Best Movies Of The 90s – Action & Family Among Other Genres

Can you name any movie that came out in the 90s?  You probably named more than one movie,  huh? This is because the nineties was the golden era for the movies. Whether you were a fan of action, thriller, adventure, or horror movies, you knew the movie would have you at the edge of your seat.

Since the movies were so profound, let us go back and relive the memories, Shall we? Read along as we go back to a trip down memory lane to the best movies of the 90s

Best 90s Movies

One thing about movies is that they bring our favorite celebrities to our living rooms or movie theaters, like a special kind of delivery, right? Are you a fan of movies, especially the 90s ones? Then let’s take this trip, shall we?

The Shawshank Redemption(1994)

Best Movies of the 90s

What happens when you commit a double murder? You will be given a life sentence and, in some cases, a death sentence. This is what befell Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins), a banker in 1947. But in his case, he was innocent. He was imprisoned in the Shawshank Prison, where he met Ellis Boyd “Red” Reddington (Morgan Freeman). What follows is a great friendship and a quest for freedom.

This classic film was written by Stephen King and was directed by Frank Darabont. It is among the list of IMDb’s top-rated movies of all time. If you haven’t watched it, it’s about time you did.

The Fugitive (1993)

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Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones Team up in this 90s classic to give us one of the most unforgettable movies. Dr. Richard Kimble (Harrison Ford) is unjustly sentenced to death after the murder of his wife. En route to prison, the prison bus crashes, offering Dr. Richard Kimble an opportunity to escape and try to clear his name.

A stage is set where Dr. Kimble has to hide from the police and the US Marshals Samuel Gerard (Tommy Lee Jones) and his team. Did he manage to clear his name? This film was among the top-grossing films of the 90s.

Men In Black (1997)

Best Movies of the 90s

Are there aliens? James Edward (Will Smith) never knew about their existence on earth until he qualified to work with the secret MIB. With his no-nonsense partner, Agent K ( Tommy Lee Jones). They were tasked to protect the world from aliens hiding their existence by using the human body.

An alien crash lands on earth to get the energy source housed on a small piece of jewelry. Agent K and J ( Will Smith) have to be the first to get the jewelry to protect the world. Where was the jewelry?

You can refresh your memory by catching up with this third highest-grossing movie of the 90s on online streaming services.

Titanic (1997)

Best Movies of the 90s

Love found, and Love lost aboard the biggest water vessel in 1912, “The Titanic,” captured the hearts of film lovers in the 90s. 17-year-old Rose DeWitt Bukater (Kate Winslet) is going to get married to her fiancé Cal Hockley (Billy Zane), whom she doesn’t love. Inside the Titanic, Rose attempts to commit suicide and is saved by a young man, Jack Dawson (Leonardo DiCaprio), and these sparks love between the two.

What later ensues is a cat and mouse game between Cal, Jack, and Rose. The ship hit an iceberg, and started to sink. Did the two survive? If you haven’t watched it yet, it is about time you did. Directed by James Cameron, Titanic is the highest-grossing film of all time.

The Mask (1994)

Best Movies of the 90s

What would you do if you had superpowers? Well, Stanley Ipkiss, a shy banker, stumbled upon a mask near the harbor that would transform him into a cartoon character, “The Mask.” He used his newfound power to take revenge on his landlady, rob a bank, fight crime and got himself a girlfriend.

This mask got him into trouble that landed him in the cold police cell. With the help of his dog Milo, he managed to escape. Would he save his girlfriend Tina (Cameron Diaz) without his mask? This is a family movie sure to make you laugh all the way.

Saving Private Ryan (1998)

Best Movies of the 90s

A mother with four sons, all in the US military service, receives the heartbreaking news that three of her sons were killed in combat. The General is heartbroken and requests the fourth and youngest son to be brought from the ongoing war.

Captain Miller (Tom Hanks) leads the team to find James Francis Ryan (Matt Damon), who refuses to leave his fellow soldiers and chooses to fight on with them. The Miller team joins them. Later, the German war army comes heavy on them, killing many soldiers, including Captain Miller. This war movie genre received acclaim from critics and has been considered the greatest war film of all time.

Forrest Gump (1994)

Best Movies of the 90s

A young boy is bullied for wearing leg braces and because of his low IQ. Listening to his friend Jenny who urges him to run, he manages to run, and the braces fall off, revealing him to be a fast runner. Forrest Gump is a resilient man who also proved to be very caring and a promise keeper.

Despite being deemed as a boy with a low IQ, Forrest Gump manages to become a millionaire. How was that possible? Did he reunite with Jenny? This captivating film became the second highest-grossing film in 1994 and won six academy awards.

Mrs. Doubtfire (1993)

Best Movies of the 90s

How far will you go to spend time with your loved ones? Daniel Hillard (Robin Williams) undergoes a nasty divorce, where his ex-wife gets custody of all their children. Heartbroken, he later learns that his ex-wife is looking for a housekeeper. So he transforms into Mrs. Doubtfire.

He manages to get hired, but later his little secret was uncovered in public when his mask peeled off. Will this push him further away from his children and his ex-wife? This movie received two awards, while Robin won an award for the best actor.


Best Movies of the 90s

When a criminal exchanges his face with yours. You are in for a  hard time. Face off is an action thriller film that stars John Travolta as an FBI agent and Nicolas Cage as a terrorist. Agent Sean Archer seeks to know the whereabouts of the bomb that Troy hard planted and opts to do a physical exchange with Troy to get information on the bomb. Unfortunately, Troy wakes up from the coma and has Archer’s face planted on him.

Now, Troy is Archer, and Archer is troy. With the death of the three doctors who knew about the physical exchange. How will Archer prove that he is not Troy? Will Troy let him?  Face/Off was the 11th highest-grossing film in 1997.

In Conclusion

The 90’s films are unforgettable. Many people are still watching them to refresh their memories. More films came up in the ’90s that we haven’t mentioned here. Catching up on these beloved films will help you relive the good old memories that come with them.

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