1993 Films From Best To Worst

by Happy_Evil_Dude | created - 13 Aug 2012 | updated - 30 Aug 2012 | Public

In my own opinion of course, and featuring all films released in 1993 I've currently seen. As such, this is an ever-evolving list, but as it currently stands, I consider the first two entries to be excellent, the third just a notch below, numbers 4 to 9 to be really good, 10 fine, 11 to 13 less and less entertaining and the last entry quite blah.

Check out my other lists if interested (full selection accessible on the right):

1960s: 1964

1980s: 1987

2000s: 2001 2002 2003 2004 2005 2007 2009

2010s: 2010 2011 2012

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1. Jurassic Park (1993)

PG-13 | 127 min | Adventure, Sci-Fi, Thriller

8.1
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68 Metascore

During a preview tour, a theme park suffers a major power breakdown that allows its cloned dinosaur exhibits to run amok.

Director: Steven Spielberg | Stars: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough

Votes: 695,059 | Gross: $402.45M

Nearly ten years later, Spielberg's masterpiece is still, without a doubt, the best dinosaur film there is. By far. The movie is a timeless marvel of adventure and excitement, with memorable visuals and a rousing score that can be watched again and again and again.

2. Demolition Man (1993)

R | 115 min | Action, Crime, Sci-Fi

6.6
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34 Metascore

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.

Director: Marco Brambilla | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock, Nigel Hawthorne

Votes: 134,932 | Gross: $58.06M

One of Sylvester Stallone's best films (his best?), Demolition Man is a brilliant, underrated, hilarious, badass, fun sci-fi romp. One of the great dystopia films out there.

3. Striking Distance (1993)

R | 102 min | Action, Crime, Mystery

5.8
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Coming from a police family, Tom Hardy ends up fighting his uncle after the murder of his father. Tom believes the killer is another cop, and goes on the record with his allegations. Demoted then to river duty, the killer taunts Tom.

Director: Rowdy Herrington | Stars: Bruce Willis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Dennis Farina, Tom Sizemore

Votes: 35,756 | Gross: $23.80M

Highly underrated murder mystery that just has a great feel to it all. Plus it features one of the greatest car scenes in film history.

4. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)

PG | 76 min | Animation, Family, Fantasy

8.0
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Jack Skellington, king of Halloween Town, discovers Christmas Town, but his attempts to bring Christmas to his home cause confusion.

Director: Henry Selick | Stars: Danny Elfman, Chris Sarandon, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey

Votes: 246,841 | Gross: $75.08M

Contrarily to popular belief, NOT directed by Tim Burton, Henry Selick's The Nightmare Before Christmas is an enduring classic. The stop-motion visuals are memorable and the songs are fun.

5. Benny & Joon (1993)

PG | 98 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance

7.2
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57 Metascore

A mentally ill young woman finds her love in an eccentric man who models himself after Buster Keaton.

Director: Jeremiah S. Chechik | Stars: Johnny Depp, Mary Stuart Masterson, Aidan Quinn, Julianne Moore

Votes: 48,981 | Gross: $23.20M

A nice small quirky romantic drama with great actors.

6. Heaven & Earth (1993)

R | 140 min | Action, Biography, Drama

6.8
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During the Vietnam War, a Vietnamese woman struggles with life hustling on the streets, where she comes face to face with those involved in the conflict around her.

Director: Oliver Stone | Stars: Hiep Thi Le, Tommy Lee Jones, Haing S. Ngor, Bussaro Sanruck

Votes: 11,523 | Gross: $5.86M

Based on a true story, this is less of a war movie than the previous two films in Oliver Stone's Vietnam trilogy, instead more of a "biography" film, it is also possibly the weakest of the three. One of the problems is that though the main character goes through many ordeals and suffers many hardships, you never really feel for her, connect with her. Despite his prominent presence in the posters, Tommy Lee Jones is really more of a secondary character here and only appears about an hour and ten minutes into the movie. Heaven & Earth is still a very well-made film, with some beautiful shots of Vietnam (actually Thailand) and particularly brilliant scenes in America.

7. Cliffhanger (1993)

R | 112 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller

6.4
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60 Metascore

A botched mid-air heist results in suitcases full of cash being searched for by various groups throughout the Rocky Mountains.

Director: Renny Harlin | Stars: Sylvester Stallone, John Lithgow, Michael Rooker, Janine Turner

Votes: 103,851 | Gross: $84.05M

The film that relaunched Sylvester Stallone's career after a bit of a slump is a really fun action romp, possibly director Renny Harlin's best film. It's a simple well-made flick that doesn't try to be anything else than it is, does it really well, and features one of the most daring stunts shot on film.

8. Loaded Weapon 1 (1993)

PG-13 | 84 min | Action, Comedy, Crime

6.1
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An LA detective is murdered because she has microfilm with the recipe to make cocaine cookies. A "Lethal Weapon" style cop team tries to find and stop the fiends before they can dope the ... See full summary »

Director: Gene Quintano | Stars: Emilio Estevez, Samuel L. Jackson, Jon Lovitz, Tim Curry

Votes: 39,678 | Gross: $27.98M

Really funny Zucker/Abrahams/Zucker-style Lethal Weapon parody.

9. Nowhere to Run (1993)

R | 94 min | Action, Crime, Drama

5.6
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Escaped convict Sam Gillen single handedly takes on ruthless developers determined to evict Clydie - a widow with two young children. Nobody knows who Sam is.

Director: Robert Harmon | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Rosanna Arquette, Kieran Culkin, Ted Levine

Votes: 18,713 | Gross: $22.19M

More decent classic action fare from Van Damme, without John Woo's directorial maestria but featuring the writing talents of Joe Eszterhas and Richard Marquand, of Basic Instinct and Return Of The Jedi fame respectively.

10. Hard Target (1993)

R | 97 min | Action, Thriller

6.1
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A woman hires a drifter as her guide through New Orleans in search of her father, who has gone missing. They discover a deadly game of cat and mouse behind his disappearance in the process.

Director: John Woo | Stars: Jean-Claude Van Damme, Lance Henriksen, Yancy Butler, Chuck Pfarrer

Votes: 37,827 | Gross: $32.59M

John Woo's first, underrated American film. It's classic action fare, with Van Damme in full form, a nice New Orleans setting and a fun score by Graeme Revell.

11. Sniper (1993)

R | 98 min | Action, Thriller, War

6.1
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A US Marine sniper is partnered with a SWAT member to take out rebel leaders in the jungles of Panama.

Director: Luis Llosa | Stars: Tom Berenger, Billy Zane, J.T. Walsh, Aden Young

Votes: 20,477 | Gross: $18.99M

OK entertainment. Not quite sure how it spawned three sequels though.

12. Kung Fu Cult Master (1993)

99 min | Action, Fantasy, History

6.4
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A wild and rollicking martial arts fantasy extravaganza that features prized swords -- and swordsmen, a crazy monk attached to a rolling boulder (yup!), serious clan and cult rivalries, and... See full summary »

Directors: Jing Wong, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Jet Li, Man Cheung, Chingmy Yau, Sammo Kam-Bo Hung

Votes: 2,780

Very strange film and not just because it seems to end in the middle.

13. Yat do king sing (1993)

105 min | Drama

6.8
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A young martial arts teacher is drawn into a plan to reform Imperial China.

Director: Sammo Kam-Bo Hung | Stars: Fan Yeung, Cynthia Khan, Rosamund Kwan, Lung Ti

Votes: 323

Don't remember this one too much, apart that it was decent and quite violent.

14. Bhaji on the Beach (1993)

R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama

6.5
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A group of women of Indian descent take a trip together from their home in Birmingham, England to the beach resort of Blackpool. The women vary in ages from mid-teens to old, and initially ... See full summary »

Director: Gurinder Chadha | Stars: Kim Vithana, Jimmi Harkishin, Sarita Khajuria, Akbar Kurtha

Votes: 888 | Gross: $0.74M

Rather boring