Everybody has a favorite movie line, even movie moguls. Disney’s Alan Horn likes, “I’ll have what she’s having,” from When Harry Met Sally …. Fox’s Stacey Snider picks “You complete me,” from Jerry Maguire. Tellingly, several top executives — Viacom’s Philippe Dauman, Netflix’s Ted Sarandos — choose “I’m going to make him an offer he can’t refuse,” from The Godfather.
The Hollywood Reporter magazine surveyed a vast range of industry professionals — more than 1,600 producers, directors, actors, agents, publicists, craft workers and yes, even writers (Salman Rushdie picks “It was Beauty killed the Beast,” from King Kong) — and this time asked them to choose their favorite lines of dialogue from all of film history. While the editors were at it, they also chatted with many of the writers who penned those classic lines to find out the backstory behind the most quoted words. The results, ranked in descending order, are on the following pages — the movie quotes that Hollywood pros, the people who actually put sentences up on screens, love most.
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