They call me Mister Tibbs!

17. CITIZEN KANE 1941
Rosebud.

18. WHITE HEAT 1949
Made it, Ma! Top of the world! 

19. NETWORK 1976
I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!

20. CASABLANCA 1942
Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

21. SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, THE 1991
 A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.

22. DR. NO 1962
Bond. James Bond.

23. WIZARD OF OZ, THE 1939
There's no place like home. 

24. SUNSET BLVD. 1950
I am big! It's the pictures that got small.

25. JERRY MAGUIRE 1996
Show me the money! 

The Criteria

AFI distributed a ballot with the names of 400 nominated movie quotes to a jury of over 1,500 leaders in the creative 
community, including film artists (directors, screenwriters, actors, editors, cinematographers), critics and historians.

The jurors were asked to consider the following criteria in making their selections:

MOVIE QUOTE: A statement, phrase or brief exchange of dialogue spoken in an American Film. (Lyrics from songs are not 
eligible.)

CULTURAL IMPACT: Movie quotes that viewers use in their own lives and situations, thus circulating through popular 
culture and becoming part of the national lexicon.

LEGACY: Movie quotes that viewers use to evoke the memory of a treasured film, thus ensuring and enlivening its 
historical legacy.

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