1990s

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1990

dances-with-wolvesBest Picture (1990): Dances With Wolves (1990)
Release Date: October 19, 1990
Director: Kevin Costner
Studio: Orion Pictures
Based on a historical fiction novel of the same name by Michael Blake, Dances With Wolves was Kevin Costner’s directorial debut and he stars as a Civil War hero who is sent out to the frontier where he becomes enmeshed in a Lakota Sioux tribe while their way of life faces extinction. It was a Best Picture winner, and Kevin Costner won Best Director, along with a cavalcade of other awards.

the-hunt-for-red-octoberJack Ryan #1: The Hunt for Red October (1990)
Release Date: March 2, 1990
Director: John McTiernan
Studio: Paramount Pictures
The Hunt For Red October, the first film in the Jack Ryan film franchise and the fourth book in Tom Clancy’s “Ryanverse” novel series, is an excellent white-knuckling submarine thriller of deep-sea espionage. It is a classic of high stakes Cold War political brinkmanship starring Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, James Earl Jones and others. Coming off the backs of 1987’s Predator and 1988’s Die HardThe Hunt For Red October was John McTiernan’s last classic film before a string of mostly forgettable movies and his impending legal troubles.

Misery_(1990_film_poster)Misery (1990)
Release Date: November 30, 1990
Director: Rob Reiner
Studio: Columbia Pictures
This twisted and delightfully awkward horror film is based on the 1987 Stephen King novel of the same name. The film tells the story of a successful novel series writer, Paul Sheldon (James Caan) who escapes to the remote Colorado countryside to write during the winter, but he is rescued from a car accident by a crazed fan (Kathy Bates).

predator-2Predator #2: Predator 2 (1990)
Release Date: November 21, 1990
Director: Stephen Hopkins
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Predator 2 is simply a terrible movie. The dialogue is corny, the effects would be considered poor even for 1980s television, and the plot is mostly uninteresting.  It stars Danny Glover, Gary Busey, Bill Paxton and others. The plot takes place in Los Angeles where a crime wave has taken over the city. One lone police officer is tracking down criminals when he stumbles upon the predator creature.

After Dark, My Sweet (1990)

Avalon (1990)

Awakenings (1990)

Blood Oath (1990)

Cyrano de Bergerac (1990)

Edward Scissorhands (1990)

GoodFellas (1990)

The Hairdresser’s Husband (1990)

Home Alone (1990)

The Match Factory Girl (1990)

Miller’s Crossing (1990)

Presumed Innocent (1990)

Pretty Woman (1990)

Raise the Red Lantern (1990)

Santa Sangre (1990)

Total Recall (1990)

1991

Best Picture (1991): The Silence of the Lambs (1991)

Star Trek #6: Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country (1991)

Barton Fink (1991)

Beauty and the Beast (1991)

City Slickers (1991)

Class Action (1991)

The Double Life of Veronique (1991)

Fried Green Tomatoes (1991)

JFK (1991)

Mediterraneo (1991)

My Own Private Idaho (1991)

Naked Lunch (1991)

Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)

Thelma & Louise (1991)

1992

Best Picture (1992): Unforgiven (1992)

alien-3Alien III
Release Date: May 22, 1992
Director: David Fincher
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Alien III is a dark, jaded, cynical take on the successful Alien franchise. The film was beset by numerous problems and after its critical and fan backlash David Fincher has mostly disowned the film. Sigourney Weaver returns again as Ellen Ripley. Her ship crashes on a remote prison planet filled with depraved, evil men who have developed their own religion. Somehow Ripley has brought an alien with her to the prison and she has also become impregnated with an alien queen. She must choose between her own life and the potential survival of humanity.

patriot-gamesJack Ryan #2: Patriot Games (1992)
Release Date: June 5, 1992
Director: Phillip Noyce
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Following the huge success of 1990’s The Hunt For Red October, Paramount was keen to produce a sequel, this time starring Harrison Ford and Sean Bean. Patriot Games is a slow-burn tale of revenge and heroism as Jack Ryan witnesses a radical IRA separatist group which attempts to kidnap members of the royal family. He saves the royal family but now must protect his own family from a lurking plot for vengeance.

A Few Good Men (1992)

A Tale of Winter (1992)

A Woman’s Tale (1992)

Aladdin (1992)

Baraka (1992)

Basic Instinct (1992)

Belle Epoque (1992)

Bram Stoker’s Dracula (1992)

The Crying Game (1992)

Howards End (1992)

Indochine (1992)

La Belle Noiseuse (1992)

The Last of the Mohicans (1992)

Malcolm X (1992)

My Cousin Vinny (1992)

Of Mice and Men (1992)

Reservoir Dogs (1992)

A River Runs Through It (1992)

1993

Schindler's_List_movieBest Picture (1993): Schindler’s List (1993)
Release Date: November 30, 1993
Director: Steven Spielberg
Studio: Universal Pictures
Schindler’s List is a beautiful but harrowing and sobering holocaust film shot almost entirely in black and white. The story is based on the true account of Oskar Schindler, a factory businessman and member of the Nazi party who wound up saving over a thousand Polish Jews during the Holocaust. Schindler is played by Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes plays the somewhat unbelievably brutal and sadistic Nazi S.S. Officer, Amon Göth, and Ben Kingsley plays Schindler’s friend and accountant, Itzhak Stern.

The_Age_Of_InnocenceThe Age of Innocence (1993)
Release Date: October 1, 1993
Director: Martin Scorsese
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Martin Scorcese’s film version of Edith Wharton remarkable Pulitzer Prize winning novel is a bit of a departure for Scorcese. It is about the aristocratic Gilded Age of old New York. Daniel Day-Lewis plays Newland Archer, an attorney who is engaged to May Welland, but his love life is challenged when a new woman, the Countess Olenska arrives.

philadelphia_impPhiladelphia (1993)
Release Date: December 14, 1993
Director: Jonathan Demme
Studio: Clinica Estetico/Tristar Pictures
Philadelphia is a heavy, tragic, cliché-ridden legal drama starring Tom Hanks in his Academy Award-winning role as Andrew Beckett, an up-and-coming attorney who hides his homosexuality and contracts the AIDS virus. After losing his job when his disease has become apparent (a lesion starts showing on his face), Beckett hires Joe Miller, a black attorney (played by Denzel Washington) and together they sue Beckett’s former employer for discrimination.

Baraka (1993)

The Blue Kite (1993)

The Fugitive (1993)

Groundhog Day (1993)

The Joy Luck Club (1993)

Jurassic Park (1993)

Leolo (1993)

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

Much Ado About Nothing (1993)

The Nightmare Before Christmas (Tim Burton’s) (1993)

The Piano (1993)

The Remains of the Day (1993)

Sleepless in Seattle (1993)

1994

Best Picture (1994): Forrest Gump (1994)

ShawshankRedemptionMoviePosterThe Shawshank Redemption (1994)
Release Date: September 10, 1994
Director: Frank Darabont
Studio: Columbia Pictures
The Shawshank Redemption is the film that made Morgan Freeman’s classic narration a household staple. The film is based on the Stephen King novella, Rita Hayworth and Shawshank Redemption published in 1982. The plot takes place at a Maine men’s prison where Andy Dufresne has been wrongfully imprisoned. It is a wonderfully inspiring film.

Jack Ryan #3: Clear and Present Danger (1994)

Star Trek #7: Star Trek Generations (1994)

Bullets Over Broadway (1994)

Exotica (1994)

Four Weddings and a Funeral (1994)

The Lion King (1994)

The Madness of King George (1994)

Pulp Fiction (1994)

1995

Best Picture (1995): Braveheart (1995)

GoldenEye - UK cinema poster.jpgJames Bond #17: GoldenEye (1995)
Release Date: November 13, 1995
Director: Martin Campbell
Studio: Eon/United Artists
The first of four James Bond films to star Pierce Brosnan, Goldeneye tells the extended a rogue MI6 agent who betrays James Bond to exact revenge on the West for its betrayal of the Cossacks (his family), so he hijacks and old Cold War satellite weapon called a “Goldeneye” which disrupts all machinery and weaponry within its purview. He plans to stage a robbery and cause a financial meltdown throughout the West.

Apollo 13 (1995)

Babe (1995)

Before Sunrise (1995)

The Bridges of Madison County (1995)

Casino (1995)

Crumb (1995)

Dead Man Walking (1995)

La Ceremonie (1995)

Leaving Las Vegas (1995)

Nixon (1995)

Pocahontas (1995)

Sense and Sensibility (1995)

Se7en (1995)

Toy Story (1995)

The Usual Suspects (1995)

1996

Best Picture (1996): The English Patient (1996)

Star Trek #8: Star Trek: First Contact (1996)

Fargo (1996)

Jerry Maguire (1996)

Lone Star (1996)

Mission: Impossible (1996)

The People vs. Larry Flynt (1996)

Scream (1996)

Secrets and Lies (1996)

Trainspotting (1996)

1997

Best Picture (1997): Titanic (1997)

alien-resurrectionAlien Resurrection (1997)
Release Date: November 26, 1997
Director: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Studio: 20th Century Fox
The fourth installment of the Alien saga was directed by Jean-Pierre Jeunet -a French arthouse director known for Amélie and The City of Lost Children. Alien Resurrection takes place some 200 years after Alien III. As the title suggests Sigourney Weaver returns as a cloned and reincarnated Ellen Ripley (“Ripley 8”). The alien queen she once carried is also reincarnated as the military seeks to use the aliens as a weapon. A hoard of mercenaries (one played by Winona Ryder) arrives to find the ship has been mostly overtaken by the aliens. In the end the alien queen breeds a hybrid creature that wreaks havoc on the surviving humans. They race to destroy the ship and escape before it can arrive back on earth and potentially destroy the human race.

James Bond #18: Tomorrow Never Dies (1997)
Release Date: December 7, 1997
Director: Roger Spottiswoode
Studio: Eon/United Artists
Tomorrow Never Dies is the eighteenth James Bond film, and the second of four Bond pictures starring Pierce Brosnan. It was the first Bond film made after the death of famous Bond producer, Albert R. Broccoli in 1996. The story is about Bond’s confrontation with a maniacal media mogul and his efforts to orchestrate international events to he can gain exclusive broadcasting in China.

Amistad (1997)

As Good As It Gets (1997)

Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)

Boogie Nights (1997)

Contact (1997)

Good Will Hunting (1997)

L. A. Confidential (1997)

Life is Beautiful (1997)

1998

Best Picture (1998): Shakespeare in Love (1998)

Star Trek #9: Star Trek: Insurrection (1998)

American History X (1998)

The Big Lebowski (1998)

A Bug’s Life (1998)

Pi (1998)

Ringu (1998)

Rushmore (1998)

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

The Thin Red Line (1998)

The Truman Show (1998)

1999

American_Beauty_1999_film_posterBest Picture (1999): American Beauty (1999)
Release Date: September 8, 1999
Director: Sam Mendes
Studio: Dreamworks
Kevin Spacey plays a suburban husband who has something of a midlife crisis while his career-obsessed realtor wife grows dissatisfied, and his awkward daughter cannot stand him. The film is a jaded portrayal of middle-class America.

The_Matrix_PosterThe Matrix (1999)
Release Date: March 31, 1999
Director: The Wachowskis
Studio: Warner Bros.
The Matrix is a mind-bending science fiction film. It takes place in a futuristic dystopia wherein humans have been programmed into a virtual reality known as “the matrix.” A few holdouts await the coming of “the one” -a hero who will end the war between the humans and the machines.

PhantomStar Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)
Release Date: May 16, 1999
Director: George Lucas
Studio: Lucasfilm/20th Century Fox
After decades of adoration for the original Star Wars films in the late ’70s and early ’80s (an effort that physically and mentally exhausted George Lucas) Star Wars returns with George Lucas at the helm to direct the “prequels” 20 years later. The reboot was Lucas’s first directorial effort since the first Star Wars film in 1977. Phantom tells the early story of the fall of the Galactic Republic. We meet a young and innocent Anakin Skywalker, a capable apprentice in Obi-Wan Kenobi, and the impending rise of the Galactic Empire. If forced to choose Phantom is my favorite of the prequel films, but it is still a mostly terrible movie rife with overly indulgent CGI effects, distracting and unnecessary subplots, the unfortunate introduction of the Gungans, especially Jar-Jar Binx, and a bizarre substance known as “midichlorians” that is never explained nor discussed again in the Star Wars series.

the_sixth_sense_posterThe Sixth Sense (1999)
Release Date: August 2, 1999
Director: M. Night Shyamalan
Studio: Buena Vista
The Sixth Sense is M. Night Shyamalan’s magnum opus. The story employs a simple tale about ghosts and turns it upside down with one of the most memorable twist endings in cinematic history. The story follows a troubled boy named Cole Sear (Haley Joel Osment) and his relationship with his psychologist, Dr. Malcolm (Bruce Willis). Cole claims to see people, walking around everyday, but they don’t know they’re dead, because they see only what they want to see.

Poster shows a circle with Bond flanked by two women at the centre. Globs of fire and action shots from the film are below. The film's name is at the bottom.James Bond #19: The World Is Not Enough (1999)
Release Date: November 8, 1999
Director: Michael Apted
Studio: Eon/MGM
The third of Pierce Brosnan’s Bond films, and the nineteenth overall film in the James Bond series, The World Is Not Enough is another cliché Bond picture from the Brosnan years. It is about an oil tycoon’s daughter who may not be as innocent as she seems, and a former KGB operative who is uniquely powerful as they seek to disrupt the international oil industry. The title for the film is taken from the Bond family Coat of Arms created as part of the cover for 007 in the 1969 movie On Her Majesty’s Secret Service.

Being John Malkovich (1999)

The Blair Witch Project (1999)

Eyes Wide Shut (1999)

Fight Club (1999)

The Insider (1999)

Magnolia (1999)

The Talented Mr. Ripley (1999)

Todo sobre mi madre (All About My Mother) (1999)

Toy Story 2 (1999)