Top 10 movies from the 1990s


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Story by Alex O’Gorman, viewpoint editor

  1. Jurassic Park

The movie that holds as many iconic quotes as it does impressively realistic beasts (most of which are from the Cretaceous period, darnit). We all know it, even if some of us only have second-hand knowledge thanks to Chris Pratt and his gorgeous face in the 2015 remake “Jurassic World.” This classic has all you can ever want: discussions about sexism, scary dinos, and Jeff Goldblum standing seductively next to a giant pile of poop.


Jurassic Park
  1. Home Alone

Every horror fan loves a good home invasion movie. Wait, what do you mean “Home Alone” isn’t a horror movie? It’s about a child being abandoned by his family and, alone and defenseless, trapped in his home by a pair of burglars who try to kill him for 90 percent of the movie. But alas, “Home Alone” is well-loved comedy, and is enjoyed by children and adults alike to this day, despite the scene where one of the idiotic burglars who can’t outsmart an 8-year-old steps on a nail. Ouch.


Home Alone

  1. The Sixth Sense

Famous for being the only good movie M. Night Shyamalan ever made, “The Sixth Sense,” unlike “Home Alone”, actually is a horror movie starring an adorable child actor. One that sees ghosts. Yikes. This dark film altered many children’s sleep schedules, and the ending plot twist gave all of us that fleeting thought that maybe, just maybe, we might be seeing dead people.


The Sixth Sense
  1. Mrs. Doubtfire

“Mrs. Doubtfire” is one of those movies that you loved when you were a kid but looking back on it later, you realize it was kind of creepy. I don’t know if it’s the latex mask or the fake teeth, but there is something about Robin Williams’ costume that is seriously unnerving. Regardless, I could still probably watch and enjoy it now by ignoring the creepy side in favor of childhood reminiscence.


Mrs. Doubtfire


  1. Independence Day

I don’t think that anyone remembers anything about this movie besides that motivational speech about not letting the aliens get you down. However, when I asked my mom about it she said that it was literally the best movie ever and that it was the perfect mix of patriotism and the apocalypse. Obviously, she shares my love for Jeff Goldblum.

Independence Day


  1. Space Jam

Space Jam is the best movie ever made. If you don’t like it I probably hate you.


Space Jam
  1. Edward Scissorhands

I’m pretty sure if you didn’t cry because of pale, scarred Johnny Depp feels while watching this movie, you don’t have a heart. This film is an emotional rollercoaster that is great for people who want to spend two hours torturing themselves. Seriously though, why would you give a waterbed to a guy who has scissors for hands?


Edward Scissorhands


  1. The Big Lebowski

The Big Lebowski reflects my life. The main character is a loser, but not really a loser, just the ultimate chill and cool guy. The Dude just does what he wants. Many lessons can be learned from this cult comedy, the most important of which being to just chill out. If you don’t like it then that’s just like, your opinion, man.


The Big Lebowski


  1. Pulp Fiction

Quentin Tarantino’s arguably most iconic film features mobsters, cool swords and Samuel L Jackson being Samuel L Jackson. Also featured is the violence that Tarantino is known for, so those who don’t like blood, be wary. Sadly, Pulp Fiction has been all but forgotten by the modern American high schooler, to the point where the only knowledge they have of the film comes from Fall Out Boy’s “Uma Thurman.”


Pulp Fiction


  1. The Lion King

“The Lion King” introduces children everywhere to the glorious music of Elton John, the beautiful African Savannah, and— oh yeah, the concept of death. Spoiler alert: Mufasa dies and life isn’t fair for any of us. Too bad I can’t enjoy the excellent animation while I’m crying my eyes out.


The Lion King