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 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


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

  1. BY YEAR:
    1990 – GoodFellas
    1991 – The Silence of the Lambs
    1992 – Unforgiven
    1993 – Schindler’s List
    1994 – The Shawshank Redemption
    1995 – Braveheart
    1996 – Fargo
    1997 – Titanic
    1998 – The Truman Show
    1999 – American Beauty

    probably Fargo or American Beauty 😉

    • Thats a cool way of breaking it down. Year by year, like the Oscars that should have been 😉

      Makes for a tough call though when something like Shawshank and Pulp Fiction wind up head to head though!

  2. Awesome question. Before 1999 I would’ve said Braveheart or Shawshank Redemption. BUT, The Matrix takes the cake for me. It’s also my favorite of all-time. That movie not only catapulted the bar in terms of CGI, but also perfectly explained an otherwise confusing concept and delivered a great yin/yang matchup between Neo and Agent Smith. Plus, you gotta admit, no other movie has quite been able to capitalize on Keanu Reeves’ very natural “whoa” acting habits 🙂

    Incidentally, I did a short review of each decade in film from the 1950’s to 2000’s on my blog, Let There Be Movies. I determined the 90’s to be the best decade for movies.

    • There you go. A lot of us were talking about what a great decade it was, on the draft we were calling it a deep draft class, you know?

      The Matrix is a great pick. It was a leap forward in effects, it was a great plot, with philosophical underpinnings… and you’re right. No other movie capitalized on that “Whoa” that Reeves brings to the table so well 😀

      • Yeah, very deep decade. I was checking out the IMDB user ratings and the 90’s is well ahead of any other decade by ratings at least. 4 of the top ten, and 21 of the top 100, compared to zero in the top ten for the 80’s. I was a little surprised by that.

  3. My personal favourite?
    Miller’s Crossing.
    The first film that really showed me what film could really be and what it could do. It came along just at the right time for me, when I was at a suitably young, adolescent, threshold age.

    Others (because that is a damn tough question and respect must be paid) would be – Goodfellas, Heat, L.A. Confidential, Unforgiven, The Thin Red Line, π, Pulp Fiction, The Matrix.

  4. “Goodfellas”, “The Silence of the Lambs”, “The Sixth Sense”, “Reservoir Dogs”, “Beauty and the Beast”, “Thelma & Louise”, “Casino”, “Groundhog Day”, “Heat”, “The Fugitive”, “The Lion King”, and “Boogie Nights”. This list was in no particular order.

  5. I didn’t see these come up at first glance but they were definite high end favorites for me:
    Lone Star, Leaving Los Vegas, The Fisher King, Get Shorty &
    (honorable mention:) Waiting for Guffman

    • Waiting for Guffman. LOL. CORKY!!!! 😀 Been too long since Ive seen that one, that movie cracks me up.

      And I love Get Shorty, too. Thats a great flick, I kind of feel like it gets lost in the shuffle.

      I have to confess to not connecting with The Fischer King though. That’s one of Gilliam’s that I just dont really “get”. You know? 😦

      • And Midnight at the Oasis…
        Gillian’s movies are definitely a mixed bag. This one spoke to me – it was just very anti-slick when there was so much slickness in everything that was coming out. But ya know, lots of people loved the English Patient, which I disliked a lot. (I’m pleased it’s been shown no 90’s love on this site!) That’s why they say no accounting for taste.

  6. Definetely my favorite film of 90s was ‘Silence of The Lambs’ I saw it when i was 11 , I love Shawshank Redemption too, and i really love Titanic and Truman Show and yes Braveheart too, 🙂 i love your Reviews too fogs 🙂

    • LOL. I can see how seeing Silence at 11 would make an impression on you. 😀 Not that its not worthy of being number one, anyways, but I understand how movies can make an impact at that age. I saw the Exorcist on tv right around that age and it scarred me for life! LOL 😉

      Hey, and thank you there. LOL. Just got around to reading the END of that sentence. Appreciate that! Be sure to vote in the poll later if you swing back!! 😀

  7. There are TOO many to choose from! I’ve limited to five, I hope that’s alright. you know I like to keep my answers short.

    1. Clerks
    2. Schindler’s List
    3. Fight Club
    4. Dazed and Confused
    5. Sixth Sense

    Damn…it’s like picking my top five actors for a “hall pass” or something. 🙂

    • LOLLLLL HA!! Ohhhhh shitttttt… You funny Jen. You funny. 😀

      Clerks as TOP DOG, though? Your favorite favorite?

      Man goes into cage, cage goes into salsa. Shark’s in the salsa. Our shark.

      Its cool. I love it. Seeing Clerks on top of Schindler’s List is just the type of crazy, eclectic shit that I thoroughly support here, Jen 😉

  8. I have to go with my #3 all time favorite film-Disney’s Beauty and the Beast. Still the best animated film ever. I can watch it over and over again and never tire of it.

    • It’s a great flick. Already MTESSed that one. I think Toy Story might trump it as the best animated of the decade, because its also great, but it has the CGI modeling that would become so influential (I know, I know, Ballroom scene… lol).

  9. If “Favorite” means “Best” than it is a close call between “Silence of the Lambs” and “Unforgiven”. Each has elements that speak to us far beyond the surface story and the acting in both is amazing. I guess a slight edge to “Lambs” because it is so watchable. On the other hand, if “favorite” means the movie I have most enjoyed, and would take with me to a deserted island, that answer is easy “Army of Darkness”. Pound for pound the most entertaining piece of cinema produced in the 1990s.

    • I think I used favorite for a reason… lets people lighten up and not think about defending their answer as much. I try to align my favorites with my bests as best as I can, so amongst the Unforgivens and Slience of the Lambs, you’ll get your Point Breaks and whatnot LOL

      Army of Darkness is a fun flick too. I definitely prefer it to the two “Dead” films. There’s no doubt about it. Its all the great lines, like “Gimme some sugar, baby” that does it! 😀

    • I continue to be SHOCKED by how many people are name dropping Thelma and Louise! I have WAY underestimated that movie!

      Meanwhile, Out of Sight is a great flick. There’s one that hasnt gotten mentioned enough here! 😀

      • This has prompted me to make a Top 50 favorites by decade (thanks Fogs, great time-waster). Out Of Sight came in at a strong #29 for me, nestled nicely between Saving Private Ryan and Braveheart.

      • “thanks Fogs, great time-waster”

        My pleasure! It’s my dream to kill productivity all across America! 😀

        I havent officially done a ranking by decade, but I will say on my draft board for this latest event, I have Out of Sight at number 45, just after Kingpin. LOL

  10. Boogie Nights is my favorite. I have an unhealthy obsession with that film. It’s so GOOOOD!!! lol. Ed Wood is one that needs to be mentioned more. Lovely film.

    • Ed Wood gets its first mention here today just the, so I guess youre right, it does need to be mentioned more! LOL

      I can not fault you for picking Boogie Nights. That movie IS a total classic. I love that one too!

  11. As you know Fogs, it’s The Big Lebowski for me but another from the 90’s is LA Confidential. Trainspotting is also very high on my list from that decade. It’s was a great time for quality film’s. So many to choose from.

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