Classic Movies Of The 90s
The 1990s was a great decade for memorable movies. Many would argue that it was the best decade and certainly, living through it was tricky as there were always so many good movies showing! Children were treated to some excellent classics too. If you did not get to see the classic mentioned below, treat yourself because they are all just as entertaining 30 years on….
The decade started with a real bang in 1990 with Pretty Woman. This movie launched Julia Roberts’ career as a superstar. She was cast against super slick hunk Richard Gere and the audience could feel the chemistry between them like an electrical charge! Their love story is not plain sailing, as they are two very different people – but it works in the end! Interestingly, the pair are still great friends.
The same year, the epic Dances with Wolves was released, and the following year (1991) scooped no less than seven Oscars. John Dunbar (Kevin Costner) is a young lieutenant guarding a remote outpost in southwest America. He finds himself getting to know the Sioux tribe and realizes that their values are his values. Simply a brilliant classic.
The following year, another epic classic hit the cinema screens Silence of the Lambs. Anthony Hopkins plays Dr. Hannibal Lecter who is in prison as he is a murderous psychopath and a sadistic cannibal. Clarice Starling (Jodie Foster) is a high-flying student at the training academy of the FBI. She is fascinated by Lecter and firmly believes he knows things that could help her solve her latest case – be warned, this is a really chilling thriller.
1992 saw the arrival of the cult film Basic Instinct which has been labeled one of the most sexually charged movies ever and took the world by storm. It launched Sharon Stone’s acting career, but it is the only role she will always be remembered for!
Blockbusters for Children
Hook gets the decade off to a flying start in 1991! Dustin Hoffman is Hook who has always blamed Peter Pan for Rumpelstiltskin cutting off his hand. Hook kidnaps the now grown-up children. Peter Pan (Robin Williams) and Tinkerbell (Julia Roberts) must travel to the imaginary land to save them. The trouble is that Peter is having a problem with his memory. All ends well and this movie is perfect for big kids too!
Another of the iconic children’s movies of the 90s was released, Home Alone was a sensation that Christmas, with child star Macaulay Culkin, playing Kevin, whose family forgets to take him on their Christmas holiday! Poor Kevin must look after himself till his parents get back and what happens in their absence is very amusing!
1994 was a great year for movie lovers aged five to 95 as it was the year of one of the best Disney films of all time – The Lion King. The storyline is faultless and left critics and fans speechless. This wonderful, animated film tells the story of Simba and his family and takes the audience on a journey of emotion – tissues at the ready!
The Supernatural and Sci-Fi
Terminator 2: Judgement Day was launched in 1991 – 11 years after the first one. The movie was instantly a huge success – better than the first one and grossing $520 million in ticket sales. James Cameron co-wrote it and produced and directed it too. Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, and Edward Furlong make up the main cast. Young John Connor is the target of a T-1000 Terminator, but Terminator T-800, played by Schwarzenegger is determined to save Connor.
In 1993, the world was taken by storm with the Steven Spielberg scary monster movie Jurassic Park. Based on the Michael Crichton novel, the movie is set on Isla Nublar, a fictional island near Costa Rica. A wealthy businessman and a team of scientists create a wildlife park and manage to bring dinosaurs back to life to fill it. Things get very scary after a power failure causes havoc – you might want to watch this one from behind your sofa!
And some good romances!
The Bodyguard (1992) gave us the tear-jerking ballad “I Will Always Love You” sung by Whitney Houston, who makes her acting debut in this movie. She falls in love with her bodyguard.
Another film in this category was also a major blockbuster and many people will admit to having watched it half a dozen times
! Titanic (1997) is a historical drama about the ship’s maiden voyage that ended in tragedy when she hit an iceberg. Leonardo di Caprio and Kate Winslet are the main characters and neither have ever looked back since starring in this movie! Strangely, although the ship sank 100 years ago, Titanic still seems a modern movie and will have you sitting on the edge of your seat and in tears throughout.
Mrs. Doubtfire (1993) will make you laugh and make you cry as Daniel (Robin Williams) dresses up as a woman so that he can get to see his children following a bitter divorce with their mother Miranda. This movie is so funny and so touching that you will feel your heart melting – and crying for Daniel. No wonder Williams received a Golden Globe for his acting.
Forrest Gump the 1994 movie is played by Tom Hanks and although he is supposed to have a mental disability, it does not seem to stop him from fighting in Vietnam, working on a shrimp trawler, and falling in love with Jenny (Robin Wright). It’s a cute story and very light-hearted.
Well, this is just a speedy round-up of some of the biggest movies from the 1990s, but there are many others to choose from and interestingly they are just as popular now as they were then – always the sign of a great classic movie…