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100 greatest movie quotes from 100 years of film

  • #90. Goldfinger (1964)

    - Quote: "A martini. Shaken, not stirred."
    - Character: James Bond
    - Actor: Sean Connery

    This line captures the essence of the special agent hero: handsome and cultured, with impeccable taste. Not surprisingly, the line (which originated in Ian Fleming’s “007” novels) endures not only in the films, but in contemporary cocktail culture.

  • #89. Knute Rockne, All American (1940)

    - Quote: "Tell 'em to go out there with all they got and win just one for the Gipper."
    - Character: Knute Rockne
    - Actor: Pat O'Brien

    George Gipp was a real-life football player who became forever entwined with the political mythology of Ronald Reagan. The former president starred as the dying “Gipper,” and asks his coach to inspire his team with the line. It became a catchphrase during Reagan’s campaign, a crossover between politics and popular culture.

  • #88. On Golden Pond (1981)

    - Quote: "Listen to me, mister. You're my knight in shining armor. Don't you forget it. You're going to get back on that horse, and I'm going to be right behind you, holding on tight, and away we're gonna go, go, go!"
    - Character: Ethel Thayer
    - Actor: Katharine Hepburn

    In this tear-jerking scene, stars confront old age and mortality in a love story rarely shown in Hollywood. Katharine Hepburn performed the role while suffering from Parkinson’s, and delivers this line while comforting her ailing husband.

  • #87. 42nd Street (1933)

    - Quote: "Sawyer, you're going out a youngster, but you've got to come back a star!"
    - Character: Julian Marsh
    - Actor: Warner Baxter

    Ruby Keeler (as Peggy) stars in this Busby Berkeley musical set in the “backstage” of Broadway, filled with cinematic dance numbers. When the star breaks her ankle, the show must go on, so the director sends ingenue understudy Peggy to the stage with this famous line.

  • #86. Dog Day Afternoon (1975)

    - Quote: "Attica! Attica!"
    - Character: Sonny Wortzik
    - Actor: Al Pacino

    “Dog Day Afternoon,” about a bank heist gone wrong, got the audience on the side of the criminals. When Al Pacino (as robber Sonny) emerges from the bank and confronts the cops, he gets the crowd to chant “Attica! Attica!” This is a reference to the 1971 prison riot and the prisoner’s rights movement, demonstrating the film’s strong anti-establishment bent. Pacino ad-libbed the lines after consulting with the assistant director.

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  • #85. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)

    - Quote: "My precious."
    - Character: Gollum
    - Actor: Andy Serkis

    Gollum became an emblem for CGI performances after “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers,” setting the bar for characters created by animators and portrayed by actors. Gollum is especially intriguing for his grotesque obsession that’s somehow still relatable. The line was quickly "memed" as a stand-in for obsessive behavior.

  • #84. King Kong (1933)

    - Quote: "Oh, no, it wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast."
    - Character: Carl Denham
    - Actor: Robert Armstrong

    This line is delivered when King Kong has fallen off the Empire State and lies dead in the street below. It’s a romantic rigaromole: it really was the airplanes, but here the men who tortured the poor creature deflect responsibility onto a woman.

  • #83. Dracula (1931)

    - Quote: "Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make."
    - Character: Count Dracula
    - Actor: Bela Lugosi

    If the castle wasn’t freaky enough, Count Dracula utters these creepy lines to an out-of-town guest who hears howls in the distance. The line is eerie, but also filled with humanity and beauty that breathes within Bela Lugosi’s intense performance as the iconic vampire.

  • #82. National Lampoon's Animal House (1978)

    - Quote: "Toga! Toga!"
    - Character: John "Bluto" Blutarsky
    - Actor: John Belushi

    John Belushi shines as the emblematic co-ed in this paean to college party life set in a fraternity house on probation. Belushi plays the feral Bluto with an animal-like unshackling, as if he’s the unfettered id of the frat boy soul.

  • #81. Funny Girl (1968)

    - Quote: "Hello, gorgeous."
    - Character: Fanny Brice
    - Actor: Barbra Streisand

    Barbra Streisand repeated this famous line during her Best Actress Academy Award acceptance speech. In the film, the camera pans to her character, decked out in a leopard print coat and hat, gazing at herself in the mirror and greeting her lovely visage.

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