Frankly my dear, I’m the quotation king

MARLON BRANDO was a contender in the American Film Institute’s list of best quotes from US movies, but No 1 was Rhett Butler’s parting shot to Scarlett O’Hara: “Frankly, my dear, I don’t give a damn.”

Clark Gable's line to Vivien Leigh in 1939's Gone With the Wind topped the AFI's list of top-100 quotes Brando had the No 2 and 3 quotes "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse" from The Godfather and his "I coulda been a contender" speech from On the Waterfront. Judy Garland's Dorothy came in fourth with "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore", from The Wizard of Oz. At No 5 was "Here's looking at you, kid," spoken by Rick (Humphrey Bogart) to Ilsa (Ingrid Bergman) in Casablanca.

The rest of the top 10:

6. "Go ahead, make my day", Clint Eastwood, Sudden Impact.

7. "All right, Mr DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up", Gloria Swanson, Sunset Boulevard.

8. "May the Force be with you", Harrison Ford, Star Wars.

9. "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night", Bette Davis, All About Eve.

10. "You talking to me?" Robert De Niro, Taxi Driver.

Two other lines from Gone With the Wind made the top 100, Leigh's "After all, tomorrow is another day" (No 31) and "As God is my witness, I'll never be hungry again" (No 59).

Casablanca led the list with six quotes, including Bogart's "Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship" (No 20), "We'll always have Paris" (No 43), and Bergman's "Play it, Sam. Play As Time Goes By" (No 28).

Other highlights include Sidney Poitier's "They call me Mister Tibbs!" (No 16), In the Heat of the Night; Roy Scheider's "You're gonna need a bigger boat" (No 35), Jaws; Arnold Schwarzenegger's "I'll be back" (No 37), The Terminator; Renee Zellweger's "You had me at hello'" (No 52), Jerry Maguire; Peter Sellers' "Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!" (No 64), Dr Strangelove; and Charlton Heston's "Soylent Green is people!" (No 77), Soylent Green.

The oldest line was Al Jolson's "Wait a minute, wait a minute. You ain't heard nothin' yet" (No 71) from 1927's "The Jazz Singer." The newest was Andy Serkis' "My precious" (No 85) from 2002's The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers.

Comedy was represented (John Belushi's "Toga! Toga!", No 82, from National Lampoon's Animal House), along with horror (Jack Nicholson's "Here's Johnny!", No 68, from The Shining). So was musical comedy (Barbra Streisand's "Hello, gorgeous", No 81, from Funny Girl), and romance (Leonardo DiCaprio's "I'm king of the world!", No 100, from Titanic). Single words made the list, Orson Welles' "Rosebud" (No 17) from Citizen Kane and Walter Brooke's "Plastics" (No 42) from The Graduate.

James Bond scored with lines that began with original 007 Sean Connery: "Bond. James Bond" (No 22) from Dr No and "A martini. Shaken, not stirred" (No 90) from "Goldfinger."

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