My All-Time Top Five Movies and My Favorite Movie Quotes of All Time

I’ve looked through my movies time and again, and I keep coming back to these five as my favorites. This doesn’t mean they are my most-watched. That’s a different list. And I am absolutely sure your list will be different. If you like, comment with your top five. Mine are…

Black Hawk Down
High Fidelity
Saving Private Ryan
Vanishing Point

Here are my favorite movie quotes. Just for fun, I won’t cite which movie for each quote. See if you can guess! If you have more you think deserve to be on the list, add them in the comments.

We’re not here to do the right thing. We’re here to follow fucking orders.

As long as you get your two shots of limelight every day, you don’t need a thing.

There is no racial bigotry here. I do not look down on niggers, kikes, wops or greasers. Here you are all equally worthless.

Deserve’s got nothing to do with it.

As good as Triumph of the Will is, it did not crack my top five. This version, which I bought without checking carefully, is in German and isn't subtitled.
As good as Triumph of the Will is, it did not crack my top five. This version, which I bought without checking carefully, is in German and isn’t subtitled.

That’s when you know you’ve found somebody special. When you can just shut the fuck up for a minute and comfortably enjoy the silence.

He’s just like any other man, only more so.

We train young men to drop fire on people, but their commanders won’t allow them to write “fuck” on their airplanes because it’s obscene!

A relationship, I think, is like a shark. You know? It has to constantly move forward or it dies. And I think what we got on our hands is a dead shark.

A moment of realization is worth a thousand prayers.

Sometimes you have to lose yourself ‘fore you can find anything.

You know friend, this is a god damn bitch of an unsatisfactory situation.

Okay, I’ll be part of this world.

If it ain’t a mess, it’ll do till the mess gets here.

So what do we do? Sit in the middle and suck on it.

I’d rather you went up in flames than crush out your cigarette during a monologue about birth.

Grand things are ahead, worth living and worth dying for. He himself said that.

The truth is, I’m an ordinary man. You might’ve told me that.

Who else really rips my cock off? Mormons and other religious assholes who won’t let gay people be married. And adult women who call their tits the girls.

Sometimes I take a picture that isn’t like me. But I took it so it is like me. It has to be. I put those pictures away.

How much can you know about yourself if you’ve never been in a fight?

My God. I haven’t been fucked like that since grade school.

I am Jack’s complete lack of surprise.

Fuck me gently with a chain saw.

Real life sucks losers dry.

All those moments will be lost in time… like tears in rain… Time to die.

Your best? Losers always whine about their best. Winners go home and fuck the prom queen.

Quite frankly, I didn’t even want to use you guys, with your dip and velcro and all your gear bullshit. I wanted to drop a bomb.

It’s 106 miles to Chicago, we’ve got a full tank, half pack of cigarettes, it’s dark out, and we’re wearing sunglasses. Hit it.

At the centre of a sick psyche is a sick spirit.

I can’t seem to shake the real implication of dying. It’s terrifying. The intimacy of it embarrasses me.

You only live once, and once is enough if you play your cards right.

It doesn’t matter one way or the other. It’s all random, resonating aimlessly out of nothing, and eventually vanishing forever. I’m not talking about the earth. I’m talking about the Universe. All space, all time, just a temporary convulsion. And I get paid to prove it. I understand it for what it truly is: haphazard, morally neutral, and unimaginably violent.

Everybody gotta die sometime, Red.

I don’t know what it’s like. I only know what it is.

Best movie quote ever: This is a threshold moment Johnny. Walk through.


  1. BHD and Ryan are excellent choices. Haven’t seen Interiors. Don’t know that I’d rate VP that highly. HF definitely not (I believe we’ve had this discussion). I don’t care for Cusack or for Jack Black. Still collating my list, which I’ll no doubt put up on my blog, at some point. Mine changes from day to day. I’m thinking Blazing Saddles, Annie Hall and The Tree of Life will be on there, though …..

  2. A few more quotes:

    “No. You’re not a bad person. You’re a terrific person. You’re my favorite person, but every once in a while, you can be a real cunt.”

    “I had a mad impulse to throw you down on the lunar surface and commit interstellar perversion.”

    “Oh, yes, sir. I miss you like a hawg miss slop. Like a baby miss mammy titty! I miss you like I misses a rock in my shoe! Now, I aks you, who dis nigger on dat nag?”

    “Who the fuck cares? I’ll dig the fuckin’ hole. I don’t give a fuck. What is it, the first hole I dug? Not the first time I dug a hole. I’ll fuckin’ dig a hole. Where are the shovels?”

    “Well, actually, nobody on this planet ever really chooses each other. I mean, it’s all a question of quantum physics, molecular attraction, and timing. Why, there are laws we don’t understand that bring us together and tear us apart. Uh, it’s like pheromones. You get three ants together, they can’t do dick. You get 300 million of them, they can build a cathedral.”

  3. I’ll admit I could only associate about half those quotes with the appropriate movie source. And I’ve only seen three of the five movies you listed at top. Two of them are among my favorites.

  4. “The path of the righteous man is beset on all sides by the inequities of the selfish and the tyranny of evil men. Blessed is who in the name of charity and good will shepherds the weak through the valley of darkness, for he is truly his brother’s keeper, and the finder of lost children. And I will strike down upon thee with greeeeeaaaaaat vengeance and fuuuuuuuurious anger those attempt to poison and destroy my brother. And you will know my name is the Lord! When I lay my vengeance upon you.” *shoots Frank Whaley*

  5. Dan, did you know that I JUST saw Pulp Fiction for the first time? I liked a lot of it, but when Bruce Willis uses that silenced Mac-10 to hose down John Travolta coming out of the bathroom? Holy crap! That is now the number one way I fantasize about vanquishing my enemies.

  6. RB, I can’t believe it. I first saw it 20 years ago, opening weekend, and it changed my life. It was like seeing an early Spielberg or Scorsese film for the first time. Yeah, the Bruce Willis scene is awesome, but so is the stuff with the Gimp and how the whole thing with Marcellus is resolved … just a great movie … and the scary thing is, Tarantino only got better.

  7. Alternatively:
    The Star Wars Saga (including Ep VII)
    Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol
    The Big Lebowski
    Apocalypse Now
    The Shining

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