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RESPONSIBILITY: “Until you start believing in yourself, you ain't gonna have a life!"

Movie quote from: Rocky Balboa (2006) – Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone)

balboaIn the final chapter of Sylvester Stallone’s successful Rocky series, the boxer has an adult son who struggles with life in the shadow of his famous Philly father.  Rocky Jr. blames his Dad’s successes for his own unfulfilled life.  Rocky confronts his son, telling him, “You’re my son, you’re my life, but until you start believing in yourself, you ain’t gonna have a life!”  With this straight-forward piece of advice, Rocky reminds his son and everyone else precisely who is responsible for making life a knockout.

ASSUMPTIONS: “Discrimination – formulating opinions about others…based on their assumed characteristics."

Movie quote from: Philadelphia (1993) – Joe Miller (Denzel Washington)

philadelphiaYoung children see the world with open eyes, observing each circumstance for what it is.  As we age, we make more assumptions about things, based on prior information or experience.  Gobs of assumptions are made daily about people who align with various cultural, religious, ethnic, and/or sexually-oriented groups.  The inhumanity of these assumptions is examined in the film Philadelphia, the story of a lawyer dealing with the bigotry of his employers.      

COMMUNICATION: “If you want to be understood – listen.”

Movie quote from: Babel (2006) – Movie tagline

I watched Babel without subtitles, so it was tough to find a meaningful quote.  I suspect there were some thought-provoking lines in the film, but they were spoken in Arabic, Spanish, or Japanese, languages I don’t understand.  However, this is the point of the film.  We can understand each other, if we will only take the time. 

TOP FIVE: Wisest Quotes from Best Picture Oscar Winners of the 2000’s

crashThe first decade of the 21st century provided a number of thought-provoking films.  The Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter franchises encouraged people to find meaning beyond the moment, as have a growing number of independent films.  The ten Oscar winning movies of the 00's have focused on the individual’s struggle to find a place within an otherwise occupied world.  Here are the wisest quotes from the 'naughts' Best Pictures.

TOP FIVE: Wisest Quotes from Best Picture Oscar Winners of the 1990’s

braveheartThe Best Picture films of the 1990’s illustrated the growing individuality of our culture.  They featured a diversity of stories, from Costner’s re-discovered soul in Dances With Wolves (1990) to Spacey’s midlife crisis in American Beauty (1999).  In between, Oscars were awarded to great stories about a fava bean lover, a retired bounty hunter, a German savior, a shrimp boat millionaire, a Scottish hero, a twice-burned soldier, a fateful ocean liner, and a passionate bard.  Here are the five wisest quotes from Best Picture winners of the 1990’s.

TOP FIVE: Wisest Quotes from Best Picture Oscar Winners of the 1980’s

chariotsThe 80’s turned its attention to its own navel, as culture became obsessed with ‘Me’.  The studios shifted their focus from quality director-centric flicks to more media-centric blockbuster movies.  In the end, the Academy continued to like great stories, giving Oscars to higher quality films about doing what’s right.  Here are the wisest quotes from the Best Picture winners of the 1980’s.

TOP FIVE: Wisest Quotes from Best Picture Oscar Winners of the 1970’s

annie hallThe 70’s featured a great variety of movie types, as the film industry struggled to reflect the growing disenfranchisement of individuals from the excesses of the 60’s.  From war (Patton, The Deer Hunter) to action (The French Connection, Rocky) to crime (The Sting, a couple of Godfathers) to social drama (Cuckoo's Nest, Kramer vs Kramer), the era features a diversity of movie genres.  Here are the wisest quotes from the great variety of Best Picture winners of the 1970’s.

TOP FIVE: Wisest Quotes from Best Picture Oscar Winners of the 1960’s

cowboyAlthough movies in the 1960’s took a hard turn to reality, many of the Oscar-winning films featured escapist storylines far different than the tumultuous events of the decade.  Although The Apartment addressed infidelity, West Side Story explored gangs that sing, and racism raged In the Heat of the Night, the Academy honored less edgy films like My Fair Lady, The Sound of Music, and Oliver.  This changed in 1969, when the Oscar went to Midnight Cowboy,  the only X-rated movie ever to win the top prize.  Here are the wisest five quotes from the Best Picture winners of the 1960’s.

TOP FIVE: Wisest Quotes from Best Picture Oscar Winners of the 1950’s

waterfrontThe 1950’s was the age of rebellion in film.  We didn’t want any more of the role model heroes from earlier films, we idolized individuals who raged against the convention of the industrial age.  We swooned over Bette’s sarcasm in All About Eve, felt Montgomery’s angst in From Here to Eternity, related to Marlon’s unrealized potential in On the Waterfront, and emulated Lesley’s carefree attitude in Gigi.  Here are the five wisest quotes from Oscar winning films in the 50’s.

TOP FIVE: Wisest Quotes From Best Picture Oscar Winners of the 1930's and 40's

signThe 1930's and 40's were the Golden Age for the motion picture industry.  A world of gifted film makers migrated to Hollywood to weave their magic on screen.  Many great movies won the Academy Award for best picture during this era, including It Happened One Night, Gone With the Wind, How Green Was My Valley, and Casablanca.  Here are the five wisest quotes from an Oscar winning Best Picture during the Golden Age of film making.

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