Greatest Films of the 1990s
Greatest Films of the 1990s


Greatest Films of the 1990s
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1992

Bad Lieutenant (1992), 98 minutes, D: Abel Ferrara
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Basic Instinct (1992), 127 minutes, D: Paul Verhoeven
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Batman Returns (1992), 126 minutes, D. Tim Burton
See Batman series.

Bram Stoker's Dracula (1992), 130 minutes, D: Francis Ford Coppola
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Candyman (1992), 99 minutes, D: Bernard Rose
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The Crying Game (1992, UK), 112 minutes, D: Neil Jordan
Writer/director Neil Jordan's powerful, layered suspense thriller/modern-day noir, which examines friendship, sexuality, love, political intrigue, race relations and human nature, was partly inspired by the classic Irish short story A Guest of the Nation by Frank O'Connor. The highly profitable independent film opens with the kidnapping of a British soldier named Jody (Forest Whitaker) by a group of IRA resistance/terrorists, led by a cold, calculating femme fatale Jude (Miranda Richardson), who had entrapped the soldier by seducing him while he was intoxicated. One of the captors, Fergus (Stephen Rea), strikes an unlikely friendship with the prisoner, both knowing that Jody would most likely be executed. The execution goes awry when Jody, trying to escape, is accidentally killed by a convoy of British army soldiers, who immediately disperse the IRA cell. Fergus goes into hiding and partial retirement from the IRA in London, but feels compelled to honor his promise to Jody that if he was killed, he would tell Jody's beautiful lover Dil (Jaye Davidson, whose magnificent gender-bending Oscar-nominated performance was in a role that was considered uncastable) of his fate. As a love triangle develops, Fergus soon finds himself attracted to Dil and valiantly protective of the lonely and aloof hairdresser, but both harbor a secret that would prevent them from romantically loving one another. The revelation of Dil's sexual secret is a Hitchcockian plot twist that audiences were urged not to reveal, which they honored. Complications arise when Jude shows up, and embroils Fergus in a dangerous assassination plot, using "wee black chick" Dil as collateral. The film was a smash hit both critically and commercially, and earned six Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and two nominations for Jordan for his direction and original screenplay (which he won.)

A Few Good Men (1992), 138 minutes, D: Rob Reiner
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Glengarry Glen Ross (1992), 100 minutes, D: James Foley
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Howards End (1992, UK), 140 minutes, D: James Ivory
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The Last of the Mohicans (1992), 114 minutes, D: Michael Mann
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Malcolm X (1992), 201 minutes, D: Spike Lee
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The Player (1992), 123 minutes, D: Robert Altman
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Reservoir Dogs (1992), 99 minutes, D: Quentin Tarantino
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Scent of a Woman (1992), 137 minutes, D: Martin Brest
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Single White Female (1992), 107 minutes, D: Berbet Schroeder
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Unforgiven (1992), 131 minutes, D: Clint Eastwood
Actor/director Clint Eastwood's magnificent Western masterpiece and a Best Picture-winner. Circumstances force a retired, poor, notorious ex-bounty hunter William Munny (Clint Eastwood), now a hog farmer, to resume his former occupation. In the 1880s frontier town of Big Whiskey, Wyoming, a prostitute's face has been brutally slashed by vicious cowboys, and her fellow co-workers have raised a $500 bounty. Joined by former sidekick partner Ned Logan (Morgan Freeman) and aspiring, cocky gunfighter 'The Schofield Kid' (Jaimz Woolvett), they journey to the town to confront the corrupt, sadistic and autocratic Sheriff "Little Bill" Daggett (Gene Hackman), who has denied justice to the brothel's women. In a deadly and bloody showdown, Munny's nihilistic past is graphically brought back.

Wayne's World (1992), 95 minutes, D: Penelope Spheeris
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