Below is part one of my greatest 90s movies list…in no particular order…
The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
It resides at the top of IMDbs ‘Top 250 List’, yet this film didn’t have an easy path to get there. Despite critical acclaim, it flopped at the box office, yet due to DVD rentals, word of mouth spread after its initial theatrical release and it is now considered to be one of the greatest films of all time. The Shawshank Redemption is a powerful tale about Andy Dufresne, who is given a double-life sentence for the two people that he was wrongly accused of murdering. There he meets Red, a lifelong friend – and as the journey of Shawshank unfolds, we learn that “hope will set you free”.
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Not putting this gem of a movie on this list would be a crime. Quentin Tarantino’s puzzlebox of a movie is at once mind-blowing, confusing and funny. It tells various stories about crime and redemption which all interlock together so well that it doesn’t even matter if you don’t what the hell’s going on.
Trainspotting is the movie that showed the world that Britain doesn’t just make camp costume dramas; for the content and style of this film shocked the Daily Mail, disturbed audiences, and made them chuckle along the way. Renton is a heroine-addict who decides that he wants to drop his habit, yet his journey isn’t easy, especially when his friends tempt him to come back to his former drug-habit, randomly assault strangers, and accidental murder a baby along the way…what can I say? It’s…darkly funny…
Before Sunrise (1995)
Some say that Kevin Smith’s Clerks is the indie movie of the 90s. I disagree, this one’s better in my opinion. In both films nothing happens, but that’s oddly part of their charm. Two strangers meet on a train and they decide to spend 24 hours together, whilst we follow their conversation along the way. Never boring, constantly intriguing, and very very moving.
Boogie Nights (1997)
Everyone has a talent or an asset, right? Well, Eddie Adams (aka Dirk Diggler) has a 13 inch schlong. Such an asset becomes very useful to him when having sex with a girl whilst she’s still wearing rollerskates…not only that, it’s also quite useful when you’re a porn star. Boogie Nights tells the story of the rise and fall and rise (?) 0f Dirk Diggler. like to think of it as Pulp Fiction but with more sex, but then again that’s a crude comparison as the film inhabits a strikingly original world of its own. It pays homage to the lurid world of pornography whilst at the same time condemning it. Funny, dramatic, powerful, disturbing, Boogie Nights is a movie that (ahem) aims to please…