After making a list of the greatest films of the new century, I’ve decided to go back and make similar lists for each decade of the 20th century. Since the 21st century list covered almost two decades, I’ve decided to limit these ones to 50. First up, the 1990s, which hold up much better in retrospect that I imagined.

 

  1. Princess Mononoke (Hayao Miyazaki, 1997)
  2. Husbands and Wives (Woody Allen, 1992)
  3. Six Degrees of Separation (Fred Schepisi, 1993)
  4. Edward Scissorhands (Tim Burton, 1990)
  5. Point Break (Kathryn Bigelow, 1991)
  6. Jackie Brown (Quentin Tarantino, 1997)
  7. The Ice Storm (Ang Lee, 1997)
  8. Muriel’s Wedding (P. J. Hogan, 1994)
  9. Dazed and Confused (Richard Linklater, 1993)
  10. Show Me Love (Lukas Moodysson, 1998)
  11. The Thin Red Line (Terrence Malick, 1998)
  12. Heat (Michael Mann, 1995)
  13. The Iron Giant (Brad Bird, 1999)
  14. Vanya on 42nd Street (Louis Malle, 1994)
  15. Batman Returns (Tim Burton, 1992)
  16. My Own Private Idaho (Gus Van Sant, 1991)
  17. The Age of Innocence (Martin Scorsese, 1993)
  18. Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994)
  19. There’s Something About Mary (Peter and Bobby Farrelly, 1998)
  20. Fargo (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1996)
  21. Election (Alexander Payne, 1999)
  22. Trainspotting (Danny Boyle, 1996)
  23. In Bed with Madonna (Alek Keshishian, 1991)
  24. Four Weddings and a Funeral (Mike Newell, 1994)
  25. The Straight Story (David Lynch, 1999)
  26. Home Alone (Chris Columbus, 1990)
  27. The Wedding Banquet (Ang Lee, 1993)
  28. Being John Malkovich (Spike Jonze, 1999)
  29. Saving Private Ryan (Steven Spielberg, 1998)
  30. Buffalo ’66 (Vincent Gallo, 1998)
  31. The Witches (Nicholas Roeg, 1990)
  32. Short Cuts (Robert Altman, 1993)
  33. Breaking the Waves (Lars von Trier, 1996)
  34. The Matrix (Lana and Lilly Wachowski, 1999)
  35. Jurassic Park (Steven Spielberg, 1993)
  36. Mars Attacks! (Tim Burton, 1996)
  37. Sense and Sensibility (Ang Lee, 1995)
  38. A League of Their Own (Penny Marshall, 1992)
  39. Boogie Nights (Paul Thomas Anderson, 1997)
  40. The Grifters (Stephen Frears, 1990)
  41. Secrets and Lies (Mike Leigh, 1996)
  42. Beauty and the Beast (Gary Trousdale and Kirk Wise, 1991)
  43. The Big Lebowski (Joel and Ethan Coen, 1998)
  44. Before Sunrise (Richard Linklater, 1995)
  45. Showgirls (Paul Verhoeven, 1995)
  46. Speed (Jan de Bont, 1994)
  47. The Portrait of a Lady (Jane Campion, 1996)
  48. Toy Story (John Lasseter, 1995)
  49. Waiting for Guffman (Christopher Guest, 1996)
  50. Three Colours: Red (Krzysztof Kieślowski, 1994)