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The Dark Knight Movie Quotes

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'The Dark Knight' movie quotes represent the best lines from this 2008 Christopher Nolan film -- the second in his 'Batman' trilogy. 'The Dark Knight' is widely considered one of the best Batman films ever made. In 'The Dark Knight,' Christian Bale returns as Bruce Wayne/Batman. This time, he's got to save Gotham City from one of the most sinister villains ever: the Joker (Heath Ledger). This list is for fans, so be sure to vote for your favorite 'TDK' quotes and vote down any lines you just don't like. Also, feel free to add any 'Dark Knight' film quotes that are missing.

Batman trilogy fans, check out these lists for the best quotes from 'Batman Begins' and 'The Dark Knight Rises,' along with this list of all the 'Batman' movies (ranked from best to worst). There's no doubt that Chris Nolan's trilogy has given us some of the greatest Batman quotes ever!

'The Dark Knight' was a smashing success at the box office, taking in more than $533 million domestically. The film garnered multiple Oscar nominations, and actor Heath Ledger won a posthumous Academy Award for his performance as the Joker.

In 'The Dark Knight,' Batman battles the most frightening and deadly enemy he's ever encountered, his arch nemesis, the Joker. He needs help from Jim Gordon (Gary Oldman) and District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart) to do it, and even then -- it might not be enough. Other returning characters in 'The Dark Knight' include Michael Caine as Alfred Pennyworth and Morgan Freeman as Lucius Fox.

If you're looking for more blockbuster movie quotes, check out these lists for the best lines from 'The Amazing Spider-Man,' 'The Avengers,' 'Brave,' 'Prometheus,' 'Snow White and the Huntsman,' 'Men in Black III' 'Battleship,' and 'The Hunger Games.'
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    A Dark Knight

    A Dark Knight
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    James Gordon, Jr.: "Why's he running, Dad?"
    Jim Gordon: "Because we have to chase him."
    James Gordon, Jr.: "He didn't do anything wrong."
    Jim Gordon: "Because he's the hero Gotham deserves, but not the one it needs right now. So we'll hunt him. Because he can take it. Because he's not our hero. He's a silent guardian, a watchful protector. A dark knight."

    Jim Gordon has it right: Batman is a dark knight, not Gotham's hero. Batman has taken responsibility for crimes committed by Harvey Dent, to try and protect Dent's good name and keep Gotham's citizens hopeful for the future. Now, he's on the run. Will he ever return? See: 'The Dark Knight Rises.'
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    Die a Hero

    Die a Hero
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    Harvey Dent: "You either die a hero or you live long enough to see yourself become the villain."

    When Bruce Wayne meets up with Rachel Dawes and Harvey Dent in a (slightly awkward) scene in a restaurant, he begins to understand why Harvey is a great man. He believes in what the D.A. stands for, and he immediately throws his support behind him.
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    Why So Serious?

    Why So Serious?
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    The Joker: "You wanna know how I got these scars? My father, was a drinker, and a fiend. And one night, he goes off crazier than usual. Mommy gets the kitchen knife to defend herself. He doesn't like that. Not. One. Bit. So, me watching, he takes the knife to her, laughing while he does it. He turns to me and he says, "Why so serious?" He comes at me with the knife. "WHY SO SERIOUS?" He sticks the blade in my mouth..."Let's put a smile on that face." And...Why so serious?"

    Here, we learn how the Joker got his hideous scars, and we learn, at least in part, why he's completely crazy. As a child, he suffered terribly. Now, as an adult, he's hell-bent on making others suffer just as much -- or more.
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    Madness is like Gravity

    Madness is like Gravity
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    The Joker: "Oh, you. You just couldn't let me go, could you? This is what happens when an unstoppable force meets an immovable object. You are truly are incorruptible, aren't you? Huh? You won't kill me out of some misplaced sense of self-righteousness. And I won't kill you because you're just too much fun. I think you and I are destined to do this forever."
    Batman: "You'll be in a padded cell forever."
    The Joker: "Maybe we can share one. You know, they'll be doubling up, the rate this city's inhabitants are losing their minds..."
    Batman: "This city just showed you that it's full of people ready to believe in good."
    The Joker: "Until their spirit breaks completely. Until they get a good look at the real Harvey Dent and all the heroic things he's done. You didn't think I'd risk losing the battle for Gotham's soul in a fist fight with you? No. You need an ace in the hole. Mine's Harvey."
    Batman: "What did you do?"
    The Joker: "I took Gotham's white knight and I brought him down to our level. It wasn't hard. You see, madness, as you know, is like gravity. All it takes is a little push!"

    Health Ledger's Joker is without a doubt one of the absolute best villains ever on the big screen. Here, he toys with Batman again, explaining that he's gotten to District Attorney Harvey Dent (Aaron Eckhart). And, he adds, it didn't take much to push Dent right over the edge.
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