The Best 90sby Batmans_girlfriend | created - 21 Mar 2012 | updated - 01 Sep 2014 | Public
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)
PG-13 | 135 min | Drama, Romance
Photographer Robert Kincaid wanders into the life of housewife Francesca Johnson, for four days in the 1960s.
Votes: 61,483 | Gross: $71.52M
I can't praise this enough.
2. Sense and Sensibility (1995)
PG | 136 min | Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 87,175 | Gross: $43.18M
Best Jane Austen adaption by a mile. Stunning acting. Also one of Ang Lee's best films.
3. The Prince of Tides (1991)
R | 132 min | Drama, Romance
A troubled man talks to his suicidal sister's psychiatrist about their family history and falls in love with her in the process.
Votes: 13,867 | Gross: $74.79M
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.
4. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)
PG-13 | 125 min | Comedy, Drama, Family
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.
Votes: 206,693 | Gross: $219.20M
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.
5. Good Will Hunting (1997)
R | 126 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 713,893 | Gross: $138.43M
Great dialogue. Thought-provoking.
6. Hamlet (1996)
PG-13 | 242 min | Drama
Hamlet, Prince of Denmark, returns home to find his father murdered and his mother remarrying the murderer, his uncle. Meanwhile, war is brewing.
Votes: 32,973 | Gross: $4.41M
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?
7. Notting Hill (1999)
PG-13 | 124 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
The life of a simple bookshop owner changes when he meets the most famous film star in the world.
Votes: 229,143 | Gross: $116.09M
When I think of the rom-com genre this is the movie which seems to define it.
8. Shadowlands (1993)
PG | 131 min | Biography, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 14,706 | Gross: $25.84M
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.
9. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
R | 142 min | Crime, Drama
Two imprisoned men bond over a number of years, finding solace and eventual redemption through acts of common decency.
Votes: 1,954,041 | Gross: $28.34M
Brutal, but you have to see it.
10. Home Alone (1990)
PG | 103 min | Comedy, Family
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.
Votes: 372,424 | Gross: $285.76M
11. Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)
R | 117 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
Over the course of five social occasions, a committed bachelor must consider the notion that he may have discovered love.
Votes: 119,426 | Gross: $52.70M
First half: brilliant, hilarious, witty.
Second half: Not so good.
12. The Remains of the Day (1993)
PG | 134 min | Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 52,415 | Gross: $22.95M
Exceptional performances and interesting story. Very slow and subtle.
13. The Fugitive (1993)
PG-13 | 130 min | Action, Crime, Drama
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.
Votes: 234,004 | Gross: $183.88M
Heart-stopping in places, this is the best 90s action movie I've seen.
14. 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: 41,760 | Gross: $6.40M
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.
15. Clear and Present Danger (1994)
PG-13 | 141 min | Action, Crime, Drama
CIA Analyst Jack Ryan is drawn into an illegal war fought by the US government against a Colombian drug cartel.
Votes: 76,693 | Gross: $122.19M
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.
17. Shine (1996)
PG-13 | 105 min | Biography, Drama, Music
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.
Votes: 46,764 | Gross: $35.81M
18. Postcards from the Edge (1990)
R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama
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.
Votes: 13,344 | Gross: $37.96M
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.
19. The Horse Whisperer (1998)
PG-13 | 170 min | Drama, Romance, Western
The mother of a severely traumatized daughter enlists the aid of a unique horse trainer to help the girl's equally injured horse.
Votes: 35,347 | Gross: $75.38M
There are elements of sentimentalism (and a rather cliched ending), but as someone who doesn't like horses too much, I really enjoyed it.
20. 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: 89,416 | Gross: $2.42M
22. Shakespeare in Love (1998)
R | 123 min | Comedy, Drama, History
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.
Votes: 193,031 | Gross: $100.32M
23. The Thomas Crown Affair (1999)
R | 113 min | Crime, Romance, Thriller
A very rich and successful playboy amuses himself by stealing artwork, but may have met his match in a seductive detective.
Votes: 78,606 | Gross: $69.30M
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.
24. Flirting (1991)
R | 99 min | Drama, Romance
Danny has been sent to boarding school, in this sequel to The Year My Voice Broke. Against a backdrop of bullying and sadistic teachers Danny strikes up an affair with an African girl, ... See full summary »
Votes: 5,183 | Gross: $2.42M
25. Mission: Impossible (1996)
PG-13 | 110 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
An American agent, under false suspicion of disloyalty, must discover and expose the real spy without the help of his organization.
Votes: 333,348 | Gross: $180.98M
27. Romeo + Juliet (1996)
PG-13 | 120 min | Drama, Romance
Shakespeare's famous play is updated to the hip modern suburb of Verona still retaining its original dialogue.
Votes: 186,262 | Gross: $46.35M
I can't remember this too well. Will be watching again soon.
28. The Age of Innocence (1993)
PG | 139 min | Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 41,080 | Gross: $32.20M
29. Immortal Beloved (1994)
R | 121 min | Biography, Drama, Music
The life and death of the legendary Ludwig van Beethoven. Besides all the work he is known for, the composer once wrote a famous love letter to a nameless beloved, and the movie tries to ... See full summary »
Votes: 20,809 | Gross: $9.91M
Exquisite and haunting in places. Perhaps a bit too long. A brave film which truthfully (rather than hero-worshiping) examines the character of Beethoven.
30. The Insider (1999)
R | 157 min | Biography, Drama, Thriller
A research chemist comes under personal and professional attack when he decides to appear in a "60 Minutes" expose on Big Tobacco.
Votes: 144,515 | Gross: $28.97M
32. Sleepers (1996)
R | 147 min | Crime, Drama, Thriller
After a prank goes disastrously wrong, a group of boys are sent to a detention center where they are brutalized. Over ten years later, they get their chance for revenge.
Votes: 168,051 | Gross: $49.10M
Haunting film. Don't watch it if you're feeling fragile. Strong themes of abuse.
33. Peter's Friends (1992)
R | 101 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 9,300 | Gross: $4.06M
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.
34. Sliding Doors (1998)
PG-13 | 99 min | Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 57,006 | Gross: $11.88M
35. Emma (1996)
PG | 120 min | Comedy, Drama, Romance
While matchmaking for friends and neighbours, a young 19th Century Englishwoman nearly misses her own chance at love.
Votes: 31,041 | Gross: $22.20M
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.
36. School Ties (1992)
PG-13 | 106 min | Drama
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.
Votes: 19,727 | Gross: $14.72M
37. Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
PG-13 | 119 min | Action, Adventure, Thriller
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.
Votes: 161,650 | Gross: $125.33M
38. The Virgin Suicides (1999)
R | 97 min | Drama, Romance
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.
Votes: 128,948 | Gross: $4.86M
39. The Man in the Iron Mask (I) (1998)
PG-13 | 132 min | Action, Adventure
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?
Votes: 139,286 | Gross: $56.97M
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.
40. Seven Years in Tibet (1997)
PG-13 | 136 min | Adventure, Biography, Drama
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.
Votes: 107,054 | Gross: $37.96M
Brad Pit was the wrong person to pick for this role. Sad because otherwise it's really fascinating and moving in places.
41. Days of Thunder (1990)
PG-13 | 107 min | Action, Drama, Sport
A young hot-shot stock car driver gets his chance to compete at the top level.
Votes: 67,708 | Gross: $82.67M
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.
42. An Ideal Husband (I) (1999)
PG-13 | 97 min | Comedy, Romance
Sir Robert Chiltern is a successful Government minister, well-off and with a loving wife. All this is threatened when Mrs Cheveley appears in London with damning evidence of a past misdeed.... See full summary »
Votes: 13,874 | Gross: $18.54M
43. Batman Returns (1992)
PG-13 | 126 min | Action, Crime, Fantasy
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.
Votes: 240,256 | Gross: $162.83M
45. The Matrix (1999)
R | 136 min | Action, Sci-Fi
A computer hacker learns from mysterious rebels about the true nature of his reality and his role in the war against its controllers.
Votes: 1,404,700 | Gross: $171.48M
Influential film which has dated quickly.