Top 100 Films of the 1990s

Following up on our list of our favorite films of the 2000s, we bring you our definitive (at least definitive as of today) list of our favorites from the 1990s. We all came of age as filmwatchers in the 2000s, but the ’90s was arguably when our collective love and appreciation for the wonder of film began to first grow and flourish. These are what we consider to be the most lasting and impactful films of not only our times growing up but also as more mature lovers of film looking back at the decade that was. It was a fantastic time for cinema, and certainly a fantastic time for us to learn to love cinema, so we hope you enjoy our top 100 films of the 1990s.

Following up on our list of our favorite films of the 2000s, we bring you our definitive (at least definitive as of today) list of our favorites from the 1990s. We all came of age as filmwatchers in the 2000s, but the '90s was arguably when our collective love and appreciation for the wonder of film began to first grow and flourish. These are what we consider to be the most lasting and impactful films of not only our times growing up but also as more mature lovers of film looking back at the decade that was. It was a fantastic time for cinema, and certainly a fantastic time for us to learn to love cinema, so we hope you enjoy our top 100 films of the 1990s.

In addition to the list, you can find some interesting statistics about the breakdown of the films and where things shook out as well as our individual ballots as a way to see where our tastes might veer off from one another.

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Total Films Submitted: 134
Unanimous Picks: 5 (The Matrix, Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption, The Big Lebowski, Jurassic Park)
Lowest Ranked Unanimous Film: #6 Jurassic Park
Directors:
3 films: The Coen Brothers, The Farrelly Brothers
2 films: Barry Sonnenfeld, Cameron Crowe, Chris Columbus, David Fincher, Frank Oz, John Lasseter, John McTiernan, Luc Besson, Martin Scorsese, Paul Thomas Anderson, Quentin Tarantino, Richard Linklater, Robert Zemeckis, Steven Spielberg
Animated Films: 12 (Toy Story, The Lion King, Aladdin, The Iron Giant, Batman: Mask of the Phantasom, The Nightmare Before Christmas, Princess Mononoke, The Muppet Christmas Carol, A Goofy Movie, Hercules, Beauty and the Beast, A Bug's Life)
Foreign Films: 2 (La Haine, Princess Mononoke)
Best Comedy: #4 The Big Lebowski
Best Horror: #31 Army of Darkness
Sequels: 7 (Army of Darkness, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, Home Alone 2: Lost in New York, Batman Returns, Die Hard: With a Vengeance, GoldenEye, U.S. Marshals)
By Year:
1990: 5
1991: 4
1992: 12
1993: 10
1994: 7
1995: 15
1996: 9
1997: 11
1998: 14
1999: 13
Films in Common:
Jarryd and Jeff: 28
Anders and Jarryd: 22
Brian and Jarryd: 21
Anders and Clark: 20
Clark and Jarryd: 19
Anders and Jeff: 19
Brian and Jeff: 18
Anders and Brian: 17
Clark and Jeff: 17
Brian and Clark: 12
Highest IMDb Score: #3 The Shawshank Redemption (9.3)
Lowest IMDb Score: #100 Spawn (5.2)
Average IMDb Score: 7.62

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Top 100 Films of the 1990s

Following up on our list of our favorite films of the 2000s, we bring you our definitive (at least definitive as of today) list of our favorites from the 1990s. We all came of age as filmwatchers in the 2000s, but the ’90s was arguably when our collective love and appreciation for the wonder of film began to first grow and flourish. These are what we consider to be the most lasting and impactful films of not only our times growing up but also as more mature lovers of film looking back at the decade that was. It was a fantastic time for cinema, and certainly a fantastic time for us to learn to love cinema, so we hope you enjoy our top 100 films of the 1990s.

Following up on our list of our favorite films of the 2000s, we bring you our definitive (at least definitive as of today) list of our favorites from the 1990s. We all came of age as filmwatchers in the 2000s, but the '90s was arguably when our collective love and appreciation for the wonder of film began to first grow and flourish. These are what we consider to be the most lasting and impactful films of not only our times growing up but also as more mature lovers of film looking back at the decade that was. It was a fantastic time for cinema, and certainly a fantastic time for us to learn to love cinema, so we hope you enjoy our top 100 films of the 1990s.

In addition to the list, you can find some interesting statistics about the breakdown of the films and where things shook out as well as our individual ballots as a way to see where our tastes might veer off from one another.

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Anders Oster
The Sandlot
1. The Sandlot
2. Pulp Fiction
3. The Matrix
4. The Usual Suspects
5. The Truman Show
6. Léon: The Professional
7. American Beauty
8. The Shawshank Redemption
9. Forrest Gump
10. Mission: Impossible
11. Fight Club
12. Toy Story
13. Gattaca
14. Rushmore
15. Aladdin
16. Apollo 13
17. Good Will Hunting
18. The Lion King
19. Jurassic Park
20. The Iron Giant
21. Army of Darkness
22. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
23. Batman Returns
24. Braveheart
25. Dumb & Dumber
26. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
27. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
28. Tombstone
29. Captain Ron
30. The Boondock Saints
31. Get Shorty
32. Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
33. From Dusk Till Dawn
34. My Cousin Vinny
35. The Man Who Knew Too Little
36. Independence Day
37. A Goofy Movie
38. Men in Black
39. Rookie of the Year*
40. Little Big League*
41. The Big Lebowski
42. Office Space
43. There's Something About Mary
44. Heavy Weights*
45. Rush Hour*
46. Air Force One*
47. The Rock*
48. Back to the Future Part III*
49. Face/Off*
50. Home Alone

Weighted IMDb Score: 7.93
Average IMDb Score: 7.63
Unique Films: 11

Brian Urrutia
Boogie Nights
1. Boogie Nights
2. The Shawshank Redemption
3. The Thin Red Line
4. Toy Story
5. Reservoir Dogs
6. The Matrix
7. Groundhog Day
8. American Beauty
9. Silence of the Lambs
10. Election
11. Jurassic Park
12. The Nightmare Before Christmas
13. Pulp Fiction
14. The Truman Show
15. Romeo + Juliet
16. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
17. Kingpin
18. L.A. Confidential
19. A River Runs Through It
20. Men In Black
21. Star Trek: First Contact
22. The Muppet Christmas Carol
23. He Got Game
24. The Sandlot
25. Heat
26. Magnolia
27. Unforgiven
28. Interview With A Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
29. The Big Lebowski
30. Bad Boys
31. Boys Don't Cry
32. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
33. Cry-Baby
34. Jerry Maguire
35. Scream
36. The Fifth Element
37. Goldeneye
38. Spawn
39. Léon: The Professional
40. Empire Records*
41. Girl, Interrupted*
42. The Doors
43. What About Bob?
44. There's Something About Mary
45. Dumb and Dumber
46. City Slickers*
47. Hook*
48. A Goofy Movie
49. A Bug's Life
50. Fight Club

Weighted IMDb Score: 7.83
Average IMDb Score: 7.62
Unique Films: 20

Clark Carmichael
Gattaca
1. Gattaca
2. Unforgiven
3. Home Alone
4. The Shawshank Redemption
5. Army of Darkness
6. Last Action Hero
7. The Big Lebowski
8. The Matrix
9. Jerry Maguire
10. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
11. Miller's Crossing
12. Saving Private Ryan
13. The Lion King
14. Braveheart
15. Léon: The Professional
16. Aladdin
17. Reservoir Dogs
18. Fargo
19. True Romance
20. The Iron Giant
21. Pulp Fiction
22. Groundhog Day
23. The Sandlot
24. Tombstone
25. Captain Ron
26. Jurassic Park
27. The Boondock Saints
28. Mission: Impossible
29. My Cousin Vinny
30. A Few Good Men
31. Dazed and Confused
32. Tremors
33. Hercules
34. Half Baked
35. Die Hard: With A Vengeance
36. The Fugitive
37. U.S. Marshals
38. Before Sunrise
39. The Hunt For Red October*
40. The Mask of Zorro*
41. Cube*
42. The Mighty Ducks*
43. Rudy*
44. Cool Runnings*
45. Get Shorty
46. The 13th Warrior*
47. What About Bob?
48. The Rainmaker*
49. South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut*
50. Hot Shots!*

Weighted IMDb Score: 7.79
Average IMDb Score: 7.46
Unique Films: 17

Jarryd Baxter
The Matrix
1. The Matrix
2. Goodfellas
3. Jurassic Park
4. Fargo
5. Toy Story
6. Boogie Nights
7. Léon: The Professional
8. Rounders
9. Pulp Fiction
10. Groundhog Day
11. Seven
12. The Big Lebowski
13. Fight Club
14. Rushmore
15. The Sandlot
16. Reservoir Dogs
17. The Usual Suspects
18. Casino
19. American Beauty
20. Mission: Impossible
21. Dumb & Dumber
22. Dazed and Confused
23. Jerry Maguire
24. Out of Sight
25. The Shawshank Redemption
26. Election
27. Before Sunrise
28. Heat
29. Independence Day
30. The Truman Show
31. The Sixth Sense
32. Good Will Hunting
33. Get Shorty
34. Beauty and the Beast
35. Home Alone
36. Varsity Blues
37. The Lion King
38. A Few Good Men
39. Forrest Gump
40. Titanic*
41. A Bug's Life
42. Point Break*
43. Speed*
44. Clueless
45. Scream
46. Bad Boys
47. The Rock*
48. Half Baked
49. Tommy Boy*
50. The Negotiator*

Weighted IMDb Score: 8.04
Average IMDb Score: 7.82
Unique Films: 10

Jeff Pearson
The Usual Suspects
1. The Usual Suspects
2. The Big Lebowski
3. Dazed and Confused
4. Reservoir Dogs
5. Toy Story
6. Before Sunrise
7. Goodfellas
8. Rushmore
9. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
10. The Thin Red Line
11. Pulp Fiction
12. Heat
13. Groundhog Day
14. Boogie Nights
15. American Beauty
16. Fight Club
17. L.A. Confidential
18. The Matrix
19. La Haine
20. Miller's Crossing
21. Princess Mononoke
22. Dumb & Dumber
23. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
24. Unforgiven
25. The Shawshank Redemption
26. The Lion King
27. A Night at the Roxbury
28. Forrest Gump
29. Election
30. Singles
31. Saving Private Ryan
32. Clueless
33. Seven
34. Jurassic Park
35. Fargo
36. Bowfinger
37. Good Will Hunting
38. Casino
39. Swingers*
40. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
41. Starship Troopers*
42. South Park: Bigger, Longer, and Uncut*
43. Office Space
44. Half Baked
45. Ghost in the Shell*
46. Boyz n the Hood*
47. The Truman Show
48. Happy Gilmore*
49. Friday*
50. My Cousin Vinny

Weighted IMDb Score: 8.09
Average IMDb Score: 7.93
Unique Films: 12

*Films excluded from the final Top 100 list: Anders: 8 Brian: 4 Clark: 10 Jarryd: 6 Jeff: 7

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Top 100 Films of the 1990s

Following up on our list of our favorite films of the 2000s, we bring you our definitive (at least definitive as of today) list of our favorites from the 1990s. We all came of age as filmwatchers in the 2000s, but the ’90s was arguably when our collective love and appreciation for the wonder of film began to first grow and flourish. These are what we consider to be the most lasting and impactful films of not only our times growing up but also as more mature lovers of film looking back at the decade that was. It was a fantastic time for cinema, and certainly a fantastic time for us to learn to love cinema, so we hope you enjoy our top 100 films of the 1990s.

Following up on our list of our favorite films of the 2000s, we bring you our definitive (at least definitive as of today) list of our favorites from the 1990s. We all came of age as filmwatchers in the 2000s, but the '90s was arguably when our collective love and appreciation for the wonder of film began to first grow and flourish. These are what we consider to be the most lasting and impactful films of not only our times growing up but also as more mature lovers of film looking back at the decade that was. It was a fantastic time for cinema, and certainly a fantastic time for us to learn to love cinema, so we hope you enjoy our top 100 films of the 1990s.

In addition to the list, you can find some interesting statistics about the breakdown of the films and where things shook out as well as our individual ballots as a way to see where our tastes might veer off from one another.

Spawn 100. Spawn (1997)
Director
Mark A.Z. Dippe
Stars
John Leguizamo
Michael Jai White
Martin Sheen


Bear with me; I do have a reason for making Spawn the first movie you see on our list for "Top 100 Movies of the 1990s."

Spawn marked the first time I saw a comic book character who I knew to be fake do battle against a villain who I wasn’t so sure was fake—Satan. The concept that comic book heroes inhabit the same world as demons, and by extension God, was reassuring. At the time, I was sobering up to the idea that the characters of childhood "good vs. evil" and adulthood "good vs. evil" need to live in different parts of my brain. But Spawn bridged those battlefields. It revitalized my faith in the comic book heroes and the defeatability of Satan himself. - Brian Urrutia

What About Bob?
99. What About Bob? (1991)
Director
Frank Oz
Stars
Bill Murray
Richard Dreyfuss
Julie Hagerty


Bill Murray in goofball style comedic form plays Bob, the habitual line-stepping patient of psychiatrist Leo (Richard Dreyfuss). Bob finds Leo and his family on their vacation, where he blurs the line between patient, family member, and friend. - BU

A Bug's Life
98. A Bug's Life (1998)
Director
John Lasseter, Andrew Stanton
Stars
Kevin Spacey
Dave Foley
Julia Louis-Dreyfus


Pixar’s sophomore feature film doesn’t disappoint. It is rich with humor, wit, and tropes that Billy Shakespeare would envy. - Jarryd Baxter

U.S. Marshals
97. U.S. Marshals (1998)
Director
Stuart Baird
Stars
Tommy Lee Jones
Wesley Snipes
Robert Downey Jr.


What can I say? I've taken some grief for having this on my list.

My excuses are:
1. Tommy Lee Jones reprising the role he was born to play.
2. RDJ
3. The fact that they made a sequel to The Fugitive when there was no need whatsoever for a same-universe movie besides excuse #1. That's right. TLJ leads a search team so damn well they let him do it for a whole 'nother movie. - Clark Carmichael

Goldeneye
96. GoldenEye (1995)
Director
Martin Campbell
Stars
Pierce Brosnan
Sean Bean
Izabella Scorupco


I honestly wonder how much of GoldenEye (the film's) legacy is directly tied to GoldenEye (the video game's) long-lasting appeal throughout most of our adolescent lives. Not one of us can say that we don't have fond memories of staying up past any reasonable hour next to three other bloodshot-eyed boys, empty Sprite cans and chip bags strewn about the floor, running around the complex level trying to shoot each other. There was always that one guy who unfairly picked Oddjob and would run up to you can light you up at close range. If you're reading this, you know who you are. - Jeff Pearson

Bowfinger
95. Bowfinger (1999)
Director
Frank Oz
Stars
Steve Martin
Eddie Murphy
Heather Graham


I'm disappointed in everyone who didn't include Bowfinger in their list, which shamefully turned out to be every single one of you. Just look at that picture and feel your shame. - JP

Varsity Blues
94. Varsity Blues (1999)
Director
Brian Robbins
Stars
James Van Der Beek
Jon Voight
Paul Walker


I’ve read reviews of this movie that compare it to a "dumpster fire." These folks aren’t very fun and don’t enjoy wearing whipped cream bikinis. I’m not certain if this is supposed to be satire, but Jon Voight and the rest of the cast straddle the line so well that the result is satisfying on either side. - JB

The Fifth Element
93. The Fifth Element (1997)
Director
Luc Besson
Stars
Bruce Willis
Milla Jovovich
Gary Oldman


It’s now a cult classic, but The Fifth Element was originally just flat-out the weirdest movie I’d ever seen. The movie’s real star is Milla Jovovich, who plays Leeloo, a humanoid robot. She’s so good here that they wrote like forty Resident Evil for her to basically reprise her ass-kicking ways. - BU

The Fugitive
92. The Fugitive (1993)
Director
Andrew Davis
Stars
Harrison Ford
Tommy Lee Jones
Sela Ward


A great mid-nineties action/thriller. Tommy Lee Jones barking orders at his team, Harrison Ford evading capture to seek the truth behind the one armed man, and it was nominated for seven Academy Awards, including Best Picture. - CC

The Man Who Knew Too Little
91. The Man Who Knew Too Little (1997)
Director
John Amiel
Stars
Bill Murray
Joanne Whalley
Peter Gallagher


Bill Murray just makes anything funny. A very simple, stupid, and charming movie. "My dog is dead!" - Anders Oster

Die Hard: With A Vengeance
90. Die Hard: With a Vengeance (1995)
Director
John McTiernan
Stars
Bruce Willis
Jeremy Irons
Samuel L. Jackson


Samuel L. Jackson and Jeremy Irons in a die hard movie. Should've been higher on our list. Jeremy frickin' Irons plays Hans Gruber's brother, Simon. Amazing. - CC

There's Something About Mary
89. There's Something About Mary (1998)
Director
The Farrelly Brothers
Stars
Ben Stiller
Cameron Diaz
Matt Dillon


Possibly the funniest movie Ben Stiller ever did. Hilarious from beginning to end, especially the bits with Ben Stiller as a high schooler. - AO

Beauty and the Beast
88. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
Director
Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Stars
Paige O'Hara
Robby Benson
Richard White


This has the best music of any Disney movie, period. It’s impossible not to fall in love with this charming tale of a bookworm finding love in an unexpected place. - JB

Cry-Baby
87. Cry-Baby (1990)
Director
John Waters
Stars
Johnny Depp
Ricki Lake
Amy Locane


John Waters understands what motivates teenage culture as good as anyone. In Cry-Baby­ he captures all of the promise and optimism of what we’ve come to expect from stories of the '50s (pomade and Bel Airs and early rock ‘n roll) but focuses, not on jocks and cheerleaders, but delinquents. If I had to go back to the '50s, I’d take Waters’ version of Mad Men every time. - BU

From Dusk Till Dawn
86. From Dusk Till Dawn (1996)
Director
Robert Rodriguez
Stars
Harvey Keitel
George Clooney
Juliette Lewis


What a weird and awesome movie. It starts out as a movie about father reconnecting with his kids on a long road trip and ends up being a movie about father reconnecting with his kids during a bloody vampire massacre. - AO

Hercules
85. Hercules (1997)
Director
Ron Clements, John Musker
Stars
Tate Donovan
Susan Egan
James Woods


Amazing original music, great comedy with Danny Devito, and a great story of triumph over James Woods. - CC

A Goofy Movie
84. A Goofy Movie (1995)
Director
Kevin Lima
Stars
Bill Farmer
Jason Marsden
Jim Cummings


I feel honored that I was given the blurb for the movie that has held such an important place in the hearts of each of the Bit Players. I hope this blurb will help you to see "I2I" with me about how much of a "Stand Out" this movie is. - AO

Office Space
83. Office Space (1999)
Director
Mike Judge
Stars
Ron Livingston
Jennifer Aniston
David Herman


This movie is an absolute perfect satire of office life and still makes me laugh out loud every time I watch it. Full of hilarious side characters, the best of which is probably Lawrence, the next door neighbor. - AO

Tremors
82. Tremors (1990)
Director
Ron Underwood
Stars
Kevin Bacon
Fred Ward
Finn Carter


Entirely original idea that achieved camp- perfection. - CC

Boys Don't Cry
81. Boys Don't Cry (1999)
Director
Kimberly Pierce
Stars
Hilary Swank
Chloe Sevigny
Peter Sarsgaard


A movie whose importance extends far beyond the doors of a movie theater. Hillary Swank won an Oscar for her amazing performance as the trans man Brandon Teena whom Lana Tisdel (Chloë Sevigny) falls in love with. Much like Brokeback Mountain did, Boys Don’t Cry emphasized the universal elements of a love story while still revealing the range of challenges that face non-straight couples. - BU

The Sixth Sense
80. The Sixth Sense (1999)
Director
M. Night Shyamalan
Stars
Bruce Willis
Haley Joel Osment
Toni Collette


This movie is both a blessing and a curse. M Night made such a remarkable movie, but it unfortunately labeled him as the master of plot twists. Rather than appreciating his terrific work, the reception of his subsequent movies (and their corresponding "twists") were based upon this brilliant movie. - JB

Singles
79. Singles (1992)
Director
Cameron Crowe
Stars
Bridget Fonda
Campbell Scott
Kyra Sedgwick


Singles is a classic film if only for the culture that it encapsulates. The grunge era of Seattle is such a huge part of musical history that it's amazing to watch the characters of Singles navigate their lost lives in this setting, bouncing around clubs, seeing Alice in Chains concerts (there's literally a scene at an Alice in Chains show, what more can you want?), and finding themselves like so many of the best films portray. It's a simple coming of age story, but it's told in a compelling and real setting, so closely tied to history and some of my personal favorite music that it's hard not to love. JP

A Night at the Roxbury
78. A Night At the Roxbury (1998)
Director
John Fortenbury
Stars
Chris Kattan
Will Ferrell
Raquel Gardner


I'd be lying if I said this one wasn't included for entirely personal reasons. It's just a film that we clung onto, devouring it at every sleepover for years. It was the !Three Amigos! of the '90s. I remember Brian and I went to Lake Lanier water park one time and there was this slide that we did over and over, where you lay facedown on blue mats and race one another in parallel slides. We would recite lines from A Night at the Roxbury to each other over the small wall between us, coming out into the pool of water cracking up at imagining our favorite ridiculous scenes. It's not the Godfather or anything, but it doesn't try to be, and sometimes you have to love that. JP

Scream
77. Scream (1996)
Director
Wes Craven
Stars
Neve Campbell
Courtney Cox
David Arquette


For better or worse, the master of scary of movies resurrected the genre with the smart, self-aware and iconic Scream trilogy. - JB

You watch enough Wes Craven and you get to thinking that his creative process involves him waiting to see which of the new generation of hot young actors and actresses he wants to ceremoniously massacre. - BU

Magnolia
76. Magnolia (1999)
Director
Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars
Tom Cruise
Jason Robards
Julianne Moore


PT Anderson returns with most of his cast from Boogie Nights to the San Fernando Valley with the added bonus of…you guessed it—Little Tommy Cruise. How does Cruise perform in a PT Anderson film? With a ponytail, that’s how. - BU

Out of Sight
75. Out of Sight (1998)
Director
Steven Soderbergh
Stars
George Clooney
Jennifer Lopez
Ving Rhames


This is a fun ensemble crime drama featuring the ever likeable Clooney, and the surprisingly likable J-Lo. It feels like the preamble to Ocean's Eleven, but that would be doing a disservice to this well written story. - JB

He Got Game
74. He Got Game (1998)
Director
Spike Lee
Stars
Denzel Washington
Milla Jovovich
Ray Allen


Ray Allen is as good an actor as he is a jump shooter. Denzel Washington’s character is also named "Jesus Shuttleworth." And people say that Spike Lee is overrated… - BU

Batman Returns
73. Batman Returns (1992)
Director
Tim Burton
Stars
Michael Keaton
Danny DeVito
Michelle Pfeiffer
Christopher Walken


Watch this movie just for Michelle Pfeiffer as Catwoman. A better Catwoman will never be seen. Also, Danny DeVito as The Penguin is super creepy and great. - AO

Clueless
72. Clueless (1995)
Director
Amy Heckerling
Stars
Alicia Silverstone
Stacey Dash
Brittany Murphy


I watched the shit out of this thing when I was a kid. I think largely because it was one of my sister Micki's favorite films. It really does hold up, though, and I think it always will. - JP

Bad Boys
71. Bad Boys (1995)
Director
Michael Bay
Stars
Will Smith
Martin Lawrence
Lisa Boyle


This is perhaps Will Smith’s best movie, and it’s definitely Michael Bay’s best. - JB

The Muppet Christmas Carol
70. The Muppet Christmas Carol (1995)
Director
Brian Henson
Stars
Michael Caine
Dave Goelz
Steve Whitmire


I love the characters of the Muppets. I love the stories Charles Dickens. Ergo, I love this Charles Dickens story starring the Muppets. - BU

Star Trek: First Contact
69. Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
Director
Jonathan Frakes
Stars
Patrick Stewart
Jonathan Frakes
Brent Spiner


I know everyone is now on board a starship with James Tiberius Kirk as their captain, but Jean-Luc Piccard is the man for me. He’s the philosopher-captain, a paragon of leadership and, occasionally, so funny that Data smiles. - BU

Princess Mononoke
68. Princess Mononoke (1997)
Director
Hayao Miyazaki
Stars
Yôji Matsuda
Yuriko Ishida
Yûko Tanaka


Got to have some Miyazaki. This dude is a goddamn wizard of animation. He has single-handedly reversed my perceptions of what anime is and how it can affect me on an emotional level. His films are so visually beautiful that it almost doesn't matter what's going on in them; they're just a wonder to behold. It just helps that the story within Princess Mononoke is a grand, beautiful one of man's relationship with nature and the unseen (or in the film's case, seen) gods that govern the natural world. - JP

A River Runs Through It
67. A River Runs Through It (1992)
Director
Robert Redford
Stars
Craig Sheffer
Brad Pitt
Tom Skerritt


The movie clarifies the connection between writing and fly-fishing: patience and hope. - BU

True Romance
66. True Romance (1993)
Director
Tony Scott
Stars
Christian Slater
Patricia Arquette
Dennis Hopper


There is just no way this movie could have been bad. Written by Tarantino, directed by the true king of hard-boiled, Tony Scott. Hans Zimmer score. A cast that goes on and on. It's a movie that doesn't need to be greater than the sum of its parts. The parts add up to enough by themselves. - CC

La Haine
65. La Haine (1995)
Director
Mathieu Kassovitz
Stars
Vincent Cassel
Hubert Koundé
Saïd Taghmaoui


All I can really say about La Haine is just that it is so raw. You are thrown into the worlds of Parisian youth who are just trying to find themselves in a world that stifles them constantly, having to resort to violence and mayhem to be heard. Amazing use of Chekhov's gun, where the plot of the film is driven along by the presence of a stolen police officer's gun. You're on the edge of your seat waiting for it to go off, knowing all along that it's a world in which it can only do so, to horrible results. - JP

Half Baked
64. Half Baked (1998)
Director
Tamra Davis
Stars
Dave Chappelle
Guillermo Díaz
Jim Breuer


Probably shouldn't be this high, no pun intended, but none the less it is a very funny movie which is endlessly quotable and stars the funniest man alive. - CC

Kingpin
63. Kingpin (1996)
Director
The Farrelly Brothers
Stars
Woody Harrelson
Randy Quaid
Bill Murray, Vanessa Angel


A movie about bowling and comb-overs. Bill Murray’s "Not you. Hi" scene in the diner is improvisational genius. - BU

Apollo 13
62. Apollo 13 (1995)
Director
Ron Howard
Stars
Tom Hanks
Bill Paxton
Kevin Bacon


This is one of those movies that gets better with age. I don't think I took it seriously when I saw it as a kid. Of course at the time it was one of the grandest spectacles I'd ever seen - I mean, come on! Space! -but revisiting Apollo 13 as an adult is an entirely different ballgame. It tells the story of friendship and teamwork while bringing in poignant emotional material that draws on its characters' families back home on Earth, showing just how high the stakes were. JP

Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
61. Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas (1998)
Director
Terry Gilliam
Stars
Johnny Depp
Benicio Del Toro
Tobey Maguire


If you love Johnny Depp for his off-beat style of comedy then see him channel Hunter S. Thompson (his real-life friend and author of the book that inspired this movie). If you want a hallucinogenic that you know will end in one hundred and eighteen minutes, well you can do that at the same time. - BU

Romeo + Juliet
60. Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Director
Baz Luhrmann
Stars
Leonardo DiCaprio
Claire Danes
John Leguizamo


My favorite Shakespeare adaptation because of its ingenuity: Baz Luhrmann sets the story in modern day Miami; makes the Capulets and Montagues mafia families rather than political factions; replaces swords with guns; even uses roughly 40% of the original script. His trick? He doesn’t touch the language that he does use. And young Leonardo Dicaprio and Claire Danes have no trouble keeping up with verse. The effect is a living and breathing and bleeding Shakespeare production—as fit for the screen as it was for the stage. - BU

A Few Good Men
59. A Few Good Men (1992)
Director
Rob Reiner
Stars
Tom Cruise
Jack Nicholson
Demi Moore


Our man Tommy Cruise shines amongst this star studded cast and Nicholson delivers one of the best lines in cinema. This is a classic, very good 90’s movie that is supremely satisfying. - JB

The Nightmare Before Christmas
58. The Nightmare Before Christmas (1993)
Director
Henry Selick
Stars
Danny Elfman
Chris Sarandon
Catherine O'Hara


"What’s this?" It’s at once a Christmas and a Halloween movie. Watch it during Christmas if you’re feeling sinister or Halloween if you’re feeling more nice than naughty. Best of all is that Jack Skellington is voiced by the maestro from the band Oingo Boingo, Danny Elfman. - BU

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
57. Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
Director
Jay Roach
Stars
Mike Myers
Elizabeth Hurley
Michael York


I’ve probably quoted no movie except Dumb and Dumber more over the course of my life. An absolutely perfect satire of the Bond series. - AO

Independence Day
56. Independence Day (1996)
Director
Roland Emmerich
Stars
Will Smith
Bill Pullman
Jeff Goldblum


What’s not to like here? Will Smith, Randy Quaid, and Jeff Goldblum fighting aliens in an epic summer blockbuster. Bill Pullman is the best movie president ever and delivers one of the best movie speeches ever. - JB

Home Alone 2: Lost in New York
55. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York (1992)
Director
Chris Columbus
Stars
Macaulay Culkin
Joe Pesci
Daniel Stern


It wasn't as good as the first, but then again what movies are? A John Williams score, written by John Hughes who had enough sense to understand what worked in the first movie and kept those components. I'm a sucker for the booby-trap ending genre. But this movie is always going to be a Christmas classic for the late eighties babies such as myself. - CC

Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
54. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai (1999)
Director
Jim Jarmusch
Stars
Forest Whitaker
Henry Silva
John Tormey


I got a lot of film recommendations from Todd, this guy I worked with at Borders. Brian knows him; he's a strange cat, to say the least, and not one of those recommendations panned out for me over my five years of working together. Until Ghost Dog. There's just something intangible about this film that makes it so compelling. Forrest Whitaker gives such a personal, vulnerable performance of a lonely, tortured man who is just trying to perfect his craft and live a simple life when he gets pulled into a dangerous and irreversible fate. It's a beautiful character exploration and Whitaker creates one of the most empathy-inducing characters I've ever seen. There is a fantastic score by the RZA to go along with it, further complicating the message of the film with style and coolness. JP

The Silence of the Lambs
53. The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Director
Jonathan Demme
Stars
Jodie Foster
Anthony Hopkins
Lawrence A. Bonney


I hate providing you with factoids that you could simply look up yourself, but Silence of the Lambs swept the top five major categories at the Oscars that year. More impressive than that is the individual performance of Anthony Hopkins, who took home the leadacting award with the shortest screen time ever. You feel his presence looming over the entirety of the movie even though his character stays in an 8x10 foot cell. Enjoy this movie with some fava beans. - BU

Rounders
52. Rounders (1998)
Director
John Dahl
Stars
Matt Damon
Edward Norton
Gretchen Mol


I’m surprised this movie didn’t make the cut for any of you guys. The script is great. The acting is great. It examines a very interesting subculture with a special nuance. If I stumble across this movie on cable, I’m roped in for the rest of the ride. - JB

Last Action Hero
51. Last Action Hero (1993)
Director
John McTiernan
Stars
Arnold Schwarzenegger
F. Murray Abraham
Art Carney


If you don't know why I selected this film, go back and watch it. Arnold lampoons himself while keeping all the great action set pieces that made him famous. Director John McTiernan's most underappreciated film. - CC

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Top 100 Films of the 1990s

Following up on our list of our favorite films of the 2000s, we bring you our definitive (at least definitive as of today) list of our favorites from the 1990s. We all came of age as filmwatchers in the 2000s, but the ’90s was arguably when our collective love and appreciation for the wonder of film began to first grow and flourish. These are what we consider to be the most lasting and impactful films of not only our times growing up but also as more mature lovers of film looking back at the decade that was. It was a fantastic time for cinema, and certainly a fantastic time for us to learn to love cinema, so we hope you enjoy our top 100 films of the 1990s.

Following up on our list of our favorite films of the 2000s, we bring you our definitive (at least definitive as of today) list of our favorites from the 1990s. We all came of age as filmwatchers in the 2000s, but the '90s was arguably when our collective love and appreciation for the wonder of film began to first grow and flourish. These are what we consider to be the most lasting and impactful films of not only our times growing up but also as more mature lovers of film looking back at the decade that was. It was a fantastic time for cinema, and certainly a fantastic time for us to learn to love cinema, so we hope you enjoy our top 100 films of the 1990s.

In addition to the list, you can find some interesting statistics about the breakdown of the films and where things shook out as well as our individual ballots as a way to see where our tastes might veer off from one another.

Interview with the Vampire
50. Interview With the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles (1994)
Director
Neil Jordan
Stars
Brad Pitt
Tom Cruise
Antonio Banderas


A story of three vampires played by a blonde Tom Cruise, an always-pretty Brad Pitt, and an adolescent Kirsten Dunst, who devours adults on multiple occasions. - Brian Urrutia

Batman: Mask of the Phantasm
49. Batman: Mask of the Phantasm (1993)
Director
Eric Radomski & Bruce W. Timm
Stars
Kevin Conroy
Dana Delany
Hart Bochner


The Batman animated movies are extremely underrated. They fall somewhere between the Christopher Nolan trilogy and Batman and Robin (widely regarded as the strongest of the series). Phantasm is one of the best of the animated Batmen and makes you forget you’re watching a cartoon. - Anders Oster

My Cousin Vinny
48. My Cousin Vinny (1992)
Director
Jonathan Lyn
Stars
Joe Pesci
Marisa Tomei
Ralph Macchio


I think I always liked My Cousin Vinny growing up (I mean, it had Harry from Home Alone and the Karate Kid in it, so that was all I really needed), but it wasn't until my adult years that I began to truly appreciate what a great film it actually is. Joe Pesci and Marisa Tomei give dynamic, hilarious performances and it's an awesome moment when Tomei just schools the entire courtroom on the tire treads of the model of car in question. - Jeff Pearson

Men in Black
47. Men in Black (1997)
Director
Barry Sonnenfeld
Stars
Tommy Lee Jones
Will Smith
Linda Fiorentino


Men In Black has it all by '90s standards: Will Smith in a lead role, a song by Will Smith, a music video by Will Smith, CGI aliens, and Tommy Lee Jones. But what I love most about it now is the hilarious voice of the husband-snatching bug-alien when he asks for sugar in his water. - BU

MORE. SUGAR. - JP

The Boondock Saints
46. The Boondock Saints (1999)
Director
Troy Duffy
Stars
Willem Dafoe
Sean Patrick Flanery
Norman Reedus


This was a '90s movie?! Yet another example that all you need to make a good movie is Willem Dafoe. He's like the white Samuel L. Jackson. - Clark Carmichael

Casino
45. Casino (1995)
Director
Martin Scorsese
Stars
Robert De Niro
Sharon Stone
Joe Pesci


If not for Goodfellas, this would be the cable TV gangster flick for our generation. Instead of DeNiro or Pesci, it’s Sharon Stone that steals the show with her terrifying portrayal of a mobster wife. - Jarryd Baxter

Get Shorty
44. Get Shorty (1995)
Director
Barry Sonnenfeld
Stars
Gene Hackman
Rene Russo
Danny DeVito


After thinking for so long that I just can’t get into gangster films, I’m realizing that this might be my favorite gangster movie. - AO

Captain Ron
43. Captain Ron (1992)
Director
Thom Eberhardt
Stars
Kurt Russell
Martin Short
Mary Kay Place


Easier-going version of Snake Plissken teaches Martin Short's family how to sail around the Bahamas. Everything that Kurt Russell does is both under-rated and hilarious. The guy just gets comedy. - CC

Tombstone
42. Tombstone (1993)
Director
George P. Cosmatos
Stars
Kurt Russell
Val Kilmer
Sam Elliott


Kurt Russell and Val Kilmer are the Odd Couple at the OK Corral. I've read up on Wyatt Earp and Doc Holiday. This movie is by and large historically accurate which makes it even better for me. - CC

Terminator 2: Judgment Day
41. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1992)
Director
James Cameron
Stars
Arnold Schwarzenegger
Linda Hamilton
Edward Furlong


One of the scariest villains I’ve ever seen in a movie. Arnold and I give this movie one flaming thumbs up. - AO

Seven
40. Seven (1995)
Director
David Fincher
Stars
Morgan Freeman
Brad Pitt
Kevin Spacey


Fincher is great at creating dark, insular environments that are mysteriously inviting. Just like Brad Pitt’s character, you become way too absorbed in this one, making the final blow even more powerful. - JB

Saving Private Ryan
39. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Director
Steven Spielberg
Stars
Tom Hanks
Matt Damon
Tom Sizemore


This was everything in '98. Spielberg imagined World War II in a scale that was capable of portraying the horror and scope of being in the European theater through a plot that is actually quite confined and singular. I think that's Saving Private Ryan's greatest strength, really; it takes a simple premise of getting a dude the hell out of there to not leave his mother with no sons and blows it up on a global scale by showing what is necessary in that situation. It's a humanization of the global phenomenon of war, which is what every war film should aim to achieve. - JP

The Iron Giant
38. The Iron Giant (1999)
Director
Brad Bird
Stars
Eli Marienthal
Harry Connick Jr.
Jennifer Aniston


Brad Bird knows compelling storytelling. A film I've come to appreciate in recent years. Love the animation. It just sucks that everything has to be Pixar or look like Pixar for people to give it a chance. - CC

Braveheart
37. Braveheart (1995)
Director
Mel Gibson
Stars
Mel Gibson
Sophie Marceau
Patrick McGoohan


To paraphrase South Park: Say what you want about Mel Gibson, but the dude knows how to tell a story. - CC

L.A. Confidential
36. L.A. Confidential (1997)
Director
Curtis Hanson
Stars
Kevin Spacey
Russell Crowe
Guy Pearce


In my mind, the quintessential noir film. I think it even trumps the stuff that was truly made in the era of noir in that it seems to just do everything right. The film exudes a vibe of mystery and intrigue from the very beginning, and you never know what to expect. It swelters with the heat of a Hollywood summer where crime is running high and it seems that no one is safe. Fantastic performances all around, too. - JP

Aladdin
35. Aladdin (1992)
Director
Ron Clements & John Musker
Stars
Scott Weinger
Robin Williams
Linda Larkin


This is in my top three Disney movies with the Lion King and Peter Pan. - AO

Miller's Crossing
34. Miller's Crossing (1990)
Director
The Coen Brothers
Stars
Gabriel Byrne
Albert Finney
John Turturro


Easily one of the most underrated Coen brothers flicks. The '90s will always be remembered for the Big Lebowski and Fargo for them, and rightfully so, but Miller's Crossing is easily as good as their best work of the decade. The Prohibition-era thriller brings their sharp dialogue and gritty vision to a violent and bloody world, but it's the Coen brothers so there is obviously a twisted and dark sense of humor always lurking around the corner. - JP

Good Will Hunting
33. Good Will Hunting (1997)
Director
Gus Van Sant
Stars
Robin Williams
Matt Damon
Ben Affleck


I don’t know what to say about this other than that it is a very well written drama with three great performances from Damon, Affleck, and Robin Williams. I can’t imagine someone really not liking this movie. - AO

Home Alone
32. Home Alone (1990)
Director
Chris Columbus
Stars
Macaulay Culkin
Joe Pesci
Daniel Stern


Maybe it isn't the greatest movie of all time, but it is my favorite. The casting was top notch. The score. Maculay Culkin. The only problem I have with it is the depiction of Miami as being a terrible place to spend Christmas. Christmas in Miami is awesome. But the film is Empowering, exciting, funny and has a Booby-trap ending. That's a recipe for success. - CC

Army of Darkness
31. Army of Darkness (1992)
Director
Sam Raimi
Stars
Bruce Campbell
Embeth Davidtz
Marcus Gilbert


Army of Darkness is the kind of movie that you can't look away from. It's obvious that everyone involved had lost their minds. In another world Sam Raimi goes on to fill Michael Bay's role as the go to director for over the top action movies. I wanna live in that world. - CC

Forrest Gump
30. Forrest Gump (1994)
Director
Robert Zemeckis
Stars
Tom Hanks
Robin Wright
Gary Sinise


This movie is just fun and creative all the way through. Definitely in the mold of what movies are all about. Great soundtrack and great performances all around, especially from Tom Hanks. - AO

Before Sunrise
29. Before Sunrise (1995)
Director
Richard Linklater
Stars
Ethan Hawke
Julie Delpy


The writing on this film is just incomparable. Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy take Richard Linklater's script and bring it to life with natural, fluid performances that make the characters as believable as possible in the situation that they are in. They start off somewhat timid, feeling each other out, and by the end of the night, when the sense of desperation looms larger over their inevitable parting of ways, they don't hold anything back. Just a beautiful, simple film that shows what a great screenwriter can do. - JP

The Thin Red Line
28. The Thin Red Line (1998)
Director
Terence Malick
Stars
Jim Caviezel
Sean Penn
Nick Nolte


Terrence Malick’s form perfectly suits the traumatic war experiences of the Crimean War. Nick Nolte is a favorite of mine but this is the movie that put Jim Caviezel on the map. - BU

Jerry Maguire
27. Jerry Maguire (1996)
Director
Cameron Crowe
Stars
Tom Cruise
Cuba Gooding Jr.
Renee Zellweger


There is nothing more '90s than this movie. Nothing. - CC

heat
26. Heat (1995)
Director
Michael Mann
Stars
Al Pacino
Robert De Niro
Val Kilmer


Not only is this film just beautifully shot (the shots of the characters against the Los Angeles skyline in the background become the film's overall aesthetic), but it kind of serves as a cultural moment in film. This is the first time that Robert De Niro and Al Pacino, two of the world's greatest actors of all time, share the screen together, and watching Heat takes on a whole different level of grandiosity with that in mind. The oppositional characters are both obsessed with their craft, replicating what we have come to know from Pacino and De Niro as actors, and the way that they dance around each other with a sense of mutual respect almost feels metatheatrical in the moment, that they are commenting and respecting each other as characters as well as actors. The scene where they finally sit down to have a cup of coffee together is iconic if only for the image of two of our greatest to ever take a role sitting across the table from one another. - JP

election
25. Election (1999)
Director
Alexander Payne
Stars
Matthew Broderick
Reese Witherspoon
Chris Klein


A perfect representation of the soul-destroying vacuity of high school political campaigns. Director Alexander Payne makes you feel so smart for grinning through those assemblies in the gymnasium that you were certain were so stupid. Students, teachers, parents, coaches—no one escapes Payne’s black comedy. - BU

Gattaca
24. Gattaca (1997)
Director
Andrew Niccol
Stars
Ethan Hawke
Uma Thurman
Jude Law


One of the greatest movies ever made. Gattaca should leave everyone who watches it feeling empowered to achieve beyond their lot in life. - CC

Goodfellas
23. Goodfellas (1990)
Director
Martin Scorsese
Stars
Robert De Niro
Ray Liotta
Joe Pesci


Ever since I saw this movie, I’ve wanted to be a gangster. The well curated soundtrack sets the race car pace for Scorcese’s iconic masterpiece. The tracking shot of the restaurant is one of the finest in the history of cinema and makes you want to be part of the club. - JB

Mission: Impossible
22. Mission: Impossible (1996)
Director
Brian De Palma
Stars
Tom Cruise
Jon Voight
Emmanuelle Béart


One of the best action scenes of all time is the train scene at the end of the movie. I still get chills every time I watch Little Tommy leap onto the helicopter as the Mission: Impossible theme starts playing. Unbelievable. - AO

Fargo
21. Fargo (1996)
Director
The Coen Brothers
Stars
William H. Macy
Frances McDormand
Steve Buscemi


No writers are better at using tragedy to create humor. Frances McDormand shines. - JB

Dumb & Dumber
20. Dumb & Dumber (1994)
Director
The Farrelly Brothers
Stars
Jim Carrey
Jeff Daniels
Lauren Holly


I’m surprised at how much I still laugh with this movie. Jim Carrey might be the king of physical comedy. Every line deserves a chuckle. - JB

Dazed and Confused
19. Dazed and Confused (1993)
Director
Richard Linklater
Stars
Jason London
Wiley Wiggins
Matthew McConaughey


An out-an-out classic. Richard Linklater so perfectly captures the aimlessness of high school life in a way that doesn't glorify or vilify the lifestyle. It's just what it is. Dazed and Confused is a film that, no matter what type of kid you were in high school, no matter what decade you grew up in, is completely relatable on every level. There's a character in there somewhere that hits home to everyone; I believe that fully. The film is amazing for that, classic for that, and cherished for that, but let's be honest. It could completely suck and it still gave the world its first taste of Matthew McConaughey. Killer soundtrack, too. - JP

Unforgiven
18. Unforgiven (1992)
Director
Clint Eastwood
Stars
Clint Eastwood
Gene Hackman
Morgan Freeman


The best movie Clint Eastwood ever directed. It's a film that puts all other westerns in perspective. It de-mystifies the "men of violence" that are so often glorified in films. It won Best Picture, which hopefully backs up the idea that it is one of the best of all time, but especially of the '90s. - CC

Rushmore
17. Rushmore (1998)
Director
Wes Anderson
Stars
Jason Schwartzman
Bill Murray
Olivia Williams


Max Fischer will never stop cracking me up. The plays that he puts on in Rushmore are so fucking insane and awesome, and the lengths that he goes to just to get back at Bill Murray's character for "stealing his woman," pumping bees into his hotel room being the most amazing by far, are so sinister on the surface that it's remarkable that Jason Schwartzman manages to pull some sort of humanity out of that character is a testament to his performance as such a young man. I instantly became a huge fan of his from the second I saw this, and it also ushered in Wes Anderson as a director that I will forever love. - JP

The Truman Show
16. The Truman Show (1998)
Director
Peter Weir
Stars
Jim Carrey
Ed Harris
Laura Linney


My favorite Jim Carrey movie besides Dumb and Dumber. The score to this movie is one of my favorites. To steal the words from Clark, this is an incredibly empowering movie. One of the most interesting and funny ideas I’ve seen on screen in my opinion. - AO

The Lion King
15. The Lion King (1994)
Director
Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
Stars
Matthew Broderick
Jeremy Irons
James Earl Jones


The music, the betrayal, watching Simba grow up, Timon & Pumbaa, James Earl Jones' voice, Jeremy Irons, Whoopi Goldberg, Hans Zimmer, Elton John, Hakuna Matata, Hamlet on the Savannah starring lions. It all adds up to absolute perfection. - CC

Fight Club
14. Fight Club (1999)
Director
David Fincher
Stars
Brad Pitt
Edward Norton
Helena Bonham Carter


Brad Pitt in his prime and Edward Norton before his (or so Brian and his Octogenarians hope). This movie blew my mind the first time I saw it, and it continues to be a very enjoyable rewatch. - AO

The Usual Suspects
13. The Usual Suspects (1995)
Director
Bryan Singer
Stars
Kevin Spacey
Gabriel Byrne
Chazz Palminteri


I'm not proud to say that the first time I saw this was in [REDACTED]'s basement. It was the morning after one of these parties he had in middle school, where everyone would take advantage of his negligent parents and fondle each other on his weightlifting equipment while he played Uncle Kracker on repeat, and it was only myself and Nate left over. We threw on the Usual Suspects. I'm not proud of this, people. I am proud, however, of the fact that Nate hated it and it instantly became my favorite movie. You know what, now that I think about it, the fact that [REDACTED] hated it might have actually been a huge motivating factor in why I love it. Keyser Soze is one of the best film villains of all time, and you spend 99% of the film trying to figure out just who the hell he is. "The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was to convince the world he didn't exist," just like the greatest trick I ever pulled was to convince the [REDACTED]s I wasn't getting tugjobs in their basement. - JP

Boogie Nights
12. Boogie Nights (1997)
Director
Paul Thomas Anderson
Stars
Mark Wahlberg
Julianne Moore
Burt Reynolds


P.T. Anderson took a story of porn and made poetry of it. Such a cliché, I know. - BU

Leon: The Professional
11. Léon: The Professional (1994)
Director
Luc Besson
Stars
Jean Reno
Gary Oldman
Natalie Portman


Natalie Portman’s first movie and she absolutely crushes it. Not to mention, Gary Oldman plays an unbelievable villain, and Jean Reno plays a fantastic hitman with a heart of gold. The scene between Reno and Portman toward the end of the movie is gut wrenching and amazing. - AO

The Sandlot
10. The Sandlot (1993)
Director
David M. Evans
Stars
Tom Guiry
Mike Vitar
Patrick Renna


I could speak about this movie for hours. My number one favorite movie and one I can never turn off after starting. A childhood favorite that I think still holds up today. From the opening music and voiceover, to the final emphatic thumbs up, this movie is classic scene after classic scene. This formed the mold for me for what movies are all about. The Fourth of July scene under the fireworks is movie magic at its finest. I can’t wait for the podcast we do on this coming May 15, 2036! - AO

Groundhog Day
9. Groundhog Day (1993)
Director
Harold Ramis
Stars
Bill Murray
Andie MacDowell
Chris Elliott


Not just a great comedy, but one of the most original and brilliant movies I’ve ever seen. Andie MacDowell’s charm is undeniable. - JB

American Beauty
8. American Beauty (1999)
Director
Sam Mendes
Stars
Kevin Spacey
Annette Bening
Thora Birch


I saw this movie in 8th grade and thought, "Meh." I saw this movie again on a list with Joe Namath (Brian Urrutia) in college and was unbelievably impressed. Very funny and a very well told suspenseful story. Kevin Spacey is awesome. - AO

Reservoir Dogs
7. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Director
Quentin Tarantino
Stars
Harvey Keitel
Tim Roth
Michael Madsen


To me, this is Tarantino's best film. Pulp Fiction was probably more innovative, especially when it comes to narrative technique, but Reservoir Dogs is doing much of the same things in such a confined world that it becomes so exhilarating and intense in the closeness of the space. Just one of those amazing examples of a film that understands its mission so wholly, not needing anything more than some amazing actors and a warehouse to draw out the brilliant screenplay. It's a claustrophobic, maddening film that you can't take your eyes off for one second. Plus, it made "Stuck in the Middle With You" iconic for all the wrong reasons. - JP

Jurassic Park
6. Jurassic Park (1993)
Director
Steven Spielberg
Stars
Sam Neill
Laura Dern
Jeff Goldblum


This is a classic Spielberg movie that gives you a sense of wonder and discovery, but there aren’t enough platitudes to describe the emotions at its disposal. You will laugh with joy and shriek with terror. The effects are revolutionary and the score is brilliant. This is what movies are about. - JB

Toy Story
5. Toy Story (1995)
Director
John Lasseter
Stars
Tom Hanks
Tim Allen
Don Rickles


Revolutionary. This movie ushered in the era of Pixar brilliance. With its superior story telling and technological feats, Pixar began sharing its love and joy with the mainstream. - JB

The Big Lebowski
4. The Big Lebowski (1998)
Director
The Coen Brothers
Stars
Jeff Bridges
John Goodman
Julianne Moore


"This is what happens when you find a stranger in the Alps!" The Big Lebowski set a new precedent for what makes a film a stone-cold classic in that a television-censored version of a line is as well-known as the original. It's up there with "Right on my sandwich! After you kiss it!" From Dumb and Dumber. This is one of those films that continually shows more of itself to me the more I watch it. I love nothing more than to show The Big Lebowski to first time viewers and just watch them react to my favorite moments. The way that the Coens took the world of crime noir and flipped it on its head and drew the humor out of the craziness of that world is absolutely perfect. The Dude is Phillip Marlowe who just gave up and decided to buy a bong. - JP

The Shawshank Redemption
3. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Director
Frank Darabont
Stars
Tim Robbins
Morgan Freeman
Bob Gunton


There are a lot of special things about Shawshank but my favorite is how Andy and Red’s friendship subsists on small, unspoken pleasures. Tim Robbins plays Andy with such subtlety and seeming resignation that the ending of the movie is a genuine surprise to the audience as well as Red. The story’s point seems to be about how superficial appearances, not just of posters but also of men, protect ambitions that run deep inside. - BU

Pulp Fiction
2. Pulp Fiction (1994)
Director
Quentin Tarantino
Stars
John Travolta
Uma Thurman
Samuel L. Jackson


My first Tarantino movie and the one that got me hooked. Incredible storytelling, soundtrack, performances, and dialogue. Mia Wallace getting driven to John Travolta’s drug dealer’s house to deal with her heroine overdose is one of the funniest and most intense movie scenes I can ever remember seeing. - AO

The Matrix
1. The Matrix (1999)
Director
The Wachowskis
Stars
Keanu Reeves
Laurence Fishburne
Carrie-Anne Moss


The Wachowskis achieved the impossible with their expertly crafted saga of philosophy, action, and empowerment. Using innovative film making, they created a sci-fi concept that asked prescient philosophical questions while remaining accessible to the mainstream. We saw this movie at a very impressionable time in our lives, but I believe it will stand the test of time. - JB

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