Classic Movie Quotes and Lines

(Total Classic Quotes: 52)

The Italian Job

“You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!”

The Good, the Bad and the Ugly

“Every gun makes its own tune.”

Rebel Without a Cause

“You’re tearing me apart!”

Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid

“You just keep thinkin’, Butch. That’s what you’re good at.”

The Graduate

“Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me. Aren’t you?”


“Here’s looking at you, kid.”

Citizen Kane

“I don’t think there’s one word that can describe a man’s life.”

All About Eve

“Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.”

Dr. Strangelove

“Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!”

Cool Hand Luke

“What we’ve got here is failure to communicate.”


“Happiness is something I know nothing about.”

Classic movie quotes can have lots of definitions but in this site these are movie quotes taken from movies released pre-1970’s. Why? Well, simply because these excellent movies deserve their own category where they can be properly paid homage.

A fine quality of movie lines from classic movies has been gathered here to wet your movie appetite and to remind you of the brilliance of these movies. Have no fear as this list will be updated regularly with more classic movie quotes, so if you like what you see, keep coming back!

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2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

HAL: I am putting myself to the fullest possible use, which is all I think that any conscious entity can ever hope to do.


12 Angry Men (1957)

Juror #8: It’s always difficult to keep personal prejudice out of a thing like this. And wherever you run into it, prejudice always obscures the truth.



The African Queen (1951)

Charlie Allnut: A man takes a drop too much once in a while, it’s only human nature.
Rose Sayer: Nature, Mr. Allnut, is what we are put in this world to rise above.



Alfie (1966)

Alfie: What I loved once and what I love now are two different things.



All About Eve (1950)

Margo Channing: Fasten your seatbelts, it’s going to be a bumpy night!



The Apartment (1960)

C.C. Baxter: The mirror…it’s broken.
Fran Kubelik: Yes, I know. I like it that way. Makes me look the way I feel.



The Big Sleep (1946)

Vivian: So you’re a private detective. I didn’t know they existed, except in books, or else they were greasy little men snooping around hotel corridors. My, you’re a mess, aren’t you?
Philip Marlowe: I’m not very tall either. Next time I’ll come on stilts wear a white tie and carry a tennis racket.
Vivian: I doubt if even that will help.



Breakfast at Tiffany’s (1961)

Paul Varjak: Holly, I’m in love with you.
Holly Golightly: So what?
Paul Varjak: So what? So plenty! I love you. You belong to me.
Holly Golightly: No. People don’t belong to people.
Paul Varjak: Of course they do.
Holly Golightly: I’m not going to let anyone put me in a cage.
Paul Varjak: I don’t want to put you in a cage. I want to love you.
Holly Golightly: It’s the same thing.
Paul Varjak: No it’s not. Holly…
Holly Golightly: I’m not Holly. I’m not Lula Mae, either. I don’t know who I am! I’m like cat here, a couple of no-name slobs. We belong to nobody and nobody belongs to us. We don’t even belong to each other.



The Bridge on the River Kwai (1957)

Colonel Nicholson: One day the war will be over. And I hope that the people that use this bridge in years to come will remember how it was built and who built it. Not a gang of slaves, but soldiers, British soldiers, Clipton, even in captivity.



Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

Butch Cassidy: Kid, there’s something I ought to tell you. I never shot anybody before.
Sundance Kid: One hell of a time to tell me!



Casablanca (1942)

Rick: Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine.



Citizen Kane (1941)

Charles Foster Kane: I don’t think there’s one word that can describe a mans life.



Cool Hand Look (1967)

Captain, Road Prison 36: What we’ve got here is…failure to communicate.



Dr. Strangelove (1964)

President Merkin Muffley: Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!



Double Indemnity (1944)

Walter Neff: Yes, I killed him. I killed him for money and a woman…and I didn’t get the money and I didn’t get the woman. Pretty, isn’t it?



For a Few Dollars More (1965)

Monco: Tell me, isn’t sheriff supposed to be courageous, loyal and, above all, honest?
Sherrif of White Rocks: Yeah, that he is.
[Monco takes badge off of the sheriff’s vest and gives it to some town folks]
Monco: Think you people need a new sheriff.



Goldfinger (1964)

Pussy Galore: My name is Pussy Galore.
James Bond: I must be dreaming.



The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

Blondie: You see, in this world there’s two kinds of people, my friend; those with loaded guns and those who dig. You dig.



The Graduate (1967)

Benjamin: For God’s sake, Mrs. Robinson! Here we are. You got me into your house. You give me a drink. You…put on music. Now you start opening up your personal life to me and tell me your husband won’t be home for hours.
Mrs. Robinson: So?
Benjamin: Mrs. Robinson, you’re trying to seduce me.
Mrs. Robinson: [laughs] Huh?
Benjamin: Aren’t you?



The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

Tom Joad: Takes no nerve to do something, ain’t nothin’ else you can do.



The Great Dictator (1940)

A Jewish Barber: I’m sorry, but I don’t want to be an emperor. That’s not my business. I don’t want to rule or conquer anyone. I should like to help everyone if possible; Jew, Gentile, black man, white. We all want to help one another. Human beings are like that. We want to live by each others happiness, not by each others misery. We don’t want to hate and despise one another. In this world there is room for everyone, and the good earth is rich and can provide for everyone. The way of life can be free and beautiful, but we have lost the way. Greed has poisoned men’s souls, has barricaded the world with hate, has goose-stepped us into misery and bloodshed. We have developed speed, but we have shut ourselves in. Machinery that gives abundance has left us in want. Our knowledge has made us cynical; our cleverness, hard and unkind. We think too much and feel too little. More than machinery, we need humanity. More than cleverness, we need kindness and gentleness. Without these qualities, life will be violent and all will be lost.



The Great Escape (1963)

Hilts: Wait a minute. You aren’t seriously suggesting that if I get through the wire, and case everything out there, and don’t get picked up, to turn myself in and get thrown back in the cooler for a couple of months so you can get the information you need?
Bartlett: Yes.



The Hustler (1961)

Fast Eddie: I’m the best you ever seen, Fats. I’m the best there is. And even if you beat me, I’m still the best.
Bert Gordon: Stay with this kid; he’s a loser!



The Italian Job (1969)

[after Arthur blows up the truck]
Charlie Croker: You’re only supposed to blow the bloody doors off!



It’s a Wonderful Life (1946)

George Bailey: Dear Father in heaven, I’m not a praying man, but if you’re up there and you can hear me…show me the way…show me the way.



Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Sherif Ali: What is your name?
T.E. Lawrence: My name is for my friends. None of my friends is a murderer!

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The Maltese Falcon (1941)

Joel Cairo: You always have a very smooth explanation…
Sam Spade: What do you want me to do, learn to stutter?


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