It’s the holidays, and attempting anything intellectual or analyticial simply isn’t on for me today. But here’s something cool: the American Film Institute’s collection of the 100 best quotes from American movies—in order.
Before you look at the video, try to guess #1.
There are four parts on video; sadly the fifth hasn’t yet been made, so they only go up to number 80, a quote from Rocky. (Note: there’s some repetition in parts 2-4; they’re a bit of a mess.)
You can see the complete list, and the criteria for inclusion, on Wikipedia. Looking them over, I find that I’ve seen all but six of these in the original films (the exceptions are # 8, 47, 62, 69, 83, and 88 from the list). I don’t want to quarrel with the ranking, but the quote I actually use most often (when urging people not to battle a system with its own impenetrable rules) is #74 from Polanski’s wonderful movie: “Forget it Jake—it’s Chinatown.”
I’ll put up the first video and link to the other three.