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For movies, two quotes are included from Robert Towne’s “Chinatown” screenplay, but not the immortal closing line, “Forget it Jake, it’s Chinatown.” One of just two entries for Nora Ephron is “I’ll have what she’s having,” the joke from “When Harry Met Sally …” that is widely credited to Billy Crystal. Among the favorites left out: “Well, nobody’s perfect,” the kicker from “Some Like it Hot”; Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “Terminator” catchphrase “I’ll be back”; the courtroom explosion “You can’t handle the truth!” from “A Few Good Men.”

“Certain lines strike me as `familiar for being familiar’ _ `You can’t handle the truth’ being one of them, as I can see little originality or singularity in it,” O'Brien said. “The price of compactness is a certain amount of arbitrary exclusion.”