There is a peculiar nostalgia for 90s in the popular culture today, a nostalgia which is unlike anything our parents or their parents experienced. We are the potter generation; we are the crazy anime and manga lovers, we think it’s completely okay to ask someone you have just met “Did you watch pokemon?” And it has a lot to do with the emergence of the social media and people who are active on social media are generally in their 20s, yes the same 90s kids. The crazy fans of the golden age of Cartoon Network. Just like everything else from the 90s the movies have become iconic and have a huge fan following which in turn is spreading this nostalgia for the 90s all the more. From reaffirmation of animation to the broadening of market in the sci-fi fiction and emergence of some of the biggest movie series 90s have contributed tremendously to the growth of film industry. Here are top 10 movies from the 90s.
10. Ten things I hate about you, 1999
Before enacting the greatest villain in the history of Cinema and comics, Heath Ledger will always be remembered for his subtle role in Ten things I hate about you. A college drama set in the 90s, it captures the essence of that decade perfectly. With over bearing parents who don’t know what to do with their children, how much freedom is enough and how controlling they can be before they finally slip off their fingers and slip out the door. The ever present dynamics between the siblings and the complexities of love is encompassed in this movie.
9. Jurassic Park. 1993
The Science Fiction directed by Steven Spielberg, Jurassic Park transcends all levels of film making and even twenty years after its release it is still such a thrill to watch it. It’s scary, heart-stopping and funny, and though it might not be one of the most profound pieces by Steven Spielberg in terms of direction but technically it’s flawless. In the 90s where the animation was just exploring its new found wings, Jurassic Park set a standard for all the movies there forth. It’s a very faithful adaptation of one of the most popular novels of Michael Crichton’s but the technicalities of the movie give the script a star bound edge and ingenuity.
8. Fight Club, 1999
Fight Club blew everyone away in the 1999 with its every changing and satirical humor. And it wasn’t just the amusement in watching Edward Norton and Brad Pitt set new levels as actors or Director David Fincher’s best movie till date. Fight club is aggressive, anti-society, anti-capitalism, it makes you think and challenges your rock solid prejudices. It drags you into its hallucinating world which is too real to spoil. Norton is extraordinary performance and Brad Pitt’s swagger with exceptional wit in his humor and free thinking turns Fight Club into a visionary classic of American Cinema.
7. The Lion King, 1994
Lion king is one of the most watched Disney classics which depict the journey of a young cub, Simba, through adulthood and to his destiny as he struggles through all that is evil. It’s more complex than it seems. The musical grows on you with its expressive visuals and memorable songs. Young and Old both will find something to admire in Lion King and its subsequent sequels which has established some of the most known Disney characters. Drawing in from various sources, from bible to Shakespeare’s Hamlet the story has elements of all possible emotions, with Timon and Pumba providing the comical recluse amidst matters of serious contemplation. Moreover, the free flowing and beautiful animation makes it immensely gorgeous and an exceptional tale.
6. Before Sunrise, 1995
Shot in Real time; Before sunrise started a series of movies which have all gone on to become benchmark movies in the genre of Romance. With its breath taking life-like feel and interesting conversations that keep on rolling without a pause, it presents a whole new way of direction and story-telling. A twist on the classic story of boy meets girl. With eloquent camera work and dialogue we trace the story as it moves through fifteen years in real times through the two sequels, Before Sunset and Before Midnight. Before sunrise was very well received by the critics and the consequent two sequels too were critically acclaimed.
5. Schindler’s list, 1993
Based on a true story, this Steven Spielberg classic stars Liam Nesson as a German Businessmen who initially sees the Nazi ruled Germany as an excellent money making opportunity and employs polish Jews in his company but eventually through course of the events he develops a conscience and starts bribing Nazi leaders to continue employing Jews as he realizes that his factory is the only thing keeping them away from death. Winning seven Oscar nominations, Schindler’s list is moving and is visually forceful in putting across the conditions of the Holocaust into bracing perspectives. The little tints of colors in a black and white film bring a profoundly shocking enormity of tragedy to focus. The uncompromising approach of Spielberg makes this art film one of the best that Hollywood has ever produced.
4. The Shawshank Redemption, 1994
Shawshank Redemption has the highest ratings on the International movie database. Frank Darabont has taken a story based on a Stephen King Novel and turned it into a masterpiece in the history of cinema. Ugly realities of the life in prison and the other side of the justice system which is currently in place is revealed through unhurried and though provoking narrative is what makes this movie so compelling to the audience even after decades after its release. The contrast between human kindness and cruelty is irresistibly uplifting and poignant. Everything from the screenplay and the cast works extremely well in being faithful and in genuine to the original story.
3. Titanic, 1997
With the most number of Oscars in bag, Titanic is one movie which almost everyone everywhere has seen. This visually enchanting epic recreates the voyage of R.M.S Titanic and the ill fate of its maiden cruise which met with a disaster on April 15, 1912. The movie is well over the three hour mark and was a product of the two big studios- 20th Century Fox and Paramount. One of the most expensive production in the Hollywood, Titanic went on to become a state of art film with breathtaking effects and brilliant screenplay which shines throughout the movie and blooms in the scene where the ship is sinking, bolts are coming off and the band is playing waltz-music. While Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet will always be remembered as the lovers on screen the Director/Writer/Producer James Cameron will be hailed for making the incident look more vivid and surreal than any history textbook!
2. Forrest Gump, 1994
Often called a tear-jerker Robert Zemeckis’s Forrest Gump has been praised and backlashed for the same reason- the overblown statement that stupidity is redemption. Some critics claim that this is what the majority of American population wants to hear considering their propitious lifestyle. But on the other hand the audience loved it for its essential simplicity and the fact that it conveys a deeper emotion than just “stupid is as stupid does.” That even a simple not so intelligent man can lead a charming life. The movie progresses through historical events all the while focusing on the life of Forrest Gump played by Tom Hanks, the movie portrays America’s pain and promises.
1. Pulp Fiction, 1994
Quentin Tarantino has often been criticized for borrowing heavily from his favorite director Jean-Luc Godard’s movies. But for the majority he has done what every cinephile dreams to do, and that quality of Tarantino’s movies hits a high with Pulp fiction where he has mixed the essence of crime, mystery and film-noir movies and created what has been praised as the most influential movie of the 90s which is entirely true considering the huge fan base that the movie has bagged in popular culture. It’s clever and daring with actors bringing to life what’s called a whacky story!