The 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.
1) “Every man dies but not every man really lives.”
Braveheart (1995) – William Wallace (Mel Gibson)
2) “When you got nothing, you got nothing to lose.”
Titanic (1997) – Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio)
3) “Of all the trails in this life, there is one that matters most. It is the trail of a true
human being. I think you are on this trail and it is good to see.”
Dances With Wolves (1990) – Kicking Bird (Graham Greene)
4) “I would stay asleep my whole life if I could dream myself into a company
Shakespeare in Love (1998) – Viola de Lesseps (Gwyneth Paltrow)
5) “I don’t know if we each have a destiny or if we’re just floating around accidental-
like on a breeze. But I think maybe it’s both. Maybe both are happening at the
Forrest Gump (1994) – Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks)
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