10 Most Memorable Movie Lines Of All Time

Tuesday, December 7 by Mason Kaho

The list of the 10 most memorable movie lines of all time include quips from some of the greatest movies ever. Movies make us laugh, move us, and take us to other worlds—the characters in them and the things that they say are the things we’ll remember most. The lines here are certain to bring back great memories.

  1. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn." This line, perhaps the most memorable movie line of all time, comes near the end of “Gone With the Wind,” and is said by Rhett to Scarlett, ending their tumultuous relationship. The producers had to fight to get “damn” past the censors.
  2. "You don't understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is wha I am." This line is delivered by perhaps the best actor ever, Marlon Brando in “On the Waterfront,” lamenting the loss of his boxing career, which could have led him to greatness, had his brother not asked him to throw fights.
  3. "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." Everyone knows this line, one of the most memorable movie lines ever, from “The Wizard of Oz.” This is what Dorothy says to her little dog after realizing they are far from their Midwestern home.
  4. "Go ahead, make my day." This is the ultimate tough guy line, delivered by one of the ultimate tough guys, Clint Eastwood. One of the most memorable movie lines of all time is said to a criminal, who he’s tempting to make a dumb move so he can blow his head off.
  5. "May the Force be with you." This is the classic line from “Star Wars,” a line that achieved iconic status, just as the movie did. The “Force” was a mystical energy in nature that could only be channeled by a certain few, in this case Luke Skywalker.
  6. "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship." This line, one of the most memorable movie lines ever, is said at the end of “Casablanca,” by Rick, played by Humphrey Bogart. He says it to his one-time foil, Captain Renault, as they walk into the foggy dusk.
  7. "Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By.'" This is another great movie line from “Casablanca,” and often misquoted. Rick says this to Sam, his piano player, drunkenly asking him to play the song that belonged to him and his lost love Ilsa, who has just unexpectedly re-entered his life. Sam does, despite protesting first.
  8. "I'll have what she's having." This is one of most memorable movie lines ever, coming—so to speak—in when “Harry Met Sally.” Sally has just proven to Harry, very publicly and loudly in a diner, that women can fake orgasms very well. After her demonstration another female patron (mom of director Rob Reiner) says the line.
  9. "Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." Forrest Gump says this line in the movie of the same name. One of the most memorable movie lines ever, he says it often throughout the movie, making it one of the main themes in this inspirational film.
  10. "A martini. Shaken, not stirred." This classic line, one of the most memorable movie lines every, is said by James Bond in every Bond movie ever made, making it easily recognizable to every man alive. It is, of course, his easy drink order.