Top 10 Greatest Opening Lines in Movie History
#10 - BLUE VELVET [1986]
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"It's a sunny, woodsy day in Lumberton, so get those chainsaws out . . ."

#09 - GOODFELLAS [1990]
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"As far back as I can remember, I've always wanted to be a gangster."

#08 - D.O.A. [1950]
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—"Can I help you?"
—I'd like to see the man in charge."
—"In here . . ."
—"I want to report a murder."
—"Sit down. Where was the murder committed?"
—"San Francisco, last night."
—"Who was murdered?"
—"I was."

#07 - ANNIE HALL [1977]
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"There's an old joke. Uh, two elderly women are at a Catskills mountain resort, and one of 'em says: 'Boy, the food at this place is really terrible.' The other one says, 'Yeah, I know, and such small portions.' Well, that's essentially how I feel about life. Full of loneliness and misery and suffering and unhappiness, and it's all over much too quickly. The-the other important joke for me is one that's, uh, usually attributed to Groucho Marx, but I think it appears originally in Freud's Wit and Its Relation to the Unconscious. And it goes like this—I'm paraphrasing: Uh . . . 'I would never wanna belong to any club that would have someone like me for a member.' That's the key joke of my adult life in terms of my relationships with women."

#06 - THE BIG LEBOWSKI [1998]

"Way out west there was this fella I wanna tell ya about. Goes by the name of Jeff Lebowski. At least that was the handle his loving parents gave him, but he never had much use for it himself. See, this Lebowski, he called himself 'The Dude.' Now, 'Dude'—there's a name no man would self-apply where I come from. But then there was a lot about the Dude that didn't make a whole lot of sense. And a lot about where he lived, likewise. But then again, maybe that's why I found the place so darned interestin'. See, they call Los Angeles the 'City Of Angels' but I didn't find it to be that, exactly. But I'll allow it as there are some nice folks there. 'Course I ain't never been to London, and I ain't never seen France. And I ain't never seen no queen in her damned undies, so the feller says. But I'll tell you what—after seeing Los Angeles, and this here story I'm about to unfold, well, I guess I seen somethin' every bit as stupefyin' as you'd seen in any of them other places. And in English, too. So I can die with a smile on my face, without feelin' like the good Lord gypped me. Now this here story I'm about to unfold took place in the early '90s—just about the time of our conflict with Sad'm and the I-raqis. I only mention it because sometimes there's a man . . . I won't say a hero, 'cause, what's a hero? Sometimes, there's a man. And I'm talkin' about the Dude here—the Dude from Los Angeles. Sometimes, there's a man, well, he's the man for his time and place. He fits right in there. And that's the Dude. The Dude, from Los Angeles. And even if he's a lazy man—and the Dude was most certainly that. Quite possibly the laziest in all of Los Angeles County, which would place him high in the runnin' for laziest worldwide. Sometimes there's a man, sometimes, there's a man. Well, I lost my train of thought here. But . . . aw, hell. I've done introduced it enough."

#05 - APOCALYPSE NOW [1979]

"Saigon . . . shit, I'm still only in Saigon . . . Every time I think I'm gonna wake up back in the jungle. When I was home after my first tour, it was worse. I'd wake up and there'd be nothing. I hardly said a word to my wife, until I said 'yes' to a divorce. When I was here, I wanted to be there; when I was there, all I could think of was getting back into the jungle. I'm here a week now . . . waiting for a mission . . . getting softer; every minute I stay in this room, I get weaker, and every minute Charlie squats in the bush, he gets stronger. Each time I looked around, the walls moved in a little tighter."

#04 - TRAINSPOTTING [1996]

"Choose Life. Choose a job. Choose a career. Choose a family. Choose a fucking big television, choose washing machines, cars, compact disc players and electrical tin openers. Choose good health, low cholesterol and dental insurance. Choose fixed interest mortgage repayments. Choose a starter home. Choose your friends. Choose leisurewear and matching luggage. Choose a three-piece suite on hire purchase in a range of fucking fabrics. Choose DIY and wondering who the fuck you are on Sunday morning. Choose sitting on that couch watching mind-numbing, spirit-crushing game shows, stuffing fucking junk food into your mouth. Choose rotting away at the end of it all, pissing your last in a miserable home, nothing more than an embarrassment to the selfish, fucked up brats you spawned to replace yourselves. Choose your future. Choose life . . . But why would I want to do a thing like that? I chose not to choose life. I chose somethin' else. And the reasons? There are no reasons. Who needs reasons when you've got heroin?"

#03 - STAR WARS [1977]
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"A long time ago in a galaxy far, far away . . ."

#02 - CITIZEN KANE [1941]
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#01 - THE GODFATHER [1972]
THE GODFATHER [1972] Image

"I believe in America . . ."

User Comments - Add a Comment
Roland - 2008-06-13 05:22:24
"[William Randolph] Hearst’s secret, pet, love name for his ‘little girl’ lover’s pussy-poo, his shared fun-tag for the (clinically) Douras genitalia and its perky ‘love bump’— Marion Davies’ clitoris— was the adorable, and quite graphic, Rosebud . . . We all know where Rosebud ended up—on the dying lips of Charles Foster Kane. To the crusty old ‘role-model’ for this fictional RKO photoplay (originally titled simply American), the slightly sagging totem pole W.R. Hearst, it was rotten enough that Marion’s clitoris was mentioned throughout the Kane picture—everybody is always harking back to Rosebud, niggling away at the word like a kid with a loose tooth—but for Hearst it was even worse that old man Kane died with Rosebud on his lips! Much worse, that cinematic cunnilingus, than the final sight of Rosebud frying and blistering on the flaming sled in Xanadu’s furnace!" —Kenneth Anger, Hollywood Babylon II
sabrina - 2008-06-13 19:51:36
"People are always asking me if I know Tyler Durden . . ." - Fight Club
Way of the Gun - 2008-06-13 20:25:18
Hey! Hey! Yeah, you. Get up. What are you, retarded? Get off the fucking car. Hey, dickless, get off the fucking car! Hey, fuck-suck, get your slippery fuckin' ass off the car! Listen to me. Get off the fucking car with your fucking ass! Shut that cunt's mouth, or I'll come over and fuck-start her head. Do something. Go on. You're gonna wish you never got up this morning, cos my boyfriend's gonna fuck you up. And after that, while he's fucking up your fuckin' gay uncle, I'm gonna fucking cut off your cock and mail it to your mother, you faggot. Gaylord fuckin' bitch. How do you like that? You like that a lot? You fucking faggot. You like to ass-fuck? Fontanella fuckin' baby head fuck? Go ahead. You like to fuck baby heads? You like to fuck boys? He's gonna fuck you in the ass! He's not even gay but he'll do it... Honey... She's got a big mouth, it's true. I'm gonna whip you silly, and I'm gonna fuck you stupid. You wanna do the man dance? First dance is yours. How do you feel, pretty boy? Why would you fight them? Look at me! Look at my fucking face! You look more beautiful than ever.
AndyTee - 2008-07-17 01:16:32
Pedant's corner. But isn't the first line from Star Wars "Did you hear that, they shut down the main reactor, we will be doomed for sure, this is madness.."
Eric Jasak - 2008-07-17 01:43:38
"People are always asking me if I know Tyler Durden." Fight Club
KesheR - 2008-10-27 03:33:14

"Who are you?" "I'm... the Death." - The Seventh Seal

Phil - 2008-10-28 14:51:36

You Frank? Frank sent us Did you bring a horse for me? Looks like were, *laughs*, looks like we're shy one horse You brought two too many

KesheR - 2008-10-30 04:34:55

"Dick Laurent is dead". Lost Highway.

KesheR - 2008-10-31 06:30:57

"There was me, that is Alex, and my three droogs, that is Pete, Georgie and Dim and we sat in the Korova milkbar trying to make up our rassoodocks what to do with the evening. The Korova Milk Bar sold milkplus, milk plus vellocet or synthemesc or drencrom which is what we were drinking. This would sharpen you up and make you ready for a bit of the old ultra-violence. Our pockets were full of money so there was no need on that score, but, as they say, money isn't everything.". A CLOCKWORK ORANGE

Randy - 2008-11-12 01:53:00

"I've come back. Do me a drink, Brother Kipling?" -The Once and Future King

dan - 2008-11-12 08:25:13

Memento "So where are you? You're in some motel room"

nstrm - 2008-11-13 01:10:21

"The summer I was 8 years old, five hours disappeared from my life." -Mysterious Skin

Adam - 2008-11-13 04:30:51

We were somewhere around Barstow, on the edge of the desert, when the drugs began to take hold. I remember saying something like: I feel a bit lightheaded. Maybe you should drive. Suddenly, there was a terrible roar all around us, and the sky was full of what looked like huge bats, all swooping and screeching and diving around the car, and a voice was screaming: Holy Jesus. What are these goddamn animals? Huh! Huh! Huh! Fucking pigs. Did you say something? Hm? Never mind. It's your turn to drive. No point in mentioning these bats, I thought. Poor bastard will see them soon enough.

V - 2008-11-15 13:02:31

"Remember, remember, the Fifth of November, the gunpowder treason and plot. I know of no reason, why the gunpowder treason, should ever be forgot."

CiciLila - 2008-11-30 19:44:11

The Virgin Suicides-- "Cecilia was the first to go."

Tyler Durden - 2008-12-17 18:58:56


Jack Nicholson! - 2009-02-01 22:45:44

"I don't want to be a product of my environment; I want my environment to be a product of me." - The Departed

willsandbills - 2009-04-30 12:38:42

Mallrats - One time my cousin Walter got this cat stuck up his ass. True story. He bought it at our local mall, so the whole fiasco wound up on the news. It was embarrasing for my relatives and all, but next week, he did it again. Different cat, same results, complete with another trip to the emergency room. So, I run into him a week later in the mall and he's buying another cat. And I says to him, "Jesus, Walt! What are you doing? You know you're just gonna get this cat stuck up your ass too. Why don't you knock it off?" And he said to me, "Brodie, how the hell else am I supposed to get the gerbil out?" My cousin was a weird guy.