Best Movies of the 90s

The 90s was undoubtedly the best decade in terms of entertainment, especially in movies. The focus was more on content. Hollywood saw some of its best films and cutting-edge technology being borne in this decade. Masterful performances, strong scripts, amazing emotional upheavals and terrific execution were some of the highlights of the movies in the 90s.

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  • American Beauty – This 1999 movie starring Kevin Spacey and directed by Sam Mendes is about an office-goes with a middle-life crisis and an infatuation on his teenage daughter’s friend. The strong points of the movie was the strong script, screenplay and great performances. Made with a budget of $15 million, the movie went on to do a business in excess of $356 million.

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  • Terminator 2 Judgment Day – This 1991 James Cameron movie is a seminal film and such a big trend-setter, it is probably the freshest looking movie of all-time. Even now, if you look at Terminator 2 – Judgement Day, you will feel as if it released last Friday. It was the sequel to the 1984 movie, The Terminator . In T-2, The Terminator (Arnold Schwarzenegger) comes in to protect Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton) and her ten-year old son John(Edward Furlong) from a liquid-metal T-1000 (Robert Patrick). The film released on July 3, 1991 with a budget of $94 million went on to do a business of $519 million. The best parts about the movie were amazing visual effects, high quality sound mixing, the amazing bike chase scene and the climax scene.

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  • Titanic – Probably, the most memorable movie of the 90s, Titanic fictionalized the romance of Jack (Leonardo Di Caprio) and Rose (Kate Winslet) against the realistic backdrop of the historical sinking of the ‘unsinkable’. A legion of fans has grown watching this James Cameron masterpiece and still feel that there is hardly any movie that can rival Titanic in its grandeur, romance and emotional-pull.

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  • Braveheart – This 1995 epic-historical drama showcased the life of William Wallace, the 13th century Scotsman who led the Scots in the 1st War of Scottish Independence against King Edward 1 of England. The movie picked up 5 Academy Awards including Best Picture, Best Cinematography, Best Director, Best Sound-Editing and Best Makeup. Made with a budget of $72 million, the movie went on do a business in excess of $210 million.

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  • Basic Instinct – This 1992 movie was seminal movie which traced the weird relationship of an investigating police officer who enters into a torrid relationship with a female novelist who is a prime suspect in a homicide. The movie directed by Paul Verhoeven starred Sharon Stone and Michael Douglas (both of them are known the best for this film) made box-office revenue of $352 million, while the production cost was only $49 million.

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  • Forrest Gump – This 1994 romantic-drama movie was based on the novel of the same name, written by Winston Groom. The movie starred Tom Hanks in the role of a protagonist, a naïve, good-hearted man who witnesses many events throughout his life which have an influence on his personality. The movie won Academy Awards for Best Director (Robert Zemeckis), Best Actor (Tom Hanks), Bad Adapted Screenplay, Best Editing, Best Visual Effects and Best Picture. Made with a budget of $55 million, it went on to earn $677.9 at the box-office.

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  • The Mask – Jim Carrey cemented his reputation as one of the biggest Hollywood stars of the 90s with this film. The story revolves around a shy bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss (Jim Carrey) who becomes all-powerful after he chances upon a mask, which he wears and transforms himself and things around him. The movie also established the career of Cameron Diaz, who went on to have a long career of successful hits. This 1994 film was noted for its remarkable special effects (Industrial Lights and Magic), Jim Carrey’s terrific performance and the seductive presence of Cameron Diaz. The movie nominated for an Oscar for Visual Effects lost out to Forrest Gump. With a budget of $23 million, the movie went on to do a business of $351. 6 million.

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  • Speed– The action-thriller released in 1994 had the audience having lots of edge-of-the-seat moments with an exciting premise – there is a bomb on the bus, driving below a certain speed could tick it off. Keanu Reeves played the LAPD cop and the protagonist while Dennis Hopper played the negative character in this Jan de Bont movie. The movie made on a budget of $30 million registered $350 million as box-office revenue.

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  • Home Alone – This Christmas favorite released in 1990 is a popular comedy film starring Macaulay Culkin as Kevin, a boy who is erroneously left home when his family flies to Paris for Christmas vacation The little boy is alone in the home, which is pretty to burglars, played by Joe Pesci and Daniel Stern. The film is still the highest grossing comedy of all-time. The movie was directed by Chris Columbus. Made with a budget of just $18 million, it earned $476 million in box office revenue and spawned a successful franchise.

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  • Independence Day – This 1996 movie dealt with alien invasion which could spell doom for human populace and how a group of people with different ideologies decide to go for an all-out attack to defend humanity with help from the President of United States. The movie was directed by Roland Emmerich and starred the likes of Will Smith, Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum. The movie released on July 2 1996 and met with a terrific response. Made with a budget of $75 million, it went on to earn $817 million at the box-office.

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  • Pulp Fiction – This 1994 black-comedy, action film directed by Quentin Tarantino was appreciated for its sub-plots, non-linear way of story-telling and a paradoxical mixture of humor and violence. The movie starred Uma Thurman, John Travolta, Samuel L.Jackson, Bruce Willis and a host of other actors.. Made with a budget of just $8 million, it went on to make $219 million besides winning an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.