The best-of-the-decades series is back after trips through the ’70s and ’80s with the toughest challenge yet: the ’90s. There are so many films from the ’90s that I absolutely love, so having to narrow them down was a nearly impossible task. I decided to split the list into two parts.
Once again, the list is in alphabetical order.
1. American History X (1998)
Edward Norton got robbed at the Oscars. This was his greatest performance.
2. The Big Lebowski (1998)
This movie screams Coen Brothers. Jeff Bridges and John Goodman are hilarious.
3. The Blair Witch Project (1999)
The entire second half of the movie still gives me nightmares. Heather’s monologue is heart-wrenching.
4. Boogie Nights (1997)
My favorite Paul Thomas Anderson movie (which is a pretty huge compliment). The cast is unbelievable.
5. Boyz n the Hood (1991)
Back when Ice Cube was still intimidating. Furious Styles was the coolest dad ever.
6. Dazed and Confused (1993)
One of the best high school movies ever made. Plus, I really enjoy movies that take place in one day.
7. Devil in a Blue Dress (1995)
It perfectly captured the feel of classic film noirs. Denzel is top notch.
8. Edward Scissorhands (1990)
The first of the Johnny Depp/Tim Burton collaborations is still the best.
9. Fargo (1996)
The Coen Brothers, Steve Buscemi and a wood chipper add up to a perfect crime thriller.
10. Fight Club (1999)
Is Tyler Durden the coolest character ever? Probably. Oh, and one more thing: “His name was Robert Paulsen.”
11. Good Will Hunting (1997)
The movie that won Ben Affleck an Oscar long before he was the legit director that he is today.
12. Goodfellas (1990)
If you can show me a scene more perfect than the tracking shot through the Copacabana, I will never watch another movie again. Ok, I lied. But the scene really is perfect.
13. Heat (1995)
Finally, Pacino and De Niro together on the screen. Their meeting in the diner more than led up to the hype.
14. Jackie Brown (1997)
Quentin Tarantino is my favorite director, so naturally I love all of his films. I would have to say that this one is his most underrated, and most serious.
15. L.A. Confidential (1997)
I could talk about this movie all day. Guy Pearce, Russell Crowe AND Kevin Spacey in a crime movie? Come on, now.
Other than a quick mention of the immortal Johnny Utah, I will save my honorable mentions and shout-outs for the second half. Do you think I left anything out that should have been in this section? Do you hate any of the movies I included? Respond in the comments section. Next week’s list includes my all-time favorite movie, so you better come back and check it out.