Best Movie Lines Ever!
By Nola Redd
When I was a kid, I played outside for hours and read more books than most people read in a lifetime. Yet somehow I still had time to watch TV. My step-father had an insane movie collection, and I collected more than a few favorites, which I watched over and over again. In fact, when he and my mom divorced, I may have missed the movies more than I missed the man! Curious, I looked up the American Film Institute’s top 100 movie quotes. What I found was startling.
Three of the quotes, including the number one on the list, came from “Gone With the Wind”. Two of those three were delivered by Scarlett O’Hara herself.
Three more came from “The Wizard of Oz,” two of those delivered by Dorothy.
But topping the list in number of quotes was “Casablanca” at six, twice as many as these two!
Somewhat surprisingly, the Godfather, Terminator, and Bond series each sported only two quotes, one for each flick.
Thirty-six of the movies were shot in 1950 or before. Rather impressive for the old black and whites! Somewhat surprisingly, only one – “The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers” – was shot after 2000. However, the more recent movies are closer to the bottom of the list than the top.
Bogart flicks had a surprisingly high number of lines. In addition to “Casablanca”, “To Have and Have Not” and “The Maltese Falcon” also made the list. Tom Hanks delivered three lines – one from “Forrest Gump,” one from “Apollo 13,” and one from “A League of Their Own.” Tom Cruise flicks hit four lines, although only two were delivered by Cruise himself (two from “Jerry McGuire”, one from “Top Gun,” and one from “A Few Good Men). Two lines were delivered by Jack Nicholson – “A Few Good Men” and “The Shining.” It’s interesting to see what actors pop up the most.
Both instances of profanity came in movies filmed before 1970. See what happens when you don’t swear for fun?
Only one alien line in the movie, spoken by E.T. Dorothy talked to her dog for one line, and there was a nonhuman cooing over Precious, but overall, most of the lines were given in human conversation.
Many of the folks who delivered these lines are still making movies today.
One of the lines was unscripted – Dustin Hoffman’s “I’m walking here!” from “Midnight Cowboy” was completely improved and yet made the list.
There you go, just a few stats on some of the greatest lines in movie history. Be warned – as you read over the list, you may hear some of the actors delivering these lines in your head!
Article Source: Nola Redd