What are your favorite quotable lines by #LadiesinFilm?

“Most guys, we can recite all of The Godfather, we can recite all of Caddyshack, we can do all those kind of things. Women, by and large, can’t. You can guys can say you complete me, and that’s about it. And I think it’s because in the history of movies, there have been fewer quotable lines spoken by actresses than actors.” –Aaron Sorkin

Oh really, Aaron? As Shelby points out, to the extent that this is true, it’s directly the fault of dudes like you. Last time I checked, actors and actresses don’t come up with their own lines. Aaron, I know you are capable of writing memorable lines for women characters. (Everything that C.J. ever said, for example.) But then you went and made The Social Network and my soul died. Please stop saying this bullshit and use your power as a screenwriter to give us those lines. Or, ya know, better yet, shut up and let lady writers do it themselves.

What are your favorite quotable lines by women in the movies? Share them under the #ladiesinfilm hashtag!

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  1. Posted November 17, 2011 at 3:26 pm | Permalink

    I really got to call BS on that women can’t recite every line from a movie. I was able to act out entire movies at the age of 4.

  2. Posted November 17, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Permalink

    I think he’s also ignoring the fact that a lot more guys seem to sit around quoting movies (sometimes over and over ad nauseum) thinking it’s cool or that it makes them funny, when, in fact, it’s not and it doesn’t. Doing a lame impression of someone else’s material (ahem, Scarface) is not clever. They’re just having a bro bonding moment in true bottom-feeder style. Hence, memorizing The Godfather…

  3. Posted November 17, 2011 at 3:36 pm | Permalink

    “Toto, I’ve a feeling we’re not in Kansas anymore.”
    “Love means never having to say you’re sorry.”-It’s got it’s own Wikipedia page & if that doesn’t mean anything,I don’t know what does.

    Dorothy Gale Judy Garland –The Wizard of Oz
    Jennifer Cavilleri Barrett Ali MacGraw –Love Story

  4. Posted November 17, 2011 at 3:52 pm | Permalink

    From the film Bananas.

    Fielding Mellish: You don’t have hostility to the male sex, do you?
    Nancy: Oh, Women’s Rights do not automatically mean castration.
    [Fielding reacts with great pain, doubling over]
    Fielding Mellish: Oooh, don’t say that word! Now I’ve got to walk around like this for two days!
    Nancy: Oh, I know! You know, I’m the same way on that word “appendicitis”. Ooh.
    Fielding Mellish: Oooh, but “castration”…!
    Nancy: “Castration”, “appendicitis”, either one!

  5. Posted November 17, 2011 at 4:46 pm | Permalink

    “Fezzik, are there rocks ahead?”
    “If there are, we’ll all be dead!”
    “That’s enough now, I mean it!”
    “Anybody want a peanut?”

    “And when I say you are a coward it is only because you are the slimiest weakling ever to crawl the earth!”
    “I would not say such things if I were you!”

    “As you wish!!”

    “You keep on using that word, I do not think it means what you think it means.”

    It makes my heart hurt that anyone associated with the character of CJ would say such a thing. That and the social network…

  6. Posted November 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    ANYTHING from Mean Girls. Instantly quotable.

  7. Posted November 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm | Permalink

    I’m having trouble viewing the video where he says this, but what’s the context? It reads to me like Mr. Sorkin could, in fact, be complaining that it is a problem that too few female characters get the best lines. I dunno.

    Here are a few mostly geeky quotes off the top of my head that I have definitely heard my friends repeat:

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

    “Play it, Sam. Play As Time Goes By.”

    “They tried and died!”

    “Leeloo Dallas multipass.”

    “Dodge this.”

  8. Posted November 17, 2011 at 5:36 pm | Permalink

    “I’m not bad, I’m just drawn that way” Jessica Rabbit-Who Framed Roger Rabbit (I could quote this whole film)

    “No more miss nice girl”-Matilda

  9. Posted November 17, 2011 at 5:38 pm | Permalink

    I agree with punkgrl5 — I quote movies all the time.
    But Sorkin is really confusing two things: 1) whether women can quote movies, and 2) whether female actors have as many quotable lines as male actors. (And, what, women are only allowed to quote female actors??)
    So, for 1) of course. And 2), pointing out the obvious, there are fewer female leads overall than male leads. Most of the movies I quote regularly simply have a much higher male to female concentration — not all, but most — and they’re mostly males’ lines.

  10. Posted November 17, 2011 at 6:48 pm | Permalink

    This seems like a case of Sorkin just believing something that he thinks is true. Does he hang out with as many women as men? Do the women quote movies just as much, he just doesn’t hear it because of selective listening? Can guys ACTUALLY quote all of Caddyshack?
    Furthermore, his reasoning is flawed. If women could only do things that they see other women do, then how is it that women all over the place are breaking ground in their area of expertise and being the first woman to do so? Women today are forced from the age of zero to learn to see themselves in the shoes of someone that looks nothing like them (incidentally so do people of colour), why would this stop at something as silly as memorizing favourite movie quotes?

    And here’s my last two cents:
    “you want the truth? You want the truth? You can’t handle the truth Marge! ‘Cause when you reach over and put your hand in a pile of goo that was your best friends face, you’ll know what to do! Forget it Marge, it’s Chinatown!”
    Homer (a dude), The Simpsons, season 5

  11. Posted November 17, 2011 at 7:27 pm | Permalink


    MAL: Appears we got here just in the nick of time. What does that make us?
    ZOE: Big damn heroes, sir.

  12. Posted November 17, 2011 at 8:33 pm | Permalink

    Yeah, the idea that ladies don’t quote movies (seriously?? I can quote everything)– and that the reason we don’t quote movies is because we CAN’T because no ladies say anything memorable–is plain stupid. I mean MOONSTRUCK, y’all. Practically everything Cher says in that movie is gold (“I’m telling you your life,” “A wolf without a foot!”), not to mention Olympia Dukakis. Holly Hunter in “Raising Arizona” (wailing: “I LOVE HIM SO MUCH!”). I’m sure I’ll think of more; that’s just for starters.

  13. Posted November 17, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    Perhaps the most quotable female character of all time is Norma Desmond from Sunset Blvd.

    “I still am big. It’s the pictures that got small.”
    “We didn’t need dialogue. We had faces!”
    “Alright, Mr. Demille, I’m ready for my closeup.”

    Basically every word she says is brilliant, but those are the most quotable lines.

  14. Posted November 17, 2011 at 10:45 pm | Permalink

    “It’s better to help people than garden gnomes…”-Amelie

    “I think it pisses God off when you walk by the color purple in a field & don’t notice it.” Shug, The Color Purple

    and from television…
    “It’s not a fucking woman’s job to be consumed and invaded and spat out so that some fucking man can evolve.”- Jenny Schekter, L Word

  15. Posted November 18, 2011 at 12:05 am | Permalink

    Forget it! I’m stayin’ right where I am. It’s gonna take you and the police department and the fire department and the National Guard to get me outta here! – Norma Rae in Norma Rae

    …And what am I supposed to do, huh? Go back to taxi dancin’? Ten cents so some slob can sweat gin all over me? I’m never doin’ that again! So you go back there and you tell ol’ rich Mr. Old Chocolate Man that he ain’t closing ME down! – Mea Mordabito in A League of Their Own

    Kit: “…It could work, it happens.”
    Vivian: “When does it happen, Kit? When does it really happen? Who does it really work out for? Did it work out for Skinny Marie, or Rachel? No!”
    Kit: “Those were very specific cases of crackheads!”
    Vivian: “I just want to know who it works out for? You give me one example of somebody we know, that it happened for?”
    Kit: “You want me to name someone, to name someone? You want me to give you a name, or something?”
    Vivian: “Yes, I’d like a name.”
    Kit: “Oh God! The pressure, of a name… Cinder-f ___-rella!”
    Pretty Woman (and that conversation happened ONLY between women)

  16. Posted November 18, 2011 at 5:10 am | Permalink

    Leah:Yo yo yiggity yo
    Juno:I’m a suicide risk
    Juno:no, it’s morgan freeman, got any bones that need collecting?
    Leah: only the ones in my pants.

    Juno’s dad: I thought you were the kind of girl who knew when to say when.
    Juno: I don’t know what kind of girl I am.

    As far as boyfriends go, Paulie Bleeker is totally boss. He is the cheese to my macaroni.

  17. Posted November 18, 2011 at 10:41 am | Permalink

    Witch-King: “You fool. No man can kill me.”
    Eowyn: “I am no man.” [kills him epically]
    Lord of the Rings: Return of the King

    “You could have gotten us killed, or worse, exepelled!”
    -Hermione, Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone

    …does it count if they’re movies that started as books?

  18. Posted November 18, 2011 at 1:18 pm | Permalink

    Pretty ironic considering I quote the West Wing all the time.

    Sam: There are bathrobes at the gym?
    C.J.: In the women’s locker room.
    Sam: But not the men’s.
    C.J. Cregg: Yeah.
    Sam: Now, that’s outrageous. There’s a thousand men working here and 50 women.
    C.J.: Yeah, and it’s the *bathrobes* that’s outrageous.

  19. Posted November 18, 2011 at 1:48 pm | Permalink

    Actually, one of my favorite lines is from *The Social Network*:

    “You are probably going to be a very successful computer person. But you’re going to go through life thinking that girls don’t like you because you’re a nerd. And I want you to know, from the bottom of my heart, that that won’t be true. It’ll be because you’re an asshole.”

  20. Posted November 18, 2011 at 2:18 pm | Permalink

    Also, almost everything Mae West ever said:
    “Listen, when women go wrong, men go right after them.”
    “It’s not the men in your life that counts, it’s the life in your men.”
    “I generally avoid temptation… unless I can’t resist it.”

    Lauren Bacall in *To Have and Have Not*:
    “You know how to whistle, don’t you? You just put your lips together and blow.”

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

    And , again, practically everything ever said by C.J. Cregg.

    “I have the ancient curse of Bast, on me, OK? So back off, Sparky.”

    “The theme of this year’s event is, “learning is delightful and delicious” – as, by the way, am I.”

    “You guys are like Butch and Sundance peering over the edge of a cliff to the boulder-filled rapids 300 feet below, thinking you better not jump ’cause there’s a chance you might drown. The President has this disease and has been lying about it, and you guys are worried that the polling might make us look bad? It’s the fall that’s gonna kill ya.”

    “One in forty American men wear women’s clothing and we’ve had well over forty presidents. I’m just saying, one of these guys was dancing around the Oval Office in a prom dress. Now let’s get to the bottom of that.”

  21. Posted November 18, 2011 at 6:16 pm | Permalink

    “I’m glad he’s single, cause I’m gonna climb that like a tree,”
    Or anything from 90% Bridesmaids.

    “”Empire” had the better ending. I mean, Luke gets his hand cut off, finds out Vader’s his father, Han gets frozen and taken away by Boba Fett. It ends on such a down note. I mean, that’s what life is, a series of down endings. All “Jedi” had was a bunch of Muppets.” -Clerks

  22. Posted November 19, 2011 at 5:33 am | Permalink

    M. Kahn as Empress Nympho in History of the World, Part I:
    “I LOVE quick time harch.”

  23. Posted November 19, 2011 at 1:20 pm | Permalink

    Some movies and shows starring women that I have found men to love when they give them a fair chance and can see past the “”feminine”" themes:

    The Golden Girls
    Clueless (the movie)
    Mean Girls
    Easy A
    She’s the Man
    Black Swan
    Veronica Mars

    Yes, it is more common for men to like some of these than it is others, but these are ones that I feel are often under appreciated or underestimated. Each of these has plenty of quotable lines, too.

  24. Posted November 20, 2011 at 3:29 am | Permalink

    “I never dreamed that any mere physical experience could be so stimulating!”

  25. Posted November 23, 2011 at 12:51 pm | Permalink

    “Live people ignore the strange and unusual. I myself am strange and unusual.” Winona Ryder in Beetlejuice

    “Look , I’ve got a gun out there in my purse. … get that gun of mine, and I’m gonna change you from a rooster to a hen with one shot!” Dolly Parton in 9 to 5

    “Well fuck me gently with a chainsaw.” one of the Heathers in Heathers

    And anything from Raising Arizona. That movie is brilliant.

    OMG, and there’s a ton of great stuff in Best in Show.

  26. Posted November 24, 2011 at 2:22 am | Permalink

    Galaxar “You could have killed me!”
    Ginormica/Susan: Then we understand each other.

    Ginormica/Susan “But I don’t want a poster. I want a real kitten hanging from a real tree.”

    Ginormica/Susan” My name is Ginormica!”

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