Lots of movies over the years have memorable dialogue, a line that has become a cultural catch phrase. But when picking the Top 10 Most Quotable Movies of All Time, it’s important to pick movies with several legendary lines, not just one. We also think the movies should be classics on the whole. (Sorry, Ron Burgundy.)

In chronological order, then, here are our picks, followed by some examples of their classic dialogue — and a list of five movies with great one-offs. (Hello, Ron…)

1. “Gone with the Wind”

Often cited as the most popular movie of all time, and sometimes cited as one of the most racist (by today’s standards), “Gone with the Wind” is immortal. With an unforgettable romance, a sweeping historical background, and a chorus of unforgettable supporting characters, its most quoted lines are many, including:


“You should be kissed and often, and by someone who knows how.”

“I don’t know nothin’ ‘bout birthin’ babies!”

“As God is my witness… I’ll never be hungry again.”

Most quoted line:

“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

2. “The Wizard of Oz”

It lost Best Picture to “Gone with the Wind” and wasn’t regarded as a classic until multiple re-releases and annual TV showings. But it’s hard to imagine the movies without this musical gem of a lost girl from Kansas and the friends she makes in a magical land.

“I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas, anymore.”

“I’ll get you my pretty. And your little dog, too!”

“We’re off to see the wizard!”

“Follow the yellow brick road.”

Most quoted line

“There’s no place like home.”

3. “Casablanca”

Bogie, Bergman and “As Time Goes Bye” … and one of the most MISquoted lines ever. Turns out nobody ever said, “Play it again, Sam.” So sue ‘em. It’s still one of the greats. Here are some examples why:

“Of all the gin joints, in all the towns, in all the world, she walks into mine.”

“We’ll always have Paris.”

“I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

“Kiss me. Kiss me as if it were the last time.”

Most quotable line

“Here’s looking at you, kid.”

4. “West Side Story”

The Broadway musical adaptation was a sensation in the early ‘60s, sweeping the Oscars and bringing the lyrics and dialog to an even broader audience. Sung or spoken, these are lines we all know.

“I like to be in America.”

“Play it cool boy, real cool.”

“When you’re a Jet, you’re a Jet all the way.”

“Tonight, tonight won’t be just any night.”

Most quotable line

“I feel pretty — oh, so pretty.”

5. “The Godfather”

This is one of the rare examples of a movie being better – far better – than the book. Mario Puzo’s best-seller was pulpy fun about a mafia family, and the source of much of the great dialog that fueled Francis Ford Coppola’s blazingly ambitious and hugely popular adaptation.


“(He) sleeps with the fishes.”

“A man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man.”

“Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.”

Most quotable line

“I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse.”

6. “Annie Hall”

A rare comedy to win Best Picture, Woody Allen’s valentine to co-star and ex-lover Diane Keaton is sweet, quirky and a perfect time capsule of the mid-1970s. It’s also laugh-out-loud funny, with memorable lines like these:

“I just don’t want to belong to any club that would have someone like me for a member.”

“I’m into leather.”

“Honey, there’s a spider in your bathroom the size of a Buick.”

“I forgot my mantra.”

Most quotable line

“La-di-da, la-di-da, la la.”

7. “Star Wars”

The first one — the real first one, which we’re now supposed to call “Episode IV: A New Hope.” Whatever we call it, “Star Wars” changed the lexicon in ways few movies have. A few samples:

“A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away…”

“These aren’t the droids you’re looking for.”

“Help me, Obi-Warn Kenobi. You’re my only hope.”

“I find your lack of faith disturbing.”

Most quotable line

“May the force be with you.”

8. “Caddyshack”

The raft of movies with roots to “Saturday Night Live” reached its zenith with this laugh fest set on a golf course, starring Chevy Chase, Bill Murray and Rodney Dangerfield. Often imitated, never successfully.

“Cinderella story. Outta nowhere.”

“Hey, baby, you must’ve been something before electricity.”

“Don’t sell yourself short. You’re a tremendous slouch.”

“Whoa, did somebody step on a duck?”

Most quotable line

“So I got that going for me, which is nice.”

9. “The Silence of the Lambs”

Few horror movies become cultural phenomena, and few are as literate as this Oscar-winning adaptation of Thomas Harris’s best-selling novel. Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter is a part of the culture. So are these quotes.

“I’m having an old friend for dinner.”

“You know what you look like to me, with your good bag and your cheap shoes? You look like a rube.”

“It rubs the lotion on its skin.”

“What does he do, this man you seek?”

Most quotable line

“I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”

10. “The Devil Wears Prada”

Work can be hell if you’re working for the wrong person, whether it’s at a fashion magazine or anywhere else. Meryl Streep has all the fun and the best lines in this one.

“No, no. That wasn’t a question.”

“Did you fall down and smack your little head on the pavement?”

“By all means, move at a glacial pace. You know how that thrills me.”

“I said to myself, ‘Go ahead, take a chance — hire the smart, fat girl.’ ”

Most quotable line

“That’s all.”

Five extra lines and the movies that made them famous

“You can’t handle the truth!” – A Few Good Men

“Hasta la vista, baby.” – The Terminator 2: Judgment Day

“Are you not entertained?” – Gladiator

“I’m king of the world!” – Titanic

“I’m kind of a big deal.” – Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy

History proves these are the 10 most quotable movies of all time
Jay Croft About the author:
Jay Croft is a communications consultant and freelance writer/editor living in Atlanta. Follow Jay on Twitter and check out his blog.
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