Film Noir: From Heroes to Heels, Favorite Film Noir Quotes

17 Great Film Noir quotes featuring quotes from classic Noir filmsGuest blogger Karen Burroughs Hannsberry writes:

Film noir, arguably, offers some of the best quotes in all cinema. Along with noir’s distinctive characters, shadowy presentations, labyrinthine plot tangles, and cynical, hopeless tone, it is the hard-boiled dialogue that makes it such a fascinating era of filmmaking. Here’s Part 1 of my favorite noir quotes — from the mouths of the gents . . .

“I just wanna be somebody.” Richard Widmark in Night and the City (1950).

“I don’t think I’ll have to kill her. Just slap that pretty face into hamburger meat, that’s all.” Sterling Hayden in The Killing (1956).

“I never confuse business with sentiment. Unless it’s extremely profitable, of course.” Clifton Webb in The Dark Corner (1946).

“Nobody’s your pal now. You’re dead. Lay down.” John Kellogg in Johnny O’Clock (1947).

“You knew when a woman loves you like that, she can love you with every card in the deck and then pull a knife across your throat the next morning.” Van Heflin in Johnny Eager (1942).

“Did you ever want to forget anything? Did you ever want to cut away a piece of your memory or blot it out? You can’t, you know.” Tom Neal in Detour (1945).

“What a beautiful picture. Moonlight. Sagebrush. My wife with a stranger.” Vincent Price in The Las Vegas Story (1952).

“For 16 years I’ve been a cop. For 16 years I’ve been living in dirt and take it from me, some of it’s bound to rub off on you. You get to hate people. Everyone you meet.” Edmond O’Brien in Shield for Murder (1954).

“Go on, sit in any chair you wanna sit in. . . . I want you to consider yourself my guest. We’ll have a couple of drinks. And then I’m gonna knock your teeth out.” William Bendix in The Glass Key (1942).

“Decency and integrity are fancy words, but they never kept anybody well fed. And I’ve got quite an appetite.” Howard Duff in Shakedown (1950).

“For a nickel, I’d grab him. Stick both thumbs right in his eyes. Hang on ‘til he dropped dead.” Richard Widmark in Kiss of Death (1947).

“Mice. They’re all for ya as long as you’re in the chips. I never seen a dame yet that’s still around when you hit the skids.” Wallace Ford in The Set-Up (1949).

“I want him to be fully conscious. I don’t like to shoot a corpse. I want to see the expression on his face when he knows it’s coming.” Raymond Burr in His Kind of Woman (1951).

“In your crowd, a polite ‘no’ is enough. In mind, it isn’t. The only kind of a ‘no’ they understand is from the end of a gun.” Steve Cochran in The Damned Don’t Cry (1950).

“I don’t like gambling very much. I don’t like being at the mercy of those little white squares that roll around and decide whether you win or lose. I like to have the say-so myself.” Lawrence Tierney in Born to Kill (1947).

“Flossie had looks, brains, and all the accessories. She was better than a deck with six aces. But I regret to report that she also knew how to handle a gun. My gun.” John Hoyt in Brute Force (1947).

Jack Early: Quite an appetite

“If I ever catch you around here again, they’ll have to pick you up with a sieve.” Victor Mature in I Wake Up Screaming (1942).

What’s your favorite film noir quote? Let us know in the comments!

Karen Burroughs Hannsberry is the author of Shadows and Satin, a blog devoted to her two cinematic passions: pre-Code Hollywood and the film noir era.  She has written two books on film noir, Femme Noir:  Bad Girls of Film and Bad Boys: The Actors of Film Noir, and is the editor-in-chief of the bimonthly, hard copy film noir newsletter, The Dark Pages.

  • Hal

    “Here’s looking at you kid.”

    Humphrey Bogart
    Casablanca

    He said that line 5 times in the movie.

  • Robert Voss

    Could be the conviction with which it was spoken or the guy (Mitchum) who said it but for me the most memorable noir line ever said still is “Baby, I don’t care”, from Out of the Past (1947)

  • Steve in Sacramento

    Not sure if this is the exact quote, but Mitchum’s to Jane Greer in Out of the Past (1947): “Can you go now? I have to sleep in here.”

  • Quasiblu

    Here’s another great one from OUT OF THE PAST:
    Robert Mitchum to Jane Greer:

    “You’re like a leaf that the wind blows from one gutter to another.”

  • Jerry Semro

    You was wrong Mr. Dunson—Walter Brennan —From Red River………..

  • doris smithey

    Clifton Webb from Laura: “Let’s say, I would be very sorry to see my neighbor’s children devoured by wolves.”

  • William

    In the noir film “Follow Me Quietly” a dummy, rigged up to represent the killer known as The Judge, is asked, “What do you do when it rains?”
    The real killer that has replaced the dummy answers, “I kill!” I jumped in my theater seat. I was 11 and that film scared me for weeks afterward.

  • Susan

    “Jeepers I love you Johnny” was said by Joan Bennett as a ghostly whisper to her tormented killer, played by Edward G. Robinson. He played Chris, a weak milquetoast who couldn’t win her love from a sleazy small time hood played by Dan Duryea. When Johnny was executed for her murder, EGR walked a lonely misty “Scarlett Street” as her voice called for her lover in Chris’ mind, driving the little man mad.

  • kent gravett

    One of my all time favorite lines is from a comedy, “My Friend Irma” starring Marie Wilson. John Lund, badly miscast as her no good con man boyfriend laments about another woman, “I wouldn’t trust that dame any further than my own personal check.” Says it all.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1351336664 Russell Gambino

    she’s a dish.
    what kind of dish ?
    the 60 cent special ; cheap, flashy … strictly poison under the gravy .

    now … that, my friends, is the the greatest, single-sentence, example of film noir dialogue that i know of !

  • Juanita Curtis

    In Mildred Pierce Eve Arden’s character says to Joan Crawford about her daughter Ann Blyth “thats why alligators eat their young”. The Big Sleep -one of the many memorable quotes is when Bacall says to Bogie as he kisses her ” I like that I want some more” or words to that affect.

  • OZ, Rob

    Not worried about your future ? to Frank..
    `I got plenty of time besides maybe my future starts right now`..John Garfield.
    Postman Always Rings Twice..

  • tony

    Who can forget On The Waterfront? Brando and Steiger are sitting in the back seat of the car and Brando realising his brother’s betrayal says ” I could have been a contender.I could have had class and been somebody. Real class instead of a bum. It was you Charley” A great scene.

  • Tiny Tim

    One of my favorites (that hasn’t been mentioned) comes from a borderline case (some would say it’s too early for true Noir), 1942′s ‘This Gun for Hire.’ Cold-blooded killer Alan Ladd is tracking Laird Cregar, who has double-crossed him. On the night train from San Francisco to Los Angeles, Ladd steals $10 from the purse of fellow passenger Veronica Lake, and when she catches him Ladd apologizes and explains he needs to find someone:

    Lake: “He must owe you money.”
    Ladd: “I owe him.”

  • CS9

    How ’bout: GeneTierney in Reservoir Dogs “there’s no trading names. You’re Mr. Pink.” or Marlene DIetrich replying to Orson Welles in Touch of Evil when he asked her what his future looks like “You have no future. Your future’s all used up.” or Ann Sheridan replying to George Raft in They Drive by Night when he said “What I want ain’t on the menu.”. She replied “and it ain’t gonna be.”. Loads of great movies, loads of great quotes, not enough time.

  • CS9

    Sorry about that, chiefs. Lawrence Tierney, of course, not Gene.

  • lou g

    When you pull a gun, kill a man!

    Walter Brennan in”My Darling Clementine”

  • lou g

    She fancied herself a chanteuse

    “I wake up screaming”

  • MikeyK

    I just love noir quotes. Here are five from over the years, oldest to newest:

    Suddenly it came over me that everything would go wrong. It sounds crazy, Keyes, but it’s true, so help me. I couldn’t hear my own footsteps. It was the walk of a dead man. – Fred MacMurray, “Double Indemnity”

    I was born when she kissed me. I died when she left me. I lived a few weeks while she loved me. – Humphrey Bogart, “In a Lonely Place”

    Diamond, the only trouble with you is, you’d like to be me. You’d like to have my organization, my influence, my fix. You can’t, it’s impossible. You think it’s money. It’s not. It’s personality. You haven’t got it. You’re a cop. Slow. Steady. Intelligent. With a bad temper and a gun under your arm. With a big yen for a girl you can’t have. First is first and second is nobody. – Richard Conte, “The Big Combo”

    You ain’t got a license to kill bookies and today I ain’t sellin’. So take your flunky and dangle. – Albert Finney, “Millers Crossing”

    Is that what your little note says? It must be hard living your life off a couple of scraps of paper. You mix your laundry list with your grocery list you’ll end up eating your underwear – Carrie Anne Moss, “Memento”

  • thepiv

    You know what he’ll do when he comes back? Beat my teeth out, then kick me in the stomach for mumbling.
    Humphrey Bogart (Phillip Marlowe) in “The Big Sleep”

  • Michael Jorissen

    I hope they don’t hang you, precious, by that sweet neck. Yes, angel, I’m gonna send you over. The chances are you’ll get off with life. That means if you’re a good girl, you’ll be out in 20 years. I’ll be waiting for you. If they hang you, I’ll always remember you. Humpphrey Bogart (Sam Spade) The Maltese Falcon

  • Ed Seeley

    Gutsy American English at its Best.

    Uncle Will would be proud.

  • Tyrdofwaitin

    Jewels from “Casblanca”

    Bogart to Bergman: “But, we’ll always have Paris”.

    Rains to Col. Strasser: “I’m shocked, shocked that there’s gambling going on here!”

    Rains to Bogart: So why did you come to Casablanca, Rick?”

    Bogart to Rains: “I came here for the waters.”

    Rains to Bogart: “Waters? What waters? This is desert!”

    Bogart to Rains: “I was misinformed”.

  • Nick

    I have to agree with Russell. No better dialog than those lines! From the movie “The Narrow Margin” (1952)

    she’s a dish.
    what kind of dish ?
    the 60 cent special ; cheap, flashy … strictly poison under the gravy

  • Nick

    From the movie “A Touch Of Evil” 1958.

    Quinlan (Orson Welles): “I’m Hank Quinlan.”
    Tanya (Marlene Dietrich): “I didn’t recognize you. You should lay off those candy bars.”

  • Nick

    Phyllis Dietrichson (Barbara Stanwyck), at their first meeting: “There’s a speed limit in this state, Mr. Neff. Forty-five miles an hour.”
    Walter Neff (Fred MacMurray): “How fast was I going, officer?”
    Stanwyck: “I’d say around 90.”
    Neff: “Suppose you get down off your motorcycle and give me a ticket.”
    Phyllis: “Suppose I let you off with a warning this time”
    Neff: “Suppose it doesn’t take.”
    Phyllis: “Suppose I have to whack you over the knuckles.”
    Neff: “Suppose I bust out crying and put my head on your shoulder.”
    Phyllis: “Suppose you try putting it on my husband’s shoulder.”
    Neff: “That tears it.”

  • Nick

    DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)

    Walter: “I wonder if you wonder”

  • Nick

    Laura (1944)
    “When a dame gets killed, she doesn’t worry about how she looks” Det. Lt. Mark McPherson

  • John F. Burton

    “What are you going to do, kill me? Everybody dies…”-John Garfield “Body and Soul.
    “You can see right through me like a dirty pane of glass.”-Cary Grant “Mr. Lucky”

  • Nick

    Laura-1944

    “For a charming, intelligent girl, you certainly surrounded yourself with a remarkable collection of dopes” -Dana Andrews

  • John Stanaway

    I have two favorite tough guy lines:

    When Robert Mitchum is told in OUT OF THE PAST that nobody is all bad, he replies, “She comes closest.”

    Bogart in MALTESE FALCON to an attempted dismissal by Elisha Cook: “People lose teeth talkin’ like that.”

  • Nora

    I cannot remember any specific quote at the present but my favorite noir film is the German film “M’ with Peter Lorre. Amazing performance on his part.

  • Mike

    More from Out of the Past

    Kathie Moffat: I’m sorry he didn’t die.
    Jeff Bailey: Give him time.

    [Petey and Jeff watch Meta walking away]
    Petey: Nice!
    Jeff Bailey: Awfully cold around the heart.

    Whit Sterling: My feelings? About ten years ago, I hid them somewhere and haven’t been able to find them.

  • Erin

    How singulary innocent I look this morning.-Clifton Webb-Laura

  • Sandy

    “We’re sisters under the mink.” — Gloria Grahame from Big Heat

  • Bill

    Another one from Out of the Past:

    Rhonda Fleming to Robert Mitchum…”Do you always leave your fingerprints on a girl’s shoulder…
    not that I mind.”

  • Tamazon

    From “Body Heat”:
    Matty Walker (Kathleen Turner) to Ned Racine (William Hurt): “You’re not too bright. I like that in a man.”

  • Gary Vidmar

    “You are a very nosy fellow kitty cat…you know what happens to nosy fellows?”
    (Polanski in CHINATOWN)

    “She’s my sister AND my daughter!”
    (Dunaway in CHINATOWN)

  • Rick

    No one is more classic than Sam Spade;
    1) We didn’t exactly believe your story, Miss O’Shaughnessy; we believed your two hundred dollars…I mean, you paid us more than if you’d been telling us the truth, and enough more to make it all right.
    2)My guess might be excellent or it might be crummy, but Mrs. Spade didn’t raise any children dippy enough to make guesses in front of a district attorney, and an assistant district attorney, and a stenographer.
    3) When a man’s partner is killed, he’s supposed to do something about it. It doesn’t make any difference what you thought of him. He was your partner and you’re supposed to do something about it. And it happens we’re in the detective business. Well, when one of your organization gets killed, it’s-it’s bad business to let the killer get away with it, bad all around, bad for every detective everywhere.

  • agb

    “Whad-ja do? Kiss him with a wrench?”

    Ann Savage to Tom Neal in DETOUR

  • sam

    If I’m going to die I’m going to die last.

    Out of the Past

  • version

    Two from B-movie Johnny Guitar
    “Never seen a woman who was more of a man. She thinks like one, acts like one, and sometimes makes me feel like I’m not”.

    Scott Brady to Joan Crawford: How did it feel with that rope around your neck, Vienna?
    Crawford: Try it sometime

    From They Clash by Night:
    Mae: You impress me as a man who needs a new suit of clothes or a new love affair – but he doesn’t know which

  • David Berkin

    “Whe you’re slapped you’ll take it and like it.”

    Bogie to Peter Lorre
    The Maltese Falcon

  • David Berkin

    Sorry…When.

  • BRIAN

    Thats the trouble with having a girlfriend thats married.If a man answers you have to hang up.
    Broderick Crawford
    The Flame
    im taller than Napoleon.
    Jane Greer
    Your prettier,too.
    Robert Mitchum
    Out Of The Past
    I dont like being mauled.
    Jane Greer
    This isnt mauling.This is haging on.
    Robert Mitchum
    The Big Steal
    What a dump.
    Bette Davis
    Beyond The Forest
    I spent most of my life in jail,I guess I spend the rest of it dead.
    Humphrey Bogart
    The Petrified Forest
    In this world you turn the other cheek and you get hit with a lug wrench.
    Brian Donlevy
    Impact
    Hes as shifty as smoke,but I love him.
    Thelma Ritter
    Pickup On South Street

  • BRIAN

    I feel like fighting Joe Louis or any other fast form of suicide.
    Van Hehlin
    Johnny Eager
    Its heavy.What is it?
    Ward Bond
    The stuff that dreams are made of.
    Humphrey Bogart
    Maltese Falcon
    Thats enough to make a bulldog bust its chains.
    Constance Towers
    The Naked Kiss
    Were you out with a guy who thought no was a three letter word?
    Ralph Meeker to Cloris Leachman
    Kiss Me Deadly

  • Carl-Edward

    ‘This will be the first time I’ve killed anyone I’ve known so little and liked so well.’

    Claire Trevor to Dick Powell in: ‘Murder My Sweet’.

  • Pat

    “The Glass Key”–
    Wm Bendix:”My first wife was a second cook at a third rate joint on fourth street.”

    “Out of the Past”–
    Mitchum: “That’s no way to win”
    Greer: “Is there a way to win?”
    Mitchum:”There’s a slower way to lose”

  • BRIAN

    A woman dresses for a man.You dress for me.Put on something white.
    Richard Conte
    The Big Combo
    What is there about a hoodlum that appeals to some women?
    Cornel Wilde
    The Big Combo
    Impact.The force with which two lives can come together.Sometimes for evil.Sometimes for good.
    Forward
    Impact
    He was a ladykiller.But dont get any ideas.I aint no lady.
    Myrna Dell
    Nocturne

  • ed

    out of the past is good one: mitchum”i’m not afraid to die. i just don’t want to be first
    boarwalk empire: thompson to al capone. ‘How’s the competetion in chicago?.
    al capones reply like he could be talking about a base ball team his favorate just beat. “we’re killing them’
    paul newman road to perdition ” make no mistake here nobody going to heaven in this room.”

  • Carioca

    Such a lot of guns around town and so few brains.
    -Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep

  • hiram grant

    Maybe tomorow I’ll do more thinking, because I suspect there’s something in Criss-Cross, but I for mow have to go with the great “sisters under the mink” line that Gloria Grahame gives Jeanette Nolan in The Big HeaT.

  • Jack Jones

    I never drink…wine.

  • sugarpussoshea

    “You’re Good – you’re awfully good.”
    Bogie in the Maltese Falcon and also the Big Sleep (I think??) He used it several times!!

    Bogie in the Petrified Forest
    “I’ve spent most of my life in jail and I guess I’ll spend the rest of it being dead.”

  • Spittle515

    I like talking to a man that likes to talk

  • BRIAN

    With my brains and your looks,we could go places.
    John Garfield
    This guy could have climbed the highest mountain in the world if only he had started up the right one.
    Van Heflin
    Johnny Eager
    Hey,I like this.Early Nothing.
    Gloria Grahame
    The Big Heat
    I dont think you understand.Youve been murdered.
    Doctor to Edmond OBrien
    DOA

  • DIRK

    DOUBLE INDEMNITY:
    maid: don’t bother, they lock the liquor cabinet.
    Walter Neff: I always bring my own keys.
    and later:
    Honey of an anklet!
    so many to recall in that movie!!!

  • Snigg Devereaux

    “Are there enough sharks in the water?”
    “Enough for a law firm”
    - The Big Swim

  • Anne

    “It’s better when you help” — Lauren Bacall

    “I was misinformed” — Bogie

  • BRIAN

    Maybe she was alright and maybe Christmas comes in July.
    Humphrey Bogart
    Dead Reckoning
    Your a good man,sister.
    Humphrey Bogart
    The Maltese Falcon
    Who said I was an honest citzen and where would it get me if I was?
    Lizabeth Scott
    The Racket
    You never can depend on a girls named Dolores.
    George Raft
    Nocturne

  • Zac

    All from Miller’s Crossing;

    Tom Reagan: Think about what protecting Bernie gets us. Think about what offending Caspar loses us.
    Leo O’Bannion: Oh, come on, Tommy. You know I don’t like to think.
    Tom Reagan: Yeah. Well, think about whether you should start.

    Eddie Dane: How’d you get the fat lip?
    Tom Reagan: Old war wound. Acts up around morons.

    Tom Reagan: Nobody knows anybody. Not that well.

    Verna: What you doing?
    Tom Reagan: Walking…
    Verna: Don’t let on any more than you have to.
    Tom Reagan: …in the rain.

    Eddie Dane: Up is down, black is white.

    Tom Reagan: Is there a point… or are you just brushin’ up on your small talk?

    O’Doole: Jesus, Tom, I was just speculatin’ about a hypothesis. I know I don’t know nothin’.

    Terry: The old man’s still an artist with a Thompson.

    Johnny Caspar: You double-cross once – where’s it all end? An interesting ethical question.

    Eddie Dane: Not so fast, there, Kaputnik.

    Leo O’Bannion: If I never see him again, it would be soon enough.

    Verna: Maybe that’s why I like you, Tom. I’ve never met anyone who made being a son of a bitch such a point of pride.

  • BRIAN

    I aint a tough guy.Just careful.
    Louis Jean Heydt
    The Big Sleep
    He gives me a pain in my
    Sonis Darrin
    GET OUT
    Louis Jean Heydt to Bogart
    Where do you get the pain?
    Humphrey Bogart
    Right in my
    Sonia Darrin
    GET OUT.
    Lois Jean Heydt to Bogart
    The Big Sleep
    Do you think beer has food value?
    Robert Ryan
    Clash By Night
    Bourbon straight with a bourbon chaser.
    William Bendix
    The Blue Dahlia

  • Roger Phillips

    I agree with some of the quotes–you need to watch “Double Indemnity” the best film noir and listen to the great dialogue. Plus Barbara Stanwyck is one of the best actresses ever!

  • June

    “Fasten your seat belts, It’s going to be a bumpy night”

    Bette Davis

    “All About Eve” 1950

    • Robin

      Since when has “All About Eve” been Film Noir?

  • Maggie P

    Any line in Double Indemnity. The best example of film noir in my opinion!

    • Bill

      Yeah, like “Should I laugh now or wait until it gets funny.”

  • BRIAN

    The bonds of matrimony can weigh heavily on ones soul.
    Lawyer to Claire Trevor
    Born To Kill
    My two husbands was turnips.
    Ester Howard
    Born To Kill
    I hope Lauries in Heaven,but she wouldnt have much fun up there.
    Ester Howard
    Born To Kill
    Doesnt it bother you at all that your married?
    Glenn Ford
    Does it bother you?
    Rita Hayworth
    Gilda

  • JIM RICK

    “YOUR NO GOOD…AND EITHER AM I” JANE GREER TO ROBERT MITCHUM IN “OUT OF THE PAST”….

    • Robin

      “Neither” not “either”. You too: watch the movie again tonight.

  • Anne

    The witty and suggestive banter between Lauren Bacall and Humphrey Bogart in The Big Sleep, ending with Bacall saying “It depends who’s in the saddle”.

    Another quote from The Big Sleep:
    “I don’t mind if you don’t like my morals. I don’t like them myself. They’re pretty bad. I grieve over them long winter evenings.”

    • Robin

      “Manners”, not “morals” Watch the movie again tonight.

  • Alex

    Thanks, Karen. Can’t wait to hear your quotes from the ladies. Meanwhile, here’s one more from the men of film noire:

    Glenn Ford (as Johnny Farrell) in GILDA: “Statistics show there are more women in the world than anything else–except insects.”

  • Frank D.

    “This Gun For Hire”

    Laird Cregar, pointing to a newspaper story, asks Alan Ladd how he feels after performing a hit on someone.

    Ladd’s response: “I feel fine.”

  • BRIAN

    Shoots me with my own gun,thats what gets me.
    Earl Holliman
    The Big Combo
    I use to live in a sewer.Now I live in a swamp,Ive come up in the world.
    Linda Darnel
    No Way Out
    I still love the man I killed.
    Bette Davis
    The Letter

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=824167426 Hersh Adlerstein

    The single best line, by Kirk Douglas: “Everybody dies”.

    • Trivia Guy

      That was John Garfield in Body and Soul, “Waddya gonna do kill me, everybody dies”.

  • C.J. Gelfand

    Trevor Howard’s opening narration and Orson Welles’s last speech in The Third man. Brilliant.

    • Robin

      The opening narration is not by Trevor Howard.

  • bitsnbytes

    Norma, Sunset Blvd:
    “I AM big. The pictures got small!”

  • Hwest

    I don’t use a pen. I write with a goose quill dipped in venom. Waldo Lydecker in “Laura”

  • Jct

    Consider War of the Worlds (1953). Martian war machines are crashing in all directions when Dr. Forrester (Gene Barry) utters “Something’s happened!”

  • Sam

    I like this one from ‘Ace In The Hole’

    Jan Sterling telling what she thinks of Kirk Douglas:
    I met a lot of hard-boiled eggs in my life, but you – you’re twenty minutes.

  • Wendylee

    “You better watch out, McPherson, or you’ll end up in a psychiatric ward. I don’t think they’ve ever had a patient who fell in love with a corpse.” As said by Waldo Lydecker, played by Clifton Webb, to Detective McPherson, played by Dana Andrews, in the 1944 film noir Laura.

  • Bob

    A war film (title escapes) A night battle scene horrific explosions, chaos, etc..radio rings; actor/comic Mort Saul in fox hole answers, “Hello, this is World War II”. He made it hilarious.

  • Wayne P.

    “I made it…top of the world, Ma!” Jimmy Cagney, White Heat, 1949.
    “Ain’t nobody dont remind you of somebody, tonight…” Randolph Scott to Lee Marvin, Seven Men from Now, 1956 (a western, not a noir, but still a great line;).
    Ward Bond: “You mean to say youve just got an old cripple, a kid & a drunk; thats all youve got”?
    John Wayne: “No, thats what Ive got!” Exchange in Rio Bravo, 1959–still not a noir but still great!

  • TedC

    From the first (B movie) version of “The Narrow Margin”: detective (Charles McGraw) to mob moll he is guarding (Marie Windsor), “You make me sick”. Moll’s reply, “Well, use your own sink”.

  • fliksrus

    Almost anything from MURDER, MY SWEET, like “He looked about as inconspicuous as a tarantula on a slice of angel food cake.”

  • T L Miller

    “I hope they don’t hang you, Precious, by that sweet neck.” (The Maltese Falcon) “That’s enough outta you, Walter! Now get outta here before I throw my desk at you!” (Double Indemnity) “If there’s anything good about me, it’s my credit.” and “Don’t talk to me about self-respect. That’s something you tell yourself when you got when you got nothing else. What kind of self-respect is there living on aspirin tablets and chicken salad sandwiches?” and “I like men with brains” “It’s a quality not offensive in women, either.” (The Damned Don’t Cry) And, of course, every 3rd line in “Double Indemnity!”

  • DBerkin

    “He used to be a dick. But he’s not a dick anymore”
    The Postman Always Rings Twice

  • Ron

    “I would have hated to kill you”…………Gail Russell to Alan ladd in CALCUTTA.

  • Bruce Reber

    Johnny Rocco (Edward G. Robinson) to Gay Dawn (Clair Trevor) in “Key Largo”: “Well everbody has their first drink don’t they, but everybody ain’t a lush!”

  • Tami Grover Hance

    Kathleen Turner in Body Heat:
    “You’re not too bright. I like that in a man.”
    And almost any line in Murder, My Sweet or Out of the Past.