‘Who said that?’; a list of iconic movie lines



Like many people, I’m a big fan of the movies. Even as a kid, I liked going to the cinema to watch virtually anything, and then catch “the classics” on TV.

Back in the day, one of our television stations presented its “Academy Theatre” late Saturday nights, showing some of the best films ever created.

As years went by, however, I learned that Hollywood didn’t seem to make them like it used to. (I know most films these days are not shot in Southern California, but the myth lives on with me.) That’s probably why I enjoy taking in some of the oldies but goodies when I get the chance.

While watching movies, I also learned that a film’s dialogue played an important role in its success (or failure). What the actors say and how they deliver their lines really counts.

Listed below are several quotes from films that should be relatively easy to recognize. I’ve given the quote, followed by the character’s name who spoke it (with speaker’s name in parentheses), followed by the film’s name and the year it was released.

Take a few moments to determine your Cinema I.Q.


“Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn.” – Rhett Butler (Clark Gable) to Scarlet O’Hara (Vivien Leigh); “Gone With The Wind,” 1939.


“I feel the need, the need for speed.” – Lt. Pete “Maverick” Mitchell (Tom Cruise) and Lt. j.g. Nick “Goose” Bradshaw  (Anthony Edwards); “Top Gun,” 1986.


“I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse.” – Don Vito Corleone (Marlon Brando) to Johnny Fontane (Al Martino). “The Godfather I,” 1972.


“Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.” – Dorothy Gale (Judy Garland) to her dog, “Toto” (Terry, the dog). “The Wizard of Oz,” 1939.


“Go ahead, make my day.” – “Dirty” Harry Callahan (Clint Eastwood) to a surviving would-be robber. “Sudden Impact,” 1983.


“May the force be with you.” – A phrase made popular by the “Star Wars” franchise, starting in 1977.


“I love the smell of napalm in the morning.” – Lt. Col. Bill Kilgore (Robert Duvall). “Apocalypse Now,” 1979.


“Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.” – Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) to Capt. Louis Renault (Claude Rains). “Casablanca,” 1942.


“Bond, James Bond.” – James Bond (Sean Connery). “Dr. No (for the first time),” 1962.


“Show me the money!” –  Rod Tidwell (Cuba Gooding, Jr.) to Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise). “Jerry Maguire,” 1996.


“Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.” – Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) to Sam, the Piano Player (Dooley Wilson), followed moments later by, “You played it for her, you can play it for me. Play it!” “Casablanca,” 1942. (Can you name the song that was at the center of this conversation? — “As Time Goes By”).

 (NOTE: Most people believe Rick said, “Play it again, Sam.” However, Bogart never uttered those four words in the film.)


“If you build it, he will come.” – “Shoeless” Joe Jackson (the voice of Ray Liotta) to Ray Kinsella (Kevin Costner). “Field of Dreams,” 1989.


“We’ll always have Paris.” – Rick Blaine (Humphrey Bogart) to Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman). “Casablanca,” 1942.


“One morning, I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don’t know.” – Capt. Geoffrey T. Spaulding (Groucho Marx). “Animal Crackers,” 1930.


“Yo, Adrian. I did it!” – Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) to Adrian Balboa (Talia Shire). “Rocky I,” 1976.


“Who’s on first?” – Sebastian Dinwiddle (Lou Costello) to Dexter Broadhurst (Bud Abbott). “The Naughty Nineties,” 1945.


“Nobody puts Baby in a corner.” – Johnny Castle (Patrick Swayze) to Jake and Lisa Houseman (Jerry Orbach and Jane Brucker). “Dirty Dancing,” 1987.


“I’ll have what she’s having.” – A female restaurant customer (Estelle Reiner) to a waiter. “When Harry Met Sally,” 1989.


“Klaatu barada nikkto.” – Helen Benson (Patricia Neal) to Gort (Lock Martin). “The Day The Earth Stood Still,” 1951.


“What we’ve got here is a failure to communicate.” – Captain (Strother Martin) to Lucas “Luke” Jackson (Paul Newman). “Cool Hand Luke,” 1967.


“I see dead people.” – Cole Sear  (Haley Joel Osment) to Dr. Malcolm Crowe (Bruce Willis). “The Sixth Sense,” 1999.


“Rosebud.” – Charles Foster Kane (Orson Welles). “Citizen Kane,” 1941.


“You can’t handle the truth!” – Col. Nathan R. Jessup (Jack Nicholson) to Lt. Daniel Kaffee (Tom Cruise). “A Few Good Men,” 1992.


“You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to me? You talkin’ to ME?” – Travis Bickle (Robert De Niro). “Taxi Driver,” 1976.


“Well, a boy’s best friend is his mother.” – Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins). “Psycho,” 1960.


“You had me from ‘hello.’” – Dorothy Boyd (Renee Zellweger) to Jerry Maguire (Tom Cruise). “Jerry Maguire,” 1996.


“I’ll Be Back.” – The Terminator/T-800 Model 101 (Arnold Schwarzenegger) to an officer in a police station. “The Terminator,” 1984.


Well, how’d you do? Do you have some favorite movie quotes of your own?