Entitled “AFI’s 100 Years… 100 Movie Quotes”, the list elevates immortal lines such as the following:
“Here’s looking at you, kid” (Casablanca)
“Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn” (Gone with the Wind)
“Why don’t you come up sometime and see me?” (She Done Him Wrong)
“May the Force be with you” (Star Wars)
“Houston, we have a problem” (Apollo 13)
“You can’t handle the truth” (A Few Good Men)
“I’ll be back” (The Terminator) and
“Show me the money!” (Jerry Mcquire)
Jurors in the selection process were asked to consider a line’s cultural impact and its legacy.
The AFI says many movie quotes like those above have gone from the big screen into our daily conversations.
Jurors voted on a list of 400 quotes and were also allowed to contribute up to five of their own favourites.
In voting on AFI’s Web site, fans believe “Casablanca” is the most-quotable film, followed by “The Godfather,” “National Lampoon’s Animal House,” “The Wizard of Oz,” and “Gone with the Wind.”
Chronologically, the ballot spans from 1927 to 2002.
“Casablanca” has seven quotes on the ballot, making it the most represented film, followed by “The Wizard of Oz” with six.
The most represented year is 1939 with 19 movie quotes, followed by 1942 with 17 and 1980 with 12.
Humphrey Bogart has 10 quotes on the ballot, the most represented male actor.
Al Pacino and the Marx Brothers follow with six quotes each and Tom Hanks, Robert De Nidro, James Stewart, Woody Allen and Nicholson have five apiece.
Comedians Peter Sellers and Mike Myers each have four quotes represented.
Bette Davis, Greta Garbo, Judy Garland and Vivien Leigh each have four memorable movie quotes.