A list of 20 nineties classics that you should definitely watch again
Even though the actual Golden Age of movies refers to the 1920s Hollywood flicks when the silent film era ended, for us, it will always be the 1990s. While the 70s saw a wave of a daring, new style of film-making, the 80s was a cheesy and glittery affair. The 90s, in this regard, came out as a great compromise between the 70s and the 80s era – allowing space for both indie auteurs and big-budget extravaganza. From quirky movies such as Fargo and Pulp Fiction to big-budget blockbusters like Jurassic Park and Terminator 2 to the ones having computer animation like The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast – we had it all. These movies remind us of the excitement of “new releases” section generated on a Friday night. While it is always a nice idea to reminisce, if you really want to have a good time, a ‘90s movie marathon is what does the job.
So, if you have some leisure time at hand, our roundup of the 20 best classics from the 90s that you can watch on any occasion or a nostalgic whim, will surely help you. The only thing is that unlike the 90s, this time you wouldn’t have to rent a VHS! In addition to that, we have also included the best lines from each of these 20 movies that will definitely motivate you to watch the movie, apart from reminding you why you loved the film in the first place.
Without further ado, let’s check out this list of best 20 movies from the ‘90s that you should watch right now.
The Big Lebowski (1998)
A couple of thugs urinate on Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski’s rug in a classic case of mistaken identity, for not paying a debt he clearly knows nothing about. What does “The Dude” do? Well, finds the person whose rug the urine was actually intended for – and demands recompense! Well, he does exactly that, but it doesn’t really end up as he thought it would, as it ends up a series of a wild chain of crazy (and funny!) events that include a ransom exchange that goes horribly wrong and a trophy wife who has been kidnapped!
Standout Line – “Let me explain something to you. Um, I am not “Mr. Lebowski”. You’re Mr. Lebowski. I’m the Dude. So that’s what you call me. You know, that or, uh, His Dudeness, or uh, Duder, or El Duderino if you’re not into the whole brevity thing.”
Total Recall (1990)
Total Recall stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sharon Stone in leading roles and is set in the year 2084 when a construction worker who goes by the name of Douglas Quaid (played by Arnold) starts having recurring dreams about a Mars journey. To find out more about what these dreams actually mean, he decides to go on a virtual vacation to the planet, and this is where things start unfolding in completely unexpected ways that lead all the way to the grand ending of the plot.
Standout line – “No wonder you’re having nightmares. You’re always watching the news.”
Romeo + Juliet (1996)
Romeo + Juliet is a retelling of the iconic love saga that is set in modern times. A movie that really cemented Leonardo di Caprio as the 90s heartthrob and most sought-after romantic lead, the story is set in the modern-day city of Verona beach where a boy and a girl from two feuding families fall in love.
Standout line – “Is love a tender thing? It is too rough, too rude, too boisterous, and it pricks like thorn.”
Dumb and Dumber (1994)
A 90s comedy classic, Dumb and Dumber follows the story of two guys Harry and Llyod who are really great buddies and both are quite stupid. The two decide to return a briefcase full of cash to its rightful owner that takes them on a cross country trip – all the way from Providence to Colorado. What follows is a series of bizarre events that would make you laugh throughout the movie.
Standout line – “According to the map, we’ve only gone 4 inches.”
Good Will Hunting (1997)
Good Will Hunting is the story of a young man who struggles to find his identity and is good at solving any problem – except the one brewing inside him. The movie was written and directed by Ben Affleck and Matt Damon – both of whom were newcomers at that time. The plot revolves around a young man – a self-taught genius who works as a janitor at MIT, whose brilliance goes unnoticed until he solves a difficult mathematics problem one day.
Standout line – “You’ll have bad times, but it’ll always wake you up to the good stuff you weren’t paying attention to.”
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
A Quentin Tarantino classic that’s told in a non-linear way, Reservoir Dogs follows the story of six thugs who are hired to carry out a robbery at a jewelry store. The best part is, they are all strangers to one another. The job seems like an easy one for these criminals, but the cops end up busting the party before it even takes off. That means there is definitely a mole amongst them, but who is it?
Standout line – “I don’t wanna kill anybody. But if I gotta get out that door, and you’re standing in my way, one way or the other, you’re gettin’ outta my way.”
Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (1997)
This hilarious, laugh-out-comedy had two sequels and was one of the most liked movies of the ‘90s era. The story revolves around a ‘60s era spy, Austin Powers, who was cryogenically frozen for 30 years and has finally been released in the ‘90s in order to stop the notorious Dr. Evil, who plans to destroy the world. What follows is completely hilarious and will keep you laughing throughout the movie.
Standout line – “Yeah, baby!”
The Sixth Sense (1999)
The Sixth Sense stars Bruce Willis in the leading role who works as a child psychologist, and who is trying to help a child who sees dead people. If you haven’t seen it already, watch it right now! Or, if you are easily scared, watch it during the daytime, but watch it anyway.
Standout line – “I see dead people.”
If you love watching Robert De Niro act, this iconic gangster movie will definitely impress you. Directed by none other than Martin Scorsese, the movie also stars Lorraine Bracco, Joe Pesci and Ray Liotta in leading roles. This mob drama is considered one of the finest movies ever made, and it definitely deserves a re-watch.
Standout line – “As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to be a gangster.”
Schindler’s List (1993)
Schindler’s List is based on a true story set during World War II when the persecution of Jews was at the peak. Directed by Steven Spielberg, the movie stars Liam Neeson in the leading role, who plays the role of Oskar Schindler – a man who sets out on a mission to save as many Jews as he can. The movie paints a very grim and touching tale of the period and is a highly recommended movie to watch.
Standout line – It’s Hebrew, it’s from the Talmud. It says, “Whoever saves one life, saves the world entire.”
The Matrix (1999)
Starring Keanu Reeves and Laurence Fishburne in leading roles, The Matrix will always be very close to sci-fi movie lovers. Set in a dystopic future where human-robot hybrids are all over the world, humanity and personhood are all in chaos. When Neo (Keanu Reeves) is awakened to reality by Morpheus (Laurence Fishburne), he realizes the need to fight against the machines and lead the human rebels.
Standout line – “Have you ever had a dream, Neo, that you were so sure was real? What if you were unable to wake from that dream? How would you know the difference between the dream world and the real world?”
Saving Private Ryan (1998)
Starring Tom Hanks and Matt Damon, Saving Private Ryan is the story of how American soldiers go behind enemy lines to save a paratrooper after the Normandy attacks during World War II. The movie is one of the finest ever made and is directed by none other than Steven Spielberg. The movie gets really uncomfortable to watch at times, which goes on to show how brutal and painful a war really is.
Standout line – “You see, when… when you end up killing one of your men, you see, you tell yourself it happened so you could save the lives of two or three or ten others. Maybe a hundred others. Do you know how many men I’ve lost under my command?”
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
If you a thriller lover, then The Silence of the Lambs will definitely make you watch it again and again. A terrifying tale of how an FBI agent deals with two serial killers, the movie stars Judy Foster and Anthony Hopkins in leading roles. The story revolves around a young FBI agent, who is tasked with finding a serial killer who skins his victims, by taking the help of another serial killer. This isn’t a movie for you if you are faint-hearted!
Standout line – “A census taker once tried to test me. I ate his liver with some fava beans and a nice chianti.”
On the seventh spot on this list is the movie Seven. The movie stars Morgan Freeman and Brad Pitt in leading roles as detectives, who are on a hunt of a serial killer who uses the seven deadly sins as his prime motive for killing his victims. This sickening tale of a serial killer will keep you awake all night.
Standout line – “Wanting people to listen, you can’t just tap them on the shoulder anymore. You have to hit them with a sledgehammer, and then you’ll notice you’ve got their strict attention.”
Fight Club (1999)
A cult classic, Fight Club stars Brad Pitt and Edward Norton in leading roles. The story revolves around a man (Edward Norton), who goes to various support groups in order to cope with his emotional state and insomnia. However, things take a drastic turn when he meets Tyler (Brad Pitt). The movie explores the crazy and dark side of a modern-day lifestyle and is definitely worth watching over again and again.
Standout line – “It’s only after we’ve lost everything that we’re free to do anything.”
The Usual Suspects (1995)
After a huge explosion at a cargo, a boat leaves more than two dozen people dead and $90 million dollars on the spot, police nab a small-time con man Roger “Verbal” Quint and try to squeeze out information that led to the incident. Quint makes shocking revelations one after another, which leads to police believing the role of a notorious criminal who goes by the name of Keyser Soze in the crime.
Standout line – “The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he did not exist.”
Jurassic Park (1993)
Directed by Steven Spielberg, Jurassic Park is a fantasy, sci-fi movie that definitely changed the way movies were made and appreciated. The story follows a group of people who visit an island theme park for thrill and enjoyment where dinosaurs are resurrected. What’s wrong with that? Well, possibly everything! The special effects and great premise that keeps everyone on the edge of the seat made Jurassic Park one of the most loved movies of the decade.
Standout line – “God creates dinosaurs. God destroys dinosaurs. God creates man. Man destroys God. Man creates dinosaurs.”
Forrest Gump (1994)
Following the events such as Watergate, Vietnam War and the presidencies of Kennedy and Johnson through the perspective of a man who has an IQ of 75, the movie is a classic that is loved by one and all. The movie stars Tom Hanks in the leading role and is considered one of his finest performances. Do watch this beautiful tale.
Standout line – “My momma always said life was like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”
Starring Leonardo Di Caprio and Kate Winslet in leading roles, Titanic is a tale of love and sacrifice that takes place on the ill-fated R.M.S Titanic. If you weren’t in love with Leonardo Di Caprio’s acting skills and charm after Romeo + Juliet, you would have surely fallen in love after Titanic.
Standout line – “[yelling, standing on the bow with his arms stretched outwards] I’m the king of the world!”
Pulp Fiction (1994)
Pulp Fiction is a truly a cult classic of all classics if that’s indeed a thing. The movie blends crime, drama, philosophy, and action – all in one movie. A highly entertaining movie that stars Samuel L. Jackson and John Travolta, Pulp Fiction never gets old no matter how many times you watch it. It is, in many ways, a true representation of how the 90s movies are.
Standout line – “If my answers frighten you then you should cease asking scary questions.”