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Best Improvised Movie Scenes

In honor of the improvised "Like Crazy," see top movie improv scenes, from "Taxi Driver" to "Casablanca."

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“You’re Gonna Need a Bigger Boat”

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JAWS (1975)

Steven Spielberg’s 1975 film, Jaws, isn’t just noteworthy for birthing the summer blockbuster film—or Quint’s amazing speech about his shark experience during the sinking of the USS Indianapolis—it also contains one of the greatest lines of improvised dialogue in film history. When police chief Martin Brody (Roy Scheider) encounters the great white shark that’s been terrorizing New England’s fictional Amity Island, he turns back and, with a shocked expression, walks inside the boat, saying to shark hunter Quint, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.” According to screenwriter Carl Gottlieb, the line was improvised by Scheider and was ranked the No. 35 greatest movie quote ever by the AFI.

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