Movies for Generation Xby Silverboy76 | created - 17 Jan 2011 | updated - 22 Jan 2011 | Public
This is a list of movies that should resonate with those born between approximately 1969 and 1983. These are the films that were ground breaking and original in the late 1980's to late 1990's. Some of the films listed are unique due to their subject matter, others because they captured a specific mindset of the time. Regardless, the films listed below evoke specific memories for me personally so I thought Id list them and maybe remind some folks about movies they had forgotten about.
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1. Clerks (1994)
R | 92 min | Comedy
A day in the lives of two convenience clerks named Dante and Randal as they annoy customers, discuss movies, and play hockey on the store roof.
Votes: 192,520 | Gross: $3.15M
2. Pulp Fiction (1994)
R | 154 min | Crime, Drama
The lives of two mob hitmen, a boxer, a gangster's wife, and a pair of diner bandits intertwine in four tales of violence and redemption.
Votes: 1,487,137 | Gross: $107.93M
3. The Doom Generation (1995)
R | 83 min | Action, Comedy, Crime
Jordan White and Amy Blue, two troubled teens, pick up an adolescent drifter, Xavier Red. Together, the threesome embark on a sex and violence-filled journey through an America of psychos and quickiemarts.
Votes: 12,265 | Gross: $0.26M
6. My Own Private Idaho (1991)
R | 104 min | Drama
Two best friends living on the streets of Portland as hustlers embark on a journey of self discovery and find their relationship stumbling along the way.
Votes: 40,874 | Gross: $6.40M
9. Trainspotting (1996)
R | 94 min | Drama
Renton, deeply immersed in the Edinburgh drug scene, tries to clean up and get out, despite the allure of the drugs and influence of friends.
Votes: 541,860 | Gross: $16.50M
10. Slacker (1991)
R | 97 min | Comedy, Drama
A day in the life of Austin, Texas as the camera roams from place to place and provides a brief look at the overeducated, the social misfits, the outcasts and the oddballs.
Votes: 16,682 | Gross: $1.23M
11. River's Edge (1986)
R | 99 min | Crime, Drama
A high school slacker commits a shocking act and proceeds to let his friends in on the secret. However, the friends' reaction is almost as ambiguous and perplexing as the crime itself.
Votes: 13,098 | Gross: $4.60M
12. Léon: The Professional (1994)
R | 110 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
Mathilda, a 12-year-old girl, is reluctantly taken in by Léon, a professional assassin, after her family is murdered. Léon and Mathilda form an unusual relationship, as she becomes his protégée and learns the assassin's trade.
Votes: 826,562 | Gross: $19.50M
13. Braindead (1992)
R | 104 min | Comedy, Horror
A young man's mother is bitten by a Sumatran rat-monkey. She gets sick and dies, at which time she comes back to life, killing and eating dogs, nurses, friends, and neighbors.
Votes: 82,808 | Gross: $0.24M
14. Natural Born Killers (1994)
R | 118 min | Crime, Drama
Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.
Votes: 188,403 | Gross: $50.28M
15. Bad Lieutenant (1992)
NC-17 | 96 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
While investigating a young nun's rape, a corrupt New York City police detective, with a serious drug and gambling addiction, tries to change his ways and find forgiveness.
Votes: 32,219 | Gross: $2.00M
16. Even Cowgirls Get the Blues (1993)
R | 95 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Sissy Hankshaw is born with enormous thumbs that help her hitchhiking through the U.S. from a young age. She becomes a model in advertising, and her New York agent, "the Countess", sends ... See full summary »
Votes: 6,432 | Gross: $1.71M
17. The Basketball Diaries (1995)
R | 102 min | Biography, Crime, Drama
A teenager finds his dreams of becoming a basketball star threatened after he free falls into the harrowing world of drug addiction.
Votes: 87,977 | Gross: $2.42M
18. The Last Supper (I) (1995)
R | 92 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A group of idealistic, but frustrated, liberals succumb to the temptation of murdering rightwing pundits for their political beliefs.
Votes: 12,847 | Gross: $0.44M
19. Dead Man (1995)
R | 121 min | Drama, Fantasy, Western
On the run after murdering a man, accountant William Blake encounters a strange North American man named Nobody who prepares him for his journey into the spiritual world.
Votes: 78,645 | Gross: $1.04M
20. The Last Time I Committed Suicide (1997)
R | 92 min | Biography, Drama
Neal Cassady is living the beat life during the 1940s, working at The Tire Yard and and philandering around town. However, he has visions of a happy life with kids and a white picket fence.... See full summary »
Votes: 1,795 | Gross: $0.05M
21. Jack Be Nimble (1993)
R | 92 min | Horror, Thriller
Jack and Dora, abandoned by their parents as babies, are desperate to find each other after years of adoption. Jack's young life has been spent with a sadistic family. Dora, whose life has ... See full summary »
22. Falling Down (1993)
R | 113 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
An unemployed defense worker frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.
Votes: 145,924 | Gross: $40.90M
23. Once Were Warriors (1994)
R | 102 min | Crime, Drama
A family descended from Maori warriors is bedeviled by a violent father and the societal problems of being treated as outcasts.
Votes: 27,497 | Gross: $2.20M
24. Lost Highway (1997)
R | 134 min | Mystery, Thriller
After a bizarre encounter at a party, a jazz saxophonist is framed for the murder of his wife and sent to prison, where he inexplicably morphs into a young mechanic and begins leading a new life.
Votes: 109,573 | Gross: $3.80M
25. Just Your Luck (1996 Video)
R | 86 min | Comedy, Drama
Six million dollars suddenly goes up for grabs when an aged diner's heart fails after he discovers that he has won the lottery. Which of the remaining late-night dining regulars will get ... See full summary »
27. Destiny Turns on the Radio (1995)
R | 102 min | Crime, Comedy, Fantasy
Johnny Destiny burns into Las Vegas in his hot Plymouth RoadRunner, stopping only to pick up a stranger stranded in the desert. But then, things aren't always as they seem. Anything can ... See full summary »
Votes: 1,979 | Gross: $1.18M
30. Ed and His Dead Mother (1993)
PG-13 | 93 min | Horror, Comedy
A mourning son makes a deal to reanimate his one year dead mother, however things turn into an unexpected direction.
Votes: 1,516 | Gross: $0.00M
32. Singles (1992)
PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
A group of twenty-something friends, most of whom live in the same apartment complex, search for love and success in grunge-era Seattle.
Votes: 24,436 | Gross: $18.47M
33. Mute Witness (1995)
R | 95 min | Horror, Thriller
A mute makeup artist working on a slasher film being shot in Moscow, is locked in the studio after hours. While there she witnesses a brutal murder, and must escape capture.
Votes: 4,698 | Gross: $1.20M
35. Leaving Las Vegas (1995)
R | 111 min | Drama, Romance
Ben Sanderson, a Hollywood screenwriter who lost everything because of his alcoholism, arrives in Las Vegas to drink himself to death. There, he meets and forms an uneasy friendship and non-interference pact with prostitute Sera.
Votes: 100,446 | Gross: $31.97M
37. Freeway (1996)
R | 102 min | Comedy, Crime, Drama
A twisted take on 'Little Red Riding Hood' with a teenage juvenile delinquent on the run from a social worker traveling to her grandmother's house and being hounded by a charming, but sadistic, serial killer/pedophile.
Votes: 23,405 | Gross: $0.30M