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Part of the AFI 100 Years... series, AFI's 100 Years... 100 Movie Quotes is a list of the top 100 movie quotations in American cinema. The American Film Institute revealed the list on June 21, 2005.

  • Casablanca has by far the most entries on the list, with six. The two runners-up, Gone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz, each have three entries.
  • Humphrey Bogart is way out in front among represented actors on the list, with five entries. No other performer has more than three. His character Rick Blaine from Casablanca delivered four of those five quotes, making him the most prolific character on the list, again by a wide margin; no other character has more than two entries on the list, sometimes in multiple films.
    • The five-way tie for second place among actors includes two women: Bette Davis and Vivien Leigh. (Marlon Brando, Tom Hanks, and Al Pacino round out the runners-up.) Two of Leigh's three quotes are spoken by her character Scarlett O'Hara from Gone with the Wind. She, Dorothy Gale from The Wizard of Oz, and Norma Desmond from Sunset Boulevard are the only female characters quoted more than once on the list.
    • The most prolific actors in terms of number of films on the list are Brando, Davis, Hanks, and Pacino, all of whom are quoted once in three different films. (Bogart is only quoted for Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon (1941).)
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    • Two characters are quoted more than once in multiple film appearances: "Dirty" Harry Callahan is quoted for Dirty Harry and Sudden Impact, and James Bond is quoted for Dr. No and Goldfinger. Assuming that the multiple incarnations of the T-800 are counted as a single character, then it is also quoted for two different films: The Terminator and Terminator 2: Judgment Day.
  • Two dialogues appear on the list, from Airplane! and Top Gun (amusingly, both films from The '80s about aviation).
  • The oldest quote is from The Jazz Singer (fittingly, the first spoken dialogue in all of film). The most recent quote is from The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.
  • No animated films appear on the list, although one quote is provided by a CGI character in an otherwise live-action film.
  • Several examples of Beam Me Up, Scotty! inevitably occurred:
    • (2) Marlon Brando says "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse", not "...going to...".
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    • (4) Judy Garland says "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." (AFI misquotes the line as "I've got a feeling...")
    • (40) Tom Hanks says "My momma always said, 'Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get.'" (AFI omitted "my.")
    • (66) Charlton Heston says "Take your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape", not "Get..."
    • (78) Keir Dullea says "Open the pod bay doors, HAL." (AFI added "please.")
    • (98) Patrick Swayze says "Nobody puts Baby in the corner", not "...a corner."

(The 400 nominated quotes)

The list

  1. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." – Gone with the Wind
  2. "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse." – The Godfather
  3. "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." – On the Waterfront
  4. "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." – The Wizard of Oz
  5. "Here's looking at you, kid." – Casablanca
  6. "Go ahead, make my day." – Sudden Impact
  7. "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up." – Sunset Boulevard
  8. "May the Force be with you." – Star Wars
  9. "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night." – All About Eve
  10. "You talkin' to me?" – Taxi Driver
  11. "What we've got here is failure to communicate." – Cool Hand Luke
  12. "I love the smell of napalm in the morning." – Apocalypse Now
  13. "Love means never having to say you're sorry." – Love Story
  14. "The stuff that dreams are made of." – The Maltese Falcon (1941)
  15. "E.T. phone home." – E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  16. "They call me Mister Tibbs!" – In the Heat of the Night
  17. "Rosebud." – Citizen Kane
  18. "Made it, Ma! Top of the world!" – White Heat
  19. "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!" – Network
  20. "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." – Casablanca
  21. "A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti." – The Silence of the Lambs
  22. "Bond. James Bond." – Dr. No, etc.
  23. "There's no place like home." – The Wizard of Oz
  24. "I am big! It's the pictures that got small." – Sunset Boulevard
  25. "Show me the money!" – Jerry Maguire
  26. "Why don't you come up sometime and see me?" – She Done Him Wrong
  27. "I'm walking here! I'm walking here!" – Midnight Cowboy
  28. "Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By.'" – Casablanca
  29. "You can't handle the truth!" – A Few Good Men
  30. "I want to be alone." – Grand Hotel
  31. "After all, tomorrow is another day!" – Gone with the Wind
  32. "Round up the usual suspects." – Casablanca
  33. "I'll have what she's having." – When Harry Met Sally...
  34. "You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow." – To Have And Have Not
  35. "You're gonna need a bigger boat." – Jaws
  36. "Badges? We ain't got no badges! We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinking badges!" – The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
  37. "I'll be back." – The Terminator
  38. "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth." – The Pride of the Yankees
  39. "If you build it, he will come." – Field of Dreams
  40. "Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." – Forrest Gump
  41. "We rob banks." – Bonnie and Clyde
  42. "Plastics." – The Graduate
  43. "We'll always have Paris." – Casablanca
  44. "I see dead people." – The Sixth Sense
  45. "Stella! Hey, Stella!" – A Streetcar Named Desire
  46. "Oh, Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars." – Now, Voyager
  47. "Shane. Shane. Come back!" – Shane
  48. "Well, nobody's perfect." – Some Like It Hot
  49. "It's alive! It's alive!" – Frankenstein (1931)
  50. "Houston, we have a problem." – Apollo 13
  51. "You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?" – Dirty Harry
  52. "You had me at hello." – Jerry Maguire
  53. "One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know." – Animal Crackers
  54. "There's no crying in baseball!" – A League of Their Own
  55. "La-dee-da, la-dee-da." – Annie Hall
  56. "A boy's best friend is his mother." – Psycho
  57. "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good." – Wall Street
  58. "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer." – The Godfather Part II
  59. "As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again." – Gone with the Wind
  60. "Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!" – Sons of the Desert
  61. "Say 'hello' to my little friend!" – Scarface (1983)
  62. "What a dump." – Beyond the Forest
  63. "Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. Aren't you?" – The Graduate
  64. "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!" – Dr. Strangelove
  65. "Elementary, my dear Watson." – The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)
  66. "Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape." – Planet of the Apes (1968)
  67. "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine." – Casablanca
  68. "Here's Johnny!" – The Shining
  69. "They're here!" – Poltergeist
  70. "Is it safe?" – Marathon Man
  71. "Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothin' yet!" – The Jazz Singer
  72. "No wire hangers, ever!" – Mommie Dearest
  73. "Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico?" – Little Caesar
  74. "Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown." – Chinatown
  75. "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers." – A Streetcar Named Desire
  76. "Hasta la vista, baby." – Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  77. "Soylent Green is people!" – Soylent Green
  78. "Open the pod bay doors please, HAL." – 2001: A Space Odyssey
  79. Striker: "Surely you can't be serious." Rumack: "I am serious...and don't call me Shirley." – Airplane!
  80. "Yo, Adrian!" – Rocky
  81. "Hello, gorgeous." – Funny Girl
  82. "Toga! Toga!" – Animal House
  83. "Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make." – Dracula (1931)
  84. "Oh, no, it wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast." – King Kong (1933)
  85. "My precious." – The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers
  86. "Attica! Attica!" – Dog Day Afternoon
  87. "Sawyer, you're going out a youngster, but you've got to come back a star!" – 42nd Street
  88. "Listen to me, mister. You're my knight in shining armor. Don't you forget it. You're going to get back on that horse, and I'm going to be right behind you, holding on tight, and away we're gonna go, go, go!" – On Golden Pond
  89. "Tell 'em to go out there with all they got and win just one for the Gipper." – Knute Rockne, All American
  90. "A martini. Shaken, not stirred." – Goldfinger
  91. "Who's on first?" – The Naughty Nineties
  92. "Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Masters champion. It looks like a mirac... It's in the hole! It's in the hole! It's in the hole!" – Caddyshack
  93. "Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!" – Auntie Mame
  94. "I feel the need—the need for speed!" – Top Gun
  95. "Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary!" – Dead Poets Society
  96. "Snap out of it!" – Moonstruck
  97. "My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you." – Yankee Doodle Dandy
  98. "Nobody puts Baby in a corner." – Dirty Dancing
  99. "I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too!" – The Wizard of Oz
  100. "I'm the king of the world!" – Titanic (1997)

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