The 1990s: A Look Back

By robbiefreeling | REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog March 24, 2009 at 2:47AM

The 1990s: A Look Back
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Some say list-making is a waste of time. Some may think it a fool’s errand to narrow down an entire decade’s (let alone a century’s) output into a finely tuned selection of the greatest and dearest to our hearts. And with such a fecund period of quality filmmaking as the 1990s, it would seem nigh impossible to select, say, a mere one hundred films as “the best.” But here at Reverse Shot, we dug deep, and here are the results of a collaborative effort, culled together by a handful of our editors and writers from a highly selective, democratic, even scientific voting process. There will surely be titles that we have overlooked, and others whose inclusion that many of you will disagree with. Nevertheless, without shame or guile, we present our 100 Greatest Films of the 1990s.


1. Inventing the Abbots (O’Connor, 1997)
2. The Paper (Howard, 1994)
3. Wind (Ballard, 1992)
4. Johnny Mnemonic (Longo, 1995)
5. Nell (Apted, 1994)
6. Beautiful Girls (Demme, 1996)
7. The Pillow Book (Greenaway, 1996)
8. Sarafina! (Roodt, 1992)
9. Peter’s Friends (Branagh, 1992)
10. The Spitfire Grill (Zlotoff, 1996)


11. The Englishman Who Went Up a Hill But Came Down a Mountain (Monger, 1995)
12. White Squall (Scott, 1996)
13. Angels in the Outfield (Dear, 1994)
14. Mixed Nuts (Ephron, 1994)
15. Eye of the Beholder (Elliott, 1999)
16. How to Make an American Quilt (Moorhouse, 1995)
17. Supercop (American rerelease, Tong, 1992)
18. A Civil Action (Zaillian, 1998)
19. Consenting Adults (Pakula, 1992)
20. Love! Valour! Compassion! (Mantello, 1997)


21. Sommersby (Amiel, 1993)
22. (tie) 1492: Conquest of Paradise (Scott, 1992) /Christopher Columbus: the Discovery (Glen, 1992)
23. The First Wives Club (Wilson, 1996)
24. Sliver (Noyce, 1993)
25. Death Becomes Her (Zemeckis, 1992)
26. Kalifornia (Sena, 1993)
27. With Honors (Keshishian, 1994)
28. Diggstown (Ritchie, 1992)
29. Threesome (Fleming, 1994)
30. Last Action Hero (McTiernan, 1993)


31. Kiss Me Guido (Vitale, 1997)
32. The Public Eye (Franklin, 1992)
33. Jack the Bear (Herskovitz, 1991)
34. Milk Money (Benjamin, 1994)
35. Untamed Heart (Bill, 1993)
36. The Doctor (Haines, 1991)
37. Trapped in Paradise (Gallo, 1994)
38.The Story of Us (Reiner, 1999)
39. Wishmaster (Kurtzman, 1997)
40. Multiplicity (Ramis, 1996)


41. The Super (Daniel, 1991)
42. Judge Dredd (Cannon, 1995)
43. Body of Evidence (Edel, 1993)
44. City of Angels (Silberling, 1998)
45. Curly Sue (Hughes, 1991)
46. Quest for Camelot (Du Chau, 1998)
47. Daddy’s Dyin . . . Who’s Got the Will? (Fisk, 1990)
48. Daylight (Cohen, 1996)
49. The Shawshank Redemption (Darabont, 1994)
50. Dying Young (Schumacher, 1991)


51. Unstrung Heroes (Keaton, 1995)
52. Medicine Man (McTiernan, 1992)
53. EdTV (Howard, 1998)
54. First Knight (Zucker, 1995)
55. (tie) 2 Days in the Valley (Herzfeld, 1996) / 8 Heads in a Duffel Bag (Schulman, 1997)
56. Girl 6 (Lee, 1996)
57. Ulee’s Gold (Nunez, 1997)
58. The Perez Family (Nair, 1995)
59. Drop Dead Fred (de Jong, 1991)
60. Billy Bathgate (Benton, 1991)


61. The Air Up There (Glaser, 1994)
62. The Madness of King George (Hytner, 1994)
63. Singles (Crowe, 1992)
64. The Mirror Has Two Faces (Streisand, 1996)
65. Flawless (Schumacher, 1999)
66. 54 (Christopher, 1998)
67. Marvin’s Room (Zaks, 1996)
68. Gone Fishin’ (Cain, 1997)
69. Widows’ Peak (Irvin, 1994)
70. Things to Do in Denver When You’re Dead (Fleder, 1995)


71. Mrs. Winterbourne (Benjamin, 1996)
72. Operation Dumbo Drop (Wincer, 1995)
73. Virtuosity (Leonard, 1995)
74. Disclosure (Levinson, 1994)
75. Being Human (Forsythe, 1993)
76. Once Upon a Crime (Levy, 1992)
77. Strictly Business (Hooks, 1991)
78. Congo (Marshall, 1995)
79. Surviving Picasso (Ivory, 1996)
80. Mr. Nanny (Gottlieb, 1993)


81. Dead Man on Campus (Cohn, 1998)
82. Anna and the King (Tennant, 1999)
83. Fled (Hooks, 1996)
84. Almost Heroes (Guest, 1999)
85. American Beauty (Mendes, 1999)
86. Batman Forever (Schumacher, 1995)
87. Last Dance (Beresford, 1996)
88. The Pompatus of Love (Schenckman, 1996)
89. The Big Green (Sloane, 1995)
90. Trial and Error (Lynn, 1997)


91. The Minus Man (Fancher, 1999)
92. White Man’s Burden (Nakano, 1995)
93. Malice (Becker, 1993)
94. Whore (Russell, 1991)
95. Universal Soldier (Emmerich, 1992)
96. Forget Paris (Crystal, 1995)
97. Dante’s Peak (Donaldson, 1997)
98. Something to Talk About (Hallstrom, 1995)
99. Powder (Salva, 1995)
100. Nothing but Trouble (Aykroyd, 1991)


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