Screenwriters : What is the best film dialogue of all time?

What is the best film dialogue of all time?

I say Pulp Fiction.

Your opinion?

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I agree

Some party, the beer's warm, the women are cold, and I'm hot under the collar
-Groucho Marx

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His Girl Friday (where QT got his inspiration for PF)
Magnolia
Fargo
David Mamet's work
Alfred Hitchcock's work (particularly North by Northwest)
The Rules of the Game (Renoir)
12 Angry Men
The Thin Red Line

Those are just some of my personal favorites.


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Once Upon a Time in the West

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12 Angry Men's script was just practically copied word for word from the play.

Magnolia I agree with, though it bored the crap out of me when I first watched it, I really need to watch it again...


Some party, the beer's warm, the women are cold, and I'm hot under the collar
-Groucho Marx

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There's no such thing as "the best." But there's plenty of great movie dialogue out there. Just a few that spring to mind...

SULLIVAN'S TRAVELS
MIDNIGHT COWBOY
THE STING
TRUE GRIT
THE ODD COUPLE

Yes, PULP FICTION is a darn good one, too.

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I sure can't disagree with any of those. I'll add GLENGARRY GLEN ROSS. (Out Rainbows covered by saying David Mamet...yep!)

I am the author. You are the audience. I outrank you!~~The Producers

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Hey! Another "True Grit" fan.


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some terrible things about him!



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I can't believe noone has mentioned Reservoir Dogs...... Brilliant dilogue. Even better than Tarantino's Oscar winning Pulp Fiction. The whole tipping scene especially. That's classic stuff.

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Once Upon a Time in the West is amazingly well written, but I don't know if you can even call it dialogue. Over half the meaning is conveyed through subtle looks, one-liners and harmonicas.

If I could go with a TV show, I'd say Sherlock.

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Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.
The Sting
Usual Suspects

Godfather

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No Country For Old Men and There Will Be Blood

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My favourite writers of dialogue, and some of their best work are :

1. The Coen Brothers - " Fargo", " The Man Who wasn't There", " Millers Crossing".

2. Paul Thomas Anderson - " Magnolia", " There Will Be Blood" " Boogie Nights"

3. David Mamet - " Glengarry Glen Ross", " House of Games" , " Homicide".

4. Jean Pierre Jeunet - " Amelie", " A Very long Engagement", " Delicatessen"



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-The Big Lebowski
-Chasing Amy
-Reservoir Dogs
-Pulp Fiction
-Transpotting
-Fight Club
-Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels
-Snatch
-Full Metal Jacket
-Hot Fuzz
-Thank You For Smoking
-True Romance
-Clerks
-Tropic THunder

"THERE WAS A FIREFIGHT!"

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To me the best film dialogue of all time is to be found in C'eravamo tanto amati (1974), an Ettore Scola comedy written by Age & Scarpelli (I soliti ignoti, The Good, the Bad and the Ugly). Each line is perfect.

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Actually the best film dialog that usually gets praised aren't the best film dialog, simply because it draws to much attention to itself. Real good film dialog comes off natural and doesn't direct attention towards itself.

Also usually the examples of dialog people usually refers to as great film dialogs, is more often than not monologues or one-liners and not dialogs. Often tailored to come off as sounding cool!


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Network

Last seen:-
Chasing Amy(10/10)
Heart of Darkness(8/10)

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Anything written by David Mamet or Aaron Sorkin (except may Charlie Wilson's Private War, but only because I haven't seen it yet).

Double Indemnity

Casablanca

Don't tell me what I can't do!

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When we're just discussing dialog, the 'holy trinity' of movie scripts for me is:

1. Network
2. Sweet Smell of Success
3. All About Eve

...and those 3 are nearly interchangeable; order is negligible.

The others are the usual suspects, most of which have already been mentioned here. However, because I feel that my post will lack totality if I don't list them, they are: Casablanca, Double Indemnity, Cat on a Hot Tin Roof, Glengarry, Glen Ross, Pulp Fiction, and The Big Lebowski. I recall some scintillating exchanges in Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf, but I think I need to revisit that one.

And though it isn't nearly as clever as the aforementioned, I really have to give props to Superbad's script, as it's immensely entertaining, and is a teen comedy that doesn't suck...that's refreshing and rare.

Oh, and The Lion in Winter is grotesquely overrated.

"...if that was off, I'd be whoopin' your ass up and down this street." ~ an irate Tarantino

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The Mummy Returns by Stephen Sommers


What you see...Isn't always what you get!

The Professionals (by Richard Brooks) or Sweet Smell Of Success

But a screenplay is only half dialogue - the other half is what we see.

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All About Eve is my candidate.

Cameron Crowe does fantastic Dialoge

rather making a list id rather make a debate.

Personaly I like the dialogue in Cameron Crowe films. Its stylish, witty, well written, some what reasonably realistic, and doesnt dominate the films quality. Never said for the sake of being said, It supports the characters and story(being that most his films are charactor based). Almost Famous and Say Anything are good examples of this.

As for Tarantino, i never realy liked him for writing "great" dialogue, I liked him for having the balls to write films in a completely different way other than the regular 3 act system in most films. His dialogue is good as it does keep you engaged in a massive scene that might be basicaly a conversation. I completely agree with Resevoir Dogs, that deffinetly has some of the best dialogue in any of his films. I personaly dont think he makes the greatest films ever, and i dont think he makes the best dialogue either compared to other good writers as cameron crowe.

Scott Rosenberg( Con Air, Gone in Sixty Seconds.) another great writer of dialogue. His Dialogue , just like Cameron Crowe, does wonders for the charactor development but also manages to trow in kick-ass one liners. his dialogue can be very cheesy but in a good way.

Judd Apatow is another favourite writter when it comes to Dialogue, examples: Knocked Up, Funny People. Very funny dialogue but also Seth Rogen did a good job with Superbad and Pineapple express.

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Unfaithfully Yours, A Few Good Men, Monsieur Verdoux, Double Indemnity, Bye Bye Braverman, Sunset Boulevard, Where the Sidewalk Ends, Through a Glass Darkly, The Spanish Prisoner, Le Feu Follet etc.

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That's a really hard question !
Alfred Hitchcock films have some really good dialogue.
And Tarantino have some good stylist ones like :Pulp Fiction and Jackie Brown !

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Serenity. Joss Whedon.

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I can't pick just one movie. There are several movies that have great dialogue in my opinion.
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