Best films of the 90s

How original, I know. But it bears discussion.
My top 10 (in alphabetical order, not preferential):
1)American Beauty (the antidote to all those teen-orgy films)
2) Boogie Nights
3) Goodfellas
4) Fight Club
5) Saving Private Ryan (best anti-war message I’ve seen)
6) Silence of the Lambs
7) Titanic (whether you like it or not)
8) Toy Story (the first all-CGI movie)
9) Trainspotting (incredible to think how little this film cost)
10) Welcome to the Dollhouse (I’ve waited all my life for someone to tell this story)
I would also give Deep Impact and ID4 honorable mentions. I know they had their detractors, but they both illustrate how paranoid the 90s were/are.

Remember, I’m pulling for you; we’re all in this together.
—Red Green

I loved Welcome To The Dollhouse too. Funny, yet disturbing and agionizingly familiar, especially the lunch room scene.

I put a vote in for Clerks.

Yer pal,

In order of preference…

  1. 12 Monkeys
  2. The Shawshank Redemption
  3. Reservoir Dogs
  4. Contact
  5. Seven
  6. The Silence of the Lambs
  7. Pulp Fiction
  8. Dark City
  9. The Sixth Sense
  10. Face/Off
  1. Pulp Fiction
  2. Shawshank Redemption
  3. Schindler’s List
  4. The Godfather III (I believe this one was '90, but could be '89)
  5. Reservoir Dogs
  6. Star Trek: First Contact
  7. Trainspotting
  8. Heavenly Creatures
  9. Brain Dead (Dead Alive in the US, or so I’m told)
  10. Scent of a Woman

I could go on for hours. The order of this list varies according to my mood.


“You know how complex women are”

  • Neil Peart, Rush (1993)
  1. Shakespeare in Love (probably the best single script ever written for the movies and brilliant on all levels)
  2. Pulp Fiction
  3. The Usual Suspects
  4. Fargo
  5. 12 Monkeys
  6. Mulan (In a decade where animated films flowered, this was the best)
  7. Bullets over Broadway
  8. Chasing Amy
  9. Dark City
  10. The Shawshank Redemption
    (I see nearly all my films on video, so I haven’t seen many of this year’s films yet.)

not in order

forest gump
usual suspects
sling blade
scream (brought back slasher flicks, even if they are bad)
shakespeare in love
silence of the lambs
that’s all for now

honorable mention
replacement killers

In no particular order:
[list=1][li]Ghost[/li][li]Saving Private Ryan[/li][li]A Few Good Men[/li][li]Star Trek: First Contact[/li][li]Sleeping With The Enemy[/li][li]Toy Story[/li][li]Apollo 13[/li][li]Shawshank Redemption[/li][li]Air Force One[/li]Thelma & Louise[/list=1]

Oh, and I’m forgetting the obvious here - The Pamela Anderson - Tommy Lee film was one for the ages. The many sequels did NOTHING to take away from the originals cunning script, cinematography and explosive climax!

In no particular order except for number 1 and 2

  1. Clerks
  2. Falling Down
  3. Shawshank Redemption
  4. Scream
  5. Seven
  6. ID4
  7. Goodfellas
  8. Reservoir Dogs
  9. Scream
  10. Silence of the Lambs

You guys have covered most of my choices.

I’d also nominate:

Pulp Fiction.

BWP see as is says there, any indie film that can kick Phantom Menance’s ass deserves respect, wheither you like the film or not (I did).

The Truman Show.

The Matrix.

Fight Club.

Shawshank Redemption.

You say “cheesy” like that’s a BAD thing.

“Children Playing with Fish”
“Blacksmith Scene”
“Corbett & Courtney Before the Kinetograph”
“Edison Kinetoscopic Record of a Sneeze”
“Souvenir Strip of the Edison Kinetoscope”
“Dickson Experimental Sound Film”
“Oxford & Cambridge University Boat Race”
“Governor Bushnell of Ohio, and Staff”
“13th Infantry, U.S. Army: Full Dress Parade and Manoeuvering, Governors Island”

“My hovercraft is full of eels.”

I’m surprised so many people named ID4…I always thought it was pretty lame, though not as bad as the AWFUL “Godzilla” remake…I would definitely put in my vote for Fargo, Sling Blade, Forrest Gump, Schindler’s List, Pulp Fiction, American Beauty, etc.

American Beauty
Silence of the Lambs
The Truman Show
Pulp Fiction
Angel Baby

Magnificent to behold - Greatly to be praised.

All right Torgo, you kept us in the dark long enough … what the heck are you talking about? We’re dying here!

Wait a minute … I think I get it … films of the 1890s? Sorry, I’m a little slow with these urbane jokes. I’m going to go hose down Bessie’s stall now.

I think Torgo is just pointing out that it was not specified which '90’s.

Uh, Scream? I don’t think so… How about The Matrix? I’d have to agree with most everything else, especially Shawshank Redemption and The Usual Suspects. That, “Who is Kaiser Sose’” line still gets me.

“The world is not five hours old and evil has already entered it” - Aslan
The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe

I agree with many of those above, but you forgot some…

Godzilla vs King Ghidorah (1991)
Godzilla vs Mothra (1992)
Godzilla vs MechaGodzilla (1993)
Godzilla vs SpaceGodzilla (1994)
Godzilla vs Destroyer (1995)

Japanese subtitled versions, of course.

Um, that’s all I can think of. That 1998 American Godzilla bastardization is intentionally left off.

“It is impossible to defeat an ignorant man in an argument” - William McAdoo

Saw ‘American Beauty’ a few weeks ago and was just floored by how good it was.

I rented ‘Election’ the other night and would have to vote for it as well.

I just saw Life Is Beautiful last week and it was So Incredibly Wonderful I can’t believe nobody’s mentioned it. I cried for an hour afterward. “Buongiorno, Principesa!” sob!

Otherwise y’all have pretty much nailed it.

Sucks to your assmar.