Star Wars tops UK poll of best film quotes
A nationwide poll with more than 100,000 responses has picked “May the force be with you” from Star Wars, the sci-fi adventure classic, as the favourite movie quote of all time.
From a full list of 100 films, AOL users whittled the choice down to the top ten ‘quote’ movies, including Goodfellas, Life of Brian and Taxi Driver. In this final top 10 stand-off, more than one in four (26%) of the votes cast were for Obi-Wan Kenobi’s words of wisdom to Luke Skywalker.
Peter Stanton, AOL UK’s film editor, said: “The result goes to show the enduring popularity of the Star Wars films, despite some critical derision of the scripts. The best lines are in every day use, which is down to George Lucas creating a masterpiece that has appealed to a broad audience over many decades.”
With sci-fi fans clinching the top spot for Star Wars, it was perhaps the female vote that secured second place for the iconic 80’s film Dirty Dancing. The line ”Nobody puts baby in the corner” clocked a massive 21% overall.
Other all time favourite quotes included “We’re going to need a bigger boat” from Steven Spielberg’s classic 1975 movie Jaws and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “I’ll be back” from The Terminator.
Having won the romance category, cheesy Jerry Maguire failed to show the money in the final, with a mere 2% of the votes for “You had me at hello”, uttered by Renee Zellweger to Tom Cruise.
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The poll was run on www.aol.co.uk from 17th to 28th July. One hundred movies in 10 genres were voted on with the 10 winners becoming the poll finalists. The full top 10 list was:
Poll results are:
The Terminator:- (Votes - 2291) (Percent- 10%)
Star Wars:- (Votes - 5714) (Percent - 26%)
Jaws:- 1798 :- (Votes -1798 ) (Percent - 8%)
Jerry Maguire :- (Votes - 335) (Percent - 2%)
Dirty Dancing :- (Votes -4593 ) (Percent -21%)
Taxi Driver :- (Votes - 827 ) (Percent - 4%)
GoodFellas :- (Votes -485 ) (Percent - 2%)
Get Carter :- (Votes -1158 ) (Percent - 5%)
Life Of Brian :- (Votes -2900 ) (Percent - 13%)
Carry On Cleo :- (Votes -2198 ) (Percent - 9%)
Total votes for the final poll are: 22299
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