Movies start with somebody writing words on a blank piece of paper. Here are some of my favorite one-liners. In many cases, they actually define the movie itself. See if any of your favorites are there.
A FISTFUL OF DOLLARS
“Our orders are to be sure he does not die. Also, make sure he regrets being born.”
ANGEL AND THE BADMAN
“He’s quite a man with the ladies. They say he’s closed the eyes of many a man and opened the eyes of many a woman.”
“Even a hawk is an eagle among crows.”
BEND IN THE RIVER (1952)
"Shosone. Real mean when they want to be. Lately, they want to be."
BIG COUNTRY (1958)
"If there's anything I admire more than a friend, it's a dedicated enemy."
. “Your fault, my fault, nobody’s fault. Anything goes wrong. Anything at all an’ I’m gonna blow your head off. Understand?” Say it.”
"You can call me Father, you can call me Jacob, you can call me Jake, you can call me a dirty son-of-a-bitch, but if you ever call me Daddy again I'll finish this fight." - Wayne, "Big Jake"
“You know what I’m thinking? Maybe one day you will kill me or I will kill you, but we will not spit on each other.”
“Just brand ‘em, don’t barbecue ‘em.”
BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)
“Who are those guys?”
"Kid - the next time I say, 'Let's go someplace like Bolivia,' let's go someplace like Bolivia."
"You keep thinkin', Butch. That's what you're good at."
"I got vision and the rest of the world has bifocals."
CAHILL, US MARSHAL (1973)
"Kid, I've had buffalo brains that's got more going for them than you."
"No matter where people go, sooner or later, there's the law. And sooner or later they find God's already been there.”
"I take a man's money, Mr Tay, I ride for the brand.”
CROSSFIRE TRAIL (2001)
"Guess today wasn't my day to die."
DANCES WITH WOLVES
“Dances With Wolves. I am Wind In His Hair. Do you see that I am your friend? Can you see that you will always be my friend?”
DESTRY RIDES AGAIN
“He reminds me of a little kid I used to know. He done in both his pa and ma with a crowbar. The judge said to him, he said, 'Do you got anything to say for yourself?' and the kid said, 'Well I just hope your honor has some regard for the feelings of a poor orphan.'"
DUEL IN THE SUN
"Pearl, you're curved in the flesh of temptation. Resistance is going to be a darn sight harder for you than for females protected by the shape of sows."
“I’m looking for a tin star with a drunk pinned to it.”
“I’ve been killed already. I’m just stubborn about dying.”
“If you can see them, they’re not Apaches.”
"Three feet will be plenty. He was only half a man."
HANG ‘EM HIGH
"Some people calls this hell, but you're still in Oklahoma territory.”
"Mister, you can say anything you want about me. I'm going to have to ask you not to talk about my horse that way."
HIGH NOON (1952)
"It's no good. I've got to go back, Amy...They're making me run. I've never run from anybody before."
"I thought you grew up by now."
"Hey, I got a question. How you planning to get back down that hill?"
“Oh, yeah. My momma taught me to remove my hat and my cigar in the presence of a lady. Whatever else I take off depends on how lucky I get.”
“A man ought to do what a man thinks best.”
"Everybody gets dead"
"You're a good cook, Mrs. Lowe. Woman should be a good cook. I'm a good cook myself."
HOUR OF THE GUN (1967)
"Except for a slight dying spell."
“Boys with guns have to be ready to die like men.”
"Pretty strong talk from a man who doesn't wear a gun."
LONELY ARE THE BRAVE
“Take it easy. Temper like that and one of these days you'll find yourself riding through town with your belly to the sun, your best suit on and no place to go but hell.”
"It says itself"
" Let's go on and go if we're goin!"
" I won't tolerate rude behavior"
" Laurie darlin, you're as fresh as the mornin"
“Aho MacLin. Good party. No whiskey. We go home”
“Cowboys don’t get married unless they stop being cowboys.”
“’Petulant,’ Becky? I don’t think you know the meaning of the word.”
MY DARLING CLEMENTINE
“When you draw a gun, kill a man.”
ONCE UPON A TIME IN THE WEST (1968) *
"Why should I trust you? You wear suspenders and a belt. You can't even trust your own pants."
“You ain’t getting no older than tomorrow.”
ONE MORE TRAIN TO ROB (1971)
"Tim, how many times have I tried to tell you that banks are not to do business with? They're to rob."
QUIGLEY DOWN UNDER (1992)
"I said I never had much use for one. Never said I didn't know how to use it."
RED RIVER (1949)
“There are only two things more beautiful than a good gun. A Swiss watch and a woman from anywhere. Ever had . . . a good Swiss watch.”
“Take ‘em to Missouri, Matt.”
“Turn around, Mr. Dunson. I won’t say it again.”
" Every time you turn around, expect to see me. 'Cause one time you'll turn around and I'll be there. I'll kill ya, Matt."
RIDE THE HIGH COUNTRY (1962)
"All I want is to enter my house justified."
RIO BRAVO (1959)
"It'd be pretty close. I'd hate to have to live on the difference."
"I guess they'll let you in the front door from now on."
“I found there were others better than me with the short gun.”
"Those things have great possibilities, but not for you."
RIO GRANDE (1950)
“Get it done, Johnny Reb!”
“I consider myself a good judge of the men I pick, sir.”
“To my only rival, the United States Cavalry.”
"Beans. Nobody ever tell the army that they grow beef around this part of the country?"
“Come back, Shane.”
SHE WORE A YELLOW RIBBON
"Never apologize - it's a sign of weakness."
“Laddie, I've never gone any place peaceably in me life.”
SONS OF KATIE ELDER
“Don’t ever come up on a man like that.”
"You may need me and this Winchester, Curly. Saw a ranch house burnin' last night."
THE ALAMO (1960)
“Not thinkin’, just rememberin’.”
“There’s right and there’s wrong. You gotta do one or the other. You do the one and you’re living. You do the other, and you may be walking around, but you’re dead as a beaver hat.”
THE ALAMO (2004)
"We're gonna need a lot more men."
THE BIG TRAIL
“You know you can get sorta used to having somebody not like you,”
“I’m thirty years older than you are. I’ve had my back busted once; my hips, twice; and on my worst day, I could beat the hell out of you.”
"Well, it's not how you're buried, it's how you're remembered."
"You look like the vermin-ridden son of a bitch you are."
THE GOOD, THE BAD AND THE UGLY *
"When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk."
“There are two kinds of people in the world -- those with pistols and those who dig. You dig.”
THE GUNFIGHTER (1950)
“If he ain’t so tough, there’s been an awful lot of sudden natural deaths in his vicinity.”
"Here I am, thirty-five years-old. I ain't even got a good watch."
THE HANGING TREE
“If you ain’t the devil, well, he’s sure sitting on your shoulder
THE MAGNIFICENT SEVEN
“Nobody throws me my gun and tells me to run. Nobody.”
“I've been offered a lot for my work, but never everything.”
"The old man was right, only the farmers won. We lost. We'll always lose."
"Solving your problems isn't our line."
"We deal in lead friend."
THE MAN WHO SHOT LIBERTY VALANCE (1962) *
"No, sir, this is the west. When the legend becomes fact, print the legend."
THE OUTLAW JOSEY WALES
"Dyin' ain't so hard for men like you and me. It's livin' that's hard.”
“There is iron in your words of death, for all Comanche to see. And so, there is iron in your words of life.”
"Dyin' ain't much of a livin', boy."
"Are you gonna pull those pistols or whistle Dixie?"
THE SEARCHERS(1956) *
"That'll be the day"
“What do you want me to do? Draw you a picture? Spell it out? Don't ever ask me! Long as you live, don't ever ask me more.”
THE SHOOTIST (1976)
"Mister, you better find yourself another line of work. This one sure don't fit your pistol!"
THE TALL T (1957) *
"Some things a man can't ride around".
THE TRAIN ROBBERS
“When I start plying a woman with whiskey, it’s time to throw the key in the water bucket and ride on.”
"I've got a saddle that's older than you are, Mrs. Lowe."
THE UNDEFEATED (1969)
“Windage and elevation, ma’am. Windage and elevation.”
THE VIRGINIAN (1929) *
"If you want to call me that, smile."
(NOT "Smile when you say that.")
"Say, that boy's so smart, he'd dry snow and sell it as sugar."
THE WILD BUNCH (1969) *
"If they move, kill‘em".
"Two things go straight to a man's heart, bullets and gold.”
“This isn't the Wild West. The Wild West wasn't even the Wild West.”
THEY DIED WITH THEIR BOOTS ON (1940)
"Walking through life with you, ma'am, has been a very gracious thing."
Val Kilmer/Doc Holliday: "I'm your huckleberry".
“Look, honey, an educated man. I think I hate him.”
"Law and order every time, that's us."
"Kate, you're not wearing a bustle. How lewd."
"Maybe poker's just not your game, Ike. I know, let's have a spelling contest!"
"There's no normal life, Wyatt. There's just life."
"Go ahead, skin it! Skin that smokewagon and see what happens."
TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948)
"Badges? We ain't got no badges. We don't need no badges. I don't have to show you any stinkin' badges."
TRUE GRIT (1969)
“That’s mighty bold talk for a one-eyed, fat man.”
"Fill your hand you sonofabitch!"
"Baby sister, I was born game and I intend to go out that way."
"I ain't never seen nobody from Texas I couldn't shade."
"Well, come see a fat old man some time!"
TWO RODE TOGETHER
“These people, they smile at me and show their teeth, but it's the eyes that bite.”
ULZANA'S RAID (1972) *
"He don't mean to fight you no place. He only wants to kill ya."
"Remember the rules, Lieutenant. The first one to make a mistake gets to buryin' some people."
WINCHESTER ’73 (1950)
“He's not ‘people’. He's Waco Johnnie Dean.”
"High-Spade Frankie Wilson. With a hyphen. That's what I sit on when I get tired."
"He said if a man had one friend, he was rich. I'm rich."
WYATT EARP (1994)
"My mama always told me never put off til tomorrow people you can kill today."
YELLOW SKY (1948)
"Didn't anybody ever tell you before that you smell bad?”