Hollywood's Favorite Movie Quotes: 10 Lines That Almost Made the List

9:30 AM 3/4/2016

by THR Staff

What didn't make the cut of the industry’s 100 favorite film lines.


How do you narrow down the best movie quotes from a century of filmmaking?

When The Hollywood Reporter asked the industry to vote on their favorite movies, everything from "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" (voted as the No. 1 quote of all time, from 1939's Gone With the Wind) to "Love means never having to say you're sorry" (landing at No. 100, from 1970's Love Story) made the list.

But when you have room for only 100, there are naturally going to be many iconic lines that get omitted. See below for the 10 lines that just fell short of making our list of the top 100 movie quotes, starting with No. 101, from Batman. (Also, check out the funny movie quotes and most romantic movie quotes.)

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  • "Have you ever danced with the devil in the pale moonlight?"

    Batman, 1989


    Jack Nicholson, as the Joker, delivers this line to Michael Keaton, as Bruce Wayne. When Wayne asks, "What?" the Joker explains: "I always ask that of all my prey. I just … like the sound of it." He then shoots Wayne.

  • "Beam me up, Scotty!"

    Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, 1986


    To be fair, a version of line was first uttered in the original Star Trek series. However, most people don't realize that this actual phrase was never used in either the show or the films; the actual lines spoken included "Scotty, beam us up fast!" and "Beam us up."

  • "I'm gonna have to science the shit out of this."

    The Martian, 2015


    The Oscar-nominated movie was adapted from the book by Andy Weir. Matt Damon, whose astronaut Mark Watney is left stranded on Mars, uttered the line as he came up with ways to keep himself alive.

  • "Not my tempo."

    Whiplash (2014)


    J.K. Simmons won an Oscar for his role as an abusive music teacher who utters this line a couple times during an extremely intense scene with one of his students, played by Miles Teller.

  • "You never really understand a person until you consider things from his point of view, until you climb inside of his skin and walk around in it."

    To Kill a Mockingbird, 1960


    Another book adaptation in which the line was written by the book's author, in this case Harper Lee. It's spoken in the book and movie by Atticus Finch, played by Gregory Peck.

  • "What is it you want, Mary? What do you want? You want the moon? Just say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down. Hey. That's a pretty good idea. I'll give you the moon, Mary."

    It's a Wonderful Life, 1946


    While this quote didn't make the top 100, another line from Frank Kapra's classic film did: "Every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings." That one landed at No. 42.

  • "We're on a mission from God."

    The Blues Brothers, 1980


    This line is uttered several times in the movie by Elwood Blues (Dan Aykroyd), who, along with his brother Jake Blues (John Belushi), who set out to put their old band together to raise enough money to save the Catholic home where they were raised.

  • "Sometimes it's the very people who no one imagines anything of who do the things no one can imagine."

    The Imitation Game, 2014


    The movie was adapted from the book by Andrew Hodges about a real-life math genius, Alan Turing (Benedict Cumberbatch), recruited by the British intelligence agency MI6 in 1939 who was sentto prison after revealing he was gay.

  • "We came. We saw. We kicked its ass."

    Ghostbusters, 1984


    Parapsychologist Dr. Peter Venkman (Bill Murray) utters this line after winning a battle with a ghost.

  • "Hello, gorgeous."

    Funny Girl, 1968


    Barbra Streisand's delivery helped make this line so memorable. Backstage at a theater, her character, Vaudeville star Fanny Bruce, looks at herself in the mirror, gives a slight smile and then speaks the words.