Movies have always held a soft spot for both movie and non movie lovers alike.
They provide a unique experience that brings viewers to another world that exists in the imagination. One of the most prominent feature about movies is that they have the ability to showcase various issues that cover the human interest in different views. And each of these movies also have the ability to define a decade.
The 1990’s or more commonly known as the 90’s, was a decade that saw a dramatic shift to the Modern Technological Age. And the change has was strongly reflected in the many of the iconic movies that were released during the rocking 90’s. From the rise of the independent film through Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction to the birth of 3D on Jurassic Park, here the top ten greatest movies that defined the 1990’s.
10.) Pulp Fiction (1994)
The movie that cemented Tarantino as one of Hollywood’s powerhouse directors, this postmodern movie is known for its cut up story line of extreme violence juxtaposed with humor and extensive use of pop culture references. This movie not only revived Hollywood actor John Travolta’s once faltering career, Pulp Fiction is considered to be one of Hollywood’s cult classic.
9.) Leon: The Professional (1994)
This superbly done French film introduced one of Hollywood’s A-list celebrities to the big screen namely Natalie Portman. The movie’s plot focused on how a young girl found refuge in a loner hit-man who slowly teachers her the way of his violent world. This violent movie “with a heart” was considered to be one the 90’s greatest movies.
8.) Schindler’s List (1993)
Unknown to many, it took Steven Spielberg a decade deliberating whether to take on the true story of Oskar Schindler, a German businessman who turned from a Nazi exploiter to a saver of lives. This heartwarming and tear jerking story of the rescues of thousands of Jews during the Second World War not only garnered seven Oscars and the respect of the Jewish community, it also became a cinematic masterpiece.
7.) Jurassic Park (1993)
Our eternal fascination for dinosaurs finally materialized in another Steven Spielberg creation that paved way for the introduction of 3D visual effects in the movie industry. Both a critical and box office hit, Jurassic Park was based on the novel written by author Michael Crichton. it tells the story of the dire effects that unfold when humans interfere with biological processes. It also gave birth to one of the most iconic monsters in Hollywood history: the T-rex.
6.) Groundhog Day (1993)
Considered to be one of the greatest films of the decade, Groundhog Day tells the story of a guy named Rubin who has found himself in an eternal time loop.
5.) Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Another Quentin Tarantino creation makes it to this list. This bolt out of the blue movie is quite known for a lot swearing and violence. It explores the story of the aftermath of a botched diamond heist and the subsequent search for answers that is highlighted by a series of classical tracks.
4.) Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
The brainchild of Avatar director James Cameron. Terminator 2: Judgment Day is a follow up on the John Connor story and his quest to survive a new assassin sent by Skynet back in time. It comes to no surprise that this epic movie took an enormous $94 million to make which is reportedly 15 times the amount of its predecessor. Cameron did spend the money wisely as it became one of Hollywood’s all time favorite action movies.
3.) The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
Considered to be a landmark in the horror genre, this movie became the first of its type to win a Best Picture Oscar along with four of the top five categories during the awards night. Known for its tight script and claustrophobic atmosphere, the movie featured some of the most towering performances of Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins who the latter, turned Hannibal Lecter into an iconic on screen villain despite just having 16 minutes of screen time.
2.) Boyz N The Hood (1991)
Director John Singleton was only 23 when he directed this classic and hard hitting account of the life on the LA street of South Central. This movie is known for its authenticity and realness that it gained the respect from both the critics and the people on the street that profiled it.
1.) Goodfellas (1990)
This is one of the classic gangster films that redefined the movie genre as a whole. This critically acclaimed movie under the direction of Martin Scorsese featured a fantastic twist to the mob lifestyle that includes its downfalls, violence and even glamour. The movie went on to become a trilogy which was followed by: Casino and The Departed.
If you feel like taking a break from today’s technologically driven films, then why not binge on these movie classics instead.
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