My Top 100 of the 1990s


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100. Other People’s Money
99. The Crying Game
98. The Player
97. The Lawnmower Man
96. Cry, the Beloved Country
95. Maverick
94. Angela’s Ashes
93. Breaking the Waves
92. The Professional
91. Léon
90. In the Name of the Father
89. Metropolitan
88. Grosse Pointe Blank
87. Courage Under Fire
86. The Iron Giant
85. Hate
84. The Birdcage
83. The Freshman
82. Jacob’s Ladder
81. Pretty Woman
80. The Insider
79. Before Sunrise
78. Four Weddings and a Funeral
77. Arachnophobia
76. Jackie Brown
75. White
74. Big Night
73. Heavy
72. The Green Mile
71. White Men Can’t Jump
70. Total Recall
69. Dead Man Walking
68. The Sixth Sense
67. Summer of Sam
66. The Pelican Brief
65. Thelma & Louise
64. Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels
63. Exotica
62. Les Miserables
61. The Hunt for Red October
60. Quiz Show
59. Princess Mononoke
58. Silence of the Lambs
57. Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
56. Raise the Red Lantern
55. Heat
54. Jurassic Park
53. Gattacca
52. Titanic
51. Lone Star
50. The Lion King
49. The Fugitive
48. The English Patient
47. Apollo 13
46. Age of Innocence
45. The Shawshank Redemption
44. Beauty and the Beast
43. Searching for Bobby Fischer
42. Gettysburg
41. Vénus beauté (institut)
40. Shakespeare in Love
39. Magnolia
38. Cyrano de Bergerac
37. Barton Fink
36. The Matrix
35. The War Zone
34. Jungle Fever
33. Forrest Gump
32. Hamlet
31. Being John Malkovich
30. L.A. Confidential
29. Se7en
28. Meet Joe Black
27. American History X
26. Good Will Hunting
25. Braveheart
24. Red
23. Unforgiven
22. Saving Private Ryan
21. The Sweet Hereafter
20. Reservoir Dogs
19. Dances with Wolves
18. He Got Game
17. The Usual Suspects
16. Contact
15. The Last of the Mohicans
14. Blue
13. Pi
12. American Beauty
11. Trainspotting
10. Malcolm X
9. The Thin Red Line
8. Eyes Wide Shut
7. Fight Club
6. Boogie Nights
5. Goodfellas
4. Twelve Monkeys
3. Fargo
2. Schindler’s List
1. Pulp Fiction
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How on earth could you ever possibly put a list this big in order?

And American History X? Pretty Woman?
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1. GoodFellas
2. Unforgiven
3. Miller's Crossing
4. Fearless
5. A Perfect World
6. Rushmore
7. Eyes Wide Shut
8. Hamlet (1996)
9. SE7EN
10. Shallow Grave
11. Short Cuts
12. The Age of Innocence
13. 12 Monkeys
14. L.A. Confidential
15. Barton Fink
16. Jacob's Ladder
17. The Thin Red Line
18. The Fisher King
19. Schizopolis
20. Delicatessen
21. The Player
22. Three Colours: Blue
23. The Music of Chance
24. Fight Club
25. The Big Lebowski
26. Three Colours: Red
27. Smoke & Blue in the Face
28. Being John Malkovich
29. Leon: The Professional
30. The Limey
31. Dead Man
32. Casino
33. Glangarry Glen Ross
34. Insomnia (1997)
35. Hoop Dreams
36. Your Friends & Neighbors
37. The Grifters
38. Donnie Brasco
39. Ed Wood
40. Death & the Maiden
41. Fear & Loathing in Las Vegas
42. Bringing Out the Dead
43. The Waterdance
44. Schindler's List
45. White Hunter, Black Heart
46. The City of Lost Children
47. As Good As It Gets
48. Joe vs. the Volcano
49. Carlito's Way
50. Kundun
51. The Hudsucker Proxy
52. la femme Nikita
53. Pulp Fiction
54. Waiting for Guffman
55. Run Lola Run
56. To Die For
57. The Freshman
58. In the Company of Men
59. L.A. Story
60. Truly Madly Deeply
61. One False Move
62. Bottle Rocket
63. Defending Your Life
64. Fargo
65. Chinese Box
66. Men With Guns
67. The Bridges of Madison County
68. Cape Fear
69. The Silence of the Lambs
70. Much Ado About Nothing
71. Fresh
72. Bugsy
72. The Straight Story
73. All About My Mother
74. Toy Story
75. Lone Star
76. Three Colours: White
77. Dreams
78. Nattavegen
79. The Crossing Guard
80. Happiness
81. Reservoir Dogs
82. Heavenly Creatures
83. The Rapture
84. After Dark, My Sweet
85. Sling Blade
86. Grosse Pointe Blank
87. Bad Lieutenant
88. Dead Again
89. Welcome to the Dollhouse
90. Bob Roberts
91. The Commitments
92. Baraka
93. The Usual Suspects
94. King of the Hill
95. Cookie's Fortune
96. Out of Sight
97. Safe
98. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
99. The Apostle
100. The Red Violin

Past the top fifteen or so, such a list is so maleable. Ask me two weeks from now, I'd probably shuffle a bunch of them around in the order, then a month after that another shift, etc. I wouldn't kick many off though, that's a pretty good one-hundred flicks from my personal taste.
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Pretty solid lists guys. There are a few in there that Kong didn't care for, but the vast majority of them were very good.

Kong hates making lists like these though. It's sooo much work, and Kong is never satisfied with the end result.
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it seems as though everyone has been making top 100 lists lately for every kind of medium of entertainment. i have come to the conclusion that they are all generally correct, but there really is no difference between one created by a "committee" of "specialists" and one created by some dude.

i'm sure you two have narrowed your lists down enough, but not to the point where each single one is always and unarguably meant to be the superior of the previous. you both have the gist of the at-least-decent movies of the 90s (and of course, i, and nobody else on the planet, will be in total agreement)

IF i were ever to take the time to create such a list, i would take a note from Ebert (the fat one), and simply create a list of the "great" ones without feeling an obligation to rank, and just acknowledge that each one is a singular experience and that there is no way to standardize it all to that degree...
(no, i don't think we'll be telling them that)

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Hmmmm. Holden did'nt see The Two Jakes (1990) there in your list, Seeing thought your No.1 of all time is Chinatown (1974). Did you Not like the moive???
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Yeah, I like The Two Jakes quite a bit. It's no Chinatown (what is?), yet it does succeed on its own terms and is a decent sequel. Too bad Nicholson and Towne had such a rift over it, and the trilogy will never be completed. I'm a big defender of The Two Jakes, since it was pretty badly trashed upon release and dismissed as a disappointment by most audiences and critics. I dug it right away.

But The Two Jakes was also released in a very strong year. As much as I like it, frankly it isn't anywhere near the quality of flicks like GoodFellas, Miller's Crossing or Jacob's Ladder.

Originally posted by Malcolm X

92. The Professional
91. Léon

Aren't those two the same movie?
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They most certainly are.

The Professional was the title for the American release, I believe.
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Except that Leon is the cut everybody in the world except America got, and it's about twenty minutes longer than the re-edited and re-titled The Professional. The bulk of Leon's extra scenes come in the middle of the picture, when we actually see Leon take Mathilda out on hits (not just the paint-ball sniper shot on the jogger in the park, but learning how to enter apartments and go face-to-face with the mark), which makes more clear why she thought she was then ready to take on Stansfield by herself. There's also more overt stuff about Mathilda's attraction for Leon. A young girl learning how to kill and getting drunk and falling for an older man was deemed unacceptable for American audiences, so it was excised.

And now you know.

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Originally posted by Holden Pike
Yeah, I like The Two Jakes quite a bit. It's no Chinatown (what is?), yet it does succeed on its own terms and is a decent sequel. Too bad Nicholson and Towne had such a rift over it, and the trilogy will never be completed. I'm a big defender of The Two Jakes, since it was pretty badly trashed upon release and dismissed as a disappointment by most audiences and critics. I dug it right away.

But The Two Jakes was also released in a very strong year. As much as I like it, frankly it isn't anywhere near the quality of flicks like GoodFellas, Miller's Crossing or Jacob's Ladder.
Yeh I am a fan of the movie too. I believe that to many people try to compare it to Chinatown (1974) which decreases it value. It’s funny how both of them were released in very strong years.

OMG... HOW CAN YOU EVEN REMEMBER ALL THOSE MOVIES?!?!?! I don't know if i've even seen that many movies in my life.. lol

just out of curiosity, did i not see american pie on any of your lists? why was that excluded? one movie that is a must see is orgazmo. trey parker and matt stone, the creators of south park, are in it. trey is a mormon in utah who becomes a porn star just to get money for a wedding. im tellin ya, u gotta see it!!!

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If I were to make a list like this, which I wouldn't, I'd include these films that I didn't see on either list:

Toy Story II
A Bug's Life
The Game
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
There's Something About Mary
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Both of you forgot 12 Angry Men.

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I haven't seen the 1997 remake of the 1957 original with Henry Fonda, but I've seen the original.

It would be difficult for me to include a remake if I liked the original better. That's why I wouldn't include Scorsese's remake of CAPE FEAR or Van Sant's remake of PSYCHO. Even though they were both good films, in my humble opinion, they don't compare to the originals.

I can't speak for Holden Pike or Malcolm X, but that's why I wouldn't have included 12 ANGRY MEN.

Are you kidding?
It used the exact same dialog as the original. Same camera angles too. In fact, it was exactly like the original, just with a new, better cast and naturally better photography.

Does the fact that it is not black&white makes it any less good?

How hypocritical.

A novel adaptation.
I think it's absolutely brilliant how you can draw your own conclusions and then pass judgement on people based on said conclusions.
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Herod, it's called logic. You start with a few assumptions. Then you draw conclussions. Then you draw conclusion some more conclusions based on said conclusions.
You can repeat the process indefinitely.
(it's math, practically.... information thoery)

Assumption 1: It used the exact same dialog as the original.
Assumption 2: Same camera angles too.
Assumption 3: it had a better cast
Assumption 4: Photography has become better during the last 50 years, thanks to technology.
Conclusion 1: The film had better photography.

Does Holden disagree with any of assumptions 1 to 4?
The fact that "it was made-for-cable TV" was even mentioned, shows IMHO that the source for his disagreeing with me is a elitism.

Thusly, A1..4 remain true, and so does C1.

C2 says that Holden's opinion was hypocritical.