On Movies: My Favorite Movies from the 1990s

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Hello, Dear Reader, and welcome to another installment of On Movies. Today we’ll continue our ongoing look at my favorite movies[1] across the past 50 years – this time around, we’ll be covering the 1990s.

I had a copy of this poster tacked to my bedroom door. (C) 1990 Paramount Pictures

According to the Statistics chart in My Collection page on Blu-ray.com, 14.9% of the 381 titles (328 theatrically released films, 53 TV seasons) in my stash of Blu-rays were produced/released between 1990 and 1999. This is the fourth largest “slice of the pie,” coming after the 2000s (23.7%), the 2010s (22.3%), and the 1980s (16.8%).

My 3D pie chart is based on the one in my Blu-ray.com account’s My Collection statistics page.

In the Nineties, which as I write this are now 30 years in the rear-view mirror of my life, I still went to the movies at least two or three times a year. Most of the time I did so with my friends from high school and college, and sometimes I went with either my mother or my older half-sister,[2] although I started going to the now-closed AMC-14 Theater at the nearby Mall of the Americas by myself if no one was available to go with me.

However, as is the case with the other My Favorite Movies from the (insert decade here)’s lists, there are a few titles that I only saw on home video because I missed them during their theatrical run. 1995’s Die Hard with a Vengeance is one of those, although I can’t recall if I skipped it on purpose or was so distracted with other things – such as taking on freelance writing assignments or training my yellow Labrador retriever, Mary Joe Cacao, when she was a puppy – that kept me away from the theaters.

Poster from 1998’s Saving Private Ryan. (C) 1998 Dreamworks SKG LLC and Paramount Pictures

In any case, the 1990s were still a great decade for my movie-watching, so, without further delay, let’s get to my list of favorites.

  1. The Hunt for Red October (1990)
  2. Back to the Future, Part III (1990)
  3. Die Hard 2: Die Harder (1990)
  4. Terminator 2: Judgment Day (1991)
  5. Beauty and the Beast (1991)
  6. My Cousin Vinny (1992)
  7. Patriot Games (1992)
  8. Unforgiven (1992)
  9. Jurassic Park (1993)
  10. Robin Hood: Men in Tights (1993)
  11. Schindler’s List (1993)
  12. The Lion King (1994)
  13. The Shawshank Redemption (1994)
  14. Clear and Present Danger (1994)
  15. Apollo 13 (1995)
  16. Independence Day (1996)
  17. Star Trek: First Contact (1996)
  18. Courage Under Fire (1996)
  19. Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope Special Edition (1997)
  20. Air Force One (1997)
  21. L.A. Confidential (1997)
  22. The Lost World: Jurassic Park
  23. Titanic (1997)
  24. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
  25. The Green Mile (1999)
  26. Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace (1999)

[1] To be clear, this is not a comprehensive list of 1990s movies I saw or own. And it is not an objective “Best Movies of the 1990s” list; instead, it’s a highly subjective selection of films I love to watch, regardless of how many awards they earned or how great they are cinematically.

Granted, quite a few of the titles won Academy Awards or, in the case of No. 19, are re-issues of an Oscar-winning film. Others are definitely not in the “best movies of all time” category but are just “comfort watches” that I enjoy.  

[2] And sometimes with both as a “family unit,” although Mom and I avoided doing this, since my half-sister is a “chatty” moviegoer who comments – loudly – about the goings-on in the movie. I’m not like that; neither was my late mother.

Published by Alex Diaz-Granados

Alex Diaz-Granados (1963- ) began writing movie reviews as a staff writer and Entertainment Editor for his high school newspaper in the early 1980s and was the Diversions editor for Miami-Dade Community College, South Campus' student newspaper for one semester. Using his experiences in those publications, Alex has been raving and ranting about the movies online since 2003 at various web sites, including Amazon, Ciao and Epinions. In addition to writing reviews, Alex has written or co-written three films ("A Simple Ad," "Clown 345," and "Ronnie and the Pursuit of the Elusive Bliss") for actor-director Juan Carlos Hernandez. You can find his reviews and essays on his blogs, A Certain Point of View and A Certain Point of View, Too.

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