For real movie fans, half the fun of going to the cinema is repeating those great, funny or memorable lines of dialogue. Some dedicated cinephiles seem to be able to hold whole conversations made up of just their favorite film quotes! Everyone has a favorite line or two, and the great ones become a sort of cultural shorthand for a multitude of situations and emotions. Without a doubt, the best dialogue and the most memorable movie quotes come from those cinematic gems released between 1939 and 1980 — films the postwar generation grew up on.
The baby boomers, that generation that was born roughly between 1946 and 1964, was the first to come of age with the movies as an established force in American life. Classics from Hollywood's golden age were in endless rotation on television while the very act of going to the movies was combined with that other American obsession, the automobile, thanks to the rise of the drive-in. Just as the baby boomers grew up, so did the movies. By the 1970s, the boomers were entering the film industry and bringing with them a point of view informed by both the tumult of the previous decade and a love for classic cinema. As we enter the third decade of the 21st century, boomers and their influence continue to shape modern cinema.
Okay, boomer. This quiz is just for you — the kids who were hooked on the late show, snuck into the drive-in and made movie brats like George Lucas and Martin Scorsese the cinematic darlings of the '70s. Can you match the classic movie quote with the character?