77 Movies with Smart Lines/Dialogues

-Or 77 Lies that Tell Truths…In chronological order, from oldest to newest, they are:

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

Dorothy: “How do you talk if you don’t have a brain?”
Scarecrow: “Well, some people without brains do an awful lot of talking don’t they?”

Wizard of Oz: “You, my friend, are a victim of disorganized thinking. You are under the unfortunate impression that just because you run away you have no courage; you’re confusing courage with wisdom.”

The Great Dictator (1940)

A Jewish Barber: “…Don’t give yourselves to brutes, men who despise you, enslave you; who regiment your lives, tell you what to do, what to think and what to feel! Who drill you, diet you, treat you like cattle, use you as cannon fodder. Don’t give yourselves to these unnatural men – machine men with machine minds and machine hearts. You are not machines, you are not cattle, you are men! You have the love of humanity in your hearts! You don’t hate! Only the unloved hate”

Black Narcissus (1947)

Sister Clodagh: “We all need discipline. You said yourself they’re like children. Without discipline we should all behave like children.”

Mr. Dean: “Oh. Don’t you like children, Sister?”

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

Stanley Kowalski: “You know what luck is? Luck is believing you’re lucky, that’s all… To hold a front position in this rat-race, you’ve got to believe you are lucky.”

Spartacus (1960)

Spartacus: “And maybe there’s no peace in this world, for us or for anyone else, I don’t know. But I do know that, as long as we live, we must remain true to ourselves.”

To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)

Atticus Finch: “If you just learn a single trick, Scout, you’ll get along a lot better with all kinds of folks. You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view… Until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it.”

Lawrence of Arabia (1962)

Jackson Bentley: “You answered without saying anything. That’s politics.”

The Manchurian Candidate (1962)

Raymond Shaw: “My dear girl, have you ever noticed that the human race is divided into two distinct and irreconcilable groups: those that walk into rooms and automatically turn television sets on, and those that walk into rooms and automatically turn them off. The trouble is that they end up marrying each other.”

Mrs. Iselin: “It has been decided that you will be dressed as a priest, to help you get away in the pandemonium afterwards. Chunjin will give you a two-piece Soviet Army sniper’s rifle that fits nicely into a special bag. There’s a spotlight booth that won’t be in use. It’s up under the roof on the Eighth Avenue side of the Garden. You will have absolutely clear, protected shooting. You are to shoot the presidential nominee through the head. And Johnny will rise gallantly to his feet and lift Ben Arthur’s body in his arms, stand in front of the microphones and begin to speak.

The speech is short. But it’s the most rousing speech I’ve ever read. It’s been worked on, here and in Russia, on and off, for over eight years. I shall force someone to take the body away from him and Johnny will really hit those microphones and those cameras with blood all over him, fighting off anyone who tries to help him, defending America even if it means his own death, rallying a nation of television viewers to hysteria, to sweep us up into the White House with powers that will make martial law seem like anarchy! Now, this is very important. I want the nominee to be dead two minutes after he begins his acceptance speech – depending on his reading time under pressure. You are to hit him right at the point that he finishes the phrase, “Nor would I ask of any fellow American in defense of his freedom that which I would not gladly give myself – my life before my liberty.” Is that absolutely clear?”

Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

President Merkin Muffley: “But this is absolute madness, Ambassador! Why should you *build* such a thing?”

Ambassador de Sadesky: “There were those of us who fought against it, but in the end we could not keep up with the expense involved in the arms race, the space race, and the peace race. At the same time our people grumbled for more nylons and washing machines. Our doomsday scheme cost us just a small fraction of what we had been spending on defence in a single year. The deciding factor was when we learned that your country was working along similar lines, and we were afraid of a doomsday gap.”

Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner (1967)

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Dr. John Prentice [to his father]: “You’ve said what you had to say. You listen to me. You say you don’t want to tell me how to live my life? So what do you think you’ve been doing? You tell me what rights I’ve got or haven’t got, and what I owe to you for what you’ve done for me. Let me tell you something. I owe you nothing! If you carried that bag a million miles, you did what you were supposed to do because you brought me into this world, and from that day you owed me everything you could ever do for me, like I will owe my son if I ever have another. But you don’t own me! You can’t tell me when or where I’m out of line, or try to get me to live my life according to your rules.

You don’t even know what I am, Dad. You don’t know who I am. You don’t know how I feel, what I think. And if I tried to explain it the rest of your life, you will never understand. You are 30 years older than I am. You and your whole lousy generation believes the way it was for you is the way it’s got to be. And not until your whole generation has lain down and died will the deadweight of you be off our backs! You understand? You’ve got to get off my back! Dad. Dad. You’re my father. I’m your son. I love you. I always have and I always will. But you think of yourself as a colored man. I think of myself as a man.”

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The Good, the Bad and the Ugly (1966)

Blondie: “You see, in this world there’s two kinds of people, my friend: Those with loaded guns and those who dig.”

Tuco: “If you work for a living, why do you kill yourself working?”

Cool Hand Luke (1967)

Boss: “Sorry, Luke. I’m just doing my job. You gotta appreciate that.”

Luke: “Nah – calling it your job don’t make it right, Boss.”

Planet of the Apes (1968)

Dr. Zaius: “You are right, I have always known about man. From the evidence, I believe his wisdom must walk hand and hand with his idiocy. His emotions must rule his brain. He must be a warlike creature who gives battle to everything around him, even himself.”


The Godfather (1972)

Michael: “My father is no different than any powerful man, any man with power, like a president or senator.”

Kay Adams: “Do you know how naive you sound, Michael? Presidents and senators don’t have men killed.”

Michael: “Oh. Who’s being naive, Kay?”

The Godfather II (1974)

Michael Corleone: “Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer”

The Network (1976)

Arthur Jensen: “It is the international system of currency which determines the totality of life on this planet… And I’ve chosen you, Mr. Beale, to preach this evangel.”
Howard Beale: “Why me?”
Arthur Jensen: ”Because you’re on television, dummy”
Howard Beale: “All I know is, you’ve got to get mad. You’ve got to say, ‘I’m a human being, goddamn it. My life has value!’.”

Star Wars (1977)

Obi-Wan: “In my experience, there’s no such thing as luck.”

The Elephant Man (1980)

John Merrick: “People are frightened by what they don’t understand.”

Life of Brian (1979)

Brian: “Please, please, please listen! I’ve got one or two things to say.”
The Crowd: “Tell us! Tell us both of them!”
Brian: “Look, you’ve got it all wrong! You don’t NEED to follow ME, You don’t NEED to follow ANYBODY! You’ve got to think for your selves! You’re ALL individuals!”

Brian’s mother: “What star sign is he?”
Wise Man #2: “Capricorn.”
Brian’s mother: “Capricorn, eh? What are they like?”
Wise Man #2: “He is the son of God, our Messiah.”
Wise Man #1: “King of the Jews.”
Brian’s mother: “And that’s Capricorn, is it?”
Wise Man #3: “No, no, that’s just him.”
Brian’s mother: “Oh, I was going to say, otherwise there’d be a lot of them.”

Blade Runner (1982)

Roy: “Quite an experience to live in fear, isn’t it? That’s what it is to be a slave.”

Roy: “We’ve got a lot in common.”
Sebastian: “What do you mean?”
Roy: “Similar problems.”
Pris: “Accelerated decrepitude.”

Brazil (1985)

Arresting Officer: “This is your receipt for your husband… and this is my receipt for your receipt.”

Kurtzmann: [on Buttle] “You see? The population census has got him down as ‘dormanted’. Uh, the Central Collective Storehouse computer has got him down as ‘deleted’.”
Sam Lowry: “Hang on.”
[goes to a computer terminal] Kurtzmann: “Information Retrieval has got him down as ‘inoperative’. And there’s another one – security has got him down as ‘excised’. Administration has got him down as ‘completed’.”
Sam Lowry: “He’s dead.”

The Breakfast Club (1985)

Brian Johnson: “Saturday, March 24,1984. Shermer High School, Shermer, Illinois, 60062. Dear Mr. Vernon, We accept the fact that we had to sacrifice a whole Saturday in detention for whatever it was we did wrong. What we did *was* wrong. But we think you’re crazy to make us write an essay telling you who we think we are. What do you care? You see us as you want to see us – in the simplest terms, in the most convenient definitions. You see us as a brain, an athlete, a basket case, a princess and a criminal. Correct? That’s the way we saw each other at 7:00 this morning. We were brainwashed.”

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

Esmerelda: “…Have you poor sheep strayed so far from the path?”
Edward: “We’re not sheep”

Officer Allen: “Will he be okay, doc?”
Psychologist: “The years spent in isolation have not equipped him with the tools necessary to judge right from wrong.

He’s had no context. He’s been completely without guidance. Furthermore, his work – the garden sculptures, hairstyles and so forth – indicate that he’s a highly imaginative… uh… character. It seems clear that his awareness of what we call reality is radically underdeveloped.”

Officer Allen: “But will he be all right out there?”

Psychologist: “Oh, yeah, he’ll be fine.”

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The Shawshank Redemption (1994)

Red: “These walls are funny. First you hate ’em, then you get used to ’em. Enough time passes, you get so you depend on them. That’s institutionalized.”

Léon: The Professional (1994)

Léon: “You need some time to grow up a little.”
Mathilda: “I finished growing up, Léon. I just get older.”
Léon: “For me it’s the opposite. I’m old enough. I need time to grow up.”

Forrest Gump (1994)

Jenny Curran: “Do you ever dream, Forrest, about who you’re gonna be?”
Forrest Gump: “Who I’m gonna be?”
Jenny Curran: “Yeah.”
Forrest Gump: “Aren’t-aren’t I going to be me?”

Se7en (1995)

John Doe: “It’s more comfortable for you to label me as insane.”
David Mills: “It’s VERY comfortable.”

The Usual Suspects (1995)

Fenster: “They treat me like a criminal. I’ll end up a criminal.”

Dave Kujan: “First day on the job, you know what I learned? How to spot a murderer. Let’s say you arrest three guys for the same killing. You put them all in jail overnight. The next morning, whoever’s sleeping is your man. You see, if you’re guilty, you know you’re caught, you get some rest, you let your guard down.”


Braveheart (1995)

William Wallace: “There’s a difference between us. You think the people of this country exist to provide you with position. I think your position exists to provide those people with freedom.”

William Wallace: “Every man dies, not every man really lives.”

Trainspotting (1996)

Mark “Rent-boy” Renton: “You see if you ask me we’re heterosexual by default, not by decision. It’s just a question of who you fancy. It’s all about aesthetics and it’s fuck all to do with morality.”

Life Is Beautiful (1997)

“The more there is, the less you see.”

(That’s the riddle for ‘Darkness’ in the movie. I like to think that it’s also symbolic of the darkness, namely Fear, that we all feel inside. The more the fear, the less sharp and objective one can be. Hence, the more there is (darkness-fear), the less you see.)

The Devil’s Advocate (1997)

Kevin Lomax: “Is this a test?”
Pam: “Isn’t everything?”

John Milton: “Are we negotiating?”
Kevin Lomax: “Always.”

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)

Raoul Duke: “We are all wired into a survival trip now. No more of the speed that fueled that 60’s. That was the fatal flaw in Tim Leary’s trip.

He crashed around America selling “consciousness expansion” without ever giving a thought to the grim meat-hook realities that were lying in wait for all the people who took him seriously…

All those pathetically eager acid freaks who thought they could buy Peace and Understanding for three bucks a hit. But their loss and failure is ours too.

What Leary took down with him was the central illusion of a whole life-style that he helped create… a generation of permanent cripples, failed seekers, who never understood the essential old-mystic fallacy of the Acid Culture: the desperate assumption that somebody… or at least some force – is tending the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Fight Club (1999)

Tyler Durden: “The things you own end up owning you.”

Narrator: “When people think you’re dying, they really, really listen to you, instead of just…”
Marla Singer: “ instead of just waiting for their turn to speak?”

The Matrix (1999)

Morpheus: “What is real? How do you define ‘real’? If you’re talking about what you can feel, what you can smell, what you can taste and see, then ‘real’ is simply electrical signals interpreted by your brain.”

Memento (2000)

Leonard Shelby: “Memory can change the shape of a room; it can change the color of a car. And memories can be distorted. They’re just an interpretation…”

Requiem for a Dream (2000)

Marion: “Getting the money’s not the problem Harry.”
Harry Goldfarb: “Then what’s the problem?”
Marion: “I don’t know what I’m going to have to do to get it.”

Amélie (2001)

The Sacré-Coeur Boy: “The fool looks at a finger that points at the sky.”

Hipolito, The Writer: “Failure teaches us that life is but a draft, a long rehearsal for a show that will never play.”

Amélie Poulain: “At least you’ll never be a vegetable – even artichokes have hearts.”

Spirited Away (2001)

Aogaeru: “Welcome the rich man, he’s hard for you to miss. His butt keeps getting bigger, so there’s plenty there to kiss!”

Zeniba: “…Nothing that happens is ever forgotten, even if you can’t remember it.”

A Beautiful Mind (2001)

Nash: “In competitive behaviour someone always loses.”

Parcher: “Man is capable of as much atrocity as he has imagination.”