Classic Movie Quotes and Lines


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My Man Godfrey (1936)

Alexander Bullock: All you need to start an asylum is an empty room and the right kind of people.


Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

Fred Gailey: Faith is believing in things when common sense tells you not to. Don’t you see? It’s not just Kris that’s on trial; it’s everything he stands for. It’s kindness and joy and love and all the other intangibles.


North by Northwest (1959)

[Thornhill is wearing sunglasses to hide his identity]
Ticket Seller: Something wrong with your eyes?
Roger Thornhill: Yes, they’re sensitive to questions.


Notorious (1946)

Alicia: Well, did you hear that? I’m practically on the wagon, that’s quite a change.
Devlin: It’s a phase.
Alicia: You don’t think a woman can change?
Devlin: Sure, change is fun, for awhile.


Once Upon a Time in the West (1968)

[staring at Harmonica from her window]
Jill: Cheyenne. What’s he waiting for out there? What’s he doing?
Cheyenne: He’s whittling on a piece of wood. I got a feeling that when he stops whittling, something’s gonna happen.


On the Waterfront (1954)

Terry: Hey, you wanna hear my philosophy of life? Do it to him before he does it to you.


Psycho (1960)

Norman Bates: A boy’s best friend is his mother.


Rear Window (1954)

Lisa: What’s he doing? Cleaning house?
Jeff: He’s washing and scrubbing down the bathroom walls.
Stella: Must’ve splattered a lot.
[Jeff and Lisa look at Stella with disgust]
Stella: Come on, that’s what were all thinkin’. He killed her in there, now he has to clean up those stains before he leaves.
Lisa: Stella…your choice of words!
Stella: Nobody ever invented a polite word for a killin’ yet.


Rebecca (1940)

[after he has asked her to marry him]
Maxim de Winter: My suggestion doesn’t seem to have gone at all well, I’m sorry.
The Second Mrs. de Winter: Oh but you don’t understand! It’s just that I…well, I’m not the person men marry.



Rebel Without a Cause (1955)

Jim Stark: You’re tearing me apart!



Roman Holiday (1953)

Princess Ann: This is very unusual. I’ve never been alone with a man before, even with my dress on. With my dress off, it’s most unusual.



The Shop Around the Corner (1940)

Alfred Kralik: You know, people seldom go to the trouble of scratching the surface of things to find the inner truth.



Singin’ in the Rain (1952)

Don Lockwood: Cosmo, call me a cab.
Cosmo Brown: Okay, you’re a cab.



Some Like It Hot (1959)

Jerry: Osgood, I’m gonna level with you. We can’t get married at all.
Osgood Fielding III: Why not?
Jerry: Well, in the first place, I’m not a natural blond.
Osgood Fielding III: Doesn’t matter.
Jerry: I smoke! I smoke all the time!
Osgood Fielding III: I don’t care.
Jerry: Well, I have a terrible past. For three years now, I’ve been living with a saxophone player.
Osgood Fielding III: I forgive you.
Jerry: I can never have children!
Osgood Fielding III: We can adopt some.
Jerry: But you don’t understand, Osgood! Ohh…
[Jerry finally gives up and pulls off his wig]
Jerry: I’m a man!
Osgood: Well, nobody’s perfect.



Strangers on a Train (1951)

Bruno: My theory is that everyone is a potential murderer.



Sunset Boulevard (1950)

Joe Gillis: You’re Norma Desmond. You used to be in silent pictures. You used to be big.
Norma Desmond: I am big. It’s the pictures that got small.



The Third Man (1949)

Harry Lime: Nobody thinks in terms of human beings. Governments don’t. Why should we? They talk about the people and the proletariat, I talk about the suckers and the mugs, it’s the same thing. They have their five-year plans, so have I.
Martins: You used to believe in God.
Harry Lime: Oh, I still do believe in God, old man. I believe in God and Mercy and all that. But the dead are happier dead. They don’t miss much here, poor devils.



To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Atticus Finch: If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view…until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.



Touch of Evil (1958)

Quinlan: I don’t speak Mexican. Let’s keep it in English, Vargas.
Vargas: That’s all right with me. I’m sure he’s just as unpleasant in any language.
Sanchez: Unpleasant? Strange. I’ve been told I have a very winning personality. The very best shoe clerk the store ever had.



Vertigo (1958)

Madeleine: Oh Scottie. I’m not mad. I’m not mad. I don’t want to die. There’s someone within me and she says I must die. Oh Scottie, don’t let me go.
Scottie: I’m here. I’ve got you.
Madeleine: I’m so afraid.
[they kiss]
Madeleine: Don’t leave me. Stay with me.
Scottie: All the time.



Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)

[to George]
Martha: I swear, if you existed, I’d divorce you.



The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Wizard of Oz: A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others.


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