Trying to pick the top five movie quotes from the 90s is a sure fire way to spend hours on the internet reliving your favourite movie moments, which is exactly what I’ve done for the better part of my day.
While my original list consisted of 2986 quotes, my editor has warned me against dragging on because apparently “people will get bored.” Well Josh, I hope you’re happy now! So here it is, my begrudgingly short top five:
1. Pulp Fiction’s bible verse
First up, the man who’s been in more movies than there have been movies made, Samuel L. Jackson, with his bible verse in Pulp Fiction (1994).
Tarantino is a brilliant scriptwriter, a talent that has been deservedly rewarded with 2 Oscars (Pulp Fiction being his first). So it’s no surprise that the above quote isn’t actually from the bible. Or any religious text for that matter. Instead it’s a culmination of Tarantino and Jackson’s brilliance, and sounds super badass.
2. “Life is like a box of chocolates” (Forest Gump)
Forrest Gump was a simple man, but boy did he know how to turn a phrase. He always seemed to take the best from the worst situations, which is why a lot of what he says makes you feel pretty good inside. In perhaps his most memorable quote, he reminds us that sometimes you just have to roll with the punches.
3. “Hasta La Vista Baby” (Terminator 2)
When it comes to movie assassins, they don’t get much better than the Terminator, so it was only right that at least one of his catchphrases made it into the top five. Narrowly beating “I’ll be back”, I had heard this line used, and used it myself, years before I even knew who The Terminator was, confirming just how iconic it really is.
4. “You can’t handle the truth!” (A Few Good Men)
Although it may not be a foolproof defence in a courtroom, it sure makes for good viewing. When you couple a perfect piece of dialogue like this with an actor as fearsome as Jack Nicholson, you leave a pretty big impact on the silver screen.
5. “How do you like them apples?” (Good Will Hunting)
Mmm, I like them apples a lot. There’s nothing quite like rubbing your success in the face of jerks, so on behalf of the downtrodden, thank you Matt Damon for this absolute gem.