The Best 90s

The best 90s movies I've seen so far...

A decade of rom-coms, period dramas, quality action moves, and a little Shakespeare.
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1.
The Bridges of Madison County (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
Photographer Robert Kincaid wanders into the life of housewife Francesca Johnson, for four days in the 1960s. (135 mins.)
Director: Clint Eastwood
“ I can't praise this enough. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
2.
Sense and Sensibility (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Rich Mr. Dashwood dies, leaving his second wife and her three daughters poor by the rules of inheritance. The two eldest daughters are the titular opposites. (136 mins.)
Director: Ang Lee
“ Best Jane Austen adaption by a mile. Stunning acting. Also one of Ang Lee's best films. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
3.
The Prince of Tides (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A troubled man talks to his suicidal sister's psychiatrist about their family history and falls in love with her in the process. (132 mins.)
“ Prince of Tides tends to polarise opinion - but go for it. I loved it.

Beautifully shot, intricate characters, plot, excellent narration, and also it should be praised as exceptionally well adapted from the novel, which is very long and often clumsily structured. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
4.
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
After a bitter divorce, an actor disguises himself as a female housekeeper to spend time with his children held in custody by his former wife. (125 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
“ This remains HILARIOUS.

Also infers how awful divorce is for everyone involved, without sugarcoating it, which is a great achievement for a children's film... and this isn't just for children to watch. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
5.
Good Will Hunting (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  
Will Hunting, a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life. (126 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ Great dialogue. Thought-provoking. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
6.
Hamlet (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing. (242 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
“ Doesn't get enough credit.

Many Shakespeare adaptations tend to be on the boring side. This isn't. It remains compelling throughout. I'm surprised Kenneth Branagh didn't get an oscar for his performance and directing skill...

...people often complain it's over 4 hours long. But so what? ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
7.
Notting Hill (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
The life of a simple bookshop owner changes when he meets the most famous film star in the world. (124 mins.)
Director: Roger Michell
“ When I think of the rom-com genre this is the movie which seems to define it. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
8.
Shadowlands (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.4/10 X  
C.S. Lewis, a world-renowned Christian theologian, writer, and professor, leads a passionless life until he meets a spirited poet from the U.S. (131 mins.)
“ About C.S.Lewis. Must see. Beautifully filmed.

There's some wonderful lines, especially relating to books/poetry so if you're an English student watch it. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
9.
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 9.3/10 X  
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency. (142 mins.)
Director: Frank Darabont
“ Brutal, but you have to see it. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
10.
Home Alone (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
An eight-year-old troublemaker must protect his house from a pair of burglars when he is accidentally left home alone by his family during Christmas vacation. (103 mins.)
Director: Chris Columbus
 
11.
Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
Over the course of five social occasions, a committed bachelor must consider the notion that he may have discovered love. (117 mins.)
Director: Mike Newell
“ First half: brilliant, hilarious, witty.

Second half: Not so good. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
12.
The Remains of the Day (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A butler who sacrificed body and soul to service in the years leading up to World War II realizes too late how misguided his loyalty was to his lordly employer. (134 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
“ Exceptional performances and interesting story. Very slow and subtle. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
13.
The Fugitive (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  
Dr. Richard Kimble, unjustly accused of murdering his wife, must find the real killer while being the target of a nationwide manhunt lead by a seasoned US Marshall. (130 mins.)
Director: Andrew Davis
“ Heart-stopping in places, this is the best 90s action movie I've seen. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
14.
My Own Private Idaho (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
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. (104 mins.)
Director: Gus Van Sant
“ A lose, modern adaptation of Henry IV, part I. Very strange.

River Phoenix is at his best - great performance. He plays a fascinating character - a hustler, who is a tortured soul and has a tragic past. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
15.
Clear and Present Danger (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
CIA Analyst Jack Ryan is drawn into an illegal war fought by the US government against a Colombian drug cartel. (141 mins.)
Director: Phillip Noyce
“ By far the best of the 'Jack Ryan' movies, the action does not supersede plot development and the villains aren't all two-dimensional. This is also a brave attempt at critiquing American government and foreign policy.
Highly recommended action film. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
16.
Dazed and Confused (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
The adventures of high school and junior high students on the last day of school in May 1976. (102 mins.)
 
17.
Shine (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.7/10 X  
Pianist David Helfgott, driven by his father and teachers, has a breakdown. Years later he returns to the piano, to popular if not critical acclaim. (105 mins.)
Director: Scott Hicks
“ Brilliant acting. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
18.
Postcards from the Edge (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
A substance-addicted actress tries to look on the bright side even as she is forced to move back in with her mother to avoid unemployment. (101 mins.)
Director: Mike Nichols
“ Adapted from the autobiography of Carrie Fisher. Meryl Streep and Shirley MacLaine work well together, but I think it's Maclaine who steals the show.
Film/book illustrates the difficulties of growing up with famous parents and working as an actor. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
19.
The Horse Whisperer (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.6/10 X  
The mother of a severely traumatized daughter enlists the aid of a unique horse trainer to help the girl's equally injured horse. (170 mins.)
Director: Robert Redford
“ There are elements of sentimentalism (and a rather cliched ending), but as someone who doesn't like horses too much, I really enjoyed it. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
20.
The Basketball Diaries (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
A teenager finds his dreams of becoming a basketball star threatened after he free falls into the harrowing world of drug addiction. (102 mins.)
Director: Scott Kalvert
 
21.
The Firm (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A young lawyer joins a prestigious law firm only to discover that it has a sinister dark side. (154 mins.)
Director: Sydney Pollack
 
22.
Shakespeare in Love (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A young Shakespeare, out of ideas and short of cash, meets his ideal woman and is inspired to write one of his most famous plays. (123 mins.)
Director: John Madden
 
23.
The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A very rich and successful playboy amuses himself by stealing artwork, but may have met his match in a seductive detective. (113 mins.)
Director: John McTiernan
“ Underrated, I feel. The music is well done, the story exciting, quite romantic, and the dialogue is pretty good.

Most people tend to prefer the original, but I found that rather dull. To be fair, Pierce Brosnan is a little wooden, and there are a few plot holes, but overall it's enjoyable. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
24.
Flirting (1991)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.3/10 X  
Danny has been sent to boarding school, in this sequel to The Year My Voice Broke. Against a backdrop... (99 mins.)
Director: John Duigan
 
25.
Mission: Impossible (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.1/10 X  
An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization. (110 mins.)
Director: Brian De Palma
 
26.
Howards End (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
A businessman thwarts his wife's bequest of an estate to another woman. (140 mins.)
Director: James Ivory
 
27.
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue. (120 mins.)
Director: Baz Luhrmann
“ I can't remember this too well. Will be watching again soon. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
28.
The Age of Innocence (1993)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A tale of nineteenth-century New York high society in which a young lawyer falls in love with a woman separated from her husband, while he is engaged to the woman's cousin. (139 mins.)
Director: Martin Scorsese
 
29.
Immortal Beloved (1994)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.5/10 X  
The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Besides all the work he is known for, the... (121 mins.)
Director: Bernard Rose
“ Exquisite and haunting in places. Perhaps a bit too long. A brave film which truthfully (rather than hero-worshiping) examines the character of Beethoven. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
30.
The Insider (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  
A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a "60 Minutes" expose on Big Tobacco. (157 mins.)
Director: Michael Mann
 
31.
10 Things I Hate About You (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A pretty, popular teenager can't go out on a date until her ill-tempered older sister does. (97 mins.)
Director: Gil Junger
 
32.
Sleepers (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  
After a prank goes disastrously wrong, a group of boys are sent to a detention center where they are brutalized; over 10 years later, they get their chance for revenge. (147 mins.)
Director: Barry Levinson
“ Haunting film. Don't watch it if you're feeling fragile. Strong themes of abuse. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
33.
Peter's Friends (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
Six former college friends, with two new friends, gather for a New Year's Eve weekend reunion at a large English countryside manor after ten years to reminisce about the good times now long gone. (101 mins.)
Director: Kenneth Branagh
“ If there wasn't so much arguing in this I would place it higher up on my list, as it's actually very good. Fairly stunning performance by Imelda Staunton as a grieving mother. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
34.
Sliding Doors (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  
A London woman's love life and career both hinge, unknown to her, on whether or not she catches a train. We see it both ways, in parallel. (99 mins.)
Director: Peter Howitt
 
35.
Emma (1996)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.7/10 X  
In rural 1800s England things go bad for a young matchmaker after she finds a man for another woman. (120 mins.)
Director: Douglas McGrath
“ Gwyneth Paltrow is good as Emma... in fact the casting is great, but the movie is... sentimental, and Jane Austen is NEVER sentimental. Worth watching, though. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
36.
School Ties (1992)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Set in the 1950s, a star-quarterback is given an opportunity to attend an elite preparatory school but must conceal the fact that he is Jewish. (106 mins.)
Director: Robert Mandel
 
37.
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.)
 
38.
The Virgin Suicides (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.2/10 X  
A group of male friends become obsessed with five mysterious sisters who are sheltered by their strict, religious parents in suburban Detroit in the mid-1970s. (97 mins.)
Director: Sofia Coppola
 
39.
The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.5/10 X  
The cruel King Louis XIV of France has a secret twin brother who he keeps imprisoned. Can the twin be substituted for the real king? (132 mins.)
Director: Randall Wallace
“ Not one of Di Caprio's great roles by a long way. The predominately American accents rather detract from the believability of this French story. Gabriel Byrne and Jeremy Irons rescue it. Very exciting in places, tedious in others. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
40.
Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.0/10 X  
True story of Heinrich Harrer, an Austrian mountain climber who became friends with the Dalai Lama at the time of China's takeover of Tibet. (136 mins.)
“ Brad Pit was the wrong person to pick for this role. Sad because otherwise it's really fascinating and moving in places. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
41.
Days of Thunder (1990)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  
A young hot-shot stock car driver gets his chance to compete at the top level. (107 mins.)
Director: Tony Scott
“ Very obvious. Personally I like obvious Tom Cruise movies, but if you're not generally a fan, don't bother. It's basically 'Top Gun' but with cars instead of planes. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
42.
An Ideal Husband (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.9/10 X  
Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful Government minister, well-off and with a loving wife. All this is... (97 mins.)
Director: Oliver Parker
 
43.
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
 
44.
Hackers (1995)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  
This movie is about hackers who are blamed for making a virus that will capsize 5 oil tankers. (107 mins.)
Director: Iain Softley
 
45.
The Matrix (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.7/10 X  
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers. (136 mins.)
“ Influential film which has dated quickly. ” - Batmans_girlfriend
 
46.
American Beauty (1999)
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.4/10 X  
A sexually frustrated suburban father has a mid-life crisis after becoming infatuated with his daughter's best friend. (122 mins.)
Director: Sam Mendes