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Memorable Movie Quotes

Updated on June 21, 2013
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Memorable Movie Quotes

Movies come alive with language. A well written movie can make the audience laugh, cry or cringe with fear. It is the dialogue between the characters or the funny line that the audience remembers when they leave the theatre.

Ever so often, a phrase from a movie lives on forever, well past the movie itself. The following is a list of memorable movie quotes.

I'm Gonna Make Him An Offer He Can't Refuse
I'm Gonna Make Him An Offer He Can't Refuse

The Godfather

The Godfather was released in 1972 and featured an all star cast of Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, James Caan, Talia Shire, Diane Keaton and Al Pacino. The Godfather won three Oscars and five Golden Globe Awards.

The Godfather tells the story of the Powerful New York mafia family, the Corleone Family. The Family is run by Don Vito Corleone, played by Marlon Brando, who tries to hold on to his family's power against forces outside his control.

The Godfather provides many famous lines and scenes, but the most famous and the one used most in popular culture occurs when Don Corleone is talking to his Godson, Johnny Fontaine. Fontaine is a middle aged singer who is getting past his prime who needs a movie part to resurrect his career but the producer of the movie will not give him the roll. When asked how the Godfather is going to convince the movie producer to give him the movie roll, The Godfather responds:

I'M GONNA MAKE HIM AN OFFER HE CAN'T REFUSE.

The Godfather

Frankly, My Dear, I Don't Give A Damn
Frankly, My Dear, I Don't Give A Damn

Gone With The Wind

Gone With The Wind was released in 1939. It was directed by Victor Fleming and was set in the South during the Civil War. Gone With The Wind stared Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Leslie Howard and Olivia de Havilland.Gone With The Wind tells the story of the Civil War from a Southern Prospective. It was awarded ten Academy Awards, a record that stood for twenty years.

The memorable quote comes at the very end of the film. Rhett Butler, who has pursued Scarlett O'hara throughout the movie finally gives up on her. When she asks "Where shall I go, What shall I Do?", Butler responds:

Frankly, My Dear, I Don't Give A Damn.

Gone With The Wind

Toto, I've A Feeling We're Not In Kansas Anymore
Toto, I've A Feeling We're Not In Kansas Anymore

The Wizard Of Oz

The Wizard of Oz was released in 1939 and was directed by Victor Fleming. The movie starred, Judy Garland as Dorothy, who lives in Kansas and during a tornado gets swept away to the magical world of Oz. There she meets the scarecrow, the tin man and the Lion and they follow the Yellow Brick Road to the Land of Oz.

The memorable quote comes when Dorothy awakes after the tornado and goes outside. To her, and the audiences' surprise, she looks around and sees she is no longer at her home but in a new magical place. Dorothy looks down at her dog and says:

TOTO, I'VE A FEELING WE'RE NOT IN KANSAS ANYMORE

The WIzard Of Oz

Are You Talking To Me?
Are You Talking To Me?

Taxi Driver

Taxi Driver was released in 1976 and directed by Marin Scorsese. The film stared Robert De Niro who plays Travis Bickle, a disturbed War Veteran who drives a taxi cab at night. After being rejected by his love interest, played by Cybil Shepard, Bickle turns to violence and plans to kill the boss of this love interest who is running for President. However, one night working he picks up a twelve year old child prostitute, played by Jodie Foster, and decides to save her instead. Bickle then kills her pimp and trick. Taxi Driver was nominated for four Academy Awards including Best Picture.

Taxi Driver was one of the movies that gave Robert De Niro legendary status among Actors. The memorable line comes in a scene where De Niro is standing in front of the mirror before he goes on a planned murder rampage and simply says:

Are You Talking To Me?

Taxi Driver

A Census Taker Once Tried To Test Me. I Ate His Liver With Some Fava Beans And A Nice Chianti
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

The Silence of the Lambs was released in 1991 and starred Anthony Hopkins, Jodie Foster, Scott Glenn and Brooke Smith. Hopkins played Hannibal Lecter, a famed psychiatrist and serial killer. Lecter would kill his victims and then eat them. Foster played Clarice Starling, a young FBI trainee who seeks Lecter's advice on catching another serial killer.

The memorable quote comes when Starling is interviewing Lecter and upsets him. Lecter very calmly looks at her at states:

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

I'll Have What She Is Having
I'll Have What She Is Having

When Harry Met Sally

When Harry Met Sally was released in 1989 and starred Billy Crystal and Meg Ryan.  The story follows Harry and Sally, who met on a drive to New York City and at first do not like each other and then are best friends.  The two help each other through bad relationships until the end when they realize they are in love and get married.

The memorable quote comes in a scene where Harry and Sally are having lunch at Katz's deli.  They are arguing over whether a man can tell if a woman is faking an orgasm.  Harry insists that he would be able to tell.  To prove her point, Sally begins to moan and groan and reaches a fake orgasm at the table, then calmly goes back to eating her salad.  The camera then pans to an elderly customer, who happens to be Rob Reiner's mother, and she states:

I'LL HAVE WHAT SHE IS HAVING

When Harry Met Sally

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    • bgpappa profile imageAUTHOR

      bgpappa 

      7 years ago from Sacramento, California

      I love the Apocalypse now quote too. Thanks for reading

    • Dave Harris profile image

      Dave Harris 

      7 years ago from Cardiff, UK

      Nice hub bgpappa, I also liked some of HappyCamper's, here are a few others I like: "I love the smell of napalm in the morning...Smells like victory (Apocalypse Now)," My name is Maximus Decimus Meridius, commander of the Armies of the North, General of the Felix Legions, loyal servant to the true emperor, Marcus Aurelius. Father to a murdered son, husband to a murdered wife. And I will have my vengeance, in this life or the next"(Gladiator) And "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tanhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time like tears in rain. Time to die."(Bladerunner)

    • bgpappa profile imageAUTHOR

      bgpappa 

      8 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Very cool

      Thanks for reading.

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      Marin Taxi Cab 

      8 years ago

      There are so many great movie quotes out there. I love all the quotes and movies that you've talked about. I have a movie poster with supposedly the top 100 movie quotes. It's pretty accurate I'd say.

    • bgpappa profile imageAUTHOR

      bgpappa 

      8 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Agreed,

      Thanks for reading.

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      Kasey Rubenstein 

      8 years ago from California

      Nice hub. I really wish movies were still written like this.

    • bgpappa profile imageAUTHOR

      bgpappa 

      8 years ago from Sacramento, California

      THanks for reading.

    • bojanglesk8 profile image

      bojanglesk8 

      8 years ago

      Great quotes.

    • bgpappa profile imageAUTHOR

      bgpappa 

      8 years ago from Sacramento, California

      For a nice old man, he played creepy very well.

      Thanks for the comment.

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      Coolmon2009 

      8 years ago from Texas, USA

      I remember how creepy it was when I first saw Silence Of The Lambs brings back memories

    • bgpappa profile imageAUTHOR

      bgpappa 

      9 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Dirty Harry has some great lines and Ferris Bueller is a great movie, but can anyone name the movie just by listening to the line (except for me who is a movie geek and I doubt think I got the Dirty Harry movie right)

      Thanks for the comment

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      tuffturf 

      9 years ago

      You say Dirty Harry and all I can think about is, "Now I know what you're thinking. Did he fire six shots or only five..." but that's more of a monologue.

      So how about. "Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around you could miss it."

      I also, like to say that I like the setup of your page with the old trailer links. Hard to believe what you can find on the internet.

    • bgpappa profile imageAUTHOR

      bgpappa 

      9 years ago from Sacramento, California

      That is a good one as well. Thanks for the comment.

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      L.A. Screenwriter 

      9 years ago

      enjoyed this. there's one more quote that comes to mind, and it's from one of the "dirty harry" flicks. the line is: "a man's got to know his limitations." yup, totally agree with that one.

    • bgpappa profile imageAUTHOR

      bgpappa 

      9 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Thanks

    • blaise25 profile image

      Fehl Dungo 

      9 years ago from close to you...

      nice quotes! ;p

      more quotes on http://wrongsent.blogspot.com

    • bgpappa profile imageAUTHOR

      bgpappa 

      9 years ago from Sacramento, California

      pretty good

      thanks for reading

    • Ladybythelake55 profile image

      Ladybythelake55 

      9 years ago from I was Born in Bethesda, Maryland and I live in Chicago,IL

      If you look the right way the whole world is a garden." Kate Maberly From The 1996 movie "Secret Garden" and " And my end is my beginning" Vanessa Redgrave as the 1973 movie Mary, Queen of Scotland and "My Elizabeth will become Queen and my blood with be well spent." Anne Boleyn in Anne of A Thousand Days.

    • bgpappa profile imageAUTHOR

      bgpappa 

      9 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Thanks pgrundy. All great movies. As you can see, I love the movies as well.

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      pgrundy 

      9 years ago

      We like to watch Turner Classic Movies and the other night they ran "To Have and Have Not" with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall (a very young Lauren Bacall). Two great lines in that flick:

      Bacall to Bogie: "If you need anything, just whistle. You know how to whistle don'tcha? You just put your lips together and... blow."

      And, from Walter Brennan: "You ever been bitten by a dead bee?"

      I love old Marx Brothers movies too. My favorite is "Duck Soup," but "Animal Crackers" is a close second. Groucho is the king of one-liners--I love his stuff with Margaret Dumont, what a great straight woman she was--but I think Harpo was possibly the funniest of all of them and he never spoke. Chico didn't get enough credit if you ask me. Loved the piano schtick. :)

      I love movies.

    • bgpappa profile imageAUTHOR

      bgpappa 

      9 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Ahhh, from Braveheart, very nice.

      Thanks for reading.

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      James A Watkins 

      9 years ago from Chicago

      Great stuff. Happy Camper posted some good ones, too. FREEDOM!!!

    • bgpappa profile imageAUTHOR

      bgpappa 

      9 years ago from Sacramento, California

      Those are good as well

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      HappyCamper 

      9 years ago

      A nice list of truly memorable quotes, Big Pappa. Brings to mind a few more of my favorites:

      "Go ahead, make my day" -- Clint Eastwood in "Sudden Impact"

      "I'll be back" -- Arnold Schwarzenegger in "The Terminator"

      "Here's Johnny" -- Jack Nicholson in "The Shining"

      "Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. Aren't you?" -- Dustin Hoffman in "The Graduate"

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