Inconceivable!

ferris buellerThe Princess Bride, Monty Python and the Holy Grail, Napoleon Dynamite, A Christmas Story, Mean Girls, Ferris Bueller’s Day Off, The Mummy, Airplane!, Pitch Perfect and Clueless.

A seemingly random assortment of movies that all have one thing in common: They are all extremely quotable. They are so quotable that lines from these movies have made their way into everyday conversation. (In fact, one of my younger brothers still retorts, in true Napoleon fashion, “your mom goes to college” when provoked.)  Movie quotes are as important to the longevity of a movie as the acting, the plot, and the visual effects. They are so important, in fact, that the American Film Institute released a list in 2005 of the 100 best movie quotes.

Below, I’ve picked out a few of my favorite quotes from the AFI’s list, 100 Years…100 Movie Quotes. Which quote from the list is your favorite? Is there a quote you think should have been on the list?

  • I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse. The Godfather (#2)
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  • Here’s looking at you, kid. Casablanca (#5)
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  • May the Force be with you.Star Wars (#8)
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  • Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.All About Eve (#9)
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  • Love means never having to stay you’re sorry.Love Story (#13)
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  • There’s no place like home.The Wizard of Oz (#23)
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  • You’re gonna need a bigger boat. Jaws (#35)
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  • If you build it, he will come. Field of Dreams (#39)
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  • My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get. Forrest Gump (#40)
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  • I see dead people. The Sixth Sense (#44)
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  • There’s no crying in baseball!A League of Their Own (#54)
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  • Striker: Surely you can’t be serious.
  • Rumack: I am serious…and don’t call me Shirley. 
  • - Airplane! (#79)
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  • Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary. Dead Poets Society (#95)
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  • My mother thanks you. My father thanks you. My sister thanks you. And I thank you. Yankee Doodle Dandy (#97)
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  • Nobody puts Baby in a corner.Dirty Dancing (#98)

Flickr CC: F Ferris Bueller's Day Off Photo by: Ed Hall