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October 8, 2013

5 Great Movies From the ’90s You Should See

Though taste in movies varies greatly from person to person, everybody seems to have that small collection of films that gets them to pull out the infamous “You HAVEN’T seen _______!?” line. For me, that collection is largely based around movies that were huge in the 1990s (that I was too young to watch at the time of their release) and made a significant mark on pop-culture, but that seem to get lost in the shuffle among the ever-increasing amount of new movies that come out every year. So, here are my top five favourite movies from ~20 years ago that I think everyone should see.

 

 

5. Reservoir Dogs (1992)

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source: fact.co.uk

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Starring: Harvey Keitel, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen

What it’s about: Reservoir Dogs is mostly set after a bank robbery that has gone horribly wrong, with flashbacks to various events leading up to the caper. The criminals are all strangers who have been brought together for the gig, each being given names such as Mr. Blue and Mr. Blonde to achieve anonymity. Though it was never meant to be a blockbuster, this movie has made nearly 10 times its relatively small $1.5 million budget, mostly due to its status as a cult classic. Also, this film also features one of the most famous opening title sequences of all time.

Notable Quote:

“I don’t wanna kill anybody. But if I gotta get out that door, and you’re standing in my way, one way or the other, you’re gettin’ outta my way. ” – Mr. Pink

 

4. Casino (1995)

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source: themovieblog.com

Director: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Robert De Niro, Sharon Stone, Joe Pesci

What it’s about: Local mobster Ace Rothstein (Robert De Niro) gets sent out to Las Vegas to help run the operations of a new casino that is under mafia control. He is soon joined by his best friend Nicky (Joe Pesci) and the two face the conflict of becoming legitimate businessmen or staying true to their criminal roots.

Notable Quote:

“In Vegas, everybody’s gotta watch everybody else. Since the players are looking to beat the casino, the dealers are watching the players. The box men are watching the dealers. The floor men are watching the box men. The pit bosses are watching the floor men. The shift bosses are watching the pit bosses. The casino manager is watching the shift bosses. I’m watching the casino manager. And the eye-in-the-sky is watching us all.” – Ace Rothstein

 

3. Goodfellas (1990)

source: sgnewwave.com

source: sgnewwave.com

Director: Martin Scorsese

Starring: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci

What it’s about: Another phenomenal pairing of De Niro and Pesci, Goodfellas follows three friends through the progression of their criminal lives. Centering around the real-life story of Henry Hill (Ray Liotta), it has everything you could ask for from a mafia movie. Though violent, the movie also touches on the complex relationships between mobsters.

Notable Quote:

“You know, we always called each other good fellas. Like you said to, uh, somebody, ‘You’re gonna like this guy. He’s all right. He’s a good fella. He’s one of us.’ You understand? We were good fellas. Wiseguys.” – Henry Hill

2. The Usual Suspects (1995)

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source: leavemethewhite.com

Director: Bryan Singer

Starring: Kevin Spacey, Gabriel Byrne, Chazz Palminteri

What it’s about: I feel like there isn’t anything I can write about this movie that won’t be a spoiler. Basically, five well-known criminals (hence The Usual Suspects) are brought together in a police line-up. Through a series of flashbacks and flash-forwards a story of crime and intrigue is told, always under the shadow of the infamous Keyser Soze.

Notable Quote:

“Keaton always said, ‘I don’t believe in God, but I’m afraid of him.’ Well I believe in God, and the only thing that scares me is Keyser Soze.” – Verbal

1. Pulp Fiction (1994)

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source: handsomecitizens.com

Director: Quentin Tarantino

Starring: John Travolta, Uma Thurman, Samuel L. Jackson

What it’s about: Four mostly unrelated stories starring pretty much everyone who was famous in the 1990’s play out across Los Angeles, intertwining with each other in minor ways throughout. There aren’t enough positive adjectives in the English language to describe how great it is, it is easily my favourite film of all time and, if you haven’t seen it yet, the entire time you watch it you’ll be saying ‘That’s where that’s from.’ This movie is where Samuel L. Jackson perfected his use of the ‘F-word.’ Let me try to sum up my feelings about this movie: I don’t know anyone involved in this movie personally, but I would give any of them a kidney if they asked for it.

Notable Quote:

“Say ‘what’ again. Say ‘what’ again, I dare you, I double dare you motherf*****, say what one more Goddamn time!” – Jules

 

That’s my list! Agree? Disagree? Which movies are on yours?

 

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