Best Business Quotes From Movies

9 years, 9 months ago - December 07, 2012
We all know "Greed is good." Here is a host of other memorable movie lines.

Catch Me If You Can (2002)

True story of the infamous con artist Frank Abagnale Jr., who collected cash passing himself off as an airline pilot, doctor and lawyer. Quote: "Two little mice fell into a bucket of cream. The first mouse quickly gave up and drowned, but the second mouse, he struggled so hard that he eventually churned that cream into butter and he walked out. Amen." --- Frank Abagnale Jr. after he was asked to say grace

Boiler Room (2000)

Seth Davis (Giovanni Ribisi), lured by the promise of “a million dollars in three years,” takes a job at brokerage firm, J.T. Marlin, but soon finds out the true nature of their business. Quote: "A sale is made on every call you make. Either you sell the client some stock or he sells you a reason he can't. Either way a sale is made, the only question is who is gonna close?" --- Jim Young (Ben Affleck) in a tyrannical sales-training session.

Steel Magnolias (1989)

Set in the fictional, Louisiana suburb of Chinquapin Parish, the movie follows the journey of six women and how they cope with what life throws at them. Quote: “Smile. It enhances your face value.” --- Truvy Jones (Dolly Parton).

American Gangster (2007)

True story of the 1970’s heroin kingpin Frank Lucas (Denzel Washington) and Richie Roberts (Russell Crowe), the cop seeking to arrest him. Quote: "The loudest one in the room is the weakest one in the room." --- Frank Lucas to his cousin Huey (Chiwetel Ejiofor).

Office Space (1999)

A gut-busting cult classic for fed-up cubicle warriors. Quote: "My only real motivation is not to be hassled--that, and the fear of losing my job. But you know, Bob, that will only make someone work just hard enough not to get fired." -- Peter Gibbons (Ron Livingston), justifying his lackluster performance to two annoying consultants.

Coming to America (1988)

Prince Akeem Joffer (Eddie Murphy) of the fictional African Country, Zamunda, seeks real life experience (and an escape from his arranged marriage) by moving to Queens. Quote: "I started out mopping the floor just like you guys. But I'm washing lettuce. Soon I'll be on fries; then the grill. And pretty soon, I'll make assistant manager, and that's when the big bucks start rolling in." --- Maurice (Louie Anderson) to Prince Akeem and Semmi (Arsenio Hall) while they clean the kitchen at McDowells fast food restaurant.

Big Night (1996)

In a last ditch effort to save their failing restaurant, two Italian immigrants, Primo (Tony Shalhoub) and Secondo (Stanley Tucci), plan a “big night” with the expectation that Louis Prima, an Italian celebrity, will dine with them. Quote: "I am a businessman. I am anything I need to be at any time." --- Pascal (Ian Holm), owner of a competing restaurant.

Up in the Air (2009)

Corporate head-chopper for hire, Ryan Bingham (George Clooney) logs 1 million frequent flier miles, until he is unexpectedly grounded and forced to deal with the shortcomings in his personal life. Quote: "There's nothing cheap about loyalty." -- Ryan Bingham to his traveling companion Alex Goran (Vera Farmiga)

Thank You For Smoking (2006)

Nick Naylor (Aaron Eckhart), successful lobbyist for big tobacco, fights to keep warning labels off cigarette packages. Quote: Kid #3: "My Mommy says smoking kills." Naylor: "Oh, is your Mommy a doctor?" Kid #3: "No." Naylor: "A scientific researcher of some kind?" Kid #3: "No." Naylor: "Well, then she's hardly a credible expert, is she?" --- Naylor to a middle-school student during a career-day speech.

Goodfellas (1990)

About the rise and fall of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci), and Jimmy “The Gent” Conway (Robert De Niro), associates of New York’s Lucchese Crime family. Quote: "And when the cops, when they assigned a whole army to stop Jimmy, what'd he do? He made 'em partners." --- Henry Hill, narrating

Citizen Kane (1941)

Traces the life and times of Charles Foster Kane (Orson Wells), a fictional newspaper tycoon based loosely on William Randolf Hearst. The movie is about the relentless pursuit of wealth and power -- and what, in the end, it's all worth. Quote: “It’s no trick to make a lot of money, if what you want to do is make a lot of money.” --- Berstein (Everett Sloane), Kane's business manager

Rudy (1993)

A pint-sized wannabe (Sean Astin) chases his dream of playing football for the University of Notre Dame. Quote: "No one, and I mean no one, comes into our house and pushes us around." --- Dan Devine (Chelcie Ross) in a speech to the team before their final game of the season.

Trading Places (1983)

A rags-to-riches, riches-to-rags comedy about insider trading story starring Dan Aykroyd and Eddie Murphy. Quote: "You make no friends in the pits and you take no prisoners. One minute you're up half a million in soybeans and the next, boom, your kids don't go to college and they've repossessed your Bentley. Are you with me?" --- Louis Winthorpe III (Dan Aykroyd) to Billy Ray Valentine (Eddie Murphy) before the opening bell in New York

Glengarry Glen Ross (1992)

David Mamet's classic about desperate New York real estate salesmen fighting for their jobs. The all-star cast includes Al Pacino, Jack Lemmon, Alan Arkin, Ed Harris, Kevin Spacey, Jonathan Pryce and, of course, Alec Baldwin, who delivers one of the most oft-quoted speeches in business-movie history. Quote: "Only one thing counts in this world: Get them to sign on the line which is dotted." --- Blake (Baldwin)

Scarface (1983)

Hardscrabble Cuban refugee Tony Montana, played by Al Pacino, strikes it rich as a cocaine king in Miami. Quote: "Don’t underestimate the other guy’s greed." --- Frank Lopez (Tony’s Mentor) to Tony

The Apartment (1960)

To curry favor with his betters a man lets company execs use his apartment for trysts. Mayhem ensues. Quote: "Normally, it takes years to work your way up to the twenty-seventh floor. But it only takes 30 seconds to be out on the street again. You dig?" --- J.D. Sheldrake (Fred MacMurray) to C.C. Baxter (Jack Lemmon) during a conversation in which Baxter attempts to set his boss straight.

Star Wars Episode IV (1977)

The 1977 classic that started it all. Quote: “No reward is worth this!" --- Han Solo (Harrison Ford), not long after he told Princess Leia (Carrie Fisher): "Look, I ain't in this for your revolution, and I'm not in it for you, princess. I expect to be well paid. I'm in it for the money."

Star Wars Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

The second installment of the sci-fi epoch, including Luke Skywalker's Jedi training under master Yoda.Quote: "Do or do not, there is no try." --- Yoda

Cool Runnings (1993)

When a group of Jamaican Olympic hopefuls don’t make the cut for the summer games, they decide to create Jamaica’s first bobsled team.Quote: "The driver has to work harder than anyone. He's the first to show up, and the last to leave. When his buddies are all out drinking beer, he's up in his room studying pictures of turns." --- Coach Irv (John Candy) to the team.

Miracle (2004)

"Miracle" is the true story of the 1980 U.S. Olympic hockey team’s quest for a gold medal. Quote: "You think you can win on talent alone? Gentlemen, you don't have enough talent to win on talent alone." --- Coach Herb Brooks (Kurt Russell) to team USA before their game against the Russians.

Pursuit Of Happyness (2006)

Based on a true story of Chris Gardner (Will Smith), a struggling salesman trying to make it as a stockbroker and support his son.

Quote: "You got a dream you gotta protect it. People can't do something themselves, they wanna tell you can't do it." --- Gardner, to his son Christopher (Jaden Smith)

Finding Nemo (2003)

Pixar's instant classic about a clown fish’s quest to find his son, Nemo, who was swept away by a fisherman.Quote: "Just keep swimming." --- Dory, a blue tang fish, trying to cheer up Marlin (Nemo’s Dad)

Text by Forbes

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