Wednesday, June 22, 2005

AFI Top 100 Movie Quotes

The American Film Institute released its list of the top 100 movie quotes of all time. My favorites from the list in no particular order:

1. “I am big! It’s the pictures that got small,” “Sunset Blvd.,” 1950. (In retrospect, a really creepy movie).

2. "One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don’t know,” “Animal Crackers,” 1930.

3. “Gentlemen, you can’t fight in here! This is the War Room!”, “Dr. Strangelove,” 1964.

4. “No wire hangers, ever!”, “Mommie Dearest,” 1981. (You kind of have to watch it to grasp the menace).

5. “Forget it, Jake, it’s Chinatown,” “Chinatown,” 1974. (In my opinion, second greatest film of all time).

6. “Soylent Green is people!”, “Soylent Green,” 1973. (And sinfully tasty).

7. “Attica! Attica!”, “Dog Day Afternoon,” 1975. (No. 8 on Joseph K's list of all-time best films).

My favorite movie quote doesn't appear on the AFI list. It comes from what I consider to be the best film ever made:

"In Italy for 30 years under the Borgias they had warfare, terror, murder, and bloodshed, but they produced Michelangelo, Leonardo da Vinci, and the Renaissance. In Switzerland they had brotherly love - they had 500 years of democracy and peace, and what did that produce? The cuckoo clock," "The Third Man," 1949.


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