Before you start reading this post keep in mind that this is a list of my favorite movies that were released in the 1990s, not necessarily a list of movies that defined the 1990s (although some of them definitely did). I didn’t take into consideration which movies won Academy Awards and which ones didn’t. All I was concerned with was if they were they good movies and most of all if there were memorable.
1) Dances With Wolves – 1990: Kevin Costner at his finest…riding horses and talking to wolves in the wild west.
2) Jerry Maguire -1996: This movie spawned so many quotable lines which is no surprise coming from my favorite director and rock n’ roll writer Cameron Crowe.
3) Good Will Hunting – 1997: Matt Damon and Ben Affleck before they were Matt Damon and Ben Affleck. I love those apples!
4) Forrest Gump – 1994: Covered so many genres with killer acting and a killer soundtrack.
5) Shawshank Redemption – 1994: Gives me goosebumps every time I watch it. Unbelievably creative and authentic.
6) Titanic – 1997: Classic story of romance and tragedy. It is our generation’s Gone With the Wind.
7) Pulp Fiction – 1994: This is when we learned not to mess with Samuel L. Jackson or John Travolta. Ever.
8) As Good As It Gets – 1997: Jack Nicholson portraying the nutjob we know he really is and Helen Hunt showing softness without losing her cool.
9) The Usual Suspects – 1995: Keyser F-ing Soze!
10) Pretty Woman – 1990: Julia Roberts’ debut where she shows that street-walking on Sunset Blvd can be classy.
11) Varsity Blues – 1999: Some of the best high school football sequences ever. And Dawson finally proves he’s not a tool.
12) Clueless – 1995: So clever…and you would not believe how many times we quote this movie without realizing it.
13) Armageddon – 1998: I’m ok with this movie’s soundtrack being an Aerosmith greatest hits album since the drama and special effects are so awesome.
14) Thelma and Louise – 1991: Girls with guns who are on the run. Suck it Clyde!
15) Point Break – 1991: Ladies and gentleman…Johnny Utah!
16) The Sixth Sense – 1999: What an ending…no one saw that coming.
17) Dazed and Confused – 1993: “I keep getting older and the girls stay the same age…”
18) The Wedding Singer – 1998: A hilarious tribute to the 80s with possibly the greatest Billy Idol cameo ever.
19) Mallrats – 1995: Kevin Smith doing his thing while calling out Brenda from 90210.
20) True Romance – 1993: “You’re So cool.”