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10 (or so)Best Films of the 1990s

A companion to the 80s thread

Goodfellas

The Silence of the Lambs

Jackie Brown

The Talented Mr. Ripley

Terminator 2

JFK

Three Colors Trilogy

Casino

The Player

Showgirls

Fargo

Thelma & Louise

Safe

Happiness

by Anonymousreply 8205/30/2013

All About My Mother

Clueless

Persuasion

Fargo

Pulp Fiction

Eat Drink Man Woman

A Simple Plan

Goodfellas

Life is Beautiful

The Wings of the Dove

The Sixth Sense

Babe

Heavenly Creatures

by Anonymousreply 105/21/2013

and Secrets and Lies

by Anonymousreply 205/21/2013

I'll do my favs (in no order, despite the numbering), not necessarily the best:

10. My Own Private Idaho (River and Keanu making out?)

9. Goodfellas (best mob film since Godfather)

8. Southpark: Bigger, Longer, Uncut (Satan as a top? Hot)

7. GlenGarry Glen Ross ("A loser is a loser" so appropriate for the DL)

6. The War (this is a personal favorite)

5. Terminator 2 (best Summer flick EVAH- sorry Diehard and Jaws)

4. Boogie Nights (Julianne Moore. Seriously)

3. Magnolia (despite, or maybe because of, Tom Cruise playing a sociopath)

2. Rushmore (before Wes Anderson became a brand)

1. Before Sunrise (made me spend a year in Europe)

Honorable Mentions: The Matrix, Paris is Burning, and Batman Returns.

by Anonymousreply 305/21/2013

SHOWGIRLS was one of the "best?! That film is frequently on "worst of" lists.

by Anonymousreply 405/21/2013

L.A. Confidential

Flirting with Disaster

The Silence of the Lambs

Being John Malkovich

The Talented Mr. Ripley

The Remains of the Day

The Opposite of Sex

The Matrix

Gods and Monsters

Ruby in Paradise

by Anonymousreply 505/21/2013

Ronin

by Anonymousreply 605/21/2013

Showgirls? Please nigga

by Anonymousreply 705/21/2013

As I stated in the '80s thread, I am not really artsy or sophisticated. I'm just listing the movies from the '90s that I watch over and over again.

10. The Fugitive (1993)

9. Fargo (1996)

8. Goldeneye (1995)

7. Heat (1995) / Clerks (1994)

6. Boogie Nights (1997)

5. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

4. L.A. Confidential (1997)

3. Goodfellas (1990)

2. Unforgiven (1992)

1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

by Anonymousreply 805/21/2013

Saving Private Ryan

Lone Star

LA Confidential

A Simple Plan

Fargo

Sling Blade

The Shawshank Redemption

Point Break (Guilty pleasure. I love it)

The Matrix

Batman Returns

Goodfellas

Casino

by Anonymousreply 905/21/2013

L.A. Confidential

Clueless

The Talented Mr. Ripley

The Ice Storm

Ed Wood

Heavenly Creatures

Fight Club

Fargo

Groundhog Day

Being John Malkovich

Outbf Sight

Toy Story 2

by Anonymousreply 1005/21/2013

The Ice Storm

Flirting with Disaster

Election

Wild Things

Basic Instinct

Wings of the Dove

Citizen Ruth

Batman Returns

Jackie Brown

Muriel's Wedding

Being John Malkovich

Bullets Over Broadway

Heavenly Creatures

by Anonymousreply 1105/21/2013

[quote]Outbf Sight

Out of Sight

by Anonymousreply 1205/21/2013

Frankly, I feel the top grossers speak for themselves. Or you can pick the ten Oscar winners. The rest is just navel gazing.

by Anonymousreply 1305/21/2013

1. Pulp Fiction

2. Unforgiven

3. Goodfellas

4. Terminator 2 - Judgment Day

5. Jurassic Park

6. Fargo

7. Star Trek First Contact

8. L.A. Confidential

9. Freeway

10. The Matrix

by Anonymousreply 1405/21/2013

The Sixth Sense

Blair Witch Project

The Usual Suspects

Clueless

The Brady Bunch Movie

Dante's Peak

Armageddon

Too Wong Foo

Scream

The Thin Red Line

Priscilla Queen of the Desert

The Birdcage

by Anonymousreply 1505/22/2013

I will go to bat for Showgirls. To me, it is a flawless movie that I have probably seen 30 times.

It meets the two main criteria I used in making this list:

- It never gets old, holds my interest every time I see it.

- I wouldn't change a thing about it.

by Anonymousreply 1605/22/2013

The English Patient

The Thin Red Line

Shakespeare in Love

J.F.K.

The Prince of Tides

The Piano

Phenomenon

The Crying Game

Nell

Thelma & Louise

by Anonymousreply 1705/22/2013

Thanks R10, I forgot about OUT OF SIGHT.

Another favorite I forgot, TOPSY-TURVY.

by Anonymousreply 1805/22/2013

Wow, some pretty decent choices here.

My picks:

10. The Shawshank Redemption

9. Boogie Nights

8. To Die For

7. Groundhog Day

6. Jackie Brown

5. Casino

4. A Simple Plan

3. The Sweet Hereafter

2. Election

1. Fargo

by Anonymousreply 1905/22/2013

The English Patient (best movie of the '90s)

The Bodyguard

The First Wives Club

Jurassic Park

Basic Instinct

Schindler's List

There's Something About Mary

Boogie Nights

Shakespeare in Love

The Green Mile

Scream

Dances With Wolves

by Anonymousreply 2005/22/2013

R20 sucks shit through a tube.

by Anonymousreply 2105/22/2013

R20, other than Kristin Scott Thomas, "The English Patient" was horrid. And I loved the book and went into the film wanting to love the movie. Such a shame and a wasted opportunity. But that's just my opinion, of course.

Hmmm...the rest of your list is pretty bizarre, too. "Boogie Nights" is solid, if overrated. The rest are middling to poor. "Basic Instinct" is another strange choice--I felt like I could hear the gears grinding in every scene as the script kept trying to make the story happen.

No accounting for taste, of course.

by Anonymousreply 2205/22/2013

1. Unforgiven

2. L.A. Confidential

3. In the Line of Fire

4. Terminator 2: Judgment Day

5. Fargo

6. Casino

7. Pulp Fiction

8. The Fugitive

9. Goodfellas

10. Lone Star

by Anonymousreply 2305/22/2013

I have to agree with Elaine Benes. "The English Patient" was a steaming turd. I felt her pain. My ex-partner loved that movie and dragged me with him to see it. Awful. He even hated it.

How that movie became so highly acclaimed is beyond me. I realize different people have different tastes, but I have never met anyone who truly loved that movie. I'm sure they're out there, I've just never met them.

by Anonymousreply 2405/22/2013

Clueless

Scream

The Ice Storm

Jackie Brown

Out of Sight

Welcome to the Dollhouse

L.A. Confidential

Fargo

by Anonymousreply 2505/22/2013

L.A. Confidential

Jurassic Park

Titanic

The Blair Witch Project

The Professional

The Truman Show

Dances With Wolves

Boyz in the Hood

Heathers

The Fugitive

by Anonymousreply 2605/22/2013

'"Basic Instinct" is another strange choice--I felt like I could hear the gears grinding in every scene as the script kept trying to make the story happen.'

I agree R22 and I would add that the film noir-ish dialogue wasn't as clever is it should have been, just clumsy. But I still included it on my list because I think it was so of its time, visually stunning and I have an irrational love of Sharon Stone. It was exciting to see a true movie star performance. I don't mean best acting or whatever, but someone at the height of their beauty and confidence giving herself over to the camera. ALL of herself.

by Anonymousreply 2705/22/2013

Heathers was 1989.

No love for "Silence of the Lambs"??

by Anonymousreply 2805/22/2013

Can you believe L.A. Confidential lost the Oscar to Titanic? I like Titanic, but c'mon!

Russel Crowe was also robbed.

by Anonymousreply 2905/22/2013

IMDB has Heathers at 1988, seems like such a 90's movie to me.

by Anonymousreply 3005/22/2013

I liked "Silence of the Lambs", though my cousin told me she hated it so much she'd never watch anything with Hopkins in it at all. Period.

As for "The Ice Storm", I'd been meaning to bring it up here. Years ago, at a NYC brancxh library, a little old Jewish lady was returning the film, commenting to the clerk, "They're so COLD!" meaning the WASPS. Do you agree, Charles?

by Anonymousreply 3105/22/2013

Titanic should have won only for special effects. I love the movie, but the dialogue was pretty awful.

by Anonymousreply 3205/22/2013

It's inconceivable how OP could have left

TITANIC

PULP FICTION

TRAINSPOTTING

and

SCHINDLER'S LIST

off his initial list.

SAFE and SHOWGIRLS before SHAWSHANK REDEMPTION or RUN, LOLA RUN, really?

OP = shitty taste

by Anonymousreply 3305/22/2013

The Age of Innocence

Remains of the Day

Pulp Fiction

Boogie Nights

The Game

The Devil's Advocate (my "so bad it's good" nominee)

Singles

The Player

Short Cuts

The Silence of the Lambs

by Anonymousreply 3405/22/2013

1997 was a great year for films. TITANIC was the biggest but definitely not the best.

by Anonymousreply 3505/22/2013

ARMAGEDDON

INDEPENDENCE DAY

FORREST GUMP

THE ENGLISH PATIENT

MERMAIDS

BASIC INSTINCT

JFK

JERRY MAGUIRE

THE SIXTH SENSE

THE PIANO

by Anonymousreply 3605/23/2013

Manhattan Latin

In Hot Pursuit

My Sister's Husband

Idol Country

Workin' Stiff

Ryker's Revenge

California Kings

Hot Wheels

Stop or I'll Shoot!

50 Ramming Rods

by Anonymousreply 3705/23/2013

Really??? No love for American Beauty???

by Anonymousreply 3805/23/2013

the sweet hereafter, the crying game, secrets & lies, the last of the mohicans, poison, trust, magnolia, clueless,

by Anonymousreply 3905/23/2013

The Crying Game, Secrets and Lies, LA Confidential, and Fargo (as mentioned already).

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert. Musical and To Wong Foo aside, this holds up as a quirky character piece far better than I expected...

...as does Muriel's Wedding, also on my list.

by Anonymousreply 4005/23/2013

I did like American Beauty, but The Ice Storm took its place on my list.

by Anonymousreply 4105/23/2013

1. L.A. Confidential (1997)

2. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

3. Unforgiven (1992)

4. Goodfellas (1990)

5. Heat (1995)

6. Fargo (1996)

7. The Fugitive (1993)

8. In The Line Of Fire (1993)

9. Casino (1995)

10. Silence Of The Lambs (1991)

by Anonymousreply 4205/23/2013

American Beauty - the story of an obviously gay man and his family. That movie is way too smug to take seriously.

OK, R33:

[quote]It's inconceivable how OP could have left TITANIC

This invalidates the rest of your post. A fun ride, but a laughably bad movie.

[quote]PULP FICTION

I prefer Jackie Brown

[quote]TRAINSPOTTING

Meh, all style, no substance. And kind of crappy style to boot. A movie douches say they like to feel "edgy"

[quote]SCHINDLER'S LIST

Cop-out "Holocaust Ride at Disneyland" that positions a gentile at the center of a Holocaust story for commercial reasons.

by Anonymousreply 4305/23/2013

1. Speed

2. The Matrix

3. Point Break

4. Terminator 2-Judgment Day

5. Goodfellas

6. Total Recall ('90 version)

7. Star Trek VI-The Undiscovered Country

8. Unforgiven

9. My Own Private Idaho

10. Goldeneye

by Anonymousreply 4405/23/2013

Pulp Fiction

Jackie Brown

Reservoir Dogs

Clerks

The Shawshank Redemption

Goodfellas

Terminator 2

Casino

Unforgiven

by Anonymousreply 4505/23/2013

A Simple Plan

Goodfellas

Misery

Casino

The Matrix

Heat

LA Confidential

The Hunt For Red October

Unforgiven

Clerks

by Anonymousreply 4605/23/2013

Nobody ever remembers Shine, with Geoffrey Rush and Lynn Redgrave. That and The Joy Luck Club.

by Anonymousreply 4705/23/2013

Ponette, bitches.

by Anonymousreply 4805/23/2013

So many that I loved...have been mentioned already.

Pulp Fiction

Point Break

The Sweet Hereafter

The Ice Storm

Boogie Nights

Shawshank Redemption

The Player

LA Confidential

My Own Private Idaho

Much Ado About Nothing

by Anonymousreply 4905/23/2013

I love seeing "Point Break" mentioned by several posters. In no way is that an artsy cinematic masterpiece, but damn, is it entertaining! I love that movie.

I remember seeing it in the theater back in '91 (not expecting much) and being blown away by it! "Point Break" is one of the most entertaining, fun movies ever made. That makes it a "best" film to me.

I love "artsy", but I also love "fun."

by Anonymousreply 5005/23/2013

Goodfellas

Memphis Belle

Godfather III

Terminator 2

Unforgiven

Clerks

The Fugitive

Casino

Heat

The Matrix

by Anonymousreply 5105/23/2013

1. 12 Monkeys

2. Jacob's Ladder

3. The Mirror Has Two Faces

4. Prince of Tides

5. Mermaids

6. Tea With Mussolini

7. Prisilla Queen Of The Desert

8. The Nightmare Before Christmas

9. Edward Scissorhands

10. Ed Wood

by Anonymousreply 5205/23/2013

No "Velvet Goldmine"?!

You bitches are slipping.

by Anonymousreply 5305/23/2013

1. Raise The Red Lantern

2. Delicatessen

3. The Piano

4. The English Patient

5. Strictly Ballroom

6. The Crying Game

7. Crumb

8. Shine

9. Rushmore

10. Naked Lunch

by Anonymousreply 5405/23/2013

Unforgiven

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

Fargo

Men In Black

Goodfellas

L.A. Confidential

True Romance

Pulp Fiction

Clerks

My Cousin Vinny

by Anonymousreply 5505/23/2013

I'd add Strictly Ballroom and Dazed and Confused. Maybe Jamon Jamon, but only for laughs.

by Anonymousreply 5605/23/2013

Unforgiven

Longtime Companion

Beautiful Thing

Bram Stoker's Dracula

Batman Returns

Saving Private Ryan

L.A. Confidential

A Simple Plan

Clerks

The Matrix

by Anonymousreply 5705/23/2013

Sharon Stone was THE movie star of the 1980s.

by Anonymousreply 5805/23/2013

As Good As It Gets

Twister

The Matrix

Unforgiven

Twister

A Simple Plan

Fargo

Point Break

The Shawshank Redemption

In The Line Of Fire

by Anonymousreply 5905/24/2013

Point Break, it will change your life.

What's so weird is that when it came out...all the critics knocked it.

by Anonymousreply 6005/24/2013

R60 Point Break is the ultimate guilty pleasure movie. Actually, I feel no guilt about loving it. It's, like one of the other responders above said, one of the "funnest" movies ever made. It's a blast. It was really great on the big screen.

by Anonymousreply 6105/24/2013

POINT BREAK is corny, base genre garbage that you people should be embarrassed for trying to aggrandize.

It's just because you think Keanu Reeves was hot back then, isn't it?

Because there is no quality story, character or theme in that shitshow.

As camp, it can be made funny. But it's not entertaining in its own right.

by Anonymousreply 6205/24/2013

Actually, r43, TITANIC's records for worldwide box office sales, Oscars and critical acclaim invalidate YOUR posts.

Your taste is simply out-of-step with the vast majority and you'll never find sympathy outside a small fringe of other haters.

TITANIC was a riveting tour through a significant chapter of history told with colorful characters, precision and visual technology unprecedented for its time.

It won't be forgotten anywhere as much your precious SHOWGIRLS.

Too bad JACKIE BROWN wasn't anywhere near as entertaining, original or innovative as PULP FICTION. Another area where you'll never talk away the greater popularity of the bigger hit and award winner.

TRAINSPOTTING has no substance? IT'S ABOUT SUBSTANCE ABUSE, asshole, and friendship abuse. If heroin isn't a substance, THEN WHAT THE FUCK IS? There's plenty of great story, theme and authenticity in that film to make it among the Top 10 Best of the '90s.

I suppose 89% of the critics on Rotten Tomatoes are all "douches" saying they like TRAINSPOTTING to "feel edgy."

The same could be said about ANY of your picks or the OP's, ESPECIALLY JACKIE BROWN, SAFE and HAPPINESS.

Fortunately, some of us judge film based on essential qualities, without regard to "edginess," so we can see through your B.S.

If charging money to educate people about important, violent chapters of history is a crime, you'll have to lock EVERY FILMMAKER UP and start hating every such period piece, not just Steven Spielberg's.

Truth is, SCHINDLER'S LIST is a true story with a remarkable character in Oskar Schindler that makes a fascinating statement about humanity in the worst of times. And THAT was why Spielberg chose to tell it -- not because he thought "gentiles" would only pay to watch other "gentiles."

We "gentiles" pay for and appreciate stories from every race, religion and nationality. We didn't need a Christian hero to patronize ANN FRANK or THE PIANIST or whatever.

It's TRUTH and QUALITY, stupid, and your politics discredit your opinion.

But keep fetishizing SHOWGIRLS, it will always have appeal to tired, old queens.

by Anonymousreply 6305/24/2013

Keanu was damn near perfect in Point Breat but really, it was a super action film and someone else will play Johnny Utah in the future.

Kathyrn Bigalow did a great job with the film.

by Anonymousreply 6405/24/2013

1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day

2. Clerks

3. L.A. Confidential

4. Pulp Fiction

5. Heat

6. Unforgiven

7. Point Break

8. Goodfellas

9. Dazed And Confused

10. The Matrix

by Anonymousreply 6505/25/2013

American Beauty

Magnolia

Beautiful Thing

Jerry Maguire

The Birdcage

As Good As It Gets

Love Valour Compassion

Longtime Companion

Breakdown

by Anonymousreply 6605/25/2013

1. Pulp Fiction

2. True Romance

3. Jackie Brown

4. The Matrix

5. Goodfellas

6. The Godfather, Part III

7. Unforgiven

8. Sling Blade

9. Fargo

10. A Simple Plan

by Anonymousreply 6705/25/2013

Terminator 2

Titanic

Unforgiven

Shawshank Redemption

Saving Private Ryan

Ghost

Total Recall

The Silence Of The Lambs

The Fugitive

Fargo

Lone Star

Apollo 13

by Anonymousreply 6805/25/2013

The Professional

True Romance

True Lies

The Limey

Unforgiven

In The Line Of Fire

My Cousin Vinny

Fargo

The Rocketeer

Get Shorty

by Anonymousreply 6905/25/2013

In no particular order...

Election

The Silence of the Lambs

Pulp Fiction

Shawshank Redemption

American Beauty

L.A. Confidential

Beauty and the Beast

Clueless

Jurassic Park

Goodfellas

by Anonymousreply 7005/25/2013

After reading most of the lists, this thread confirms it: I'm the only one who liked 'Boxing Helena.'

by Anonymousreply 7105/25/2013

Goodfellas, The Talented Mr. Ripley, Casino, Fargo ...love these!

But i'd add two classics: "After Hours" (1985) ...brilliant & subversive Martin Scorsese effort.

...and "Something Wild" (1986) ...epic black comedy w/ virtuoso performances by Jeff Daniels, Melanie Griffith & Ray Liotta.

by Anonymousreply 7205/25/2013

Surprised to see that two of my favorite movies from any decade haven't been listed: To Live, a Chinese movie from 1994, and Antonia's Line, a Dutch movie from 1995.

by Anonymousreply 7305/25/2013

Three Colors Red (1994)

Twin Peaks:Fire Walk With Me (1992)

The Straight Story(1999)

Barton Fink (1991)

The Portrait of a Lady (1996)

Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

Night on Earth (1991)

Frankie and Johnny (1991)

Arizona Dream (1992)

Kafka (1995)

Genealogies d'un crime (1997)

Exotica (1994)

Les Voleurs (1996)

Beyond the Clouds (1995)

Smoke (1995)

I wrote 15 movies in the list, because the 90's was a very productive decade as it comes to the movies. However, there are still so many that i left out.

by Anonymousreply 7405/26/2013

All About My Mother

Being John Malkovich

The Bridges of Madison County

The Grifters

Paris Is Burning

Secrets & Lies

Schindler's List

Short Cuts

Three Colours Trilogy

by Anonymousreply 7505/26/2013

The Silence of the Lambs

Pulp Fiction

The Fifth Element

Shawshank Redemption

The Nutty Professor

The Thin Red Line

The Matrix

Twister

Nutty Professor 2: The Klumps

Stargate

by Anonymousreply 7605/30/2013

R33/R63 is a BOSSY. BOTTOM. Or she would be if anyone would lower themselves to fuck her.

by Anonymousreply 7705/30/2013

The English Patient

Shakespeare In Love (Sorry, Goop Haters, I love it)

Drink Woman Eat Man

Silence Of The Lambs

The Mirror Has Two Faces

American Beauty

Magnolia

Mermaids

Rushmore

For The Boys

The Piano

Tea With Mussolini

by Anonymousreply 7805/30/2013

Eyes Wide Shut

The Blair Witch Project

Election

Fargo

Safe

Se7en

My Own Private Idaho

Husbands and Wives

JFK

Gattaca

by Anonymousreply 7905/30/2013

Anyone who lists As Good as It Gets should be ashamed.

by Anonymousreply 8005/30/2013

Hey, guys, i can't find the thread with the Best Films of the 1980's.

I would love to write too my own list if you don't mind.

*blushes

Ty...

by Anonymousreply 8105/30/2013

R79 will get torn to shreds for Eyes Wide Shut, but I love it too.

by Anonymousreply 8205/30/2013
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