Halternecks, pop music and endless summers: isn’t that what the 90s was all about? Yet while the decade might be remembered for sunshine and cheesy tunes, a sometimes overlooked side to the era is its cinematic output; you might have heard that the 80s reigns supreme for movies, but you might be surprised at just how many gems actually came out in the 90s.
Somehow, the 90s packed several eras into a mere ten years, from the fallout of the post-Reagan economy leading to deft satire, to grunge, to millennium fearmongering, you could argue that the 90s’ film output was more varied than the gung-ho adventuring of the previous decade. Plus, the 90s had something else to shout about: technology.
While the 80s set the wheels of CGI in motion, particularly with The Abyss in 1989, it was the 90s that capitalised on the exponential rise in computing technology to bring forth more visually stunning films than had ever been seen before. (Well, that was the plan: some CGI of the era has aged better than others.) That said, the uptick in processing power and fears about Y2K led to some exemplar blockbuster – particularly science fiction – filmmaking.
Plus, with the democratisation of the internet, the promotion and sharing of films were revolutionised in the 90s. No longer was film criticism confined to glossy magazines: audiences gained a voice, for better or worse, that was more detailed than dollar signs ringing in the eyes of studio executives.
Which movie is your favourite to come out of the 1990s? Is it a high school dramedy? A spectacular action flick? A sci-fi masterpiece? It’s up to you – simply vote up or down on the movies below, and don’t hesitate to add any films you think we missed.