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Triplecdad03 Sep 2012 9:32 p.m. PST

Okay, I know this has been done before, but there are just some movie lines that make the movie, and Westerns have their fair share. My personal favorite:
"You red-neck peckerwoods, you too chicken-gutted to finish this thing out in the open?

That is a western movie line, one of the 10 best.

Desert Fox03 Sep 2012 9:42 p.m. PST


What movie is that line from?

Dennis Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2012 9:51 p.m. PST

Ride the High Country; the best thing Sam Peckenpaugh ever did.

Desert Fox03 Sep 2012 10:02 p.m. PST

My personal favorites…

1. "Get three coffins ready"
"My mistake, 4 coffins."
Fist Full of Dollars
YouTube link

2. "I don't think it's nice you laughin. See My Mule Dont Like People Laughing, he gets the crazy idea people are laughing at him. Now if you were to apologise like I know your going too,maybe I can convince him you really didnt mean it ….."
Fist Full of Dollars
YouTube link

3. "I call that bold talk for a one-eyed fat man."
"Fill your hand you son of a…"
True Grit
YouTube link

McWong7303 Sep 2012 10:06 p.m. PST

"I've killed women and children. I've killed just about everything that walks or crawled at one time or another. And I'm here to kill you, Little Bill."

Clint's best lines IMHO, from Unforgiven.

skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2012 11:00 p.m. PST

"Five?…Five..I kill them all, I'll be right back."-Tuco, the Good, the Bad and the Ugly.

darthfozzywig Supporting Member of TMP03 Sep 2012 11:11 p.m. PST

"You see in this world there's two kinds of people my friend – those with loaded guns, and those who dig. You dig."

kreoseus2 Inactive Member03 Sep 2012 11:46 p.m. PST

Endevour to persevere. We thought about it for a while, and then declared war.

Old Glory Sponsoring Member of TMP04 Sep 2012 12:09 a.m. PST

"This ain't Dodge city and your not Bill Hickock".
Quigly down under.
Russ Dunaway

Barks1 Inactive Member04 Sep 2012 3:03 a.m. PST

I can't recall exactly, but the three-on-one at the start of 'Once upon a time in the west':

Did you bring a horse for me?

Laughs- Well, looks like we're one horse short!

No- you've brought two too many…

bang bang bang etc

MHoxie04 Sep 2012 3:08 a.m. PST

"Well, now that you've told him my name…"

Henry Fonda, Once Upon a Time in the West

DontFearDareaper Fezian Inactive Member04 Sep 2012 3:09 a.m. PST

"That scattergun is useless"
"Don't mind if I shoot do ya?? … makes me feel better"

Exchange between John Wayne and Jack Elam in Rio Lobo

DontFearDareaper Fezian Inactive Member04 Sep 2012 3:13 a.m. PST

"Maybe I could help … you saved my life twice already"

"Ya, but I'm gonna be too busy to keep doing that."

Exchange between John Wayne and a very young James Caan in El Dorado.

malamute04 Sep 2012 3:21 a.m. PST

The last lines in the Professionals:

Ralph Bellamy to Lee Marvin. "You bastard!"

Lee Marvin's reply: "Yes Sir,in my case an accident of birth, but you, Sir, you are a self made man"

Dynaman878904 Sep 2012 3:39 a.m. PST

"Dying ain't much of a living boy"

Clint Eastwood of course…

Just about any line from Blazing Saddles of course.

beartooth Inactive Member04 Sep 2012 4:30 a.m. PST

More from Professionals:
Bellamy: Your hair was darker then.
Marvin: My heart was lighter then.
Marvin (of Lancaster): That, gentlemen, is the whirlingest dervish of them all.

Just about every line in Appaloosa
Just about every line in either True Grit, but especially the Matty/Stonehill double act.

Lonesome Dove: the conversation that culminates in '… once in my life I'd like to shoot an educated man'.

All of which are cool and/or funny, which I guess is the intent. Actually my favourite two western lines aren't either:
– All I want is to enter my house justified (High country)
– Still got the heart, not the legs (Open range)

morrigan Inactive Member04 Sep 2012 4:38 a.m. PST

"How can you trust a man who wears both a belt and suspenders? The man can't even trust his own pants."

OldGrenadier at work04 Sep 2012 4:39 a.m. PST

"Are you gonna do somethin' or are you gonna just sit there and bleed." I forget the name of the movie but it was about the Gunfight at the OK Corral.

Grelber04 Sep 2012 4:49 a.m. PST

"Smile when you say that, pardner." From The Virginian, both the movie and the original book.


Dave Crowell04 Sep 2012 4:55 a.m. PST

"The heart, Ramon. Aim for the heart."

"Hey! Amigo, I have a deal for you. You throw down your rifle and I give you this watch. Is a very good deal for you, I think."

Norman D Landings Inactive Member04 Sep 2012 4:57 a.m. PST

"We deal in lead, friend."

"Anybody doesn't want to get killed, best clear on out the back."

"Next time I say "let's go someplace like Bolivia", let's GO somplace like Bolivia".

"Whisky for me, and beer for my horse!"

"Grandfather, I have a white wife now."
"Does she cook, and does she work hard?"
"Yes Grandfather".
"That surprises me. Does she show pleasant enthusiasm when you mount her?"
"Well… sure, Grandfather."
"That surprises me even more. I tried one once, and she didn't show any enthusiasm at all."

"A sidesaddle? You mean to tell me you're going to put that thing on the side of a horse?"

"If you knew how dirty and raggedy-assed the old West was, you wouldn't want any part of it."

"You know what woke you up? You just had your throat cut."

(voice from outside:)
"Kin ya skin griz?"
"Fast as you can catch 'em…"
(bursts through the front door of the shack, pursued by a bear, and keeps running out the back door.)
"Skin that, pilgrim!"

Toy Gamer Inactive Member04 Sep 2012 4:58 a.m. PST

Bartender: "We don't have beer. Just tequila."
Ned Nederlander: "What's tequila?"
Bartender: "Uh, it's like beer."

Oddball04 Sep 2012 5:17 a.m. PST

"You just shot an unarmed man." – Little Bill (Hackman)

"He should have armed himself if he's gonna decorate his saloon with my friend." – Will Munny (Eastwood)


"Mighty big talk for a one eyed fat man." – Ned Pepper (Duvall)

"Fill your hands you Son of a B***h!" – Rooster Cogburn (Wayne)

Karellian Knight04 Sep 2012 5:19 a.m. PST

"If you're gonna shoot, shoot, don't talk" Tuco; The Good, the Bad & the Ugly.

Frederick Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2012 5:20 a.m. PST

Clint (having just rescued Chief Dan George and in the process killed a dozen men): I don't want to get to likin' you – when I get to likin' people, they don't last too long

Chief Dan George (looking over his shoulder at a line of burning wagons and dead men): Seems to me they don't last long if you get to dis-likin' em either

- The Outlaw Josey Wales

Dynaman878904 Sep 2012 5:29 a.m. PST

"The Worst, I was aiming for the horse"

I forget what movie it was from, Magnificient Seven could be it, but I'm not sure.

Rich Trevino Inactive Member04 Sep 2012 6:02 a.m. PST

"Are you gonna pull those pistols or whistle Dixie?"

YouTube link

Those are some scared yankees!

And, "Buzzards gotta eat, same as worms."

Vosper Inactive Member04 Sep 2012 6:33 a.m. PST

@Dynaman8789 – yes, that's from Magnificient Seven, where James Coburn's character shoots the bandit trying to get away.

Aside from many of my favorites already mentioned above, here's one from Silverado – always liked this one.

YouTube link

"I don't want to kill you, and you don't want to be dead…"

The Gonk Inactive Member04 Sep 2012 6:42 a.m. PST

A lot of good ones, but don't forget Tombstone:

I'm your huckleberry.

"You ever seen somethin' like that before?" "Hell, I never even heard of something like that."

You gonna do something? Or you just gonna sit there and bleed?

You tell 'em I'm coming!! And Hell's coming with me!!

skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2012 6:58 a.m. PST

"It's NOT your word! It's WHO you give it to!"-Dutch(Ernest Borgnine), The Wild Bunch

"Why not?"-the Wild Bunch,

Any time Ernest Borgnine gets that nasty smile and says "hee, hee"…

Anytime Jack Elam says something while he's looking at Ohio and Connecticut at the same time.

Anytime a six-gun sounds like a 105mm howitzer…

religon Inactive Member04 Sep 2012 7:02 a.m. PST

Bronco Billy: I don't take kindly to kids playin' hooky from school. I think every kid in America ought to go to school… at least up to the eighth grade.

Butch Cassidy: Boy, I got vision, and the rest of the world wears bifocals.

Personal logo Saber6 Supporting Member of TMP Fezian04 Sep 2012 7:18 a.m. PST

"Who are you?"
"Jacob McCandles"
"I thought you were dead"
"Not hardly"

religon Inactive Member04 Sep 2012 7:56 a.m. PST

Lone Watie: I didn't surrender, but they took my horse and made him surrender. (Josey Wales)

Personal logo John the OFM Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2012 8:10 a.m. PST

Sometimes the magic works, and sometimes it doesn't.
I've never been invisible before!
--Little Big Man

richarDISNEY Inactive Member04 Sep 2012 8:16 a.m. PST

"Unleash that smokewagon and lets see what you got…"
"Tell him that I am coming, and Hell's coming with me"

"I'll fill you so full of lead, it'll take ten men to bury you"

Mathion Inactive Member04 Sep 2012 8:21 a.m. PST

"I won't be wronged. I won't be insulted. I won't be laid a-hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them."
--John Wayne, the Shootist

jpattern204 Sep 2012 8:33 a.m. PST

Some really excellent quotes above, which cover most of my favorites.

It's not exactly a quote, but I love the Leonard Cohen songs in "McCabe and Mrs. Miller." A Greek chorus for a Western.

Here's the trailer: YouTube link

And if you've never seen it, what are you waiting for? Rent it now! Then go buy a couple of Leonard Cohen CDs and wear them out.

"Like any dealer, he was watching for the card that is so high and wild he'll never need to deal another."
"He was just some Joseph looking for a manger."

thosmoss04 Sep 2012 8:39 a.m. PST

"You got a back door?"
"Yeah, it's in the back."

Marty McFly and the bartender, "Back to the Future III"

Huscarle04 Sep 2012 9:08 a.m. PST

Reverend Clayton: Well, the prodigal brother. When did you get back? Ain't seen you since the surrender. Come to think of it, I didn't see you at the surrender.
Ethan: I don't believe in surrenders. Nope, I've still got my sabre, Reverend. Didn't beat it into no plowshare, neither.

Ethan: That'll be the day.

Ethan: Let's go home, Debbie
"The Searchers"

Lt. Harry Garnett DeBuin: Where will he fight us?
McIntosh: He don't mean to fight you no place, Lieutenant. He only wants to kill ya.

McIntosh: I ain't about to argue with no Apache about Bleeped text, Lieutenant. He's the expert.
"Ulzana's Raid"

Joe Erin: Ben Trane. I don't trust him. He likes people, and you can never count on a man like that.
"Vera Cruz"

El Segundo: You ever hunt buffalo?
Bob Valdez: Apache.
El Segundo: I knew it. When?
Bob Valdez: Before I know better.
"Valdez is Coming"

Skipper Inactive Member04 Sep 2012 9:12 a.m. PST

John Wayne:

"Why I ought to hit ya, but I won't…….Like Hell I Won't"

Or words to that effect.

Hamnottingham Inactive Member04 Sep 2012 10:04 a.m. PST

Ethan – Well Reverend, it looks like you got yourself surrounded!
Reverend – Yeah! And I'm figuring on getting myself unsurrounded! Mose, how far is it to the river?
Mose – I been baptised Reverend! I been baptised!

The Searchers of course.

T Meier Inactive Member04 Sep 2012 10:15 a.m. PST

-Man at table: Position?
-Man in line: General labor.

Pay's five dollars a day, see the foreman.(to next man in line)


-Small man in suit and bowler hat, refined English accent:


-Sudden bustle, men crowd around the table all shouting at once:

Quiet! Quiet! Did you say 'cook'?

Yes Sir. I was cook to the late Lord Derby but owing to an unfortunate accident I am in want of employment.

-Another sudden outburst from the crowd:

QUIET! So…how do you cook sheep?

There are seventeen way to prepare mutton and I….

Never mind all that! Do you cook it with the hair on it?


-Loud cheering

Tell that old poisoner he's fired!

skippy0001 Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2012 10:46 a.m. PST

"YEAH!! Ah' see it NOW!"-Oracle Jones, Halleluja Trail(definite wargame scenario in there.

Palewarrior04 Sep 2012 11:47 a.m. PST

Bad guy " yer so drunk you could'nt hit anything…infact yer probably seeing double!"
Doc Holiday" I have two guns, one for each of you."

Val Kilmer in Tombstone.

Major Mike04 Sep 2012 12:09 p.m. PST

"I must apologize, while I have the inclination, wear-with-all and ability, I haven't got the time." IIRC Mr. Nightlinger, The Cowboys

Personal logo ACWBill Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2012 12:48 p.m. PST

Hedley Lamarr: Qualifications?
Applicant: Rape, murder, arson, and rape.
Hedley Lamarr: You said rape twice.
Applicant: I like rape.

79thPA Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2012 1:11 p.m. PST

"Since you haven't learned to respect your elders, it's time you learned to respect your betters." John Wayne in Big Jake

"I never killed a man who didn't deserve it." John Wayne in The Shootist.

"I won't be wronged, I won't be insulted, and I won't be laid a hand on. I don't do these things to other people, and I require the same from them." John Wayne in The Shootist.

There is also a line in Rooster Cogburn about taking Ned "back to Fort Smith for a fair trial followed by a first class hanging."

Pan Marek Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2012 2:21 p.m. PST

Does the "Treasure of Sierra Madre" count?

..and you ALL know the line(s)! Cue banditos….

Norman D Landings Inactive Member04 Sep 2012 2:49 p.m. PST

"You made me have a bowel movement in my britches. I ain't never going to forgive you fer that."

Dan Beattie Supporting Member of TMP04 Sep 2012 3:10 p.m. PST

Billy Bob Thornton as Davy Crockett in The Alamo (2004)

" We're gonna need a lot more men."

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