The 20 Best Last Lines in Movies

1
The Social Network
The Social Network
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Marylin: "You're not an a**hole, Marc. You're just trying so hard to be."

Man, has there ever been a more stinging, pathos-ridden jab at the Millennial Generation than the final scene of Fincher's Facebook story?
2
Annie Hall
Annie Hall
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Alvy Singer: "I thought of that old joke. This guy goes to a psychiatrist and says, "Doc, uh, my brother's crazy; he thinks he's a chicken." And the doctor says, "Well, why don't you turn him in?" The guy says, "I would, but I need the eggs." Well, I guess that's pretty much now how I feel about relationships. They're totally irrational, and crazy, and absurd... but I guess we keep goin' through it because, uh, most of us... need the eggs."

The very things that make us miserable are also what make life worth living.
3
Network
Network
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Narrator: "This was the story of Howard Beale: the first known instance of a man who was killed because he had lousy ratings."

Leave it to Sidney Lumet and Paddy Chayefsky to cap a dark, depressing, nihilistic story about commercial imperialism with a snappy punchline.
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4
Before Sunset
Before Sunset
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Celine: "Baby, you're gonna miss that plane."
Jesse: "I know."

So much affection, so much desire reverberates through Hawke's final utterance.
5
Clue
Clue
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Mr. Green: "I’m gonna go home and sleep with my wife."

With the knowledge that the homosexual Mr. Green (or whatever his real name might be) is smarter, craftier, and leagues more moral than anyone else in the movie, his valediction is akin to a wink at the audience for pulling one over on everybody in the flick.
6
Some Like It Hot
Some Like It Hot
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Jerry: "But don't you understand, Osgood? Oh… I'm a man!"
Osgood Fielding: "Well, nobody’s perfect."

An impetus for social change and progressive attitudes disguised as a (hilarious, admittedly) simple one-liner.
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7
Babe
Babe
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Arthur Hoggett: "That'll do, pig. That'll do."

Cinema's sweetest and most succinct manner of expressing the wonderful sentiment, "I'm proud of you."
8
Sunset Boulevard
Sunset Boulevard
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Norma Desmond: "Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up."

The terrible claws of obsession too often drag us way too far.
9
Black Swan
Black Swan
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Nina Sayers: "I was perfect."

...Same as Sunset Boulevard, but even more chilling in context.
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10
Blazing Saddles
Blazing Saddles
Warner Bros. Pictures via Everett Collection
Jim: "Where you headed, cowboy?"
Bart: "Nowhere special."
Jim: "Nowhere special? I always wanted to go there."
Bart: "Come on."

Even though it caps the most ridiculous movie ever made, the exchange between an underdog hero and the washed-up drunk newly rescued from his own depression is sincerely uplifting.
11
Casablanca
Casablanca
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Rick Blaine: "Louie, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship."

Just 'cause.
12
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
Confessions of a Dangerous Mind
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Chuck Barris: "I came up with a new game show idea recently. It's called The Old Game. You got three old guys with loaded guns onstage. They look back at their lives, see who they were, what they accomplished, how close they came to realizing their dreams. The winner is the one who doesn't blow his brains out. He gets a refrigerator."

A cold and caustic little diatribe about personal loneliness in a time enveloped by the public eye.
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13
Apocalypse Now
Apocalypse Now
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Col. Walter Kurtz: "The horror. The horror."

This one's pretty clear cut.
14
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
E.T. The Extra Terrestrial
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E.T.: "I'll be right here."

Nobody lands sentiment like Spielberg. This powerful reassurance that our aliens, pets, friends, parents, and all other loved ones will always live with us in our hearts... well... it was a big deal for some of us.
15
Inglourious Basterds
Inglourious Basterds
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Lt. Aldo Raine: "You know somethin', Utivich? I think this just might be my masterpiece."

Is this Brad Pitt talking about the swastika he carved in Hans Landa's forehead, or Quentin Tarantino wryly commenting on the film itself? Either way, we agree.
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16
Good Will Hunting
Good Will Hunting
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Sean Maguire: "Son of a b**ch… stole my line."

Improvised by Robin Williams, the closer to Good Will Hunting perfectly sums up the fraternal (if sometimes prickly) bond formed between two lost, damaged men seeking answers.
17
The Virgin Suicides
The Virgin Suicides
Paramount Classics
Narrator: "So much has been said about the girls over the years, but we have never found an answer. It didn’t matter in the end how old they had been, or that they were girls, but only that we had loved them, and that they hadn't heard us calling — still do not hear us calling them from out of those rooms, where they went to be alone for all time, and where we will never find the pieces to put them back together."

Are the boys preserving the sisters' memory? Are they manhandling it for their own selfish definitions of innocence? Plenty of room for interpretation in this gem.
18
Trading Places
Trading Places
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Louis: "Looking good, Billy Ray!"
Billy Ray: "Feeling good, Louis!"

Pure fun — the ideal way to close out a wacky movie about breaking free from the tyrannical restrictions of 1980s capitalism.
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Synecdoche, New York
Synecdoche, New York
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Caden Cotard: "I know what I want to do with this play now. I have an idea. I think — "
Voiceover: "Die."

Essentially, life is tragic and desperate and malicious and ultimately without meaning. Kind of a bummer, Charlie Kaufman.
20
Toy Story 3
Toy Story 3
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Woody: "So long… partner."

Just plain "aww."

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