The 10 best movies made in the 90's are a pretty eclectic mix of comedies, action movies, dramas and thrillers. The list includes indie classics and major blockbusters. And every film on this list of the 10 best movies made in the 90's has a big name, either behind the camera or in front. In retrospect, it was an amazing decade for movies and here's just a sample.
- "Goodfellas." Released in 1990, Martin Scorsese's best movie and one of top two or three mob movies ever kicks off the decade with an all-around masterpiece. Ray Liotta, Robert DeNiro and Joe Pesci deliver some of the finest performances of their careers and the writing, by Scorsese and Nicholas Pileggi (who also wrote the book on which the movie is based), crackles with lines that would be quoted for years to come.
- "The Shawshank Redemption." Tim Robbins and Morgan Freeman star in an inspirational and emotionally exhausting movie based on a Stephen King short story about a prison in the 1940's. Frank Darabont wrote and directed one of the absolute best films of the 90s or any decade. This is a movie that seems to get better with repeat viewings.
- "The Usual Suspects." Christopher McQuarrie's original and fascinating story and script are helped along by stand-out performances by Kevin Spacey, Chazz Palminteri, Benicio del Toro and Gabriel Byrne. Spacey and McQuarrie both deservedly won Oscars for the movie, which keeps you guessing until the very last scene. Great stuff.
- "Braveheart." One of the last great pre-CGI epics (with armies of real actors doing battle, not computer-generated fighters), Mel Gibson's Oscar-winning story of William Wallace may be the best adventure movie of the 90s. And it's got the beautiful Sophie Marceau, so how can you go wrong.
- "Pulp Fiction." In one of the defining movies of the 90's, Quentin Tarantino's brilliant crime thriller is both funny and unsettling. This movie, along with 1992's "Reservoir Dogs" would have been enough to place him among the greatest American directors ever, but he continued to prove himself with the "Kill Bill" movies and "Inglourious Basterds."
- "Jerry Maguire." Cameron Crowe wrote a fantastic script and then directed Tom Cruise to one of his most appealing roles and Cuba Gooding Jr., to an Oscar win for Best Supporting Actor. Part drama, part comedy, part sports film, part chick-flick, "Jerry Maguire" is just one of those perfect little movies that works for everyone.
- "Groundhog Day." Another movie that will keep you watching until the end every time you see it on TV. Bill Murray is perfect as the self-centered weatherman/celebrity who must re-live the same day again and again until he learns to put others first.
- "The Truman Show." Jim Carrey did some very funny stuff in the 90's, with "Ace Ventura: Pet Detective," "Dumb and Dumber," and "Liar, Liar," but his work in "The Truman Show," though less manic and more serious, is maybe his best performance ever. With the flood of reality TV shows that emerged in the 90s (like MTV's "The Real World"), it's interesting to see a film that cast a different light on the dilemma of privacy vs. celebrity in a totally original way.
- "The Silence of the Lambs." Creepy, intense, scary, thought-provoking and totally unforgettable, Jonathan Demme's masterpiece was the first thriller of its kind to win the Best Picture Oscar, beating out "Bugsy" and "JFK."
- "Terminator 2: Judgment Day." You can't have a list like this and leave off Arnold in his best role ever. With special effects that were vastly improved over 1984's original "The Terminator," and a story that actually worked in relation to the first movie and the next sequel, "Terminator 2" proved to be one of, if not the, best action movie of the 90's.
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