Movie Award Season Spurs Memorable Movie Quotes

Posted January 09, 2012 by Denise Gangnes
Movie award season is upon us. Testing the waters will be the 17th Annual Critics Choice Awards held this week in Los Angeles followed by the Golden Globes on January 15. Here at, we have to wonder how many memorable quotes will be uttered from this year's nominees? Will they match the great quotes from movies past?
According to the American Film Institute, no film made after 1992 contains quotes that have earned a spot in the Top 50 movie quotes of all time. Evidently, the best quotes from our favorite movies took years to become popular, and most have become even better "as time goes by." So, in the spirit of the "best of" lists that are all the rage this time of year, we have compiled our favorite movie quotes in no particular order, attributing them to the most esoteric categories we could devise:
Best Quote Repeated in a Record 23 Movies
"...Bond. James Bond." Three words that pretty much say it all.
Most Repeated Line Spoken by a Variety of Life Forms
A clear winner with "May the force be with you," quoted more than 50 times in six different Star Wars movies.
Best Quotes by a 2nd Career Movie Star who Became Governor of California (apologies to Ronald Reagan). Two winning quotes in this category, both attributed to strongman-turned actor-turned politician Arnold Schwarzenegger, in his sci-fi action pic, The Terminator. The prophetic "I'll be back" from the 1984 release was followed with even more machismo in 1991's follow-up film quote, the multi-lingual, "Hasta la vista, baby!"
Best Comparison of Food to the Meaning of Life
Simply put, this one goes to Forrest Gump, with the memorable conclusion, My momma always said, "Life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get."
Most Unusual Dinner Menu
The culinary admission, "A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti" was effectively delivered by Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter in 1991's Silence of the Lambs. His chilling performance helped garner the film five Academy awards.
Biggest Understatement
"You're gonna need a bigger boat," uttered by a stunned Roy Scheider in 1975's classic thriller, Jaws.
Most Successful Theatrical Rise to Power
In 1954, Marlon Brando was firmly established as a star in Hollywood, proving his mettle in On The Waterfront as down-and-out longshoreman Terry Malloy with this poignant quote, "You don't understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am." By 1972, he had made the dramatic on-screen transformation into the high-powered Don Corleone in The Godfather, demonstrating a slightly different approach to success with his marble-mouthed quote, "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse." Both efforts landed Brando Academy Awards.
Most Replicated Shoes
When Judy Garland utters, "There's no place like home" in 1939's Wizard of Oz, females of all ages scrambled to find out where they could buy a pair of those sparkling ruby slippers.
Best Movie-Ending Quotes by Manly Men
A tie in this category from two classics: "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn!" decisively delivered by the ruggedly handsome Clark Gable in 1939's multi-award winner, Gone With The Wind, and the eternally rugged Humphrey Bogart's observation to Claude Rains as Captain Renault at the conclusion of 1942's classic Casablanca, "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."
With so many classic quotes, choosing winners is always difficult. If you don't see your favorite movie quote listed here, stay tuned for Part II of our posting on Best Movie Quotes. Because after all... "Tomorrow is another day."

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