#70. Marathon Man (1976)
- Quote: "Is it safe?"
- Character: Dr. Christian Szell
- Actor: Laurence Olivier
The chilling irony of asking about safety during a torture scene makes “Marathon Man” an unforgettable horror film that’s still relevant today. Laurence Olivier plays a Nazi war criminal whose brutality is especially apparent when Dustin Hoffman’s character, an unwitting runner caught up in his plot, ends up in his dentist chair.
#69. Poltergeist (1982)
- Quote: "They're here!"
- Character: Carol Anne Freeling
- Actor: Heather O'Rourke
Young Carol Anne seems happy enough when she announces the presence of the entities who are about to wreak terrifying havoc on her family. The television static, usually innocuous, becomes a sign of unrest. As in many horror films, the ideal American life is ripe for shock and horror in “Poltergeist.”
#68. The Shining (1980)
- Quote: "Here's Johnny!"
- Character: Jack Torrance
- Actor: Jack Nicholson
1980’s “The Shining” was deemed one of the scariest movies of all time based on a study of viewers’ heart rates while viewing the film. This quintessential cinematic jump scare has origins in “The Tonight’s Show’s” iconic introduction of Johnny Carson by Ed McMahon. During the “Here’s Johnny!” scene, when the deranged Jack bursts through a door with an axe, viewers’ pulses rose by 28.2%.
#67. Casablanca (1942)
- Quote: "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."
- Character: Rick Blaine
- Actor: Humphrey Bogart
Rock band Fall Out Boy’s 2005 album, “From Under the Cork Tree,” has two song titles that are famous movie lines: “Nobody Puts Baby in the Corner,” and “Of All the Gin Joints in All the World.” Humphrey Bogart’s leading man Rick delivers this line that captures the universal notion of fated love. More than 75 years after its release, “ Casablanca” still has a strong hold on popular culture.
#66. Planet of the Apes (1968)
- Quote: "Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape."
- Character: George Taylor
- Actor: Charlton Heston
The first “Planet of the Apes” film premiered in 1968, with five additional films through 1973. Director Tim Burton rebooted the series in 2001, and audiences have flocked to new films beginning with “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” in 2011. Charlton Heston delivers the famous line as the marooned and imprisoned astronaut Taylor, with his characteristic emotional grit. “Rise of the Planet of the Apes” repeats the line, but gets a response this time: “No!” from leader Caesar.
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#65. The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)
- Quote: "Elementary, my dear Watson."
- Character: Sherlock Holmes
- Actor: Basil Rathbone
This quip became the ultimate response from smarties to those less-adept. Sherlock Holmes is the quintessential deductive genius, magnified by the simpler wits of this sidekick Watson. The quote is not actually in any of Arthur Conan Doyle’s books; it’s an invention from the cinematic adaptations.
#64. Dr. Strangelove (1964)
- Quote: "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!"
- Character: President Merkin Muffley
- Actor: Peter Sellers
Stanley Kubrick’s surreal dark comedy captures the absurdity of war and senselessness of atomic weapons in this line. During a live reading of the movie script, comedic actress Catherine O’Hara channeled President Merkin Muffley, delivering the line to laughter.
#63. The Graduate (1967)
- Quote: "Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. Aren't you?"
- Character: Benjamin Braddock
- Actor: Dustin Hoffman
This line’s iconicity comes from the visual that accompanies it. The young college grad, Benjamin (Dustin Hoffman) delivers the line while shot through the silhouette of Mrs. Robinson’s leg, giant in the foreground. The shot offers the striking composition of the older woman overpowering the diminutive Benjamin.
#62. Beyond the Forest (1949)
- Quote: "What a dump."
- Character: Rosa Moline
- Actor: Bette Davis
Bette Davis’ campy delivery of this snarky line still inspires imitations of those in need of the perfect insult to toss at reasonably non-dumpy locales. The line was given gorgeously caustic homage by Elizabeth Taylor in “Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf,” who says it when surveying a nice enough, well-furnished room.
#61. Scarface (1983)
- Quote: "Say hello to my little friend!"
- Character: Tony Montana
- Actor: Al Pacino
Al Pacino’s unhinged portrayal of Tony Montana makes this violent spectacle an oft-parodied line due to its over-the-top carnage. In 2017, a play version starring kids went viral.
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