Gem Seddon and GamesRadar present The 25 Best ’90s Movies. The list is excellent and coming up with just three choices was really tough, but here are three of my favorites…
24. LA Confidential (1999)
The movie: Slow-burning, throwback-inspired noir was a big thing in the ’90s. Things To Do In Denver When You’re Dead, Twilight, Red Rock West… and the one that tops the lot: Curtis Hanson’s tightly-plotted riff on James Ellroy’s L.A.-based novel. Its razor sharp script slowly unravels to reveal the rotten core of 1950s Hollywood, that’s made all the more enchanting by its killer cast: Kim Basinger, Kevin Spacey, Guy Pearce and Russell Crowe all deliver stonking turns.
Most ’90s moment: While the film is set during the ’50s, its last act twist is an utterly ’90s invention.
21. The Sixth Sense (1999)
The movie: It’s testament to the quality of The Sixth Sense that it even holds up when you know exactly what is coming. Just in case you haven’t experienced its twist yet (and I can’t imagine there are many who haven’t), I won’t do a cheap gag at its expense. Instead, I’ll praise M. Night Shyamalan’s masterful control of suspense and chills, and bemoan the fact that he’s rarely managed to repeat it. Regarding its iconic ending, I will say that the moment the end credits roll, you’ll dive straight back in to see just how you could have missed it.
Most ’90s moment: It really is the ending. Seriously, the ’90s were all about twists.
17. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
The movie: Quentin Tarantino’s first – and, for some, still his best – feature introduced us to his world in brilliant fashion. From Mr. Pink’s (Steve Buscemi) opinion on tipping and the cool-as-fuck opening titles to the unforgettable ear-slicing, it showed us exactly what to expect from a Tarantino effort. And those elements remain today in The Hateful Eight, even if his recent movies have lacked the narrative tightness of his debut. Perhaps the only surprising thing for some first-time viewings is how restrained the filmmaker is. Modern-day Tarantino may see Aldo Raine carve a swastika in someone’s head but, back then, we didn’t even see the ear sliced off.
Most ’90s moment: Sure, it was twenty years old at the time but Stealers Wheel’s Stuck In The Middle Of You became a massive ’90s hit.