The ’90s weren’t all just tamagotchis, Britpop, your favourite Spice Girl and Tony Blair. In fact, in retrospect, it’s clear that the 1990s had it down when it came to movies. Films like ‘Pulp Fiction’ and ‘Fargo’ busted indie directors like Quentin Tarantino and the Coen brothers out of the arthouse and into the Oscars. Meanwhile, filmmakers like James Cameron and Steven Spielberg harnessed the potential and power of CGI with movies like ‘Titanic’ and ‘Jurassic Park’, exploring thrilling new possibilities for the blockbuster.
It wasn’t just North Americans ripping up the rulebook, either. In the UK, visionary directors like Danny Boyle and Shane Meadows were re-establishing British filmmaking. Likewise, foreign film was suddenly everywhere, with Lars von Trier and Thomas Vinterberg’s Dogme movement causing a storm of controversy, and everyone suddenly discovering the brilliance of Japanese animation.
So, with more options than Cher Horowitz’s closet, what film from the 1990s is the best? We count down the 50 best ’90s movies, like, ever.