I have always found it fascinating how the last line in a movie usually helps me decide how I felt about it. For example, on my last list of the top 25 closing lines, Casablanca: “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship”. After a sad moment in the movie, that line gave me a chuckle, and I took the DVD out of my player with a smile on my face. How a movie ends can either ruin the entire film, or make it ten times better. Since July 6th of 2011 when our last closing lines list was published, many readers have left comments about movies that were not mentioned, so we’ve decided to expand a bit. This is part deux of the list. Enjoy!
WARNING: MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS!
Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)
“Look, you fools. You’re in danger. Can’t you see? They’re after you. They’re after all of us. Our wives, our children, everyone. They’re here already. YOU’RE NEXT!”
Army of Darkness
“Hail to the King baby!”
“You know somethin’, Utivich? I think this just might be my masterpiece.”
A Clockwork Orange
“I was cured all right.”
“The horror. The horror.”
King Kong (1933)
“Oh no. It wasn’t the airplanes. It was beauty killed the beast.”
Some Like it Hot
“Forget it, Jake. It’s Chinatown.”
What Dreams May Come
“When I was young, I met this beautiful girl by a lake.”
Gangs of New York
“My father once told me we was all born of blood and tribulation; so then, too, was our great city. But for those of us who had lived and died in them furious days… it was like everything we knew was mightily swept away. And no matter what they did to build this city back up again — for the rest of time — it would be like nobody even knew we was ever here.”
“I was perfect.”
Of Mice and Men
“And I get to tend the rabbits.”
“You have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m sure. But don’t worry: you will someday.”
The Big Lebowski
“Say, friend – you got any more of that good sarsaparilla?”
“When I despair, I remember that all through history the way of truth and love has always won. There have been tyrants and murderers and for a time they can seem invincible, but in the end they always fall. Think of it. Always.”
The Lost Boys
“One thing about living in Santa Carla I never could stomach, all the damn vampires.”
Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
“Oh my God. You were his mother.”
The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)
“Why was I not made of stone like thee?”
“What is her name?”
“All right Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my closeup.”
“A man’s got to know his limitations.”
“You’ve got to tell them soylent green is people. We’ve got to stop them somehow.”
Alien / Alien 3
“This is Ripley, last survivor of the Nostromo, signing off.”
“Hey, everybody, we’re all gonna get laid.”
Full Metal Jacket
“I’m in a world of shit, yes. But I am alive. And I am not afraid.”
9 thoughts on “Fade Out: 25 of Hollywood’s Greatest ‘Closing Lines’ – THE SEQUEL”
I like it, good stuff!
Great list. Love that King Kong is in there.
I would have included Jaws though. The last lines in Jaws are great.
Brody “I used to hate the water”.
Hooper “I can’t imagine why”.
Where the hell is Robocop??? That’s the best line ever with the entire film culminating in the last line(s).
Old man OCP : “Nice shooting son, what’s your name?”
How is Good Will Hunting not on this list!?!
If the Professor calls about
that job, just tell him, “Sorry, I
had to go see about a girl.”
That one completely slipped my mind! I will definitely remember it for the next list. Thank you!
how could u miss “american history x”–best ending sequence ever
Great list! How about There Will Be Blood? “I’m Finished.”
City Lights: “Now I can see”
What about Good Fellas