Can You Match the Quote to the Mob Movie?

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By: Jane Andrews

6 Min Quiz

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About This Quiz

As some of the most thrilling movies in American cinema have shown us, mob men have colorful vocabularies. Whether they're "painting houses," "making cement coffins" or sending their foes to "sleep with the fishes," big-screen mafioso men (and likely real-life ones, too) are pros at getting their point across — especially when it comes to making thinly veiled threats and defending their family's honor. So it's no wonder that the gangster genre is packed with memorable movies audiences love to watch over and over. From classics such as "The Godfather" and "Goodfellas" to recent hits like "Black Mass" and "The Irishman," these films contain some of the most quotable lines in all of film history.

How well do you know your mafia movie speak? This quiz is filled with quotes from Hollywood's most notable gangster flicks — as well as one or two lesser-known mob movies — and your job is to match each line with the film it's from. It's a challenge that will test the resolve of even the most avid of mafioso movie fans, so make sure you're ready to answer every question. Our advice? Leave the gun, take the cannoli and channel your inner wise guy before diving into this quiz. And whatever you do, don't call this quiz funny!


"I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse." Which classic gangster film is this line from?

Released in 1972, this quintessential mob movie was directed by Francis Ford Coppola and starred Marlon Brando, Al Pacino, James Caan and Robert Duvall. Brando utters this famous line in his role as mafia boss Vito Corleone.

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"As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster." Can you name the movie that features this quote?

Ray Liotta provides this piece of narration as aspiring mob man Henry Hill in the 1990 hit "Goodfellas." Directed by Martin Scorsese, the movie's ensemble cast also features Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Lorraine Bracco and Paul Sorvino.

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What about the oft-quoted line, "You wanna play rough? OK. Say hello to my little friend!" Which gangster movie is it from?

Directed by Brian De Palma and written by Oliver Stone, "Scarface" is a remake of a 1932 film of the same name. It stars Al Pacino as greedy drug lord Tony Montana, who shouts this famous quote before engaging in a deadly shooting spree.

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"If you're a rat, then I'm the biggest mutt in the history of the Mafia." Do you know what movie this line is in?

Played by Al Pacino, aging mafia man Lefty Ruggiero says this to Donnie Brasco, the prospective mobster he's taken under his wing. Unbeknownst to Lefty, Donnie — who is played by Johnny Depp — is actually an undercover FBI agent. That's right, HE IS a rat.

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Do you recognize this funny mob movie quote? "Leave the gun, take the cannoli."

Behind-the-scenes books about "The Godfather" report that this line was not in the original script. As the story goes, actor Richard Castellano, who plays the capo who delivers this line, improvised it.

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What about the line, "Get out of here, you're nothing but a lotta talk and a badge." Which movie is it from?

Robert De Niro utters this line as the notorious real-life gangster Al Capone in this 1987 film. The movie, which also stars Kevin Costner, Andy Garcia and Sean Connery, was nominated for four Academy Awards and won one for Best Supporting Actor (for Connery).

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"You ain't a lawyer no more, Dave. You a gangster now." Which mob movie features this quote?

Directed by Brian De Palma, this 1993 mobster movie stars Al Pacino, Sean Penn and Penelope Ann Miller. Both Penn and Miller received Golden Globe nominations for their performances.

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"I heard you paint houses." Can you name the mob movie this line is from?

This 2019 Scorsese film is based on the nonfiction book "I Heard You Paint Houses" by former investigator Charles Brandt. According to Brandt, the term "painting houses" was mob code for "killing people."

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"You don't make up for your sins in church. You do it in the streets. You do it at home. The rest is b******* and you know it." What film is this line from?

Released in 1973, this early Martin Scorsese mobster movie stars Robert De Niro and Harvey Keitel. It was Scorsese's first notable feature film and received rave reviews from critics.

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Which movie features the quote? "If anything in this life is certain, if history has taught us anything, it's that you can kill anyone."

This sequel to "The Godfather" grossed $88 million worldwide and became the seventh highest-grossing movie of 1974 in the United States. It was also Paramount Pictures' highest-grossing film that year.

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This quote is also from a Scorsese flick. "There are three ways to do things here. The right way, the wrong way and the way that I do it." Which is it?

This 1995 mob drama is based on the nonfiction book "Casino: Love and Honor in Las Vegas" by Nicholas Pileggi. Pileggi, who also co-wrote the screenplay with Scorsese, also collaborated with the filmmaker on the 1990 movie "Goodfellas."

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Do you know which film features this tough-guy line? "Take your shot, but make it your best. Cause I get up, I'll eat ya."

Johnny Depp stars in this 2015 film about the infamous American mobster James "Whitey" Bulger. Before being captured by the feds in 2011, Bulger spent 16 years at large and 12 years on the FBI's most-wanted list.

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"I don't want to be a product of my environment. I want my environment to be a product of me." Do you recognize this mob movie quote?

Jack Nicholson delivers this line as Irish mob boss Franklin "Frank" Costello. The film won four Academy Awards, for Best Picture, Best Director (Martin Scorsese), Best Film Editing and Best Adapted Screenplay.

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"You can always tell the winners at the starting gate. You can always tell the winners, and you can tell the losers." Can you tell us which movie this line is from?

Despite the fact that this 1984 mob movie received a 15-minute standing ovation when it was screened at the Cannes Film Festival, it was a major box office flop in the U.S., grossing just $5.3 million on a $30 million budget.

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"You might be demonstrating a failure to show appreciation." Which mob film features this line?

"The Irishman" is director Martin Scorsese's 26th full-length feature film. It's also the first Scorsese movie to feature Al Pacino, and the first film to include both Al Pacino and Joe Pesci in the cast.

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"Keep your friends close, but your enemies closer." This famous line is from which of the following films?

Many critics consider this 1974 movie to be superior to its predecessor, "The Godfather." The film was nominated for 11 Academy Awards and won five, including Best Picture. It also became the first sequel to win a Best Picture Oscar.

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Which film features this wise guy pearl of wisdom? "You can get further with a kind word and a gun than you can with just a kind word."

Based on a book of the same name, "The Untouchables" was written by David Mamet and directed by Brian De Palma. In addition to its Oscar win for Connery, the movie received a Grammy Award for Best Film Soundtrack.

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Can you tell us the mob movie that features this quote? "Every once in a while, I'd have to take a beating. But by then, I didn't care. The way I saw it, everybody takes a beating sometime."

Reportedly, Ray Liotta turned down the role of Harvey Dent in the 1989 movie "Batman" to play Henry Hill in "Goodfellas." The young actor had caught Scorsese's eye with his performances in "Something Wild" and "Field of Dreams."

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This line is from a classic mob movie scene. "I'm funny how? I mean, funny like I’m a clown? I amuse you?" Do you know the film?

Reportedly, this famous exchange between Henry Hill (Ray Liotta) and Tommy DeVito (Joe Pesci) was based on an encounter that Pesci had with a real-life mob man. After the actor shared the story with Scorsese, the director put it in the film.

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"Sonny had five fingers, but he only used three." Do you know which movie features this line?

This 1993 mob movie is based on a one-man play written and performed by Chazz Palminteri, who plays Sonny LoSpecchio in the film. A Broadway musical version of the story was also made.

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"Success. It's got enemies ... We can be successful and have enemies, or we can be unsuccessful and we can have friends. It's a choice we make." Which of the following films is this quote from?

As Lucchese mob boss Dominic Cattano, Armand Assante delivers this line to Denzel Washington, who plays drug trafficker Frank Lucas. While the film is heavily fictionalized, Frank Lucas was a real-life Harlem-based criminal in the 1960s.

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"My father assured him that either his brains or his signature would be on the contract. That's a true story." Can you name the movie that features this line?

Referring to another infamous quote from "The Godfather" — Vito Corleone's "I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse" — this line is delivered by Michael Corleone, Vito's son, who was played by Al Pacino.

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How about this quote — do you know which film it's from? "I am gonna send you to a deep dark place, and I am gonna have fun doing it!"

This 1990 gangster film was written, directed and produced by Joel and Ethan Coen, a.k.a. the Coen brothers. It takes place during the U.S. Prohibition and stars Gabriel Byrne, Marcia Gay Harden and John Turturro.

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Which film features the line, "I know you know where they are. So tell me, before I do some damage you won't walk away from"?

Directed by Quentin Tarantino, this 1993 movie is about a couple on the run from the mafia. It features an ensemble cast that includes Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Dennis Hopper, Val Kilmer and Christopher Walken.

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"For guys like me, Las Vegas washes away your sins. It's like a morality car wash." Can you name this mob movie quote?

"Casino" is the third Martin Scorsese movie that features Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Frank Vincent in the cast. The trio also appeared in the 1980 film "Raging Bull" and the 1990 hit "Goodfellas."

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How about the line, "I know it was you, Fredo. You broke my heart. You broke my heart!" Which movie is this from?

In 1993, "The Godfather Part II" was selected for preservation in the U.S. National Film Registry of the Library of Congress. All movies that receive this honor are considered to be "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant."

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In which movie does the main character say, "I always tell the truth. Even when I lie."

While Pacino was already well-known when this film was released in 1983, the movie helped launch the careers of several young actors, including Michelle Pfeiffer, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio and Steven Bauer.

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Can you name the movie this line is from? "Just when I thought I was out, they pull me back in!"

Released in 1990, this is the third and final installment of Brian De Palm's "The Godfather" trilogy. The movie was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture, but did not take home a statue.

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“What Freud said about the Irish is: 'We are the only people who are impervious to psychoanalysis.'" Do you recognize this line?

Played by Matt Damon, this line is delivered by undercover gangster/police mole Colin Sullivan. "The Departed" is a remake of a 2002 movie from Hong Kong entitled "Infernal Affairs."

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"If you want me to keep my mouth shut, it's gonna cost you some dough. I figure a thousand bucks is reasonable, so I want two." What movie is this quote from?

This line is delivered by Gabriel Byrne, who plays mob advisor Tom Reagan in this neo-noir gangster film. In the movie, he works for Irish mobster and political boss Leo O'Bannon, who is played by Albert Finney.

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Which movie features the line, "Whenever anybody says they're a little concerned, they're very concerned"?

"The Irishman" is Martin Scorsese's longest-running film, clocking in at three hours and 30 minutes. Hollywood rumor has it that the director's first cut was more than four hours long.

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What about the quote, "Sometimes in the heat of passion, the little head tells the big head what to do, and the big head should think twice about what you are doing." Which mob movie is it from?

Robert De Niro both starred in and directed this 1993 film, which was the esteemed actor's directorial debut. He did not get behind the camera again until 2006 when he directed the movie "The Good Shepherd."

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Do you recognize the line, "If nobody sees it, it didn't happen"?

In addition to Johnny Depp in the leading role, "Black Mass" features a star-studded ensemble cast that includes Dakota Johnson, Kevin Bacon, Peter Sarsgaard, Jesse Plemons and David Harbour.

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Can you tell us the movie with the quote, "I know there are women, like my best friends, who would have gotten out of there the minute their boyfriends gave them a gun to hide. But I didn't. I gotta admit the truth, it turned me on"?

This line is delivered by Lorraine Bracco, who plays Henry Hill's wife, Karen. Bracco went on to star in the HBO mob drama "The Sopranos" as Tony Soprano's therapist Dr. Jennifer Melfi.

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And finally, which movie includes this quote? "You come into my house on the day my daughter is to be married and you ask me to do murder. For money."

Marlon Brando delivers this line during the well-known opening scene of "The Godfather." Throughout the film, the actor wore a mouthpiece to help him achieve Vito Corleone's gravelly voice. That mouthpiece is currently on display at the Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, New York.

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