Movies of the 90s

The 90’s was a decade full of writers and cinephiles that were coming of age and a time when Martin Scorsese and Robert Altman displayed some of their greatest works. Many new filmmakers like Quentin Tarantino, Olivier Assayas and David Fincher were also making their debut and coming on the scene. Some of the greatest movies from the 90s are mention in this article.

screenshot The Big Lebowski

Movies by year (1990-1999)


Martin Scorsese would be one of the most prominent directors over the decade and in 1990 he delivered one of the best gangster feature film ever named Goodfellas.

One of the biggest commercial movie hits in the 90s was Pretty Woman. The a romantic comedy set in Los Angles, California divided the many of the critics with a big part of the audience. This story centers on a Hollywood prostitute, played by Julia Roberts, who is hired to be a companion of Edward Lewis (a wealthy businessman played by Richard Gere) and their developing relationship.

Another movie that filled the cinemas in the 90s was Ghost, starring the late Patrick Swayze as Sam Wheat, as well as Demi Moore and Whoopi Goldberg. After Sam is murdered during a botched mugging, his ghost remains on Earth to protect his girlfriend, Molly, from unforeseen dangers. Sam finds Oda Mae Brown and convinces her to help save his love.


The action genre remained one of the strongest and with was proven with movies like Terminator 2: Judgement Day (1991) which make Arnold Schwarzenegger even a bigger action hero.


Quentin Tarantino was one of the most successful directors of the 90s and his debut Reservoir Dogs became an instant cult-classic. The Spagetti Western hero Clint Eastwood could be seen in a Revisionist Western, The Unforgiven.


Steven Spielberg made Schindler's List in black and white and the Brittish filmmaker Mike Leigh did Naked (1993).


Tom Hanks was a familiar face in pictures made in the 90s and many saw him in Forrest Gump. Tarantino became one of the most know directors after Pulp Fiction had smashed the cinemas.

One of the most seen comedies of the 90s, Dumb & Dumber, had its premiere this year and gave Jim Carrey's career a big boost.

One of the movies that have increased its reputation among film fans are 1994 film, The Shawshank Redemption. It is directed by Frank Darabont and the story centers about the bond that is formed, over years, when two men find solace and redemption behind prison walls. Morgan Freeman, Tim Robbins and Bob Gunton star in the film.


A favorite among many became the mystery thriller, Seven, that was created in 1995 and stars Morgan Freeman, a soon to be retired detective and Brad Pitt, his replacement. They are hunting a diabolical serial killer who bases murders on the Seven Deadly Sins.

Tom Hanks turned up again in Apollo 13 from 1995 film, directed by Ron Howard. Apart from Hanks it also starred Kevin Bacon and Bill Paxton. It was based on a true story about the ill-fated 3rd lunar landing mission by Apollo 13. Depicted in the movie are the tribulations and the trails that the crew, families and mission control faces when the space vehicle is crippled.


One of the greatest movies in 1996 came from England: Trainspotting was directed by Danny Boyle and made Ewan McGregor into a huge star. The Coen Brothers got a bigger breakthrough with the violent crime thriller Fargo.


Perhaps the most epic adventure and for certain the biggest budget of the whole 90s was associated with Titanic. It made Leonardo DiCaprio to Hollywood's biggest darling for a long time.


The indie film Happiness from Todd Solondz was one of the finest moments this year and The Big Lebowski was soon to be a cult-classic.


Sofisticated drama films like American Beauty and Magnolia earned great acclaimed. Most applauses from both critics and audience were given to the science-fiction The Matrix that blended action with fascinated thoughts.

Bruce Willis who got his breakthrough in the late 80s could be seen in the critically acclaimed and commercial successful The Sixth Sense. The story focuses on a child psychiatrist who attempts to help a young boy who is plagued by visions of ghosts. The last great movie to be mention from the 90s is Fight Club with Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in the main roles.

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