Tossin’ It Out There: What Was YOUR Favorite Movie of the 1990s?

90sfilmalphabet-600Ok, here we go everybody! This week, we’re going to be holding the 2nd Annual (title pending) Movie Draft, this time, featuring movies from the 1990s. I’ll be putting up a poll so that people can vote for the best team starting tomorrow, and then later this week, I’ll be releasing the podcast, so that you can hear Tank and I draft against Eclectik of the Eclectik Relaxation.com and the Elcectik Discussion Podcast, and Dylan Fields of the LAMBcast and Man I Love Films!

But today, it’s YOUR turn! What were your favorite movies of the 1990s? Was it the gangster movies? Like “Goodfellas”, “Donnie Brasco” and “Pulp Fiction”? The serial killer movies, like “Se7en” and “Silence of the Lambs”? How about the Comedies, like “Austin Powers” or “There’s Something About Mary”?

A lot of great movies were released in the 90s, like “The Shawshank Redemption”, “Fight Club”, “Jurassic Park”, “American Beauty”, “Forrest Gump”… I could go on for a long time!

Which were your favorites? Over that ten-year span, which stood out the most for you? Let’s hear it! What were YOUR Favorite Movies of the 90s?!

Daniel Fogarty

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177 thoughts on “Tossin’ It Out There: What Was YOUR Favorite Movie of the 1990s?

      • Ha! So good you circled back for seconds huh? Can’t blame you. We all wanted our draft to go 20 movies deep (it went ten)

        Those are three great movies there. I just rewatched LA Confidential not too long ago to do an MTESS write up and it’s still every bit as awesome as I remember. Nice picks!

    • :D I can hear that themesong playing in my head, I just edited it into the podcast. :D

      Great flick, without a doubt. I’m actually really tempted to go see the 3D rerelease, and I usually dont do those!

    • Dont have to go with just one, man, I know how it goes here ;)

      All great, all worthy. On the draft we had a discussion of the Mel Gibson factor on Braveheart. (Spoiler for the podcast I guess) but it went undrafted, and I asked everyone if it was because of Mel. We all agreed that if it weren’t for the Mel Gibson factor, that movie is a high round pick! But as it is… no one wanted to touch it. :(

      Crazy Mel doesnt put a Damper on that flick at all for you, Spike?

      • Honestly, No… but I probably wouldn’t invest any more money into it, you know?

        But I still acknowledge and enjoy the genius of my “Thriller” record, and what MJ (probably, in my opinion) did is far worse than Mel. When he was alive, I wouldn’t buy another copy, but I can enjoy the one I already have, largely for nostalgic reasons.

        I still have my Braveheart VHS, and would definitely pop it in, if I was ever going to re-watch a 3 hour movie.

      • Oh yeah… I couldnt even listen to Jackson when he was alive, even though I was never his biggest fan anyways.

        I have to come to terms with the Mel thing so I can get back to his flicks. I want to watch Apocalypto again, you know? :D

      • I’ve heard from a few sources that Mel Gibson has bipolar disorder. Which, honestly, would explain a lot, including the racism — that’s a not-uncommon symptom of the condition. To me, that makes it easier to overlook his recent lunacy when watching his films. It’s not like somebody who is “sane” and hateful… his brain is literally malfunctioning. Makes him more of a pitiable figure than a despicable one.

      • So, do you guys have trouble separating the man from the character, then? Or is it more that you don’t want to support him?

        My issue is totally one of support. I wouldn’t watch a new movie from him, or buy another copy of one I already have, without some kind of realistic show of remorse for what he did to his wife.

        But what he did doesn’t keep me from enjoying the stuff he’s already done. Braveheart, the Mad Max trilogy and Maverick, specifically. I’ve never been a big Lethal Weapon fan.

        Knowing Sean Connery likes to slap around his ladyfriends if they get out of line doesn’t affect his Bond… (who admittedly also likes to slap around his ladyfriends when they get out of line… :/ )

      • I dont care so much about supporting him, I mean, he’s set for life, so… even if I bought a box set, (though, I wouldnt) what difference does that make. That man has money. LOL

        I just cant really see him or think of him without thinking of some of the allegations and stuff. And its disturbing. I dont know, maybe it shouldnt, but it does.

      • I don’t really have a problem either way… I mean, if it were a role where he’s playing someone in a nervous breakdown, like The Beaver apparently is, that’d be a bit hard to separate. But something like his classic films, nah. And I don’t really have a problem with “supporting” him, either… it’s not like he’s Roman Polanski or anything. He’s had a racial tirade or two, and a drunk driving incident, and has been in a mutually-abusive relationship. None of that is good, none of that is anything I want to condone… but none of that is at all unusual for Hollywood, either.

  1. GoodFellas is my favorite film of the decade, but some of my others include Pulp Fiction, Fargo, Magnolia, and Hoop Dreams. I’m actually planning to do a 90s marathon in the near future.

      • Flickchart says it ranks 327 out of 924 :P

        Yeah, I do love Paul Thomas Anderson. He’s one of my favourite filmmakers. Though for this question I could have just as easily answered Goodfellas, Pulp Fiction, Se7en, Heat, L.A. Confidential, The Silence of the Lambs, Fight Club, Terminator 2, The Matrix, etc.

      • I totally shouls have held this discussion before the draft so I could see what movies my audience/potential voters liked the most. :D Many of those choices have already been reoccuring. ;)

  2. Wow! This question is like asking which is your favorite grain of sand at the beach! :D You know I’m a huge fan of Se7en. Others among my tops: Little Mermaid, Beauty & the Beast, Saving Private Ryan, The Green Mile, A Few Good men. I would let you down if I didn’t throw in a typical Debbie-likes, so….Steel Magnolias and When Harry Met Sally.
    All that being said, I distinctly remember watching Sixth Sense, loving it…watvhing the Director’s Notes under bonus features……cooking up more popcorn and popping it back in the DVD player to re-watch it immediately. Not too many movies have ever made me do that.

  3. Hi, Fogs and company:

    I’m going to go kind of off the beaten path with ‘Miller’s Crossing’ from the Coen brothers from 1990, Still one of the best adaptations of Hammett’s novel, ‘The Glass Key’. And its later film with Alan Ladd and Veronica Lake from 1942.

    Secondaries would be ‘Deep Cover’ directed by Bill Duke from 1992. With Lawrence Fishburne as an undercover cop who gets too deep into the drug trade in California. And Jeff Goldblum as a drug rattled, obnoxious twit. And another Fishburne, B-Move gem, ‘Bad Company’ from 1995. With Frank Langella, Ellen Barkin and the high price of industrial and political espionage.

    • You know? In all honesty, I dont know if I’ve ever seen “Deep Cover”… I know Ive seen Bad Company. I feel like I should have though. :(

      Miller’s Crossing though is a different story of course, The Coens, Gabriel Bryne, Albert Finney, Turturro… hell yeah. Awesome flick :D

  4. If Jurassic Park doesn’t come off the board in the first round, I’ll be terribly surprised. Allot of my favorite comedies were made in the nineties with stars just breaking into the movie business like Jim Carrey, Mike Myers, Adam Sandler, Chris Farley, etc. I think those are what I take away the most.

    That’s nothing against some of my other non-comedy faves like Shawshank, MIB, ID4, the matrix, the fugitive, air force one, saving Private Ryan, T2, toy story… Man, this is gonna be a fun draft!

    • Yeah, that would be shocking, wouldnt it? Especially with Tanski putting it into the TPMP Valhalla and whatnot, right?

      It will be fun if I ever finish chopping it up, LOL. And the comedies definitely represented, but you may be surprised by which ones get taken and which ones dont!

  5. Seriously..there are too many. Off the top of my head, Beauty and the Beast, Babe, Jurassic Park, Home Alone, Falling Down, Nightmare Before Christmas, Joy Luck Club, It Takes Two, Fifth Element, Mrs. Doubtfire, Mulan, While You Were Sleeping, Toy Story, Speed, Outbreak, Silence of the Lambs…there’s probably more but I love these a lot and not in any particular order :)

  6. Wow, what a question. It was a hell of a decade, wasn’t it? This the decade I grew up with films so I’d go with Jurassic Park, Toy Story, The Matrix, Wayne’s World. Then there are ones I’ve watched now I’m a bit older like Pulp Fiction, Fight Club, Goodfellas and Se7en. So many films!

    • Yeah, a whole decades worth! LOL :D

      Those are the headliners right there. Definitely seems to be a consensus about movies like The Matrix and Jurassic Park, Pulp Fiction, Fight Club, Goodfellas, Se7en… people love those flicks. Theyre all getting a lot of love here today. :D

  7. It’s pretty tough to top 3 Ninjas: High Noon at Mega Mountain starring Hulk Hogan and Loni Anderson.

    Though somehow, Goodfellas manages to do so. Actually, if I’m going with favorite (and not best), I’ll take The Big Lebowski. Best: Goodfellas. Best mix of favorite and best: Fargo. Best movie featuring necrophilia: Clerks.

  8. Fogs, ranking 1, 2 for me for the nineties and close to all time is The Shawshank Redemption followed by The Green Mile. Its nice to have an answer to these off the top of my head Hah!!!

  9. Just as a general rule, I think the 90s were as good a decade as I’ve seen, movie-wise, in my lifetime. I’d probably feel differently if I’d lived through (or been older than 4 during) the 70s. But really, the decade was loaded with creamy indie goodness.

    • No, you’re right. I think the 90s was a rebound decade from the cheese of the 80s. The films were dark, and serious (our draft was into the 5th round and we were commenting on how dark all the movies were that we were all choosing). But they’re also really, solidly good.

      70s were a great decade too though. It’d be a tough choice between them… for me.

  10. This is kind of a hard question because I haven’t seen a lot of ’90s movies. I would probably have to go with Forrest Gump as my favorite though because it has so many great quotes. Shakespeare in Love, The Age of Innocence, Sense and Sensibility, Quiz Show, The Fugitive, and The Hunt for Red October are some of my favorites from the ’90s too.

    • Good choices. The Usual Suspects is fantastic, love it. “Who is Keyser Sze” is still one of the greatest movie questions ever. :D

      Heat still has the greatest shootout ever, too, although “The Town” is pretty close!

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