10 Overlooked 90s Movies Worth Watching

10 Overlooked 90s Movies Worth Watching

As someone who absolutely loves nostalgic movies, I'm constantly on the hunt for hidden gems from the past. The 90s holds a special place in my heart because it was a decade that produced so many incredible films that have truly stood the test of time, coupled with the fact that I had just become a teenager and the wonderful word of cinema became my oyster! While we all fondly remember the popular blockbusters and cult classics, there's a whole array of remarkable movies from that era that often go unnoticed. In this the second installment of 90s Overlooked gems, I'd love to share with you my thoughts on 10 more underrated 90s movies that definitely deserve your attention. (Part 1 available here)

"What sets the 90s apart more than any other decade in film was due to the birth of Indie filmmakers (Tarantino, Wes Anderson, Linklater, Kevin Smith, Aronofsky etc) and the not so reliance on Superheroes" - Me

1. Suburbia (1996)

  • Director: Richard Linklater
  • Genre: Drama
  • Runtime: 1h 35min
  • Main Actors: Giovanni Ribisi, Steve Zahn, Amie Carey
  • Rating: 6.8/10

When thinking about remarkable films, one that instantly pops into my head is "Suburbia," which graced the screens in 1996. Richard Linklater, the brilliant director behind this gem, takes us on an immersive adventure into the lives of disillusioned teenagers living in the suburbs. It delves deep into the profound concepts of alienation, identity, and rebellion, leaving a lasting impact on audiences to this day. Linklater's exceptional artistry and the genuine performances by the cast transform "Suburbia" into a movie that sparks introspection and stirs the emotions of viewers.

2. Short Cuts (1993)

  • Director: Robert Altman
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy
  • Runtime: 3h 8min
  • Main Actors: Andie MacDowell, Julianne Moore, Tim Robbins
  • Rating: 7.7/10

Robert Altman's "Short Cuts" is an undiscovered gem from the 90s that demands attention. Released in 1993, this ambitious ensemble drama masterfully intertwines multiple interconnected storylines against the backdrop of vibrant Los Angeles. It fearlessly delves into the intricate layers of suburban life, revealing the concealed struggles and enigmatic secrets that consume its characters. Featuring an exceptional cast, including the incomparable Julianne Moore, the talented Tim Robbins, and the magnetic Robert Downey Jr., "Short Cuts" stands as a captivating and profound exploration of the complexities of the human condition. Prepare to be enthralled by its unwavering portrayal of truth.

3. With Honours (1994)

  • Director: Alek Keshishian
  • Genre: Drama, Comedy
  • Runtime: 1h 43min
  • Main Actors: Joe Pesci, Brendan Fraser, Moira Kelly
  • Rating: 6.7/10

Oh, have you heard of "With Honours"? It's this incredibly heartwarming movie from 1994 that really touches your soul. It's all about the incredible strength of unexpected friendships and the journey to discover what truly matters in life. Joe Pesci delivers an unforgettable performance that will stay with you long after the credits roll. This film follows a group of Harvard students whose lives take a remarkable turn when they cross paths with a homeless man named Simon Wilder. Prepare yourself for a moving story that will tug at your heartstrings and remind you of the profound impact compassion, redemption, and finding true meaning can have in our lives.

4. Judgement Night (1993)

  • Director: Stephen Hopkins
  • Genre: Action, Crime, Thriller
  • Runtime: 1h 50min
  • Main Actors: Emilio Estevez, Cuba Gooding Jr., Denis Leary
  • Rating: 6.6/10

For those craving an exhilarating and pulse-pounding experience, "Judgement Night" is an absolute must-watch. Unleashed upon the world in 1993, this high-octane film thrusts you into a heart-stopping adventure as a tight-knit group of friends becomes ensnared in a deadly cat-and-mouse game with a merciless gang prowling the streets of Chicago. Prepare yourself for an explosive ride fueled by non-stop action and gripping suspense. With a powerhouse cast led by the incomparable Emilio Estevez, the charismatic Cuba Gooding Jr., and the dynamic Dennis Leary, "Judgement Night" will keep you teetering on the edge of your seat with its relentless twists and adrenaline-charged chase sequences. Brace yourself for a cinematic journey that demands your undivided attention.

5. Wag The Dog (1997)

  • Director: Barry Levinson
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama
  • Runtime: 1h 37min
  • Main Actors: Dustin Hoffman, Robert De Niro, Anne Heche
  • Rating: 7.1/10

The convergence of politics and satire takes center stage in the thought-provoking dark comedy "Wag The Dog," which made its debut in 1997. Esteemed actors Robert De Niro and Dustin Hoffman grace the screen, portraying characters who delve into the realm of political manipulation with a satirical lens. The narrative unfolds as a skilled spin doctor and a seasoned Hollywood producer join forces, orchestrating a fictional war to divert public attention from a presidential scandal. With its razor-sharp wit, incisive social commentary, and exceptional performances, "Wag The Dog" endures as a relevant and impactful cinematic masterpiece, continually prompting reflection and contemplation.

6. Freeway (1996)

  • Director: Matthew Bright
  • Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
  • Runtime: 1h 42min
  • Main Actors: Reese Witherspoon, Kiefer Sutherland, Brooke Shields
  • Rating: 6.8/10

"Freeway" is one heck of a twisted and captivating ride that will keep you hooked from start to finish. Picture this: it's 1996, and this darkly comedic thriller hits the screens, taking you on a wild journey alongside a resourceful young girl named Vanessa, played by none other than the talented Reese Witherspoon. She's had enough of her troubled home life and decides to hit the road, embarking on an adrenaline-pumping road trip of epic proportions. But hold on tight, because things take a wicked turn when she crosses paths with a cunning serial killer portrayed by the ever-gripping Kiefer Sutherland. It's a heart-pounding game of cat and mouse that'll have you on the edge of your seat. With its raw intensity and powerhouse performances, "Freeway" is an absolute hidden gem of the 90s that's bound to leave you craving for more.

7. Cure (1997)

  • Director: Kiyoshi Kurosawa
  • Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
  • Runtime: 1h 51min
  • Main Actors: Koji Yakusho, Masato Hagiwara, Tsuyoshi Ujiki
  • Rating: 7.4/10

Get ready to be captivated by the mesmerizing and haunting thriller, "Cure." Brace yourself as director Kiyoshi Kurosawa takes you on a riveting journey through the enigmatic realm of a series of murders, delving deep into the psyche of the detective determined to crack the case. With its chilling atmosphere, impeccable pacing, and profound themes, "Cure" stands as a hidden gem that will leave you on the edge of your seat.

8. Bad Boy Bubby (1993)

  • Director: Rolf de Heer
  • Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama
  • Runtime: 1h 54min
  • Main Actors: Nicholas Hope, Claire Benito, Ralph Cotterill
  • Rating: 7.4/10

"Bad Boy Bubby" is a compelling and unsettling film that fearlessly delves into the life of its eponymous character. Bubby's existence, confined to the confines of a small room under the control of his abusive mother, is a harrowing tale that will both captivate and disturb. As Bubby ventures into the unknown realms of the outside world, his path of self-discovery takes unexpected and riveting twists. This unconventional Australian gem fearlessly challenges societal conventions and fearlessly explores profound themes of innocence, liberation, and the transformative power of human connection.

9. The Commitments (1991)

  • Director: Alan Parker
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Music
  • Runtime: 1h 58min
  • Main Actors: Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball
  • Rating: 7.6/10

Time to get your groove on with "The Commitments"! This upbeat and feel-good film takes you on a wild ride through the streets of Dublin. You'll witness the birth of a soul band, jamming their hearts out amidst the challenges of working-class life and chasing their personal aspirations. Brace yourself for an infectious soundtrack that'll have you singing along and a cast that delivers passionate performances. "The Commitments" guarantees laughter, tears, and some serious foot-tapping to the rhythm. Let the soul take control!

10. The Hudsucker Proxy (1994)

  • Director: Joel Coen & Ethan Coen
  • Genre: Comedy, Drama, Fantasy
  • Runtime: 1h 51min
  • Main Actors: Tim Robbins, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Paul Newman
  • Rating: 7.2/10

Concluding our compilation is "The Hudsucker Proxy," an enchanting and visually captivating comedy by the renowned Coen Brothers. This meticulously crafted film transports viewers to the 1950s corporate landscape, chronicling the ascension of an unassuming mailroom clerk to the upper echelons of a prominent corporation. With its flawless production design, cleverly written dialogue, and magnetic portrayals, "The Hudsucker Proxy" emerges as a delightful and underappreciated treasure that merits a distinguished spot on your esteemed watchlist.


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