My Favorite Top Ten Movie Quotes
Although these are some of my favorite movie quotes, this is not a complete list of them. Choosing the "Top Ten" is not easy when there are so many memorable quotes.
My Favorite Ten Movie Quotes
I have been thinking over the past few days as to what my favorite parts or lines from ten movies that I have enjoyed watching. There are a couple I just don't watch anymore since I have grown out of them, but still…to remember certain quotes from them is quite amazing after all of these years. It kind of makes one wonder what made those particular lines so memorable.
The quotes you are about to read are not in any specific order, and to choose just ten was not an easy task since I can pick far more than these from one movie alone. These quotes, whether they be memorable to you or not, tend to keep the humor in me. I like comedies, but drama can be just as funny if you know how to watch for it.
Back to the Future Part 3
"Why do we have to cut these things so damn close?"
This was spoken by the character Marty McFly, Michael J. Fox, as he was trying to wake up the Doc (Christopher Lloyd) in order for them to get to the train on time.
This is something almost anyone can relate to because it is a movie's way of explaining procrastination, or not having all of one's eggs in a single basket. You see, Marty and the Doc are trying to get back to the future, but one thing after another sets them back or is in the way. Hmm. That sounds like everyday life to me. However you look at it, nearly anyone can relate to this line. When I am running late getting somewhere, I sometimes think of this line.
Little Big Man
"I can always tell a man's profession by looking at him, and you look like a mule skinner to me." General George Armstrong Custer says to Jack Crabb in the movie “Little Big Man.”
To me, this is one of Dustin Hoffman's best movies he ever starred in. His own character keeps changing character. He finally gets within killing distance of General Custer (Richard Mulligan), and gets hired on as a mule skinner because he starts speaking English and not Indian anymore.
If someone told me they knew what my profession was by looking at me, I would just tell them, "You are awfully sure of yourself for being so ignorant." It was a funny line in the movie, but for someone to say that in real life would be pompous. A rather stupid statement if you ask me.
"Tres, tres, tres. No? Nueve, nueve, nueve. No? Ungh! Oh!" Brendan Fraser finally notices that he is holding the pager upside down. "Sees, sees, sees." Then he presses in the correct numbers before falling to his supposed death.
Brendon Fraser plays the part of Elliot Richards in this humorous movie where the devil is granting his wishes.
I see a little bit of that episode of the X-Files with the genie in this one. Remember when Agent Mulder takes the time to write out his wish and still cannot word it well enough to not have some repercussions?
The humor in this is that he's not exactly stupid, just narrow minded and only thinking of himself. Boy! Haven't we all been there! He can't remember the code on the pager. This sounds like me trying to remember all my passwords from the bank to the computer to the internet. Whew! And then I get them mixed up from one to the next.
The Treasure of the Sierra Madre
"Badges? We ain't got no badges! We don't need no badges! I don't have to show you any stinking badges!" Says Gold Hat (Alfonso Bedoya) to Dobbs (Humphrey Bogart).
You are gripped to your chair as you watch this suspenseful movie with Humphrey Bogart as the lead actor in it. You just know they are going to die. Then all of a sudden this quirky line comes up and you just can't help but laugh.
This is similar to me talking seriously with one of my nieces or nephews, and they pop off some saying of their own that totally blows you away. You are unsuspecting of this moment, but yet you treasure it years later. Of course this quote is similar to another that I like as well from Blazing Saddles.
Some Like it Hot
"Well, nobody's perfect." Osgood Fielding III, who is portrayed by Joe. E. Brown, makes this unsuspecting statement after Joe (Tony Curtis) reveals to him that he is a man.
This is so true for all of us. When I first watched this movie I was shocked as to how far back men have been dressing like women. I guess it is the thing to do in an actor's career.
You may find me quoting this line from time to time, as I tend to use it quite frequently in conversations. When I catch myself saying it, I remember where it came from.
Sons of the Desert
"Well, here's another nice mess you've gotten me into!" Oliver Hardy shouts back to Stan Laurel.
Parents...you know you feel like saying this to your kids. I have used this line at work when we are in a crunch to get something done. Of course, I get a funny look from the person who has never heard this before since the movie is before both of our times. I also do the tie bit even though I am not wearing a tie.
The Naughty Nineties
"Who's on first?" - Bud Abbott & Lou Costello
"So Naturally catches the ball at first." Lou Costello says as he thinks he finally understands what is going on.
“No! What's on second. Oh, never mind.“ Abbott acts disgusted that Lou is not following him at this point in the skit.
This baseball skit is so well known worldwide that I have actually met people who can quote the entire thing. What they don't realize is there are two different variations of the same skit.
My favorite is the one when they start off with the naming of goofy baseball player's names. I actually remember reading about some of them, too. When Costello gets to the memorable ending, "...and it's a long fly ball to Because. Why? I don't know. He's on third, and I don't give a darn!"
"I said, I don't give a darn!"
"Oh! He's our shortstop!" Then Costello, who is trying to not go hysterical, gives Abbott a dumbfounded look.
This is certainly a classic skit with memorable lines. I have seen many takes on this. The most recent one I have seen was Rush Hour 3. It was the scene where they were in the dojo and Chris Rock wants answers as to who is who. “Me” is the person in front of him, and “You” is off to his side. I knew what they were up to when they wrote this.
There are so many times I am in conversations with someone that it reminds me of this banter that you just want to break into that particular role. I have done this and the person I am talking to just grins and busts a gut laughing.
Bob Porter: "Looks like you've been missing a lot of work lately."
Peter Gibbons: "I wouldn't say I've been *missing* it, Bob."
Ron Livingston and Paul Willson displayed an epic example of an employee and a manager who did not see eye to eye.
I would say the same thing. I don't know of anyone who truly misses work, but then again I have not met everybody either. Anyone who has ever watched this movie surely can relate with at least one of the characters in it. I would never want to burn a place down, or take vengeance on my boss. It sure would be nice to set your own hours and do what you felt like doing and still get paid the same. So when I am off work, I am really not missing it at all.
Daniel: "Hey, where did all of these old cars come from?"
Here is another example of asking the obvious. At the time of this movie coming out, I had not yet heard of Bill Engvall. Yet, the obvious was asked and answered in these classic two lines.
Heck! I still do this. When have you?
"Hey! The sheriff is a ni..r!" Gabby Johnson tries to shout out over the loud bell.
“What did he say” Asks Harriet Johnson.
"He said the sheriff is near!" Dr. Sam Johnson offers up.
"No! Dagblamit..." as the old timer Gabby is trying to correct him in a Yosemite Sam type of lingo.
Jack Starrett, Carol Arthur, and Richard Collier had a way of making you laugh at this point in the movie.
This is funny simply because we as human beings just don't pay enough attention when we are being talked to. We do need to clean out our ears from time to time. It's like me telling you that I will meet you somewhere on Thursday, and you chime back with, "You are thirsty?"
Mel Brooks took so many things from life and put them into this movie to make fun of life. I still laugh at some of the lines. Does anyone have some water? I'm thirsty.
"Badges? We don't need no stinking badges!" spoken by a Mexican bandit (Abel Franco) as he was being deputized by Hedley Lamar (Harvey Korman).
This is the line I was writing about earlier. As we go through life we tend to take famous quotes and make them into our own. I can't think of anyone in my family who doesn't do this. If you were to sit and talk with me, you would find that I quote so many things and don't even realize it.
So if you want to quote me on something, here is one for you. "If anyone sees my mind wondering around here, catch it and let me know."