Sixty Years of Great Movie Lines

From the 1930's Through the 1980's


Great Movie Lines of the 30's


Why don't you come up and see me sometime?

—She Done Him Wrong (1933)


Toto, I have a feeling we're not in Kansas any more.

—The Wizard of Oz (1939)


I was once so poor I didn't know where my next husband was coming from.

—She Done Him Wrong (1933)


Heathcliff, make the world stop right here.

Make everything stop and stand still

and never move again.

Make the moors never change

and you and I never change.

—Wuthering Heights (1939)


Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.

—Gone With the Wind (1939)


Have you every noticed how grateful

you are to see daylight again

after coming out of a tunnel?...

Always try to see life around you

as if you'd just come out of a tunnel.

—Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)


I'm going to live through this,

and when it's all over,

I'll never be hungry again.

No, nor any of my folks.

If I have to lie, cheat, or kill,

as God is my witness,

I'll never be hungry again.

—Gone With the Wind (1939)


You keep your feet on the ground

and your head on those shoulders of yours

and go out and, Sawyer, you're going out a youngster,

but you've got to come back a star.

—42nd Street (1933)


Mother of Mercy, is this the end of Rico?

—Little Caesar (1930)


Then close your eyes

and tap your heels together three times,

and think to yourself, "There's no place like home."

—The Wizard of Oz (1939)


Great Movie Lines of the 40's


You know, Mildred,

in the spring a young man's fancy lightly turns

to what he's been thinking about all winter.

—Mildred Pierce (1945)


Of all the gin joints

in all the towns

in all the world,

she walks into mine.

—Casablanca (1942)


What a dump.

—Beyond the Forest (1949)


She drove me to drink.

That's the one thing

I'm indebted to her for.

—Never Give a Sucker an Even Break (1941)


As you grow older, you'll find that

the only things you regret

are the things you didn't do.

—Mildred Pierce (1945)


I think it would be fun to run a newspaper.

—Citizen Kane (1941)


My religion? My dear, I'm a millionaire.

—Major Barbara (1941)


The roof of the world (is) supported by seven pillars,

and the seven pillars are set on the shoulders

of a genie whose strength is beyond thought;

and the genie stands on an eagle;and

the eagle on a boar; and the boar on a fish;

and the fish swims in the sea of eternity.

—The Thief of Bagdad (1940)


Made it, Ma! Top of the world!!!

—White Heat (1949)


My mother thanks you. My father thanks you.

My sister thanks you. And I thank you.

—Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)


Badges? We ain't got no steenkin' badges.

We don't need no badges.

I don't have to show you any steenkin' badges!

—The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)


He just swallowed his pride.

It'll take him a moment or two to digest it.

—The Hasty Heart (1949)


When a man's partner's killed,

he's supposed to do something about it.

It doesn't make any difference what you thought of him.

He was your partner, and you're supposed to do something about it.

—The Maltese Falcon (1941)


I stick my neck out for nobody.

—Casablanca (1942)


There are but three things that men respect:

the lash that descends, the yoke that breaks,

and the sword that slays.

By the power and terror of these

you may rule the world.

—The Thief of Bagdad (1940)


In Italy under the Borgias, they had

warfare, terror, murder, bloodshed.

They produced Michelangelo,

Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance.

In Switzerland they had brotherly love,

five hundred years of democracy

and peace, and what did they produce?

The cuckoo clock.

—The Third Man (1949)


Personally, Veda's convinced me

that alligators have the right idea.

They eat their young.

—Mildred Pierce (1945)


Insanity runs in my family. It practically gallops.

—Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)


Every time you hear a bell ring,

it means that some angel's just got his wings.

—It's a Wonderful Life (1946)


People all say I've had a bad break,

but today.....today I consider myself

the luckiest man on the face of the Earth.

—The Pride of the Yankees (1942)


Great Movie Lines of the 50's


My job is to teach these natives

the meaning of democracy.

And they're going to learn democracy

if I have to shoot every one of them.

—The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)


I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.

—A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)


You know, a dozen press agents working overtime

can do terrible things to the human spirit.

—Sunset Boulevard (1950)


Kirk was wrong when he said I didn't know

where movie scripts left off and life begins.

A script has to make sense, and life doesn't.

—The Barefoot Contessa (1954)


I've wrestled with reality for 35 years,

and I'm happy, Doctor.

I finally won out over it.

—Harvey (1950)


Fasten your seatbelts. We're in for a bumpy night.

—All About Eve (1950)


GAUGHAN: What I see when I look at your work is just you paint too fast.

VAN GOGH: You look too fast.

—Lust for Life (1956)


Nobody's perfect.

—Some Like it Hot (1959)


He'll regret it to his dying day...if he lives that long.

—The Quiet Man (1952)


Years from now, when you talk about this—and you will—be kind.

—Tea and Sympathy (1956)


Great Movie Lines of the 60's


Give me a girl of an impressionable age

and she is mine for life.

—The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie (1969)


Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me, aren't you?

—The Graduate (1967)


We rob banks.

—Bonnie and Clyde (1967)


That's exactly why we want to produce this play,

to show the true Hitler;

the Hitler you loved,

the Hitler you knew,

the Hitler with a song in his heart.

—The Producers (1968)


I'm a bagel on a plate of onions.

—Funny Girl (1968)


Then why did God plague us

with the power to think, Mr. Brady?

Why do you deny the one faculty of Man

that raises him above the other creatures of the Earth,

the power of his brain to reason?

—Inherit the Wind (1960)


Great Movie Lines of the 70's


She's my sister! <slap>

She's my daughter! <slap>

She's my sister and my daughter!

—Chinatown (1974)


My father made him an offer he couldn't refuse.

—The Godfather (1972)


Hey, don't knock masturbation.

It's sex with someone I love.

—Annie Hall (1977)


I like to watch.

—Being There (1979)


A relationship, I think, is like a shark.

You know—it has to constantly move forward or it dies.

And I think what we have on our hands is a dead shark.

—Annie Hall (1977)


I know what you're thinkin':

Did he fire six shots, or only five?

Well, to tell you the truth,

in all this excitement,

I've kinda lost track myself.

But being this is a .44 Magnum,

the most powerful handgun in the world,

and would blow your head clean off,

you've got to ask yourself one question:

Do I feel lucky?

Well, do ya, punk?

—Dirty Harry (1971)


I won't be wronged.

I won't be insulted.

I won't be laid a hand on.

I don't do these things to others

and I require the same of them.

—The Shootist (1976)


I love the smell of napalm in the morning.

It smells like...victory.

—Apocalypse Now (1979)


I want all of you to get out of your chairs.

I want you to get up right now

and go to the window,

open it and stick your head out and yell,

"I'm mad as hell, and I'm not going to take it anymore!"

—Network (1976)


May the Force be with you.

—Star Wars (1977)


Great Movie Lines of the 80's


Goooooooooooooooooooood morning, Vietnam!

—Good Morning, Vietnam (1987)


ARTHUR: I think I'll take a bath.

BUTLER: I'll alert the media.

—Arthur (1981)


We're on a mission from God.

—The Blues Brothers (1980)


I'll be back.

—The Terminator (1984)


They're ba-a-ack.

—Poltergeist II (1986)


Greed is good. Greed is right. Greed works.

—Wall Street (1987)


Snakes! Why does it always have to be snakes?!

—Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981)


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

—The Princess Bride (1987)


Go ahead. Make my day.

—Sudden Impact (1983)


You're not too bright. I like that in a man.

—Body Heat (1981)


You're out of order! You're out of order!

This whole trial is out of order!

They're out of order!

—...And Justice for All (1979)


I won't be ignored.

—Fatal Attraction (1987)


E.T. phone home.

—E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial (1982)


Where does he get those wonderful toys?

—Batman (1989)


If you build it, he will come.

—Field of Dreams (1989)



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