I supposed today I’m in a movie mood. Earlier, I posted a status on Facebook saying, “I’m not crazy, I’ve just been in a very bad mood for 40 years.” If you haven’t already figured it out, that’s a famous quote from Steel Magnolias, the 1989 adaptation of Robert Harling’s play of the same name. The Oscars (my favorite day of the year, besides my birthday) are coming up quickly, and soon my journey to watch all the nominated films will begin, and no one will hear from me for a week. Before that, let’s reminisce about all the great movies of the past. So, for today’s blog post I figured I’d stick with my mood and post the 10 Best Movie Quotes of All Time, in my opinion.
#10 – “Show me the money!” – Jerry Maguire
In probably one of my favorite movies, Jerry has a total mental breakdown when he’s trying to save face with a client and get him to leave the big flashy sports agency the client is signed with and instead join Jerry in his new venture. It’s Jerry’s commitment to show him the money that convinces Rod to take the leap.
#9 – “Bond. James Bond.” – Every Bond Film Ever Made
If you’re like me, you grew up watching James Bond, probably with your dad on a Saturday when it played all day on AMC. There was something about Bond and the way he said his name that was just so cool and iconic. That probably is why he’s the second most successful film franchise of all time, trailing behind Harry Potter.
#8 – “You can’t handle the truth!” – A Few Good Men
We all remember that moment when Jack Nicholson lost his cool while being questioned and blurted out the famous line, but what few know is that this film is based on a stage play of the same name, and the story packs a much bigger punch when you’re watching it live. If you can find a showing that promises to be at least halfway decent, check it out. You wont be disappointed.
#7 – “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.” – Gone with the Wind
Sure, this movie made huge strides in film making, and changed the way the motion picture industry worked, but when screenings of a film need an intermission, the film is just too long. I have a feeling my thoughts on the length of this film would have been met with a “Frankly, Robby, I don’t give a damn,” by one of the three directors. Imagine, a film so long it needed three directors!
#6 – “There’s no place like home.” – The Wizard of Oz
Dorothy’s adventure was probably one of my all-time favorite childhood movies, but I’d fast forward through the scary parts (and still do, actually), but there’s just something about her clicking her heels together and saying that famous line over and over again that brings comfort. Perhaps that’s why it’s stitched on pillows across the nation.
#5 – “Mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.” – Forrest Gump
Who couldn’t fall in love with a character like Forrest Gump? He’s so naive and his loyalty to his mother, his state, his former girlfriend, and his son knows no bounds. Plus, he ran for a really long time, and that’s impressive.
#4 – “A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti.” – Silence of the Lambs
I watching this movie for the first time when I was about 10 years old. It was a lot to take in at that age, and I still fear lotion, but Anthony Hopkins scared the bejeezus out of me with his story of eating a man’s liver with fava beans. I still can’t eat them, but I do love me some Chianti!
#3 – “I’ll have what she’s having.” – When Harry Met Sally
There is just something about Meg Ryan that made her the romantic comedy queen of the 90s and early 2000s, and when she sits at that table and acts out a “climax” there’s nothing funnier than the woman at the next table thinking she’s received those special “good feelings” from her lunch.
#2 – “Houston, we have a problem.” – Apollo 13
Tom Hanks (who appears on this list three times) is brilliant as Jim Lovell in Apollo 13, and I remember as a kid watching the movie and going to school the next day and saying that to my teachers and friends over and over again. Aside from that, this film takes a serious turn at this point, and it’s very clear in Hanks’ voice that the situation is in fact serious.
#1 – “There’s no crying in baseball!” – A League of Their Own
Finally, my favorite quote of all time. It appears on the AFI Top 100 Movie Quotes as number 54, but it’s number 1 to me. The movie as a whole is excellent, but what makes it my top quote is Tom Hanks and his performance as Jimmy Dugan, the rough, often drunk coach that eventually warms up to the female baseball team.
With Mr. Tom Hanks appearing on this list three times, can you tell who one of my favorite actors happens to be?
What are some of your favorite movie quotes?