Greatest Movie Last Lines and Final Quotes 1915 - 1944

Posted in Art and Culture

These are many of the best-known curtain call lines, fade-outs, and final words of dialogue in cinematic history - the last lingering words heard before the title ?The End.? In quite a few cases, the memorable final lines are also some of the greatest lines in film history. They often reveal a vital truth about the film, cap off a comedy with a punchline, or help to define what the film was all about in just a few words. The last phrases or words often help to set a mood or tone as the film concludes, or they can be great one-liners.

Famous Last Line

Film Title

?Liberty and Union, one and inseparable, now and forever!? (title card)

The Birth of a Nation (1915)

?At last I recognize his mania. He believes me to be the mystical Caligari. Astonishing! But I think I know how to cure him now.? (title card)

The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (1919, Ger.)

?And at that moment, as if by a miracle, the sick no longer died, and the stifling shadow of the vampire vanished with the morning sun.? (end title card)

Nosferatu, the Vampire (1922, Ger.)

?Brothers!? (title card)

Battleship Potemkin (1925, USSR)


Metropolis (1927)

?Fog, fog all time. You can't tell where you was going. Only that old devil sea, she knows.?

Anna Christie (1930)

?Mother of Mercy! Is this the end of Rico??

Little Caesar (1930)

?Yes, I can see now.? (title card)

City Lights (1931)

?The son of a #*@ stole my watch.?

The Front Page (1931)


?The Grand Hotel. Always the same. People come. People go...nothing ever happens.?
?Grand Hotel.?

Grand Hotel (1932)

?We do!?

Horse Feathers (1932)

?I steal.?

I Am a Fugitive From a Chain Gang (1932)

?I'm sorry for everybody in the world, I guess.?

Rain (1932)

?I was reading a book the other day.?
?Reading a book!?
?Yes. It's all about civilization or something, a nutty kind of a book. Do you know that the guy said that machinery is going to take the place of every profession??
?Oh, my dear, that's something you need never worry about.?

Dinner at Eight (1933)

?Victory is ours!?

Duck Soup (1933)

?And Marsh will probably say he discovered her. Some guys get all the breaks.?

42nd Street


?Oh, no! It wasn't the airplanes. It was Beauty killed the Beast.?

King Kong (1933)

?"And they've got to tell me that I'm much more wonderful than anyone else because, Nellie - Nellie, I'm not afraid. I'm not afraid of being just a morning glory. I'm not afraid. I'm not afraid. I'm not afraid. Why should I be afraid? I'm not afraid.?

Morning Glory (1933)

?Betty said that 'Honesty was the best politics.' (He holds up a cigarette) Look!?

Sons of the Desert (1933)

?Scusi! Scusi! I'm also very good at parties!?

The Gay Divorcee (1934)

?But what in the world do they want a trumpet for??

It Happened One Night (1934)

?There is no emperor. There is only an empress.?

The Scarlet Empress (1934)

?Look, Marguerite, England.?

The Scarlet Pimpernel (1935)

?It?s a far, far better thing I do than I have ever done. It?s a far, far better rest I go to than I have ever known.?

A Tale of Two Cities (1935)

?Thank you, sir. Thank you. I?m glad it?s off my mind. Glad.?

The Thirty-Nine Steps (1935)

?Well, well, well, Mr. Beddini, what are you doing in this young lady's room??

Top Hat (1935)

?She was beautiful when she died...a hundred years ago.?

Dracula's Daughter (1936)

?I?ve got to get more steps. I need more steps. I?ve got to get higher, higher!?

The Great Ziegfeld (1936)

?Stand still, Godfrey, it'll all be over in a minute.?

My Man Godfrey (1936)

?Never give a sucker an even break.?

Poppy (1936)

?It is this or that - all the universe or nothing. Which shall it be, Passworthy? Which shall it be??

Things to Come (1936)

"Emily, I have a little confession to make. I really am a horse doctor, but marry me and I'll never look at any other horse."

A Day at the Races (1937)

?O-lan, you are the earth.?

The Good Earth (1937)

?Don't shoot - they're in Switzerland.?
?All the better for them.?

Grand Illusion (1937, Fr.)

?Yes. Yes, I believe it. I believe it because I want to believe it. Gentlemen, I give you a toast. Here's my hope that Robert Conway will find his Shangri-La. Here's my hope that we all find our Shangri-La.?

Lost Horizon (1937)

?This is good for cracking nuts. Isn't it??

The Prince and the Pauper (1937)

? beautiful, even in death, that the dwarfs could not find it in their hearts to bury her...they fashioned a coffin of glass and gold, and kept eternal vigil at her side...The Prince, who had searched far and wide, heard of the maiden who slept in the glass coffin.?

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937)

?I think you'll like it here. We're one big family...?

Stage Door (1937)

?Hello, everybody. This is Mrs. Norman Maine.?

A Star is Born (1937)

?All right, folks, you?ve seen enough. Move along, please. Come on, clear the sidewalk.?

Stella Dallas (1937)

?May I obey all your commands with equal pleasure, Sire!?

The Adventures of Robin Hood (1938)

?I'm sorry, Pepe. He thought you were going to escape.?
?And so I have, my friend.?

Algiers (1938)

?It's true, boys. Every word of it. He died like they said. All right, fellas. Let's go and say a prayer for a boy who couldn't run as fast as I could.?

Angels With Dirty Faces (1938)

?Sometimes I think it's harder to raise a husband than a baby.?

Blondie (1938)

?There is no bad boy.?

Boys Town (1938)

?Oh, dear. Oh, my. Hmmm.?

Bringing Up Baby (1938)

?Merry Christmas, and may God bless us, every one.?

A Christmas Carol (1938)

?Where the devil are my slippers, Eliza??

Pygmalion (1938)

?And when the day comes, I want to stand beside you and see the ships go through the canal and know you built it for all the people in the world.?

Suez (1938)

?We?ve all got our health, and as far as anything else is concerned, we still leave that up to you. Thank you.?

You Can?t Take it With You (1938)


Blondie Brings Up Baby (1939)

?Is that you, Martha? I don't want to be disturbed.?

Dark Victory (1939)

?Papa, I've come home.?

Golden Boy (1939)

?...Tara!...Home. I'll go home, and I'll think of some way to get him back! After all, tomorrow is another day!?

Gone With the Wind (1939)

?Goodbye, Mr. Chips. Goodbye.?

Goodbye, Mr. Chips (1939)

?Why was I not made of stone like thee??

The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1939)

?Every word that boy said is the truth! Every word about Taylor and me and graft and the rotten political corruption of our state. Every word of it is true. I'm not fit for office! I'm not fit for any place of honor or trust. Expel me!?

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)

"Hey! Hey, Geoff!"

Only Angels Have Wings (1939)

?He used to be a big shot.?

The Roaring Twenties (1939)

?Well, they?re saved from the blessings of civilization.?
?Doc? I?ll buy ya a drink.?
?Just one.?

Stagecoach (1939)

?Oh, but anyway, Toto, we're home! Home! And this is my room - and you're all here! And I'm not gonna leave here ever, ever again because I love you all! - And oh, Auntie Em, there's no place like home.?

The Wizard of Oz (1939)

?No pride at all. That?s a luxury a woman in love can?t afford.?

The Women (1939)

?No, not dead, Dr. Kenneth. Not alone. He's with her. They've only just begun to live. Goodbye Heathcliff. Goodbye my wild sweet Cathy.?

Wuthering Heights (1939)

?No, I think I might go on a piece. Maybe to the top of that hill.?

Young Mr. Lincoln (1939)

?What man's mind can conceive, man's character can control. Man must learn that, and then we needn't be afraid of tomorrow. And man will go forward toward more light.?

Edison, The Man (1940)

?That's what makes us tough. Rich fellas come up an' they die an' their kids ain't no good, an' they die out. But we keep a-comin'. We're the people that live. They can't wipe us out. They can't lick us. And we'll go on forever, Pa. .. 'cause... we're the people.?

The Grapes of Wrath (1940)

?...Hannah, can you hear me? Wherever you are, look up! Look up, Hannah! The clouds are lifting! The sun is breaking through! We are coming out of the darkness into the light! We are coming into a new world; a kindlier world, where men will rise above their greed, their hate and their brutality. Look up, Hannah! The soul of man has been given wings and at last he is beginning to fly. He is flying into the rainbow! Into the light of hope! Look up, Hannah! Listen!?

The Great Dictator (1940)

?Well, isn't that a coincidence? We're going to Albany. I wonder if Bruce can put us up?...Say, why don?t you carry that in your hand??

His Girl Friday (1940)

?Well, we?re going to marry and raise fat children and watch our vineyards grow.?

Mark of Zorro (1940)

?Oh, yeah, yeah. I'll do that, my little chickadee.?

My Little Chickadee (1940)

?I did it. I did it all.?
?I feel as though I'd lived through all of this before in another life.?

The Philadelphia Story (1940)

?It's Mrs. Danvers. She's gone mad. She said she'd rather destroy Manderley than see us happy here.?

Rebecca (1940)

?Some fun - and adventure at last!?

The Thief of Bagdad (1940)

?No pride at all. That's a luxury a woman in love can't afford.?

The Women (1940)

?Throw that junk.?

Citizen Kane (1941)

?You can't hurt me. I always wear a bullet-proof vest around the studio.?

Hellzapoppin' (1941)

?Men like my father cannot die. They are with me still, real in memory as they were in flesh, loving and beloved forever. How green was my valley then.?

How Green Was My Valley (1941)

?Aw, just another hood, I guess. Well, whoever he is, he don't mean a thing to anybody now, much less to me. Say, call Mae and tell her I'll be late, will ya??

Johnny Eager (1941)

?Positively the same dame.?

The Lady Eve (1941)

?The, uh, stuff that dreams are made of.?

The Maltese Falcon (1941)

?There you are, Norton. The people! Try and lick that!?

Meet John Doe (1941)

?When I want to kiss my wife, I'll kiss her anytime, anyplace, anywhere. That's the kind of hairpin I am.?

The Strawberry Blonde (1941)

?There's a lot to be said for making people laugh! Did you know that's all some people have? It isn't much, but it's better than nothing in this cockeyed caravan! Boy!?

Sullivan?s Travels (1941)

?And then??
?And then what??
?What happened after??
?There is no then. There is no after.?

That Hamilton Woman (1941)

?Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.?

Casablanca (1942)

?Now for Australia and a crack at those Japs!?

Desperate Journey (1942)

?God bless our ships and all who sail in them.?

In Which We Serve (1942, UK)

?This is the people?s war. It is our war. We are the fighters. Fight it, then. Fight it with all that is in us, and may God defend the right.?

Mrs. Miniver (1942)

?Oh, Jerry, don?t let?s ask for the moon. We have the stars.?

Now, Voyager (1942)

?Play ball!?

The Pride of the Yankees (1942)

?I've just launched Gerald.?

Woman of the Year (1942)

?Well, the Yanks are coming, the Yanks are coming....?

Yankee Doodle Dandy (1942)

?To the gallant officers and men of the silent service, to our submarines now on war patrol in hostile waters, good luck and good hunting.?

Destination Tokyo (1943)

?That?s my girl, and that?s my boy.?

A Guy Named Joe (1943)

?You see, Marcus. The ending is only the beginning.?

The Human Comedy (1943)

?He said he wanted his wife to get this letter, didn't he? He said there was nobody to look after the kids, didn't he??

The Ox-Bow Incident (1943)

?Everybody dance!?

Stormy Weather (1943)

?I?m not a cabdriver. I?m a coffeepot.?

Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)

?You know why you couldn?t figure this one, Keyes? I?ll tell you. The guy you were looking for was too close. He was right across the desk from you.?
?Closer than that, Walter.?
?I love you, too.?

Double Indemnity (1944)

?I knew the Marines could do almost anything, but I never knew they could do anything like this.?
?You've got no idea.?

Hail the Conquering Hero (1944)

?And then one day when our first-born son was put into his arms, he could see that the boy had inherited his own eyes as they once were - large, brilliant, and black.?

Jane Eyre (1944)

?This is the end! The absolute end!?

The Lady in the Dark (1944)

?Good-bye, Laura. Good-bye, my love.?

Laura (1944)

?I can?t believe it. Right here where we live. Right here in St. Louis.?

Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)

?Hey, Slim. Are you still happy??
?What do you think??

To Have and Have Not (1944)

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