Top 35 Films of the 90’s

by Jaime Grijalba.

There’s been a surge of recent lists and retrospectives towards the best films of the 1990’s, and while I can’t say I’ve seen all I’ve needed to do a worthy list, I think that the moment is now, and the craze will be over any time soon, so I’ll better just take advantage of the whole thing. So, I present to you my top 35 films of the 90’s, they shall only be named and pictured, explanations can be asked for in the comments, as well as the posting of your own lists of the best films of the 90’s, or even better! Do your own list and link it in the comments, I’ll do a special entry on the list I receive and how I plan to watch all my blind spots, but for the meantime baby, I ask you to read this list, moan and bitch, or applaud, but that I find it hard to happen anytime soon. So, here it goes:

1. Magnolia (1999, Paul Thomas Anderson)

2. Pulp Fiction (1994, Quentin Tarantino)

3. Eyes Wide Shut (1999, Stanley Kubrick)

4. Reservoir Dogs (1992, Quentin Tarantino)

5. Wandâfuru raifu (After Life, 1998, Hirozaku Koreeda)

6. The Truman Show (1998, Peter Weir)

7. Ed Wood (1994, Tim Burton)

8. Twelve Monkeys (1995, Terry Gilliam)

9. Dung che sai duk (Ashes of Time, 1994, Wong Kar Wai)

10. Fight Club (1999, David Fincher)

11. Groundhog Day (1993, Harold Ramis)

12. Boogie Nights (1997, Paul Thomas Anderson)

13. Lost Highway (1997, David Lynch)

14. Europa (1991, Lars von Trier)

15. Being John Malkovich (1999, Spike Jonze)

16. El día de la bestia (Day of the Beast, 1995, Álex de la Iglesia)

17. Pi (1998, Darren Aronofsky)

18. Braindead (1992, Peter Jackson)

19. Lola Rennt (Run, Lola, Run, 1998, Tom Tykwer)

20. Se7en (1995, David Fincher)

21. The Straight Story (1999, David Lynch)

22. Jackie Brown (1997, Quentin Tarantino)

23. The Matrix (1999, Andy Wachowski, Lana Wachowski)

24. Misery (1990, Rob Reiner)

25. Ôdishon (Audition, 1999, Takashi Miike)

26. The Green Mile (1999, Frank Darabont)

27. The Sixth Sense (1999, M. Night Shyamalan)

28. Buffalo ’66 (1998, Vincent Gallo)

29. The Lion King (1994, Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff)

30. Jurassic Park (1993, Steven Spielberg)

31. Deconstructing Harry (1997, Woody Allen)

32. Edward Scissorhands (1990, Tim Burton)

33. Shawshank Redemption (1994, Frank Darabont)

34. Forrest Gump (1994, Robert Zemeckis)

35. Cube (1997, Vincenzo Natali)



9 responses to “Top 35 Films of the 90’s

  1. 1990’s TOP 25
    Dennis Polifroni

    1. Three Colors: BLUE
    2. Breaking The Waves
    3. Magnolia
    4. Three Colors: RED
    5. Raise The Red Lantern
    6. Eyes Wide Shut
    7. Schindler’s List
    8. Fargo
    9. Toy Story
    10. The Sweet Hereafter
    11. All About my Mother
    12. Rosetta
    13. American Beauty
    14. The Double Life Of Veronique
    15. Fight Club
    16. Beauty and the Beast (Disney)
    17. The Piano
    18. City of Hope
    19. Lone Star
    20. The Thin Red Line
    21. Unforgiven
    22. The Big Lebowski
    23. L. A. Confidential
    24. The Blair Witch Project
    25. Pulp Fiction

    • Really interesting list Dennis, lots for me to dwelve into. Also, what surprises me more is the placing for something like “The Blair Witch Project”, because as a horror fan I do think it’s influential and really scary, but it pales in comparison to the TV movie from 1992 “Ghostwatch”, if you don’t know it and like Blair Witch, it’s highly recommended. Thanks for the comment!

  2. I have Dennis Porter’s top 10 for the 1990’s, that he put out on facebook as a comment under the publication of this post:

    1. La Belle Noiseuse
    2. Three Colors-Blue
    3. Eyes Wide Shut
    4. Pulp Fiction
    5. Rosetta
    6. Wings of the Dove
    7. Double Life of Veronique
    8. Irma Vep
    9. Sense and Sensibility
    10. Fargo

  3. Jaimie, great list! Terrific choice for #1. I have a Top 50 of that decade for you here.
    1 The Long Day Closes (Davies, UK)
    2 Gattaca (Niccol; USA)
    3 Three Colours: Blue (Kieslowski; France)
    4 La Belle Noiseuse (Rivette; France)
    5. The Sweet Hereafter (Egoyan; Canada)
    6. Three Colours:Red (Kieslowski; France)
    7 A Taste of Cherry (Kiarostami; Iran)
    8 Satantango (Tarr; Hungary)
    9. The Remains of the Day (Ivory; UK;USA)
    10. Schindler’s List (Spielberg; USA)
    11 Beauty and the Beast (Wise, Trusdale; USA).
    12 Rosetta (Dardennes; France)
    13 The Long Day Closes (Davies; UK)
    14 Beautiful Thing (MacDonald; UK)
    15 Wild Reeds (Techine; France)
    16 Safe (Haynes; USA)
    17 Tilai (Ouedraogo; Burkina Faso)
    18 Those Who Love Me Can Take the Train (Chereau; France)
    19 Prospero’s Books (Greenaway; UK)
    20 La Ceremonie (Chabrol; France)
    21 Fried Green Tomatoes (Avnet; USA)
    22 Die Zweite Heimat (Reitz; Germany)
    23 Black Robe (Beresford; Canada/USA)
    24 The Double Life of Veronique (Kieslowski; France)
    25 The Thin Red Line (Malick; USA)
    26 Magnolia (Anderson; USA)
    27 Everyone Says I Love You (Allen; USA)
    28 All About My Mother (Almodovar; Spain)
    29 The Celebration (Vinterberg; Denmark)
    30 L.A. Confidential (Hanson; USA)
    31 Beau Travail (Denis; France)
    32 Raise the Red Lantern (Yimou; China)
    33 Our Friends in the North (James; UK)
    34 Fargo (Coens; USA)
    35 Good Fellas (Scorsese; USA)
    36 JFK (Stone; USA)
    37 The Madness of King George (Hytner; UK)
    38 A Self-Made Hero (Audiard; France)
    39 The Ice Storm (Lee; USA)
    40 Howards End (Ivory; UK)
    41 The Piano (Campion; New Zealand)
    42 La Promesse (Dardenne Brothers; France)
    43 Breaking the Waves (Von Trier; Denmark)
    44 Hamlet (Branagh; UK)
    45 Happy Together (Kar-Wei; Hong Kong)
    46 Jeanne la Pucelle: Parts I & II (Rivette; France)
    47 My Own Private Idaho (Van Sant; USA)
    48 The Butcher Boy (Jordan; Ireland; UK)
    49 King of the Hill (Soderberg; USA)
    50The White Balloon (Panahi; Iran)
    50 High Art (Cholodenko; USA) TIE
    50. Wings of the Dove (Softley)

    • Triple Tie for number 50! Amazing.
      There are many choices here that would make my own top 50 or 100, like “Gatacca” or “Hamlet”, both films I love quite a lot.
      As always, you have a splendid list here with, of course who hasn’t, some head-scratchers like the inclusion of “Everyone Says I Love You”, I chose my own favorite Allen film from the 90’s on the list, ha!

  4. Just missed:

    The Silence of the Lambs (Demme; USA)
    The Apple (Makalbaf; Iran)
    Sense and Sensibility (Lee; UK; USA)
    Metropolitan (Stillman; USA)
    Life is Sweet (Leigh; UK)
    Delicatessen (Jeunet, Caro; France)
    Close-Up (Kiarostami; Iran)
    Man in the Moon (Mulligan; USA)
    Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit (Kidron; UK)
    Guelwaar (Sembene; Senegal)
    Olivier Olivier (Holland; France)
    The Shawshank Redemption (Darabont; USA)
    The Lion King (Trousdale; USA)
    Ed Wood (Burton; USA)
    Heavenly Creatures (Jackson; New Zealand)
    Crumb (Zwigoff; USA)
    La Reine Margot (Chereau; France)
    Priest (Bird; USA)
    The Dreamlife of Angels (Zonca; France)
    After-Life (Kor-eda; Japan)
    Election (Payne; USA)
    American Beauty (Mendes; USA)
    Bram Stoker’s Dracula (Coppola; USA)
    Saving Private Ryan (Spielberg’ USA)
    White (Kieslowski; France)
    The Wind Will Carry Us (Kiarostami: Iran)
    Pleasantville (Ross; USA)
    A Dance to the Music of Time (Morahan; UK)
    Under the Skin (Adler; UK)
    Mother and Son (Sukorov; Russia)
    Heat (Mann; USA)
    The English Patient (Minghella; USA)
    A River Runs Through It (Redford; USA)
    The Boys of St. Vincent (Smith, Canada)
    The Wrong Trousers (Park; UK)
    Un Coeur en Hiver (Sautet; France)
    A Brighter Summer Day (Yang; Taiwan)
    Eyes Wide Shut (Kubrick; UK)
    Il Postino (Radford; Italy)
    The Limey (Soderbergh; USA)
    The End of the Affair (Jordan; UK)

  5. 1– Neon Genesis Evangelion & End of Evangelion
    2– The Phantom Menace
    3– Princess Mononoke
    4– Fight Club
    5– Whisper of the Heart
    6– The Double Life of Veronique
    7– Caro Diario
    8– JFK
    9– Schizopolis
    10– Aeon Flux
    11– Pulp Fiction
    12– Twin Peaks & Fire Walk With Me
    13– Patlabor 2
    14– Memories
    15– Nikita
    16– Heat
    17– GoldenEye
    18– Slacker
    19– Baraka
    20– Pi
    21– Serial Experiments Lain
    22– Independence Day
    23– Histoire(s) du Cinema (Parts 2 through 4)
    24– Reservoir Dogs
    25– Ghost in the Shell
    26– The X-Files: Fight the Future
    27– Bound
    28– Short Cuts
    29– Dark City
    30– The Game
    31– The Silence of the Lambs
    32– Raise the Red Lantern
    33– The Matrix
    34– Bram Stoker’s Dracula
    35– Nadia: The Secret of Blue Water

    • Wow, always an interesting list. There are some interesting and great movies here, but also some that I really really don’t like, case in point being “Independence Day”, which I like less and less as time goes by. Sam goes for Episode I, but that’s Bob Clark for you. Thanks for the comment.

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