The Best ’90s Movies You Haven’t Seen Yet

The Best ’90s Movies You Haven’t Seen Yet

With Hollywood cranking out blockbuster fare
at a staggering rate, and arthouse cinema fully coming into its own, the ’90s were an
excitingly mixed bag at the multiplex. This combination of high and low art carried
over into video stores too, inspiring movie buffs to scour shelves for both big-budget
bonanzas and obscure festival hits. Sadly, those searches often proved fruitless,
leaving some of the decade’s best films largely unseen by the masses. Here are a few ’90s gems that are absolutely
worthy of your attention — if you can track them down, that is. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me No single show changed the landscape of television
in the ’90s more than David Lynch’s supernatural murder mystery Twin Peaks. Even after a game-changing first season, the
show was unceremoniously cancelled in the midst of its wildly uneven second season. Once the show ended, fans were delighted to
find out that Lynch still had Twin Peaks tales to tell. One of those tales — that of Laura Palmer’s
last week on Earth — got the big screen treatment in Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. Free from the creative shackles of television,
Lynch used the chance to craft his most complex, uncompromising film to date. Sadly, even the most devoted of Twin Peaks’
fanbase had trouble connecting with Fire Walk With Me’s artsy eccentricities. The film proved divisive amongst critics,
all but ignored in its theatrical release, and unfairly doomed to a sort of purgatory
in the process. For all of its quirks, Fire Walk With Me stands
as a creative high point for Lynch, breathlessly combining his penchant for experimentation
with his trademarked biting commentary on the American dream. Though the film has had its defenders over
the years, and has long held the title of “cult classic,” it still feels like not enough
people have actually seen it. Chaplin Before Robert Downey Jr. put Marvel on the
map with his now iconic turn in Iron Man, Richard Attenborough tapped him to star in
his Charlie Chaplin bio-pic, appropriately titled Chaplin. Lucky for Attenborough — and for film buffs
everywhere — Downey Jr. turned in the finest performance of his young career, landing RDJ
his first Oscar nomination. But Attenborough’s film is more than just
a showcase for Downey Jr.’s talent. Though it didn’t fare well with critics who
lamented its 143-minute runtime and overall lack of ingenuity, Chaplin remains a lovingly
crafted, in-depth look behind the curtain of one of cinema’s greatest innovators. The film is likely to inspire viewers to go
back and explore Chaplin’s own mind-blowing body of work as well, not to mention the mostly
terrific work Downey Jr. has delivered in the years since Chaplin’s release. Red Rock West Things have certainly gotten away from Nicolas
Cage over the past decade or so, but throughout the ’90s he was still deemed an exciting,
supremely talented actor, the sort who could handle big-budget fare but still wow in micro-budget
indies. So it came as no surprise that he’d follow
one of his biggest box office hits — Honeymoon In Vegas — by starring as a wayward drifter
in John Dahl’s Red Rock West. Don’t worry if you’ve never heard of the brilliant
neo-noir thriller. The film’s been all but lost to history since
its release — which is a shame, because Dahl’s nimble tale of small-town swindling
and mistaken identity is just as slick today as it was back in 1996. It also happens to feature one of Cage’s most
understated and effecting performances. With any luck, the aging actor might one day
remember that, sometimes, less actually is more — especially when bees are involved. “Not not the bees. “not the bees.” Ah.” “My eyes. My eyes. Ah” Dick Back in 1999, a political satire titled Dick
should’ve gotten a lot more attention than it did. Sadly, in the almost two decades since the
comedy’s release, the film still hasn’t found its audience. With any luck, however, the current political
climate might change that. After all, the girl-power-centric story of
political upheaval carries as much weight today as it might have in the year it was
set. The fact that Dick also features winning performances
from Kirsten Dunst, Michelle Williams, and Dan Hedaya as a brilliant Nixon caricature
makes it even more worthy of notice. Full of insightful stoner-styled comedy, and
featuring a terrific supporting cast of gifted comedians, Dick is a must-see that too many
moviegoers missed the first time around. Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai Loosely adapted from Jean-Pierre Melville’s
New Wave classic, Le Samurai, 1999’s Ghost Dog: The Way of the Samurai sees notoriously
experimental director Jim Jarmusch at his most accessible. Whereas Le Samurai saw its titular silent
assassin skulking around the back alleys of Paris, Forest Whitaker’s eponymous Ghost Dog
calls the mean streets of Brooklyn home. Jarmusch bolstered the film’s spiritual insights
by frequently quoting Samurai philosophy and backed his sword-swinging killer’s gritty,
urban journey with a head-nodding original score from Wu Tang Clan’s RZA. Combining ancient warrior wisdom with a stylish
hip-hop vibe, Jarmusch spins an engrossing and deeply satisfying story of modern-day
honor amongst thieves that still resonates with film fanatics today. Stir of Echoes The ripple effect from The Sixth Sense’s breakout
success is still being felt in Hollywood today; in other words, it seems like every modern
horror film comes prepackaged with its own flashy, twist ending. Now, imagine that you released a haunting
horror film rife with unsettling imagery — and, yes, a shocking twist — a mere month after
The Sixth Sense changed the horror game. Even if your film was just as clever and scary
as M. Night Shyamalan’s masterpiece, it’d be virtually impossible to match those Sixth
Sense-sized expectations. Such was the case with David Koepp’s Stir
of Echoes. Following the trials and tribulations of a
working-class dad who starts to experience terrifying visions after a hypnosis hiccup,
Koepp’s film is often just as smart and creepy as The Sixth Sense. At times, Stir of Echoes even bests Shyamalan’s
flick on both fronts, but it also features a child who can speak to dead people, so yeah,
you can see the problem with its being released after Haley Joel Osment uttered those now
iconic words. “I see dead people.” Still, Stir of Echoes is far from a cheap
knock off, and horror fans unfamiliar with the unsung flick owe it to themselves to give
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100 thoughts on “The Best ’90s Movies You Haven’t Seen Yet

  1. This is a list for kids who haven't become real film fans yet. Pretty much every movie on this list is wildly well known. If you have seen Twin Peaks, Dick, and Chaplin then you are probably just some ignorant millennial who would be bored by anything without superheros in it anyway.

  2. I'd love to be 17 again discovering 90s movies I was the same in the 90s discovering 70s movies etc…

  3. Okay i have a big problem with the idea that Stir of Echos is better than Sixth Sense. One is amazing and so rewatchable the other is okay and a little scary. But just saying something is better doesnt make it true.

  4. I was tickled to see Stir of Echoes on this list. It is on my top ten fav list of movies. Truly it is a gem all true horror fans should watch at least once. The performances are intense and the characters well rounded. Thumbs up for including it!

  5. Stir of Echoes is a fantastic film but I wouldn't go so far as to say it's better than the Sixth Sense

  6. One of the best forgotten 90's movie is Oliver Stones "U-Turn". It's cast is huge and amazing and the movie is weird and rewatchable. I hate Sean Penn but he's amazing in this movie and perfectly cast.

  7. Stir of Echoes is one of my favorite horror movies. It still gives me nightmares and makes me cringe.

    Also, I didn't realize that was Jennifer Morrison until this video. I haven't seen the movie in years.

  8. Will they ever stop showing the "not the bees" clip every fucking time they talk about Nicolas Cage? that shit is so played out

  9. I agree with chaplin. I had never seen a chaplin movie but after it went and watched anything I could get my hands on,starting a bit of an obsession. Now I go to conventions dressed as him and people love it

  10. Fire walk with me made me feel so uncomfortable it's hard to describe I think people didn't like it because it makes you feel nothing like the TV series, it really is a horror movie too me but still a great one

  11. I saw Fire Walk With Me and Chaplin. Three others that should be contenders are Smoke, Drop Dead Gorgeous, and In The Soup.

  12. I watched the Twin Peaks film along with the original series before 2017 season. I remember Dick, but didn't know Ryan Reynolds was in it. Also remember my mom renting Stir of Echos from Blockbuster lol.

  13. Chaplain is a brilliant film and Downey Jr. is superb in in it, I'd highly recommend watching it if you haven't.

  14. I actually have seen several of the entries on this list already: Red Rock West, Dick, Ghost Dog, Stir of Echoes.

    That's not a bad group of films. I really liked "Red Rock West"–a satisfying and entertaining thriller, and one of Cage's better films (which means he managed not to ruin it).

    "Dick" is great if you're a political junkie, which I am. I think part of why it didn't do well at the time was it had a limited audience; it was marketed as a ditzy-teen-girl comedy along the lines of "Clueless," but it was really a political comedy that's a lot funnier if you're familiar with the career of Nixon.

    "Ghost Dog" was…well, there's really no way to describe Jarmusch films unless you've seen them. They're quirky and strange, yet still entertaining. And Forrest Whitaker has long been an underrated actor.

    "Stir of Echoes"–I honestly don't remember it that well, but I do remember thinking it was pretty good. I also read the novel by Richard Matheson, which first came out in the 1950s.

  15. What about The Road to Wellville? Anthony Hopkins John Cusack Bridget Fonda and Matthew Broderick 1994. Very hard to find today but worth watching

  16. Chaplin was a great movie. Also got a chance to learn some things about the history of the time, made me dislike President Wilson ever more. Stir of Echoes was good too.

  17. I love Stir of Echoes! One of my favourite supernatural movies! As good as the Sixth Sense was, it doesn't make my top ten supernatural movies, but A Stir of Echoes does.

    Ghost Dog: Way of the Samurai was awesome, haven't seen it in ages but I loved it.

    Dick was a fun movie that didn't know it's audience. It was like Clueless meets the Watergate scandal. The target audience for Clueless most likely didn't have any interest in Watergate and therefore would've missed all the historical references and references to All the President's Men, a famous movie about the scandal. Those who were all into that weren't as likely to be interested in movies like Clueless. Fortunately I like dumb teen comedies and history, so I really enjoyed it.

  18. I want to make sure everyone knows that Chaplin is very enjoyable even if you've never seen a Charlie Chaplin movie.

  19. Twin Peaks Fire Walk With Me was very good. I only saw a few episodes of the TV show and thought it so-so, a litle hokey. I knew people who were really into the TV show and found the film too dark. Whereas I came to the film with what I think was a perspective much less affected by the TV show.

  20. My 6th grade taecher had us watch Ghost Dog and I remember seeing a review for the movie in the magazine XL

  21. My 6th grade teacher had us watch Ghost Dog and I remember seeing a review for the movie in the magazine XL

  22. Any film buff worth their salt has seen Chaplin. And Le Samourai is much better than the Whittaker remake, though I did always want the Bushido book he read in it – still may have it on my wish list on Amazon!

  23. It pisses me off that a movie like "Three Colors: Blue" is never even in this kid of list. Its the fucking best film of the 90s for my taste.

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