What are the best lines ever from film noir? It doesn’t have to be a one-liner, so Bogie’s send off of Brigid O’Shaughnessy (All those on one side. Maybe some of them are unimportant. I won’t argue about that. But look at the number of them. Now on the other side we’ve got what? All we’ve got is the fact that maybe you love me and maybe I love you.) counts. And I’ll interpret film noir liberally, so that Chinatown (I don’t get tough with anyone, Mr. Gittes. My lawyer does.) counts, as do the Third Man (I’m just a hack writer who drinks too much and falls in love with girls) and Miller’s Crossing.
This is a good one from Double Indemnity “It’s not like taking a trolley ride together where they can get off at different stops. They’re stuck with each other and they’ve got to ride all the way to the end of the line and it’s a one-way trip and the last stop is the cemetery.” (via).
Update. I like this parody from Dead Men Don’t Wear Plaid “I had no trouble finding Dr Forrest’s cheese lab. It smelled like the number on the door.” (There is a 2 on the door.)