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Top 10 Movie Lines

By Edited Dec 19, 2013 0 0

Hollywood has provided a number of great movies over the years. Many of these give a boost to the cultural fabric of the world. In addition to the characters that we love, movies provide memorable lines. Some of these quotes actually become catch phrases for an entire generation. Below, there is a list of 10 movie lines that are memorable and significant since they can be identified by a large percentage of the population. In many cases, the lines are well known by people who never saw the movie. Others are known by people, but incorrectly. The movie lines here are the original texts. In each case, the line is identified with the movie and the character who delivered the line.

"You can't handle the truth"
This memorable line was spoken in "A Few Good Men" by Jack Nicholson plaing Col. Nathan R. Jessep. Spoken in a heated courtroom exchange with Tom Cruise playing junior Lieutenant Daniel Kaffee. The film was made in 1993 and also featured Demi Moore, Kevin Bacon and Kiefer Sutherland. Directed by Rob Reiner, it was nominated for four Academy Awards.

"You had me at hello"
Spoken by Renée Zellweger as Dorothy Boyd in the 1996 movie Jerry Maguire. She was responding to Tom Cruise, (playing Jerry Maguire), who had expressed his love for her. The movie also featured Cuba Gooding, Jr. as Rod Tidwell.

"Go ahead make my day"
Spoken by the character Harry Callahan, played by Clint Eastwood, from the 1983 film Sudden Impact. Harry has a gun pointed at a criminals head when he delivers the line. The implied meaning is that if the criminal makes a move to harm his hostage, Harry's .44 Magnum revolver will instantly kill the man. Clint Eastwood has played Harry Callahan in several more movies. This character also delivered the line "You've got to ask yourself one question. Do you feel lucky? Well do ya? Punk!" to criminals in a twisted way of asking them to surrender to the police.

"May the force be with you"
This line was used in each of the movies in the Star Wars series starting in 1977. Spoken first by General Dodonna, played by Alex McCrindle, it was popularized by Harrison Ford who played Han Solo. The line, and variations of it, became synonymous with the Star Wars movies.

"Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn"
This line was from the 1939 film Gone with the Wind. Spoken by Rhett Butler, played by Clark Gable, to Scarlett O'Hara, played by Vivien Leigh. They were his last words to Scarlett, showing her that he no longer cared about her. It was considered profanity at the time but it was approved by censors for inclusion in the film.

"Show me the money"
This line was from the 1996 movie Jerry Maguire. It was shouted repeatedly during a phone conversation between Rod Tidwell, played by Cuba Gooding, Jr. and Jerry Maguire, played by Tom Cruise. The exurburance of the line as used by the characters helped to elevate the in society.

"If I were the man I was five years ago, I'd take a 'flamethrower' to this place!"
Spoken by Lieutenant Colonel Frank Slade, played by Al Pacino in the 1992 film, Scent of a Woman. Slade was addressing a disciplinary board headed by Mr. Trask. Trask was played by James Rebhorn who was the focal point of Slade's outburst. During the movie, Slade spoke other memorable lines including "Oh, ah" and various other strong pieces of dialogue, many of which were profane.

"Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get"
Spoken by Forrest Gump, played by Tom Hanks, in the 1994 film Forrest Gump. Tom Hanks won the academy award for best actor. The film earned 5 other awards and was nominated for 7 more.

"Of all the gin joints in all the world, she walks into mine"
Spoken by Rick Blaine, played by Humphrey Bogart, in the 1942 film Casablanca. The line refers to the character Ilsa Lund, played by Ingrid Bergman. Lund speaks the memorable line "Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By.'" in the film. This line is popularly misquoted by many people as "Play it again, Sam".

"Sell crazy someplace else, we're all stocked up here"
Melvin Udall, played by Jack Nicholson, in As Good As It Gets. A 1997 film which also starred Helen Hunt as Carol Connelly, Greg Kinnear as Simon Bishop and Cuba Gooding Jr. as Frank Sachs. Udall was a selfish manic compulsive who is rude and insults all people he meets. He is a master at delivering comedic lines in straight fashion and never reacting to the humor of them himself.

Hollywood movies are a great attraction for millions of people each year. While many new movies are released each year, they live on in syndication for years. The great ones, such as Gone With The Wind, are still captivating more than 70 years after their initial release. These movies represent performance art at its finest. We love and hate the characters because of who the are. It is the dialog that allows this. The top 10 movie lines are an example of movie dialog at its best. With the whole set of movies produced in the past 70 years, there are many, many more lines that could make the top 10 list. The beauty of Hollywood movie dialog is that anyone can build their own list of top 10 movie lines. There are many thousands of memorable movie lines that could appear in a list of great ones. Depending on the day, the list might be different. Each movie strikes a different chord in people. The top 10 movie lines here represent one such list. It is quite a powerful influence that Hollywood has on our lives when they can produce a movie for general release that has such specific attractions to individuals. It is not for nothing that Hollywood has become the production center for the greatest performance art that mankind has ever made.



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