The American Film Institute has come up with a list of the 25 most unforgettable classic movie dialogues or quotes which were culled from American films shown in a span of 57 years.
The list included three films shown in the late 1930s; five films from the 1940s; four from the 50s; three from the 60s; six from the 70s; and two each from the decades of the 80s and 90s.
We are reprinting these dialogues here as we conduct a contest of our won for a similar list of classic dialogues or quotes, this time from Filipino films. The best list quotes (a minimum of 10 quotes or dialogues) may be sent to this website. Five best lists will be chosen from the entires and will receive P1,000 each.
The American Film Institute’s Greatest Movie Quotes are as follows (in descending order with the best and most unforgettable quote appearing last).
25. Show me the money!— Cuba Gooding Jr. as Rod Tidwell in the movie Jerry Maguire (TriStar, 1996)
24. I am big! It’s the pictures that got small.— Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard (Paramount, 1940)
23. There’s no place like home.– Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz (MGM, 1939)
22. Bond. James Bond.— Sean Connery as James Bond in Dr. No (United Artists, 1962)
21. A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti .—Anthony Hopkins as Dr.Hannibal Lecter in The Silence of the Lambs (Orion, 1991)
20. Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.— Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine in Casablanca (Warner Bros., 1942)
19. I’m as mad as hell, and I’m not going to take this anymore!— Peter Finch as Howard Beale in Network (United Artists, 1976)
18. Made it, Ma! Top of the world!— James Cagney as Arthur ‘Cody’Jarrett in White Heat (Warner Bros., 1949)
17. Rosebud.— Orson Welles as Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane (RKO, 1941)
16. They call me Mister Tibbs!— Sidney Poitier as Virgil Tibbs in In the Heat of the Night (United Artists, 1967)
15. E.T. phone home— E.T. (with the voice of Joe Welsh) in E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (Universal, 1982).
14. The stuff that dreams are made of.— Humphrey Bogart as Sam Spade in The Maltese Falcon (Warner Bros., 1941)
13. Love means never having to say you’re sorry.— Ryan O’Neal as Oliver Barrett IV in Love Story (Paramount, 1970)
12. I love the smell of napalm in the morning.— Robert Duvall as Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore in Apocalypse Now (United Artists, 1979)
11. What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.— Strother Martin as Captain in Cool Hand Luke (Columbia, 1967)
10. You talkin’ to me?!— Robert DeNiro as Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver (Columbia, 1976)
9. Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.— Bette Davis as Margo Channing in All About Eve (Twentieth Century Fox, 1950)
8. May the Force be with you —Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars (Twentieth Century Fox, 1977)
7. All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.— Gloria Swanson as Norma Desmond in Sunset Boulevard (Paramount, 1950)
6. Go ahead, make my day.— Clint Eastwood as Harry Callahan in Sudden Impact (Warner Bros., 1983)
5. Here’s looking at you, kid.— Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine in Casablanca (Warner Bros., 1942)
4. Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.— Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz (MGM, 1939)
3. You don’t understand! I could’ve had class. I could’ve been a contender. I could’ve been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am.— Marlon Brando as Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront (Columbia, 1954)
2. I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.— Marlon Brando as Vito Corleone in The Godfather (Paramount, 1972)
1. Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.— Clark Gable as Rhett Butler in Gone with the Wind (MGM, 1939)
Having gone through this AFI list, it’s now your turn to come up with quotable dialogues from our local films. Send your entries ASAP.