Greatest Movie Last Lines and Final Quotes 1945 - 1956

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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. 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

?Sure, forgive your enemies, but first get even.?

Blood on the Sun (1945)

?But one thing I don't have to wonder about; I know. Someday a car will stop to pick me up that I never thumbed. Yes, fate or some mysterious force can put the finger on you or me for no good reason at all.?

Detour (1945)

?Elizabeth, I just had the craziest dream. You know, if you saw it in the movies, you'd never believe it.?

The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)

?I'm going to be baptized!?

Life with Father (1945)

?My mind was hanging outside the window. It was suspended just about eighteen inches below. And out there in that great big concrete jungle, I wonder how many others that are like me. Poor bedeviled guys on fire with thirst. Such comical figures to the rest of the world as they stagger blindly towards another binge, another bender, another spree.?

The Lost Weekend (1945)

?See that those others are released. We need some fresh air in here. Looks like a nice morning. You can go now. We'll call you when we want you. You know, Mrs. Beragon, there are times when I regret being a police officer.?

Mildred Pierce (1945)

?You know what it'll be, don't you, Peggy? It may take us years to get anywhere. We'll have no money, no decent place to live. We'll have to work - get kicked around.?

The Best Years of Our Lives (1946)

?What?s wrong with you??
?Nothing you can?t fix.?

The Big Sleep (1946)

?Oh, thank you, Inspector. I don't think I could have done it entirely without Mr. Holmes' help, you know.?

Dressed to Kill (1946)

?I had to do it, Lewt. I had to do it.?
?Of course you did. Let me hold ya.?
?Just hold me. Hold me once more.?
?Little bob-cat.?

Duel in the Sun (1946)

?Look, Daddy. Teacher says, every time a bell rings, an angel gets his wings.?
?That's right, that's right. Attaboy, Clarence.?

It?s a Wonderful Life (1946)

?Ma?am, I sure like that name - Clementine.?

My Darling Clementine (1946)

?Alex, will you come in, please? I wish to talk to you.?

Notorious (1946)

?Father, you were right. It all works out. I guess God knows more about these things than we do. Somehow or other, Cora paid for Nick's life with hers. And now I'm going to. Father, would you send up a prayer for me and Cora, and if you could find it in your heart, make it that we're together, wherever it is??

The Postman Always Rings Twice (1946)

?You remind me of a man.?
?What man??
?The man with the power.?
?What power??
?The power of Hoodoo.?
?Who do??
?You do.?
?Do what??
?Remind me of a man.?
?What man??
?The man with the power.?
?What power??
?Give up??
?Give up. Let's go.?

The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)

?You see what I mean? I could write a book.?

The Egg and I (1947)

?But I don't want a better man, Sebastian. I just want you.?

Escape Me Never (1947)

?Now we're starting out with exactly an even nothing in the world. It's neater that way.?

The Hucksters (1947)

?Maybe. Maybe I didn't do such a wonderful thing after all.?

Miracle on 34th Street (1947)

?Allow me to introduce myself. I'm the Invisible Man.?

Abbott and Costello Meet Frankenstein (1948)

?His name will live as long as there is a ball, a bat, and a boy.?

The Babe Ruth Story (1948)

?He's all right, Dad! He's coming back to us.?

Key Largo (1948)

?Well, everybody is somebody?s fool. The only way to stay out of trouble is to grow old, so I guess I?ll concentrate on that. Maybe I?ll live so long that I?ll forget her. Maybe I?ll die trying.?

The Lady From Shanghai (1948)

?There are eight million stories in the naked city. This has been one of them.?

The Naked City (1948)

?What do you want, a happy ending??

The Paleface (1948)

?When we get back to the ranch, I want ya to change the brand. It'll be like this, the Red River 'D' and we'll add an 'M' to it. You don't mind that, do ya??
?You've earned it.?

Red River (1948)

?Take off the red shoes.?

The Red Shoes (1948)

?Tell you what. You can keep my share of what the burros and the hides'll bring if you use the money to buy a ticket to Dallas. See Cody's widow. Better than writin'. And besides, it's July and the fruit harvest. How about it??
?It's a deal.?

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948)

?Vive la difference.?
?Which means??
?Which means, "Hurray for that little difference.??

Adam?s Rib (1949)

?My dear friend, there's a little bit of Don Juan in every man, but since I am Don Juan, there must be more of it in me.?

The Adventures of Don Juan (1949)

?Could have been whole world - Willie Stark. The whole world - Willie Stark. Why does he do it to me - Willie Stark? Why??

All the King?s Men (1949)

?One, two, three, four, one, two, three, four...?

Battleground (1949)

?He was a credit to the fight game, to the very end.?

Champion (1949)

?Catherine! Catherine! Catherine!?

The Heiress (1949)

?Psychologically, I'm very confused, but personally I feel just wonderful.?

In the Good Old Summertime (1949)

?My memoirs. My memoirs. My memoirs. My memoirs.?

Kind Hearts and Coronets (1949)

?Anything can happen if you live with my friend Irma.?

My Friend Irma (1949)

?His strength will never die, Saul. Men will tell his story for a thousand years.?

Samson and Delilah (1949)

?All right! Saddle up! Let's get back in the war!?

Sands of Iwo Jima (1949)

?Haven?t got a sensible name, Calloway.?

The Third Man (1949)

?Made it, Ma! Top of the world"He finally got to the top of the world. And it blew right up in his face.?

White Heat (1949)

?How shall I make out the report on him, Captain??
?Better make it 'dead on arrival'.?

D.O.A. (1950)

?Nothing?s really changed, has it? You know what they say: "My son?s my son till he gets him a wife, but my daughter?s my daughter all of her life.? All of our life.?

The Father of the Bride (1950)

?And that is how I remember them, my mother and my sister. Good-bye.?

The Glass Menagerie (1950)

?Well, thank you, Harvey. I prefer you, too.?

Harvey (1950)

?I lived a few weeks while you loved me. Good-bye, Dix.?

In a Lonely Place (1950)

?No, I'm grateful to you. Because, thanks to you, I think I will be able to keep my faith in men.?

Rashomon (1950, Jp.)

?"You see, this is my life. It always will be! There's nothing else - just us - and the cameras - and those wonderful people out there in the dark. All right, Mr. De Mille, I'm ready for my close-up.?

Sunset Boulevard (1950)

?By golly, I'm the richest man in six counties.?

Bedtime for Bonzo (1951)

?Stanley Banks, my grandchild. My first grandchild.?

Father's Little Dividend (1951)

?For the future record, all orders are right away.?

Flying Leathernecks (1951)

?Hey, Stella! Hey, Stella!?

A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

?Everyone of you listening to my voice, tell the world. Tell this to everybody, wherever they are. Watch the skies, everywhere, keep looking. Keep watching the skies.?

The Thing (From Another World) (1951)

?It's good to be home.?

Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)

?That?s all, ladies and gentlemen, that?s all. Come again to the greatest show on Earth. Bring the children. Bring the old folks. You can shake the sawdust off your feet but you can?t shake it out of your heart. Come again, folks. The greatest show on Earth. Come again.?

The Greatest Show on Earth (1952)

?And take you right down with me, Shorty.?

Pat and Mike (1952)

?No patty fingers, if you please. The proprieties at all times. Hold on to your hats.?

The Quiet Man (1952)

?Ladies and Gentlemen. Stop that girl. That girl running up the aisle - stop her. That's the girl whose voice you heard and loved tonight. She's the real star of the picture. Kathy Selden.?

Singin? in the Rain (1952)

?Yes, he's in the mountains.?

Viva Zapata! (1952)

?Tony, may be say something?? (followed by the singing of That's Entertainment)

The Band Wagon (1953)

?Robert E. Lee Prewitt. Isn?t that a silly old name??

From Here to Eternity (1953)

?Remember, honey, on your wedding day it's all right to say 'yes'.?

Gentlemen Prefer Blondes (1953)

?As some of you might know, Major Miller is not with us today. But in his absence we shall do this program exactly as he had planned it...This tune should be a familiar one. Especially to the members of Major Miller's family across the ocean who are listening.?

The Glenn Miller Story (1953)

?Gentlemen, to our wives.?

How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)

?Pa's got things for you to do, and Mother wants you. I know she does. Shane. Shane! Come back! 'Bye, Shane.?

Shane (1953)

?Maybe he just wanted to steal our wire cutters. Did ya ever think of that??

Stalag 17 (1953)

?After all that men could do had failed, the Martians were destroyed and humanity saved by the littlest things which God in his wisdom had put upon the Earth.?

The War of the Worlds (1953)

?Every one of you monkeys is down in my book, and every stick of damage around here will be paid for. You've got ten minutes to clear out. Just stick your nose back in this county, any of ya, and you'll never see daylight again as long as you live. Now git.?

The Wild One (1953)

?I know, we eat, we sleep, we rest, and soon we be all better again.?

The Far Country (1954)

?Yup. The end of a way of life. Too bad. It's a good way. Wagons forward! Yo!?

Hondo (1954)

?Where are you guys going? Wait a minute? I'll remember this! I'll remember everyone of ya! I'll be back; don't you forget that. I'll be back.?

On the Waterfront (1954)

?I now pronounce you men and wives.?

Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954)

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

A Star is Born (1954)

?Merry Christmas!?

White Christmas (1954)

?What's all the excitement? What happened??
?A shooting.?
?Thought it was something. First time the Streamliner's stopped here in four years.?
?Second time.?

Bad Day at Black Rock (1955)

?You?ll also realize that it?s a story full of hope, hope for many who are living and suffering in a half-world of addiction to alcohol, hope for all people wherever and whoever they are. So this is your life, Lillian Roth.?

I?ll Cry Tomorrow (1955)

?We have not missed, you and I - we have not missed that many splendored thing.?

Love Is a Many Splendored Thing (1955)

?Hello...Hello, Clara??

Marty (1955)

?Captain, it is I, Ensign Pulver, and I just threw your stinking palm tree overboard. Now, what?s all this crud about no movie tonight??

Mister Roberts (1955)

?They abide and they endure.?

The Night of the Hunter (1955)

?So this is where you live. Oh, Mother will love it up here.?

To Catch a Thief (1955)

?If you had been a member of the jury, how would you have voted? Guilty or innocent?? (narrator)

Abandon Ship! (1956)

?I loved you, Julie. Know that. I loved you.?

Carousel (1956)

(singing) ?The real king is on the throne, Jean is my very own, and life couldn't possibly, not even probably, life couldn't possibly better be!?

The Court Jester (1956)

?You want to know something, Leslie? If I live to be ninety, I'm never going to figure you out.?

Giant (1956)

?End of story.?

High Society (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!? (End of original film before addition of epilogue)

Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956)

?Man is a feeling creature, and because of it the greatest in the universe. He learned too late for himself that men have to find their own way, to make their own mistakes. There can't be any gift of perfection from outside ourselves. When men seek such perfection they find only death, fire, loss, disillusionment and the end of everything that's gone forward. Men have always sought an end to our misery but it can't be given, it has to be achieved. There is hope, but it has to come from inside, from Man himself.?

It Conquered the World (1956)

?We're sorry we were late, but we had to pick up our son Hank.?

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

?The drama?s done. All are departed away. The great shroud of the sea rolls over the Pequod, her crew, and Moby Dick. I only am escaped, alone, to tell thee.?

Moby Dick (1956)


The Rainmaker (1956)

?You with your visions and dreams.?

The Seventh Seal (1956, Sw.)

?About one thing you were correct, the wife did always keep her affection for the boy, somewhere in her heart.?

Tea and Sympathy (1956)

?Little story now concluded. But history of world unfinished. Lovely ladies, kind gentlemen, go home to ponder. What was true at beginning remains true. Pain make man think, thought make man wise, and wisdom make life endurable. So, may August moon bring gentle sleep. Sayonara.?

Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)

?Go - proclaim liberty throughout all the lands, and to all the inhabitants thereof.?

The Ten Commandments (1956)

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