Love the movies? The American Film Institute has selected 100 of the most memorable quotes from famous films. Here are twenty that are sure to make you reminisce.
When Gone with the Wind’s dashing but morally challenged Rhett Butler realizes he’s had enough of the beautiful yet manipulative Scarlet O’Hara, he meant what he said as he walked off. This 1939 film transformed Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh from accomplished actors to matinee idols.
In 1972’s The Godfather, Marlon Brando’s portrayal of character Vito Corleone assured viewers that no one would refuse a request from this powerful, prominent yet fictional mafia figure.
It was a seedy bar in Morocco, but that didn’t stop American expatriate Rick Blaine from falling for former flame Ilsa Lund in 1942′s Casablanca. Stars Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, and considered one of the “most beloved movies of all time.”
When Judy Garland’s young and naive Dorothy Gale winds up in an unfamiliar land in 1939′s The Wizard of Oz, she’s struck with a feeling of apprehension.
Repeated like a mantra by Judy Garland’s Dorothy in the musical fantasy The Wizard of Oz, this quote ended up being the magic she needs to return home. To this day it reminds filmgoers about the importance of home and family.
It was all about making it big and living large when promising pro-football Rod Tidwell demands that his hotshot agent score a lucrative player’s contract in 1996′s Jerry Maguire. The phrase made newcomer Cuba Gooding an immediate star and Oscar winner.
If you’ve ever watched 1997′s romantic blockbuster Titanic, you’ll never forget the scene where Leonardo DiCaprio’s character Jack Dawson stands over Titanic’s bow, raises his arms in triumph and announces his confidence as he makes his way to a new life and love.
You need not be a fan of 1977’s Star Wars to recognize this popular phrase. Spoken by multiple characters in this sci-fi epic of good versus evil, the quote was a wish for good luck and safety.
Few moviegoers can forget the 1970 romantic drama Love Story. Starring Ali Macgraw as the dying Jennifer Cavilleri ,and her love Oliver Barrett played by Ryan O’Neal. Both characters expressed their love for each other by repeating this classic line. The American Film Institute voted “Love Story” one of the most romantic films of all time.
In 1976, the film Network depicted Peter Finch’s newscaster character Howard Beale angrily shouting this sentence on-camera. The catch phrase became symbolic of anyone fed up with authority.
When a young stockbroker is taken under the wing of unscrupulous corporate raider Gordon Gekko (Michael Douglas) in the 1987 film Wall Street, he winds up schooled in business – and corruption.
Taken from the 1989 hit When Harry Met Sally, this classic line was spoken when a fellow customer listens in on a private conversation in a diner. The film asks viewers if it’s possible for men and women to just be friends. (Meg Ryan and Billy Crystal)
Arnold Schwarzenegger’s Cyborg in 1984’s The Terminator showed plenty of resolve when he’s sent back in time on a deathly mission. The phrase is often repeated when showing a determined spirit.
When Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner) hears voices in the 1989 film Field Of Dreams, he suspects it’s a calling to construct a baseball diamond. As he sets about the task he gets the chance to learn about life, love and following your heart.
While the character Jerry Maguire revolved around the life of a self-absorbed sports agent, Rene Zellweger’s breakout performance as struggling single mom Dorothy Boyd made her an overnight sensation.
The classic 1933 film King Kong may have given some movie fans a scare when the oversized ape broke loose in New York City, but everyone left the film knowing the big guy had fallen hard for the beautiful Ann Darrow (Fay Wray).
Given the chance to enter the Navy’s highly competitive Flight Training School, Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell and Nick “Goose” Bradshaw recite this line while bonding in the 1986 classic film Top Gun, starring Tom Cruise and Anthony Edwards.
Sean Connery’s sophisticated spy James Bond and a good cocktail are typically what come to mind when people recite this classic phrase from the 1964 spy thriller Goldfinger.
Teenager Frances “Baby” Houseman may have rebelled from her parents while on vacation in the Catskills, but she gets support and a few dance lessons from resort dancer Johnny Castle in the 1989 film Dirty Dancing. (Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze)
Five-year-old Heather O’Rourke’s character Carol Anne was trying to watch television, but wound up viewing uninvited spirits in the 1982 paranormal thriller Poltergeist.
Jennifer Bradley is a lifetime lover of movies, and a blogger who writes for technology and new media sites. Recently she’s been testing and reviewing project management software, including Basecamp Project Management.