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American Film Institute’s
100 Years . . . 100 Quotes

The American Film Institute (AFI) celebrated the centennial of cinema by airing a number of television specials, each honoring a different aspect of excellence in American film. On June 21, 2005 AFI broadcast a program entitled “100 Years . . . 100 Quotes—America’s Greatest Movie Quotes.”

To determine the winners, AFI invited more than 1,500 leaders from across the American film community—screenwriters, directors, actors, producers, cinematographers, editors, executives, film historians and critics, among them—to choose from a list of nominated films compiled by AFI. The selected films (and their ranking) are listed below.

TheOscar Nominated marker symbol appears next to those films which also received an Academy Award nomination (although this was not a requirement for inclusion on the list). Click on the name of one of those films to display more information about it. You can also click on the IMDb link to to open a new browser window or tabshowing information about the film from the Internet Movie Database. Or, click on a title in the column on the right to display the winners from another AFI program.

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1.“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”
 Oscar Nominated markerGone with the Wind (1939)   IMDb
2.“I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Godfather (1972)   IMDb
3.“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.”
 Oscar Nominated markerOn the Waterfront (1954)   IMDb
4.“Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Wizard of Oz (1939)   IMDb
5.“Here’s looking at you, kid.”
 Oscar Nominated markerCasablanca (1943)   IMDb
6.“Go ahead, make my day.”
 Sudden Impact (1983)   IMDb
7.“All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.”
 Oscar Nominated markerSunset Blvd. (1950)   IMDb
8.“May the Force be with you.”
 Oscar Nominated markerStar Wars IV: A New Hope (1977)   IMDb
9.“Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”
 Oscar Nominated markerAll About Eve (1950)   IMDb
10.“You talking to me?”
 Oscar Nominated markerTaxi Driver (1976)   IMDb
11.“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.”
 Oscar Nominated markerCool Hand Luke (1967)   IMDb
12.“I love the smell of napalm in the morning.”
 Oscar Nominated markerApocalypse Now (1979)   IMDb
13.“Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”
 Oscar Nominated markerLove Story (1970)   IMDb
14.“The stuff that dreams are made of.”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Maltese Falcon (1931)   IMDb
15.“E. T. phone home.”
 Oscar Nominated markerE.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)   IMDb
16.“They call me Mister Tibbs!”
 Oscar Nominated markerIn the Heat of the Night (1967)   IMDb
 Oscar Nominated markerCitizen Kane (1941)   IMDb
18.“Made it, Ma! Top of the world!”
 Oscar Nominated markerWhite Heat (1949)   IMDb
19.“I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take it anymore!”
 Oscar Nominated markerNetwork (1976)   IMDb
20.“Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”
 Oscar Nominated markerCasablanca (1943)   IMDb
21.“A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Silence of the Lambs (1991)   IMDb
22.“Bond. James Bond.”
 Dr. No (1962)   IMDb
23.“There’s no place like home.”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Wizard of Oz (1939)   IMDb
24.“I’m big! It’s the pictures that got small.”
 Oscar Nominated markerSunset Blvd. (1950)   IMDb
25.“Show me the money!”
 Oscar Nominated markerJerry Maguire (1996)   IMDb
26.“Why don’t you come up sometime and see me?”
 Oscar Nominated markerShe Done Him Wrong (1933)   IMDb
27.“I’m walking here! I’m walking here!”
 Oscar Nominated markerMidnight Cowboy (1969)   IMDb
28.“Play it, Sam. Play ‘As Time Goes By.’”
 Oscar Nominated markerCasablanca (1943)   IMDb
29.“You can’t handle the truth!”
 Oscar Nominated markerA Few Good Men (1992)   IMDb
30.“I want to be alone.”
 Oscar Nominated markerGrand Hotel (1932)   IMDb
31.“After all, tomorrow is another day.”
 Oscar Nominated markerGone with the Wind (1939)   IMDb
32.“Round up the usual suspects.”
 Oscar Nominated markerCasablanca (1943)   IMDb
33.“I’ll have what she’s having.”
 Oscar Nominated markerWhen Harry Met Sally . . . (1989)   IMDb
34.“You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.”
 To Have and Have Not (1944)   IMDb
35.“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”
 Oscar Nominated markerJaws (1975)   IMDb
36.“Badges? We ain’t got no badges! We don’t need no badges! I don’t have to show you any stinking badges!”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)   IMDb
37.“I’ll be back.”
 The Terminator (1984)   IMDb
38.“Today, I consider myself the luckiest man on the face of the earth.”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Pride of the Yankees (1942)   IMDb
39.“If you build it, he will come.”
 Oscar Nominated markerField of Dreams (1989)   IMDb
40.“Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”
 Oscar Nominated markerForrest Gump (1994)   IMDb
41.“We rob banks.”
 Oscar Nominated markerBonnie and Clyde (1967)   IMDb
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Graduate (1967)   IMDb
43.“We’ll always have Paris.”
 Oscar Nominated markerCasablanca (1943)   IMDb
44.“I see dead people.”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Sixth Sense (1999)   IMDb
45.“Stella! Hey, Stella!”
 Oscar Nominated markerA Streetcar Named Desire (1951)   IMDb
46.“Oh, Jerry, don’t let’s ask for the moon. We have the stars.”
 Oscar Nominated markerNow, Voyager (1942)   IMDb
47.“Shane. Shane. Come back!”
 Oscar Nominated markerShane (1953)   IMDb
48.“Well, nobody’s perfect.”
 Oscar Nominated markerSome Like It Hot (1959)   IMDb
49.“It’s alive! It’s alive!”
 Frankenstein (1931)   IMDb
50.“Houston, we have a problem.”
 Oscar Nominated markerApollo 13 (1995)   IMDb
51.“You’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?”
 Dirty Harry (1971)   IMDb
52.“You had me at ‘hello.’”
 Oscar Nominated markerJerry Maguire (1996)   IMDb
53.“One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don’t know.”
 Animal Crackers (1930)   IMDb
54.“There’s no crying in baseball!”
 A League of Their Own (1992)   IMDb
55.“La-dee-da, la-dee-da.”
 Oscar Nominated markerAnnie Hall (1977)   IMDb
56.“A boy’s best friend is his mother.”
 Oscar Nominated markerPsycho (1960)   IMDb
57.“Greed, for lack of a better word, is good.”
 Oscar Nominated markerWall Street (1987)   IMDb
58.“Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer.”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Godfather Part II (1974)   IMDb
59.“As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.”
 Oscar Nominated markerGone with the Wind (1939)   IMDb
60.“Well, here’s another nice mess you’ve gotten me into!”
 Sons of the Desert (1933)   IMDb
61.“Say ‘hello’ to my little friend!”
 Scarface (1983)   IMDb
62.“What a dump.”
 Oscar Nominated markerBeyond the Forest (1949)   IMDb
63.“Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me. Aren’t you?”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Graduate (1967)   IMDb
64.“Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!”
 Oscar Nominated markerDr. Strangelove (1964)   IMDb
65.“Elementary, my dear Watson.”
 The Adventures of Sherlock Holmes (1939)   IMDb
66.“Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape.”
 Oscar Nominated markerPlanet of the Apes (1968)   IMDb
67.“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.”
 Oscar Nominated markerCasablanca (1943)   IMDb
68.“Here’s Johnny!”
 The Shining (1980)   IMDb
69.“They’re here!”
 Oscar Nominated markerPoltergeist (1982)   IMDb
70.“Is it safe?”
 Oscar Nominated markerMarathon Man (1976)   IMDb
71.“Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain’t heard nothin’ yet!”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Jazz Singer (1927)   IMDb
72.“No wire hangers, ever!”
 Mommie Dearest (1981)   IMDb
73.“Mother of mercy, is this the end if Rico?”
 Oscar Nominated markerLittle Caesar (1930)   IMDb
74.“Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown.”
 Oscar Nominated markerChinatown (1974)   IMDb
75.“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”
 Oscar Nominated markerA Streetcar Named Desire (1951)   IMDb
76.“Hasta la vista, baby.”
 Oscar Nominated markerTerminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)   IMDb
77.“Soylent Green is people!”
 Soylent Green (1973)   IMDb
78.“Open the pod bay doors, HAL.”
 Oscar Nominated marker2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)   IMDb
79.“Striker: Surely you can’t be serious. Rumack: I am serious . . . and don’t call me Shirley.”
 Airplane! (1980)   IMDb
80.“Yo, Adrian!”
 Oscar Nominated markerRocky (1976)   IMDb
81.“Hello, gorgeous.”
 Oscar Nominated markerFunny Girl (1968)   IMDb
82.“Toga! Toga!”
 National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978)   IMDb
83.“Listen to them. Children of the night. What music they make.”
 Dracula (1931)   IMDb
84.“Oh, no, it wasn’t the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast.”
 King Kong (1933)   IMDb
85.“My precious.”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002)   IMDb
86.“Attica! Attica!”
 Oscar Nominated markerDog Day Afternoon (1975)   IMDb
87.“Sawyer, you’re going out a youngster, but you’ve got to come back a star!”
 Oscar Nominated marker42nd Street (1933)   IMDb
88.“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!”
 Oscar Nominated markerOn Golden Pond (1981)   IMDb
89.“Tell ’em to go out there with all they got and win just one for the Gipper.”
 Knute Rockne All American (1940)   IMDb
90.“A martini. Shaken, not stirred.”
 Oscar Nominated markerGoldfinger (1964)   IMDb
91.“Who’s on first.”
 The Naughty Nineties (1945)   IMDb
92.“Cinderella story. Outta nowhere. A former greenskeeper, now, about to become the Master’s champion. It looks like a mirac . . . It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole! It’s in the hole!”
 Caddyshack (1980)   IMDb
93.“Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!”
 Oscar Nominated markerAuntie Mame (1958)   IMDb
94.“I feel the need—the need for speed!”
 Oscar Nominated markerTop Gun (1986)   IMDb
95.“Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.”
 Oscar Nominated markerDead Poets Society (1989)   IMDb
96.“Snap out of it!”
 Oscar Nominated markerMoonstruck (1987)   IMDb
97.“My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you.”
 Oscar Nominated markerYankee Doodle Dandy (1942)   IMDb
98.“Nobody puts Baby in a corner.”
 Oscar Nominated markerDirty Dancing (1987)   IMDb
99.“I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog, too.”
 Oscar Nominated markerThe Wizard of Oz (1939)   IMDb
100.“I’m king of the world!”
 Oscar Nominated markerTitanic (1997)   IMDb