Why Hollywood Moguls Love This Line From 'The Godfather'

The Godfather Abe Vigoda Still - H 2016
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The Godfather Abe Vigoda Still - H 2016

Viacom's Philippe Dauman and Netflix's Ted Sarandos choose "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse" as their favorite movie quote.

A version of this story first appeared in the March 18 issue of The Hollywood Reporter magazine. To receive the magazine, click here to subscribe.

Hollywood's biggest honchos (and other big wigs) reveal their all-time favorite movie lines. Click here to see the industry's 100 favorite movie quotes as voted on in The Hollywood Reporter's survey of more than 1,600 industry pros — actors, producers, directors, studio execs, agents, craftsmen and, yes, writers.

"I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse."
The Godfather
Philippe Dauman (president and CEO of Viacom), Ted Sarandos (CCO of Netflix)

"You can't handle the truth!" — A Few Good Men
Chris Dodd, CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America

"Pelicans, fly." — Scarface
Brett Ratner, filmmaker

"Of all the gin joints ..." — Casablanca
Harvey Weinstein, The Weinstein Co.

"Give me a check for the chicken salad sandwich, and you haven't broken any rules." — Five Easy Pieces
Carl Bernstein, journalist

"It has been noted that you have a funny sense of fun." — Lawrence of Arabia
Tom Rothman, chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment's Motion Picture Group

"Anything from Fletch."
Michael Sugar, producer, Spotlight

"Yes, he was my boyfriend." — Young Frankenstein
Eric D'Arbeloff, co-president of Roadside Attractions

"Karloff? Sidekick? F— you!" — Ed Wood
Martin Landau, actor

"I can't believe they brought their f—ing toys." — Slap Shot
Tom Bernard, co-president of Sony Pictures Classics

"Don't f— with me, fellas. This ain't my first time at the rodeo." — Mommie Dearest
Bob Greenblatt, chairman of NBC Entertainment

"This is the business we've chosen." — The Godfather: Part II
Nancy Utley, co-president of Fox Searchlight Pictures

"Chewie, we're home." — Star Wars: The Force Awakens
Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Co.

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