Writing this article took me far longer than I expected. I’m a 90s kid myself, so going back and trying to figure out which were the best movies from the 90s was very difficult for me. At first I was able to make a list of 30, but that’s far too much for this article. I ended up whistling it down to just 10. But to do this, I had to watch 14 movies, and I couldn’t bear leaving out the four that didn’t make the top 10. So here you have it — 14 of the best movies from the 90s!
You think John Wick is cool? Then how about going back to the action blockbuster that started it all?! Thoroughly choreographed fighting sequences? Check. Special effects that have never been done before and have revolutionized action blockbusters since? Check. A plot about all of humanity living inside a supercomputer (hi there, Elon)? Check. The Matrix was an instant classic as soon as it came out.
All I have to say about this movie to convince you to watch it is that both Nic Cage and John Travolta are in it. And then, if that’s not enough for you, the movie is actually good on its own. The conceit of the movie is interesting, the plot moves quickly, and the final gun fight between Cage and Travolta is one of the most memorable action scenes in all of cinematic history.
When Steve Jobs got kicked out of Apple he created Pixar. He went from being the boss of a company that made exquisite technology to being the boss of a company that makes exquisite animated films. To this day Pixar is still setting the bar for both animation and storytelling. With classics like Monster’s Inc., Finding Nemo, and Up under its belt, no other animation studio can compare to Pixar in terms of quality. And Toy Story is the classic movie that started it all. Definitely a “Must See”.
Long before Disney bought Pixar they were already making animated blockbusters. Lion King is the pinnacle of Golden Era Disney. It doesn’t get better than Simba, Timon, and Pumbaa singing “Hakuna Matata” as we see a lion cub grow into a lion leader!
You thought I wouldn’t mention this gem? As if! Clueless is the natural precursor to movies like Legally Blond. Likely missed by the dudes who are “too manly” to watch a teen-movie with a female lead, Clueless is actually a great movie that is both well written, well directed, and full of memorable lines. Plus, you can see Paul Rudd when he was young! (Spoiler — he looks exactly the same as he does in Avengers: Endgame.)