7 Of The Most Memorable Last Lines From Movies

Sunday, April 1 by Sasha Moody

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Sometimes, the most iconic movies are so legendary because of their closing scenes and especially their last lines. It's important to start strong, and it's just as important if not moreso to finish strong. All of these seven closing lines are among the most memorable lines ever uttered onscreen, and none of them will ever be forgotten!

“Alright, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.”

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“Sunset Boulevard”, one of the most famous movies of time starts out with Joe Gillis (William Holden) floating face down in a pool. Joe was living with forgotten actress Norma (Gloria Swanson) for a while to help her on a comeback screenplay. When Joe finally decides to leave eccentric Norma she shoots him. Norma loses all of her sanity in these brief moments. When the police and reporters arrive she thinks it’s a camera crew to film a scene for her movie. This is when she says “Alright, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.”

“Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads.”

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After 17 year old Marty McFly (Michael J. Fox) accidently activates his scientist friend, Dr. Emmett “Doc” Brown’s (Chirstopher Lloyd) time machine he travels from 1985 to 1955 and gets stuck there! After he’s finally at home, in his own time and his time is over he hops into the time again with Doc. Just before he pushes to button to start the car Doc turns to Marty and says, "Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads."

”Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship”

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“Casablanca” has more than just a memorable last line. It’s full of lines that we’re still familiar with; “We’ll always have Paris” and “Of all the gin joints in all the world, she had to walk into mine” are just a few. Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) tells his love Ilsa to get out of Nazi-run Casablanca before it's too late, and she does that. So after Rick loses the love of his life he walks away with a policeman and gains a friend when he says “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.”

"There’s no place like home”

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We all know the story of “The Wizard of Oz”. There hasn’t been a film like it since it was released in 1939. After Dorothy’s crazy adventure all over Oz and she finally gets home, without any of her new friends, she sighed with relief. Watching this and getting enchanted as a little kid, we’re sure none of us forgot what Dorothy said when she got home, “There’s no place like home” and we totally agree!

“It was perfect.”

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“Black Swan”, a psychological thriller starring Natalie Portman and Mila Kunis was one hell of a film! The movie revolves around ambitious ballet dancer Nina (Portman) who has a strong rivalry with fellow dancer Lily (Kunis). As the movie progresses her battle to be the swan in swan lake gets more intense and her sanity decrease. At the end of the movie after she’s finally performed and gone completely insane, Portman utters “It was perfect.”

"Have you ever seen the air so clear?”

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After what seems to see the next ice age, Jack Hall (Dennis Quaid) travels across the country to get to his son Sam (Jake Gyllenhaal) whose stuck in a library in New York. When he finally gets there and they both survive even though most of the population has died, the sun starts to come out. This is when one of the characters Parker (Sasha Roiz) says “Have you ever seen the air so clear?”

"What about the person we show it to, what happens to them?"

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Rachele Keller (Naomi Watts) finds a tape that is rumored to kill the watcher a week after seeing it. She digs and finds out as much as she can about the tape and how to survive. She even shows the video to a friend before she knows what it is. After seven days are up, she is still alive, but her friend dies. She realizes it’s because she showed the tape to someone else so she puts the tape in a movie store. This is where the last line comes in.