AFI's top 100 Movie Quotes


I always hate these AFI lists, because it's always at least a little different than what I would have chosen, and that makes it wrong.

Obviously that's a joke, but the subjective nature of these sorts of things does make it a problem. Tonight CBS aired "AFI's Top 100 Movie Quotes", and actually, it's a pretty good list. If you want to see the full list, it's available online.

The actual show was a little silly. I mean, seriously, are Jennifer Grey and Patrick Swayze really the go-to-guys for American cinematic history? Because they kept getting their commentary. Oh well, at least it didn't have Michael Ian Black. But seriously, it's not like Dirty Dancing would get an entry in the top 100 movie quotes right?

Oh, wait, there it is, number 98, "Nobody puts Baby in a corner". Ugh! Look, Dirty Dancing sucks, folks, I hate to break it to you. I know everyone liked it back in junior high but, you know, it really is crap.

Somehow the first two Terminator movies made it on the list. "I'll be back", which I agree deserves a place on the list, and "Hasta la vista, baby.", which really does not.

And as for omissions, well, there's only one I can think of that really is missing. I mean, I'd have liked to have seen "Trust me" from Raiders of the Lost Ark and "I know it was you, Fredo... You broke my heart" from The Godfather, Part II, but both Godfather movies (oh wait, I mean the first two) are pretty well represented. Also, surely something from Pulp Fiction could have found a place.

But the only really big omission was "No, Luke, I am your father!". I mean, my feelings for this line are already well known, but really, this was a bombshell of a line, and if painfully overacted Charlton Heston lines like "Soylent Green is people!" and "Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape" make it onto the list, then you gotta get the daddy line in there as well.

Incidentally it turns out that Casablanca has the most quotes on the list with seven lines, and I gotta say, every single one of those lines absolutely belongs on the list. Damn, that's some muscular writing.