In 2005, American Film Institute released their list of the 100 Best Movie Quotes of All Time. Although any “Best of All Time” list will cause controversy, my criticism actually falls on the list of the 400 nominees. After reviewing the entire list, I was surprised at quotes that did not make the cut, and, to some extent, upset at the one’s that did. While comprising this ‘over-looked’ list, I used the same criteria that AFI did:
- Movie Quotation: A statement, phrase or brief exchange of dialogue spoken in an American film. Lyrics from songs are not eligible.
- Cultural Impact: Movie quotations that viewers use in their own lives and situations; circulating through popular culture, they become part of the national lexicon.
- Legacy: Movie quotations that viewers use to evoke the memory of a treasured film, thus ensuring and enlivening its historical legacy.
- Year: A film made before 2005
Along with the Institute’s criteria, I also added that the film must also be of critical notoriety, and attempted to be objective as possible. Even though I love the quote from Natural Born Killers: “Mass murder is wrong. But if I were a mass murderer, I’d be Mickey and Mallory!”, I would assume that most critics would not view this quote as historic.
So, I present to you, in no particular order, 20 quotes that I felt were snubbed by the Institute.
What’s your favorite quote that didn’t make the list?
By Guy Stridsigne 5/31/2011
“When someone asks you if you’re a god, you say, ‘YES’!” – Ghostbusters
"And I guess that was your accomplice in the wood chipper." - Fargo
"I come from a long line of stubborn idiots." - It Happened One Night
"You have a point. An idiotic one, but a point." - All About Eve
"Drink your juice, Shelby." - Steel Magnolias
"Boycott that goddamn barber who fucked up your head." - Do The Right Thing
"Clever girl." - Jurassic Park
"See daddy, sinners have soul too."- The Color Purple
"Now I know I have a heart because it’s breaking." - The Wizard of Oz
"Inconceivable!" - The Princess Bride
"Oh Stewardess! I speak jive." - Airplane!
"Baby wants to fuck blue velvet!" - Blue Velvet
"Love is too weak a word for how I feel. I lufff you." - Annie Hall
"My whole life is a darkroom, one big dark room." - Beetlejuice
"The Dude abides." - The Big Lebowski
"Because I am not one of your fans!" - Mommie Dearest
"You killed Misery!" - Misery
"F - it -flam - flames. Flames, on the side of my face, breathing-breathl- heaving breaths. Heaving breaths... Heaving." - Clue
"Don't look now, but there's one man too many in this room, and I think it's you." - Duck Soup
"Then take the check, for $5,000, which I feel you deserve, and get - permanently - lost. It's not that I don't want to know you, Hilary - although I don't - it's just that I'm afraid we're not really the sort of people that you can afford to be associated with." - Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner