10 Classic 90's Movies
Featuring top-notch performances from talented actors like Robert De Niro, Billy Bob Thornton and Uma Thurman, these ten classic '90s movies have defined the careers of writer-directors like Cameron Crowe and Martin Scorsese and have gone on to become cult classics.
"Jerry Maguire" (1996) A classic '90s movie from writer-director Cameron Crowe, this film earned an Academy Award nomination for Best Picture as well as a Best Supporting Actor win for Cuba Gooding Jr. as the self-adsorbed Rod Tidwell. Tom Cruise gives a noteworthy performance as the titular character, a guilt-ridden sports agent who has a moral epiphany and is forced to start anew when his inspirational ideas cause him to lose his job.
"Forrest Gump" (1994) Robert Zemeckis’s heartwarming tale about a simple Alabama man and his brushes with history as he travels the world, “Forrest Gump” won a slew of awards including an Academy Award for Best Picture and Best Director, as well as Best Actor for Tom Hanks.
"The Matrix" (1999) A visually groundbreaking film about the perceptions of reality in the modern world of cyberspace, this classic '90s movie launched actor Keanu Reeves into superstardom. The film is known for its unique visual style as well as pioneering the use of “bullet time” in which a moment is captured in slow motion while a camera orbits the action in normal speed.
"Goodfellas" (1990) A landmark film for writer-director Martin Scorsese, this classic '90s movie follows the rise and fall of a group of New York gangsters and is considered to be among the greatest films ever made. Featuring iconic performances from legendary actors like Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta, “Goodfellas” earned six Academy Award nominations, including a Best Supporting Actor win for Joe Pesci for his ruthless portrayal of Tommy DeVito.
"Pulp Fiction" (1994) A classic '90s movie from indie filmmaker Quentin Tarantino, “Pulp Fiction” features his trademark visual style, sharp dialogue and iconic blend of humor and violence. Highlighted by a seductive performance from actress Uma Thurman as well as an exceptional soundtrack, the film made Tarantino a household name and earned him an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay.
"The Big Lebowski "(1998) A perennial favorite from Indie filmmakers Joel and Ethan Coen, this film features one of the best performances of Jeff Bridges's career. Bridges plays Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski, a slacker, who is mistaken for a millionaire by the same name and unwittingly pulled into a hilarious kidnapping scheme. Noteworthy performances by Phillip Seymour Hoffman along with Coen brothers favorites John Goodman and Steve Buscemi highlight this classic '90s movie.
"Singles" (1992) Another classic '90s movie from writer-director Cameron Crowe, this film about the love lives of a group of twenty-somethings who live in the same apartment complex features early performances by actors Bridget Fonda, Kyra Sedgwick and Campbell Scott. A particularly impressive soundtrack full of key Seattle rock bands like Pearl Jam and Soundgarden is the highlight of this romantic comedy, which served as the inspiration for the television show “Friends.”
"The Shawshank Redemption" (1994) Frank Darabont’s classic interpretation of the Stephen King story about friendship and corruption in a Maine prison during the 1940s and '50s, “The Shawshank Redemption” has become a cult classic. Considered one of the greatest films ever made, the movie earned seven Academy Award nominations, including Best Picture.
"Mr. Holland’s Opus" (1995) An underrated masterpiece chronicling the 30-year career of a music teacher who composes an opus in his spare time in the hopes of becoming famous, this movie features one of the best performances of Richard Dreyfuss’s illustrious career. The film also led to the creation of a charity, The Mr. Holland’s Opus Foundation, which donates musical instruments to underprivileged school music programs.
"Sling Blade" (1996) The directorial debut of writer and star Billy Bob Thornton, “Sling Blade” tells the story of a mentally disabled ex-felon in the days following his release from a mental institution and the friendship he forms with a young boy. Featuring an exceptional performance by actor John Ritter, “Sling Blade” won Thornton an Academy Award for Best Adapted Screenplay, as well as a number of prestigious Independent awards including an Independent Spirit Award for Best Feature Film.