The Ten Greatest War Movie Quotes


vietnam soldiers lay behing a wall during a gun fight to illustrate a blog post about great war movie quotes

War movies create memorable images, but what about memorable words? These are my Top 10 War Movie Quotes. What are yours?

Number 10:

“Come on you apes, you wanna live forever?”

~Starship Troopers

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Number 9:

“I’m not exactly sure what country we’re in. Could be Belgium, Luxembourg, France, or even Germany. I don’t know what day it is. I have no watch, so I don’t know what time it is. I’m not even sure of my name. The next thing you know, they’ll be making me a general.”

~ A Midnight Clear

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Number 8:

“And if we don’t drop these bombs right in the pickle barrel there are going to be a lot of innocent people killed.”

~Memphis Belle

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Number 7:

“Captain Sobel, we salute the rank, not the man.”

~Band of Brothers

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Number 6:

“Talking about killing? Y’all experts? Y’all know about killing? I’d like to hear about it, potheads.”


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Number 5: 

“I love the smell of napalm in the morning.”

~Apocalypse Now

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Number 4: 

“Fuck politics. We’re here. All the rest is bullshit.”



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Number 3: 

“We’re not lost, Private … we’re in Normandy.”

~Band of Brothers


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Number 2:

“What I mean by that, sir, is if you was to put me and this here sniper rifle anywhere up to and including one mile from Adolf Hitler … with a clean line of sight … Pack your bags, fellas. War’s over. Amen.”

~Saving Private Ryan

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And my Number 1 war movie quote is …

“Y’know what I think? Don’t really matter what I think. Once that first bullet goes past your head, politics and all that shit just goes right out the window.”

~Black Hawk Down

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What are YOUR favorite war movie quotes? Let me know in the comments below!


  1. Sherry
    September 30, 2012 / 11:45 pm

    Great fun to read! A Midnight Clear is one of my favorite movies ever, war or no war.

  2. broadsword
    October 3, 2012 / 2:33 am

    I don't remember whether this made it into the movie "Patton" but I like this quote from the real General George S. Patton: "The object of war is not to die for your country but to make the other bastard die for his."

  3. Unknown
    October 4, 2012 / 12:13 am

    I've been meaning to watch Apocalypse Now for so long now. Thanks for reminding me!!

  4. kpower31
    October 4, 2012 / 12:14 am

    love the jarhead quote! great movie!

  5. Unknown
    October 4, 2012 / 12:16 am

    Completely agree with your top choice!