77 Movies with Smart Lines/Dialogues (3)

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.”

77 Movies with Smart Lines/Dialogues (4)

Waking Life (2001)

Kim Krizan: “Creation seems to come out of imperfection. It seems to come out of a striving and a frustration and this is where I think language came from. I mean, it came from our desire to transcend our isolation and have some sort of connection with one another. And it had to be easy when it was just simple survival. Like you know, “water.” We came up with a sound for that. Or saber tooth tiger right behind you. We came up with a sound for that.

But when it gets really interesting I think is when we use that same system of symbols to communicate all the abstract and intangible things that we’re experiencing. What is like… frustration? Or what is anger or love? When I say love, the sound comes out of my mouth and it hits the other person’s ear, travels through this byzantine conduit in their brain through their memories of love or lack of love, and they register what I’m saying and they say yes, they understand. But how do I know they understand? Because words are inert. They’re just symbols. They’re dead, you know? And so much of our experience is intangible. So much of what we perceive cannot be expressed. It’s unspeakable.

And yet you know, when we communicate with one another and we feel that we have connected and we think that we’re understood I think we have a feeling of almost spiritual communion. And that feeling might be transient, but I think it’s what we live for.”

Solaris (2002)

Chris Kelvin: “How about you? How are you doing?”
Gordon: “Depression along with bouts of hypomania and primary insomnia, suggestions of agoraphobia, obsessive-compulsive disorder, shock, fatigue, denial.”
Chris Kelvin: “None of which is unusual given the circumstances.”
Gordon: “I know.”

Big Fish (2003)

Young Ed Bloom: “It was that night I discovered that most things you consider evil or wicked are simply lonely, and lacking in the social niceties.”

Ed Bloom (Age 10): “I was thinking about death and all. About seeing how you’re gonna die. I mean, on one hand, if dying was all you thought about, it could kind of screw you up. But it could kind of help you, couldn’t it? Because you’d know that everything else you can survive.”

Young Ed Bloom: “The biggest fish in the river gets that way by never being caught.”

The Sea Inside (2004)

Padre Francisco: “Freedom without a life is not freedom.”

Ramón Sampedro: “A life without freedom is not a life.”

Howl’s Moving Castle (2004)

Old Sophie: “A battleship?”
Howl: “On its way to burn cities and people”
Old Sophie: “The enemy’s? Ours?”
Howl: “What difference does it make?”

Howl: “I feel terrible, like there’s a weight on my chest.”
Young Sophie: “A heart’s a heavy burden.”

Old Sophie: “When you’re old, all you want to do is stare at the scenery.”

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

Joel: “…talking isn’t necessarily communicating.”

Clementine: “Sometimes I don’t think people realize how lonely it is to be a kid. Like… you don’t matter.”

Mary: “Adults are, like, this mess of sadness and phobias.”

V for Vendetta (2005)

V: “Beneath this mask there is more than flesh. Beneath this mask there is an idea, Mr. Creedy, and ideas are bulletproof.”

V: “…A building is a symbol, as is the act of destroying it. Symbols are given power by people. Alone, a symbol is meaningless…”

Gordon Deitrich: “You wear a mask for so long, you forget who you were beneath it.”

The Hitchhiker Guide to the Galaxy (2005)

The Book: “In the beginning the universe was created. This made a lot of people angry and has widely been considered as a bad move.”

Ford: “They don’t think, they don’t imagine, most of them can’t even spell, they just run things.”

The Book: “Presidents don’t have power; their purpose is to draw attention away from it.”

Zaphod: “If there’s anything around here more important than my ego, I want it caught and shot now!”

The Book: “What to do if you find yourself stuck with no hope of rescue: Consider yourself lucky that life has been good to you so far. Alternatively, if life hasn’t been good to you so far, which given your present circumstances seems more likely, consider yourself lucky that it won’t be troubling you much longer.”

Lord of War (2005)

Yuri Orlov: “There are two types of tragedies in life. One is not getting what you want, the other is getting it.”

Yuri Orlov: “You know who’s going to inherit the Earth? Arms dealers. Because everyone else is too busy killing each other. That’s the secret to survival. Never go to war. Especially with yourself.”

Yuri Orlov: “…There’s nothing more expensive for an arms dealer than peace.”

Yuri Orlov: “…Often, the most barbaric atrocities occur when both combatants proclaim themselves Freedom Fighters.”

Simeon Weisz: “Bullets change governments far surer than votes.”

Yuri Orlov: “I had a flair for languages. But I soon discovered that what talks best is dollars, dinars, drachmas, rubles, rupees and pounds fucking sterling.”