Best 90s Movies Bollywood and Hollywood (Updated 2020)

Following the 80s movies that have made their way into the zeitgeist, the 90s proved to be an incredibly fertile time for the global movie industry thanks to the incredible filmmakers who had unique visions and were brave enough to experiment in eclectic storytelling. From sweet romantic movies to indie cinema blockbusters, it was a truly magnificent time with many films having distinct storylines and direction.

Best 90s Movies Bollywood and Hollywood (Updated 2020)

However, the best part about this decade was the various genres of movies that were made available to the audience. From crime and psychological thrillers to violent and sinister flicks to tragic romantic films, you could easily find your favorite movie within this period.

Let's begin.

Brought to life by the master of sinister crime and violent narration, Quentin Tarantino, Pulp Fiction is an electrifying movie that isn't only well-written; it's well-performed.

The skilled and classic movie features some Hollywood heavyweights like John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Wills, Harvey Keitel, and Tim Roth.

Pulp Fiction’s explosive nature starts from the very beginning, with the audience understanding the meaning of the word 'Pulp' by the time the end credits roll. The film manages to pull the viewer’s attention through the comical and powerful dialogues and strong performances.

Jules Winnfield and Vincent Vega work together as a pair of hitmen for Marcellus Wallace, a crime boss. While they retrieve a briefcase from Wallace's business partner, Brett, a boxer called Butch Coolidge, who had taken money from Wallace to throw a match but didn’t, attempts to escape the city. Coolidge, however, is spotted by Wallace when the former returns home to get his father’s gold watch.

In a strange turn of events, Coolidge and Wallace end up being kidnapped by a pawn shop owner at gunpoint. The rest of the story displays miracle, eye-opening realization, unlikely dealings, and settlements that shape the lives of the main characters.

Being the cult film it was, Pulp Fiction won and had been nominated for various categories of awards including being nominated for seven Academy Awards, nine BAFTA awards nominations, and six Golden Globe award nominations. It was awarded Palme d’Or (meaning Golden Palm) at the Cannes film festival.

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Crime-drama based genre
Concerted scenes
Well matched cast and crew
Unique story with a different screeplay
Run Time: 2h 58m
Language: English
Rating: R
Studio: Miramax Films
Highly entertaining
Excellent direction
Well-structured plot
Strong dialogues
Disturbing scenes
Excessive profanity
Schindler's List might very well be Steven Spielberg's finest work. The film depicts a phase of life under the Nazi regime during World War II. It centers around the gruesome atrocities committed by the SS officers on the Jewish people and the efforts and sacrifices made by Oskar Schindler (Liam Neeson) who tried to save as many Jews as he could.

It's one of the best movies to demonstrate the Holocaust with Spielberg gallantly showing the pain and suffering brought upon the Jewish people just because of different ideals. The cast of the film includes Liam Neeson, Ralph Fiennes, Ben Kingsley, Caroline Goodall.

The movie starts by showing Oskar doing his best to appease the members of Wehrmacht and SS officials in his bid to earn a name for himself as well as making him popular enough for the officials to fulfill his favors.

Initially, Oskar was more interested in earning wealth and reputation, but that changed the day he witnessed the unabashed slaughter of men, women, and even children.

Being deeply affected by the horrific sight, he changed his intentions to save his worker’s life by spending the maximum of his wealth for bribing and giving expensive gifts to the SS officers. The end scene is gut-wrenching that emphasizes how saving even one life is equivalent to save humanity in general.

The film grossed $320 million worldwide, but more than that, it won hearts. It won seven out of the 12 Academy Awards it was nominated for, as well as seven BAFTA Awards and three Golden Globes Awards.

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Black and white picturization
Depicts the harrowing time under the Nazi regime
Highlights the horrors of the Holocaust
Inspired by real-life events
Run Time: 3h 17m
Language: English
Rating: R
Studio: Universal Pictures
Heart-touching ending
Unique and effective story-telling
Visually appealing
Longer duration
A few disturbing scenes
Fight Club is a masterpiece that blends an eccentric fashion of storytelling which fascinates and puzzles the audience watching the film. This is courtesy of the excellent direction of David Fincher and some great performances by Edward Norton, Brad Pitt, Helena Bonham Carter, Meat Loaf Aday, and Jared Leto.

What makes Fight Club one of the greatest movies is the involvement of intriguing and sparsely-explored concepts like violence, consumerism, chaos, and breakdown phased into dark yet awe-inspiring scenarios. This includes eye-opening and hard-hitting dialogue and other film beats. Interestingly, this dark thriller film didn’t perform well on the box office, but it came back from the grave on DVD to make its brilliance known and gained a cult following in the process.

The plot of the movie focuses on the life events of an unnamed narrator who finds an absence of meaning in his life and job. Due to the lack of a clear path, the narrator is restless and finds relief in support groups. Pretending to be a victim allows him to deal with insomnia when he meets Marla Singer, who disturbs his self-made heaven for a bit.

The real change begins when Tyler Durden enters his life and a meeting with him to overcome his sadness of having his apartment and belongings destroyed completely changes the life of the narrator. The duo gets together establishes Fight Club.

Everything onwards looks fulfilling, but then the dark side of Tyler surfaces where he gets involved in mischief and hardcore violence. What follows is the narrator coming face-to-face with some darker, mind-blogging truths that he (nor the audience!) could have imagined.

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Conception of various different themes
Eccentric storytelling
Shows violence, consumerism, and chaos
Hard-hitting dialogues
Run Time: 2h 31m
Language: English
Rating: R
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Couple of eye-opening scenes
Great performances
Apt depiction of pre-millennial tension
Encourages anti-social behavior
Strong violence
Any 90s kid will remember Terminator 2: Judgment Day and the iconic catchphrase "Hasta la vista, baby"!

This action-packed science-fiction movie involves the return of the T-800 to the present but this time for protection and keeping his target safe while facing another advanced terminator out for the kill.

The cast consists of Arnold Schwarzenegger, Edward Furlong, Robert Patrick, and Linda Hamilton, who do a splendid job of bringing out the action scenes and imagery created by computers.

The movie opens with Sarah Connor narrating the situation in the post-apocalyptic future where the machines have nearly brought the human world to extinction but preventing this complete annihilation and leading the humans against machines is John Connor.

We learn from John that after the failure of the first attempt, Skynet, the AI controlling the nuclear missiles, sends another advance terminator model 1000 to kill him when he is a child. To save himself in the past, the future John sends a terminator model T-800 to protect him.

The rest of the plot shows the audience the growing attachment between young John and T-800 and the struggle of the trio to destroy Skynet's creation by demolishing the chip and facility from where the initial idea of Skynet came to existence. And while they achieve this, the T-800 also has to save John from a very lethal and superior terminator.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day was the next-level breakthrough in the visuals effect technology when it was released. While the movie became a box office blockbuster after earning 517 million USD worldwide, it also won several awards; 2 British Academy Film Awards, 18th People’s Choice Award for Favourite Motion Picture.

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Sci-fi fiction genre
Present vs. future narrative
Gripping plot
Excellent visuals effects
Run Time: 2h 36m
Language: English
Rating: 15
Studio: TriStar Pictures
Action-packed thrills
Advance computer-generated imagery
Well-built story
Based on Stephan King’s novel, The Shawshank Redemption is brought to life by Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Clancy Brown, and Bob Gunton, while Frank Darabont dons the hat of the writer and director.

It portrays the dramatic tale of innocence, corruption, and revenge unfolded at Shawshank State Penitentiary. A banker called Andy Dufresne (Tim Robbins) adamantly pledges his innocence but is charged with a dual life sentence for committing the murder of his wife and her lover. The prison life initially is very saddening and tough but everything changes when his knowledge of banking turns fruitful for the warden (Bob Gunton) and the guards. Eventually, Andy starts managing a money-laundering operation run by the warden.

Things change when it's discovered that Andy is innocent of any crimes, but instead of helping him, the warden and guard plot to keep Andy in prison to continue exploiting his skills. A helpless Andy has to agree to this injustice under pressure, but he starts plotting his own revenge. In the end, Andy manages to break free of prison and walks away with the warden’s money and exposing him to the police authorities.

The audience also gets to witness a great friendship between Andy and a contraband smuggler Ellis "Red" Redding (Morgan Freeman). The exchange gave us some really iconic dialogues that aren't only insightful but also serve as life lessons.

Nominated for seven Academy Awards and two Golden Globe Awards, The Shawshank Redemption had a cultural impact that still hasn't faded away.

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Based on Stephen King's novel
Showcases friendship and loyalty
Iconic dialogues
Hard-hitting scenes
Run Time: 2h 22m
Language: English
Rating: R
Studio: Columbia Pictures
Thrilling climax
Great cast performances
Perspective-changing narrative
Has a positive message
Titanic is the tragic and heart-touching story of the once-great ship that astonished the world with its grandeur, while also setting as the backdrop of a sweet love story between Rose and Jack. This 1997 movie unifies the young rich romance with an eye-opening exhibition of the disaster that resulted in the sinking of the luxury liner.

The movie flows through the remembrance of a beautiful but tragic love story between a common man, Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio), and a debt-ridden aristocrat family’s girl, Rose (Kate Winslet), who is being pressured by her mother to get married to a rich man named Cal (Billy Zane). Disheartened by the way her future looks, Rose tries to commit suicide but is stopped by Jack. What follows are fun moments where we witness the two characters fall in love with each other.

But, little do the audience know that the sweet moments are soon to be followed by some utterly tragic scenes.

While we see young love bloom, the "unsinkable" ship collides with an iceberg that puts it on the verge of sinking. The focus then shifts to people on board trying to save their loved ones and trying to survive which makes the realize just how unpredictable life can be.

With its total budget of $200 million, Titanic earned the title of “the most expensive movie” at the time of its release. Luckily, it was a huge commercial success and managed to gain critical success as well. A beautiful storyline, excellent direction, powerhouse performances, and positive reviews helped it earn up to $1.84 billion worldwide.

The movie won 14 Academy Awards, 4 Golden Globes, and 4 Grammy Awards among several others that highlight the sensation that Titanic was. And of course, who can forget the hauntingly beautiful "My Heart Will Go On" by Celine Dion.

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Tragic portrayal of the 'unsinkable' Titanic
Rich girl-poor boy romance
Beautifully captures the slow sinking of the luxury liner
Great direction and acting
Run Time: 3h 15m
Language: English
Rating: PG-13
Studio: Paramount Pictures, 20th Century Fox
Amazing sountrack
Great character build-up
Heart-touching storyline
Stirring visual effect
Too long
Unsuitable for kids
Directed by Jonathan Demme, The Silence of the Lambs is a psychological horror that was released in 1991 and was an adaptation of a novel written by Thomas Harris of the same name.

The suspense in the movie wraps the attention of the viewers while the story’s style and direction balance the scales between thriller and horror. The cast of the movie includes Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, and Ted Levine.

The film revolves around the FBI trainee, Clarice Starling who wants to prevent further murders by capturing a notorious serial killer, Buffalo Bill. Starling is given the role of interviewing a cannibalistic killer, Hannibal Lecter whose perception and intellect could be helpful to apprehend Buffalo Bill, who's known to kill and skin his victims.

In the first interview between the two, Lecter shows a glimpse of his genius yet dangerous mind to Starling. Meanwhile, Buffalo Bill kidnaps a senator’s daughter that puts Starling under more pressure to catch Buffalo Bill.

The rest of the movie mainly involves Clarice demonstrating her intellect in a dramatic psychological game of chess where Hannibal offers clues for information about Clarice’s other investigation. In reality, Hannibal is using the situation to his complete advantage for fulfilling his requests under the disguise to escape from the prison.

The Silence of the Lambs is repeatedly acclaimed by many film critics and is considered as one of the greatest films ever made. No wonder it finds itself in the top hundred greatest movies by the American Film Institute. It was able to bag five Academy Awards, one Golden Globe award, and two British Academy Awards.

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Thriller and horror elements
Gripping storyline
Psychological horror genre
Roller coaster ride of suspense
Run Time: 2h 18m
Language: English
Rating: R
Studio: Orion Pictures
Suspense filled plot
Excellent acting and direction
Excellent portrayal of Hannibal Lecter
Excessively violent at times
The Lion King is an animated film that has a very commendable story and well-constructed character buildup while the music, animations, and theme were equally splendid, making it a treat to watch for kids and adults alike.

It's one of the most popular animated movies that centers around Simba, a crowned prince in line to replace his father, Mufasa, the powerful king who is loved and adored by his subjects.

However, this love for Mufasa is disliked by Scar, the younger brother of the king who himself has his eyes laid at the post of the King of the Pride Lands. Scar not only murders Mufasa, but he also convinces a young Simba that he was responsible for his father's death and advises him to run away. Unknown to Simba, Scar orders the hyenas to kill the cub, but Simba manages to save himself.

The rest of the story shows how Simba manages to accept his destiny, overcome his guilt, and take back his rightful place. Let's not forget the incredible 'Hakuna Matata' motto that Simba's friends Timon and Pumbaa preach.

The Lion King was made on a movie budget of $45 million but earned a staggering $968 million worldwide. The voice cast of the film was represented by Matthew Broderick, James Earl Jones, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, Jeremy Irons, Moira Kelly, and Nathan Lane. It also won two Academy Awards and a Golden Globe Award.

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Action-adventure genre
Teaches important life lesson to kids and adults
Animated drama movie
Fun and interesting narrative
Run Time: 1h 58m
Language: English
Rating: G
Studio: Buena Vista Pictures
Commendable animation
Great music
Positive message
Similarities with Japanese anime, Kimba
Written by Eric Roth and directed by Robert Zemeckis, Forrest Gump is a comedy drama that received international recognition for its sweet and entertaining plot.

Released in 1994, the film was ranked second in terms of the highest-grossing movie in the same year. The movie is based on the life of Forrest Gump, who unknowingly played a part in shaping and affecting the major events in the history of the United States. Tom Hanks, who portrayed the role of Gump, effortlessly portrayed the role of a simple-minded yet kind man.

The plot of the story begins at a bus stop, where Forrest narrates his experience and moments of his life to a stranger while waiting for a bus. In his earlier years, Forrest could not walk properly and had leg braces, while living with his mother and was best friends with Jenny, who he also fell in love with.

Forrest’s life experience made him come across various renowned individuals such as Elvis Presley, George Wallace, presidents John F. Kennedy, Lyndon B. Johnson, and Richard Nixon. As well, Forrest witnesses events like the Vietnam War, the Watergate scandal, and more.

While there is no doubt about the unrealism of the portrayal, it simply tries to complement the protagonist's humble and kind virtue along with the turmoils of the time.

Forrest Gump won six Academy Awards while being nominated in 13 categories, one BAFTA award, and the Directors Guild of America Awards for Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Motion Pictures.

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Celebrates human life
Sweet film that makes you laugh and emotional
Simple-minded and kind protagonist
Shows different elements through the protagonist's journey
Run Time: 2h 22m
Language: English
Rating: PG-13
Studio: Paramount Pictures
Super entertaining
Impactful dialogues
Tom Hanks!
Storytelling can be a little lazy
Unrealistic plot
Home Alone is a classic Christmas movie that was so well-received by the audience that it kickstarted a film franchise. It is a witty comedy that shows a small boy defending his home against burglary attempts in a joyful manner while underlining the relationship and love between a mother and son. Truly, it is a first-rated family holiday film.

The plot’s core is focused on an unruly eight-year boy Kevin McCallister who had been accidentally left behind at home while the entire family rushes to spend Christmas in Paris. Kevin on waking up to the discovery of the disappearance of his family feels delighted and thrilled at the thought of uninterrupted freedom.

But, unknown to Kevin, things will change soon due to the "Wet Bandits" who are burglarising into the empty houses of the neighborhood. Although Kevin is able to trick them in the beginning, the burglars soon realize that Kevin is alone in the house. The rest of the plot shows the effort made by Kevin to prevent his house from getting robbed while the burglars try to catch and punish Kevin.

The star of the movie, Macaulay Culkin brilliantly plays the role of the small yet intelligent Kevin who uses creative strategy and invention to fend off the burglars giving us scenes where the comedy and laughter truly shine on.

Home Alone was once even ranked as the highest-grossing live-action comedy ever by the Guinness World Records. The movie amassed a total of $476.7 million which, compared to its $18 million budget, was significantly huge.

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Classic Christmas movie
Kid-centric comedy
Depicts mother-son relationship and love
Burglars attempting to rob house
Run Time: 1h 43m
Language: English
Rating: PG
Studio: 20th Century Fox
Creative strategies of Kevin to save his home
Appropriate for kids
Although there are movies that didn't make quite get their due here, such as significant ones like The Matrix, Good Will Hunting, and The Blair Witch Project, they did challenge their genre conventions to bring something entirely different to the audience. And this proved all too true with audiences everywhere.

90s Movies At A Glance
The 1990s were characterized by full-length films that were created to be shown in theatres as well as smaller TV screens. Movies during this time had more close-up scenes rather than just wide angles. This was mainly done to bank on the home-video market, which also became a primary influencer, considering the total revenue for a film.

The Disney Renaissance got full leverage during this period due to well-made movies like The Lion King (1994) and Tarzan (1999).

Die Hard (released in 1988) set up a common formula that was used by directors for making action films during this decade. In other words, there were lots of movies that featured a single common man fighting against a colorful terrorist in an isolated setting. This included films like Cliffhanger, The Rock, Under Siege, Air Force One, and Con-Air.

CGI and Special Effects
It saw the rise of independent studios and independent cinema with movies taking advantage of CGI technology to deliver stellar visuals. Be it Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Forrest Gump, or Jurassic Park, filmmakers were more open to having fun with computers. In fact, Toy Story became the first feature-length film that was fully computer-animated when it was released in 1995.

Several movies used disasters as a backdrop. For example, Titanic, Armageddon, Twister, and Independence Day were based on disasters.

International Cinematic Evolution
Back in India, Bollywood started getting worldwide popularity with cult romance films like Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge and Kuch Kuch Hota Hai ranking in the top movie countdowns.

Hong Kong action stars migrated to Hollywood and used their martial arts skills and raw gunfight choreography to wow the audience. This decade saw the phenomenal rise of action stars like Jackie Chan, Jet Li, Michelle Yeon, Tsui Hark, and John Woo. American filmmakers were quick to adopt the traditional fight forms and showcase it in films like Rush Hour, The Matrix, Tomorrow Never Dies, Lethal Weapon 4, and more.

The 90s: A Decade for Growth
These are some major milestones that the 1990s gave us. Now, we might have more technological advancements that lead to stunning CGI effects. However, the last decade before the turn of the century featured amazingly engaging screenplays and cinematography. As such, the allure of this decade remains unchallenged with some solid scripts, great casts, and ambitious direction.

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Best 90s Movies Bollywood and Hollywood (Updated 2020) Best 90s Movies Bollywood and Hollywood (Updated 2020) Reviewed by Debyendu Bhunia on June 04, 2020 Rating: 5

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