Top 10 Movie Quotes About the American Dream
#10 - Maurice, COMING TO AMERICA, 1988
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"Oh yeah, I started out mopping the floor just like you guys. Then I moved up to washing lettuce. Now, I'm working the fat fryer. Pretty soon I'll make assistant manager and that's when the big bucks start rolling in."

#09 - Navin Johnson, THE JERK, 1979
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"The new phone book's here! The new phone book's here! This is the kind of spontaneous publicity I need. My name in print. That really makes somebody. Things are going to start happening to me now."

#08 - Lloyd, SAY ANYTHING, 1989
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"I don't want to sell anything, buy anything or process anything as a career. I don't want to sell anything bought or processed, or buy anything sold or processed, or process anything sold, bought or processed, or repair anything sold, bought or processed. You know, as a career, I don't want to do that."

#07 - Jim Young, BOILER ROOM, 2000
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"I am a millionaire. A weird thing to hear? Well let me tell you, it's a weird thing to say. I am a fuckin' millionaire. And guess how old I am - 27. Do you know what that makes me around here? A fuckin' senior citizen . . . They say money can't buy happiness? Look at the fucking smile on my face . . . Ear to ear, baby."

#06 - Chip Douglas, THE CABLE GUY, 1996
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"The future is now! Soon every American home will integrate their television, phone and computer. You'll be able to visit the Louvre on one channel, or watch female wrestling on another. You can do your shopping at home or play Mortal Kombat with a friend from Vietnam. There's no end to the possibilities!"

#05 - Joel, RISKY BUSINESS, 1983
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"My name is Joel Goodson. I deal in human fulfillment. I grossed over eight thousand dollars in one night. Time of your life, huh kid?"

#04 - Milton, OFFICE SPACE, 1999
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"And I said, I don't care if they lay me off either, because I told, I told Bill that if they move my desk one more time, then, then I'm, I'm quitting, I'm going to quit. And, and I told Don too, because they've moved my desk four times already this year and I used to be over by the window and I could see the squirrels, and they were merry, but then, they switched from the Swingline to the Boston stapler, but I kept my Swingline stapler because it didn't bind up as much and I kept the staples for the Swingline stapler and its not okay because if they take my stapler then I'll set the building on fire."

#03 - Lester Burnham, AMERICAN BEAUTY, 2000
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". . . today I quit my job. And then I told my boss to go fuck himself, and then I blackmailed him for almost sixty thousand dollars. Pass the asparagus."

#02 - Tyler Durden, FIGHT CLUB, 1999
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"I see all this potential, and I see squandering. God damn it, an entire generation pumping gas, waiting tables—slaves with white collars. Advertising has us chasing cars and clothes, working jobs we hate so we can buy shit we don't need. We're the middle children of history, man. No purpose or place. We have no Great War. No Great Depression. Our Great War's a spiritual war . . . our Great Depression is our lives. We've all been raised on television to believe that one day we'd all be millionaires and movie gods and rock stars. But we won't. And we're slowly learning that fact. And we're very, very pissed off."

#01 - Rocky Balboa, ROCKY, 1976
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"I just wanna prove somethin'—I ain't no bum . . . It don't matter if I lose . . . Don't matter if he opens my head . . . The only thing I wanna do is go the distance—That's all. Nobody's ever gone 15 rounds with Creed. If I go them fifteen rounds, an' that bell rings an' I'm still standin', I'm gonna know then I weren't just another bum from the neighborhood . . ."

User Comments - Add a Comment
noncivilised-eye - 2007-12-05 09:12:59
nice list, but i'm not sure milton has too much to do with the american dream... wait. scratch that. every american wants to torch their workplace, huh...
d-money - 2008-01-18 20:06:04
"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."
Anonymous - 2008-02-10 07:41:05
C`mon! Fear and Loathing?
Anonymous - 2008-07-07 03:00:46
Uh hmm. Fear and Loathing, please?
exa marieeeee. - 2008-07-23 14:00:16
ooooo fightttt clubbb. i love it!!! but "boiler Room" is definitly my favorite! hahahha.. out more quotes on here!
Malikah - 2008-11-10 23:15:08

all this is true every quote someone has thought or even lived by its is in every American to feel a dream and to live a dream but to serve that dream out is a beauty....if u think about it now in accomplishin it it's a dream no matter

jane - 2009-03-16 21:10:47

i totally agree that fear and loathing should be in here. and though i love the milton quote from office space, i feel it should be tied with : Peter Gibbons: What if we're still doin' this when we're 50? Samir: It would be nice to have that kind of job security.

Allie - 2009-04-27 01:02:26

I think the Tyler Durden quote is a great one, another fitting one is my favorite from the movie, also from Tyler: "You're not your job. You're not how much money you have in the bank. You're not the car you drive. You're not the contents of your wallet. You're not your fucking khakis. You're the all-singing, all-dancing crap of the world."

kotso - 2009-08-12 15:15:27

That all suks , the best movie about the american dream is ''ALPHA DOG''.That movie is the best of all...

An - 2010-06-28 09:57:26

the one who does not know how to write "sucks" REALLY sucks...

gunther - 2011-07-02 19:28:08
kotso, i'm afraid you confused... "Top 10 Movie Quotes About the American Dream" with... "Top 10 Movies About Wiggers"
Anonymoose - 2015-12-17 20:01:26

Seriously, Fear and Loathing should be #1. Fuck Rocky. Bullwinkle forever.