The 6 Best Movies of the '90s

The 1990s was a great time for big Hollywood films!

December 23 2022, 7:13 pm

By ScrollFiend Staff

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The 1990s were a prolific decade for movies, with many blockbuster hits and critical darlings being released. Some of the most successful films of the 1990s include Titanic, Jurassic Park, The Lion King, Forrest Gump, Independence Day, and Mission: Impossible.


1. Titanic

Titanic, released in 1997, was a massive success both commercially and critically. The epic romance set on the doomed ocean liner of the same name became the highest-grossing film of all time (a record it held for over a decade) and won 11 Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Director for James Cameron. The film's cast, including Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet, became international superstars as a result of their roles in the film.


2. Jurassic Park

Jurassic Park, released in 1993, was another huge success. Based on the bestselling novel by Michael Crichton, the film used groundbreaking special effects to bring to life the terrifying and awe-inspiring creatures of the titular island. The film became the highest-grossing film of the year and spawned two successful sequels and a number of spin-off media.


3. The Lion King

The Lion King, released in 1994, was a groundbreaking animated film that combined traditional hand-drawn animation with CGI. The film tells the story of Simba, a young lion who must overcome his fears and reclaim his rightful place as king of the Pride Lands. The film was a massive commercial success and won two Academy Awards, including Best Original Score. The film's iconic music, written by Elton John and Tim Rice, became a best-selling soundtrack and inspired a successful Broadway musical.


4. Forrest Gump

Forrest Gump, released in 1994, was a dramatic comedy about a man with a low IQ who, despite his challenges, goes on to lead an extraordinary life. The film, starring Tom Hanks in the title role, was a critical and commercial success, winning six Academy Awards, including Best Picture and Best Actor for Hanks.


5. Independence Day

Independence Day, released in 1996, was a blockbuster sci-fi action film about an alien invasion of Earth. The film, starring Will Smith and Jeff Goldblum, was a massive commercial success and spawned a sequel, Independence Day: Resurgence, released in 2016.


6. Mission: Impossible

Mission: Impossible, released in 1996, was a spy action film based on the television series of the same name. The film, starring Tom Cruise as secret agent Ethan Hunt, was a critical and commercial success and spawned five successful sequels.


These films were some of the most successful of the 1990s and continue to be popular and beloved by audiences today. They represent a diverse range of genres and demonstrate the creativity and innovation that characterized the decade in film.

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