i quit asked in Entertainment & MusicMovies · 1 decade ago

movies with snappy, witty dialogue?

Lately I have found that I am memorizing, word for word, lines from Pulp Fiction and Reservoir Dogs.

I watched Reservoir Dogs and enjoyed it, but I personally liked Pulp Fiction more.

That aside, I've also watched most Kevin Smith movies (Clerks, Clerks II, Dogma, Chasing Amy, Mallrats...). Maybe a bit more comedy but I still enjoyed all those movies, especially Dogma.

I've really taken a liking to witty dialogue. What other movies out there have dialogue and convos similar to those in Tarantino movies?

It's the little differences...


I guess I should add that by snappy witty dialog I mean it makes me think about things in life in an interesting way (such as tipping waitresses or the many religious themes in Dogma), really satirical or just plain memorable.

10 Answers

  • 1 decade ago
    Favorite Answer

    You should go back to the classics, like "His Girl Friday" (Cary Grant and Rosalind Russell) or the screwball comedies of the 1930s.

  • 1 decade ago

    I don't know about films that are like Tarantino, but I do know who set the pattern for "rapid patter": Howard Hawks. He loved overlapping dialogue. Others followed suit, including Neil Simon, whose characters are said to speak like most people wish they did.



    The Sting

    Body Heat

    Biloxi Blues

    Elmer Gantry

    Music & Lyrics

    The Apartment

    Raising Arizona

    The Goodbye Girl

    Bringing Up Baby

    Ball of Fire (1941)

    Adam's Rib (1949)

    Stage Door (1937)

    Unconditional Love

    The Maltese Falcon

    His Girl Friday (1940)

    Same Time, Next Year

    The Blue Dahlia (1946)

    This Gun for Hire (1942)

    I Ought to Be in Pictures

    The Lion in Winter (1968)

    The Purple Rose of Cairo

    Gentlemen Prefer Blondes

    Double Indemnity (original)

    The Philadelphia Story (1940)

    Butch Cassidy & the Sundance Kid

    The Mummy and The Mummy Returns

    Laura~mainly when Clifton Webb is on-screen

    She Gets What She Wants aka Slap Her... She's French

    The Thin Man series, especially the first two~The Thin Man and After the Thin Man~~William Powell and Myrna Loy are amazing together!

    The Thing From Another World~Most people figure that Howard Hawks really directed this, no matter what the credit says!

    I imagine that many of these won't appeal to you, but they're real standouts for dialogue delivered wonderfully in a variety of situations~old and new.

  • 3 years ago

    Witty Movies

  • 1 decade ago

    Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf?




    Citizen Kane

    The Graduate



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  • 1 decade ago

    Boondock saints

    Shawshank Redemption

    Any Mel Brooks, Woody Allen, or Groucho Marx

  • 1 decade ago

    Look for some of the older movies from the 50's-60's

    Guess Who's Coming to Dinner w/Spencer Tracy & Audrey Hepburn is great!

    How about sex, lies & videotape

  • Debra
    Lv 4
    4 years ago

    Mean Girls White Chicks Perks of Being a Wallflower

  • 1 decade ago


    Kiss Kiss Bang Bang

    Withnail And I

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    Ocean's 11

    Smokin Aces

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    The Big Lebowski

    Shaun of the Dead

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