iAWW’s Top 101 Movie Quotes Spoken by Women

Ever turned to a famous movie quote to express yourself? Inspiring, uplifting, sloppy, or utterly mean – words can evoke powerful emotions, especially when uttered by kickass women. Since the advent of talkies, Hollywood has introduced moviegoers to unforgettable female characters; characters that have taken us on innumerable escapades, enlivening our lives with catchy one-liners. From, “Anyone can cook aloo gobi, but who can bend a ball like Beckham?” (Bend it like Beckham) to “Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore” (The Wizard of OZ), here is the first of IAWW’S ‘101’ series of cinematic milestones – a definitive list of the top 101 movie quotes spoken by women.

Let’s dive in – Who knows, you might even find a mantra or two for life!

#101 BEND IT LIKE BECKHAM (Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2002)

Photo: Fox Searchlight

JESS BHAMRA

Anyone can cook aloo gobi, but who can bend a ball like Beckham?

#100 THE FLY (Twentieth Century Fox, 1986)

VERONICA QUAIFE

Be afraid. Be very afraid.

#99 EASY A (Screen Gems, 2010)      

OLIVE PENDERGHAST

Because I’m being judged by a jury of my peers, I will attempt to insert ‘like’ and ‘totally’ as much as possible.

#98 THE FIRST WIVES CLUB (Paramount Pictures, 1996)

ELISE ELLIOT ATCHISON

There are only three ages for women in Hollywood – Babe, District Attorney and Driving Miss Daisy.

#97 THE WOMEN (MGM, 1939)

CRYSTAL ALLEN

There’s a name for you ladies, but it isn’t used in high society — outside of a kennel.

#96 JUNO (Fox Searchlight Pictures, 2007)

PAULIE BLEEKER

I still have your underwear.

JUNO MACGUFF

I still have your virginity.

#95 ROSEMARY’S BABY (Paramount Pictures, 1968)

ROSEMARY WOODHOUSE

This isn’t a dream! This is really happening!

#94 MY COUSIN VINNY (Twentieth Century Fox, 1992)

MONA LISA VITO

My biological clock is ticking like this, and the way this case is going, I ain’t never getting married!

#93 BUGSY (TriStar Pictures, 1991)

VIRGINIA HILL

Why don’t you go outside and jerk yourself a soda?

#92 PITCH PERFECT (Universal Pictures, 2012)

FAT AMY

Even though some of you are pretty thin, you all have fat hearts, and that’s what matters.

#91 WUTHERING HEIGHTS (United Artists, 1939)

CATHY EARNSHAW 

No matter what I ever do or say, Heathcliff, this is me — now — standing on this hill with you. This is me, forever.

#90 LEGALLY BLONDE (MGM, 2001)

                                                                  ELLE WOODS   

Oh, I like your outfit too, except when I dress up as a frigid bitch, I try not to look so constipated.

#89 WHALE RIDER (South Pacific Pictures, 2002)

KAHU PAIKEA APIRANA

My name is Paikea Apirana, and I come from a long line of chiefs…

#88 BASIC INSTINCT (Carolco Pictures, 1992)

CATHERINE TRAMELL

Killing isn’t like smoking. You can quit.

#87 ETERNAL SUNSHINE OF THE SPOTLESS MIND (Focus Features, 2004)

CLEMENTINE KRUCZYNSKI

Too many guys think I’m a concept, or I complete them, or I’m gonna make them alive. But I’m just a fucked-up girl who’s lookin’ for my own peace of mind; don’t assign me yours.

#86 BREAKFAST AT TIFFANY’S (Paramount Pictures, 1961)

HOLLY GOLIGHTLY

I’ll tell you one thing, Fred, darling…I’d marry you for your money in a minute. Would you marry me for my money?

#85 DANGEROUS LIAISONS (Warner Bros., 1988)

MARQUISE DE MERTEUIL

When one woman strikes at the heart of another she seldom misses, and the wound is invariably fatal.

#84 ERIN BROCKOVICH (Universal Pictures, 2000)

ERIN BROCKOVICH

They’re called boobs, Ed.

#83 SINGIN’ IN THE RAIN (MGM, 1952)

LINA LAMONT

What do they think I am, dumb or something? Why, I make more money than Calvin Coolidge! Put together!

#82 THE DEVIL WEARS PRADA (Twentieth Century Fox, 2006) 

EMILY CHARLTON

I’m just one stomach flu away from my goal weight.

#81 GENTLEMEN PREFER BLONDES (Twentieth Century Fox, 1953) 

            LORELEI LEE

I always say a kiss on the hand might feel very good, but a diamond tiara lasts forever.

#80 THELMA & LOUISE (MGM, 1991)

LOUISE SAWYER

You’ve always been crazy. This is just the first chance you’ve ever had to really express yourself.

#79 FATAL ATTRACTION (Paramount Pictures, 1987)

ALEX FORREST

I won’t be ignored, Dan!

#78 CLUELESS (Paramount Pictures, 1995)

Photo: Paramount Pictures

CHER HORWITZ

As if!

#77 BUTTERFIELD 8 (MGM, 1960)

GLORIA WANDROUS

Mama, face it. I was the slut of all time.

76 EVITA (Hollywood Pictures, 1996)

EVA PERÓN

Don’t cry for me, Argentina.

#75 TERMS OF ENDEARMENT (Paramount Pictures, 1983)

AURORA GREENWAY

Would you like to come in?

GARRETT BREEDLOVE

I’d rather stick needles in my eyes.

#74 CHINATOWN, Paramount Pictures, 1974)

EVELYN MULWRAY

She’s my sister! She’s my daughter!

#73 SHAKESPEARE IN LOVE (Miramax, 1998)

QUEEN ELIZABETH

I know something of a woman in a man’s profession. Yes, by God, I do know about that.

#72 SUPERMAN (Warner Bros., 1978)

LOIS LANE

You’ve got me? Who’s got you?

#71 THE PRIME OF MISS JEAN BRODIE (Twentieth Century Fox, 1969)

JEAN BRODIE

Give me a girl at an impressionable age and she is mine for life.

#70 THE COLOR PURPLE (Warner Bros., 1985)

SOFIA

I loves Harpo, God knows I do. But I’ll kill him dead ‘fo I let him beat me.

#69 GILDA (Columbia Pictures, 1946)

GILDA

If I’d been a ranch, they would’ve named me the Bar Nothing.

#68 STEEL MAGNOLIAS (TriStar Pictures, 1989)

TRUVY JONES

Smile! It increases your face value.

#67 TERMINATOR 2: JUDGMENT DAY (Carolco Pictures, 1991)

DR. SILBERMAN

You broke my arm!

SARAH CONNOR

There are 215 bones in the human body. That’s one.

#66 GREASE (Paramount Pictures, 1978)

FRENCHIE

Men are rats, listen to me, they’re fleas on rats, worse than that, they’re amoebas on fleas on rats. I mean, they’re too low for even the dogs to bite. The only man a girl can depend on is her daddy.

#65 PRECIOUS (Lionsgate Films, 2009)

CLAIREECE PRECIOUS JONES

I’m gonna break through or somebody gonna break through to me.

#64 POSTCARDS FROM THE EDGE (Columbia Pictures, 1990)

SUZANNE VALE

I’m not a box. I don’t have sides. This is it. One side fits all.

#63 DRIVING MISS DAISY (Warner Bros., 1989)

DAISY WERTHAN

Hoke, you’re my best friend.

#62 THE SOUND OF MUSIC (Twentieth Century Fox, 1965)

MARIA 

When the Lord closes a door, somewhere he opens a window.

#61 FARGO (Gramercy Pictures, 1996)

MARGE GUNDERSON

You betcha!

#60 SOPHIE’S CHOICE (Universal Pictures, 1982)

SOPHIE

You mean, I have to choose?

#59 WHO FRAMED ROGER RABBIT (Touchstone Pictures, 1988)

JESSICA RABBIT

I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way.

#58 CAMILLE (MGM, 1936)

MARGUERITE GAUTIER

His eyes have made love to me all evening.

#57 THE DAY THE EARTH STOOD STILL (Twentieth Century Fox, 1951)

HELEN BENSON

Gort! Klaatu barada nikto!

#56 GHOST (Paramount Pictures,1990)

Molly

Ditto.

#55 TITANIC (Twentieth Century Fox and Paramount Pictures, 1997)

            ROSE DEWITT BUKATER 

It’s been 84 years and I can still smell the fresh paint. The china had never been used. The sheets had never been slept in. Titanic was called the Ship of Dreams, and it was. It really was…

#54 MARY POPPINS (Disney, 1964)

MRS. WINNIFRED BANKS

Though we adore men individually, we agree that as a group, they’re rather stupid.

#53 NOTTING HILL (Universal Pictures, 1999)

ANNA SCOTT

I’m also just a girl, standing in front of a boy, asking him to love her.

#52 FINDING NEMO (Disney, 2003)

DORY

Just keep swimming, swimming, swimming.

#51 CARMEN JONES (Twentieth Century Fox, 1954)

CARMEN JONES

Scuse my dust, gentlemen. The air’s gettin’ mighty unconditioned ’round here.

#50 WHAT EVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (The Associates & Aldrich Company, 1962)

JANE HUDSON

You mean, all this time we could have been friends?

#49 THE EXORCIST (Warner Bros., 1973)

REGAN MACNEIL/DEMON

What an excellent day for an exorcism.

#48 ANNA CHRISTIE (MGM, 1930)

ANNA CHRISTIE

Give me a whisky, ginger ale on the side. And don’t be stingy, baby.

#47 WORKING GIRL (Twentieth Century Fox, 1988)

TESS McGILL

I have a head for business and a bod for sin.

#46 FOR WHOM THE BELL TOLLS (Paramount Pictures, 1943)

MARIA

I do not know how to kiss, or I would kiss you. Where do the noses go?

#45 ALIENS (Twentieth Century Fox, 1986)

REBECCA “NEWT” JORDAN

They mostly come out at night… Mostly.

#44 NINOTCHKA (MGM, 1939)

NINOTCHKA

Must you flirt?

LEON

Well, I don’t have to, but I find it natural.

NINOTCHKA

Suppress it.

#43 A CRY IN THE DARK (Warner Bros., 1988)

LINDY CHAMBERLAIN

The dingo took my baby!

#42 STAR WARS (Twentieth Century Fox, 1977)

PRINCESS LEIA

Aren’t you a little short for a stormtrooper?

#41 MISERY (Castle Rock Entertainment, 1990)

ANNIE WILKES

I am your biggest fan.

#40 DETOUR (Producers Releasing Corporation, 1945)

VERA

Stop makin’ noises like a husband.

#39 CABIN IN THE COTTON (Warner Bros., 1932)

MADGE NORWOOD

I’d love to kiss you, but I just washed my hair.

#38 BORN YESTERDAY (Columbia Pictures, 1950)

BILLIE DAWN

Wouldja do me a favor, Harry? Drop dead!

#37 PINOCCHIO (Disney, 1940)

THE BLUE FAIRY

A lie keeps growing and growing until it’s as clear as the nose on your face.

#36 MILDRED PIERCE (Warner Bros., 1945)

IDA CORWIN

Personally, Veda’s convinced me that alligators have the right idea. They eat their young.

#35 I’M NO ANGEL (Paramount Pictures, 1933)

TIRA

Well, it’s not the men in your life that counts, it’s the life in your men.

#34 MOONSTRUCK (MGM, 1987)

LORETTA CASTORINI

Snap out of it!

#33 THE HELP (DreamWorks Pictures, 2011)

AIBILEEN CLARK

You is kind. You is smart. You is important.

#32 KILL BILL: VOL. 1 (Miramax, 2003)

THE BRIDE

Those of you lucky enough to still have their lives, take them with you! However, leave the limbs you’ve lost. They belong to me now…

ETHEL THAYER

Listen to me, mister. You’re my knight in shining armor. Don’t you forget it. You’re going to get back on that horse, and I’m going to be right behind you, holding on tight, and away we’re gonna go, go, go!

#30 PRETTY WOMAN (Touchstone Pictures, 1990)

VIVIAN WARD

I was in here yesterday you wouldn’t wait on me. You work on commission, right? BIG MISTAKE! Big! Huge! I have to go shopping now.

#29 HELL’S ANGELS (United Artists, 1930)

HELEN

Would you be shocked if I put on something more comfortable?

#28 SNOW WHITE AND THE SEVEN DWARVES (Disney, 1937)

QUEEN GRIMHILDE

Magic Mirror on the wall, who is the fairest one of all?

#27 GREASE (Paramount Pictures, 1978)

SANDY OLSSON

Tell me about it, stud.

#26 POLTERGEIST (MGM, 1982)

CAROL ANNE FREELING

They’re here!

#25 FUNNY GIRL (Columbia Pictures, 1968)

FANNY BRICE

Hello, gorgeous.

#24 A STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE (Warner Bros., 1951) 

BLANCHE DUBOIS

I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.

#23 ALIENS (Twentieth Century Fox, 1986)

ELLEN RIPLEY

Get away from her, you bitch!

#22 AUNTIE MAME (Warner Bros., 1958)

MAME DENNIS

Life is a banquet, and most poor suckers are starving to death!

#21 MOMMIE DEAREST (Paramount Pictures, 1981)

JOAN CRAWFORD

No wire hangers, ever!

#20 THE COLOR PURPLE (Warner Bros., 1985)

CELIE JOHNSON

I’m poor, black, I might even be ugly, but dear God, I’m here. I’m here.

#19 WIZARD OF OZ (MGM, 1939)

THE WICKED WITCH OF THE WEST

I’ll get you, my pretty, and your little dog too!

#18 THE FOREST (Warner Bros., 1949)

ROSA MOLINE 

What a dump.

#17 ANNIE HALL (United Artists, 1977)

ANNIE HALL

La-dee-da, la-dee-da.

#16 NOW, VOYAGER (Warner Bros., 1942)

CHARLOTTE VALE

Oh, Jerry, don’t let’s ask for the moon. We have the stars.

#15 GRAND HOTEL (MGM, 1932)

GRUSINSKAYA

I want to be alone.

#14 SHE DONE HIM WRONG (Paramount Pictures, 1933)

LADY LOU

Why don’t you come up sometime and see me?

#13 GONE WITH THE WIND (MGM, 1939)

SCARLETT O’HARA

As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again.

#12 STAR WARS (Twentieth Century Fox, 1977)

PRINCESS LEIA

Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.

#11 TO HAVE AND HAVE NOT (Warner Bros., 1944)

MARIE ‘SLIM’ BROWNING

You know how to whistle, don’t you, Steve? You just put your lips together and blow.

#10 SUNSET BOULEVARD (Paramount Pictures, 1950)

NORMA DESMOND

I am big! It’s the pictures that got small.

#9 CASABLANCA (Warner Bros., 1942)

ILSA LASZLO

Play it, Sam. Play “As Time Goes By.”

#8 JERRY MAGUIRE (TriStar Pictures, 1996)

DOROTHY BOYD

You had me at “hello.”

#7 WHEN HARRY MET SALLY… (Columbia Pictures, 1989)

OLDER WOMAN CUSTOMER

I’ll have what she’s having.

#6 LOVE STORY (Paramount Pictures, 1970)

JENNY

Love means never having to say you’re sorry.

#5 ALL ABOUT EVE (Twentieth Century Fox, 1950)

MARGO CHANNING

Fasten your seatbelts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.

#4 THE WIZARD OF OZ (MGM, 1939)

DOROTHY GALE

There’s no place like home.

#3 GONE WITH THE WIND (MGM, 1939)

SCARLETT O’HARA

After all, tomorrow is another day.

#2 SUNSET BOULEVARD (Paramount Pictures, 1950)

NORMA DESMOND

All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.

#1 THE WIZARD OF OZ (MGM, 1939)

DOROTHY GALE

Toto, I’ve got a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.

by JSK

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