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AFI’s top 100 movie quotes

posted by Jason Kottke   Jun 23, 2005

AFI’s top 100 movie quotes. Anything missing from the list or something that should be dropped?

Reader comments

ctsamuraiJun 23, 2005 at 1:30AM

“Zed’s dead baby, Zed’s dead.”

VirginiaJun 23, 2005 at 1:34AM

“I am not left-handed either”.

JohnJun 23, 2005 at 1:35AM

“I am your father.”

micJun 23, 2005 at 1:44AM

My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.

GeoffJun 23, 2005 at 2:09AM

No Coen brothers films made the cut?

martyJun 23, 2005 at 2:24AM

Bill Murray’s Caddyshack line in at 92 made me laugh as I remembered it.
“Excellent” (Bill & Ted)
“Bueller … Bueller … Bueller”

PolarisJun 23, 2005 at 2:25AM

Dang! You got shocks, pegs… lucky! You ever take it off any sweet jumps?

MattJun 23, 2005 at 2:32AM

I came to chew gum and kick some ass, and I’m all out of chewing gum — They Live

mheggeJun 23, 2005 at 2:33AM

“I wanted to see exotic Vietnam… the crown jewel of Southeast Asia. I wanted to meet interesting and stimulating people of an ancient culture… and kill them.”

AugustJun 23, 2005 at 2:45AM

I think they should fire their copyeditor, as “quote” is a verb, not a noun. What they really mean is “quotation”.

yiJun 23, 2005 at 3:36AM

i am not drinking any fucking merlot.

nexJun 23, 2005 at 3:49AM

“Open the pod bay doors, HAL.” should really be: I’m sorry Dave, I’m afraid I can’t do that.

And dear August, next time you’re going to be a smart-ass, get the facts right please. “Quote” is in fact a noun. It can mean quotation mark, it can be a stock market valuation, or a tender offer, and it can very well mean quotation.

Now it’s my turn: while mhegge’s quot(e|ation) is from Full Metal Jacket, actually it’s originally from Woody Allen.

Craig C.Jun 23, 2005 at 4:10AM

Klaatu barada nikto.

JeroenRJun 23, 2005 at 4:19AM

Basic Instinct: “Have you ever fucked on cocaine, Nick? It’s nice.”
Good Morning Vietnam: “Goooooooood morning, Vietnam! Hey, this is not a test! This is rock and roll! Time to rock it from the Delta to the D.M.Z.!”
Magnolia: “The book says, we might be through with the past, but the past ain’t through with us.”

JoergJun 23, 2005 at 4:55AM

Oh fukk, I shot Marvin in the face.

LodeJun 23, 2005 at 5:13AM

Any of you fucking pricks move, and I’ll execute every motherfucking last one of you! (Pulp Fiction)

Grande FromageJun 23, 2005 at 5:20AM

“Think ya used enough dynamite there, Butch?”

(Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid)

mheggeJun 23, 2005 at 5:25AM

nex, I didn’t know that. Thanks for the correction.

zinckiwiJun 23, 2005 at 6:01AM

Damn shame when folks be throwin’ away a perfectly good white boy like that. (Better Off Dead)

ReidJun 23, 2005 at 6:02AM

“You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off” - The Italian Job (1969)

CurtisJun 23, 2005 at 6:26AM

“I’m an ugly little man, mama” from Marty

xmJun 23, 2005 at 7:05AM

“I guess there’s just two kinds of people, Miss Sandstone: my kind of people, and assholes.” – Pink Flamingos

Mr. SunJun 23, 2005 at 7:17AM

Heineken? F*** that s***! Pabst Blue Ribbon! — Blue Velvet

Grande FromageJun 23, 2005 at 7:29AM

“That is one big pile of shit.”

(Jurassic Park)

JoergJun 23, 2005 at 8:12AM

QUINTANA I see you rolled your way into the semis. Deos mio, man. Seamus and me, we’re gonna fuck you up.

DUDE
Yeah well, that’s just, ya know, like, your opinion, man.

Quintana looks at Walter.

QUINTANA
Let me tell you something, bendeco. You pull any your crazy shit with us, you flash a piece out on the lanes, I’ll take it away from you and stick it up your ass and pull the fucking trigger till it goes “click”.

DUDE
Jesus.

QUINTANA
You said it, man. Nobody fucks with the Jesus.

tobybot11Jun 23, 2005 at 8:34AM


Full Metal Jacket - “Looks like Charles has got his shit together today”


MattJun 23, 2005 at 8:44AM

“But this one goes to eleven.” Nigel Tufnel (Christopher Guest) Spinal Tap

SteveJun 23, 2005 at 8:45AM

“Who are those guys?” - Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

ctsamuraiJun 23, 2005 at 8:46AM

forgot this one:
“Your gonna shoot your eye out…”

mrfJun 23, 2005 at 9:08AM

I totally agree with nex about the 2001 quote, it should be the one from HAL, not Dave.

LouJun 23, 2005 at 9:14AM

I’ve been ready for this my whole life. - Rudy

diddyJun 23, 2005 at 9:36AM

The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist. —Usual Suspects

(I could have predicted that Tarantino quotes would have been all over the snub list. Face it, Q fans: his dialogue is not that great.)

ronJun 23, 2005 at 9:41AM

from transformers: the movie:

Kup: Don’t act hostile, I’ll use the universal greeting… “Bah weep granah weep ninni bong.”

TonyJun 23, 2005 at 9:42AM

Khaaaaaaaaaaaaaaan!

kenJun 23, 2005 at 9:53AM

I’m shocked, shocked I say, to find that they didn’t list my favorite Casablanca quote.

Plus, “It’s the fall that’ll kill ya.”

JayJun 23, 2005 at 9:54AM

“Inconceivable!”

“You keep using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.”

cyrieJun 23, 2005 at 10:16AM

“Get busy living, or get busy dying.” — The Shawshank Redemption
“Jean Louise, stand up. Your father’s passing.”— To Kill A Mockingbird
“Groovy.”— Army of Darkness
I think the HAL quote was also the better one than Dave’s quote.

I was going to say that “You had me at hello.” and “I’m king of the world!” should be dropped, but so many people quote those damn lines, I guess that’s really what the list was getting at. 6 quotes from Casablanca is a bit excessive. Some of the lines that I never hear quoted, like the ones from King Kong, Dracula and Animal Crackers could be dumped in favour of something from, oh, I don’t know, the last 20 years?

MorganJun 23, 2005 at 10:18AM

“Moses couldn’t reroute this shit.” -Volcano

ElliottJun 23, 2005 at 10:26AM

“This ain’t lucky Lager!” —Kalifornia
“This is my BOOMSTICK!” — army of darkness
“Holy dog shit! Texas? Only steers and queers come from Texas, Private Cowboy. And you don’t look much like a steer to me so that kinda narrows it down. Do you suck dicks?” — Full metal jacket
“NOOOOOOOOOO!” —Revenge of the Sith

SteveJun 23, 2005 at 10:27AM

“Nerds!!!!!!” — Revenge of the Nerds
“I have a bad feeling about this…” — Any and all Star Wars movies
“He hates these cans! Stay away from the cans!” — The Jerk

SamJun 23, 2005 at 10:28AM

[Luke Wilson character] : These are O.R. scrubs.

Max Fischer: Oh, are they?

and:

“I saved Latin!”

both from Rushmore

BethJun 23, 2005 at 10:40AM

“Roads? Where we’re going, we don’t need roads.” -Back to the Future

barlowJun 23, 2005 at 10:48AM

How about the missing alternating row colors or aligning all the quotes and attributions at the top of the various table cells?

RobJun 23, 2005 at 11:05AM

“We’re on a mission from God.”

BryanJun 23, 2005 at 11:11AM

“I’ll be taking these Huggies and whatever cash you got.”
Raising Arizona

“Ever seen a spleen that large?”
“No, not since breakfast. ”
Fletch

AugustJun 23, 2005 at 11:14AM

nex: How about next time I’m trying to be a ‘smart-ass’, I let you know that I teach people how to write like literate human beings for a living. Using ‘quote’ to mean ‘quotation’ is an informal (ie. non-standard) ‘Americanism’ (to quote a lovely entry I found in the OED).

And guess what! It developed because people were too lazy or too stupid to use the term “quotation” when talking about quotation marks, market valuations, tenders, and so on. The fact that people’s mistakes have made its usage dead common doesn’t change the ‘mistake’ part.

emilyJun 23, 2005 at 11:15AM

My Star Wars choice would be, “Who you callin’ scruffy-lookin’?!”
And to round out the Harrison Ford trifecta: “It’s not the years, honey, it’s the mileage” and, reluctantly,
“Get off my plane!!”

The 80s were sorely neglected on the AFI list, in favor of forgotten faves of the 30s. I’ll add:
“I could be the Walrus — I’d still have to bum rides off of people.”
“Goonies never say die!”
“Did Lardass have to pay to get into the contest?”
“I myself am…strange and unusual.”
“There’s that word again, ‘heavy’. Why are things all so heavy in the future- is there some problem with the Earth’s gravitational pull?”

WinterJun 23, 2005 at 11:31AM

“Okay ramblers, let’s get rambling.”
- Joe Cabot, Reservoir Dogs

Brian SugarJun 23, 2005 at 12:44PM

“Now, if that’s a fact, tell me, am I lying? Cause you, you’re part eggplant.”- Clifford Worley (Dennis Hopper) said to Vincenzo Coccotti (Christopher Walken) while smoking a Chesterfield in True Romance

cpchesterJun 23, 2005 at 1:03PM

Looks like I picked the wrong week to stopsniffing glue.

WinterJun 23, 2005 at 1:19PM

“It’s Daddy, you shithead! Where’s my bourbon?”
- Frank Booth, Blue Velvet

amyJun 23, 2005 at 1:38PM

“i love you, maude.”
“i love you, harold.”

amyJun 23, 2005 at 1:41PM

oh! and “the horror! the horror!” — apocalypse now

nexJun 23, 2005 at 2:33PM

Dear August, I’m really sorry if I came across a bit rude, I was just upset (not because of you, I’ll get to that in the next paragraph); there’s nothing wrong with being a smart-ass. The OED is my favourite dictionary, I own one. However, as this site is more or less American, and I’m not, I specifically consulted an American dictionary before replying.

Merriam-Webster, to be precise (as it’s available online), and boy, do I fucking hate that Webster guy! ‘Color’, ‘center’, ‘pajamas’; that’s bloody insane! Now I always have to type two alternatives whenever I use a search engine, and it just doesn’t fit together any longer, etymology-wise. These only stuck because people are too lazy or too stupid to use the proper spellings, but they are so wrong! The fact that people’s mistakes have made their usage dead common doesn’t change the ‘mistake’ part. ‘Math’: ouch. ‘Auto’: big mistake. And don’t get me even started on ‘aluminum’. But if you asked just about anyone here, you’d find they don’t see a fault with any of them. See?

By the way, why did you address me with ‘you’? Using this one word instead of all of ‘thou’, ‘thee’, ‘thy’, and ‘thine’ (not even talking about ‘ye’ yet) is pure stupid lazyness — o, the ambiguity!

MikeJun 23, 2005 at 2:47PM

Puhnhuh-uhnhuh-ehhhfth
—Young Frankenstein

elliottJun 23, 2005 at 2:57PM

couple more…

‘Can I borrow your towel? My car just hit a water buffalo’ — Fletch

‘What the fuck is this?’
‘They’re for the bullet holes, Bitch!’

(King of New York, after Laurence Fishburne pays for a shipment of cocaine with a suitcase full of tampons…)

Eric BostromJun 23, 2005 at 3:21PM

I really hope people quit quoting(quotationifying) Napoleon Dynamite soon.

“if you build it, they will come.”

“you complete me”

“who wants a mustache ride?”

“i see (dead) people”

Jason, your current comment template reminds me of Speak-and-Spell:

The Cow says:
Moo
>>by The Cow on Jun 23

shaneJun 23, 2005 at 3:38PM

Asa Isi Masa, Asa Isi Masa

mattJun 23, 2005 at 3:54PM

so llama, how about something, y’know, for the effort. so he says, on your death bed you will regain full consciousness, so I go that going for me…. which is nice.

-bill murray, caddy shack

PaulJun 23, 2005 at 8:09PM

“That’s it man, game over man, game over!” - Hudson, Aliens

Not a great or classic quote, really, but I like it.

ZacJun 23, 2005 at 8:11PM

Missing:
“Get three coffins ready.”
“I’m Brian and so’s my wife!”
“You will have: long blonde hair, big green eyes, world class breasts, ass that won’t quit, and legs that go aaaall the way up!”
“Unfortunately no one can be told what the Matrix is, you have to see it for yourself.”
“That’s gonna look real good on his grave stone in Arlington: Here lies John Rambo, winner of the Congressional Medal of Honor, survivor of countless incursions behind enemy lines, Killed for vagrancy in Jerkwater, USA!”
“What are you two talking about?” “Football. What were you talking about?” “Shopping.”
I’ll think of more as soon as I click Post, I know it.

IanJun 23, 2005 at 9:37PM

“You don’t want to get mixed up with a guy like me. I’m a loner, Dottie. A rebel.”

Frank M.Jun 23, 2005 at 9:54PM

American Pie - band camp;
Say Anything - she gave me a pen;
Office Space - Hawaiian shirt day;
Real Genius - god to you, to jerry, to the cleaners;
Grease - athletic supporter;
Back to School - he really seems to care…. about what i have no idea;
Heathers - What’s your damage, Heather?;
10 Thing I Hate About You - beer flavored nipples.

T.C.Jun 23, 2005 at 10:03PM

Therapist: “Were they [staged suicides] all done for your mother’s benefit?”
Harold: [long pause] “No. No, I would not say ‘benefit.’”

—Harold and Maude

RachelJun 23, 2005 at 10:51PM

“You know, for kids!”

BethJun 23, 2005 at 11:51PM

“That’s a big Twinkie.” from Ghostbusters
“Put … the candle … BACK.” from Young Frankenstein
” No, YOU must be Don Francisco’s sister!” Love and Death
“I think I got the best one!” Raising Arizona
“KKKKen’s cccoming to kkkill me!” A Fish Called Wanda

artoJun 23, 2005 at 11:59PM

Top two Canadian movie quotes of all time:
“Are you some sort of housekeeper? Because I’ve had them before, but they tended to be older… more Germanic… more given to the wearing of clothes.” (Whale Music)

“Lady, you can’t cheat at bingo. If you could, I would, but you can’t. I won because I was lucky - lucky to wind up in a town full of losers! ” (Highway 61)

Oh, and if you’re gonna quote a line from Revenge of the Nerds, how about: “All jocks ever think about is sports—all nerds ever think about is sex.”

dobbsJun 24, 2005 at 12:10AM

1. “There’s always got to be poison!” or “Is this an ultimatum? Answer me, you ball-busting, castrating, son of a cunt bitch! Is this an ultimatum or not?” or “Why don’t you leave me?… For God’s sake, I’d almost marry you if you’d leave me.”
2. “I want you to hold it between your knees!” or “I move around a lot, not because I’m looking for anything really, but ‘cause I’m getting away from things that get bad if I stay.”
3. “People always ask me if I know Tyler Durden.” or “You met me at a very strange time in my life.” or “My God. I haven’t been fucked like that since grade school.” or “I want you to hit me as hard as you can.” or “You’re the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world.”
4. “Trust me.”
5. “I’m dyin’ here.”
6. “She’s my sister AND my daughter!”
7. “Spanning time…”
8. “I’LL SHOW YOU THE LIFE OF THE MIND!”
9. “Hey little brother… I loooove to drive.” or “Not unless you call round funny.”
10. “My brother from another mother!”
11. “I’m Spartacus!”
12. “I think the end of the world just came for that bag of Fritos I had in my pants pocket.” or “I think the man in the moon just fucked my sister.”
13. “The power of Christ compels you!” or “Your mother sucks cocks in hell.” (I mean really, how could that NOT have made the list?)
14. “You ever pick your feet in Poughkeepsie?”
15. “Now that I’ve met you, would you object to never seeing me again?” or “Respect the cock… and tame the cunt. Tame it.”

Craig C.Jun 24, 2005 at 1:00AM

They’re coming to get you, Barbara…

AndyJun 24, 2005 at 2:25AM

Nothing from Full Metal Jacket? That film’s full of memorable gems, and not just from the drill sergeant.

Also, “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 Tannhauser Gate. All those…moments…will be lost in time, like tears in rain.” —Blade Runner

MattJun 24, 2005 at 11:36AM

“You’re terrible, Muriel.” - Muriel’s Wedding

dave rogersJun 24, 2005 at 10:27PM

“Klaatu barrada nikto.”

David KJun 25, 2005 at 9:51AM

“I’ll get all the sleep I need when I’m dead.” - Sam Elliot as Wade Garrett in Roadhouse

lionelJun 25, 2005 at 2:59PM

there is no spoon.

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