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Premiere’s 100 Greatest Movie Lines

“The lines that people love most come not necessarily from the most revered films in the canon (though Casablanca and Citizen Kane are represented), but from down-to-earth comedies or action films (Ahem, “I’ll be baaack!”) that grabbed the audience on a visceral level. Whatever the genre of the film, these small bits of dialogue are important: they’re cultural shorthand, part of the language everyone shares.”

[entire list at ohnotheydidn’t or the original version at Premiere’s site]

Some particular favourites of mine from this list:

86. “Can I borrow your underpants for ten minutes?” — The Geek (Anthony Michael Hall) in Sixteen Candles (1984)

68. “Dogs and cats living together! Mass hysteria!” — Bill Murray as Dr. Venkman in Ghostbusters (1984)

41. “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” — Brody (Roy Scheider) in Jaws (1975)

26. “Mein Fuhrer! I can walk!” — Dr. Strangelove (Peter Sellers) in Dr. Strangelove (1964)

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  • Carol Browne April 27, 2007, 7:24 pm

    My favourites are definitely the Jaws quote (#41) and the 16 Candles quote (#86) And, my favourite one, just because it was so awful and scary in the movie is #74 – "Don’t you f———in’ look at me!" — Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper) in Blue Velvet (1986). Mommmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmy! Great list!

  • Tommyboy April 28, 2007, 7:31 am

    It’s missing the best line ever: I’ve come here to chew gum and kick ass. And I’m all out of bubble bum – John Nada (Roddy Piper) in They Live

  • Mel April 17, 2008, 10:52 pm

    "I want my two dollars!" from Better Off Dead.