10The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)
First on our list of top 10 movie lines is a classic Humphrey Bogart picture. “Badges? We ain’t got no badges. We don’t need no badges. I don’t have to show you any stinking badges!” Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and this popular line from The Treasure of Sierra Madre has been the subject of many music, TV, and film interpretations. Enjoy the top 10 movie lines ever.
9Gone With The Wind (1939)
“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” Replacing “damn” with “hoot” or “care”, as was suggested, simply would not have worked. Rhett Butler’s (Clark Gable) famous line to Scarlett (Vivien Leigh) had the censor board in a tizzy over what was socially acceptable in 1939. A Production Code amendment later (not to mention a large fine), this well quoted line is one of film’s most popular.
8Midnight Cowboy (1969)
Yes, Midnight Cowboy is #8 on our list of top 10 movie lines, but the watch it for the superior acting performances too. “I’m walkin’ here!” Whether the line Dustin Hoffman delivers was his own or producer Jerome Hellman’s creation, it’s perfect. Walking across a busy New York City street, Enrico Rizzo (Dustin Hoffman) continues to sale a naive newcomer, Joe Buck (Jon Voight), on his ability to secure dates with rich women. As a matter of fact, the sales pitch continues even when a taxi driver nearly runs them both over.
7Mommie Dearest (1981)
“No wire hangers! No wire hangers ever!” Some may describe Joan Crawford, the subject of Mommie Dearest, as being high maintenance, but there is no denying her great work ethic. This biopic stars Faye Dunaway as Joan Crawford. Ms. Dunaway delivers this line after reaching her wits end with her seemingly ungrateful daughter. May you never use a wire hanger again.
6…And Justice For All (1979)
“You’re out of order! You’re out of order! The whole trial is out of order! They’re out of order!” Who does Hollywood turn to for outrageous, over the top performances? Al Pacino of course. In fact, he will get the nod ten times out of ten. Pacino receives flack for his melodramatic method way of going about things, but you will not take your eyes off this stirring performance.
5Star Wars (1977)
Halfway through our list of top 10 movie lines takes us into outer space. “The Force will be with you…always.” Perhaps one of the most recognizable of all the movie lines, is this one used by Obi-Wan Kenobi in Star Wars. The line is used again in the two sequels: The Empire Strikes Back (1980) and Return of the Jedi (1983). The original Star Wars, later re-titled Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope, is often regarded as one of the best movies ever produced. People watched the movie over and over, and it grossed nearly a half a billion dollars. We’d say the “Force” was with Mr. George Lucas.
42001: A Space Odyssey (1968)
“Open the pod bay doors Hal.” Dr. Dave Bowman (Keir Dullea) delivers this line to regain entry into his ship after being locked out of it by the ship’s computer–HAL 9000 (Douglas Rain). Stanley Kubrick’s Space Odyssey has been called one of the best sci-fi movies ever created by none other than George Lucas.
3White Heat (1949)
“Made it, ma! Top of the world!” James Cagney’s performance in White Heat is tops in the classic gangster film genre. Equally important, is the fact that it was added to the National Film Registry in 2003. Cagney delivers many great lines in this highly regarded black and white gangster movie.
2Dirty Harry (1971)
“…you’ve gotta ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?” Smith & Wesson and their .44 Magnum handguns were made famous by Inspector Harry Callahan played by Clint Eastwood. The San Francisco cop is feed up with the legal system and its overwhelmingly popular choice to protect potential suspects, rather than protecting the rights of violent crime victims.
1On The Waterfront (1954)
“I coulda been a contender. I coulda been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let’s face it.” Mr. Marlon Brando–arguably one of the best actors of the past fifty years–delivers our top 10 movie line. The picture was nominated for multiple awards, and took the top prize for best picture, best actor (Marlon Brando), best supporting actresses (Eva Marie Saint), and best director (Elia Kazan).