Iconic One-Liners From Classic Films That Are Embedded In Our Memories

Aug 26, 2020
04:59 A.M.
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Have you ever sat on the couch flipping through the channels when suddenly an old movie clip flashes onto the screen, and you are transported back in time?


A feeling of nostalgia grips you as you relive the closing scene of Casablanca or the opening scene of The Godfather. Memories flash through your mind and leave you feeling warm inside.

And even if you haven’t watched any of the classics, you have definitely heard some of these catchphrases. Put the classics on your must-see movies list- besides being fantastic films; they make for delightful small talk at dinner parties. Here are some of our favorite lines from these classics:


The 1942 romantic drama, starring Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, had iconic scenes, but the quotes from this movie live on to this day.


The final lines by Rick(Humphrey Bogart), "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship," is one of Casablanca's most iconic lines. Close rivals include, "We'll always have Paris," and, "Here's looking at you, kid."

The Godfather

The Godfather was a 1972 crime film trilogy starring Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, and Robert DeNiro and may be one of the best movies of all time.

With so many iconic quotes and scenes, it is impossible to choose a favorite. So, here are a few in no particular order: “I’m gonna make him an offer he can’t refuse,” “How did things ever get so far?” and “Revenge is a dish that tastes best when served cold.”


Gone with the Wind

This 1939 epic historical romance film, with Clark Gable and Vivien Leigh, was adapted from Margaret Mitchell’s 1936 novel.

Rhett Butler’s, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a damn” — the most famous line in Gone With the Wind — might have been, “Frankly my dear, I don’t give a whoop" if film censors had their way.

Other memorable lines include Rhett’s: “I can’t go all my life waiting to catch you between husbands,” and Scarlet’s: “After all, tomorrow is another day!”


The Wizard of Oz

The Wizard of Oz is a 1939 musical fantasy film starring July Garland as Dorothy. It bagged an Academy Award for Best Original Song: “Over the Rainbow.”

It also had memorable quotes like Dorothy’s words, “There’s no place like home,” or Tinman’s statement, “A heart is not judged by how much you love; but by how much you are loved by others,” and Scarecrow’s best line, "Some people without brains do an awful lot of talking… Don’t they?"

Dead Poets Society


The 1989 film, Dead Poets Society, is an American teen drama, starring Robin Williams. It is an inspirational movie about living life unapologetically.

Therefore, the quotes are just as motivational, and among them are such gems as “Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys”, “And medicine, law, business, engineering, these are noble pursuits and necessary to sustain life. But poetry, beauty, romance, love, these are what we stay alive for,” and "There's a time for daring and there's a time for caution, and a wise man understands which is called for."

Caught yourself using some of these catchphrases, right? Well, now you know where they came from.