The nineties have a lot to answer for! This is the decade that brought us Pogs, MC Hammer, dial-up modems (remember that sound?), early 90’s fashion where clothes just had to be neon! Not to mention the fact that the entire male population either had spikey hair or curtains!
One thing that you can’t be too harsh on is the movies from the nineties. Some of the greatest films ever made seemed to be churned out in this decade! Here are ten of the best from those halcyon days when there were still new episodes of Friends to look forward to and people didn’t live on smartphones.
10. Jurassic Park (1993)
Yes, it still looks good today. Rarely have special effects held the test of time so stunningly. This move made dinosaurs and Jeff Goldblum cool again (to be fair when wasn’t Jeff Goldblum cool?)
9. Groundhog Day (1993)
Bill Murray is a genius. This film is all about his character reliving the same day over and over again. It’s charming, funny and you can watch it over and over again…you know to be ironic!
8. Braveheart (1995)
Okay so nobody likes Mel Gibson anymore but back before he became a racist he made some stonking movies. This historically inaccurate, basically work of fiction, shows how a speech should be made. Secondary maybe only to the inches speech from Any Given Sunday.
7. Fight Club (1999)
I’m breaking the first rule by even talking about this. Edward Norton is one of the finest actors of our generation and Brad Pitt is his perfect foil in the violent but thought-provoking grime-fest! Oh yeah, Helena Bonham Carter also rocks.
6. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
I can’t think of Chianti without thinking of Anthony Hopkins tour de force performance. And heaven only knows what a fava bean is! Hannibal Lector figures in very little of this film but quantity is made up for with pure quality. A truly iconic character!
5. Pulp Fiction (1994)
Tarantino has made so many classics that it is hard to point to his seminal work, but for many of us, it is Pulp Fiction. It’s gritty, honest and brutal and at times hard to watch but unforgettable and absolutely captivating.
4. The Matrix (1999)
If it’s a sci-fi movie that my missus likes then it must be a bit special. This movie showed us all that Keanu Reeves wasn’t just that dude from Bill and Ted.
3. Goodfellas (1990)
Scorsese is an artist when it comes to the gangster movie, but this is his Mona Lisa! It shows us America’s dirty underbelly in a dark and gritty way that is truly unforgettable.
2. The Usual Suspects (1994)
I almost don’t want to talk about Keyser Soze in case you haven’t seen the film. But if you haven’t by now you deserve to have it ruined! No, I couldn’t do that. It would be like telling you that Bruce Willis was dead at the end of the sixth sense or that the Titanic sunk at the end
1. The Shawshank Redemption (1995)
This epic movie about unlikely friendships forming in prison is an instant classic. The Shawshank makes the summit of the list due to its message of hope amidst a sea of despair. Plus we love Morgan Freeman, and everyone secretly wishes that he was their grandad! There are so many moments that can bring a grown man to tears – if you don’t cry at when Morgan Freeman says “I just miss my friend” you may be a robot. So what do you think? Is our list good, what have we missed?