AFI's Top 100 Movie Quotes Nominations Self Version

by jordanhores | created - 02 Apr 2016 | updated - 15 Jul 2018 | Public

This list is a list of the AFI's top 100 movie quote nominations. These movies are based on versatility, iconic status, critical acclaim and cultural influence. Excluding critically mixed/panned/negative films and replaced with ones that should have been nominated with quotes. Ranked orderly, but only including movies once as some have multiple nominated quotes and number of the quotes. Total=400

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1. Gone with the Wind (1939)

Passed | 238 min | Drama, History, Romance

97 Metascore

A manipulative woman and a roguish man conduct a turbulent romance during the American Civil War and Reconstruction periods.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Sam Wood | Stars: Clark Gable, Vivien Leigh, Thomas Mitchell, Barbara O'Neil

Votes: 269,806 | Gross: $198.68M

5 "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.." -Rhett Butler "After all, tomorrow is another day!"-Scarlett O'Hara "As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again."-Scarlett O'Hara "Fiddle-dee-dee."-Scarlett O'Hara "I don't know nothin' 'bout birthin' babies."-Prissy

2. The Godfather (1972)

R | 175 min | Crime, Drama

100 Metascore

The aging patriarch of an organized crime dynasty transfers control of his clandestine empire to his reluctant son.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan, Diane Keaton

Votes: 1,483,167 | Gross: $134.97M

3 "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse." -Vito Corleone "Leave the gun. Take the cannolis."-Pete Clemenza "It's a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes."-Pete Clemenza

3. On the Waterfront (1954)

Not Rated | 108 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

91 Metascore

An ex-prize fighter turned longshoreman struggles to stand up to his corrupt union bosses.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Marlon Brando, Karl Malden, Lee J. Cobb, Rod Steiger

Votes: 131,790 | Gross: $9.60M

1 "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."-Terry Malloy

4. The Wizard of Oz (1939)

PG | 102 min | Adventure, Family, Fantasy

100 Metascore

Dorothy Gale is swept away from a farm in Kansas to a magical land of Oz in a tornado and embarks on a quest with her new friends to see the Wizard who can help her return home to Kansas and help her friends as well.

Directors: Victor Fleming, George Cukor, Mervyn LeRoy, Norman Taurog, Richard Thorpe, King Vidor | Stars: Judy Garland, Frank Morgan, Ray Bolger, Bert Lahr

Votes: 357,527 | Gross: $2.08M

6 "Toto, I've a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore."-Dorothy Gale "There's no place like home."-Dorothy Gale "I'll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too!" -Wicked Witch of the West "Lions and tigers and bears, oh my!"-Dorothy Gale, Scarecrow & the Tin Man "I'm melting! Melting! Oh, what a world! What a world!"-The Wicked Witch of the West "Pay no attention to that man behind the curtain!"-The Wizard of Oz

5. Casablanca (1942)

PG | 102 min | Drama, Romance, War

100 Metascore

A cynical American expatriate struggles to decide whether or not he should help his former lover and her fugitive husband escape French Morocco.

Director: Michael Curtiz | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Ingrid Bergman, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains

Votes: 488,036 | Gross: $1.02M

7 "Here's looking at you, kid."-Rick Blaine "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."-Rick Blaine "Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By."-Ilsa Lund "Round up the usual suspects."-Capt. Louis Renault "We'll always have Paris."-Rick Blaine "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine."-Rick Blaine "Ilsa, I'm no good at being noble, but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world."-Rick Blaine

6. Sudden Impact (1983)

R | 117 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

52 Metascore

A rape victim is exacting revenge on her aggressors in a small town outside San Francisco. "Dirty" Harry Callahan, on suspension for angering his superiors (again), is assigned to the case.

Director: Clint Eastwood | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Sondra Locke, Pat Hingle, Bradford Dillman

Votes: 37,977 | Gross: $67.64M

Dirty Harry 1 * "Go ahead, make my day."-Harry Callahan

7. Sunset Blvd. (1950)

Not Rated | 110 min | Drama, Film-Noir

A screenwriter develops a dangerous relationship with a faded film star determined to make a triumphant return.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: William Holden, Gloria Swanson, Erich von Stroheim, Nancy Olson

Votes: 184,917

3 "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."-Norma Desmond "I am big! It's the pictures that got small."-Norma Desmond "We didn't need dialogue. We had faces."-Norma Desmond

8. Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

PG | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy

90 Metascore

Luke Skywalker joins forces with a Jedi Knight, a cocky pilot, a Wookiee and two droids to save the galaxy from the Empire's world-destroying battle station, while also attempting to rescue Princess Leia from the mysterious Darth Vader.

Director: George Lucas | Stars: Mark Hamill, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Alec Guinness

Votes: 1,148,012 | Gross: $322.74M

2 "May the Force be with you."-Han Solo "Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You're my only hope."-Princess Leia

9. All About Eve (1950)

Passed | 138 min | Drama

98 Metascore

An ingénue insinuates herself into the lives of an established but aging stage actress and her circle of theater friends.

Director: Joseph L. Mankiewicz | Stars: Bette Davis, Anne Baxter, George Sanders, Celeste Holm

Votes: 112,264 | Gross: $0.01M

1 "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night."-Margo Channing

10. Taxi Driver (1976)

R | 114 min | Crime, Drama

94 Metascore

A mentally unstable veteran works as a nighttime taxi driver in New York City, where the perceived decadence and sleaze fuels his urge for violent action by attempting to liberate a presidential campaign worker and an underage prostitute.

Director: Martin Scorsese | Stars: Robert De Niro, Jodie Foster, Cybill Shepherd, Albert Brooks

Votes: 661,833 | Gross: $28.26M

1 * "You talkin' to me?"-Travis Bickle

11. Cool Hand Luke (1967)

GP | 127 min | Crime, Drama

91 Metascore

A laid back Southern man is sentenced to two years in a rural prison, but refuses to conform.

Director: Stuart Rosenberg | Stars: Paul Newman, George Kennedy, Strother Martin, J.D. Cannon

Votes: 151,915 | Gross: $16.22M

1 "What we've got here is failure to communicate."-Captain

12. Apocalypse Now (1979)

R | 147 min | Drama, Mystery, War

94 Metascore

A U.S. Army officer serving in Vietnam is tasked with assassinating a renegade Special Forces Colonel who sees himself as a god.

Director: Francis Ford Coppola | Stars: Martin Sheen, Marlon Brando, Robert Duvall, Frederic Forrest

Votes: 563,630 | Gross: $83.47M

1 "I love the smell of napalm in the morning."-Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore

13. Love Story (1970)

PG | 100 min | Drama, Romance

84 Metascore

A boy and a girl from different backgrounds fall in love regardless of their upbringing - and then tragedy strikes.

Director: Arthur Hiller | Stars: Ali MacGraw, Ryan O'Neal, John Marley, Ray Milland

Votes: 27,813 | Gross: $106.40M

1 * "Love means never having to say you're sorry." -Oliver Barrett IV

14. The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Not Rated | 100 min | Film-Noir, Mystery

96 Metascore

A private detective takes on a case that involves him with three eccentric criminals, a gorgeous liar, and their quest for a priceless statuette.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Mary Astor, Gladys George, Peter Lorre

Votes: 142,696 | Gross: $2.11M

2 "The stuff that dreams are made of."-Sam Spade "You're good, you're very good."-Sam Spade

15. E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)

PG | 115 min | Family, Sci-Fi

91 Metascore

A troubled child summons the courage to help a friendly alien escape Earth and return to his home world.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Henry Thomas, Drew Barrymore, Peter Coyote, Dee Wallace

Votes: 345,285 | Gross: $435.11M

1 "E.T. phone home."-E.T.

16. In the Heat of the Night (1967)

Not Rated | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Mystery

75 Metascore

An African-American police detective is asked to investigate a murder in a racially hostile southern town.

Director: Norman Jewison | Stars: Sidney Poitier, Rod Steiger, Warren Oates, Lee Grant

Votes: 62,024 | Gross: $24.38M

1 "They call me Mister Tibbs!"-Virgil Tibbs

17. Citizen Kane (1941)

PG | 119 min | Drama, Mystery

100 Metascore

Following the death of publishing tycoon, Charles Foster Kane, reporters scramble to uncover the meaning of his final utterance; 'Rosebud'.

Director: Orson Welles | Stars: Orson Welles, Joseph Cotten, Dorothy Comingore, Agnes Moorehead

Votes: 372,168 | Gross: $1.59M

1 "Rosebud."-Charles Foster Kane

18. White Heat (1949)

Not Rated | 114 min | Action, Crime, Drama

A psychopathic criminal with a mother complex makes a daring break from prison and leads his old gang in a chemical plant payroll heist.

Director: Raoul Walsh | Stars: James Cagney, Virginia Mayo, Edmond O'Brien, Margaret Wycherly

Votes: 25,935

1 "Made it, Ma! Top of the world!"-Arthur "Cody" Jarrett

19. Network (1976)

R | 121 min | Drama

83 Metascore

A television network cynically exploits a deranged former anchor's ravings and revelations about the news media for its own profit.

Director: Sidney Lumet | Stars: Faye Dunaway, William Holden, Peter Finch, Robert Duvall

Votes: 135,060

1 "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!"-Howard Beale

20. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

R | 118 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller

85 Metascore

A young F.B.I. cadet must receive the help of an incarcerated and manipulative cannibal killer to help catch another serial killer, a madman who skins his victims.

Director: Jonathan Demme | Stars: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Lawrence A. Bonney, Kasi Lemmons

Votes: 1,170,582 | Gross: $130.74M

2 "A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti." -Dr. Hannibal Lecter "I do wish we could chat longer, but I'm having an old friend for dinner."-Dr. Hannibal Lecter

21. Dr. No (1962)

PG | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

78 Metascore

A resourceful British government agent seeks answers in a case involving the disappearance of a colleague and the disruption of the American space program.

Director: Terence Young | Stars: Sean Connery, Ursula Andress, Bernard Lee, Joseph Wiseman

Votes: 137,003 | Gross: $16.07M

1 "Bond. James Bond."-James Bond

22. Jerry Maguire (1996)

R | 139 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

77 Metascore

When a sports agent has a moral epiphany and is fired for expressing it, he decides to put his new philosophy to the test as an independent agent with the only athlete who stays with him and his former secretary.

Director: Cameron Crowe | Stars: Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., Renée Zellweger, Kelly Preston

Votes: 226,962 | Gross: $153.95M

3 * "Show me the money!"-Rod Tidwell "You had me at 'hello."-Dorothy Boyd "You complete me."-Jerry Maguire

23. She Done Him Wrong (1933)

Passed | 66 min | Comedy, Drama, History

In the Gay Nineties, a seductive nightclub singer contends with several suitors, including a jealous escaped convict and a handsome temperance league member.

Director: Lowell Sherman | Stars: Mae West, Cary Grant, Owen Moore, Gilbert Roland

Votes: 5,040 | Gross: $2.00M

1 "Why don't you come up sometime and see me?"-Lady Lou

24. Midnight Cowboy (1969)

R | 113 min | Drama, Western

79 Metascore

A naive hustler travels from Texas to New York City to seek personal fortune, finding a new friend in the process.

Director: John Schlesinger | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Jon Voight, Sylvia Miles, John McGiver

Votes: 93,289 | Gross: $44.79M

1 "I'm walking here! I'm walking here!"-"Ratso" Rizzo

25. A Few Good Men (1992)

R | 138 min | Drama, Thriller

62 Metascore

Military lawyer Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee defends Marines accused of murder. They contend they were acting under orders.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Tom Cruise, Jack Nicholson, Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon

Votes: 219,282 | Gross: $141.34M

1 * "You can't handle the truth!"-Col. Nathan R. Jessup

26. Grand Hotel (I) (1932)

Not Rated | 112 min | Drama, Romance

A group of very different individuals staying at a luxurious hotel in Berlin deal with each of their respective dramas.

Director: Edmund Goulding | Stars: Greta Garbo, John Barrymore, Joan Crawford, Wallace Beery

Votes: 16,063 | Gross: $2.69M

1 "I want to be alone."-Grusinskaya

27. When Harry Met Sally... (1989)

R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

76 Metascore

Harry and Sally have known each other for years, and are very good friends, but they fear sex would ruin the friendship.

Director: Rob Reiner | Stars: Billy Crystal, Meg Ryan, Carrie Fisher, Bruno Kirby

Votes: 181,423 | Gross: $92.82M

2 -"I'll have what she's having."-Customer -"But I would be proud...-Harry Burns "But I would be proud...-Sally Albright "...to partake...-Harry Burns "...to partake...-Sally Albright "...of your pecan pie.-Harry Burns " ...of your pecan pie.-Sally Albright

28. To Have and Have Not (1944)

Not Rated | 100 min | Adventure, Comedy, Film-Noir

During World War II, American expatriate Harry Morgan helps transport a French Resistance leader and his beautiful wife to Martinique while romancing a sensuous lounge singer.

Director: Howard Hawks | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Lauren Bacall, Walter Brennan, Dolores Moran

Votes: 28,715

1 "You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow."-Marie "Slim" Browning

29. Jaws (1975)

PG | 124 min | Adventure, Drama, Thriller

87 Metascore

When a killer shark unleashes chaos on a beach community, it's up to a local sheriff, a marine biologist, and an old seafarer to hunt the beast down.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Roy Scheider, Robert Shaw, Richard Dreyfuss, Lorraine Gary

Votes: 519,611 | Gross: $260.00M

1 "You're gonna need a bigger boat."-Martin Brody

30. The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

Passed | 126 min | Adventure, Drama, Western

98 Metascore

Two Americans searching for work in Mexico convince an old prospector to help them mine for gold in the Sierra Madre Mountains.

Director: John Huston | Stars: Humphrey Bogart, Walter Huston, Tim Holt, Bruce Bennett

Votes: 106,156 | Gross: $5.01M

1 "Badges? We ain't got no badges! We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinking badges!"-"Gold Hat"

31. The Terminator (1984)

R | 107 min | Action, Sci-Fi

84 Metascore

In 1984, a human soldier is tasked to stop an indestructible cyborg killing machine, both sent from 2029, from executing a young woman, whose unborn son is the key to humanity's future salvation.

Director: James Cameron | Stars: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Michael Biehn, Paul Winfield

Votes: 752,346 | Gross: $38.40M

1 * "I'll be back."-The Terminator

32. The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

Approved | 128 min | Biography, Drama, Romance

The story of the life and career of famed baseball player Lou Gehrig.

Director: Sam Wood | Stars: Gary Cooper, Teresa Wright, Babe Ruth, Walter Brennan

Votes: 9,225

1 "Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the Earth."-Lou Gehrig

33. Field of Dreams (1989)

PG | 107 min | Drama, Family, Fantasy

57 Metascore

An Iowa corn farmer, hearing voices, interprets them as a command to build a baseball diamond in his fields; he does, and the 1919 Chicago White Sox come.

Director: Phil Alden Robinson | Stars: Kevin Costner, James Earl Jones, Ray Liotta, Amy Madigan

Votes: 101,911 | Gross: $64.43M

1 "If you build it, he will come."-Shoeless Joe Jackson

34. Forrest Gump (1994)

PG-13 | 142 min | Drama, Romance

82 Metascore

The presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson, the events of Vietnam, Watergate, and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man with an IQ of 75.

Director: Robert Zemeckis | Stars: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Sally Field

Votes: 1,663,776 | Gross: $330.25M

2 "Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."-Forrest Gump "Mama says, “Stupid is as stupid does.”-Forrest Gump

35. Bonnie and Clyde (1967)

R | 111 min | Action, Biography, Crime

86 Metascore

Bored waitress Bonnie Parker falls in love with an ex-con named Clyde Barrow and together they start a violent crime spree through the country, stealing cars and robbing banks.

Director: Arthur Penn | Stars: Warren Beatty, Faye Dunaway, Michael J. Pollard, Gene Hackman

Votes: 96,318

1 "We rob banks."-Clyde Barrow

36. The Graduate (1967)

PG | 106 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

83 Metascore

A disillusioned college graduate finds himself torn between his older lover and her daughter.

Director: Mike Nichols | Stars: Dustin Hoffman, Anne Bancroft, Katharine Ross, William Daniels

Votes: 242,195 | Gross: $104.95M

2 "Plastics."-Mr. Maguire "Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. Aren't you?"-Benjamin Braddock

37. The Sixth Sense (1999)

PG-13 | 107 min | Drama, Mystery, Thriller

64 Metascore

A boy who communicates with spirits seeks the help of a disheartened child psychologist.

Director: M. Night Shyamalan | Stars: Bruce Willis, Haley Joel Osment, Toni Collette, Olivia Williams

Votes: 862,082 | Gross: $293.51M

1 "I see dead people."-Cole Sear

38. A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

PG | 122 min | Drama

96 Metascore

Disturbed Blanche DuBois moves in with her sister in New Orleans and is tormented by her brutish brother-in-law while her reality crumbles around her.

Director: Elia Kazan | Stars: Vivien Leigh, Marlon Brando, Kim Hunter, Karl Malden

Votes: 93,330 | Gross: $8.00M

2 "Stella! Hey, Stella!"-Stanley Kowalski "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers."-Blanche DuBois

39. Now, Voyager (1942)

Approved | 117 min | Drama, Romance

A frumpy spinster blossoms under therapy and becomes an elegant, independent woman.

Director: Irving Rapper | Stars: Bette Davis, Paul Henreid, Claude Rains, Gladys Cooper

Votes: 13,844

1 "Oh, Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars."-Charlotte Vale

40. Shane (1953)

Not Rated | 118 min | Drama, Western

80 Metascore

A weary gunfighter attempts to settle down with a homestead family, but a smoldering settler/rancher conflict forces him to act.

Director: George Stevens | Stars: Alan Ladd, Jean Arthur, Van Heflin, Brandon De Wilde

Votes: 34,317 | Gross: $20.00M

1 "Shane. Shane. Come back!"-Joey Starrett

41. Some Like It Hot (1959)

Not Rated | 121 min | Comedy, Music, Romance

97 Metascore

When two male musicians witness a mob hit, they flee the state in an all-female band disguised as women, but further complications set in.

Director: Billy Wilder | Stars: Marilyn Monroe, Tony Curtis, Jack Lemmon, George Raft

Votes: 226,687 | Gross: $25.00M

2 "Well, nobody's perfect."-Osgood Fielding III "Look at that! Look how she moves. That’s just like Jell-O on springs. She must have some sort of built-in motor. I tell you, it's a whole different sex!"-Jerry

42. Frankenstein (1931)

Passed | 70 min | Drama, Horror, Sci-Fi

91 Metascore

An obsessed scientist assembles a living being from parts of exhumed corpses.

Director: James Whale | Stars: Colin Clive, Mae Clarke, Boris Karloff, John Boles

Votes: 60,339

1 "It's alive! It's alive!"-Henry Frankenstein

43. Apollo 13 (I) (1995)

PG | 140 min | Adventure, Drama, History

77 Metascore

NASA must devise a strategy to return Apollo 13 to Earth safely after the spacecraft undergoes massive internal damage putting the lives of the three astronauts on board in jeopardy.

Director: Ron Howard | Stars: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Gary Sinise

Votes: 251,542 | Gross: $173.84M

1 "Houston, we have a problem."-Jim Lovell

44. Dirty Harry (1971)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Thriller

90 Metascore

When a madman calling himself "the Scorpio Killer" menaces the city, tough as nails San Francisco Police Inspector "Dirty" Harry Callahan is assigned to track down and ferret out the crazed psychopath.

Director: Don Siegel | Stars: Clint Eastwood, Andrew Robinson, Harry Guardino, Reni Santoni

Votes: 134,582

1 "You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?"-Harry Callahan

45. Animal Crackers (1930)

G | 97 min | Comedy, Musical

Mayhem and zaniness ensue when a valuable painting goes missing during a party in honor of famed African explorer Captain Spaulding.

Director: Victor Heerman | Stars: Groucho Marx, Harpo Marx, Chico Marx, The Marx Brothers

Votes: 12,469

1 "One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know."-Capt. Geoffrey T. Spaulding

46. A League of Their Own (1992)

PG | 128 min | Comedy, Drama, Family

67 Metascore

Two sisters join the first female professional baseball league and struggle to help it succeed amidst their own growing rivalry.

Director: Penny Marshall | Stars: Tom Hanks, Geena Davis, Lori Petty, Madonna

Votes: 86,160 | Gross: $107.53M

1 "There's no crying in baseball!"-Jimmy Dugan

47. Annie Hall (1977)

PG | 93 min | Comedy, Romance

8