what are the greatest or most iconic movie quotes spoken by women?

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The Bechdel Test, which examines the representation of women in film, is in the ether at the moment, so this week’s Question is another way of looking at the paucity of women onscreen.

What are the greatest or most iconic movie quotes spoken by women?

The dialogue doesn’t need to be feminist. It doesn’t need to come from a film that passes the Bechdel Test. It doesn’t need to be anything other than so memorable that when it is uttered even outside the context of its story, most people recognize it.

I’m going to get what I think are the three most likely responses out of the way right here:

• “Get away from her, you bitch!” –Ripley (Sigourney Weaver) in Aliens

• “I’ll have what’s she’s having.” –unnamed bystander (Estelle Reiner) in When Harry Met Sally…

• “You know how to whistle, don’t you? You just put your lips together and… blow.” –Slim (Lauren Bacall) in To Have and Have Not

I’m actually not even sure how recognizable that last quote will be to many people. I do know that I’ve never even seen that film, yet I know the quote.

I suspect this one will be really tough. That’s the point. Go!

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Mate Sršen
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 11:07am

“I’m flying, Jack!”
Rose DeWitt Bukater, Titanic

RogerBW
RogerBW
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 12:07pm

Your first example was the first one that came to mind here.

“If I were Shé, do you think I’d be operating a taco truck? Shé brings hope. Shé rights the wrongs. Unfortunately, Shé is a myth.”

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  RogerBW
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 1:32pm

I have no idea what movie that quote is from. What is it?

RogerBW
RogerBW
reply to  MaryAnn Johanson
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 1:33pm

Fair enough. It struck me when I was watching it. Machete.

MaryAnn Johanson
reply to  RogerBW
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 10:26pm

Ah. And I’ve seen that!

Dokeo
Dokeo
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 12:15pm

“Aren’t you a little short for a Stormtrooper?”

Paul Wartenberg
reply to  Dokeo
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 11:08pm

“You came in that thing? You’re braver than I thought.”

Dokeo
Dokeo
reply to  Paul Wartenberg
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 11:39pm

“Would it help if I got out and pushed?”

Bluejay
Bluejay
reply to  Dokeo
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 3:44am

“I know.” (Yes, SHE says it too!)

And maybe her most iconic line: “Help me, Obi-wan Kenobi. You’re my only hope.” I’ve seen people modify and use it in all sorts of non-Star Wars help-requesting situations.

Jonathan Roth
Jonathan Roth
reply to  Paul Wartenberg
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 4:07pm

“Will somebody get this walking carpet out of my way?”

“I am not a committee!”

FunWithHeadline
FunWithHeadline
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 12:23pm

“I am no man!” – ‎Éowyn

LOTR:The Return of The King

Anne-Kari
Anne-Kari
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 12:27pm

There’s always been Starkadders at Cold Comfort Farm.

Anne-Kari
Anne-Kari
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 12:32pm

YOU’VE got ME? Who’s got YOU?

Danielm80
Danielm80
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 12:34pm

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

Anne-Kari
Anne-Kari
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 1:20pm

Hey, Boo.

Anne-Kari
Anne-Kari
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 1:20pm

As God as my witness, I will never be hungry again.

MisterAntrobus
MisterAntrobus
reply to  Anne-Kari
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 3:39pm

Whoops, sorry; missed this one before I posted.

LaSargenta
LaSargenta
reply to  MisterAntrobus
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 4:45pm

Just goes to show how iconic it is!

Bluejay
Bluejay
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 1:49pm

I’m meltiiiing!!! What a world, what a world…

Jonathan Roth
Jonathan Roth
reply to  Bluejay
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 8:04pm

Don’t forget: “I’ll get you my pretty, and your little dog, too!”

And for Dorothy: “There’s no place like home”

LaSargenta
LaSargenta
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 2:00pm

Goodness had nothing to do with it!

Gospodin Dangling-Participle
Gospodin Dangling-Participle
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 2:02pm

“You’re not too smart, are you? I like that in a man.” -Kathleen Turner in _Body Heat_

LaSargenta
LaSargenta
reply to  Gospodin Dangling-Participle
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 4:46pm

If Loverman posted here, he probably would have gone for this one, too. :-)

FormerlyKnownAsBill
FormerlyKnownAsBill
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 2:17pm

“I’m not bad. I’m just drawn that way.”

-Jessica Rabbit

A loaded quote, but iconic.

FunWithHeadline
FunWithHeadline
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 2:33pm

When I’m good I’m very good, but when I’m bad I’m better.

MisterAntrobus
MisterAntrobus
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 3:39pm

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

. . . and . . .

“After all, tomorrow is another day.”

Scarlett O’Hara

MisterAntrobus
MisterAntrobus
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 3:43pm

“All right, Mr. DeMille, I’m ready for my close-up.” – Norma Desmond

Jonathan Roth
Jonathan Roth
reply to  MisterAntrobus
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 8:01pm

Ah, I scrolled through twice and still missed this. Sorry!

Lisa
Lisa
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 3:51pm

Why not? Only one human captain has ever survived battle with the Minbari fleet. He is behind me. You are in front of me. If you value your lives, be somewhere else.

Not a movie, I know but I jumped up and down and cheered when Delenn saved Babylon 5 from the forces of Earth. Yeah baby yeah!!!

Jim Mann
Jim Mann
reply to  Lisa
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 2:38pm

For Babylon 5 quotes, I’d chose: “And just one more thing, on your trip back I want you to take the time to learn the Babylon 5 mantra. Ivanova is always right. I will listen to Ivanova. I will not ignore Ivanova’s recommendations. Ivanova is God.”

LaSargenta
LaSargenta
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 4:48pm

” I do know that I’ve never even seen that film…”

Well, I know that there’s millions of films and limited time, but I liked that one and the line, and how it is delivered, is great.

Kathy_A
Kathy_A
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 5:46pm

I love old movies, so I’ll mention a few lines here.

“Why don’t you come up and see me sometime?” (Mae West to Gary Cooper–I mentioned to a mid20s classmate that the only person I can mimic is Mae West, and he said “Who?” God, I’m old….)

“I make more than Calvin Coolidge–put together!!” and “I am ‘a bright shining star in the cinema firm-a-mint.’ It says so, right there.” (Lina Lamont)

And from more recent movies.

“I speak jive.”

“Put…the candle…back.”

bronxbee
bronxbee
reply to  Kathy_A
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 8:36pm

actually, i believe it is Mae West to Cary Grant.

Matt Clayton
Matt Clayton
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 6:09pm

“I’m your goddamn partner!”
“The most gifted bum he ever trained. You know, he loved you like a son… took a hell of a lot for you to alienate him.”

Dr. Rocketscience
Dr. Rocketscience
reply to  Matt Clayton
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 2:40am

“See ya tomorrow, Indiana Jones!”

Jan_Willem
Jan_Willem
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 7:20pm

“Is that a gun in your pocket or are you just happy to see me? – Mae West. Apparently it’s from She Done Him Wrong (1933), had to look that up, though.

Jonathan Roth
Jonathan Roth
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 7:54pm

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

“I *am* big. It’s the *pictures* that got small.”

-Norma Desmond, Sunset Blvd.

bronxbee
bronxbee
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 8:34pm

i love that quote from THaHN…. it’s a great movie.

Paul Wartenberg
Mon, Nov 18, 2013 11:06pm

Anything Annie (Susan Sarandon) says in Bull Durham. “The world is made for people who aren’t cursed with self awareness.” “Despite my rejection of most Judeo-Christian ethics, I am, within the framework of the baseball season, monogamous.” (helping her friend who’s slept with half the Carolina League get ready for a marriage)Milie: Do I deserve to wear white? Annie: Honey, we all deserve to wear white.

Hank Graham
Hank Graham
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 6:17am

Fasten your seat belts. It’s going to be a bumpy night.
Bette Davis in “All About Eve.”

This one probably isn’t as remembered these days, but it used to be a line everyone knew:
He used to be a big shot.

Panama (Gladys George), referring to the dead Jimmy Cagney in “The Roaring Twenties.”

beccity98
beccity98
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 6:47am

“Dinosaurs eat man, Woman inherits the Earth.” -Ellie Sattler, Jurassic Park, finishing Ian Malcolm’s sexist observation of, “God creates dinosaurs, God destroys dinosaurs. God creates Man, Man destroys God, Man creates dinosaurs.”

Bluejay
Bluejay
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 3:51pm

It doesn’t need to be anything other than so memorable that when it is uttered even outside the context of its story, most people recognize it.

There are a lot of great quotes in this thread so far, but I wonder how many really pass this requirement. Some of the most iconic quotes seem to come from older movies, while others seem to be great lines in the context of their films but aren’t exactly “household quotes” in the larger culture. “I’m flying, Jack!” isn’t as much in circulation as “I’m king of the world! Woo hoo!” My parents (my unscientific stand-in for non-movie-buff mainstream US culture) wouldn’t recognize most of these suggestions the way they would instantly recognize lines like “Hasta la vista, baby” or “Go ahead, make my day” or “Say hello to my little friend,” which have developed a life outside the films they came from.

Danielm80
Danielm80
reply to  Bluejay
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 4:17pm

I dunno. I count at least a dozen quotes I would consider iconic–more than that if I’m hanging out with Star Wars fans. However: Very few of the really memorable lines are from the past twenty years, and that’s a problem. Maybe we should force the studio heads to watch a marathon of Mae West films.

(On the other hand, I think my parents would recognize “I’m flying, Jack!” and they’ve never heard of James Franco or the Twilight novels.)

MisterAntrobus
MisterAntrobus
reply to  Danielm80
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 10:25pm

“You had me at hello” is the only one that passes the test from the last 15 years or so.

MisterAntrobus
MisterAntrobus
reply to  MisterAntrobus
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 10:30pm

Then again, I can’t think of very many memorable lines spoken by men or women in films of the last 15 years – maybe “You’re so money” from Swingers, “I wish I could quit you” from Brokeback Mountain, “Why so serious?” from The Dark Knight . . . maybe dialogue in general is suffering.

Tony Richards
Tony Richards
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 5:16pm

let’s not forget ‘you had me at hello.’

ruth waterton
ruth waterton
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 7:35pm

I’ll hum it for you…deedi, deedi, deedi

MisterAntrobus
MisterAntrobus
Tue, Nov 19, 2013 10:33pm

“She’s my sister AND my daughter!” – Evelyn Mulwray, Chinatown

madderrose74
madderrose74
Wed, Nov 20, 2013 5:08pm

“What is it?”
“The stuff dreams are made of.”

Tonio Kruger
reply to  madderrose74
Sat, Feb 08, 2014 10:58pm

“By the way, there are rats in the cellar.”

texphile
texphile
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 6:34pm

Not from film ….from babylon 5 series. Absoluely my favorite though. Delynn says to the bad guys “If you value your lives…be somewhere else! (Bad Guys tuck tail and RUN )

Rebecca Dalmas
Rebecca Dalmas
Fri, Nov 22, 2013 10:04am

Towanda!

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

Ditto.

I am your number one fan.

Not my daughter, you bitch!

rurugby
rurugby
Fri, Nov 22, 2013 10:15am

You need to see “To Have and Have Not” it’s fantastic. **** “Why Don’t You Come Up at See Me Sometime” – Mae West

Zarah
Zarah
Fri, Nov 22, 2013 9:39pm

“I have always depended on the kindness of strangers.”

“I will never let go, Jack, I’ll never let go.”

“I like large parties, they’re so intimate.”

“I want to be alone.”

“Run, Forrest, run!”

lescarr
Sat, Nov 23, 2013 3:39pm

Face it girls. I’m older, and I have more insurance.

Tonio Kruger
Sat, Feb 08, 2014 10:59pm

“Are you a good witch or a bad witch?”

“They’re going to laugh at you!”

“No more wire hangers ever!”