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The best movies of the 90s

The 90s brought out a lot of films that now enjoy some kind of cult status. No matter if action, romance or horror. Film stories like the one about Agent Ethan Hunt, the lovers Rose and Jack or the cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter are known to almost everyone. Spotlight to take a closer look at 50 of the most popular, successful and best films of the decade.

01. Kevin Home Alone (1990)


Also in 1990 the film comedy "Kevin - Home Alone" by John Hughes started in the cinemas. Even today, the story of eight-year-old Kevin, who is forgotten at home by his parents on his way to Christmas vacation, is one of the most popular films in the run-up to Christmas. Chaotic and witty, Kevin has to protect his family's house in a suburb of Chicago from burglars on Christmas Eve.

Macaulay Culkin becomes a successful child star almost overnight through his role as Kevin. That year he received the Young Artist Award. Culkin also plays the leading role in the second film "Kevin - Alone in New York". The two films are considered his greatest successes.

02. Pretty Woman (1990)


Right at the beginning of the 90s, Julia Roberts enchanted not only the successful businessman Edward Lewis (played by Richard Gere), but also numerous moviegoers as a prostitute Vivian Ward. It was the most viewed film of the year in German cinemas.

What begins as a business relationship ends in great love: Edward Lewis really just wants to find out how to get to his hotel in Beverly Hills and promptly has the prostitute Vivian sitting in his borrowed sports car. Without further ado, he books her as an escort for the entire week. A funny, romantic love story takes its course.

Originally there shouldn't be a happy ending for the two of them. It is questionable whether the film would have been just as successful. "Pretty Woman" has been nominated several times for various awards and in 1990 received the Golden Canvas. Leading actress Julia Roberts received the Golden Globe Award and the group "Roxette" was able to celebrate the Grammy for the best soundtrack.

03. the silence of the lambs (1991)


Not for the faint of heart but a must for every horror and thriller fan flickered over the cinema screens in 1991 with “The Silence of the Lambs”. Based on the book by Thomas Harris, Jodie Foster and Anthony Hopkins star as young FBI trainee Clarice Starling and cannibalistic serial killer Doctor Hannibal Lecter. Ironically, the imprisoned psychiatrist is supposed to help convict the serial killer "Buffalo Bill". The story develops as a psychological duel between the two main characters.

The film won several awards, including the so-called "Big Five" at the Academy Awards, which means it received the coveted golden statue in the five most important categories. An honor that so far only very few films have received.

04. Terminator 2 - Judgment Day (1991)


The sequel to "Terminator" with Arnold Schwarzenegger in one of his most famous roles was the first film whose production costs exceeded the 100 million US dollar mark. With a worldwide revenue of $ 520 million, however, a worthwhile investment.

While the Terminator T-800 was supposed to kill little John Connor in the first part before he was born, the model for the second part of the series was reprogrammed in such a way that it goes back in time to protect Connor. This should become the future leader in the fight against machines with artificial intelligence. The T-800 finds a nasty counterpart in its successor, the Terminator T-1000.

James Cameron's science fiction spectacle was able to collect numerous nominations and ultimately also awards. The awards also include four Oscars.

05. Reservoir Dogs - Wild Dogs (1992)


The first feature film by director Quentin Tarantino is considered a classic of independent film and is sometimes even dubbed the “greatest independent film of all time”. The story of a failed robbery is told. The special thing about the film: The scenes are not arranged chronologically, it is told in flashbacks and scenes from the actual attack cannot be seen. Only the story of one of the actors provides information about the course of the attack. The production costs could be kept very low by simple locations. In the end, “Reservoir Dogs” brought in a good 2.8 million US dollars.

06. Jurassic Park (1993)


“Jurassic Park” was the start of the successful Jurassic film series. A multi-billionaire creates a state-of-the-art amusement park near Costa Rica. The special thing about it: The park has living dinosaurs thanks to the latest genetic engineering. But if you mess with nature's craft, it often has bad consequences. The animals are spiraling out of control and director Steven Spielberg created a masterpiece of the 1990s with the help of groundbreaking computer-generated images. Countless awards followed. Including three Oscars and the Saturn Award in four categories. Jurassic Park became the highest-grossing film. Titanic later replaced him in this regard.

07. Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)


Not quite as on everyone's lips as the big blockbusters mentioned above, but the film with Robin Williams as a nanny in disguise is also very successful. In order to be able to see his children regularly even after a lost custody dispute, voice impersonator Daniel Hillard slips into the role of the nanny he invented, Mrs. Doubtfire. Ex-wife Miranda (Sally Field) falls for the spectacle and so the prickly nanny soon belongs to the family - until everything is exposed due to some adverse circumstances.

In addition to two Golden Globes for best film and best actor (Robin Williams), the comedy also received an Oscar for best mask. In German cinemas, “Mrs. Doubtfire ”was extremely popular and was ranked fourth among the most successful films of the year with 5.53 million viewers.

08 Schindler's List (1993)


Thomas Keneally's novel of the same name provided the basis for Steven Spielberg's award-winning film. The industrialist Oskar Schindler employs 1200 Jews from occupied countries in his armaments factories and saves them from death in Auschwitz. A large part of the film recordings were made at the original locations. Seven Oscars and three Golden Globes are just two of the many awards that black and white film has received. Spielberg was also awarded the Federal Order of Merit and was made a Knight of Honor in Rome in 2004.

09. Pulp Fiction (1994)


The title comes from the English colloquial language and means something like "Trivial or trash literature". In the film, the viewer gets to see several stories that are interwoven but not told chronologically. A black comedy about characters from the world of crime and violence, starring John Travolta, Bruce Willis, Uma Thurman and Quentin Tarantino. "Pulp Fiction" has received over 20 awards. The Palme d'Or at the Cannes International Film Festival and the Golden Globe for best film script are just two of these awards. In addition, the famous dance scene to Chuck Berry's “You never can tall me” can still be admired on many dance floors.

10. Forrest Gump (1994)


“Life is like a box of chocolates - you never know what you're going to get.” This is the first sentence people think of when they talk about this film. At least when it comes to prizes, you know what “Forrest Gump” got: six Oscars and three Golden Globes.

Tom Hanks plays the role of the slow but lovable Forrest Gump, who walks across the country several times. On his trip he teaches Elvis how to dance, serves in Vietnam and meets Richard Nixon. In the film, Hanks was cut into original recordings of historical events using modern computer graphic methods such as warping and morphing. These techniques caused a sensation at the time. At $ 329 million, Forrest Gump made the highest earnings in the United States in 1994. Some movie props can still be viewed today. Two of them even in Germany: the red and white sneakers and the red cap with the inscription "Bubba Gump" are exhibited in the Movie Park in Bottrop.

11. Showgirls (1995)


Images depicting violence as well as sexual permissiveness brought Paul Verhoeven's film a lot of negative criticism and were probably partly responsible for the financial flop at the cinema release. In the United States, showgirls only reaped half of their $ 45 million production costs. However, between 1996 and 2004 it brought in over $ 100 million in the DVD market.

Today the film about the provincial girl Nomi Malone (played by Elizabeth Berkley) is particularly popular in the gay and queer scene. Moved to Las Vegas to start a career as a dancer, the protagonists have to fight their way through the tough world of show business and soon the question arises whether this life is really worth striving for.

12. Clueless - what else! (1995)


The teenage comedy with Alicia Silverstone in the role of the main character Cher tells the modern version of Jane Austen's "Emma". As a 16-year-old teenager, she lived in rich circumstances with her father. Together with their clique, they shop, match up and discover their first love.

"Clueless" won two MTV Movie Awards and the National Society of Film Critics Award for Best Screenplay. The great success also resulted in a television series of its own, which was produced from 1996 to 1999 under the title "Clueless - The Chaos Clique". In the series, Rachel Blanchard played the role of Cher instead of Silverstone.

13. Mission Impossible (1996)


The television series "In a Secret Mission" served as the basis for "Mission Impossible". The agent Ethan Hunt (Tom Cruise) comes under suspicion after an unsuccessful mission against a traitor from the ranks of the CIA and escapes. The prelude to an action-packed film that will be followed by five more parts by 2018. No wonder it brought back more than half of its $ 80 million production costs with 45.5 million US dollars on the start weekend. 3.3 million viewers saw the film in Germany, for which it was awarded the Golden Screen. The catchy melody of the theme song has long since achieved cult status. The same applies to the legendary scene in which Tom Cruise alias Ethan Hunt operates the computer while floating on a rope.

14th Space Jam (1996)


Aliens from an amusement park in space come to earth, want to kidnap Looney Tunes and steal their skills from big basketball players. Sounds crazy and it is. But it is precisely this madness that gives the film great success. The basketball star Michael Jordan plays himself in the film at the side of Bugs Bunny and Co. Together they want to regain the lost skills of the players through a match.

At the end there is a great animated film, in which the income from merchandise items was extremely high. The film grossed $ 90 million in the United States alone. With his song "I Believe I Can Fly" R. Kelly won three Grammy Awards and became a world star.

15. Titanic (1997)


Take the most famous shipwreck in the world, pair it with a fictional love story, buy a 160,000 m² site on the Mexican Pacific coast for realistic outdoor shots and stage the whole thing with many special effects. The result is a film masterpiece that has won eleven Oscars and many other titles.

The fictional story focuses on the destitute artist Jack Dawson and the 17 year old Rose DeWitt Bukater, who belongs to the rich society. She is on board the Titanic with her mother and her fiancé Cal. The engagement is arranged and Rose is so unhappy that she wants to throw herself off the ship. Jack, who won his ticket to play poker, saves her life. The beginning of a love story without a happy ending. There was a happy ending in the box office: Titanic was the first film to gross more than a billion US dollars. The famous scene on the bow is still often recreated by lovers on ships and is very popular as a photo motif.

16. The fifth element (1997)


With grossing over $ 260 million, the science fiction film by Luc Besson is one of the most commercially successful European films. In the role of ex-elite soldier Korben Dallas, the future of mankind suddenly lies in the hands of Bruce Willis. The athletic Leeloo, played by Milla Jovovich, crashes into his taxi out of nowhere. She was sent as the fifth element by aliens to defend the earth from evil. In addition to the excellent income, the film was also able to shine with awards such as the Golden Screen or the Hugo Award.

17. The Truman Show (1998)


Jim Carrey plays the role of the insurance clerk Truman Burbank, who is the unsuspecting leading actor on a TV series. The aim of this program is to document a person's life from birth via live broadcast. In addition, the producer of the series had Burbank adopted as a child and created an artificial city. One day, when a spotlight that acted as a star falls at Truman's feet, he becomes suspicious.

“The Truman Show” grossed around 264 million US dollars and was rated “particularly valuable” by the German film and media rating FBW in Wiesbaden.

18.E-Mail for You (1998)


This romantic comedy film with Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks in the lead roles is a free remake of "Rendezvous after the store closes". In keeping with the times, the correspondence was replaced by an e-mail exchange and the story was moved from Budapest in the 1930s to New York in the 1990s. Driven to ruin by opening a book store, Kathleen has to close her little bookstore. No wonder she doesn’t like the owner’s son. She complains of her suffering to an Internet acquaintance with the nickname NY 152 in a lively email exchange. What she doesn't know: Joe Fox is hiding behind this name, whose father is the owner of the bookstore chain and who helped open the branch. The grossing result was four times the production costs (a total of 251 million US dollars) and the film was delighted with various nominations and awards.

19. Blair Witch Project (1999)


A film that achieved great fame before it even opened in theaters. The reason for this was the discussion about whether it was a feature film or an actual documentary. The film studio had deliberately disseminated misleading information, fueling the discussion. To get to the bottom of the myth of the Blair Witch, three students set out for the Burkittsville Forest. They disappear without a trace and a year later you can only find the footage.

The film is convincing and shocking alone with amateur-looking recordings and amateur actors in the forest. "Blair Witch Prokect" received several awards, most of which were special awards in the field of horror films.

20. Matrix (1999)


Elaborately designed fight scenes, which are similar in style to kung fu films, attracted a lot of attention. The special thing about these scenes: They were presented innovatively using digital effect techniques. In the film, which has won four Academy Awards and several other awards, Keanu Reeves plays a hacker who receives a mysterious message on his computer. It's about artificial intelligence that is becoming independent. The success of the film drew sequels and computer games.

21. The Condemned (1995)

22.Good Fellas (1990)

23. Fight Club (1999)

24. Saving Private Ryan (1998)

25. Seven (1995)

26. The Green Mile

27. The Lion King (1994)

28. Good Will Hunting (1997)

29. Toy Story (1995)

30. Braveheart (1995)

31. American Beauty (1999)

32. The Sixth Sense (1999)

33. Edward Scissorhands (1991)

34. The Big Lebowski (1998)

35 Fargo - Bloody Snow (1996)

36. The Usual Suspects (1995)

37. Merciless (1992)

38th Toy Story 2 (1999)

39. Groundhog Day (1993)

40. L.A. Confidential (1997)

41st Heat (1995)

42nd Apollo 13 (1995)

43.12 Monkeys (1995)

44.Sleepy Hollow (1999)

45th Total Recall (1990)

46. ​​The fragrance of women (1992)

47th Independence Day (1996)

48. Robin Hood: Heroes in Tights (1997)

49. True Lies (1994)

50. The Crow (1994)

This list makes it clear that the 90s played a key role in shaping a large part of film history. High production costs or elaborate special effects were not always necessary to create a great masterpiece.