The Godfather was released in theaters nationwide on March 24, 1972. Decades after its release, it remains one of the most revered and quoted films in cinema history.

In honor of its anniversary, here are ten classic lines from The Godfather.

(WARNING: Some NSFW content ahead)

  • 'It's strictly business'

  • 'Leave the gun. Take the cannoli.'

  • 'Senators and presidents don't have men killed./Oh, who's being naive, Kay?'

  • 'A man who doesn't spend time with his family can never be a real man./I'm gonna make him an offer he can't refuse.'

  • 'They shot Sonny on the causeway. He's dead./This war stops now.'

  • 'Fredo, you're my older brother, and I love you. But don't ever take sides with anyone against the Family again. Ever.'

  • 'It's a Sicilian message. It means Luca Brasi sleeps with the fishes.'

  • 'In Sicily, women are more dangerous than shotguns.'

  • 'Do you renounce Satan?/I do renounce him.'

  • 'Don't ask me about my business.'

  • Bonus: The scene where Sonny cleans Carlo's clock.

    Truly one of the greatest/unintentionally funny fight scenes ever.

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