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02:39 pm - I used to be snow white, but I drifted
There is a rather boring list of 100 top movie quotes from the AFI here (top 'Frankly, my dear, I don't give a damn.'). Ampersand here starts to compile a list of top movie quotes by women, just for fun.

I've never seen 'A Lion in Winter' but these quotes from Katherine Hepburn really sell the film to me.

Henry II: The day those stout hearts band together is the day that pigs get wings.
Eleanor: There’ll be pork in the treetops come morning.

Eleanor: I could peel you like a pear and God himself would call it justice!

Prince John: A knife! He’s got a knife!
Eleanor: Of course he has a knife, he always has a knife, we all have knives! It’s 1183 and we’re barbarians!

There are other excellent examples in the comments on Ampersand's blog. For instance:

Margo Gunderson: And I guess that's your accomplice in the wood chipper (Fargo)

Uhuru (The alternative-universe one, holding a knife to Sulu's throat): You're away from your post, mister (best Uhuru quote ever)

Lina Lamont (Singin' in the rain): Why, I make more money than - than - than - Calvin Coolidge! Put together!

Ripley: I say we just take off and nuke the site from orbit.
Burke: Uh, hold on a second. This installation has a substantial dollar value attached to it.
Ripley: They can BILL me.

Mira Sorvino (in Remy and Michelle, declining a dance): “Excuse me; I cut my foot just now and my shoe is filling up with blood.”

Wendy, South Park movie:: Oh, Stan. I don’t love Gregory any more. Fuck him. Fuck him right in the ear!

Maudie (Charlene Holt), as Cole Thornton (John Wayne) and sheriff J.P. Harrah (Robert Mitchum) seem to be about to get in a fight over her: Don’t you think I’m woman enough for both of you?

Annie Wilkes: MISERY IS ALIVE, MISERY IS ALIVE! OH, This whole house is going to be full of romance, OOOH, I AM GOING TO PUT ON MY LIBERACE RECORDS!

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From:matildabj
Date:June 27th, 2005 07:13 am (UTC)
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The Fargo and Lina Lamont quotes are among my favourites. Lina Lamont comes out with some real gems, and Margo Gunderson is one of my favourite characters in any film, ever.
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From:communicator
Date:June 27th, 2005 07:24 am (UTC)
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Another Lisa Lamont one: If we bring a little joy into your humdrum lives, it makes us feel as though our hard work ain't been in vain for nothin'.

And that one where she has an elocution lesson: "I can't stand him", "I caaayunt staynd 'im"
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From:matildabj
Date:June 27th, 2005 07:35 am (UTC)
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"I can't make love to a bush!!"
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From:archbishopm
Date:June 27th, 2005 07:27 am (UTC)
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Pfft, I can't take any list seriously that doesn't have a single quote from Army of Darkness.
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From:communicator
Date:June 27th, 2005 07:44 am (UTC)
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I think I've seen an alternative list doing the rounds, from disreputable films like that and 'Dusk Til Dawn'.

Just checked the imdb memorable quotes for army of darkness, see what you mean.
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From:faramir_boromir
Date:June 27th, 2005 07:38 am (UTC)
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Lauren Bacall (Slim), To Have and Have Not: You don't have to act with me, Steve. You don't have to say anything and you don't have to do anything. Oh, maybe just whistle. You know how to whistle, don't you, Steve? You just put your lips together and... blow.

Meg (Mary Kay Place), Big Chill: They're either married or gay. And if they're not gay, they've just broken up with the most wonderful woman in the world, or they've just broken up with a bitch who looks exactly like me. They're in transition from a monogamous relationship and they need more space. Or they're tired of space, but they just can't commit. Or they want to commit, but they're afraid to get close. They want to get close, you don't want to get near them.

Jessica, Who Framed Roger Rabbit?: I'm not bad, I'm just drawn that way.

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From:communicator
Date:June 27th, 2005 07:45 am (UTC)
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Nice ones. I think women generally had better lines in the olden days: Lauren Bacall, Betty Davies.
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From:communicator
Date:June 27th, 2005 07:48 am (UTC)
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Oh, someone on Ampersand's blog just posted one from Mae West

Cary Grant: Haven’t you ever had a man who made you happy?
Mae West: Sure, lots of times.

(from She Done Him Wrong)

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From:faramir_boromir
Date:June 27th, 2005 08:04 am (UTC)
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Yeah, I scrolled through Ampersand's list and the comments that followed. What was scary was exactly your point: most of the best (female) lines come from before 1955.
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From:hafren
Date:June 27th, 2005 08:00 am (UTC)
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The Lion in Winter was brill! Timothy Dalton playing the very gay King Philippe-Auguste smooching Richard the Lionheart - can't recall who played him, but apparently it was pretty much historical, as was their basic enmity. Nobody could be sure if the reason those two went on crusade together was that they couldn't keep their hands off each other or didn't trust each other out of sight. Shades of B7, if you ask me....
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From:faramir_boromir
Date:June 27th, 2005 08:05 am (UTC)
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Anthony Hopkins (likewise very young) was R the Lionhearted.
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From:communicator
Date:June 27th, 2005 08:07 am (UTC)
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I think I'll be watching that one then. I had no idea it was so ironical and knowing.
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From:sex_and_tea
Date:June 27th, 2005 08:09 am (UTC)
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*grin* You can never go wrong with Katherine Hepburn.
How about Gloria Swanson in Sunset Boulevard:

Joe Gillis: You're Norma Desmond. You used to be in silent pictures. You used to be big.

Norma Desmond: I *am* big. It's the *pictures* that got small.
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From:communicator
Date:June 27th, 2005 08:11 am (UTC)
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Man, they don't write 'em like that any more. Guess the pictures got even smaller.
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From:sex_and_tea
Date:June 27th, 2005 08:33 am (UTC)
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It's one of my all time favourite movie lines:)
Two more recent quotes to try and restore your faith in today’s movies:)

1. (Two healthy characters discussing which support groups each of them will attend.)
Narrator: I'll tell you: we'll split up the week, okay? You take lymphoma, and tuberculosis...
Marla Singer: You take tuberculosis. My smoking doesn't go over at all.
Narrator: Okay, good, fine. Testicular cancer should be no contest, I think.
Marla Singer: Well, technically, I have more of a right to be there than you. You still have your balls.
Narrator: You're kidding.
Marla Singer: I don't know... am I?

2.
Marla Singer: It's a bridesmaid's dress. Someone loved it intensely for one day, and then tossed it. Like a Christmas tree. So special. Then, bam, it's on the side of the road.
[Grabs Narrator's crotch]
Marla Singer: Tinsel still clinging to it. Like a sex crime victim. Underwear inside out. Bound with electrical tape.
Narrator: Well, then it suits you.
Marla Singer: You can borrow it sometime.
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From:archbishopm
Date:June 27th, 2005 08:37 am (UTC)
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Marla Singer in Fight Club gets lots of good lines.

"Tragically, they're dead."

"It's no threat to you."
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From:archbishopm
Date:June 27th, 2005 08:40 am (UTC)
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Oops, beaten to the Marla Singer punch...
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From:sex_and_tea
Date:June 27th, 2005 08:40 am (UTC)
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*grin* I love the "It's no threat to you" line. Great movie.
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From:communicator
Date:June 27th, 2005 08:48 am (UTC)
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Morticia Addams: 'Don't torture youself darling - that's my job.'
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From:archbishopm
Date:June 27th, 2005 09:08 am (UTC)
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"Would it help if I got out and pushed?"
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From:getawaywithit
Date:June 27th, 2005 09:45 am (UTC)
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There's Selena in 28 Days Later:

"He was full of plans. Have you got any plans, Jim? Do you want us to find a cure and save the world or just fall in love and fuck? Plans are pointless. Staying alive's as good as it gets."
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From:communicator
Date:June 27th, 2005 02:49 pm (UTC)
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Ah, well remembered, I can't remember any dialogue from that film, probaby because I was terrified more or less start to finish
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From:temeres
Date:June 27th, 2005 12:00 pm (UTC)
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Hmm. How about (quoting from memory, so maybe not word-for-word perfect):

Telly Savalas: "If you're very nice to me, I'll make you my countess."
Diana Rigg: "But I'm already a countess."
(On Her Majesty's Secret Service

"Come on, soldier, move your fuckin' arse!"
(Dog Soldiers. Admittedly it's primarily a feed for the much more memorable "I love it when a posh bird talks dirty.")

"When you see a woman cryin' like that, she ain't havin' no fun"
(Susan Sarandon, Thelma and Louise)
And from the same movie:
"Shoot the radio ... The police radio!"

"May God forgive your blasphemy, for I cannot."
and
"Peace can only be bought from the English on the point of a lance."
(Milla Jovovich, Joan of Arc: The Messenger)
In the same film, the following exchange:
Priest: "What are you doing?" Queen Mother (Faye Dunaway): "Performing a miracle."

"I will find me a man - and give birth to a god!"
(Helen Mirren, Exacalibur)

"He's not the Messiah, he's a very naughty boy."
(Terry Jones, but in a female role, Monty Python's Life of Brian)

"I am not a committee!"
(Carrie Fisher, The Empire Strikes Back)
also:
"You came in that thing? You're braver than I thought!"
"Will someone get this big walking carpet out of my way."
"Into the garbage chute, flyboy!"
(All from Star Wars, of course.)

"We've got a cling-on, captain!"
(The geeky Scottish hen in Chicken Run)

"Naughty wicked Zoot!"
(Carol Cleveland, Monty Python and the Holy Grail)

"Do not touch the water!"
(Annette Crosbie, The Lord of the Rings)

"Get away from her, you bitch!"
(Sigourney Weaver, Aliens)

And how could anyone leave out:

"Who wants to cook aloo gobi when you can bend a ball like Beckham?"
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From:communicator
Date:June 27th, 2005 02:40 pm (UTC)
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Ah, the messiah quote, that may be one of the most famous lines spoken by a woman. I also like 'into the garbage chute, flyboy', and I might try and work that into conversation.

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