Lately, there is a big complaint about people not going to the movies anymore. They say the box office is hurting, then you read about the hundreds of millions of dollars that the top movies are making with each new release and you wonder what these people are talking about. The truth is, movie entertainment is right up there with television. People still love to go to the movies. And why not? There are just as many great movie moments as there have been television moments. What follows is just a small sampling of that very long list.

Who could forget the classic movie “Casablanca” when at the end Humphrey Bogart sends Ingrid Bergman on her way, telling her that the problems of two people don’t really mean anything in this crazy world. Who could forget the tears in her eyes or the look on his face? And if that wasn’t enough of a great moment for one movie then how about just a few minutes later when Louie informs Rick that he’ll be leaving Casablanca with him and Bogart spits out the now classic line “Louis, I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship”. It doesn’t get any better than that.

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What about the classic thriller “Bride Of Frankenstein” when the monster, the bride and Dr. Frankenstein are all trapped in the tower along with the poor innocent couple? The monster, played brilliantly by Boris Karloff, tells the couple to leave but then instructs Dr. Frankenstein to stay, uttering the chilling line “We belong dead”. Three words that said more than so many movies couldn’t say in 90 minutes.

And if that isn’t enough, what about in the classic movie “The Wizard Of Oz” when at the end of the movie, after a long a weary search to find her way back to Kansas, Dorothy finally gets the answer to how to return home. When she tells the good witch that she’s ready the good witch utters the now classic line “Then close your eyes and tap your heels together three times. And think to yourself, ‘There’s no place like home'”. How many parodies have there been on this line and this movie since?

If you want to see the strength and courage of a woman determined to see her way through anything, look no further than Scarlett O’ Hara of “Gone With The Wind” when she spoke one of the greatest lines in movie history when she said, “As God is my witness, as God is my witness, they’re not going to lick me! I’m going to live through this and when it’s all over, I’ll never be hungry again – no, nor any of my folks! If I have to lie, steal, cheat, or kill! As God is my witness, I’ll never be hungry again”. There wasn’t a dry eye in the movie theater when she spoke these lines.