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One-Liners Day

Taking place around the same time of the year as awards shows devoted to acting in film and television, such as the Golden Globes, Emmys, Oscars, People's Choice Awards, and Screen Actors Guild Awards, One-Liners Day celebrates the best lines—or one-liners—of film. Lines like "There's no place like home" and "You're gonna need a bigger boat" have left such an indelible mark on American culture that they are recognized almost universally, even by those who haven't seen the films they are from. Today, some of the most memorable film lines are reminisced about. They are read, they are repeated, and they are viewed on the silver screen!

How to Observe One-Liners Day

Celebrate the day by reading over some famous one-liners of film. Perhaps you could also watch clips of these famous lines, or pick a film or two to view. The following are some of the most well-known film lines:

  • "Frankly my dear, I don't give a damn." -- Clark Gable as Rhett Butler in Gone With the Wind (1939)
  • "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." -- Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • "There's no place like home." -- Judy Garland as Dorothy Gale in The Wizard of Oz (1939)
  • "Rosebud." -- Orson Welles as Charles Foster Kane in Citizen Kane (1941)
  • "Here's looking at you, kid." -- Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine in Casablanca (1942)
  • "Of all the gin joints in all the towns in all the world, she walks into mine." -- Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine in Casablanca (1942)
  • "We'll always have Paris." -- Humphrey Bogart as Rick Blaine in Casablanca (1942)
  • "Play it once, Sam. For old times' sake...Play it, Sam. Play, 'As Time Goes By.'" -- Ingrid Bergman as Ilsa Lund in Casablanca (1942)
  • "Hey, Stella!" -- Marlon Brando as Stanley Kowalski in A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)
  • "You don't understand! I coulda had class. I coulda been a contender. I could've been somebody, instead of a bum, which is what I am, let's face it." -- Marlon Brando as Terry Malloy in On the Waterfront (1954)
  • "You're tearing me apart!" -- James Dean as Jim Stark in Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
  • "I'm Spartacus." -- Tony Curtis as Antoninus (and many others) in Spartacus (1960)
  • "Hey, Boo." -- Mary Badham as Scout Finch in To Kill a Mockingbird (1962)
  • "Bond. James Bond." -- Sean Connery as James Bond in Dr. No (1962)
  • "Shaken, not stirred." -- Sean Connery as James Bond in Goldfinger (1964)
  • "Gentleman, you can't fight in here! This is the war room." -- Peter Sellers as President Merkin Muffley in Dr. Strangelove (1964)
  • "What we've got here is, failure to communicate." -- Strother Martin as Captain in Cool Hand Luke (1967)
  • "They call me Mr. Tibbs!" -- Sidney Poitier as Virgil Tibbs in In the Heat of the Night (1967)
  • "Plastics." -- Walter Brooke as Mr. McGuire in The Graduate (1967)
  • "We rob banks!" --Faye Dunaway as Bonnie Parker in Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
  • "I'm walking here! I'm walking here!" -- Dustin Hoffman as Ratso Rizzo in Midnight Cowboy (1969)
  • "'You've gotta ask yourself one question: Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?" -- Clint Eastwood as "Dirty" Harry Callahan in Dirty Harry (1971)
  • I'll make him an offer he can't refuse." -- Al Pacino as Michael Corleone in The Godfather (1972)
  • "Forget it, Jake. It's Chinatown." -- Joe Mantell as Lawrnece Walsh in Chinatown (1974)
  • "Attica! Attica! Attica!" -- Al Pacino as Sonny Wortzik in Dog Day Afternoon (1975)
  • "You're gonna need a bigger boat." -- Roy Scheider as Martin Brody in Jaws (1975)
  • "I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore." -- Peter Finch as Howard Beale in Network (1976)
  • "You talkin' to me?" -- Robert De Niro as Travis Bickle in Taxi Driver (1976)
  • "May the force be with you." -- Harrison Ford as Han Solo in Star Wars (1977)
  • "He-e-e-e-re's Johnny!" -- Jack Nicholson as Jack Torrance in The Shining (1980)
  • "E. T. phone home." -- Pat Welsh as E. T. in E. T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982)
  • "Go ahead, make my day." -- Clint Eastwood as "Dirty" Harry Callahan in Sudden Impact (1983)
  • "I'll be back." -- Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator in The Terminator (1984)
  • "I feel the need...the need for speed!" -- Tom Cruise as Lieutenant Pete "Maverick" Mitchell in Top Gun (1986)
  • "Carpe diem. Seize the day, boys. Make your lives extraordinary." -- Robin Williams as John Keating in Dead Poets Society (1989)
  • "I'll have what she's having." -- Estelle Reiner as "Older Woman Customer" in When Harry Met Sally (1989)
  • "Hasta la vista, baby." -- Arnold Schwarzenegger as The Terminator in Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  • "You can't handle the truth!" -- Jack Nicholson as Colonel Nathan Jessup in A Few Good Men (1992)
  • "There's no crying in baseball!" -- Tom Hanks as Jimmy Dugan in A League of Their Own (1992)
  • "Get busy living, or get busy dying." -- Morgan Freeman as Ellis "Red" Redding in The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  • "My mama always said life was like a box of chocolates, never know what you're gonna get." -- Tom Hanks as Forrest Gump in Forrest Gump (1994)
  • "Houston, we have a problem." -- Tom Hanks as Jim Lovell in Apollo 13 (1995)
  • "Show me the money!" -- Tom Cruise as Jerry Maguire in Jerry Maguire (1996)
  • "I'm the king of the world!" -- Leonardo DiCaprio as Jack Dawson in Titanic (1997)
  • "I see dead people." -- Haley Joel Osment as Cole Sear in The Sixth Sense (1999)

There are many memorable film lines from the twenty-first century as well, some of which may become ingrained in our minds as much as those that preceded them.

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