Sometimes the critics’ picks of the best movies are just not our cup of tea. We decided to take a trip down the memory lane with the fans’ favorite movies in the 90’s. There are definitely a few surprises — I can’t believe that Life Is Beautiful, Men In Black and The Big Lebowski do not make the list! But, I totally agree with the movie that tops the list. Let’s start with #25.
25. Good Will Hunting (1997)
A movie about a gifted janitor at M.I.T. needing help from a psychologist to find directions in life? I admit the movie synopsis can’t get any more boring than that, but what an excellent movie by Matt Damon, Ben Affleck and Robin Williams.
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24. Jurassic Park (1993)
It is a classic because never before 1993 has dinosaurs been so realistic and breathtaking on the silver screen. This review totally brings us back to the movie, doesn’t it?
“I don’t know why I loved this movie so much. Maybe it was the utter amazement when I first saw the Brachiosaurus eat from a tree. Or maybe it was my adrenaline rushing when two 12 year old were attacked by velociraptors. It might possibly be the chills that went down my spine when the T-Rex first made his terrifying roar.”
23. Toy Story (1995)
Little trivia for our Toy Story fans. Did you know that Andy’s last name is Davis? During the end credits, Laurie Metcalf is credited as voicing “Mrs. Davis”. Andy’s last name is also revealed in Toy Story 3 (2010).
22. Lion King (1994)
This Disney film is one classic that will keep on delivering for Disney fans. Outstanding animation, amazing songs by Elton John and a solid, compelling story line.
21. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
This is a classic movie, a throwback. A movie about a jewel heist gone wrong and the consequences of working with strangers. This flick has a great cast, great script, and flawless direction. Tarantino films are great because they stress the story more than anything else.
20. The Truman Show (1998)
An unassuming film that is thought provoking on so many levels. The movie was brilliantly directed and the actors (Jim Carrey and Ed Harris) are definitely Oscar worthy, in my opinion.
19. The Sixth Sense (1999)
To call the film a sleeper hit is to underestimate how low under the radar it flew before its release. It wasn’t even mentioned in Entertainment Weekly’s 134 film Summer Movie Preview of 1999.
18. Léon: The Professional (1994)
Portman is truly astonishing – one can almost forgive her for being a part of the appalling Star Wars prequels on the strength of this one performance. The iconic image of this tiny, grubby little girl clutching Leon’s beloved plant and trotting to keep up with her lanky hero’s giant strides is one that will live long in the memory.
17. Goodfellas (1990)
A gangster film at its finest. Goodfellas-–based on true events–explores the lives of gangsters, chronicling the events through the eyes of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), who gets involved with the Mafia at a young age and continues his “career” throughout the film.
16. Braveheart (1995)
Mel Gibson definitely proved to everyone that he’s a great actor and director with the making of Braveheart. The extreme violence as well as the human compassion in this movie are overwhelming in its brilliancy.
15. The Usual Suspects (1995)
If you have seen the movie, I think you will agree that this movie has one of the greatest scripts of all time. No other mystery films accomplish the sort of cult status The Usual Suspects does.
14. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
Terminator 2 was the most expensive film in the history at that time. Typically, we all have doubts about a sequel, but this sequel is definitely better or as the minimum just as good as the original.
13. The Green Mile (1999)
An amazing and captivating rendition of the novel. I truly believe the brilliant casts are what made this drama such a success. If you haven’t seen it, trust me, it’s a must see.
12. American History X (1998)
Did you know that Seth wears a shirt during the basketball game featuring the number 88? This is a Nazi skinhead code for HH, or “Heil Hitler,” H being the 8th letter of the alphabet. It also refers to a set of 88 precepts written by the neo-nazi leader David Lane. The 88 precepts are rules and concepts that all White Supremacists lived by.
11. Titanic (1997)
Leonardo DiCaprio definitely achieved his international fame through this epic romance movie with Kate Winslet. After almost 20 years, he finally got himself an Oscar!
10. American Beauty (1999)
This is a movie with lots of nominations and wins for different awards. 107 wins and 96 nominations to be exact. Among all, it took home five Oscars.
9. Schindler’s List (1993)
Oskar Schindler is a vainglorious and greedy German businessman who becomes an unlikely humanitarian amid the barbaric Nazi reign when he feels compelled to turn his factory into a refuge for Jews. Based on the true story of Oskar Schindler who managed to save about 1100 Jews from being gassed at the Auschwitz concentration camp, it is a testament to the good in all of us.
8. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
In the German-dubbed version of the movie, one of the actors, who was a German veteran of the Normandy invasion, could not deal with emotional realism of the film, and dropped out and had to be replaced. Steven Spielberg cast Matt Damon as Private Ryan because he wanted an unknown actor with an All-American look. He did not know Damon would win an Oscar for Good Will Hunting (1997) and become an overnight star before the film was released.
7. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
This suspense movie shows us that you don’t need tons of blood and gore to be a good one. The Silence of the Lambs is creepy and exciting. The chemistry between the two leading actors is thrilling. And, Anthony Hopkins’ performance is beyond superb.
6. Se7en (1995)
The basis of the story is simple: two detectives, a rookie and a veteran, hunt a serial killer. But, the twist about the serial killer makes this gothic, shocking, disturbing and clever movie a must see.
5. The Matrix (1999)
When the Wachowski Brothers (the directors) approached Warner with The Matrix and a budget of over $80 million, Warner only agreed to give them $10 million. The Wachowskis took the money and filmed the first ten minutes of the movie using the entire $10 million. After showing the executives at Warner the opening scene, they got their original asking budget.
4. Forrest Gump (1994)
Tom Hanks has three movies that made the list. This is definitely my favorite and I think this is his best movie. This classic movie encompasses all: humor, action, sadness, drama and a bonus Vietnam war.
3. Pulp Fiction (1994)
Quentin Tarantino, one of the most creative directors, tells three great stories with a lot of irony in this cool movie. The cast for this movie is amazing: Bruce Willis, Samuel L. Jackson, John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth and Christopher Walken.
2. Fight Club (1999)
A ticking-time-bomb insomniac and a slippery soap salesman channel primal male aggression into a shocking new form of therapy. Their concept catches on, with underground “fight clubs” forming in every town, until an eccentric gets in the way and ignites an out-of-control spiral toward oblivion.
1. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
One of the finest films made with a poignant story about hope and freedom. A movie that tells a lesson about life will have people talk about years later. Just like what we are doing here.