How Well Do You Remember Movie Quotes from the '60s and '70s?


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If you loved the movies of the '60s and the '70s, you'll love this quiz. Let's see how many of these movies quotes you can remember.

"Love means never having to say you're sorry," were the words Ali MacGraw spoke to Ryan O'Neal in the 1970 blockbuster movie, "Love Story" (the film grossed more than $136 million from a $2.2 million budget). An era known for producing movies that hit it big at the box office, '60s and '70s movies included such greats as "Jaws" (1975), "Taxi Driver" (1976), "The Godfather" (1972), "The Manchurian Candidate" (1962), "Annie Hall" (1977), "The Stepford Wives" (1975), "Apocolypse Now" (1979), "Close Encounters of the Third Kind" (1977), "Alien" (1979), and "The Exorcist" (1973). Seriously, we could go on. These movies starred such greats as Steve McQueen, MacGraw and O'Neal (from "Love Story"), Faye Dunaway, Clint Eastwood, Sissy Spacek, Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro, Richard Dreyfuss ("Jaws" and "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"), and Sigourney Weaver. Notable directors of the era included Francis Ford Coppola, Martin Scorsese, Stephen Spielberg, Ridley Scott, and Brian De Palma. It was also the era that saw novelist, Stephen King's, writings become adapted for the big screen.

What a great time to be a moviegoer.

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"You've got to ask yourself one question: 'Do I feel lucky?' Well, do ya, punk?"

"Dirty Harry" is a 1971 action thriller film. It was produced and directed by Don Siegal and stars Clint Eastwood.


"A martini. Shaken, not stirred."

On September 17, 1964, "Goldfinger" premiered in London, England. It is the third film in the James Bond series.


"You're gonna need a bigger boat."

"Jaws," a Steven Spielberg film, grossed more than $470 million at the box office. It was made on a mere $9 million budget!


"We rob banks."

Bonnie and Clyde was released as a film in 1967. It starred Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway.


"May the Force be with you."

On May 25, 1977, the first "Star Wars" film was released. It brought in a whopping $775 million at the box office!


"Get your stinking paws off me, you damned dirty ape."

"Planet of the Apes" was released on April 3, 1968 in the United States. It grossed more than $33 million at the box office.


"Fat Man, you shoot a great game of pool."

In 1961, Robert Rossen directed and produced "The Hustler." It starred Paul Newman and Jackie Gleason.


"Mrs. Robinson, you're trying to seduce me. Aren't you?"

"The Graduate" was a comedy-drama film based on the book "The Graduate" by Charles Webb. It was released on December 22, 1967.


"Yo, Adrian!"

In 1976, Sylvester Stallone starred in the first of seven "Rocky" films. The most recent film, "Creed," was released in 2015.


"Love means never having to say you're sorry."

"Love Story" premiered in 1970 and starred actors Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal. It was directed by Arthur Hiller.


"Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer."

"The Godfather Part II" was released on December 12, 1974 in New York City. The third in the series was later released in 1990.


"You talkin' to me?"

Directed by Martin Scorsese, "Taxi Driver" was released on February 8, 1976. It featured Robert De Niro and Jodie Foster.


"Toga! Toga!"

"National Lampoon's Animal House" was released on July 28, 1978. It starred John Belushi, Tim Matheson, John Vernon, Verna Bloom, Thomas Hulce and Donald Sutherland.


"La-dee-da, la-dee-da."

Diane Keaton portrayed the title role in the 1977 film, "Annie Hall." It was directed by Woody Allen, who also starred in the film as Max Singer.


"What we've got here is failure to communicate."

"Cool Hand Luke" was released on November 1, 1967. A prison drama, it was directed by Stuart Rosenberg.


"Hello, gorgeous."

"Funny Girl" was directed by William Wyler and released on September 18, 1968. The film stars Barbara Streisand as Brice.


"Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room!"

More commonly known as "Dr. Strangelove," this 1964 film was a satire about the Cold War. It was directed by Stanley Kubrick.


"A boy's best friend is his mother."

Psycho is a 1960 film about a secretary who steals money from her employer and hits the road! It was directed by Alfred Hitchcock.


“If the good Lord had intended us to walk, he wouldn’t have invented roller skates.”

"Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory" was released on June 30, 1971. Though it received Academy Award nominations, it only grossed $4 million at the box office.


"Bond. James Bond."

In 1962, the first film in the James Bond series was released. Sean Connery famously used the phrase "Bond. James Bond," for the first time in Dr. No.


"They call me Mister Tibbs!"

"In the Heat of the Night" was also a novel and a television series. The film was released on August 2, 1967 and directed by Normal Jewison.


"Did you hear what I said, Miss Kubelik? I absolutely adore you."

"The Apartment" was a romantic comedy released on June 15, 1960. It starred Jack Lemmon, Shirley MacLaine and Fred MacMurray.


“Go get the butter.”

Starring Marlon Brando and Maria Schneider, "Last Tango in Paris" premiered on October 14, 1972. It grossed more than $96 million at the box office around the world.


"We all go a little mad sometimes."

"Psycho" premiered on June 16, 1960 at the DeMille Theatre. Anthony Perkins portrays main character, Norman Bates.


"I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse."

Marlon Brando played the title role of Vito Corleone in "The Godfather." The film was released on March 24, 1972 in the United States.


"I'm walking here! I'm walking here!"

"Midnight Cowboy" was based on a 1965 novel written by James Leo Herlihy. The film was released four years later, in 1969.


"Open the pod bay doors, HAL."

"2001: A Space Odyssey" premiered in 1968. It was directed by Stanley Kubrick.


"Soylent Green is people!"

"Soylent Green" is a 1973 science fiction thriller directed by Richard Fleischer. Detective Thorn was portrayed by actor Charlton Heston.


"I love the smell of napalm in the morning."

"Apocalypse Now" was an epic war film from the year 1979. It was directed, produced and co-written by Francis Coppola.


"Is it safe?"

"Marathon Man" is a 1976 suspense-thriller film featuring Dustin Hoffman. It was directed by John Schlesinger.


"Attica! Attica!"

In the 1975 film "Dog Day Afternoon," Al Pacino portrays bank robber Sonny Wortzik. The film was produced by Martin Bregman and Martin Elfand.


"Some days, you just can't get rid of a bomb."

In 1966, Adam West starred as "Batman" in this superhero film. It was based on the "Batman" television series, as well as the DC Comics character.


"Forget it, Jake, it's Chinatown."

From the 1974 film, "Chinatown." Lawrence Walsh was portrayed by actor Joe Mantell. Mantell died in 2010 at the age of 94.


"I'm as mad as hell, and I'm not going to take this anymore!"

From the 1976 movie "Network," Peter Finch portrayed the character Howard Beale. Finch died of a heart attack in 1977, just one year after the film was released.



This famous quote from the 1967 film, "The Graduate," was spoken by Mr. Maguire. Maguire was portrayed by actor Walter Brooke.


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