#60. Sons of the Desert (1933)
#59. Gone with the Wind (1939)
- Quote: "As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again."
- Character: Scarlett O'Hara
- Actor: Vivien Leigh
Showing the theatrical nature of the cinema, Vivein Leigh as Scarlett delivers a powerful soliloquy set to the rousing, emotional score. She speaks this line right before the film’s intermission, her silhouette against the sunset and the plantation land. Though Scarlett has barely suffered, in terms of what’s possible in the 19th century south, the line represents the power to rebuild and carry on after losing the civil war, and the slavery system that maintained the Southern economy.
#58. The Godfather: Part II (1974)
- Quote: "Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."
- Character: Michael Corleone
- Actor: Al Pacino
Michael Corleone is merciless and brutal in this award-winning film. Though the sentiment in this line is often attributed to the ancient text “The Art of War,” or Machiavelli’s “The Prince,” both guides for ruthless leadership, the line was in fact written by filmmakers Mario Puzo and Francis Ford Coppola.
#57. Wall Street (1987)
- Quote: "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good."
- Character: Gordon Gekko
- Actor: Michael Douglas
Michael Douglas as Gordon Gekko transcended his titan character and captured the capitalist zeitgeist of the “decade of excess.” His slicked hair and reptilian namesake helped present a broad critique of wealth in America.
#56. Psycho (1960)
- Quote: "A boy's best friend is his mother."
- Character: Norman Bates
- Actor: Anthony Perkins
Hitchcock’s psychological thriller was Freudian to the core: that is, obsessed with a mother who wasn’t even there. Bates blames his behavior on his mother, when in actuality, he embodies her and wreaks havoc in her place.
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#55. Annie Hall (1977)
- Quote: "La-dee-da, la-dee-da."
- Character: Annie Hall
- Actor: Diane Keaton
In 1977, Diane Keaton introduced a fresh type of romantic heroine: the prototypical manic pixie dream girl. Keaton won the Oscar for Best Actress for her portrayal of the quirky, unabashed woman.
#54. A League of Their Own (1992)
- Quote: "There's no crying in baseball!"
- Character: Jimmy Dugan
- Actor: Tom Hanks
While Tom Hanks may be America’s sweetheart, in “A League of Their Own,” he plays a grumpy curmudgeon with a heart of gold. Despite delivering this line, the tough coach still has a soft spot.
#53. Animal Crackers (1930)
- Quote: "One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know."
- Character: Capt. Geoffrey T. Spaulding
- Actor: Groucho Marx
The wordplay wit in this line characterizes the Marx Brothers humor style as seen in their many film comedies. In “Animal Crackers,” Groucho Marx plays a cowardly outdoorsman who tells tall tales at an upper-crust party, like the joke here, about an African safari he took.
#52. Jerry Maguire (1996)
- Quote: "You had me at 'hello.'"
- Character: Dorothy Boyd
- Actor: Renée Zellweger
Tom Cruise as Jerry Maguire brought the notion of self-awareness to romance films. The line quickly became a cultural catchphrase, representing an elaborate way to say “yes” that’s easy to tailor to any situation.
#51. Dirty Harry (1971)
- Quote: "You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?"
- Character: Harry Callahan
- Actor: Clint Eastwood
Clint Eastwood often plays lone cowboys and tough cops. As Harry, he delivers his iconic line after rising from a lunch counter to stop a crime. He’s even still chewing his food as he struts across the street, gun in hand. Harry laughs, a towering figure over the wounded man, then he strolls away.
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