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Frankly, Rhett has top film quote
Gone with the Wind
Clark Gable starred with Vivien Leigh in Gone with the Wind
The immortal line "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" from 1939's Gone With The Wind has topped a poll to find the most memorable movie quote ever.

Clark Gable's quote beat Marlon Brando's line from 1972's The Godfather - "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse" - into second place.

Brando also came third in the list with his "I coulda been a contender" quote from 1954's On The Waterfront.

The American Film Institute (AFI) polled 1,500 people in Hollywood.

Click here to read the top ten quotes

Casablanca has the most quotes in the top 100, with "Here's looking at you kid", uttered by Humphrey Bogart's Rick Blaine, the highest of the seven at number five.

'Common language'

The Wizard of Oz has six quotes on the list with Dorothy's line "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore" highest at number four.

The earliest line in the top 100 was "Wait a minute, wait a minute - you ain't heard nothin' yet", from 1927's the Jazz Singer.

The most recent inclusion was "My precious", said by Gollum in The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers in 2002.

Of the actors included, Humphrey Bogart has the most mentions on the list, with 10 quotes from various films included in the top 100.

Billy Wilder can claim to have written the most memorable quotes, with 13 quotes attributable to him including the line from Sunset Boulevard - "All right, Mr DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up" - said by Gloria Swanson.

AFI director Jean Picker Firstenberg said of the quotes: "They get into our everyday language. They become a common language that we can all relate to and empathise with."

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The top 10 most memorable quotes:

  • 1. "Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn" - Gone with the Wind (1939)

  • 2. "I'm going to make him an offer he can't refuse" - The Godfather (1972)

  • 3. "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." - On the Waterfront (1954)

  • 4. "Toto, I've got a feeling we're not in Kansas anymore." - The Wizard of Oz (1939)

  • 5. "Here's looking at you, kid." - Casablanca (1942)

  • 6. "Go ahead, make my day." - Sudden Impact (1983)

  • 7. "All right, Mr DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up." - Sunset Boulevard (1950)

  • 8. "May the Force be with You." - Star Wars (1977)

  • 9. "Fasten your seatbelts. It's going to be a bumpy night." - All About Eve (1950)

  • 10. You Talking to Me?" - Taxi Driver (1976)

What are your favourite movie quotes? Does the classic line from Casablanca deserve to top the list?

"But ya are, Blanche. But ya are." Whatever Happened to Baby Jane. Betty Davis to Joan Crawford
Kate Singleton, SF, USA

After all the recent excitement I'm surprised that 'May the force be with you' wasn't higher. And where was 'show me the money'??
Jan Cordani, Maryland USA

"At my command, unleash hell" - Russell Crowe, Gladiator
Mike Lynch, Birmingham, UK

"You're wrong, man. I'm going to show you what it's like to be wrong." (Robert Mitchum in Cape Fear, 1962).
Mick Sleeper, Edmonton, Canada

It can only be the line from the mighty Jaws; "We're gonna need a bigger boat."
Jim, London, UK

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