Top 5, no wait! Top 10 Favourite 90s Movies // Entertainment

A while ago I wrote about my Top 5 90s crushes, and at the time, it got me thinking about all things 90s (again) and I thought it was well past time that I shared with you my Top 5 favourite films of the 90s. The only problem is, it's basically impossible for me to narrow it down to just 5. There were just so many movies in the 90s that I absolutely loved and watched over and over again.

In fact it was so hard once I started thinking about it that I've even had to split it in to two posts, with one that is going to be dedicated solely to my favourite 5-10 90s kids movies! The 90s covered me from the ages of 8 to 17, which I think you'll all agree is a pretty important part of a person's life. So much happens in that 10 year period of going from a child to a teenager, and the culture of the time is often what people carry with them for the rest of their lives.

So without further ado, I present to you, the hardest Top 5 I've had to come up with so far, that it ' actually a Top 10 (and actually even Top 11 if we want to get technical!)... here it is...

Top 10 90s Movies

10. Hercules Returns

I first saw this movie when I was 14 and to this day I still quote lines from it. It was released in 1993, is an Australian (mostly film) and revolves around a couple of guys who buy an old picture theatre, and decide on opening night to replay the last movie that was shown there before it closed decades earlier. The only problem is, when the film turns up, it's all in Italian, with no subtitles, meaning that the 3 main characters then have to dub the entire film themselves, live. All I can say about this movie is do yourself a favour and watch it. It's gold!

9. BASEketball

This 1998 movie starring the creators of South Park was, at the time, one of the funniest, rudest movies I'd seen. If you're at all familiar with South Park then you have some idea of the types of jokes you can expect to find here, but it has a lot of heart, as they fight against a businessman who wants to screw them, and the game they created (a hybrid of basketball and baseball in case the title didn't make that clear enough!). Steeeeeve Perry!

8. Titanic

This movie needs no introduction from me. I saw it 4 times at the cinemas and managed to get through every sitting without going to the bathroom. I don't think I could boast that these days! What more can I say, it had everything I loved in a movie as a teenager: Leo Dicaprio and a love story.

7. Dazed and Confused and Empire Records

It was a real toss-up for the number 7 spot between Dazed & Confused and Empire Records, and in the end I just couldn't separate them, so I've included them both. In my angsty teenage years both of these movies, despite being set in America and in very different conditions to what I lived in, really had something that I connected to and I couldn't leave either off the list. In fact, I could even go one further and add Reality Bites in here as well.

6. Wayne's World

I'm pretty sure I've mentioned on many occasions my love of Wayne's World. If you haven't seen Wayne's World then stop what you are doing right now and somehow, someway get your hands on a copy and watch it tonight. It is filled with some of the best 90s comedy lines, and includes my all-time favourite line from a movie: If you're gonna spew, spew in to this!

5. Jurassic Park

Now this one could arguably be on the kids list, and chances are I will probably include it on that one as well. But to not include it here would just be so wrong. Dave and I were talking about this movie while I was writing this, and he summed up perfectly how I think most people my age felt about this movie when it first came out: "It was the greatest movie I had ever seen, ever, up to that point in my life." Dave reckons that at the time he even thought it was better than Terminator 2, which is his all-time favourite movie.

I felt the same way when I saw Jurassic Park. I'd never seen anything like it before, and I am a little bit sad that I won't ever see a movie that I will feel so damn amazed and awed by, as I did when I saw that movie on the big screen at 10 years of age. If I do, it's gonna have to actually have smell-o-vision and stuff I can physically touch while watching it. Or actual, real-life dinosaurs!

4. Twister

This is one of the cheesiest movies, but even now I still love a good viewing of Twister. I own the DVD, and I still have the VHS copy of it too! I was always one of those kids that loved learning about things like volcanoes and cyclones at school, so this movie totally hit the spot with me at 14 years of age.

3. Speed

What can I say about Speed? Only that for me, it's the best action movie of the 90s. Period. Sandra. A super-hot Keanu. A storyline that cracked along with dialogue that made even Keanu sound more than one-dimensional! It had everything and more, and oh, that kiss scene at the end, when Sandra and Keanu have escaped off the train. I'll put my hand up and admit that featured in at least 75% of my dreams in the first year after seeing it!

2. Romeo + Juliet

It was really super hard to split my number 1 and 2 movies. Really slim. But the movie I've given the top spot to gets it purely based on re-watchability.

Romeo + Juliet, the ultimate angsty teenage girl love story, gets a modern update with the hottest cast and soundtrack of the decade. And make every high school English teacher rejoice that finally their students might understand some of the archaic English Shakespeare used. I know it helped me!

This was the movie that made me fall in love with Leo and embark on a quest to see every film he had ever been in. This movie led me to love affairs with movies such as What's Eating Gilbert Grape and The Basketball Diaries, and is still up there as one of my all-time favourite movie soundtracks.

1. Clueless

I can honestly say I don't know any female, who was a teenager in the 90s, that doesn't love this movie. Now obviously this has a lot to do with the kind of friends and family I have, but still. Every girl I knew at 14 wanted to be Cher Horowitz. Or at least have Josh for a step-brother. Most definitely Alicia Silverstone's defining role, and sadly for her, one that she was never gonna be able to live down, because for an entire generation of women, she will forever be Clueless. Nothing she has done before or since has ever, or will ever, be as dope.

So there you have it, my Top 10 (sneaky 11!) favourite 90s movies. Do you share any of the same faves with me? What would be in your Top 10?


Kylie Purtell said…
7 6 5 & 3. I really hope the new Jurassic Park lives up to the magic of that first one, but no Sam Neil or Jeff Goldblum... How can it work? Also I'm scared it'll all be computerised stuff, no 'puppetry'. It's the same reason the old Star Wars are more believable than the new to me. If any of that makes sense.
Kylie Purtell said…
Wayne's World 1 and 2 are some of my all time favourite movies. Plus Empire Records - love! Clueless was ok. I hated titanic. Have never seen Twister, Jurassic Park or Hercules Returns.

My favourites include Pulp Fiction, Truman Show, Life is Beautiful, Groundhog Day, Girl Interrupted, Starship Troopers, Notting Hill, Being John Malkovich, Muriel's Wedding, Strictly Ballroom, Before Sunrise, Gross Pointe Blank, Clerks, Pump Up The Volume, Sense and Sensibility, Reality Bites.... I could go on and on
Kylie Purtell said…
Speed, Clueless and Wayne's World are all 90's classics. Personally I would have to put in Men in Black, Wild Wild West & and Independence Day on my list - guess the connection there????
Kylie Purtell said…
Hahaha, while researching for this list it got harder and harder to narrow down the top 10 because there were just so many good ones. I was going through a list of the top 1000 grossing movies of the 90s and every second one I was like "Ohhh, I loved that!". My longlist was verrrry long!
Kylie Purtell said…
Kirsty & Will, sitting in a tree...
Kylie Purtell said…
I love Pulp Fiction too, although I came to that party closer to the noughties thanks to my age when it came out. Muriel's Wedding! Totally forgot about that! I also forgot about The Castle too! And Occasional Course Language.
Kylie Purtell said…
There's a new Jurassic Park? How have I not heard of this?!
Kylie Purtell said…
Romeo and Juliet, Empire Records and Clueless were all played lots at my place, also Now and Then was my absolute fav!!
Kylie Purtell said…
Twister is still one of my all time top movies and I can still watch it over and over and not get bored with it. I guess cos I'm fascinated and slightly scared of twisters and my bedroom roof was ripped off by a small tornado when I was little (not that I remember it). Romeo and Juliet are also some of my favourites - hello sexy young Leo!
Kylie Purtell said…
Hocus Pocus, the 5th element, Jurassic park, twister, Armageddon, jumanji, Notting hill, free Willy, 101 Dalmatians, Halloween
Kylie Purtell said…
Oh Rexy, you're so sexy! LOVE Empire Records. I have watched it about four million times. I totally forgot about Dazed and confused, but do remember liking it. Reality bites was up there too as was Clueless and Romeo and Juliet. You've really done well. What about Point Break though and Scream?!! There are SO many. I don't think I could break it down. Visiting via #teamIBOT
Kylie Purtell said…
"Tie a yellow ribbon round the old oak tree....." I LOVED Hercules Returns. I think I can remember most of the quotes too - "I'll fight you on one condition, that you lower your nipples." Clueless, Reality Bites and Empire Records were also favourites (I really wanted to work in a record store after seeing that). I'll also add to your list The Usual Suspects (brilliant) and Happy Gilmore (I started dating Handy Hubby in the mid 90s and it was his favourite film at the time).
Kylie Purtell said…
I have to admit I was never much of a Point Break fan, but I was an absolute Scream fan. I actually lied to Mum about what I was seeing at the movies that night because I knew there was no way in a million years that she would have let me go otherwise! I had at least 20 other movies on my list as I was thinking about this post, I might have to do a follow-up on the movies that didn't make the cut!
Kylie Purtell said…
Oh I loved Armageddon too! I still hear the theme song and get all nostalgic and want to watch it.
Kylie Purtell said…
Holy shizz, your bedroom roof blew off? That's scary, and I can understand the fascination totally, I'm the same!
Kylie Purtell said…
Now and Then was such a good movie too, I remember going to see it at the movies with my best friends at the time.
Kylie Purtell said…
YES! Clueless and Wayne's World are two of my favourite movies. Clueless is the most incredible satire, seriously. I also - quite shamefully - sobbed my way through the last 1/3 of Titanic at the cinemas while ON A DATE, and have never recovered from the embarrassment. Great list. And Dazed and Confused....Aaaaah, classic.
Kylie Purtell said…
This post makes me think that we are basically the same person, except for Hercules, WTF?
Kylie Purtell said…
Oh I love Clueless! And Titanic. And Romeo and Juliet - I remember yelling at the screen when the FedEx guy was knocking on the caravan door thinking 'wake up you fool!' even tho I knew the inevitable ending!
My number 1 90's movie is definitely Dangerous Minds. It was kind of my coming-of-age movie, I was 15 when it came out. And I also love Independence Day, altho that's almost into the 00's.
Kylie Purtell said…
Definitely agree with your top 4!!!
Kylie Purtell said…
I'm pretty sure we're the same age! Therefore, I'm agreeing a lot with you here.
For me, I'd have to put Empire Records as my favourite 90's movie, only just outdoing Reality Bites as 2nd favourite. There was a year during high school where every day after school, I'd watch one of those two movies when I got home in the afternoon. It was my dream to work at Empire Records! It still is! I can't tell you how sad it makes me to see the decline of "music stores", knowing that I'll probably never get to work in one now :(
I remember seeing Twister at the movies, I had chills, so good (for the time)! And Romeo and Juliet, that will always be timeless.
PS. Your Mum goes out with SQUEAK :)

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