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Poll: Classic Movie "Arc" Quotes

What's an arc quote? Well, what an arc quote is NOT is a catchphrase or a signature quote. "What's the Matrix?" "Who's Keyser Soze?" These are arc quotes.

Arc quotes are generally repeated lines that work as leitmotifs to the main theme of the film, the plot mystery or the lead character's Aesopian arc. They often have an enigmatic value whose resolution comes at the end, or they can define the whole narrative or the hero's journey by gaining either more or a whole new significance by the end (in most cases, they're not delivered by the main protagonists).

On the basis of this lengthy but (I hope) insightful presentation, here comes the question: which of these arc quotes would you say is the most classic?

After voting, you may discuss the list here

Make Your Choice

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    The Matrix (1999)

    "What's the Matrix?"
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    Batman Begins (2005)

    "Why do we fall?"
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    Field of Dreams (1989)

    "If you build it, he will come"
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    Forrest Gump (1994)

    "Run Forrest, run!"
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    Star Wars: Episode IV - A New Hope (1977)

    "Help me, Obi-Wan Kenobi, you're my only hope."
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    Avatar (2009)

    "I see you"
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    All the President's Men (1976)

    "Follow the money"
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    Blood Diamond (2006)

    "T.I.A. This is Africa"
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    Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)

    "Who are those guys?"
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    The Curious Case of Benjamin Button (2008)

    "You never know what's coming for you"
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    The Usual Suspects (1995)

    "Who's Keyser Soze?"
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    Million Dollar Baby (2004)

    "Mo cuishle!"
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    The Dark Knight (2008)

    "You wanna know how I got these scars?"
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    Dead Poets Society (1989)

    "Carpe diem"
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    Magnum Force (1973)

    "Man has to know his limitations"
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    Jurassic Park (1993)

    "Life will find a way"
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    Aladdin (1992)

    "Do you trust me?"
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    The Hunchback of Notre Dame (1996)

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    Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind (2004)

    "Meet me in Montauk"
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    Highlander (1986)

    "There can only be one"
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    Kung Fu Panda (2008)

    "There are no accidents"
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    Marathon Man (1976)

    "Is it safe?"
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    WALL·E (2008)

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    Chinatown (1974)

    "As little as possible..."
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    Frozen (2013)

    "Only an act of true love can thaw a frozen heart"

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