I love movies and whatever the genre, it is very often the dialogue that makes it more memorable to me than anything else. A well delivered line can be just as evocative as any scene. Here are some of my favourites:
Film: As Good as it Gets
Nasty, horrible, inhumane OCD Melvin Udall (Jack Nicholson) delivers this line to world weary Carole the waitress (Helen Hunt) when she demands he say something nice to her. Is this not just the best compliment ever?
Film: Jerry Maguire
Jerry (Tom Cruise) delivers a long impassioned but very matter of fact plea explaining why he wants Dorothy (Renée Zellweger) back in his life in front of all of her friends who’ve been telling her how much better off they are without men. Her’s is the simplest of responses. (Of course this movie also gives us the iconic show me the money line)
Film: Pretty in Pink
Rich boy Blaine (Andrew McCarthy – whatever happened to him?) to girl from wrong side of the tracks, Andy (Molly Ringwald) just before he says he loves her in such a matter of fact tone he might be ordering pizza, but the sentiment is what counts, right?
Film: Steel Magnolias
Clairee Belcher (Olympia Dukakis) retorts this to Oiuser Budreaux’s (Shirley MaClaine) sneering at her performance as a radio colour announcer. I had a hard job choosing my fave from this fabulous film. I promise my personal tragedy will not interfere with my ability to do good hair, and the only reason people are nice to me is because I have more money than God are right up there with the best. Out of them all on this list if you haven’t seen this movie you don’t know what you’re missing – it’s the funniest film ever to make you cry.
Film: Star Wars – A New Hope
Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher) to Han Solo (Harrison Ford) about Chewbacca. I’m a real Stars Wars nut. I don’t know how many times I have seen all 6 movies. I could choose line after line but I’ve decided on simplicity.
Film: Bridget Jones’s Diary
Bridget (Renée Zellweger) to Mark (Colin Firth) after a pash of a kiss in the snow after she’s chased him down in the street wearing a cardigan, undies and sneakers.
Film: Dead Poet’s Society
Teacher John Keating (Robin Williams) to his all boy classroom.
Film: City Slickers
Mitch Robbins (Billy Crystal) to his male friends. No need to put this into context. It is what it is.
Film: Monty Python and the Holy Grail
John Cleese as a French knight to English Knights. If you’ve never heard of or seen any Monty Python you’ll probably not understand why this is funny. Monty Python are a bunch of English (oh and 1 American) eccentrics who used to specialise in avant-garde and surrealist humour.
Film: Some Like it Hot
Daphne (Jack Lemmon) to Josephine (Tony Curtis) after watching Marilyn Monroe walk along the train platform. One of the bestest bestest films ever.
It’s a good job I’ve been restricted to 10 because I could have gone on to about 300. Do you think I need to get out more?
Top Photo Credit: James Whíte
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