10 Great Movie Lines

Wednesday, February 2 by Romilly West

If you're a film buff, you'll want to check out these 10 great movie lines. The movies in which they're spoken are equally fabulous, so if you've heard them before, these lines will spark good memories. If you haven't seen these films yet, then what are you waiting for? Plan some movie nights!

  1. “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary.” John Keating, English teacher, advises his students to make the most of every day.  “Dead Poets Society” is filled with many more great movie lines and will inspire you to think about what's really important in life.
  2. "I have always depended on the kindness of strangers." Blanche DuBois, an aging Southern belle, increasingly loses contact with reality in “A Streetcar Named Desire.” She desperately needs help and friendship, but she finds herself chafed by what she sees as the world's brutality.
  3. "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine." One of the great movie lines of all time, it's delivered by Rick Blaine in “Casablanca.” The woman who broke his heart has just come into his nightclub, and his life is about to change forever.
  4. "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!" “Dr. Strangelove,” a satire of the Cold War, is a treasure chest of great movie lines. Peter Sellers performs brilliantly in multiple roles, including the hilariously twisted Dr. Strangelove, inventor of the Doomsday Machine.
  5. "A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.” In “Silence of the Lambs,” Hannibal “The Cannibal” Lecter responds in icy fashion to the penetrating insights of FBI trainee Clarice Starling. Great movie lines abound in this film, along with top-notch writing and acting.
  6. "Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy night." Volatile actress Margo Channing issues this warning to her party guests in the film “All About Eve.”  If you're a Bette Davis fan, don't miss this movie. It's a a brilliantly-written, character-driven delight.
  7. "You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?" “Dirty Harry,” a gritty crime drama, is filled with great movie lines, and Clint Eastwood plays the tough-minded Harry to perfection. You'll be rooting for him all the way as he goes after a twisted serial killer.
  8. "Oh, Jerry, don't let's ask for the moon. We have the stars." One of the greatest of great movie lines, you'll find this one in “Now, Voyager,” starring Bette Davis. Charlotte Vale blossoms from a frumpy woman who lives with her mother, then she finds true love, only to find that it's tragically star-crossed.
  9. “Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.” Rhett Butler speaks this most memorable of great movie lines in the Civil War drama “Gone with the Wind.” For years, he's put up with Scarlet pushing him away, and finally, he's had enough. She comes to her senses and realizes she loves him, but it's too late.
  10. "I am big! It's the pictures that got small." “Sunset Boulevard,” a fabulous film noir, dramatizes the plight of an aging actress who couldn't make the transition from silent films to “talkies.” She falls in love with a hapless younger man and never lets go of her delusions of making a comeback.