Many masterpieces of the 1990s are etched in our memories. So, compiling a list of the best movies is not an easy task. However, 10 feature films, all genres combined, stand out, according to several sites listing the ratings of spectators.
This “ranking” therefore does not reflect the general opinion of the editorial staff and it is possible that some of your favorites are not included. But it gives the opportunity to (again) have a good time watching cult films that have marked a generation.
“SCHINDLER’S LIST” BY STEVEN SPIELBERG
“Schindler’s List”, directed by the great filmmaker Steven Spielberg, is inspired by the true story of Oskar Schindler, a German industrialist who was a member of the Nazi Party, who during World War II enabled a thousand Jews to escape death. In 1994, during the Oscars ceremony, the film was awarded in 7 categories, including best film, best director, and best adaptation. He has also received 7 BAFTA Awards, and 3 Golden Globes. The cast is made up of Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley and Ralph Fiennes.
“THE ESCAPEES”, BY FRANK DARABONT
Adaptation of a Stephen King novel, “The Escaped”, Frank Darabont’s first film as a director, depicts the birth of a friendship between two prisoners. Young banker, Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) is sentenced to life imprisonment for the murder of his wife and her lover. While he is imprisoned in Shawshank, the most severe penitentiary in the State of Maine, Andy, who proclaims his innocence, meets Red (Morgan Freeman), an inmate who has been serving his sentence for twenty years. This is the beginning of a great story of friendship.
“PULP FICTION”, BY QUENTIN TARANTINO
Two little killers, a dangerous gangster, a cunning boxer, sadistic pawnbrokers, an elegant kingpin, a good husband dealer… “Pulp Fiction” (1994), Quentin Tarantino’s second film, for which he received a Palme d’ gold at the Cannes Film Festival, describes the bloody odyssey of petty thugs in the Hollywood jungle, where several destinies intertwine. Awarded for its screenplay at the Golden Globes and the Oscars in 1995, the feature film stars John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson and Uma Thurman.
“MATRIX”, BY LANA AND LILLY WACHOWSKI
When it was released in 1999, the first opus of the Matrix saga, directed by the Wachowski sisters, was a resounding success. Spectators meet for the first time Thomas Anderson (Keanu Reeves), a programmer in an administrative department during the day, who becomes Neo at night, and hacker Trinity, played by Carrie-Anne Moss. Straddling two worlds, Neo is beset by encrypted messages from a certain Morpheus. This urges him to go beyond appearances and discover what the Matrix is.
“FORREST GUMP”, BY ROBERT ZEMECKIS
“Life is like a box of chocolates, you never know what you’re going to get.” An emblematic film in the history of cinema, “Forest Gump”, by Robert Zemeckis with Tom Hanks, follows the hectic evolution of a boy with a disability, originally from Alabama. He will accomplish great things by participating most often unwittingly in events that marked the history of the United States, between the 1950s and 1980s. The film earned $678 million worldwide and received six Oscars, including Best Picture.
“FIGHT CLUB”, BY DAVID FINCHER
Adapted from the eponymous novel by Chuck Palahniuk, “Fight Club”, directed by David Fincher, depicts a solitary thirty-year-old with no illusions about life. To give meaning to his existence, he will found, with the help of the charismatic Tyler Durden, played by Brad Pitt, the Fight club. In this clandestine place are organized violent fights whose objective is to allow the members to evacuate their malaise. Edward Norton and Helena Bonham Carter also star in this film which, when it was released in 1999, had experienced a semi-commercial failure.
“SEVEN”, BY DAVID FINCHER
In “Seven” (1995), David Fincher’s second film, Inspector Somerset, who is about to retire, conducts a final investigation. An unusual criminal calling himself John Doe has set out to cleanse society of its evils by killing seven people. The murders are based on the seven deadly sins, namely gluttony, greed, sloth, pride, lust, envy and anger. The cast is notably composed of Brad Pitt, Morgan Freeman and Gwyneth Paltrow.
“THE FREEDOMS”, BY MARTIN SCORSESE
In 1990, the legendary director Martin Scorsese signed “Freedmen”, a gangster film inspired by a true story. In the 1950s, the young Henry Hill, who wants more than anything to become a gangster, will realize his dream. After a stint in prison for misdemeanors, he meets two mobsters, James Conway and Tommy DeVito, and participates in the break-in of warehouses at Idlewild airport. Starring in this film, which won five BAFTAs, we find Ray Liotta, Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci.
“THE GREEN LINE”, BY FRANK DARABONT
Directed by Frank Darabont, “The Green Line” (1999) tells the story of Paul Edgecomb, played by Tom Hanks, a head warden at Cold Mountain prison. Responsible for ensuring the smooth running of capital executions, he will forge very strong ties with one of the condemned, the colossus John Coffey (Michael Clarke Duncan), a man endowed with supernatural powers and accused of the rape and murder of two young girls. . Adapted from Stephen King’s book, the film is a denunciation of racism and the death penalty.
“USUAL SUSPECTS”, BY BRYAN SINGER
Released in 1995, Bryan Singer’s tortuous thriller “Usual Suspects” became legendary thanks to its brilliant screenplay, written by Christopher McQuarrie, who also received the Oscar for best screenplay, but above all to its famous twist. final, which has become one of the most famous in cinema. With a relatively low budget of $6 million, this multiple misdirection whodunit, starring Chazz Palminteri, Gabriel Byrne and Kevin Spacey, grossed over $51 million worldwide.
Bonus: “Jurassic Park”, by Steven Spielberg
In “Jurassic Park” (1993), Steven Spielberg revives species that disappeared 65 million years ago. The young billionaire, John Hammond, embarks on the cloning of dinosaurs, from a drop of blood found in a mosquito. With the help of Doctor Alan Grant and his friend Ellie, he then decides to bring the species together in a large amusement park. But nothing goes as planned and the animals end up escaping, much to the misfortune of the visitors.
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Here are the 10 best movies of the 1990s, according to viewers