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#1 Mitchell

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Posted 09 April 2007 - 05:36 PM

OK here goes. In this thread feel free to suggest and discuss the best films released between 1990 and 1999. The limit 100 films. anything with (TV) after it on IMDB is a no-go. Only TV films that recut for theatrical distribution (presumably in a different country) are good here. If it got a theatrical release in the 80's in the country(-ies) of origin then there's no debate, it is in. Anything else may need you personally to explain the situation if you feel it's debatable.

1. 1000
2. 750
3. 500
4. 400
5. 350
6. 320
7. 300
8. 280
9. 260
10. 250
11. 245
12. 240
13. 235
14. 230
15. 225
16. 220
17. 215
18. 210
19. 205
20. 200

25. 175
30. 150
31. 148
32. 146
33. 144
34. 142
35. 140

40. 130
45. 120
50. 110
55. 100
60. 90
65. 80
70. 70
75. 60
80. 50
85. 40
90. 30

95. 20
96. 18
97. 16
98. 14
99. 12
100. 10


Yet again I hope this will put an emphasis on ordering the higher end of the list and won't penalise those who submit smaller lists or give a bias to either the films we've all seen or high ranking films on a few lists. I think this has worked well so far.

The deadline for votes is 25th May and the list will be counted down during the month of June before I go away.

Best places to start...

http://uk.imdb.com/chart/1990s
http://www.theyshootpictures.com/
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#2 worrywort

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Posted 10 April 2007 - 01:35 AM

The Wrong Trousers is my number one, but it's not eligilble. So in its hono(u)r I present the

Cracking 101

101. Living in Oblivion
100. Defending your Life
99. Austin Powers
98. Big Lebowski
97. Much Ado About Nothing
96. Strange Days
95. Quick Change
94. King of the Hill
93. Underground
92. office space
91. Snapper

90. Titus
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89. Primal Fear
88. Funny Games
87. Proof
86. Big Night
85. Smoke
84. Freeway
83. The Ice Storm
82. Iron Giant
81. Zero Effect

80. Rushmore
79. Hard Eight
78. Go
77. Love and Death on Long Island
76. The Crying Game
75. Shine
74. Awakenings
73. Fresh
72. Brother's Keeper
71. Speed

70. Out of Sight
69. Blair Witch Project
68. Delicatessen
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67. Dogma
66. Good Will Hunting
65. Bronx Tale
64. Malcolm X
63. Little man tate
62. Se7en
61. Groundhog Day

60. American Beauty
59. Nightmare Before Christmas
58. Ponette
57. Nixon
56. He Got Game
55. What About Bob
54. HENRY : PORTRAIT OF A SERIAL KILLER
53. Wayne's World
52. Titanic
51. Life Is Beautiful

50. Boys Don't Cry
49. Schindler's List
48. Crumb
47. Miller's Crossing
46. Before Sunrise
45. Paradise Lost
44. The Hairdresser's Husband
43. Heavenly Creatures
42. Quiz Show
41. Four Weddings and a Funeral

40. Insider
39. Donnie Brasco
38. Rudy
37. Jerry Maguire
36. Courage Under Fire
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35. Jackie Brown
34. Pleasantville
33. Babe - Pig In The City
32. Avalon
31. The Celebration (Festen)
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30. Glengarry Glen Ross
29. The Legend of Drunken Master
28. Silence of the Lambs (1991)
27. Apollo 13
26. Waiting for Guffman
25. Pulp Fiction
24. Microcosmos
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23. Brassed Off
22. Babe
21. My Cousin Vinny

20. Toy Story 2
19. Swingers
18. JFK
17. Jurassic Park
16. Midnight Clear 1992)
15. L.A. Confidential (1997)
14. Hoop Dreams (1994)
13. Gattaca (1997)
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12. Saving Private Ryan (1998)
11. Truman Show (1998)

10. Election (1999)
09. Toy Story (1995)
08. Trainspotting (1996)
07. Forrest Gump (1995)
06. Reservoir Dogs (1992)
05. Shawshank Redemption (1994)
04. Being John Malkovich (1999)
03. Fargo (1996)
02. Boogie Nights (1997)
01. Goodfellas (1990)

this site is helpful
http://www.panix.com/~dangelo/top.html
oh, and Ghost Dog, despite IMBD, is 2000
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#3 Mitchell

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Posted 10 April 2007 - 01:50 AM

Yeah, no Wallace and Gromit, those are TV shows. Ghost Dog we'll go with 2000 as the majority of us speak little if any French. Good list to start with.
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Posted 10 April 2007 - 02:01 AM

1990

Goodfellas
Miller's Crossing
Edward Scissorhands
Dances with Wolves
Misery
Ju Dou
Yume / Akira Kurosawa's Dreams
(La Femme) Nikita
Hunt for Red October, The
Godfather: Part III, The
Total Recall
Home Alone
Die Hard 2
Back To The Future III
Pretty Women
Ghost
Kindergarten Cop
Wild At Heart
Tremors
Dick Tracey
Days Of Thunder
Jacob's Ladder
Flatliners
Rocky V
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
Arachnophobia
Gremlins 2: The New Batch
Look Who's Talking Too
Grifters, The
Mermaids
Cyrano de Bergerac
Problem Child
King of New York
3 Men and A Little Lady
The Exorcist III
Child's Play 2
Internal Affairs
The Witches
State of Grace
NeverEnding Story II: The Next Chapter, The
Rescuers Down Under, The
Europa Europa
Die xue jie tou / Bullet In The Head
The Two Jakes
Avalon
Nuns On The RUn
Sono otoko, kyb ni tsuki / Warining, This Man is Wild
Miami Blues
Joe Versus the Volcano
Life Is Sweet
Metropolitan
The Nasty Girl
Bullet in the Head
After Dark, My Sweet
The Freshman
Close-Up
Nouvelle vague
Paris Is Burning
Angel at My Table, An
Days of Being Wild
Riff-Raff
To Sleep with Anger
Tongues Untied
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Posted 10 April 2007 - 03:10 AM

i spent this entire decade in grade school sooo torn between doing a respectable list and going for 1000% balls-out home alone 2 at #1 nostalgiarama
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Posted 10 April 2007 - 04:25 AM

There are too many to mention, so I'll highlight a couple that might get overlooked.

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Only Yesterday: The BEST anime of the entire 1990s is also one of the least-seen. Isao Takahata who did the absolutely crushing Grave of the Fireflies directed this one, one of the very few Studio Ghibli films to not get an American DVD release (Purportedly because Disney balked at the one scene where a young girl doesn't want her mother to write her a note excusing her from P.E. because everyone will think she's begun her period) is also one of the best. It's the story of an unmarried woman who goes on holiday out in the country. While she is there, she falls into the gentle routine of farm life, and reminisces about her youth. It's a gorgeous, heartfelt story with amazing animation. Deeply moving, I would expect this to place somewhere in my Top 10.

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The Bird People in China: Seemingly everyone that knows Takashi Miike for his hyper-violent, nightmarish films like Audition, Dead or Alive, or Ichi the Killer, but just when you think you've got him pigeonholed, you come across a movie like this which has more in common with the first movie I discussed, then anything else. It's about a young businessman sent to check out rare jade deposits in a small village. It's part manic road movie, part expository on the disconnect between modern man and modern society and a desire to return to a simpler life. All at once, it's funny, sad, and hopeful, which aren't three words you would commonly associate with Miike's films (Well, maybe funny).

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Chungking Express: Quite simply my favourite movie of all-time, and, therefore, almost a lock to be my #1 movie of the 90s. Directed by Wong Kar Wai, Chungking Express is split in half, the first half being a heart-broke cop who gets mixed up with a mysterious blonde-wig clad smuggler, while the second-half sees the employee at the titular diner fall for another cop. Nobody photographs women like Wong Kar Wai and cinematographer Christopher Doyle, and they have two very different muses here in the nearly unrecognizable, behind her curly wig and large shades, Brigitte Lin, and pop singer turned actress, the luminous Faye Wong. Add to the mix, two of Hong Kong's finest actors, in Tony Leung and Takeshi Kaneshiro, and you have a veritable Hong Kong acting workshop. But, putting all of the film snobbery and techniques aside, it's just a beautiful romantic movie. Characters staring through rainy windows, dancing as an expression of being in love, or doing completely eccentric things like the first cop who buys a can of pineapple with an expiry date of every single day in April to commemorate his break-up (If she doesn't return to him by the time he has every can, he will move on, he tells himself). It's just a moving, hopeful, and, ultimately thrilling film.

"'I Love My Dad' is the only one that slightly annoys me, maybe because I never loved my dad."

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Posted 10 April 2007 - 06:57 AM

i spent this entire decade in grade school

sooo torn between doing a respectable list and going for 1000% balls-out home alone 2 at #1 nostalgiarama

you're supposed to list your favorites so feel free to piss all over respectable

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Posted 10 April 2007 - 08:02 AM

Chungking Express: Quite simply my favourite movie of all-time, and, therefore, almost a lock to be my #1 movie of the 90s. Directed by Wong Kar Wai,

adore this film.
but i really can't decide if i like it more than "fallen angels". "chunking express" is beautiful and so romantic, but i think "fallen angels" is one of the most humane movies ever.

i want to submit my list for this too. will have to see some more lists first, so i can remember whatever i saw but forgotten about.

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Posted 10 April 2007 - 09:24 AM

1990

Goodfellas
Miller's Crossing
(La Femme) Nikita
Hunt for Red October, The
Wild At Heart
Grifters, The
King of New York
The Witches
State of Grace
Europa Europa
Metropolitan
After Dark, My Sweet
Angel at My Table, An


A dozen from 1990 alone, with '95 & '99 (a.k.a. The Best Years Ever) are going to make it murder to get down to 100.
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#10 Mitchell

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Posted 10 April 2007 - 09:28 AM

'94 is pretty good too.
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Posted 10 April 2007 - 09:52 AM

1990

Goodfellas
Miller's Crossing
Edward Scissorhands
Die Hard 2
Grifters, The
Die xue jie tou / Bullet In The Head


Also:

Awakenings
Once a Thief
Pump Up The Volume
Darkman

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Posted 10 April 2007 - 10:43 AM

If we're going by total number of views... 1. The Big Lebowski 2. Home Alone 3. Aladdin ........ ...... ... . 97 others this list is gonna take me much more time than it should... ::To the Netflix queue!::
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Posted 10 April 2007 - 11:46 AM


1990

Goodfellas
Miller's Crossing
(La Femme) Nikita
Hunt for Red October, The
Wild At Heart
Grifters, The
King of New York
The Witches
State of Grace
Europa Europa
Metropolitan
After Dark, My Sweet
Angel at My Table, An


A dozen from 1990 alone, with '95 & '99 (a.k.a. The Best Years Ever) are going to make it murder to get down to 100.


I agree. I already have it narrowed down to about 150 really, really good movies. Getting to 100 is going to be a challenge.
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Posted 10 April 2007 - 05:50 PM

bump.
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Posted 10 April 2007 - 06:40 PM

Think I need to hunt down a VHS copy of Rock-A-Doodle to see if it's quite as epic as I remember it
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Posted 10 April 2007 - 06:43 PM

bump.


yes, bump, as there are only six weeks left to vote.
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Posted 10 April 2007 - 07:45 PM

i spent this entire decade in grade school

sooo torn between doing a respectable list and going for 1000% balls-out home alone 2 at #1 nostalgiarama

Yep, that's how you do it.

This list is shaping up to be my favorite (and longest (but still 40 short of 100 (check back with me in ten years))) movie list I've done.
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Posted 10 April 2007 - 10:47 PM

1990
Miller's Crossing
Total Recall
Jacob's Ladder

These just have to be in my top 10, which only leaves 7 spots for the rest of this awesome decade. This will be difficult.

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Posted 10 April 2007 - 11:14 PM

Oh, man, Miller's Crossing.

I'M PRAYING TO YOU!!!! LOOK IN YOUR HEART!!!

So the Coens have four movies on my list, then? Goddamn, those dudes are too rad.
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Alright, my friends. It's time for another solid little rock jam

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Posted 10 April 2007 - 11:33 PM

So the Coens have four movies on my list, then? Goddamn, those dudes are too rad.


They've got 5 on mine.

Do I assume Hudsucker isn't on yours?