Top 20 Guilty Pleasures of the 1990's

The 90's gave us so many memorable and fantastic movies, but also quite a few that serve as nothing more than popcorn entertainment. Fusing 70's grittiness and 80's flair, and coming right before the CGI boom of the 2000's, here are some of my favorites from a great decade of film. The films are in no particular order.
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The Rock (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
A mild-mannered chemist and an ex-con must lead the counterstrike when a rogue group of military men, led by a renegade general, threaten a nerve gas attack from Alcatraz against San Francisco. (136 mins.)
Director: Michael Bay
“ This isn't really a guilty pleasure for two reasons. I consider it one of the best action movies of all time. It is a perfect combination of cliche and spark. But more importantly, this is probably my favorite movie of all time. It is just way too much fun. ” - dirty_dutchman
The Last Boy Scout (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
An LAPD detective's protected female witness is murdered, prompting him and the victim's boyfriend to investigate the crime that leads to a corrupt politician and a crooked football team owner. (105 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
“ Tony Scott has a very distinct style now, something that began with Enemy Of The State. But he had a distinct style previously, one that is in full force in The Last Boy Scout. You might say this is a poor man's Die Hard. But I say it's the reincarnation of John McClane doing what he does best: creating havoc and killing bad guys while never forgetting a witty sendoff. ” - dirty_dutchman
Dumb and Dumber (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The cross-country adventures of two good-hearted but incredibly stupid friends. (107 mins.)
Director: Peter Farrelly
“ I have one word for you: Jim Carrey. The physical comedy is superb, and the one-liners are hilarious. It's amazing that someone like Jeff Daniels can keep up with a hurricane like Jim Carrey, but he does it well. ” - dirty_dutchman
The Crow (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
A man brutally murdered comes back to life as an undead avenger of his and his fiance's murder. (102 mins.)
Director: Alex Proyas
“ Alex Proyas needs to get back to this style of darkly funny and brutally sinister filmmaking. The Crow has a legendary status due to the tragic death of Brandon Lee before finishing filming. But on it's own, this is an expertly entertaining flick. ” - dirty_dutchman
Galaxy Quest (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
The alumni cast of a space opera television series have to play their roles as the real thing when an alien race needs their help. However, they also have to defend both Earth and the alien race from a reptilian warlord. (102 mins.)
Director: Dean Parisot
“ I don't care about Star Trek, but I doubt there will ever be another movie that could lampoon it as well as Galaxy Quest. The cast is perfect for the situation: Tim Allen as the cocky ringleader, Alan Rickman as the frustrated B-list actor, Sigourney Weaver as the exact opposite of Ellen Ripley, Tony Shalhoub as the weirdo, and best of all Sam Rockwell as Guy Fleegman. Awesome movie. ” - dirty_dutchman
Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
James Bond heads to stop a media mogul's plan to induce war between China and the UK in order to obtain exclusive global media coverage. (119 mins.)
“ When you talk about the best James Bond movies, the only Brosnan entry that even deserves credit is Goldeneye. However, despite it's many, many flaws, Tomorrow Never Dies has just enough fire to keep you watching. The action is far better than most Bond movies, and it is one of the more overtly violent. ” - dirty_dutchman
Blade (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
A half-vampire, half-mortal man becomes a protector of the mortal race, while slaying evil vampires. (120 mins.)
“ Before X-Men started the trend of a cinematic overdose of comic book movies, there was Blade, a wildly violent and fun vampire flick. There are few characters as cool as Blade, brought to life by the only man who could possibly pull it off with any credibility. If only Blade had a crack at the Twilight would be glorious. ” - dirty_dutchman
The Fifth Element (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
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. (126 mins.)
Director: Luc Besson
“ It's a list of guilty pleasures, so there's got to be at least two Bruce Willis movies. Ah, here's number two! Realistically, this movie shouldn't be considered good at all. It's very French in style, and a lot of the visuals/costumes are just ridiculous. (Tiny Lister as the President of earth? WTF?) But it works. Somehow, this insane experiment is wholly enjoyable. ” - dirty_dutchman
Batman Returns (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
When a corrupt businessman and the grotesque Penguin plot to take control of Gotham City, only Batman can stop them, while the Catwoman has her own agenda. (126 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ Tim Burton takes a second crack at the Batman franchise, creating something I believe is far superior to his first effort. It's incredibly dark and silly, just the way Burton likes it. At times, it feels like you're watching an S&M video. But there are few movies that create such a perfect atmosphere for the subject matter. And Michelle Pfiffer in skin-tight! ” - dirty_dutchman
BASEketball (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
Two childhood friends are pro athletes of a national sport called BASEketball, a hybrid of baseball and basketball, and must deal with a greedy businessman scheming against their team. (103 mins.)
Director: David Zucker
“ At a time when South Park was barely in it's inception, Trey Parker and Matt Stone starred in a sports movie spoof that is not only outrageously hilarious, but it makes some great points about the state of the sports world. ” - dirty_dutchman
Speed (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young police officer must prevent a bomb exploding aboard a city bus by keeping its speed above 50 mph. (116 mins.)
Director: Jan de Bont
“ If you were to ask me what I think are some of the iconic movies of the 1990's, Speed would be right up there with The Fugitive and Fargo. Why? It is the epitome of it's genre. Take a comic villain in Dennis Hopper (one of the greatest villains ever), add in a balls-to-the-wall cop in Keanu Reeves, throw in an exploding bus and a cute Sandra Bullock, and you have Speed. This is action at it's finest. ” - dirty_dutchman
Demolition Man (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
A police officer is brought out of suspended animation in prison to pursue an old ultra-violent nemesis who is loose in a non-violent future society. (115 mins.)
Director: Marco Brambilla
“ Speaking of Sandra Bullock, before she was an Oscar winner, she was showing up in strange roles like this. Demolition Man is a sci-fi action blockbuster masquerading as a satire. But that's what makes it fun, everything from fine dining at Taco Bell to the "three seashells" in the bathroom. ” - dirty_dutchman
True Romance (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
In Detroit, a lonely pop culture geek marries a call girl, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood. Meanwhile, the owners of the cocaine - the Mob - track them down in an attempt to reclaim it. (120 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
“ It seems like an odd pairing, Tony Scott directing a Quentin Tarantino script. But it turns out to be pretty funny. Dennis Hopper isn't in it for much, but he has one of the most memorable dialogues in a movie ever. ” - dirty_dutchman
Desperado (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A gunslinger is embroiled in a war with a local drug runner. (104 mins.)
“ El Mariachi was a low, low budget action movie. Give Robert Rodriguez a little more money and a better cast, you get one of the most fantastic (and improbable) action movies of all times. The cantina shootout alone is pure ultraviolence bliss. ” - dirty_dutchman
Sleepy Hollow (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
Ichabod Crane is sent to Sleepy Hollow to investigate the decapitations of 3 people with the culprit being the legendary apparition, the Headless Horseman. (105 mins.)
Director: Tim Burton
“ This story was made for Tim Burton to turn it into a movie. Of course, he takes an innocent cautionary tale and turns it into a horror bloodbath. The cast is terrific, including Johnny Depp, Michael Gambon, Casper Van Dien (of all people), and a highly cleavaged Christina Ricci. This is the perfect halloween movie, thanks to the brilliant cinematography and set direction. ” - dirty_dutchman
The Rocketeer (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  
A young pilot stumbles onto a prototype jetpack that allows him to become a high flying masked hero. (108 mins.)
Director: Joe Johnston
“ This movie has just enough right elements to make it wonderfully entertaining. Take a vintage sci-fi situation, add in everyone's favorite villains (the Nazis), and a young, gorgeous Jennifer Connelly, and you have yourself The Rocketeer. Also, it doesn't hurt to have Timothy Dalton play a villain. He's straight up awesome. ” - dirty_dutchman
Liar Liar (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A fast-track lawyer can't lie for 24 hours due to his son's birthday wish after he turns his son down for the last time. (86 mins.)
Director: Tom Shadyac
“ More Jim Carrey! An iconic 1990's comedy, Liar Liar sees our beloved Mr. Carrey, a smooth-talkin' lawyer and bad father, forced to tell the truth for an entire day. It was a slightly more grown up role for Carrey after such hits as The Mask and Ace Ventura, but he was still able to let loose his vintage physical comedy to go with the memorable quips. ” - dirty_dutchman
Naked Gun 33 1/3: The Final Insult (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
Frank Drebin comes out of retirement to help Police Squad infiltrate a gang of terrorists planning to detonate a bomb at the Academy Awards. (83 mins.)
Director: Peter Segal
“ The Naked Gun film series was a great nod to the Airplane movies, putting Leslie Nielsen in the driver's seat of pure havoc. If I have to choose, I would say the third installment is the funniest one, spoofing everything from White Heat to Thelma & Louise. ” - dirty_dutchman
Office Space (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Three company workers who hate their jobs decide to rebel against their greedy boss. (89 mins.)
Director: Mike Judge
“ Taken from the "Milton" shorts from SNL, Office Space is one of the few movies that everyone in the working world can relate to. We've all had bosses, coworkers and office machinery affect our lives in one way or another. Office Space just puts it all together in one cathartic experience of comedy and error. ” - dirty_dutchman
Twister (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  
Bill and Jo Harding, advanced storm chasers on the brink of divorce, must join together to create an advanced weather alert system by putting themselves in the cross-hairs of extremely violent tornadoes. (113 mins.)
Director: Jan de Bont
“ Growing up, I didn't have the wide-ranging movie collection I do now. But I did have Twister. Say what you will about the plot, the characters, what have you. I was mesmerized by this movie when I saw it, and I still love it as cheesy entertainment. ” - dirty_dutchman