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50 best movie quotes through the years

Shanee Edwards is a screenwriter who earned her master's degree at UCLA Film School. She recently won the Next MacGyver television writing competition to create a TV show about a female engineer. Her TV pilot, Ada and the Machine, is cur...

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Humphrey Bogart as Rick

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Humphrey Bogart as Rick

Casablanca is considered the most powerful love story of the 20th century.

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Roy Scheider as Brody

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Roy Scheider as Brody

This line wasn't even in the original script, but was improvised by Scheider. 

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Judy Garland as Dororthy

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Judy Garland as Dororthy

This line remains in the American vernacular, meaning one has entered a new and unfamiliar world. 

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Humphrey Bogart as Rick

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Humphrey Bogart as Rick

Rick is speaking about Ilsa Lund (Ingrid Bergman), of course. 

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Alex McCrindle as Gen. Dodonna

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Alex McCrindle as Gen. Dodonna

"May the Force be with you," was first uttered by Gen. Dodonna, not Obi-Wan Kenobi, as many people believe. 

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Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle

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Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle

Travis uses this line in front of the mirror to practice being tough.

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Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden

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Brad Pitt as Tyler Durden

Both Edward Norton and Brad Pitt took boxing and taekwondo lessons prior to filming.

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Darth Vader

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Darth Vader

Actor David Prowse wore the costume and didn't know that James Earl Jones would do the voice. 

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Marlon Brando as Don Corleone

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Marlon Brando as Don Corleone

Of course that offer never included money, just a coffin.

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Judy Garland as Dorothy

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Judy Garland as Dorothy

This simple phrase with a few heel clicks allowed Dorothy Gale to access her true power.

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Estelle Reiner as Customer

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Estelle Reiner as Customer

Billy Crystal was supposed to say the line but director Rob Reiner instead gave it to his mother, Estelle.

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Humphrey Bogart as Rick

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Humphrey Bogart as Rick

Rick may have lost of the love of his life, but at least he gained a friend in Louie (Claude Raines). 

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Sean Connery as Bond

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Sean Connery as Bond

This understated introduction tells you everything you need to know.

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Heath Ledger as the Joker

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Heath Ledger as the Joker

Oh, Heath. The entire world misses you.

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Mandy Patinkin as Montoya

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Mandy Patinkin as Montoya

Mandy Patinkin says people quote this line back to him at least once a day.

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Humphrey Bogart as Rick

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Humphrey Bogart as Rick

Paris was the city where Rick and Elsa (Ingrid Bergman) fell in love before World War II.

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Haley Joel Osment as Cole

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Haley Joel Osment as Cole

Actor Michael Cera claims he auditioned for the role of Cole, but Osment was cast instead.

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Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell

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Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell

In real life, it was astronaut Jack Swiger who said, "Okay Houston, we've had a problem here."

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Schwarzenegger as the Terminator

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Schwarzenegger as the Terminator

O.J. Simpson was considered for the part of the Terminator, but the producers thought he was too nice.

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Jack Nicholson as Col. Jessup

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Jack Nicholson as Col. Jessup

Writer Aaron Sorkin first wrote A Few Good Men as a stage play before it was turned into a movie.

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Bruce Willis as McClane

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Bruce Willis as McClane

This line is used in all five Die Hard movies. It translates to "here eat this" in the Urdo language.

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Renee Zellweger as Dorothy

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Renee Zellweger as Dorothy

This film launghed Rene Zellweger to stardom after she beat out actresses like Molly Ringwald and Uma Thurman.

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Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear

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Tim Allen as Buzz Lightyear

Billy Crystal has stated that he regrets turning down the role of Buzz Lightyear.

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Pat Welsh as E.T.

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Pat Welsh as E.T.

It's rumored that E.T.'s face is a combination of Albert Einstein, a pug dog and Carl Sandburg, the poet. 

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Tom Hanks as Jimmy

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Tom Hanks as Jimmy

Tom Hanks gained 30 pounds for the role.

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Dustin Hoffman as Ben

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Dustin Hoffman as Ben

Director Mike Nichols cast Hoffman because he had a natural awkwardness that seemed right for Ben.

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Jack Nicholson as Jack

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Jack Nicholson as Jack

This scene took three days to film and Nicholson hacked through 60 doors with an axe.

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Bette Davis as Margo

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Bette Davis as Margo

The oringial title of the film was Best Performance but was changed by producer Darryl F. Zanuck. 

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Peter Graves as Capt. Oveur

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Peter Graves as Capt. Oveur

Aeromexico was the only airline ever to show the film as part of their in-flight entertainment.

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Robin Williams as John Keating

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Robin Williams as John Keating

Dustin Hoffman was originally planning to direct and star in the film. He ended up dropping out.

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Robert Duvall as Kilgore

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Robert Duvall as Kilgore

Marlon Brando is said to have showed up on set drunk, overweight and not knowing his lines.

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Richard Castellano as Clemenza

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Richard Castellano as Clemenza

While the line, "Take the gun" was in the script, actor Castellano is said to have improvised the rest.

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Tom Cruise as Maguire

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Tom Cruise as Maguire

The role of Jerry Maguire was originally written for Tom Hanks.

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Al Pacino as Tony

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Al Pacino as Tony

Robert De Niro was offered the role of Tony Montana but declined.

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Marlon Brando as Terry

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Marlon Brando as Terry

Frank Sinatra almost played the lead role when Brando intially refused the part.

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Kevin Spacey as Verbal

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Kevin Spacey as Verbal

Spacey glued his fingers together to make his disability look more real.

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Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown

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Christopher Lloyd as Doc Brown

Christopher Lloyd still wants to do another film where he and Marty time-travel back to Ancient Rome.

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James Stewart as George

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James Stewart as George

Now considered a holiday classic, the film flopped when it was released in 1946.

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Gloria Swanson as Norma

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Gloria Swanson as Norma

Mae West turned down the role of Norma Desmond because she didn't think she was old enough to play her.

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Al Pacino as Michael

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Al Pacino as Michael

Al Pacino developed pneumonia while shooting in Italy, and the production was delayed for a month.

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Peter Finch as Howard

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Peter Finch as Howard

This is perhaps the most famous movie about disgruntled workers.

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Strother Martin as Captain

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Strother Martin as Captain

Rock band Guns and Roses used this line in their song "Civil War."

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Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump

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Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump

Tom Hanks declined taking a salary for the movie and instead took percentage points, which earned him $40 million.

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Leo DiCaprio as Jack

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Leo DiCaprio as Jack

While the producers wanted Matthew McConnaghey to play Jack, director James Cameron insisted on DiCaprio.

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Kevin Costner as Ray

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Kevin Costner as Ray

The original title of the film was Shoeless Joe Jackson, but it didn't score well with test audiences.

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Sean Connery as Bond

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Sean Connery as Bond

The shaken Martini is mentioned twice in Dr. No and referred to again in later Bond movies.

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Kathleen Turner as Jessica

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Kathleen Turner as Jessica

Kathleen Turner is not credited for voicing Jessica Rabbit. Her songs were performed by Amy Irving. 

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Ellen DeGeneres as Dory

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Ellen DeGeneres as Dory

DeGeneres is reprising her role as Dory in Finding Dory that opens June 17, 2016. 

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Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Lecter

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Anthony Hopkins as Dr. Lecter

Hannibal Lecter is the quinessential movie cannibal and will always terrify us.

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