The Best Quotes From 'Goodfellas'

Movie fans everywhere have come together to vote on this list of the best Goodfellas movie quotes. Martin Scorsese's iconic crime drama has given us some of the most memorable lines in cinema history, from "As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster" to "Funny how? Like a clown? Do I amuse you?" But which ones are the absolute best?

To make it onto this list, each quote had to embody the essence of Goodfellas: its wit, its violence, and its unapologetic portrayal of life in organized crime. These quotes aren't just words on a page; they're moments that define characters and shape our understanding of their world.

From Henry Hill's rise through the ranks to Jimmy Conway's ruthless schemes, every character in Goodfellas is defined by their dialogue. And with so many great lines to choose from, it was no easy feat for voters to narrow down their favorites.

So whether you're a die-hard fan or new to the world of Goodfellas, get ready for a journey through some of cinema's most unforgettable moments. And don't forget: if your favorite quote isn't on this list, be sure to vote it up and let your voice be heard.

  • 1
    214 votes

    I amuse you?

    I amuse you?
    Video: YouTube
    Tommy DeVito: Oh, oh, Anthony. He's a big boy, he knows what he said. What did ya say? Funny how?
    Henry Hill: Jus...
    Tommy DeVito: What?
    Henry Hill: Just... ya know... you're funny.
    Tommy DeVito: You mean, let me understand this cause, ya know maybe it's me, I'm a little f**ked up maybe, but I'm funny how, I mean funny like I'm a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh, I'm here to f**kin' amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?
  • 2
    151 votes

    Never rat on your friends.

    Never rat on your friends.
    Photo: Wikimedia Commons / CC-BY
    Jimmy Conway: I'm not mad, I'm proud of you. You took your first pinch like a man and you learn two great things in your life. Look at me, never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut.
  • 3
    79 votes

    If we wanted something, we took it.

    Henry Hill: For us to live any other way was nuts. Uh, to us, those goody-good people who worked s**tty jobs for bum paychecks and took the subway to work every day, and worried about their bills, were dead. I mean they were suckers. They had no balls. If we wanted something we just took it. If anyone complained twice they got hit so bad, believe me, they never complained again
  • 4
    135 votes

    Grab your shinebox.

    Grab your shinebox.
    Video: YouTube
    Tommy DeVito: Just don't go busting my balls, Billy, okay?
    Billy Batts: Hey, Tommy, if I was gonna break your balls, I'd tell you to go home and get your shine box.
    Billy Batts: Now this kid, this kid was great. They, they used to call him Spitshine Tommy.
  • 5
    74 votes

    Jimmy Two Times

    Henry Hill: And then there was Jimmy Two Times, who got that nickname because he said everything twice, like:
    Jimmy Two Times: I'm gonna go get the papers, get the papers.
  • 6
    81 votes

    Spider's got balls.

    Spider: Why don't you go f**k yourself, Tommy?
    Jimmy Conway: Whoa! Can't believe what I just heard. Hey Spider, here. This is for you.
    Jimmy Conway: Attaboy! I got respect for this kid. He's got a lot of f**king balls. Good for you! Don't take no s**t off nobody.