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The Best High Noon Movie Quotes

Updated February 6, 2019 43 votes 19 voters 1.5k views

The best High Noon quotes make you realize how great the movie really is, even if you haven't seen it in a while. Let's rank the greatest quotes from High Noon, with the help of your votes. Starring Garry Cooper and Grace Kelly, High Noon was directed by Fred Zinnemann and released in 1952.

What is your favorite High Noon quote? One memorable line was when Amy said, "Don't try to be a hero. You don't have to be a hero, not for me." Another great line from High Noon is, "I'm not trying to be a hero. If you think I like this, you're crazy," spoken by Kane.

Vote up your top High Noon quotes, regardless of which character they come from.

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    I've Been A Judge

    I've Been A Judge
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    Judge Mettrick: In the 5th century B.C., the citizens of Athens, having suffered grievously under a tyrant, managed to depose and banish him. However when he returned some years later, with an army of mercenary, those same citizens not only opened the gates for him, but stood by while he executed members of the League of Government. A similar thing happened about eight years ago in a town called Indian Falls. I escaped death only through the intercession of a lady of somewhat dubious reputation - and uh, the cost of a very handsome ring which once belonged to my mother. Unfortunately, I have no more rings.
    Kane: You're a judge!
    Judge Mettrick: I've been a judge many times in many towns. I hope to live to be a judge again. Why must you be so stupid? Have you forgotten what he is? Have you forgotten what he's done to people? Have your forgotten that he's crazy? Don't you remember when he sat in that chair and said, 'You'll never hang me. I'll come back. I'll kill you, Will Kane. I swear it, I'll kill you.'

     

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      There Isn't Time

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      Judge Mettrick: This is just a dirty little village in the middle of nowhere. Nothing that happens here is really important. Now get out.
      Kane: There isn't time.

       

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        If You're Smart

        Helen: What are you looking at? You think I have changed? Well, what do you want? Do you want me to help you? Do you want me to ask Frank to let you go? Do you want me to beg for you? Well, I would not do it. I would not lift a finger for you.
        Kane: I came to tell ya he was comin'. I should have figured you'd know about it.
        Helen: I know about it.
        Kane: I think you ought to get out of town. I might not be able to, well...anything can happen.
        Helen: I'm not afraid of him.
        Kane: I know you're not, but you, you know how he is.
        Helen: I know how he is. Maybe he doesn't know.
        Kane: He's probably got letters.
        Helen: Probably. Nothing in life is free. I'm getting out. I'm packing.
        Kane: That's good.
        Helen: Un año sin verte. "One year without seeing you."
        Kane: Si, lo sé. "Yes, I know it."
        Kane: Goodbye, Helen.
        Helen: Kane, if you're smart, you will get out too.
        Kane: I can't.
        Helen: I know.

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          He's Yours

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          Amy: That man downstairs, the clerk, he said things about you and Will. I've been trying to understand why he wouldn't go with me, and now all I can think of is that it's got to be because of you...Let him go, he still has a chance. Let him go.
          Helen: He isn't staying for me. I haven't spoken to him for a year - until today. I am leaving on the same train you are...What kind of woman are you? How can you leave him like this? Does the sound of the guns frighten you that much?
          Amy: I've heard guns. My father and my brother were killed by guns. They were on the right side but that didn't help them any when the shooting started. My brother was nineteen. I watched him die. That's when I became a Quaker. I don't care who's right or who's wrong. There's got to be some better way for people to live. Will knows how I feel about it.
          Helen: I hate this town. I always hated it - to be a Mexican woman in a town like this.
          Amy: I understand.
          Helen: You do? That's good. I don't understand you. No matter what you say. If Kane was my man, I'd never leave him like this. I'd get a gun. I'd fight.
          Amy: Why don't you?
          Helen: He is not my man. He's yours.

           

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