My Top Tens: 1990s

My top ten films for each year of the 1990s. These are always up for revision as I watch more films, revisit ones I’ve seen before, and think about them over time. I don’t really believe in top “ten” lists, despite using the common nomenclature for the title of this page, nor do I hold fast to the order, though it’s generally from films I liked better to films I liked less well. This is going to be my top several films of each year, down to whatever point I feel is right. Might be eight one year, might be twenty-three another.

1999

  • Run Lola Run
  • The Matrix
  • Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels
  • All About My Mother
  • Fight Club
  • American Beauty
  • Election
  • Galaxy Quest
  • Magnolia
  • Office Space
  • Toy Story 2
  • Being John Malkovich
  • Dogma
  • Three Kings
  • An Ideal Husband
  • 42 Up
  • Topsy Turvy
  • eXistenZ
  • Fantasia 2000
  • Go
  • Girl, Interrupted
  • The Iron Giant

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
Eyes Wide Shut
South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut
The Limey
Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai
Sweet and Lowdown

1998

  • The Truman Show
  • Shakespeare in Love
  • The Big Lebowski
  • Rushmore
  • Billy’s Balloon
  • American History X
  • The Spanish Prisoner
  • Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas
  • Dark City
  • Ronin
  • Saving Private Ryan
  • The Mask of Zorro
  • Pi

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
The Thin Red Line
Blade
The Celebration
Beau travail
Histoire(s) du cinema

1997

  • L.A. Confidential
  • Jackie Brown
  • The Fifth Element
  • Titanic
  • Gattaca
  • Chasing Amy
  • Princess Mononoke
  • Boogie Nights
  • Good Will Hunting
  • Waiting for Guffman
  • Open Your Eyes

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
A Taste of Cherry
The Sweet Hereafter
Happy Together
Cube
Contact

1996

  • Fargo
  • Trainspotting
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • The English Patient
  • Irma Vep
  • Freeway
  • Scream
  • William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet
  • From Dusk Till Dawn

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
La Promesse
The Cable Guy
Breaking the Waves
The Frighteners
Bound

1995

  • Before Sunrise
  • Toy Story
  • Kicking and Screaming
  • The City of Lost Children
  • Braveheart
  • Clueless
  • Pride and Prejudice
  • GoldenEye
  • Desperado
  • Sense and Sensibility
  • The Usual Suspects
  • Se7en
  • The Flower of My Secret
  • Forgotten Silver

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
Twelve Monkeys
Dead Man
Heat
La Haine
Fallen Angels

1994

  • Three Colors: Red
  • Chungking Express
  • Pulp Fiction
  • The Lion King
  • Ed Wood
  • Little Women
  • Bullets Over Broadway
  • Four Weddings and a Funeral
  • Clerks
  • The Professional
  • The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
  • Interview with the Vampire

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
Heavenly Creatures
Reality Bites
Shallow Grave
Satantango
The Crow

1993

  • True Romance
  • Jurassic Park
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas
  • Schindler’s List
  • Much Ado About Nothing
  • Three Colors: Blue
  • The Remains of the Day
  • Groundhog Day
  • The Fugitive
  • Strictly Ballroom
  • The Piano
  • The Joy Luck Club

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
Short Cuts
What’s Eating Gilbert Grape
Cronos
Benny & Joon
Wayne’s World 2

1992

  • Unforgiven
  • The Muppet Christmas Carol
  • Raise the Red Lantern
  • Howards End
  • Aladdin
  • Shadows and Fog
  • A League of Their Own
  • Bram Stoker’s Dracula
  • Patriot Games
  • Hard Boiled
  • 35 Up
  • Batman Returns
  • The Crying Game
  • Reservoir Dogs
  • The Player

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
Army of Darkness
Chaplin
Porco Rosso
Husbands and Wives
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

1991

  • Beauty and the Beast
  • The Double Life of Veronique
  • Terminator 2: Judgment Day
  • Barton Fink
  • JFK
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Slacker

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
Delicatessen
The Rocketeer
Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker’s Apocalypse
La belle noiseuse
The Lovers on the Bridge

1990

  • Wild at Heart
  • GoodFellas
  • Edward Scissorhands
  • Tie Me Up! Tie Me Down!
  • Miller’s Crossing
  • Cyrano de Bergerac
  • Troll 2
  • Metropolitan

TOP FIVE YET TO SEE
Total Recall
Misery
Jacob’s Ladder
Ju Dou
The Match Factory Girl