60+ Best Goodfellas Quotes That Will Amuse You

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'Goodfellas' is a 1990 American crime film featuring stars like Joe Pesci, Robert De Niro, and Ray Liotta.

The 'Goodfellas' director is Martin Scorsese, a legend in the cinema industry. The film, to this day, continues to win the hearts of avid cinema lovers.

'Goodfellas' is a masterpiece of a movie by Martin Scorsese. You can find a truckload of iconic quotes from the movie, and you won’t get tired of them. The best quotes from 'Goodfellas' are really iconic and characters like Henry Hill, Billy Batts, James Conway, Tommy DeVito, and Jimmy Two Times really make them better.

The Mafia quotes from 'Goodfellas' are reasonably accurate as they capture the rules laid down by the Italian Mafia in the late 20th century. James Conway, played by Robert De Niro, says one of the best 'Goodfellas' lines: “Never rat on your friends and always keep your mouth shut.” This has become an iconic line from the film, but when it comes to 'Goodfellas' movie quotes, the character of Tommy really takes the cake. Joe Pesci in 'Goodfellas' plays Tommy DeVito and has plenty of iconic Joe Pesci quotes like the shine box quote, the “funny like I'm a clown?” quote, and other funny quotes.

'Goodfellas' is an adaptation of of 'Wiseguy', a nonfiction book written by Nicholas Pileggi. Initially, the Scorsese titled the movie 'Wise Guy'. However, the title was later changed by him and Pileggi. The lead actors in the movie relied on the material written and researched by Pileggi to prepare for their roles. Scorsese's creative process was one where he allowed the actors to act freely. He revised the final script based on the brilliant performances of the actors. The movie premiered at the 47th edition of the Venice International Film Festival in September, 1990. At the same event, Scorsese was given the Silver Lion award after he was adjudged the best director for his efforts. It released a few days later in the USA and went on to be a resounding success.

Around $25 million was spent in producing the film, but its critical and commercial success saw it gross more than $47 million. Following its outstanding reception, it was nominated for multiple awards across iconic events such as the Academy Awards and British Academy of Film and Television Arts awards. Joe Pesci won the Best Supporting Actor award at the Academy Awards, while the movie got the Best Director and Best Film awards from the British Academy of Film and Television Arts. Many critics groups also rated the movie as the best to have come out in 1990. Many Scorsese fans, to this day, rate 'Goodfellas' as the director's most well-made movie, even though he made several movies after 'Goodfellas'. Apart from being a great movie, Goodfellas also went on to inspire many more gangster movies.s

This article will include amazing Goodfellas quotes from the likes of Henry Hill, James Conway, Karen Hill, and many more. It contains Tommy quotes, the iconic Goodfellas quote “We called each other, ‘Goodfellas’”, brave 'Goodfella' quotes, witty lines from 'Goodfellas', and everything in between. When you watch the movie or read this article, you just won’t be able to get enough of Jimmy Conway quotes, Karen Hill quotes, and the best of them all, Joe Pesci lines. You might also develop a love-hate relationship with the character of Henry Hill, but we won’t reveal any more as it may ruin the movie for you.

All in all, it’s worth it to check out these 'Goodfellas' quotes because 'Goodfellas' is such an amazing movie. 'Goodfellas' is perhaps Scorsese’s best work. Our list puts together a variety of quotes from the movie for you, and there are quotes to satisfy a variety of senses. If you're in the mood for something funny, check out our compilation of the funny 'Goodfellas' quotes. Looking for something that highlights the tough nature of the characters' lives? Check out our list of tough 'Goodfellas' quotes. Want to find something that has the capacity to have a larger impact? Check out our list of impactful 'Goodfellas' quotes to find the right quote for you.

For more great inspiration and quotes, check out these '90s quotes from the movie and 'A Bronx Tale' quotes too.

Funny 'Goodfellas' Quotes

'Goodfellas' has some of the funniest lines in cinema history. Some of them may seem very funny, but underneath, there's often a double meaning, mostly threatening. It is up to the viewer to deconstruct the meaning in the context and backdrop of the story so that a clearer reference may be derived. Besides the inherent humor is in the quotes, it's the way the actors delivered these messages that made those lines quite famous. Of course, 'Goodfellas' features some of the big names in the movie industry. Here are some of the funniest quotes from the movie, 'Goodfellas' for you to enjoy.

1. “Now go home and get your shinebox!”

- Billy Batts, 'Goodfellas'.

2. "Don't yeah, yeah me..."

- Henry Hill, 'Goodfellas'.

3. "Roses are red, my love... fa la la la la..."

-Bobby Vinton, 'Goodfellas'.

4. “Jimmy was the kind of guy who rooted for the bad guy in movies.”

– Henry Hill, 'Goodfellas'.

5. "His family's all rats. He'll grow up to be a rat."

- Tommy DeVito, 'Goodfellas'.

6. "This kid was great. They used to call him Spitshine Tommy, I swear to God!"

- Billy Batts, 'Goodfellas'.

7. “Ping! Pow! Boom! Bing!”

- Tommy DeVito, 'Goodfellas'.

8. "Oklahoma kid. That's me. I'm the Oklahoma kid."

- Tommy DeVito, 'Goodfellas'.

9. “Tommy DeVito: Hey, Henry, Henry, hurry up, will ya? My mother's gonna make some fried peppers and sausage for us.

James Conway: Oh, hey, Henry, Henry! Here's an arm!

Henry Hill: Very funny, guys.

James Conway: Here's a leg!

Tommy DeVito: Here's a wing! Hey, what do you like, the leg or the wing, Henry? Or ya still go for the old hearts and lungs?”

- 'Goodfellas'.

10. “[Knocks on the car window of two cops following him. The cops have fallen asleep] Come on, let's go for a ride.

- James Conway, 'Goodfellas'.

11. "But I’m funny how, I mean, funny like I’m a clown, I amuse you? I make you laugh?"

- Tommy DeVito, 'Goodfellas'.

12. "He was terrific, he was the best. He made a lot of money too, ah salud, Tommy."

- Billy Batts, 'Goodfellas'.

13. “Don't give me that Tommy garbage. What the I asked you for, Henry? I asked you for a favor. I do a lot of favors for you, don't I?”

- Tommy DeVito, 'Goodfellas'.

14. “Billy Batts: I'm only kidding with you, we're having a party, I just came home and I haven't seen you in a long time...I'm sorry, I didn't mean to offend you.

Tommy DeVito: I'm sorry too. It's okay. No problem.

Billy Batts: Okay, salud."

- 'Goodfellas'.

15. "You wasted eight aprons on that guy."

- Paul Cicero, 'Goodfellas'.

16. “You mean, let me understand this cause, ya know maybe it's me...I'm here to amuse you? What do you mean funny, funny how? How am I funny?”

- Tommy DeVito, 'Goodfellas'.

17. “You'd be late to your own funeral.”

- Tommy DeVito, 'Goodfellas'.

18. "James Conway: Yeah? You should be sorry. Don't do it again and give me the money. Give me the money, You hear me?... Give me the money.

Spider: [hesitating] Why don't you go yourself, Tommy?"

- 'Goodfellas'.

19. “He said, 'No, you're gonna tell me something today, tough guy.' I said, 'All right, I'll tell you something: go home to your mother.'”

- Tommy DeVito, 'Goodfellas'.

20. “You know Spider, you're a mumbling stuttering little idiot. You know that?”

- Tommy DeVito, 'Goodfellas'.

21. “Medium-rare… an aristocrat.”

—Johnny Dio, 'Goodfellas'.

22. "Just stay away from that garbage."

- Paul Cicero, 'Goodfellas'.

23. “James Conway: What's the matter with you? What - what is the matter with you? What are you, stupid or what? Tommy, Tommy, I'm kidding with you. What are you doin'? What are you, a sick maniac?

Tommy DeVito: How am I meant to know you're kidding? What you mean, you're kidding?...

James Conway: I'm kidding with you! You shoot the guy?"

- 'Goodfellas'.

24. “Hey spider that bandage on your foot is bigger than your head.”

- Tommy DeVito, 'Goodfellas'.

25. "See, your murderers come with smiles. They come as your friends, the people who have cared for you all of your life, and they always seem to come at a time when you’re at your weakest and most in need of their help.”

—Henry Hill, 'Goodfellas'.

26. “I’m gonna get the papers, get the papers.”

- Jimmy Two Times, 'Goodfellas'.

27. "One night, Bobby Vinton sent us champagne. There was nothing like it. I didn't think there was anything strange in any of this."

- Karen Hill, 'Goodfellas'.

28. “I got to have it. It’s my lucky hat. I never fly without it.”

– Lois the babysitter, 'Goodfellas'.

29. “I like this one. One dog goes one way, the other dog goes the other way.”

—Tommy DeVito, 'Goodfellas'.

Tough 'Goodfellas' Quotes

Mafia movies like 'Goodfellas' can't really remain true to their core without having some tough quotes that pack a punch. We have come to associate the Mafia in a particular way, and even pop culture references have framed our understanding of the Mafia. As such, a Mafia movie without Mafia quotes just wouldn't be perceived well. 'Goodfellas' certainly doesn't disappoint in this regard. There are several tough quotes spoken by gangsters in the film. Here are some tough 'Goodfellas' quotes for you to enjoy. Which of these tough quotes is your favorite?

30. “Like a clown I amuse you?! Huh?”

- Tommy DeVito, 'Goodfellas'.

31. "Frankie, was he shaking? I wonder about you sometimes, Henry. You may fold under questioning."

- Tommy DeVito, 'Goodfellas'.

32. "You know, a twenty-year-old kid with such connections. He was an exciting guy. He was really nice."

- Karen Hill, 'Goodfellas'.  

33. "To me being a gangster was better than being president of the United States."

- Henry Hill, 'Goodfellas'.

34. "Whenever we needed money, we'd rob the airport. To us, it was better than Citibank."

- Henry Hill, 'Goodfellas'.

35. Come on, make that coffee to go. Let’s go.”

—Tommy DeVito, 'Goodfellas'.

36. “Now the guy’s got Paulie as a partner. Any problems, he goes to Paulie."

- Henry Hill, 'Goodfellas'.

37. "To me, it meant being somebody in a neighborhood full of nobodies."

- Henry Hill, 'Goodfellas'.

38. “For a second, I thought I was dead, but when I heard all the noise, I knew they were cops. Only cops talk that way."

- Henry Hill, 'Goodfellas'.

39. "Today, everything is different. There’s no action. I have to wait around like everyone else."

- Henry Hill, 'Goodfellas'.

40. “Anything I wanted was a phone call away.”

- Henry Hill, 'Goodfellas'.

41. “If you’re part of a crew, nobody ever tells you that they’re going to kill you. It doesn’t happen that way. There aren’t any arguments or curses like in the movies."

- Henry Hill, 'Goodfellas'.

42. “Now he'd make your shoes look like mirrors, 'scuse my language. He was terrific, he was the best. He made a lot of money too, ah salud, Tommy.”

- Billy Batts, 'Goodfellas'.

43. "Yeah? You should be sorry."

- James Conway, 'Goodfellas'.

44. “I know there are women, like my best friends, who would have gotten out of there the minute their boyfriends gave them a gun to hide. But I didn't. I got to admit the truth.”

- Karen Hill, 'Goodfellas'.

45. “One day some of the kids from the neighborhood carried my mother's groceries all the way home. You know why? It was outta respect.”

- Henry Hill, 'Goodfellas'.

46. "Attaboy! I got respect for this kid."

- James Conway, 'Goodfellas'.

47. “For us, to live any other way was nuts. To us, those goody-good people who...  took the subway to work every day, worried about their bills, were dead."

- Henry Hill, 'Goodfellas'.

48. "Trouble with a bill, he can go to Paulie. Trouble with the cops, deliveries, Tommy, he can call Paulie. But now the guy’s gotta come up with Paulie’s money every week, no matter what."

- Henry Hill, 'Goodfellas'.

49. “You might know who we are... we know who you are understand?”

- James Conway, 'Goodfellas'.

50. "Right after I got here, I ordered some spaghetti with marinara sauce and I got egg noodles and ketchup. I’m an average nobody. I get to live the rest of my life like a schnook."

—Henry Hill, 'Goodfellas'.

51. “We called each other, 'Goodfellas'.”

- Henry Hill, 'Goodfellas'.

52. "If they had been wiseguys, I wouldn’t have heard a thing. I would’ve been dead."

—Henry Hill, 'Goodfellas'.

53. "If we wanted something, we just took it. If anyone complained twice they got hit so bad, believe me, they never complained again.”

- Henry Hill, 'Goodfellas'.

54. “I didn’t want to get blood on your floor.”

—Tommy DeVito, 'Goodfellas'.

Impactful 'Goodfellas' Quotes

The dialogue in this film is impeccable and some of the 'Goodfellas' dialogues do make the plot of this movie solid. Whether tough, funny, or otherwise, quite a few quotes from the movie 'Goodfellas' have a strong impact. Here are some quotes from the movie that make a big impact on the audience and help to solidify the film’s plot. Fans of the movie will surely love these 'Goodfellas' quotes, do you recognize any of them?

55. “Never rat on your friends, and always keep your mouth shut.”

- James Conway, 'Goodfellas'.

56. "Eh, I been playin' that numba for three years."

- Frankie Carbone, 'Goodfellas'.

57. “As far back as I can remember I always wanted to be a gangster.”

- Henry Hill, 'Goodfellas'.

58. "I'm not mad, I'm proud of you. You took your first pinch like a man, and learned the two greatest things in life. Look at me."

- James Conway, 'Goodfellas'.

59. “I like going this way. It’s better than waiting in line.”

—Henry Hill, 'Goodfellas'.

60. “Only cops talked that way. If they had been wise-guys, I wouldn't have heard a thing. I would have been dead.”

- Henry Hill, 'Goodfellas'.

61. “You know, a twenty-year-old kid with such connections. He was an exciting guy. He was really nice. He introduced me to everybody. Everybody wanted to be nice to him. And he knew how to handle it.”

- Karen Hill, 'Goodfellas'.

62. “I don’t know what the hell’s wrong with you. I gotta toughen this kid up.”

Tuddy Cicero, 'Goodfellas'.

63. “You know, we always called each other Goodfellas. Like you’d say to somebody: ‘You’re gonna like this guy, he’s all right. He’s a goodfella. He’s one of us.'"

- Henry Hill, 'Goodfellas'.

Here at Kidadl, we have carefully created lots of interesting family-friendly quotes for everyone to enjoy! If you liked our suggestions for the best 'Goodfellas' quotes from the iconic movie, then why not take a look at these great '80s movie quotes or ['Taxi Driver' quotes] for more great quotes from the movies to entertain and inspire you?

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