Top 20 Favourite Movie Quotes

Movie quotes are my life. If I can find someone who will quote a movie with me week after week, that person and I are going to be firm friends. I think about movie quotes so often that it seems fitting I share some of my favourites. Sometimes I write a little explanation why, sometimes I let the quote stand for itself.

Here are twenty of my favourite movie quotes (in no particular order):

1. Mrs. Bixby Letter – Saving Private Ryan

General George C. Marshall: I have a letter here, written a long time ago, to a Mrs. Bixby in Boston. So bear with me. “Dear Madam: I have been shown in the files of the War Department a statement of the Adjutant-General of Massachusetts that you are the mother of five sons who have died gloriously on the field of battle. I feel how weak and fruitless must be any words of mine which should attempt to beguile you from the grief of a loss so overwhelming. But I cannot refrain from tendering to you the consolation that may be found in the thanks of the Republic they died to save. I pray that our heavenly Father may assuage the anguish of your bereavement, and leave you only the cherished memory of the loved and lost, and the solemn pride that must be yours to have laid so costly a sacrifice upon the altar of freedom. Yours very sincerely and respectfully, Abraham Lincoln.”


2. Christopher Columbus Quote – The Hunt for Red October


Captain Ramius: “… and the sea will grant each man new hope, as sleep brings dreams of home.” Christopher Columbus.


3. Robert the Bruce Heart – Braveheart

Robert the Bruce: I don’t want to lose heart! I want to believe as he does.

Robert the Bruce is my favourite character in Braveheart because of his passionate, borderline overacting. The enunciation on “believe” is so flamboyant — I love it.


4. Commitment – High Fidelity

Rob: I can see now I never really committed to Laura. I always had one foot out the door, and that prevented me from doing a lot of things, like thinking about my future and … I guess it made more sense to commit to nothing, keep my options open. And that’s suicide. By tiny, tiny increments.


5. Thunder God – Gladiator


Proximo: So finally after five years scratching a living in flea infested villages we are finally going back to where we belong, the Colosseum. Oh you should see the Colosseum, Spaniard. 50,000 Romans watching every movement of your sword, willing you to make that killer blow. The silence before you strike, and the noise afterwards, it rises, rises up like, like th- … like a storm, as if you were the Thunder God himself.

I singled out this quote to a friend of mine one day as we watched it. I’ve checked the script and my guess is the actor playing Proximo (Oliver Reed) made a mistake and just kept going and that’s the take they kept. Just before he says “like a storm,” he says “like th-” as if he was about to say, “like thunder.” He corrects himself, but the way the scene plays it is a fitting error. Proximo is so lost in memory he seems intoxicated by it. So even if Reed did make a mistake, he manages to make it accentuate his already stellar performance.

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