We all have our favorite lines from movies. Here I share with you some of mine. This is just a short list – and I will do another “favorite movie lines” column a little way down the road.
In this column, for some of the quotes, I have provided links to pages on YouTube where you can play clips of the movie scenes in which the quotes were spoken. Viewer discretion is advised, for included in the scenes are those in which salty language is used.
I hope you enjoy this column. Please feel free to provide your own favorite movie quotes in the comments section below. Here we go.
“You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”
Jaws (1972). One of the greatest movie lines in history. BRODY (Roy Scheider) has a run in with the great white sharks of all great white sharks, and he understands that this creature is at an all new level.
"My Mama always said, 'Life was like a box of chocolates; you never know what you're gonna get.'"
FORREST GUMP (1994). FORREST GUMP (Tom Hanks) is limited intellectually, and yet he seems to play a role in history, over and over. In this comment, Forrest Gump provides us with simple and irrefutable wisdom.
“Sometimes I sing and dance around the house in my underwear. Doesn’t make me Madonna. Never will.”
Working Girl (1988). CYN (Joan Cusack) talking to TESS McGILL (MELANIE GRIFFITH). Cyn is trying to put things in perspective for Tess, and telling Tess, a fellow administrative assistant, that Tess’s Quixotic quest to fill in and take over her boss’s job in the absence of her boss (who is recovering from a broken leg) is pure fantasy, and can’t happen. Link
“Now, I don’t want them to gain another yard. You blitz ALL NIGHT! If they cross the line of scrimmage, I’m gonna take every last one of ya' out. You make sure, they remember … forever … the night they played the Titans.”
Remember The Titans (2000). COACH BILL YOST (Will Patton), the assistant coach of the TITANS, a high school football team, rallying members of the team during a pivotal part of a pivotal game. As this point in the movie, it is at season’s end, and the fictional Titans – a racially integrated squad based on a real-life team and its experiences – had gone through a tremendous amount of challenges together to get beyond race and conflict and ego to become a winning unit. Link
“No mistakes in the tango, darling. Not like life, simple – that’s what makes the tango so great – if you make mistake, get all tangled up, you just tangle on.”
Scent of a Woman (1992). LIEUTENANT COLONEL FRANK SLADE (Al Pacino), who is blind due to an accident when he was in the military, is at a hotel in New York City and is trying to convince an apprehensive DONNA (Gabrielle Anwar) to try the tango with him. Nervously watching is CHARLES SIMS (Chris O’Donnell), who has accompanied COL. SLADE to NYC. Link
“But NOT A SNITCH!”
Scent of a Woman (1992). The opening line of one of the most profound and powerful speeches in movie history. LIEUTENANT COLONEL FRANK SLADE, after a weekend in New York City, with CHARLES SIMS (Chris O’Donnell), has developed a strong admiration for the moral fiber and character of Mr. Sims, who is attending a prestigious New England prep school on financial aid. In this scene, Mr. Sims is about to face the music, by himself, for a prank he witnessed prior to the weekend, and for which his moneyed classmates are hiding behind their privilege and big bucks. Colonel Slade shows up, by surprise, to be at Mr. Sims’s side during a disciplinary procedure. Link
“Barzini is dead. So is Phillip Tattaglia. Moe Greene. Stracci. Cuneo. Today I settled all family business so don't tell me that you're innocent. Admit what you did.”
The Godfather (1972). MICHAEL CORLEONE (Al Pacino) has just told his brother in law, CARLO (Gianni Russo), that he knows that it was Carlo who set up Michael’s brother, SANTINO “SONNY” CORLEONE (James Caan) for a hit that resulted in Sonny being killed. In the quote above he is telling Carlo that earlier in the day, on his orders, he had all his competition wiped out. Things aren’t looking good for Carlo.
“Go sell crazy someplace else. We’re all stocked up here.”
As Good as it Gets (1997). NORA MANNING (Lupe Ontiveros), maid to SIMON BISHOP (Greg Kinnear), a gay artist, has just been laid off from her employment with Mr. Bishop, due to misfortune in Mr. Bishop’s life. Across the hall from Mr. Bishop lives MELVIN UDALL (Jack Nicholson), an obsessive compulsive misanthrope of a writer, who actually has taken a shine to Mr. Bishop’s dog, Verdell, even though early on he couldn’t stand Verdell. Anyway, Nora Manning goes over to ask Melvin if he could help take care of the dog – and in this exchange, Melvin spouts out this dandy comment. Link
“YOU CAN’T HANDLE THE TRUTH!!”
A Few Good Men (1992). COLONEL NATHAN R. JESSEP (Jack Nicholson) is on the stand in a military court room, being questioned by LIEUTENANT JUNIOR GRADE, DANIEL “DANNY” KAFFEE, about his involvement in an “off the books” form of military discipline called a “Code Red.” Colonel Jessup looks on Lieutenant Kaffee has a privileged officer who does not fully appreciate the sacrifices of men who face the barrel of a gun. Lieutenant Kaffee is pressing Colonel Jessup, and Jessup snaps, beginning a diatribe with the quote above. Link
“You talkin’ to me?”
Taxi Driver (1976). TRAVIS BICKLE (Robert De Niro), the lonely honorably discharged Marine who lives in semi fantasy world in New York City, speaks these words. Here he is posing in front of the mirror – playing out in his delusional state the role of vigilante and social guardian. Taxi Driver is a powerful psychological thriller.