We all quote movies, in some way, shape or form. We envision the scenes in our head as we say them. No matter what the film, we all have those movies that just are etched into our memories as being filled with incredible dialogue, so I thought I would add my top 10.
10. Gladiator (2000) - Russell Crowe - "Are you not entertained? Are you not entertained? Is this not why you are here?"
Gladiator is one of those films that just fills you with a wide range of emotions. A man betrayed by his country, forced into servitude and ultimately turns his plight for revenge against the corrupt son of the Emperor. Maximus becomes a gladiator with incredible renown and prestige as a fighter with a conscious and a purpose. The 'are you not entertained quote' hits my list because this is really where his character begins his journey into legend.
9. Meet the Parents (2000) - Robert De Niro - "I have nipples, Greg, could you milk me?"
I'm not really sure how to preface this quote, because it's phenomenal. I love Robert De Niro as this badass character who just exudes this 'completely in control' personality. So watching him let out his comical side makes this quote really stick out to me. I do believe that the first time I heard it I pretty surely choked on what I was drinking because I laughed so hard.
8. Fight Club (1999) - Brad Pitt - "It's only after we've lost everything, that we're free to do anything."
Tyler Durden - how do you define his character other than the epitome of freedom. He doesn't care about anything other than creating more freedom through his own form of leadership. His quote here sticks with me because sometimes it really is that simple.
7. O Brother Where Art Thou? (2000) - George Clooney - "It's a fool looks for logic in the chambers of the human heart."
This is another quote that just speaks volumes to the truth of the life we live. The human heart 99.999% of the time is not a place of logic. It's a place of emotion and passion. George Clooney is hitting the nail on the head with this quote because if you're looking for logic, that isn't where you should look.
6. Air Force One (1997) - Harrison Ford - "Get off my plane."
Who doesn't love Harrison Ford? - I love this quote because it just reminds me of all the characters that he has played over the years and how they are just tough and are always fighting for what they believe in. Through the whole film Harrison Ford is fighting to remove the terrorists from Air Force One and this last line is just a great quip that seals the deal basically.
5. Mr. Holland's Opus (1995) - Richard Dreyfuss - "Playing music is supposed to be fun. It's about heart, it's about feelings, moving people, and something beautiful, and it's not about notes on a page. I can teach you notes on a page, I can't teach you that other stuff."
Mr. Holland's Opus is one of my all time favorite films. Ever. It's a beautiful film that focuses on Richard Dreyfuss' character who is a struggling music teacher with a small family who just wants his students to love music as much as he does. This quote is a beautiful reminder for me all the time. I play guitar and I had moments where I struggled with playing until I remembered that it was about heart, and feelings not the notes on the page.
4. Reservoir Dogs (1992) - Steve Buscemi - "Where's the commode in this dungeon? I gotta take a piss."
This film is one of those movies that people either love or have never seen. Steve Buscemi is one of my favorite comedic actors even if that's not what he's trying to do. He has a fantastic delivery and he just makes me laugh whenever I hear him say lines like this.
3. Mars Attacks (1996) - Frank Welker as Alien voices - "Ack! Ack! Ack!"
More of a weird love of mine. Mars Attacks is basically a movie that I love to hate because it's so terrible, but it's so over the top terrible that it's amazing. The aliens are one of my favorite parts of the film in their dastardly evilness.
2. Braveheart (1995) - Mel Gibson - "Every man dies. Not every man lives."
This is what Braveheart is building to through the entire film. The realization that every man dies, not every man lives. William Wallace tries to remind all the Scotsmen around him of this time and time again.
1. Dead Poets Society (1989) - Robin Williams & Gale Hansen - " 'Seize the day. Gather ye rosebuds while ye may.' Why does the writer use these lines?
"Because he's in a hurry."
"No. Ding! Thank you for playing anyway. Because we are food for worms, lads. Because, believe it or not, each and every one of us in this room is one day going to stop breathing, turn cold and die."
#1 movie in my mind. Forever and always I will love this movie and it's a movie that I quote more often than not because it has some of the best dialogue I've seen in a movie in a long time. Robin Williams' character of, John Keating, is a newly appointed English Professor at a boys academy at a point where society is turning and the world is growing. Through the film he tries to teach the boys to step out into the world and take chances, and live. This quote happens at the beginning of the film as a part of the boys first introduction to Keating and his teaching style.