#10. Taxi Driver (1976)
- Quote: "You talkin' to me?"
- Character: Travis Bickle
- Actor: Robert De Niro
Robert De Niro was nominated for the Best Actor for his role as crazed vigilante veteran Travis Bickle. The line captures the universal behavior of rehearsing in front of the mirror while trying to be and look cool. Bickle pulls a gun and practices what he might say when it came time to use it.
#9. All About Eve (1950)
- Quote: "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night."
- Character: Margo Channing
- Actor: Bette Davis
Bette Davis perfectly delivers this witticism as aging actress Margo. She downs a martini and struts to the staircase to deliver this zinger at a party. As an older actress, Margo is up against Eve (Ann Baxter) in this film about the adversarial relationships between women in the entertainment industry.
#8. Star Wars (1977)
- Quote: "May the Force be with you."
- Character: Han Solo
- Actor: Harrison Ford
The force from the “Star Wars” universe is a touchstone in popular culture. When Han Solo offers these words to Luke Skywalker, it shows that even the cynical space outlaw has faith in the young Jedi. Now the line commemorates “ Star Wars Day,” a celebration for fans on May 4th. Get it?
#7. Sunset Boulevard (1950)
- Quote: "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."
- Character: Norma Desmond
- Actor: Gloria Swanson
Norma Desmond’s line captures the delusional narcissism of the lead character. The line is often parodied, notably on “The Carol Burnett Show,” making light of her being unaware her time has passed.
#6. Sudden Impact (1983)
- Quote: "Go ahead, make my day."
- Character: Harry Callahan
- Actor: Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood’s tough guy cop line became a touchstone of the Reagan era, when the actor-turned- president used it in political speeches to signal the same kind of masculine prowess used in “Dirty Harry” movies. Notably, the scene in “Sudden Impact” shows the Eastwood character using the line on a black man, a stereotypical representation of a witless criminal whose partners are easily overtaken by the single white man.
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#5. Casablanca (1942)
- Quote: "Here's looking at you, kid."
- Character: Rick Blaine
- Actor: Humphrey Bogart
This line, a popular quip in the 1930s, was reportedly ad-libbed by star Humphrey Bogart. The line captures the raffish bravado of heartbreak. Rick delivers the line to the love of his life, right before she leaves forever to be with another man.
#4. The Wizard of Oz (1939)
- Quote: "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."
- Character: Dorothy Gale
- Actor: Judy Garland
Dorothy’s classic line about finding yourself in a new world resurfaces again and again in pop culture. A YouTube supercut has 58 examples of the line used in movies and TV shows. One notable reference occurs in “Avatar” when Colonel Quaritch says, “You are not in Kansas anymore. You are on Pandora, ladies and gentlemen.”
#3. On the Waterfront (1954)
- Quote: "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."
- Character: Terry Malloy
- Actor: Marlon Brando
Marlon Brando as washed-up boxer Terry delivers this famous line that captures the “coulda woulda shoulda” lament of anyone who feels their time has passed. Robert DeNiro as Jake LaMotta repeats the line in “Raging Bull,” but Brando’s delivery is what endures.
#2. The Godfather (1972)
- Quote: "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse."
- Character: Vito Corleone
- Actor: Marlon Brando
For first-time viewers, this line’s payoff comes in the form of a grotesque surprise: the head of a beloved racehorse in the bed of a movie producer. That’s the “offer” Vito Corleone makes to get a movie role for his godson. The line euphemizes strongarm tactics, using feigned civility as a cover for the extreme violence of these cinematic gangsters.
#1. Gone with the Wind (1939)
- Quote: "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."
- Character: Rhett Butler
- Actor: Clark Gable
Even though Scarlett plans to win back husband Rhett, (in another famous line,) his quip is delivered with such confidence that the audience loses faith Rhett will ever return. The line could have been “ I don’t give a straw,” as revealed in a sheet of alternate options.
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