Your Favorite Movie Line

OK, I saw this the other day: three lines from movies — “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” “Here’s looking at you,
kid.” “You can’t handle the truth!”

What’s your favorite movie line?

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  • Craig Beard

    A couple come to mind. From The Princess Bride there’s this:
    “Hello. My name is Inigo Montoya. You killed my father. Prepare to die.”
    And this exchange between Gandalf and Frodo in The Fellowship of the Ring:
    Frodo: “I wish the Ring had never come to me . . . I wish none of this had happened.”
    Gandalf: “So do all who see such times, but that is not for them to decide. All we have to decide is what to do with the time that is given us.”

  • From the movie Better off Dead:
    “I want my two dollars.” – Repeated many times by the possessed paper boy

  • matt

    “If might makes right then there is no place for love in the world.” The Mission

  • Danny,
    My wife was quoting the “two dollars” line just the other day 🙂
    Isn’t there also a line in there about “somebody threw away a perfectly good white boy”?
    Some quotable favorites:
    The Ghost and the Darkness: “I will kill the lions and I will build the bridge.”
    Toy Story: “You are a sad strange little man and you have my pity.”
    Princess Bride: “You keep using that word. I don’t think it means what you think it means”
    Star Wars: “I’m afraid our furry companion has gone and done something rather rash”
    Monty Python: “It’s just flesh wound” or “Well, I didnt’ vote for you” and then “Help, Help, I’m being repressed!”

  • RJS

    If you build it, he will come.
    Son, if I’d only gotten to be a doctor for five minutes… now that would have been a tragedy.

  • Brian

    From The Bourne Ultimatum – “If you were in your office we would be having this conversation face to face.”

  • Luke

    “Is this heaven?” “No, it’s Iowa” – Field of Dreams

  • RJS

    You’ll shoot your eye out.
    He looks like a deranged Easter Bunny.
    Over the years I got to be quite a connoisseur of soap.
    Randy lay there like a slug! It was his only defense!

  • Walt

    From the old Bob Hope movie “The Ghost Breakers”:
    “A zombie has no will of his own. You see them sometimes walking around blindly with dead eyes, following orders, not knowing what they do, not caring.”
    “You mean like Democrats?”

  • Dave

    There is no charge for awesomeness. Or attractiveness. -Po, Kung Fu Panda

  • RJS

    When the legend becomes fact, print the legend.
    Nothing’s too good for the man who shot Liberty Valance.
    Lawyer Daggett? Who’s lawyer Daggett?
    Lawyer Daggett again. She draws him like a gun.

  • Eileen

    From; What about Bob
    “I need I need I need, I want, I want, I want.”

  • Terry

    Are you sure it isn’t time for a colorful metaphor? — Spock, Star Trek IV, The Voyage Home

  • RJS

    I wouldn’t give you two cents for all your fancy rules if, behind them, they didn’t have a little bit of plain, ordinary, everyday kindness and a little looking out for the other fella, too.
    I guess this is just another lost cause, Mr. Paine. All you people don’t know about the lost causes. Mr. Paine does. He said once they were the only causes worth fighting for.
    Either I’m dead right or I’m crazy.

  • RJS

    Ok – since others include references: 5:Field of Dreams, 8: A Christmas Story, 11: The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance and True Grit, 14: Mr Smith Goes to Washington

  • stephen

    From one of my all time favorites; Dr Strangelove
    “Sir, you can’t let him in here. He’ll see everything. He’ll see the big board!”
    “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room.”
    President Muffley “I will not go down in history as the greatest mass-murderer since Adolf Hitler.”
    General “Buck” Turgidson: “Perhaps it might be better, Mr. President, if you were more concerned with the American People than with your image in the history books.”

  • but I wanted to go to the tashi station to pick up some power converters…

  • James Petticrew

    I am a Scottish nationalist so despite the terrible Scottish accent it has to be “FREEDOM!”

  • Your Name

    Good Sharkey, it’s lieutenant God!
    Peter Sellers, The Pink Panther
    That is not my dog.
    Hotel Clerk, The Pink Panther
    Things are going to start happenning to me now!
    Steve Martin, The Jerk
    I knew I knew ya!
    John Candy, Planes Trains & Automobiles
    Rudy! Rudy! Rudy!
    The Crowd, Rudy
    (others already pointed out the best lines from Monty Python, Filed of Dreams, and the Mission)

  • Bob Brague

    “Nobody’s perfect.” (Some Like It Hot)
    “Love him a little less; help him a little more.” (Funny Girl)
    “Is there a Heaven?”
    “Oh, yeah…it’s the place where dreams come true.” (Field of Dreams)
    “We’ll always have Paris.” (Casablanca)

  • Chariots of Fire
    Lord Cadogan: “Hear, hear. In my day it was King first and God after.”
    Duke of Sutherland: “Yes, and the War To End Wars bitterly proved your point!”

  • David

    Jimmy stewart in “It’s a wonderful life” Talking to clarence the intern angel about money
    “Well, let me tell you bub, it comes in pretty handy down here you know”

  • These are lines I’m known for using in conversation.
    Darth Vader, Star Wars: “I find your lack of faith disturbing”
    Scarlet O’Hare, Gone With the Wind: “I can’t think about it now. I’ll think about it tomorrow.”
    Gene Kranz, Apollo 13: “Failure is not an option.” And Jim Lovell: “Houston, we have a problem.” (And probably 15 other one liners.)
    Klaatu, The Day the Earth Stood Still: “Klaatu barra nikto”
    Inigo Montoya, Princess Bride: “Let me esplain … No, there is too much … Let me sum up.”
    Vizzini , Princess Bride: “Inconceivable!”
    Cole Sear, Sixth Sense: “I see dead people.”
    Jacques Clouseau: “There is a time to be serious and a time not to be serious, and this is not one of them.”
    Hal 9000 Computer, Space Odyssey 2001 : “I am completely operational, and all my circuits are functioning perfectly.”
    Jake Roedel, Ride with the Devil: “It ain’t right; it ain’t wrong; it just is.”
    Dorothy, Wizard of Oz: “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
    Ebenezer Scrooge, A Christmas Carrol: “Are there no prisons? Are there no workhouses?”
    Spock’s “colorful metaphor” quote by Timothy in #13 is another one I use.

  • Head! Pants! Now!
    From So I Married an Axe Murderer
    It’s the best movie of all time!!! 🙂

  • Dana Ames

    “Mamma, the Italians are coming!”
    Dad: What is this?
    Mom: It’s sauteed zucchini.
    Dad: It’s I-tey food. I don’t want no I-tey food.
    Mom: It’s not. I got it at the A&P. It’s like… squash.
    Dad: I know I-tey food when I hear it! It’s all them “eenie” foods…
    zucchini… and linguini… and fettuccine. I want some American
    food, dammit! I want French fries!”
    “Your name is Jake, not Fellini!”
    “Don’t forget to punch the clock!”
    -Breaking Away
    …and I’m with RJS on all the ones she put up!

  • Rebeccat

    “We thought you was a TOAD!” – Oh Brother Where Art Thou?

  • Forgot to mention that RJS’ Jimmy Stewart quote in #14 is one of my favorites. Hard to go wrong with Jimmy Stewart.

  • RJS

    Now it isn’t that I don’t like you, Susan, because, after all, in moments of quiet, I’m strangely drawn toward you, but – well, there haven’t been any quiet moments. – Bringing Up Baby (One of the all time best)

  • Kim H

    “My mama always said life was like a box a chocolates, you never know what you’re gonna get”, “Stupid is as stupid does”, and “And that’s all I have to say about that.”–Forest Gump
    “I feel the need… the need for speed!”–Top Gun
    “You had me at hello” and “Show me the money!”–Jerry Maguire
    “Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”–Dirty Dancing
    “I once thought I had mono for an entire year, It turned out I was just really bored”, “Schwing!”, “Game on”, “Are you mental?”–Wayne’s World.

  • RJS

    I am surprised that there isn’t more Casablanca here – the first time I saw it I thought it was one run on cliche – and then realized it was the original.
    I am making out the report now. We haven’t quite decided yet whether he committed suicide or died trying to escape.
    I’m no good at being noble, but it doesn’t take much to see that the problems of three little people don’t amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world.
    If that plane leaves the ground and you’re not with him, you’ll regret it. Maybe not today. Maybe not tomorrow, but soon and for the rest of your life.
    Round up the usual suspects.
    Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.
    Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.
    I’m shocked, shocked to find that gambling is going on in here!
    I remember every detail. The Germans wore gray, you wore blue.
    …and many more (Including Scot’s “Here’s looking at you kid” and Bob’s “We’ll always have Paris”)

  • What we do in life echoes in eternity – Maximus in Gladiator
    Get busy livin or get busy dyin’ – Andy DuFrane(sp?) in The Shawshank Redemption
    Leave the gun. Take the cannolis. – The Godfather
    Your brain has the think candy shell on it – Tommy Boy
    I found my movin’ buddy! – Bo Peep about Buzz Light in Toy Story
    To him [the father], all good things – trout as well as eternal salvation – came by grace. grace comes by art. art does not come easy. – A River Runs Through It

  • As some one who has done competitive intelligence work and other types of research, I have a special affinity for this exchange from “Midway”:
    Captain Garth: How much can you decipher?
    Commander Rochefort: Fifteen percent.
    Captain Garth: Really decipher?
    Commander Rochefort: Ten percent.
    Captain Garth: That’s one word in ten, Joe! You’re *guessing*!
    Commander Rochefort: [slightly hurt] We like to call it “analysis.”

  • RJS #30
    “I am surprised that there isn’t more Casablanca here – the first time I saw it I thought it was one run on cliche – and then realized it was the original.”
    Ditto. One of my absolute favorites. You got most of the good ones.

  • macmanbob

    “Cut me, Mick.” “Absolutely!”
    “I’ll be back.” “Hasta la vista, baby.”
    “I’ve developed a tolerance to Iocane powder.” “As you wish.”

  • Don

    “He chose poorly” – the knight in Indiana Jones “Last Crusade”

  • And six Star War movies and I’m the only one with a quote? There is definite Geek deficiency here at Jesus Creed.

  • Terri

    in Lord of the Rings, Return of the King:
    Death rider: “No man can kill me.”
    Eowyn: (taking off her helmet) “I am no man.” (then she kills him)

  • Steve G

    Are you gonna pull those pistols or whistle Dixie? (Josey Wales)
    But watch out for in your ear. (Field of Dreams)

  • “Good heavens, we’re in the hands of engineers.”
    –Ian Malcolm, Jurassic Park

  • Ebon

    “Why do you wear that stupid bunny suit?” / “Why are you wearing that stupid man suit?” ~ Donnie Darko
    “But why is the rum gone?” ~ Pirates Of The Carribean (now used by myself and my friends when given an explanation we don’t understand)
    “in Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had democracy – five hundred years of peace and brotherly love, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock. Goodnight Holly.” ~ The Third Man

  • Ed G.

    “Are you the police?”
    “No, ma’am. We’re musicians.” –The Blues Brothers
    “We men, ain’t we?” –Glory
    “General, would you care to step outside?” –Superman II

  • Patrick Hare

    Judge Rayford: “Mr. Kirkland, you’re out of order.”
    Arthur Kirkland: “You’re out of order. You’re out of order. This whole trial is out of order!”
    Arthur Kirkland: “My client, the Honorable Judge Fleming, should go straight to f****** jail!”
    “Those aren’t pillows!”
    Emperor Joseph II: “My dear young man, don’t take it too hard. Your work is ingenious. It’s quality work. And there are simply too many notes, that’s all. Just cut a few and it will be perfect.”
    Mozart: “Which few did you have in mind, Majesty?”

  • Luke

    Wow, I’m surprised at the amount of Field of Dreams quotes on here. I think by far the most quoted thus far. Looks like you attract a bunch of baseball fans Scot! I’ll have to admit, it’s one of the best of all times.

  • Mike Mangold

    RJS: Right on with the doctor quote. Thanks.
    I know I’m an older parent of young children, but I really believe everyone should see “The Incredibles” at least twice. Here are my favorite quotes from that movie:
    Mr. Incredible: “No matter how many times you save the world, it always manages to get back in jeopardy again. Sometimes I just want it to stay saved, you know?”
    Announcer (in voice-over): “In a stunning turn of events, a superhero is being sued for saving someone who, apparently, didn’t want to be saved.”
    Helen Parr (telling her son why he’s not allowed to do his best): “Right now, honey, the world just wants us to fit in.”
    Helen Parr (to her son): “Everyone’s special, Dash.”
    Dash: “Which is another way of saying no one is.”
    Bob: “They keep creating new ways to celebrate mediocrity.”
    Syndrome (to Mr. Incredible): “I’ll give them the most spectacular heroics anyone’s ever seen. And when I’m old and I’ve had my fun, I’ll sell my inventions so that everyone can be superheroes. Everyone can be super. And when everyone’s super, no one will be.”
    And, of course, the best line: “It’s show time!” (Note that he used that in “Blades of Glory” also.

  • “Harder! Maybe with your knee more!” What About Bob?

  • Fraulien

    “As you wish”….grandfather to grandson in Princess Bride.
    “I am shocked!….shocked! there is gambling in the house! (your winnings monsieur) (Casablanca)
    Rick…I think this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. (Casablanca)
    Why did you come to Casablanca?…. I came for the waters…… What waters?….it is a desert. …I was misinformed. (Casablanca)
    If God had not wanted them sheared he would not have made them sheep (Eli Wallich…Magnificent Seven(
    “There are two types of people in this world….those with loaded guns….and those who dig….You…dig! (Clint Eastrood to Eli Wallach…Good the Bad and the Ugly)

  • Bill

    “As you wish”….grandfather to grandson in Princess Bride.
    “I am shocked!….shocked! there is gambling in the house! (your winnings monsieur) (Casablanca)
    Rick…I think this could be the beginning of a beautiful friendship. (Casablanca)
    Why did you come to Casablanca?…. I came for the waters…… What waters?….it is a desert. …I was misinformed. (Casablanca)
    If God had not wanted them sheared he would not have made them sheep (Eli Wallich…Magnificent Seven(
    “There are two types of people in this world….those with loaded guns….and those who dig….You…dig! (Clint Eastrood to Eli Wallach…Good the Bad and the Ugly)

  • “I think this could be the start of a beautiful friendship”–Casa Blanca
    “Is this heaven? No, it’s Iowa”–Field of Dreams

  • reJoyce

    I like the Eowyn line, too, Terri.
    Here’s one that makes me giggle every time:
    From Love Actually:
    Karen: [all attentive] So what’s this big news, then?
    Daisy: [excited] We’ve been given our parts in the nativity play. And I’m the lobster.
    Karen: [confused] The lobster?
    Daisy: [elated] Yeah!
    Karen: [needing clarification] In the nativity play?
    Daisy: [beaming] Yeah, *first* lobster.
    Karen: [astounded] There was more than one lobster present at the birth of Jesus?
    Daisy: [indignant] Duh.

  • Terry

    Gwen: Surely you don’t think Gilligan’s Island is an historical document?
    Mathazar: Those poor people.
    —Galaxy Quest

  • Mary

    “It would not be difficult, Mein Führer. Nuclear reactors could – heh, I’m sorry, Mr. President – nuclear reactors could provide power almost indefinitely.”
    –Dr. Strangelove
    “With enough courage, you can do without a reputation.”
    –Rhett Butler
    “Communicate with the Soviets? We can’t even communicate with the Pentagon and they’re just across the [river].”
    –Kenny O’Donnell (Thirteen Days)
    “Some teachers are just trying to lowball me. And I know how you say, ‘Never accept a first offer,’ so I figure these grades are just a jumping off point.”
    –Cher (Clueless)

  • M 2 Cents

    – I want a Winnebago.
    – What?
    Fully equipped, big kitchen, water bed…
    …AM-FM, CD, microwave.
    – This is not a car dealership, pal.
    – He wants a Winnebago.
    – All right, a Winnebago.
    – Thank you. (Sneakers)
    Liz: The man who folded this tube of Crest is looking for someone meticulous, refined. Anal.
    [everyone turns around]
    Liz: What? (Sneakers)
    Cosmo: The world isn’t run by weapons anymore, or energy, or money. It’s run by little ones and zeroes, little bits of data. It’s all just electrons. (Sneakers)
    Jackie O’Shea: I think there’s a right turn coming up here. Could you drive a little slower mister, please? (Waking ned devine)
    Jackie O’Shea: Is there a greater twist of fate Annie? To win half a million and the next minute die from the shock of it. (Waking Ned Devine)
    Die hard:
    John McClane: [huddled in an air vent, recalls his wife’s invitation] “Come out to the coast, we’ll get together, have a few laughs…”
    Harry Ellis: Hey babe, I negotiate million dollar deals for breakfast. I think I can handle this Eurotrash.
    Harry Ellis: Hey, what am I, a method actor? Hans, babe, put away the gun, this is radio, not television.
    The Rock:
    “Welcome to the Rock!”
    The greatest game ever played
    “Read it. Roll it. Hole it.”
    Karate Kid:
    “Wax on; wax off.
    When harry met sally:
    “I’ll have what she’s having”
    “Harry Burns: There are two kinds of women: high maintenance and low maintenance.
    Sally Albright: Which one am I?
    Harry Burns: You’re the worst kind; you’re high maintenance but you think you’re low maintenance.
    Sally Albright: I don’t see that.
    Harry Burns: You don’t see that? Waiter, I’ll begin with a house salad, but I don’t want the regular dressing. I’ll have the balsamic vinegar and oil, but on the side. And then the salmon with the mustard sauce, but I want the mustard sauce on the side. “On the side” is a very big thing for you.
    Sally Albright: Well, I just want it the way I want it.
    Harry Burns: I know; high maintenance.”
    “Harry Burns: I love that you get cold when it’s 71 degrees out. I love that it takes you an hour and a half to order a sandwich. I love that you get a little crinkle above your nose when you’re looking at me like I’m nuts. I love that after I spend the day with you, I can still smell your perfume on my clothes. And I love that you are the last person I want to talk to before I go to sleep at night. And it’s not because I’m lonely, and it’s not because it’s New Year’s Eve. I came here tonight because when you realize you want to spend the rest of your life with somebody, you want the rest of your life to start as soon as possible.”

  • My 2 Cents

    Have fun storming the castle!! (Princess Bride)
    Leave the gun; take the canola. (Godfather)
    You chose wisely. (Indiana Jones and the Last Crusade)
    Hope is a dangerous thing. Hope can drive a man insane. (Shawshank)
    So you’re saying there’s a chance! (Dumb and Dumber)
    We couldn’t stand the son of a bitch when we were alive… …so we told told him to stick it! (Field of Dreams)
    Archaeology is the search for fact. Not truth…. So forget any ideas you’ve got about lost cities, exotic travel, and digging up the world. We do not follow maps to buried treasure and “X” never, ever, marks the spot. (Indiana Jones and the last Crusade)
    Prince Humperdinck: [sincerely] Tyrone, you know how much I love watching you work, but I’ve got my country’s 500th anniversary to plan, my wedding to arrange, my wife to murder and Guilder to frame for it; I’m swamped.
    Count Rugen: Get some rest. If you haven’t got your health, then you haven’t got anything. (Princess Bride)

  • Timbo

    With all the Field of Dreams quotes I’m rather surprised that nobody has quoted from Bull Durham. The meeting on the mound is hilarious:
    Pitching Coach: Excuse me, but what the hell’s going on out here?
    Crash Davis: Well, Nuke’s scared because his eyelids are jammed and his old man’s here. We need a live rooster to take the curse off Jose’s glove and nobody seems to know what to get Millie or Jimmy for their wedding present. [to the players] Is that about right? [the players nod] We’re dealing with a lot of [crap].
    Pitching Coach: Okay, well, uh… candlesticks always make a nice gift, and uh, maybe you could find out where she’s registered and maybe a place-setting or maybe a silverware pattern. Okay, let’s get two!

  • Chris White

    From cool hand luke;
    “what we got here is: failure to communicate”

  • My 2 Cents

    There’s no crying in baseball!!! (A League of Their Own)

  • Dang, I’m late to this party. Most of the classic ones have been said already, but I’ll give it a shot.
    “I have a bad feeling about this.” Multiple characters in multiple Star Wars movies.
    “Why do you want to be a writer? You’re not gay, or oppressed.” John Lithgow to Colin Hanks, Orange County
    “He deserves death…” “Deserves it! I dare say he does. Many that live deserve death. And some that die deserve life. Can you give it to them? Then do not be too eager to deal out death and judgment. For even the very wise cannot see all ends. I have not much hope that Gollum can be cured, but there is a chance of it.” Frodo and Gandalf, Lord of the Rings (the first one)
    “A child of five could understand this. Someone get me a child of five.” Groucho Marx, I think it was in Duck Soup
    “Lord, it’s a miracle! Man up and vanished like a fart in the wind!” The prison warden in The Shawshank Redemption. There are more classy lines, of course, but that one always makes me laugh.
    “With great power comes great responsibility.” Uncle Ben in Spider-Man
    “Anybody interested in grabbing a couple of burgers and hittin’ the cemetery?” the great Gene Hackman in The Royal Tenenbaums

  • My 2 Cents

    HICKORY!!! (Hoosiers)

  • “Trumpy, you can do magic things!” — Pod People

  • Charlie M

    I think it is from the movie, “The Robe”
    It is a quote from scripture as spoken by Christ on the Cross;
    “It is finished!”

  • Three Amigos:
    In a way, each of us has an El Guapo to face. For some, shyness might be their El Guapo. For others, a lack of education might be their El Guapo. For us, El Guapo is a big, dangerous man who wants to kill us. But as sure as my name is Lucky Day, the people of Santa Poco can conquer their own personal El Guapo, who also happens to be *the actual* El Guapo!
    Would you say I have a plethora of pinatas?
    Oh yes, you have a plethora.

    El Guapo: Well, you told me I have a plethora. And I just would like to know if you know what a plethora is. I would not like to think that a person would tell someone he has a plethora, and then find out that that person has NO IDEA what it means to have a plethora.
    Jefe: Forgive me, El Guapo. I know that I, Jefe, do not have your superior intellect and education. But could it be that once again, you are angry at something else, and are looking to take it out on me?

  • Pat

    “Big mistake, big mistake.” Julia Roberts in Pretty Woman when she goes back to one of the boutiques that snubbed her because of the way she was dressed. Once she had some fancy clothes, she went back to that boutique, asked the saleswoman if she worked on commission, and then uttered this line. I loved it!

  • Midnight Run:
    “I’ve got two words for you: shut the f*!@ up!”

  • The passion of the Christ:
    Jesus, under his cross on the road to Calvary, tells his mother, whom he meets on the way, “BEHOLD, I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW.”
    I tremble and “choke up” every time I even think of this wonderful scene depicting Christ’s heroic victory over the law of sin and death (Romans 8:2, I Corith. 15:54-58) and over all the works of the devil. (I John 3:8). It always causes me to ponder the unimaginable price he paid, bearing the full burden of the sins of the world(including his beloved father’s FULL WRATH), and the great love with which he loved us in order to undertake such an awful task. (Ephesians 2:1-10)
    JESUS IS LORD!!!!!!!!!!
    The gospel summarized in 1 verse(2 Corint. 5:21):
    He (God the Father) made Him (Jesus Christ) who knew no sin to, become sin on our behalf us so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him
    (see also Isaiah chapters 52 and 53) :o)

  • Ken

    “I’m picking out a thermos for you!” The Jerk
    General Patton’s attendant seeing a Bible on his bedside table:
    ” Do you read the Bible, General?”
    “Every Goddamn day”
    “That’ll be the day” The Searchers

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