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Here's looking at the best movie lines, kid

The American Film Institute ranks the 100 most memorable quotes.

June 22, 2005|From Associated Press

Marlon Brando was a contender in the American Film Institute's list of best quotes from U.S. movies. But No. 1 was Rhett Butler's parting shot to Scarlett O'Hara:

"Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn."

Clark Gable's line to Vivien Leigh in 1939's "Gone With the Wind" led the AFI's list, announced in the organization's annual top-100 special that was to air on CBS Tuesday night.

Brando had the No. 2 and No. 3 quotes: "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse," from "The Godfather," and his "I coulda been a contender" speech from "On the Waterfront."

Judy Garland's Dorothy Gale came in fourth with "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore," from "The Wizard of Oz."

At No. 5 was "Here's looking at you, kid," spoken by Rick (Humphrey Bogart) to Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) in "Casablanca."

"Casablanca" led the field with six quotes in all, including Bogart's "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship" (No. 20) and "We'll always have Paris" (No. 43), and Bergman's "Play it, Sam. Play 'As Time Goes By' " (No. 28).

Two other lines from "Gone With the Wind" made the top 100: Leigh's "After all, tomorrow is another day" (No. 31) and "As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again" (No. 59).

Rounding out the top 10, as chosen by balloting 1,500 filmmakers, actors, critics and others in Hollywood:

6. "Go ahead, make my day," Clint Eastwood, "Sudden Impact."

7. "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up," Gloria Swanson, "Sunset Boulevard."

8. "May the Force be with you," Harrison Ford, "Star Wars."

9. "Fasten your seat belts. It's going to be a bumpy night," Bette Davis, "All About Eve."

10. "You talking to me?" Robert De Niro, "Taxi Driver."

The oldest line was Al Jolson's "Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothin' yet" (No. 71) from 1927's "The Jazz Singer." The newest was Andy Serkis' "My precious" (No. 85) from 2002's "The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers."

Single words made the list: Orson Welles' "Rosebud" (No. 17) from "Citizen Kane" and Walter Brooke's "Plastics" (No. 42) from "The Graduate."

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