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?

  1. Best shootout EVERRRRR, best twist EVErRRRRR. Two exceptional movies. No matter how many time i watch heat, even with its marathon runtime, it never gets boring, that why I love it. Must watch The Usual Suspects again, been too long.

  2. Eyes Wide Shut. It’s a long time since the 90′s, gives a chance to see what holds up and what doesn’t. Kubricks’ last film and his only one of the 90′s is still controversial today. That alone says something. Kubrick is the Grandmaster of depicting the dark side of human nature. Because sex is so taboo and difficult to talk about, this film stands virtually alone in the subject matter.
    I still can’t believe viewers and critics alike thought “Eyes…” was going to be pornography. That’s how bizarre any discussion on the topic of sex is. Kubrick knew all this and “Eyes Wide Shut” brought it to the light of day.

    • That’s a pretty odd choice. LOL But I am on record admitting I need to revisit it. I’m a big Kubrick fan, but the first time I saw that (when it first came out) all I got out of it was a big WTF? I need to go back and see it again.

  3. Wow this is a toughy. So many films to consider. One that instantly comes to mind is “The Last of the Mohicans” from 1992.

    As for the Mel Gibson thing, I may be wrong in this but it doesn’t effect my love for his movies at all. It’s interesting how Hollywood picks and chooses who it forgives and who it doesn’t when it comes to terrible behavior and poor choices. I think there’s a lot of hypocrisy there. Hollywood has let a lot of people off the hook for bad things. Of course I don’t condone males actions. What rationally thinking person would? But its interesting that those who know him best like Jodie Foster and Robert Downey, Jr. have stood up for him (not his actions). End of ramble! :)

    • I suppose Robert Downey Jr would be the world’s biggest advocate for Hollywood rehabilition/forgiveness though, right? LOL. I mean, look at all the shit that guy went through, and he’s totally A List now. Personally I cant forget what Mel did when I watch him onscreen. Thats the big thing.

      Last of the Mohicans is a good choice. :D

      • Even though Mel was clearly set up, he undoubtedly said some despicable things. Even though he was drunk, it was vile and disgusting. But I wonder if the backlash and lack of forgiveness from Hollywood would have been as strong if Clooney had been recorded.

  4. My Top 10 are probably Unforgiven, Fight Club, LA Confidential, The Usual Suspects, Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption, The Matrix, Silence of the Lambs, Toy Story, and The Big Lebowski, in no particular order. If I had to choose one, it would probably be Silence of the Lambs, just a hair ahead of Unforgiven.

    • That’s a fantastic list. Definitely mirrors my own. :D Those were all highly rated on my draft board, and several of them made my team in the draft. :D

      Silence definitely isnt a bad pick for number one. Great flick. I might have Pulp Fiction as tops, but theyre all great

    • Wow. That’s a pretty good list right there. For me, take out LA Confidential and Toy Story, add Apollo 13 and Schindler’s List. and that’s my top 10.

      Maybe… Saving Private Ryan needs to be in there as well.

      • Ok, so. [Unforgiven, Fight Club, LA Confidential, The Usual Suspects, Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption, The Matrix, Silence of the Lambs, Toy Story, and The Big Lebowski,] – LA Confidential + Toy Story + Apollo 13 +Schindler’s List +/- Saving Private Ryan = Unforgiven, Fight Club, The Usual Suspects, Pulp Fiction, The Shawshank Redemption, The Matrix, Silence of the Lambs, The Big Lebowski, Apollo 13, and Schindler’s List +/- Saving Private Ryan

        Someone want to check my math on that?

      • I hearby declare by the power vested in my by the all mighty Hollywood connections, that all top 10 lists may include 12 items. So my top 10 list now includes saving private Ryan and T2.

        … and Army of Darkness.

      • If the list were Best movies of the ’90s, Schindler’s List would rank #1 with a bullet. But it’s a favorites list… and that’s just not a movie I’d just pop in the player for fun. It’s so emotionally devestating. Saving Private Ryan would be on that Best list too. Spielberg was a beast in the ’90s. And so was Hanks. Green Mile almost made my Top 10.

  5. Pulp Fiction would be in there, Thelma and Louise would be one, Magnolia, Fight Club, The Lion King, the directors cut of Blade Runner – does that count? :P
    Also the Bond fan in me is screaming out that GoldenEye should be mentioned!

  6. Mother of God is this a tough decision….

    Toy Story, The Lion King, Fight Club, Se7en, Forrest Gump, Reservoir Dogs…. I could go on and on. Now, if you were to do this year by year, I could give you a much more solid list.

  7. difficult question :) Fight club, Terminator 2, The Matrix, Titanic, Pulp Ficton, Ghost in the Shell, The Silence of the Lambs, The Sixth Sense, Edward Scissorhands,American History X and it might sound weird but I still love Interview with the Vampire. Obviously there are some many others….

  8. Released 20 yeas ago today…and highlighted over at Man I Love Films today bcuz of that…I really have always counted “Groundhog Day” as one of the best films of the 90′s. Still one of the most original comedies ever.

    • Yeah, a great comedy… I have it lined up to write about myself, in order to try to fully comprehend its rep. I think it was a very funny movie, but suddenly Ebert’s got it on the “Great Films” list, etc…

      I think there’s got to be a lot of theme work in there that I’m not latching on to or something.

      Still, yeah, great movie!

  9. Can’t even rank ‘em; just too many good ones in that decade.
    Here’s ones that stand out.

    Mission impossible(1996)
    The Hunt For Red October(1990)
    There’s Something About Mary(1998)
    T2(1992)
    As Good As It Gets(1997)
    Aladdin(1992) [huge renaissance for animated film in this time]

    I enjoy Braveheart(’96) myself but hard to admit this anymore because Mel went crazy. Matrix(’92) probably is in mix somewhere; I just put T2 since out same year.
    There are SOooo many others omitted here.
    Solid post here for a great era of film. ;-)

    • Thanks S. ;)

      Yeah, we were talking about the Gibson thing earlier… you’re not the only one. I dont care what others think so much as I get bothered at times watching his movies, you know? I start hearing voicemails. LOL

      Still, they are awesome flicks.

      First to mention “As Good as it Gets” I think, Nice! I was beginning to think I was the only person who was a fan of that one!

      Definitely was a great decade for movies though, the TPMP exercise we went through this weekend definitely proved it to me.

    • LOL. Well, I dont know if I’d go all THAT far ;) Im sure he still puts his pants on one leg at a time.

      But, undeniably, Resevoir Dogs is a great movie. You would choose that over Pulp Fcition though? Theyre both 90s movies…

  10. Sure……..all the above…….and……Magnolia (Tom Cruise/Julieanne Moore just sensational), Reservoir Dogs (No 1. of the decade), Philadelphia, Pleasantville, Boogie Nights, Face/Off (Cage’s best film….playing Travolta)…….and how could anyone ever forget The Sixth Sense?

    • Did I not moderate that quick enough for you Ron? Wondering about the two screen names…

      Meanwhile, The Sixth Sense is great, I think someone brought it up earlier. Greatest twist ever!

      Magnolia is a great PT Anderson offering, and Face off my be Cage’s cheesiest flick ever :D That’s saying something!

      Cant say enough about Boogie nights. Great film!

  11. wow. what a tough question, Fogs! I’m not certain I can come up with just 1 movie (Hook notwithstanding).

    I was late to class so many times because of The Matrix, The Rock, Shawshank Redemption. Also loved Toy Story, The Lion King, Jurassic Park, TMNT. so many choices.

    great discussion question today.

    • Schindler’s is obviously a great movie, but I cant rewatch it lightly. I think somewhere, for me at least, that that has to play into the rankings somehow.

      Take those other two for example, Cindy. I can (and do :D) watch them over and over again, you know?

      • Yep. Schindler’s is the most “important” film, but crikey how depressing. Oops, thinking of Spielberg, better add Amistad to the 90s rating list. What amazing acting by Djimon Hounsou. What did you think of Warhorse? I feel like doing a blog about Spielberg. Have you yet?

      • I’ve written about a couple of his films in my Movies That Everyone Should See series… I think I’ve done ET, Close Encounters and Jurassic Park so far. I reviewed Lincoln and War Horse, but I have to warn you, I didnt think too highly of War Horse Cindy. LOL. Eeesh. You can use the search bar at the top of the column on the left though if youre curious to read any of those articles!

        Djimon Hounsou was ferocious in Amistad. Just incredible. I was shocked he didnt get nominated for an Oscar that year!

      • Schindler is the more “important” but cripes it’s depressing. Oops, thinking of Spielberg, you better add Amistad to the 90s best list. (My fav decade for films). Wasn’t Djimon Hounsou awesome and perfect for the film? What did you think of War Horse? I feel like doing a Spielberg blog. What have you said about him? I’m pretty new here….

  12. I could sit here and list movies all day long, but at the top of the list would be Independence Day. Love love LOVE that movie! Still one of my favorites. :)

  13. Did anyone mention Backdraft(1991)? Another hot one for the pile. LOL. ;-)

    Donald ‘Shadow’ Rimgale[DiNero]: (at Ronald’s parole hearing) What about the world, Ronald? What would you like to do to the whole world?
    Ronald Bartel: Burn it all. (laughs)
    Donald ‘Shadow’ Rimgale: See you next year, Ronald.

    Donald ‘Shadow’ Rimgale:[about fire] It’s a living thing, Brian. It breathes, it eats, and it hates. The only way to beat it is to think like it. To know that this flame will spread this way across the door and up across the ceiling, not because of the physics of flammable liquids, but because it wants to. Some guys on this job, the fire owns them, makes ‘em fight it on it’s level, but the only way to truly kill it is to love it a little. Just like Ronald.

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