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Poll: Top 25 Quotable Movie Icons

(Inspired by the "Quotable Movie Genres" polls)

Which of these 25 iconic movie characters, ranked in unbiased alphabetical order, would you consider the most quotable of all-time?

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To be eligible, the character must have at least 10 ten popular or memorable lines, including the obligatory catchphrase(s). If the character is from a quotable movie, he or she must be the one with the lion-share of one-liners, which doesn't dismiss the possibility of having two characters from the same movie or series. And most the popular quotes must consist on standalone lines, not answers or wisecracking come-backs.

(There are two exceptional cases though: Groucho Marx and Woody Allen. Since picking their most quotable characters would be an impossible exercise and only one an insult to their stature as comedic writers and their classic lines' writing record, one category is dedicated to their trademark characters: Marx' wisecracking sharpie with an unusual name and Allen's neurotic geeky New Yorker.)

Make Your Choice

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    Rocky Balboa

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    All I wanna do is go the distance. Adriaaaaaaaan! I was wondering if you wouldn't mind marrying me very much. Yo, Adrian! I did it! Nobody owes nobody nothin'. You owe yourself! To beat me he's gonna have to kill me, and to kill me he's gotta have the guts to stand in front of me, and to do that he's gotta be willin to die himself If I can change and you can change, everybody can change. My ring's outside. It's not about how hard you hit, it's about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward! Until you start believing in yourself, ya ain't gonna have a life!

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    Rick Blaine

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    I stick my neck out for nobody! You played it for her, you can play it for me! Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine. Here's looking at you, kid. I want no disturbances in my place. I'm the only cause I'm interested in. I wouldn't bring up Paris if I were you, it's poor salesmanship. Ilsa, I'm no good at being noble, but it doesn't take much to see that the problems of three little people don't amount to a hill of beans in this crazy world. Someday, you'll understand that. We'll always have Paris. Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

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    James Bond

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    Bond. James Bond. I think they were on their way to a funeral. A martini, shaken not stirred. My dear girl, there are some things that just aren’t done. Such as, drinking Dom Perignon ’53 above the temperature of 38 degrees Fahrenheit. That’s just as bad as listening to the Beatles without earmuffs. You're a woman of many parts, Pussy. This never happened to the other fellow. Well, one of us smells like a tart’s handkerchief. I’m afraid it’s me. Sorry, old boy. Miss Anders! I didn’t recognize you with your clothes on. I won’t consider myself to be in trouble until I start weeping blood. Why is it that people who can’t take advice always insist on giving it?

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    Dr. Emmett L. Brown

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    If my calculations are correct, when this baby hits 88 miles per hour... you're gonna see some serious *beep* The way I see it, if you're gonna build a time machine into a car, why not do it with some *style?* 1.21 gigawatts?! Great Scott! Roads? Where we're going, we don't need roads. The time-traveling is just too dangerous. Better that I devote myself to study the other great mystery of the universe: women! Granted, that's a worse case scenario. The destruction might in fact be very localized, limited to merely our own galaxy. Marty, we all have to make decisions that affect the course of our lives. You've gotta do what you've gotta do. And I've gotta do what I've gotta do. Clara was one in a million. One in a billion. One in a googolplex! It means your future hasn't been written yet. No one's has. Your future is whatever you make it. So make it a good one, both of you.

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    Ron Burgundy

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    Discovered by the Germans in 1904, they named it San Diego, which of course in German means 'a whale's vagina. I'm in a glass case of emotion! Mmm. I look good. I mean, really good. Hey, everyone! Come and see how good I look! You stay classy, San Diego. I don't know how to put this... but I'm a kind of a big deal. Boy, that escalated quickly. I'm gonna punch you in the ovary. That's what I'm gonna do. A straight shot. Right to the babymaker. No offense, but you're a stupid *** hole. Black! Don't just have a great night. Have an American night.

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    Harry Callahan

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    Uh uh. I know what you're thinking. "Did he fire six shots or only five?" Well to tell you the truth in all this excitement I kinda lost track myself. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world and would blow your head clean off, you've gotta ask yourself one question: "Do I feel lucky?" Well, do ya, punk? When a naked man is chasing a woman through a dark alley with a butcher knife and a hard on, I figure he isn't out collecting for the Red Cross. Now you know why they call me Dirty Harry: every dirty job that comes along. Well, then, the law's crazy. Nothing wrong with shooting as long as the right people get shot! A man's GOT to know his limitations! Personnel? That's for **** holes! Here's a seven-point suppository, Captain. Go ahead, make my day. Nobody puts ketchup on a hot-dog!

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    Don Michael Corleone

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    That's my family, Kay. Not me. It's not personal, Sonny. It's strictly business. Who's being naive, Kay? Don't ever take sides with anyone, against the Family again. Ever. Don't ask me about my business. We're both part of the same hypocrisy, but never think it applies to my Family. Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer. I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart. Never hate your enemies, it clouds your judgment. Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in.

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    Don Vito Corleone

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    What have I done to make you treat me so disrespectfully? Some day, and that day may never come, I will call upon you to do a service for me. You can act like a man! What's the matter with you? A man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man. I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse. Never tell anyone outside the family what you're thinking again. But I'm a superstitious man, and if some unlucky accident should befall him... if he should be shot in the head by a police officer, or if he should hang himself in his jail cell, or if he's struck by a bolt of lightning, then I'm going to blame some of the people in this room, and that I do not forgive. I didn't know until this day that it was Barzini all along. Women and children can be careless, but not men. Listen, whoever comes to you with this Barzini meeting, he's the traitor. Don't forget that.

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    Norma Desmond

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    I *am* big. It's the *pictures* that got small. Words, words, more words! Well, you'll make a rope of words and strangle this business! With a microphone there to catch the last gurgles, and Technicolor to photograph the red, swollen tongues! They took the idols and smashed them, the Fairbankses, the Gilberts, the Valentinos! And who've we got now? Some nobodies! There once was a time in this business when I had the eyes of the whole world! But that wasn't good enough for them, oh no! They had to have the ears of the whole world too. So they opened their big mouths and out came talk. Talk! TALK! We didn't need dialogue. We had faces! Without me, there wouldn't be any Paramount studio. The stars are ageless, aren't they? What you're trying to say is that you don't want me to love you. Say it. Say it! No-one ever leaves a star. That's what makes one a star. And I promise you I'll never desert you again because after 'Salome' we'll make another picture and another picture. You see, this is my life! It always will be! Nothing else! Just us, the cameras, and those wonderful people out there in the dark!... All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up.

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    Tyler Durden

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    Now, a question of etiquette - as I pass, do I give you the ass or the crotch? The things you own end up owning you. Self improvement is masturbation. Now self destruction... Welcome to Fight Club. The first rule of Fight Club is: you do not talk about Fight Club. The second rule of Fight Club is: you DO NOT talk about Fight Club! Tomorrow will be the most beautiful day of Raymond K. Hessel's life. His breakfast will taste better than any meal you and I have ever tasted. It's only after we've lost everything that we're free to do anything. You're not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You're not your *beep* khakis. You're the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world. All the ways you wish you could be, that's me. I look like you wanna look, I *beep* like you wanna *beep*, I am smart, capable, and most importantly, I am free in all the ways that you are not. Hey, you created me. I didn't create some loser alter-ego to make myself feel better. Take some responsibility! What's that smell?

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    Rufus T. Firefly

    Or any wisecracking sharpie played by Groucho Marx.

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    One morning I shot an elephant in my pajamas. How he got in my pajamas, I don't know. If I hold you any closer, I'll be in back of you. She's so in love with me, she doesn't know anything. That's why she's in love with me. Baravelli, you've got the brain of a four-year old boy, and I bet he was glad to get rid of it. Well, I thought my razor was dull until I heard his speech.. I could dance with you until the cows come home. On second thought, I'd rather dance with the cows till you come home. Remember, you're fighting for this woman's honor, which is probably more than she ever did Married. I can see you right now in the kitchen, bending over a hot stove. But I can't see the stove. I saw Mrs. Claypool first. Of course, her mother really saw her first but there's no point in bringing the Civil War into this. Ladies and gentlemen... I guess that takes in most of you...

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    Dorothy Gale

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    Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore. You go away or I.. I'll bite you myself! Lions and tigers and bears, oh my! I've got a witch mad at me and you might get into trouble! Where do you want to be oiled first? My goodness, what a fuss you're making! Well naturally, when you go around picking on things weaker than you are. Why, you're nothing but a great big coward! My! People come and go so quickly here! I think I'll miss you, most of all! There's no place like home. But it wasn't a dream -- it was a place. And you -- and you -- and you -- and you were there.

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    Forrest Gump

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    My momma always said, "Life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you're gonna get." Stupid is as stupid does. Mama always had a way of explaining things so I could understand them. I gotta pee. My name's Forrest Gump. People call me Forrest Gump. Bubba was my best good friend. And even I know that ain't something you can find just around the corner. Bubba was going to be a shrimping boat captain, but instead, he died right there by that river in Vietnam. That's all I have to say about that. I'm sorry I ruined your New Year's Eve party, Lieutenant Dan. She tasted like cigarettes. I'm pretty tired... I think I'll go home now. I'm not a smart man... but I know what love is.

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    Gunnery Sgt. Hartman

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    "Sir" what? Were you about to call me an *beep* Only steers and queers come from Texas, Private Cowboy, and you don't look much like a steer to me, so that kinda narrows it down. I bet you could suck a golf ball through a garden hose. Five-foot-nine, I didn't know they stacked *beep* that high! You're so ugly you could be a modern art masterpiece! Drop your Cocks and grab your socks! I want that head so sanitary and squared-away that the Virgin Mary herself would be proud to go in and take a dump. You climb obstacles like old people *beep*! Private Pyle has dishonored himself and dishonored the platoon. I have tried to help him. But I have failed. I have failed because YOU have not helped me. What is your major malfunction, numbnuts? Didn't Mommy and Daddy show you enough attention when you were a child?

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    The Joker

    As played by Jack Nicholson AND Heath Ledger

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    Haven't you ever heard of the healing power of laughter? You ever dance with the devil in the pale moonlight? Gotham City. Always brings a smile to my face. Why so serious? You see, madness, as you know, is like gravity. All it takes is a little push! If you are good at something, don't do it for free. They need you right now, but when they don't, they'll cast you out, like a leper! You have nothing, nothing to threaten me with. Nothing to do with all your strength. It's not about money... its about sending a message... Everything burns! Wanna know how I got these scars?

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    Dr. Hannibal Lecter

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    A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti. Closer. Clo-ser. Oh, and Senator, just one more thing: love your suit! Good evening, Clarice. We begin by coveting what we see every day. Don't you feel eyes moving over your body, Clarice? And don't your eyes seek out the things you want? Well, Clarice - have the lambs stopped screaming? I do wish we could chat longer, but... I'm having an old friend for dinner. Bye. Okey-dokey. Here we go. See ya 'round On a similar note I must confess to you, I'm giving very serious thought... to eating your wife.

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    John Matrix

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    You know when I was a boy and rock'n'roll came to East Germany, the communists said it was subversive. Maybe they were right. You're a funny guy Sully, I like you. That's why I'm going to kill you last. Don't disturb my friend, he's dead tired. What IS important is gravity! I have to remind you Sully, this is my weak arm! I lied. I eat Green Berets for breakfast. And right now, I'm very hungry! We'll take Cooke's car. He won't be needing it. Come on, you piece of *beep* Fly or die... Works every time. You don't just want to pull the trigger, you want to put the knife in me, and look me in the eye, and see what's going on in there when you turn it, that's what you want to do, right? Let off some steam, Bennett.

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    Tony Montana

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    Chi-chi, get the yayo! In this country, you gotta make the money first. Then when you get the money, you get the power. Then when you get the power, then you get the women. All I have in this world is my balls and my word. And I break'em for no one! The only thing in this world that gives orders... is balls. I bury these cockroaches. Manny, look at the pelican fly -- come on, pelican! I always tell the truth, even when I lie. So, say 'good night!' to the bad guy! Say 'hello' to my little friend! I'm Tony Montana! You **** with me, you **** with the best!

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    If either of you boys says "war" just once again, I'll go in the house and slam the door. Fiddle-dee-dee! He looks as if... as if he knows what I look like without my shimmy. If I said I was madly in love with you you'd know I was lying. I can't let Tara go. I won't let it go while there's a breath left in my body. As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again. Dreams, dreams always dreams with you, never common sense. She's being just like Pa. Just Like Pa! Ooh, if I just wasn't a lady, WHAT wouldn't I tell that varmint. Tara! Home. I'll go home. And I'll think of some way to get him back. After all... tomorrow is another day.

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    Alvy Singer

    Or any neurotic New Yorker played by Woody Allen.

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    After fifteen minutes I wanted to marry her, and after half an hour I completely gave up the idea of stealing her purse. I don't want to move to a city where the only cultural advantage is being able to make a right turn on a red light. Don't knock masturbation. It's sex with someone I love. I think people should mate for life, like pigeons or Catholics. My analyst warned me, but you were so beautiful I got another analyst. I can't express anger. That's one of the problems I have. I grow a tumor instead. I had a great evening; it was like the Nuremberg Trials. I can't listen to that much Wagner, ya know? I start to get the urge to conquer Poland. Claustrophobia and a dead body - this is a neurotic's jackpot! The most important words in the English language are not "I love you" but "It's benign."

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    Han Solo

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    Great, kid. Don't get cocky. Here's where the fun begins. Hokey religions and ancient weapons are no match for a good blaster at your side, kid. She may not look like much, but she's got it where it counts, kid. Hey, Luke. May the Force be with you. You like me because I'm a scoundrel. There aren't enough scoundrels in your life. Never tell me the odds. I know. I think you just can't bear to let a gorgeous guy like me out of your sight. Chewwie, we're home.

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    Biff Tannen

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    Hey, McFly. I thought I told you never to come in here. What are you looking at, butthead? Hello? Hello? Anybody home? Why don't you make like a tree and get outta here? That's about as funny as a screen door on a battleship. There's something very familiar about all this. Who you callin' "butthead", butthead? It's LEAVE, you idiot!"Make like a tree and leave." You sound like a d**n fool when you say it wrong! I don't know what liquor smells like, cuz I'm too young to drink it. Manure! I hate manure!

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    The Terminator

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    Sarah Connor? **** you, *** hole! I'll be back. Your clothes, give them to me. I need your clothes, your boots and your motorcycle. Your foster parents are dead. Come with me, if you want to live. No problemo! Hasta la vista, baby! I know now why you cry.

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    Roll it up! I'll give you a good idea where you can put it! When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk. If you save your breath I feel a man like you can manage it. And if you don't manage it, you'll die. Only slowly, very slowly old friend. There are two kinds of spurs, my friend. Those that come in by the door; those that come in by the window. If you work for a living, why do you kill yourself working? Don't die, I'll get you water. Stay there. Don't move, I'll get you water. Don't die until later. I'm looking for the owner of that horse. He's tall, blonde, he smokes a cigar, and he's a pig! Who the hell is that? One bastard goes in, another comes out! I like big fat men like you. When they fall they make more noise. And sometimes they don't get up. Hey, Blond! You know what you are? Just a dirty son-of-a-b-!

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    Jules Winnfield

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    Come on, let's get into character. I don't remember askin' you a Goddamn thing! I'm sorry, did I break your concentration? Oh, you were finished! Well, allow me to retort. Say 'what' again, I dare you, I double dare you *beep* say what one more Goddamn time! Well, I'm a mushroom-cloud-layin' *beep* *beep* Every time my fingers touch brain, I'm Superfly T.N.T., I'm the Guns of the Navarone! In fact, what the *beep* am I doin' in the back? You're the *beep* who should be on brain detail? Hey, sewer rat may taste like pumpkin pie, but I'd never know 'cause I wouldn't eat the filthy *beep* Pigs sleep and root in *beep* That's a filthy animal. I ain't eat nothin' that ain't got sense enough to disregard its own feces. I hate to shatter your ego, but this is not the first time I've had a gun pointed at me. Bitch, be cool. If my answers frighten you then you should cease asking scary questions.

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    I would have picked another one