Goodfellas Quotes

Wednesday, April 27 by Tony Dutch

"Goodfellas" quotes are probably part of American culture by now. "Goodfellas" is an Academy Award-winning gangster movie directed by Martin Scorsese based on the non-fiction book "Wiseguy" by Nicholas Pileggi. It is also unquestionably a classic movie and a veritable fountain of wise-guy speak.

  1. “As far back as I could remember I've always wanted to be a gangster." This "Goodfellas" quote is so memorable it was voted as the #20 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere in 2007.
  2. "How am I funny?" This entire scene is actually based on a real-life mobster encounter that actor Joe Pesci had when he was younger. Not only is it one of the most popular "Goodfellas" quotes, but this line was voted as the #87 of "The 100 Greatest Movie Lines" by Premiere in 2007. 
  3. “Go home and get your fucking shine box.” Billy Batts, fresh home from a six year, state-sponsored vacation fondly reminisces on Tommy’s younger days as Spit-shine Tommy which incites a back-and-forth exchange. Billy has the last word but Tommy informs Batts that his remarks “bought his button.”
  4. “Business bad? Fuck you, pay me. Oh, you had a fire? Fuck you, pay me. Place got hit by lightning, huh? Fuck you, pay me.” When it comes to "Goodfellas" quotes, this is one of the most famous. Having a mob boss as a business partner may seem cool until you realize their business philosophy. Henry Hill provides insight into the way made-men recoup their investments.
  5. "Bing, what are you doing here? I thought I told you to go fuck your mother!" Mobster Tommy DeVito is a loveable psychopath in this classic film, and this scene proves it. As he recounts a joke to his buddies, he delivers one of the top "Goodfellas" quotes of all time.
  6. “Sure, mom, I settle down with a nice girl every night, then I'm free the next morning.” When Tommy’s mother (played by director Martin Scorsese’s real-life mother) asks her son when he is going to settle down with a nice young lady he delivers the consummate bachelor response and one of our favorite "Goodfellas" quotes.
  7. “Good shot. What do you want from me? Good shot. Fuckin' rat anyway. His family's all rats. He'll grow up to be a rat.” Tommy shows no remorse for shooting an unarmed man over a joke. Even after Tommy shot him in the foot, Spider never ratted. Poor Spider.
  8. “Here, Spider, this is for you. I got respect for this kid. He's got a lot of fucking balls. Good for you, don't take no shit of nobody. He shoots him in the foot he tells him to go fuck himself.” Jimmy “the Gent” Conway unknowingly eggs Tommy into murdering Spider after he stands up for himself.
  9. “All day long the poor guy has been watching helicopters and tomato sauce.” As things start to unravel for Henry Hill he still tries to maintain some semblance of a normal family life which includes having his brother stir the marinara sauce and his babysitter handling his drug transactions.
  10. “Fuck.” The word "fuck" is used 296 times during the course of the movie, for an average of 2.04 fucks per minute. Joe Pesci is responsible for about half of the film’s “F-bombs” making this one of the most prolific "Goodfellas" quotes.

- Anthony Sills