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Poll: Top 20 Villains Exit Lines

An opening line sets the tone, a final line makes the point. And since many villains (or evil protagonists) drive the film's narrative, it's all natural that their iconic lines come generally right at the end, before their demise, their pyrrhic victory or simply said, before they leave the screen.

Pathetic or poignant in a dignified way, conclusive or enigmatic in an overarching way, all the following lines have been uttered by these baddies the last time we saw them on the screen. Which of these exit-lines is the most memorable?

After voting, you might discuss the list here

(To make the list, the villains were all nominated for the AFI's Top 50, some of the lines were also nominated for the AFI's Top 100, sometimes making the final list)

Make Your Choice

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    Malcolm McDowell in A Clockwork Orange (1971)

    Alex DeLarge (#12): "I was cured all right!" (A Clockwork Orange)
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    James Cagney in White Heat (1949)

    Cody Jarrett (#25): "Made it, Ma! Top of the world!" (#18) (White Heat)
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    Kevin Spacey in The Usual Suspects (1995)

    Roger "Verbal" Kint (#48): "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn't exist... and like that, he's gone!" (The Usual Suspects)
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    Gloria Swanson in Sunset Blvd. (1950)

    Norma Desmond: "All right, Mr. DeMille, I'm ready for my close-up" (#7) (Sunset Blvd.)
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    Rutger Hauer in Blade Runner (1982)

    Roy Batty: "I've seen things you people wouldn't believe. Attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion. I watched C-beams glitter in the dark near the Tannhauser gate. All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. Time to die." (NOMINATED)(Blade Runner)
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    Anthony Hopkins in The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

    Hannibal Lecter (#1): "I do wish we could chat longer, but I'm having an old friend for dinner" (NOMINATED) (The Silence of the Lambs)
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    Anthony Perkins in Psycho (1960)

    Norman Bates (#2): "They'll see and they'll know, and they'll say, "Why, she wouldn't even harm a fly..." (Psycho)
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    David Prowse in Star Wars: Episode V - The Empire Strikes Back (1980)

    Darth Vader (#3): "Luke... it is your destiny" (The Empire Strikes Back)
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    Judy Garland, Ray Bolger, Margaret Hamilton, Jack Haley, and Bert Lahr in The Wizard of Oz (1939)

    The Wicked Witch of the West (#4): "I'm melting! I'm melting! Oh, what a world! What a world!" (NOMINATED) (The Wizard of Oz)
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    Keir Dullea and Douglas Rain in 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968)

    HAL 9000 (#13): "Daisy, Daisy, give me your answer do. I'm half crazy all for the love of you. It won't be a stylish marriage, I can't afford a carriage. But you'll look sweet upon the seat of a bicycle built for two."(2001: A Space Odyssey)
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    Ralph Fiennes in Schindler's List (1993)

    Amon Goeth (#15): "Heil, Hitler!" (Schindler's List)
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    Edward G. Robinson in Little Caesar (1931)

    Caesar Enrico Bandello (#38): "Mother of mercy, is this the end of Rico?" (#73) (Little Caesar)
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    Joe Pesci, Frank DiLeo, and Charles Scorsese in Goodfellas (1990)

    Tommy DeVito: "Oh, no..." (Goodfellas)
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    F. Murray Abraham in Amadeus (1984)

    Antonio Salieri: "Mediocrities everywhere... I absolve you... I absolve you... I absolve you... I absolve you... I absolve you all." (Amadeus)
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    Robert Blake in In koelen bloede (1967)

    Perry Smith: "I'd like to apologize, but... who to?" (In Cold Blood)
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    Edward Norton in Primal Fear (1996)

    Aaron Stapler: "I'm just kidding, bud! I didn't mean to hurt your feelings! What else was I supposed to do? Hey, you're gonna thank me down the road, because this is gonna toughen you right up, Martin Vail! You hear me? That's a promise!" (Primal Fear)
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    Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta in Pulp Fiction (1994)

    Vincent Vega & Jules Winnfield: "I think we should be leaving now." "Yeah, that's probably a good idea." (Pulp Fiction)
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    Peter Sellers, George C. Scott, and Peter Bull in Dr. Strangelove or: How I Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb (1964)

    Dr. Strangelove: "Mein Furher, I can walk!" (NOMINATED) (Dr. Strangelove)
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    Marlon Brando in Apocalypse Now (1979)

    Col. Walter Kurtz: "The horror... the horror..." (Apocalypse Now)
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    Al Pacino in Scarface (1983)

    Tony Montana: "Go ahead! I take your fucking bullets! You think you kill me with bullets? I take your fucking bullets! Go ahead!" (Scarface)

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