Sunday, January 03, 2010

Best movies of the 1990s

Since my post on my favorite movies from the Aughties was pretty popular, I though I might also list my favorite movies from the 1990s, again judged by the standard of how much of an immediate, visceral impact they had on me:
  1. Pulp Fiction
  2. Goodfellas
  3. Naked
  4. The Matrix
  5. There's Something About Mary
  6. Short Cuts
  7. American Beauty
  8. Raise the Red Lantern
  9. The Sweet Hereafter
  10. Breaking the Waves
  11. Husbands and Wives
  12. Reservoir Dogs
  13. Leaving Las Vegas
  14. Fargo
  15. Hoop Dreams
  16. Delicatessen
  17. Four Weddings and a Funeral
  18. Ulysses’s Gaze
  19. Strange Days
  20. Thelma and Louise
  21. The Thin Red Line
  22. Before Sunrise
  23. Groundhog Day
  24. Terminator 2
  25. Bad Lieutenant
  26. Silence of the Lambs
  27. The Crying Game
  28. Wayne's World
  29. Being John Malkovich
  30. Menace II Society
  31. The Grifters
Update: I added the four in italics, which I had forgotten about earlier. I should also point out the many movies that I saw and didn't much like, that many others would probably put in their own top list, e.g.: Sleepless in Seattle, Forrest Gump, Braveheart, Ghost, Edward Scissorhands. LA Confidential, Good Will Hunting, The English Patient, Enemy of the State, Men in Black, The Wedding Singer, Titanic, Philadelphia, JFK, Schindler's List, Wag the Dog, Blade, Ghost, A Few Good Men, Shakespeare in Love, The Phantom Menace, The Truman Show, Rush Hour, La Vita e Bella, Unforgiven, Boyz in the Hood, Pretty Woman, American Pie, Saving Private Ryan, Basic Instinct, 12 Monkeys, and Sense & Sensibility... to name a few. A lot of those were watchable, but most of them were either sententious, syrupy, simple-minded, or somehow flawed in a way that brought me up short in mid-viewing.

1 comment:

noaml said...

Nice. I'm 27 for 27. I should dig around and find my essay about the Sweet Hereafter from college. I'm sure it'd give you a good laugh.