20 nostalgic movies from the last 20 yearsby estolick | created - 01 Oct 2010 | updated - 01 Oct 2010 | Public
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1. If Looks Could Kill (1991)
PG-13 | 88 min | Action, Comedy
When Michael Corben, along with the rest of his high-school French class, set out for a trip to France, he runs headlong into international intrigue: Agent Michael Corbin has just been ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,681 | Gross: $7.79M
darren star should've written more films.
2. The Rocketeer (1991)
PG | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Family
A young pilot stumbles onto a prototype jetpack that allows him to become a high flying masked hero.
Votes: 46,408 | Gross: $46.70M
i wore this tape out. i wanted to be him so badly.
3. The Phantom (1996)
PG | 100 min | Action, Adventure, Comedy
The Phantom, descendent of a line of African superheroes, travels to New York City to thwart a wealthy criminal genius from obtaining three magic skulls which would give him the secret to ultimate power.
Votes: 29,368 | Gross: $17.30M
the only toy i got for my 8th birthday was a phantom action figure
4. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
G | 84 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy
A young woman whose father has been imprisoned by a terrifying beast offers herself in his place, unaware that her captor is actually a prince, physically altered by a magic spell.
Votes: 360,463 | Gross: $218.97M
gaston is still my favorite film character of all time
5. My Cousin Vinny (1992)
R | 120 min | Comedy, Crime
Two New Yorkers are accused of murder in rural Alabama while on their way back to college, and one of their cousins--an inexperienced, loudmouth lawyer not accustomed to Southern rules and manners--comes in to defend them.
Votes: 90,808 | Gross: $52.93M
it perfectly captures the stereotypes of both yankees and rednecks and brings them down to a realistic, lovable level
6. The Shadow (1994)
PG-13 | 108 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
In 1930s New York City, the Shadow battles his nemesis, Shiwan Khan, who is building an atomic bomb.
Votes: 20,365 | Gross: $32.06M
the movie time forgot. could be better, but to a six year old it doesn't matter
7. Speed (1994)
R | 116 min | Action, Adventure, Crime
A young police officer must prevent a bomb exploding aboard a city bus by keeping its speed above 50 mph.
Votes: 285,608 | Gross: $121.25M
so many bad words. shame on you parents for letting me watch this so much (by shame on you I mean thank you)
8. Son in Law (1993)
PG-13 | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Having gotten a taste of college life, a drastically changed farm girl returns home for Thanksgiving break with her best friend, a flamboyant party animal who is clearly a fish out of water in a small farm town.
Votes: 14,833 | Gross: $36.45M
the best of it's kind. big hearted and fun.
9. The Avengers (1998)
PG-13 | 89 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
Two British agents team up to stop Sir August de Wynter from destroying the world with a weather-changing machine.
Votes: 37,256 | Gross: $23.32M
i can fondly remember watching this in my mothers office on a rainy, saturday afternoon. i wanna dress like john steed.
10. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991)
PG-13 | 143 min | Action, Adventure, Drama
When Robin and his Moorish companion come to England and the tyranny of the Sheriff of Nottingham, he decides to fight back as an outlaw.
Votes: 157,586 | Gross: $165.50M
cheesy to the extreme. again, to a 3 year old (22 year old), it rocks.
11. Kindergarten Cop (1990)
PG-13 | 111 min | Comedy
A tough cop must pose as a kindergarten teacher in order to locate a dangerous criminal's ex-wife, who may hold the key to putting him behind bars.
Votes: 118,114 | Gross: $91.46M
this movie makes my dad laugh so hard. it means a lot to me for that.
12. The Fifth Element (1997)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Adventure, Sci-Fi
In the colorful future, a cab driver unwittingly becomes the central figure in the search for a legendary cosmic weapon to keep Evil and Mr. Zorg at bay.
Votes: 379,943 | Gross: $63.54M
my whole family thought this movie looked awful from the trailer. how wrong we were.
13. Jingle All the Way (1996)
PG | 89 min | Comedy, Family
A father vows to get his son a Turbo Man action figure for Christmas. However, every store is sold out of them, and he must travel all over town and compete with everybody else in order to find one.
Votes: 78,146 | Gross: $60.57M
still the funniest holiday movie ever
14. Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls (1995)
PG-13 | 90 min | Adventure, Comedy, Crime
Ace Ventura, Pet Detective, returns from a spiritual quest to investigate the disappearance of a rare white bat, the sacred animal of a tribe in Africa.
Votes: 177,190 | Gross: $108.39M
my gift to my mother for mothers day was a ticket to this movie. she paid for the pizza, though.
15. Batman Forever (1995)
PG-13 | 121 min | Action, Adventure, Fantasy
Batman must battle former district attorney Harvey Dent, who is now Two-Face and Edward Nygma, The Riddler with help from an amorous psychologist and a young circus acrobat who becomes his sidekick, Robin.
Votes: 208,893 | Gross: $184.03M
the worst batman film ever made. maybe the worst film ever made. but not when i was 7!
16. Blast from the Past (1999)
PG-13 | 112 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A naive man comes out into the world after spending 35 years in a nuclear fallout shelter.
Votes: 53,192 | Gross: $26.49M
creates a feeling of nostalgia like no other film. amazing.
17. Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992)
PG-13 | 86 min | Action, Comedy, Fantasy
A flighty teenage girl learns that she is her generation's destined battler of vampires.
Votes: 34,848 | Gross: $16.62M
i recorded this off of tv when i was 6. it still weirds me out to watch it without commercials
18. Wayne's World (1992)
PG-13 | 94 min | Comedy, Music
Two slacker friends try to promote their public-access cable show.
Votes: 125,060 | Gross: $121.70M
most kids were watching rescuers down under. i was watching EXTREME CLOSE UP! whoaaaaaaaaaaa!
19. Sgt. Bilko (1996)
PG | 93 min | Comedy
Sgt. Bilko is in charge of the Motor Pool at an Army base. He's also a good-natured con man, providing gambling facilities for the soldiers on base. When an old enemy from his past shows up... See full summary »
Votes: 19,093 | Gross: $30.36M
when i think of steve martin, i think of this film
20. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
PG-13 | 89 min | Adventure, Comedy
A 1960s hipster secret agent is brought out of cryofreeze to oppose his greatest enemy in the 1990s, where his social attitudes are glaringly out of place.
Votes: 196,921 | Gross: $53.88M
not my favorite, but i quoted it so much as a kid, my parents learned to love it.