View Full Version : Top Five Dialogue Scenes in Movies

Dan Razor
03-06-2008, 09:16 AM
1. 'Gmork's Scene' from "Never Ending Story"
2. 'Architect Scene' from "Matrix 3"
3. 'The Devil reveal scene' from "Devil's Advocate"
4. 'The Tripper's father (Jelly bean scene)' from "The Tripper"
5. 'any Simon scene' from "Die Hard: With a Vengeance"

03-06-2008, 09:48 AM
How about the final cafe scene in Pulp Fiction? :)

03-06-2008, 09:55 AM
Or the final showdown between Inigo Montoya and Count Reugan in The Princess Bride. Or heck all of the scenes in Casablanca. There is also some brilliant dialogue in Quiz Show, especially when the Ralph Fiennes character finally confesses to his father. The film version of The Lion in Winter is one long best dialogue. All About Eve! Another film with scene after scene of brilliance.

Honestly, don't know how people make these lists at all, so many to choose from!

03-06-2008, 06:46 PM
1.) Bastian and the Childlike Empress at the end of 'NeverEnding Story'
2.) Atreyu and Gmork in 'NeverEnding Story' ("I am the servant of the Nothing.")
3.) Sam Spade and the general in 'The Big Sleep'
4.) Verbal Kint and Kujan near the end of 'Usual Suspects' (when Kint's telling him Soze's story)
5.) Romeo and Juliet meeting at the Capulet ball in Zeffirelli's version of the play.

03-06-2008, 06:57 PM
The strip club scene in Closer. Talk about sexual tension.

03-06-2008, 07:04 PM
How about the final cafe scene in Pulp Fiction? :)

How about the first cafe scene in Pulp Fiction? (I love you, honey-bunny)

03-06-2008, 07:23 PM
There are probably some good ones in Clerks if your looking for the rambling conversations about the minutae of pop-culture.

Don Allen
03-06-2008, 07:29 PM
The tension in Goodfellows when Tommy wants to know from Henry "What the fuck is so funny about the way I talk" "Im here to amuse you" brilliant... And anything from pulp fiction,,,,, QT at his best.

Don Allen
03-06-2008, 07:33 PM
One more that is even better...Marathon man Dustin Hoffman and I forget the guys name, somebody help me, the scene where he supposedly rescues hoffman from the dentist L.O. and drives thru the streets like a maniac then deposits him back to the dentist, all the time dustin thinks he's being rescued. GREAT dialog great scene...

03-06-2008, 07:36 PM
What is a "dialog scene?" Where they talk and nothing else happens?

There is some great dialog in Casablanca and The Maltese Falcon.

03-06-2008, 07:39 PM
Barnaby Conrad has written 101 BEST SCENES EVER WRITTEN.

03-06-2008, 07:41 PM
The Maltese Falcon.True.
The final scene where Bogart confronts her with what she was Really doing.

03-06-2008, 07:50 PM
The film version of The Lion in Winter is one long best dialogue.

Totally agree with this.

I want to write dialogue like that when I grow up.

03-06-2008, 07:52 PM
I think the architect scene from the "Matrix 3" is quite nice.

Many bits from "A Beautiful Mind"

I have to say that "Lord of the Rings" also has good bits of speech.

Craig Gosse
03-06-2008, 08:05 PM
Personally, I love snappy, 'all-in-the-timing' dialogue. It used to be more common (and really well done) in older movies; 'Bringing Up Baby', 'Meet John Doe ', any of the 'Road' movies...

A more modern example...? The Princess Bride...

'...I'll call the Brute Squad'.
'I'm on the Brute Squad.'
'You are the brute Squad...'

...and, if you've been lucky enough to see it, 'Sneakers', especially the end 'what do you want?' scene.

C. Gosse

03-06-2008, 08:08 PM
How about pretty much anything in a Marx Brothers movie?

03-06-2008, 08:21 PM
The entire movie When Harry Met Sally is mostly dialogue.

03-06-2008, 08:24 PM
Tim Robbin's starkly lit monologue in Mystic River. Probably the primary scene in an extraordinary performance that won him the Oscar.

03-06-2008, 08:29 PM
The Hours. Nicole Kidman's speech at the end probably helped her win the Oscar.

03-06-2008, 08:31 PM
The waiting for the money scene at the end of The Unforgiven.

The Color of Money: "That's not what I said, kid. I said you *are* a natural character; you're an incredible flake."

03-06-2008, 08:47 PM
Yes! The 'on the road' movies with Hope and Crosby

Most of the dialogue in Butch Cassidy and The Sundance Kid

Several scenes (TV) in Deadwood where Swearingen and the 'Celestial' banter on and on about Co******er

03-06-2008, 08:53 PM
Yes! The 'on the road' movies with Hope and Crosby

Many of the old comedy teams. I mentioned the Marx Brothers, but there's also Abbot and Costello. Not everything Laurel and Hardy did were sight gags, they had some great verbal comedy, too. Martin and Lewis.

And a lot of the movies from the 40s, the film noir stuff had some great dialog. Humphrey Bogart movies: Treasure of Sierra Madre. To Have or Have Not. Key Largo. Sahara.

And Jimmy Stewart movies, like Rear Window. The Flight of the Phoenix.

03-06-2008, 09:24 PM
The Philadelphia Story with Cary Grant, Kate Hepburn and Jimmy Stewart.

She was yar, all right.

03-06-2008, 09:55 PM
Any scenes with Edna Mode in the Incredibles. She doesn't really do much -- she just talks. But what a hoot.

03-06-2008, 10:31 PM
One of the best movies of recent years, Brick has some great noir dialogue, spoken by high school kids...

Brendan Frye (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0330687/): Emily said four words I didn't know. Tell me if they catch. Brick?
The Brain (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0641610/): No.
Brendan Frye (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0330687/): Or Bad Brick?
The Brain (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0641610/): Nope.
Brendan Frye (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0330687/): Tug?
The Brain (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0641610/): Tug? Tug might be a drink, like milk and vodka, or something.
Brendan Frye (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0330687/): Poor Frisco?
The Brain (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0641610/): Frisco? Frisco Farr was a sophomore last year, real trash. Maybe had a class a week, I didn't know him then, haven't seen him around.
Brendan Frye (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0330687/): Pin?
The Brain (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0641610/): Pin. The Pin?
Brendan Frye (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0330687/): The Pin, yeah?
The Brain (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0641610/): The Pin is kinda a local spook story, yeah know the King Pin.
Brendan Frye (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0330687/): Yeah, I've heard it.
The Brain (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0641610/): Same thing, he's supposed to be old, like 26. Lives in town.
Brendan Frye (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0330687/): Dope runner, right?
The Brain (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0641610/): Big time. See the Pin pipes it from the lowest scraper for Brad Bramish to sell, maybe. Ask any dope rat where their junk sprang and they'll say they scraped it from that, who scored it from this, who bought it off so, and after four or five connections the list always ends with The Pin. But I bet you, if you got every rat in town together and said "Show your hands" if any of them've actually seen The Pin, you'd get a crowd of full pockets.
Brendan Frye (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0330687/): You think The Pin's just a tale to take whatever heat?
The Brain (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0641610/): Hmm... So what's first?
Brendan Frye (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0330687/): Show of hands.

Also, some of the Ealing comedies, such as Kind Hearts and Coronets, I'm All Right Jack, and the LadyKillers had brilliant comedic scenes driven by overlapping dialogue.

03-06-2008, 11:06 PM
The best dialogue scene I've seen in ages isn't from a movie. It's this scene of D'Angelo teaching his drug dealer employees how to play chess from season one of The Wire.

I fell in love with the show from that one scene.

(WARNING: NSFW for language).

03-06-2008, 11:16 PM
U.S.S. Indianapolis (http://uk.youtube.com/watch?v=USnM-ee06pg)


03-07-2008, 12:42 AM
Or Samuel L. Jackson's speech in Deep Blue Sea.

03-07-2008, 12:49 AM
The Wire is greatness

Patrick L
03-07-2008, 12:51 AM
Scorcese's Cape Fear had a few good ones, and a great aside with DeNiro.

03-07-2008, 12:52 AM
Several scenes from The Big Lebowski

One of the best comedies ever.

03-07-2008, 03:03 AM
Russell Franklin: Just what the hell did you do to those sharks?
Dr. Susan McCallister: Their brains weren't large enough to harvest sufficient amounts of the protein complex. So we violated the Harvard Compact. Jim and I used gene therapies to increase their brain mass. A larger brain means more protein. As a side effect the sharks got smarter.
Janice Higgins: You stupid bitch!

Some of the best B-Movie lines ever!

Or Samuel L. Jackson's speech in Deep Blue Sea.

Dan Razor
03-07-2008, 03:18 AM
Several scenes from The Big Lebowski

One of the best comedies ever.

I totally agree. That movie was awesome. Though the first time I saw it, I was tired, so it was kind of trippy but one of the greatest moments.

"I hate 'The Eagles'"
"Get out, get out of my peaceful cab."

03-07-2008, 04:08 AM
I totally agree. That movie was awesome. Though the first time I saw it, I was tired, so it was kind of trippy but one of the greatest moments.

"I hate 'The Eagles'"
"Get out, get out of my peaceful cab."

the scene with the marmot in the bath-tub is priceless

03-07-2008, 03:47 PM
Several scenes (TV) in Deadwood where Swearingen and the 'Celestial' banter on and on about Co******erI love that scene!



Who? wHo!?


Yeah, I'm glad I taught you that word.

03-07-2008, 06:09 PM
Again, I'm going to have to go with the 3 Amigos.

"Would you like to kiss me on the veranda?"

"Lips would be fine."

ab, easily amused.

03-09-2008, 01:45 AM
The Julia Roberts/George Clooney restaraunt scene in Oceans 11.
Two actors I'm not a fan of, but that scene knocks it outa the park.

And it not a whole scene, and it's TV, but from Deadwood (obscenities removed)

Doc: I take it you've been on a tear?
Jane: I've been drunk a while, correct. What's that to you?
Doc: The question was well meant. Like if you was a farmer, I'd ask how the farming was going.

03-09-2008, 03:36 AM

Rick: "I came to Casablanca for the waters."
Captain Renault: "What waters? Casablanca is in the desert."
Rick: "Then I was misinformed."

Claudia Gray
03-09-2008, 05:24 AM
I agree with RJLeahy -- all of "Casablanca" has beautiful, sparkling dialogue, and Rick's initial questioning by Major Strasser is probably the finest dialogue in the whole film. We learn more about Rick's character, humor and history -- along with reasons why he might help Ilsa AND why he might not -- in about three minutes of screen time than most films ever display during their entirety.

The scenes between Robert De Niro and Cybill Shepherd in "Taxi Driver" are tremendously revealing about his social maladjustment and her slightly perverse interest in him despite this.

Although it's more of a monologue, the old man talking about the girl with the white parasol in "Citizen Kane" is justly remembered for its brilliance. There's so much there about the nature of love, and regret, and the transience of beauty -- and, again, it takes only seconds.

In TV, almost all of the dialogue in "I, Claudius," is extraordinarily good. I am particularly fond of the moment when Claudius finally dares to question the elderly Livia, and she slowly realizes that he's been playing dumber than he is, all these years. Livia's dialogue here goes a long way toward transforming her from a two-dimensional villain into a three-dimensional one; despite the horrible things she's done, Claudius comes to understand her reasons for doing them -- a testament to her brilliance and to his softness.

The conversation overheard in "The Conversation" is an utterly brilliant bit of writing. It says so much, but even having heard it all, we the audience can't understand what it really means until much, much later.

I think the dialogue in "The Manchurian Candidate" (the original) is extremely strong. I mostly like the brainwashing sequences and Raymond's efforts to talk about his weird relationship with his mother.

03-09-2008, 05:45 AM
- Hey Sport.
- Hey, my man.
- How's life in the pimp business?
- Don't I know you?
- Don't I know you? You know Iris?
- I don't know Iris.
- You don't know anybody named Iris?

03-09-2008, 10:45 AM
1st bar scene in Glida. Awesome movie and most of the dialogue is great in it. Same for It Happened One Night.

More recently I'd say Gone Baby Gone. Wow, great dialogue and great movie. Ben Afflect should just write and direct and leave the acting to his brother.

03-09-2008, 08:20 PM
For anyone fond of wordplay, I suggest any Marx Brothers movie ever made.

Groucho: I say, here is a little peninsula, and here is a viaduct leading over to the mainland.
Chico:Why a duck? Why that...why a duck? Why a no chicken?
Groucho:Well, I don't know why a no chicken; I'm a stranger here myself. All I know is that it's a viaduct. You try to cross over there on a chicken and you'll find out why a duck.

03-09-2008, 09:12 PM
Last of the Mohicans is full of brilliant dialogue, but this is perhaps my favorite line.

General Webb: "Kindly inform Major Heyward that he has little to fear from this General Marquis de Montcalm in the first place; and scant need of a colonial militia in the second because the French haven't the nature for war. Their Gallic laziness combines with their Latinate voluptuousness with the result that they would rather eat and make love with their faces than fight."

03-09-2008, 09:52 PM
all the scenes between jodi's character and the detective in The Brave One were filled with subtext, tension, and anticipation.

03-10-2008, 07:09 AM
V for Vendetta,

tons of great dialogue.

The scene where he is going to kill the female doctor.

And the reading of the toilet paper memoir. The dialogue in the scene blew me away.

03-10-2008, 02:04 PM
The Limey has outstanding dialog,Snatch is eminently quotable. Since somebody had to go Pixar, there's the whale scene in Finding Nemo. And the final nomination, the first cafe scene in Body Heat.

03-11-2008, 03:44 AM
I can tell u the one .
The Heat - Al Pacino and Robert de Niro in the cafe
The best one

03-11-2008, 04:07 AM
Jack Nicholson's "You can't handle the truth!" speech while under cross examination by Tom Cruise was a great bit of dialogue.
Al Pachino in Scent of a Woman has some great bits.
Heck, almost every great film has a great dialogue scene.

06-12-2011, 10:12 PM
Awful movie, As Good As It Gets, but this dialogue from Jack Nicholson was hilarious:

Receptionist (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004748/): I can't resist! You usually move through here so quickly and I just have so many questions I want to ask you. You have no idea what your work means to me.
Melvin Udall (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000197/): What does it mean to you?
Receptionist (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004748/): [stands up] When somebody out there knows what it's like...
[place one hand on her forehead and the other over her heart]
Receptionist (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004748/): ... to be in here.
Melvin Udall (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000197/): Oh God, this is like a nightmare.
[Turns around and presses the elevator button multiple times]
Receptionist (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004748/): Oh come on! Just a couple of questions. How hard is that?
[Scampers up to Melvin]
Receptionist (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0004748/): How do you write women so well?
Melvin Udall (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000197/): I think of a man, and I take away reason and accountability.

And I, Claudius... I recently reviewed the whole BBC series... Brilliant, brilliant dialogue:

Caligula: Do you think I'm mad?Claudius: Mad?Caligula: Yes. Sometimes I think that I'm going mad. Do you be honest with me has that thought ever crossed your mind?Claudius: Never. Never. The idea is preposterous. You set the standard of sanity for the whole world.

Claudius: Why do you allow Caligula such familiarity?Livia: Because it pleases him. And because he will be the next emperor of Rome. You don't believe me?Claudius: If you say so, grandmother. You know I don't concern myself with higher politics. Still, what about Castor (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Julius_Caesar_Drusus)? And Caligula has two older brothers.Livia: Castor is ill and Thrasyllus (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thrasyllus_of_Mendes) says he won't recover. He also says Tiberius will choose Caligula to succeed him.Claudius: Why?Livia: Vanity. Tiberius wants to be loved, at least after his death if not before. And the best way to ensure that-Claudius: Is to have someone worse to follow him. He's certainly no fool.Livia: He's the biggest fool in my family. I had always thought that that was you... but I think now I was wrong.

06-12-2011, 10:21 PM
The Breakfast Club was a movie loaded with great dialogue.

GCU_Dramatic Exit
06-13-2011, 03:39 AM
anything from The Wire

ditto for The Big Lebowski, in fact i love anything from The Coen Brothers

Glengarry Glen Ross has some beauts

"These are the new leads. These are the Glengarry leads. And to you they're gold, and you don't get them. Why? Because to give them to you would be throwing them away. They're for closers."

"What the hell are you? You're a fuckin' secretary. Fuck you. That's my message to ya: fuck you and you can kiss my ass and if you don't like it baby I'm going across the street to Jerry Graff, period, fuck you."

good ol' Jack Lemmon

"That watch costs more than you car. I made $970,000 last year. How much you make? You see pal, that's who I am, and you're nothing. Nice guy? I don't give a shit. Good father? Fuck you! Go home and play with your kids. You wanna work here - close! You think this is abuse? You think this is abuse, you cocksucker? You can't take this, how can you take the abuse you get on a sit? You don't like it, leave."

"You know why, mister? 'Cause you drove a Hyundai to get here tonight, I drove an eighty thousand dollar BMW. *That's* my name."

06-13-2011, 10:09 AM
The whole 'Camberwell Carrot' Danny the drug dealer scene in Withnail & I "The greatest decade in the history of mankind is coming to an end and as Presuming Ed here has so consistently pointed out, we have failed to paint it black." etc Actually all of Withnail & I has incredible dialogue.

It's kind of obvious but the mother-sister scene in Chinatown always kills me.

The "You're like a big bear, man." scene in Swingers.

Chungking Express has a cool scene in a bar where one character tries to ask the other if she likes pineapple in several different languages. It always makes me laugh.

The Coen brothers, of course. My favourite is Barton Fink but I think The Big Lebowski probably has the best dialogue. Or at least the most memorable. I like the scene between the Dude and the sheriff "I don't like your jerk-off name, I don't like your jerk-off face, I don't like your jerk-off behaviour, and I don't like you, jerk-off." and so on :P

06-13-2011, 02:33 PM
So many scenes from Reservoir Dogs - the exchange between Mr Pink and Mr White in the warehouse, the bit when Mr Orange tells Marvin who he really is (my particular favourite bit is where Marvin talks about being 'deformed' and Orange, who has been barely conscious and talking in a hushed monotone, suddenly screams at him "fuck you! Fuck you! I'm fucking dying over here!" - and the cop goes completely silent.)

The great thing about the dialogue in this film is how natural it all seems. The actors occasionally trip over their words but all it does it serve to mimick natural speech.

Another great scene is the bit in 28 Days Later where they're about to drive through the tunnel...."No, no. No, see, this is a really shit idea. You know why? Because it's really obviously a shit idea." (Oh, and one of my favourite quotes ever from that film is where the rookie soldier shoots an Infected and crows happily about it, and his mate responds with "What do you want, a fucking sweetie? Keep shooting, you cunt!")

Diana Hignutt
06-13-2011, 03:44 PM
The first scene inglorious bastards. Tension, tension, tension.

06-13-2011, 04:06 PM
I've always considered the exchanges between Katharine Hepburn and Henry Fonda in On Golden Pond to be pretty memorable. Great dialogue.

06-13-2011, 05:09 PM
Somebody already brought up the "How am I funny" scene in Goodfellas, which is classic.

Another candidate is No Country for Old Men, especially the "lucky quarter" scene where the guy's life (some random guy who has no other role except in that scene) rests on the flip of a quarter. And, later in the movie, when the same offer is made to Carla Jean.

06-13-2011, 05:40 PM
True Romance (Eggplants and Cantaloupes):


/discussion :D

06-13-2011, 06:04 PM
1. The opening scene in "Reservoir Dogs."
2. The interrogation of the three Night Owl shooting suspects in "LA Confidential."
3. Lloyd's "excuse me!" meltdown in "The Ref."
4. The radar/Mr. Coffee scene in "Space Balls"
5. Pretty much every scene in "Noises Off!"

06-13-2011, 06:08 PM
"Nobody move their feet!"

"Everybody look under their feet!"

06-13-2011, 06:15 PM
Monty Python's Life of Brian:

[Brian is writing graffiti on the palace wall. The Centurion catches him in the act]
Centurion (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000092/): What's this, then? "Romanes eunt domus"? People called Romanes, they go, the house?
Brian (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001037/): It says, "Romans go home. "
Centurion (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000092/): No it doesn't ! What's the latin for "Roman"? Come on, come on !
Brian (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001037/): Er, "Romanus" !
Centurion (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000092/): Vocative plural of "Romanus" is?
Brian (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001037/): Er, er, "Romani" !
Centurion (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000092/): [Writes "Romani" over Brian's graffiti] "Eunt"? What is "eunt"? Conjugate the verb, "to go" !
Brian (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001037/): Er, "Ire". Er, "eo", "is", "it", "imus", "itis", "eunt".
Centurion (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000092/): So, "eunt" is...?
Brian (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001037/): Third person plural present indicative, "they go".
Centurion (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000092/): But, "Romans, go home" is an order. So you must use...?
[He twists Brian's ear]
Brian (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001037/): Aaagh ! The imperative !
Centurion (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000092/): Which is...?
Brian (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001037/): Aaaagh ! Er, er, "i" !
Centurion (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000092/): How many Romans?
Brian (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001037/): Aaaaagh ! Plural, plural, er, "ite" !
Centurion (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000092/): [Writes "ite"] "Domus"? Nominative? "Go home" is motion towards, isn't it?
Brian (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001037/): Dative !
[the Centurion holds a sword to his throat]
Brian (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001037/): Aaagh ! Not the dative, not the dative ! Er, er, accusative, "Domum" !
Centurion (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000092/): But "Domus" takes the locative, which is...?
Brian (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001037/): Er, "Domum" !
Centurion (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000092/): [Writes "Domum"] Understand? Now, write it out a hundred times.
Brian (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001037/): Yes sir. Thank you, sir. Hail Caesar, sir.
Centurion (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0000092/): Hail Caesar ! And if it's not done by sunrise, I'll cut your balls off.

06-13-2011, 07:18 PM
So going for scenes in which I think the dialogue and interplay between the characters are really brilliant and not just scenes which have my favorite lines.

All About Eve. I can't pick out a single scene. The whole movie is brilliant.
The Goodbye Girl. The scene where Elliot Garfield first meets
Paula McFadden.
Dogma. The scene between Bartleby and Loki in the parking garage (though, admittedly, a huge part of this scene is Ben Affleck's acting).
The Apartment. The scene where Jack Lemmon delivers the line "Ya know, I used to live like Robinson Crusoe: I mean, shipwrecked among 8 million people. And then one day I saw a footprint in the sand, and there you were."
Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The Denis scene.

06-14-2011, 10:56 AM
Pretty much any Tarantino film...uh Pulp Fiction please? The Hangover -- quite realistic. Pineapple Express. There are lots of others I can't think of. Couldn't really narrow it down to a scene cuz I need a refresher.

06-15-2011, 08:32 PM

1. Inglourious Basterds: The Tavern scene--so awkward and unnerving
2. Pulp Fiction: The final cafe scene
3. Dr. Strangelove: The phone call between the President and the Russian Premiere
4. Rope: The scene where Jimmy Stewart is working it out after coming back to get his "lost" cigarette cast
5. Star Trek: First Contact: The scene where Picard flips out. Awesome speech, but she turns it around on him. Love it.

06-15-2011, 09:41 PM
Anything Quentin Tarantino ever did. The guy is a dialogue genius. It's amazing how he can make his movies progress with just words. Reservoir Dogs, Pulp Fiction, Inglourious Basterds... all awesome.

Dr. Strangelove has to be one of the most underrated movies of all time. Most people these days can't even begin to appreciate the dialogue in this movie.

Jimmy Stewart is great with dialogue. I love listening to him talk. "You want the moon? Just the say the word and I'll throw a lasso around it and pull it down!"

And Thank You For Smoking:

(http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1080974/)Joey Naylor (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1080974/): ...so what happens when you're wrong?
(http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1080974/)Nick Naylor (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001173/): Whoa, Joey I'm never wrong.
(http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1080974/)Joey Naylor (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1080974/): But you can't always be right...
(http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1080974/)Nick Naylor (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001173/): Well, if it's your job to be right, then you're never wrong.
(http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1080974/)Joey Naylor (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1080974/): But what if you are wrong?
(http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1080974/)Nick Naylor (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001173/): OK, let's say that you're defending chocolate, and I'm defending vanilla. Now if I were to say to you: 'Vanilla is the best flavour ice-cream', you'd say...
(http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1080974/)Joey Naylor (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1080974/): No, chocolate is.
(http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1080974/)Nick Naylor (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001173/): Exactly, but you can't win that argument... so, I'll ask you: so you think chocolate is the end all and the all of ice-cream, do you?
(http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1080974/)Joey Naylor (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1080974/): It's the best ice-cream, I wouldn't order any other.
(http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1080974/)Nick Naylor (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001173/): Oh! So it's all chocolate for you is it?
(http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1080974/)Joey Naylor (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1080974/): Yes, chocolate is all I need.
(http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1080974/)Nick Naylor (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001173/): Well, I need more than chocolate, and for that matter I need more than vanilla. I believe that we need freedom. And choice when it comes to our ice-cream, and that Joey Naylor, that is the defintion of liberty.
(http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1080974/)Joey Naylor (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1080974/): But that's not what we're talking about
(http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1080974/)Nick Naylor (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001173/): Ah! But that's what I'm talking about.
(http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1080974/)Joey Naylor (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1080974/): ...but you didn't prove that vanilla was the best...
(http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1080974/)Nick Naylor (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001173/): I didn't have to. I proved that you're wrong, and if you're wrong I'm right.
(http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1080974/)Joey Naylor (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1080974/): But you still didn't convince me
(http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1080974/)Nick Naylor (http://www.imdb.com/name/nm0001173/): It's that I'm not after you. I'm after them.


06-15-2011, 10:18 PM
Any scenes with Edna Mode in the Incredibles. She doesn't really do much -- she just talks. But what a hoot.
LOL have to agree.

Robert: But I'm retired.
Edna: As am I, Robert, and yet here we are.

GREAT character.

Camilla Delvalle
06-16-2011, 12:21 AM
My favourite diaglogue is from The Master and Margarita:

But then I'm weird.
The entire first episode also is one long weird dialogue.

Darren Frey
06-16-2011, 02:38 AM
5. Desperado: Steve Buschemi's bar story scene
4. Heat: The diner scene with Al Pacino and Robert Deniro
3. Pulp Fiction: Uma Thermon and John Travolta's resturant scene
2. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas: Depp and del Toro's opening car scene.
1. The Shining: The car scene where you can see Jack beginning jis descent into madness.

06-16-2011, 04:14 AM
Ooo, I definitely agree on Manchurian Candidate, Casablanca and Dr. Strangelove.

Besides those, the opening scene of The Godfather and the courtroom scene between Tom Cruise and Jack Nicholson in A Few Good Men. "You can't handle the truth!"

On an unrelated note, I would disagree that Dr. Strangelove is underrated. Most people I know have seen it and love it. We even watched it in history class when I was in high school.

06-16-2011, 08:07 AM
1. The opening scene in "Reservoir Dogs."
2. The interrogation of the three Night Owl shooting suspects in "LA Confidential."
3. Lloyd's "excuse me!" meltdown in "The Ref."
4. The radar/Mr. Coffee scene in "Space Balls"
5. Pretty much every scene in "Noises Off!"

Yes! :D

06-16-2011, 08:17 AM
Most of The Picture of Dorian Gray - I tried watching the remake, but as much as I generally like Colin Firth, he's no George Sanders.

The 'cuckoo clock' scene on the ferris wheel between Orson Welles and Joseph Cotten in The Third Man.

Boris Karloff explaining to Peter Bogdanovich why he (Karloff) is obsolete in Targets.

Clifton Webb insulting everyone in Laura. Monty Wooley doing the same in The Man Who Came to Dinner.

Lionel Barrymore encouraging Donald Meek to follow his dreams in You Can't Take it With You.

Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell's back-and-forth in His Girl Friday.

06-16-2011, 08:43 AM
The quietly tense confrontation over a meal of fish between Detective Jake Gittes (Jack Nicholson) and water-supply mogul Noah Cross (John Huston) in Chinatown. From both of them, it's all about what is not said, masquerading behind what actually is said, and both of them understand every nuance of it.

Manuel Royal
06-16-2011, 03:56 PM
3.) Sam Spade and the general in 'The Big Sleep'Phillip Marlowe, not Sam Spade. Since Bogart played both characters in different movies, it's easy to confuse them. Good movie; I've seen it three times and still don't really understand the plot.

No mention of The Third Man? The scene on the Ferris wheel.

Double Indemnity; the scene where they meet for the first time.

Body Heat; ditto.

Almost any damn scene from Dr. Strangelove.

Raging Bull; the last big fight between the brothers.

06-16-2011, 07:47 PM
No mention of The Third Man? The scene on the Ferris wheel.

I mentioned that one. :) Great minds and all that.

06-16-2011, 08:02 PM
Murder on the Orient Express:

Poirot - Does he speak English?

Alec Guinness, for it is he, - A form of English, sir. Learned it in a place called Chicago.

Made me laugh.