Whose line is it anyway

WE KNOW all the lines, we quote – or as often as not, misquote – them with cheerful abandon; come up and see me, play it again, hasta la vista baby… The screenwriters' gems have wormed their way into our imaginations and our vocabularies, but how often can we actually remember what films they come from; even if we do, do we get them right, and do we actually recall the film moments in which they were said?

The market research company onepoll.com, a branch of PR company 72point, has just published a list of "the 50 greatest movie lines of all time", the result, it says, of interviews with 10,000 film buffs. Many of the great moments of the silver screen appear in the survey's top ten – and legendary lines by screen icons including Humphrey Bogart, Clark Gable, James Cagney and Judy Garland all feature in the list. "This poll pays homage to the classic stars of Hollywood's golden age," says John Sewell, spokesman for onepoll.com. "These results prove that the films of the 1930s and 1940s are both enduring and popular, with today's generations able to recognise lines from blockbusters such as Casablanca and The Wizard of Oz.

Here we present the 50 "greatest movie lines". But we're testing your memories by hinting at the context of the quote. You have to come up with the famous line itself, the actor and the film title. Sometimes, it seems, those polled remembered different parts of the same lines – hence numbers 11 and 38 are, respectively, longer and shorter versions of the same quote.

1 The use of a risqu word almost scuppered this line, delivered with panache in response to a weeping: "If you leave, where will I go? What will I do?"

2 This line was charming enough for the recipient of the sentiment to respond: "I wish I didn't love you so much."

3 A million hearts melted when Colin Firth uttered this line, to which his ladyfriend responded: "Apart from the smoking and the drinking, the vulgar mother."

4 So did he fire six shots or only five?

5 In this film a slightly creepy child observes very creepy things: "All. The. Time."

6 This line might not have had quite such an impact, had it not been uttered by a maniac wielding a large axe.

7 He finally got there, but it blew right up in his face.

8 "Smell that? You smell that?" Apparently this unpleasant substance smells like victory.

9 She may have carried a watermelon, but…

10 Click your heels together three times and utter this line.

11 Coulda, woulda, shoulda – Marlon Brandon was all of these things.

12 Does love really mean this?

13 He likes his preferred drink shaken, not stirred, and he's so good that he says his name twice.

14 He may have said this as he disappeared into a pool of fire, but it was still pretty emotional for a robot.

15 Our hero chose not to choose this. But why would this be so? "Who needs reasons when you've got heroin?"

16 If you're going to go after a man-eating fish, you definitely need the right equipment.

17 Very tasty indeed – if only life were as sweet as this.

18 He's the only one there, so whom else would you be speaking to?

19 This particular request might be simple, but it's "something very personal, a very important thing. Hell, it's a family motto."

20 Must be uttered on the bow of a very large ship with arms outstretched. Wind in the hair is optional.

21 You may have just whacked an associate, but there will be trouble if you forget dinner.

22 He may have an IQ of 75, but those leg braces were made for running, so that's just what he does.

23 Stellar advice from a mother who also tells her sweet but dim son: "You have to do the best with what God gave you."

24 Does this club have any other rules?

25 Obi-Wan should really have been a little more explicit when explaining Luke's family tree.

26 A slave owner advises his protg, about to face death in the Coliseum.

27 A grotesque creature in a cavern addresses something he's clutching in his hand.

28 A man with a blacked-up face asks us to hang on for more.

29 Intimidating guy on motorcycle bids farewell.

30 Mustachioed hero tells Southern belle just what she needs.

31 Alien geek dials extremely long distance.

32 Maverick financier's paean to avarice, on being told, "You're out of line, Gekko!"

33 Hungry heroine comes home and makes a vow for better times.

34 Elderly lady in diner orders a side portion of faked ecstasy.

35 Advice from the dead to a young space pilot in a tight spot.

36 Gauche young man asks Anne Bancroft's stockinged leg the obvious question.

37 Tom Cruise tells his fellow officer "I want the truth", but doesn't get the answer he wants.

38 Rod Steiger's remarks on some bets he once placed elicit an Oscar-winning angry speech.

39 Gang boss promises to revive his godson's failing film career with an irresistible suggestion.

40 Solo response to: "Take care of yourself, Han. I guess that's what you're best at, isn't it?"

41 Inspirational teacher gives extracurricular advice in grabbing the moment.

42 A recipe for disaster a pollster invited to dinner.

43 Frequent imperative in small-to-big-screen cop duo.

44 When John Travolta exclaims "Sandy!", he gets a sarcastic comeback.

45 What's Samuel L Jackson told when he asks what they call a hamburger in France?

46 Cheerio, samurai-style, from the Cottonmouth.

47 Something fishy about Otto's protestations of intelligence.

48 An FBI Agent tells Keanu Reeves some home truths about flaming youth.

49 One more idiotic than the other, with a decapitated parakeet.

50 San Diego's fictional TV star, Ron Burgundy, has his work-out interrupted by his newsroom rival.


1. "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn." Clark Gable, Gone with the Wind (1939); 2. "Here's looking at you, kid." Humphrey Bogart, Casablanca (1942); 3. "I like you just the way you are." Colin Firth, Bridget Jones's Diary (2001); 4. "Do you feel lucky, punk?" Clint Eastwood, Dirty Harry (1971); 5. "I see dead people." Haley Joel Osment, The Sixth Sense (1999); 6. "He-e-e-e-re's Johnny!" Jack Nicholson, The Shining (1980); 7. "Made it Ma! Top of the world!" James Cagney, White Heat (1949); 8. "I love the smell of napalm in the morning." Robert Duvall, Apocalypse Now (1979); 9. "Nobody puts Baby in the corner." Patrick Swayze, Dirty Dancing (1987);

10. "There's no place like home, there's no place like home." Judy Garland, The Wizard of Oz (1939); 11. "You don't understand! I could've had class. I could've been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am. Let's face it." Marlon Brando, On the Waterfront (1954); 12. "Love means never having to say you're sorry." Ryan O'Neal, Love Story (1970); 13. "Bond, James Bond." Sean Connery, Dr No (1962); 14. "I'll be back." Arnold Schwarzenegger, The Terminator (1984); 15. "Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a f***ing big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact-disc players and electrical tin-openers." Ewan McGregor, Trainspotting (1996); 16. "You're gonna need a bigger boat." Roy Scheider, Jaws (1975); 17. "Life is like a box of chocolates Forrest; you never know what you're gonna get." Sally Field, Forrest Gump (1994); 18. "You talkin' to me?" Robert De Niro, Taxi Driver (1976); 19. "Show me the money!" Tom Cruise and Cuba Gooding Junior, Jerry Maguire (1996);

20. "I'm the king of the world!" Leonardo DiCaprio, Titanic (1997); 21. "Leave the gun. Take the cannoli." Richard S Castellano, The Godfather (1972); 22. "Run, Forrest, Run!" Robin Wright Penn, Forrest Gump (1994); 23. "Stupid is as stupid does." Tom Hanks, Forrest Gump (1994); 24. "The first rule of Fight Club is – do not talk about Fight Club." Brad Pitt, Fight Club (1999); 25. "No, I am your father." James Earl Jones, The Empire Strikes Back (1980): 26, "We mortals are but shadow and dust, shadows and dust, Maximus." Oliver Reed, Gladiator (2000); 27, "My precious", Andy Serkis (the voice of Gollum), Lord of the Rings; 28. "Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothin' yet! Wait a minute I tell ya! You ain't heard nothing!" Al Jolson, The Jazz Singer (1927); 29. "Hasta la Vista, baby." Arnold Schwarzenegger, Terminator 2: The Judgement Day (1991);

30. "You need to be kissed. And often. And by someone who knows how!" Clark Gable, Gone with the Wind (1939); 31. "ET phone home" Pat Welsh (the uncredited voice of ET) ET: The Extra Terrestrial (1982); 32. "Greed, for lack of a better word, is good. Greed is right. Greed works. Greed clarifies, cuts through, and captures the essence of the evolutionary spirit." Michael Douglas, Wall Street (1987); 33. "As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again!", Vivien Leigh, Gone with the Wind (1939); 34. "I'll have what she's having." Estelle Reiner, When Harry Met Sally (1989); 35. "Use the force Luke." Alec Guinness, Star Wars (1977); 36. "Mrs Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. Aren't you?" Dustin Hoffman, The Graduate (1967); 37. "You can't handle the truth!" Jack Nicholson, A Few Good Men (1992); 38. "I coulda been a contender." Marlon Brando, On the Waterfront (1954); 39. "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse." Marlon Brando, The Godfather (1972);

40. "May the force be with you." Harrison Ford, Star Wars (1977); 41. "Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary." Robin Williams, Dead Poets Society (1989); 42. "A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice Chianti." Anthony Hopkins as Hannibal Lecter, Silence of the Lambs (1991); 43. "Do It." Ben Stiller, Starsky and Hutch (2004); 44. "Tell me about it, stud." Olivia Newton John as Sandy, Grease (1978); 45. "Well, a Big Mac's a Big Mac, but they call it le Big-Mac." John Travolta, Pulp Fiction (1994); 46 "You might not be able to fight like a samurai, but you can at least die like a samurai." Lucy Lui, Kill Bill (2003); 47. "Don't call me stupid." Kevin Kline, A Fish Called Wanda (1988); 48. "You're a real blue flame special, aren't you, son? Young, dumb and full of come." John C McGinley, Point Break (1991); 49. "We got no food, no jobs… our pets' heads are falling off!" Jim Carrey, Dumb and Dumber (1994);

50. "Oh, it's the deep burn! Oh, it's so deep. I can barely lift my right arm 'cause I did so many. I don't know if you heard me counting. I did over 1,000." Will Ferrell, Anchorman (2004).

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