There are movies. There are movies from childhood. And there are 90s movies. Then there are 90s movies from childhood. These are the movies that resonates with me because I've watched them the first time (sometimes not in theaters but on TV & VHS). If you have an opinion about this list, feel free to let me know if I left anything out. Now, without further ado, here's a list of my 5 favorite movies of the 90s.
5. Newsies (1992) - This is Disney's first attempt at bringing back the live-action musicals that they released throughout the 50s & the 60s. In this true story, Christian Bale stars as Jack Kelly, a 1800s paperboy in NYC who leads his fellow newsboys in an all-city strike after the powerful Joseph Pulitzer (Robert Duvall) raises the newspaper's price to make more money. Forget "High School Musical", this is Kenny Ortega's best Disney musical. I can remember watching this back when it had its syndicated TV premiere in 1996 and it still is a lot of fun to watch.
4. Bad Boys (1995) - Before Michael Bay unofficially patented something called "Bay-hem" (meaning an action movie that's way overdone on action), this was his very simple big-screen directorial debut. This is the heart-stopping & hilarious buddy cop movie that cemented Martin Lawrence & Will Smith as movie stars and delivered, in my opinion, one of the best movie explosions EVER! This is the movie that made me a fan of Jerry Bruckheimer, Michael Bay & buddy cop movies.
3. The Mask (1994) - I remember this ssssmokin' (sorry. couldn't resist.) movie when it came out on video since I wasn't old enough to go see a PG-13 movie at the movie theater on my own. Aside from Ace Ventura, this was one of my Jim Carrey movies to watch because it was wild, crazy & super fun. And as I grew up, I started to appreciate the visual effects work created at Industrial Light & Magic, not to mention the foxy babe known as Cameron Diaz.
2. Batman Forever (1995) - I was still a baby when the first "Batman" movie came in 1989, so I had to wait to catch it on TV. But after seeing "Batman Returns" on video & watching the animated series on FOX, I couldn't wait for the third movie to come out and when it did, me, my mom & my brother got a chance to catch a bus to the city theater because at the time the Eastpoint movie theater wasn't built yet. After seeing it, I couldn't wait to watch its debut on HBO. For me, "Batman Forever" was and still is popcorn movie entertainment personified.
And now, the moment you've been waiting for. My number one favorite movie of the 90s!
1. Dick Tracy (1990) - In my opinion, I don't think anybody has matched or top the extravagance that this movie created in 1990. Sure, some have tried but I believe that this movie has succeeded where some recent movies have failed. Warren Beatty does a good job as tough cop Dick Tracy but the rogues' gallery of deformed baddies did a GREAT job, particularly Al Pacino in an Oscar-nominated performance as Big Boy Caprice. Pacino reminds people once again why he's one of the world's most celebrated actors. He doesn't chew the scenery, he devours it until there's no more scenery to chew. Not to mention the spectacular production design, colorful cinematography & the precise make-up that almost feels like the villains leapt off the comic strip. Out of all the 90s movies I've seen, this is THE best.
I know there are few I left off the list but nothing to worry because there's always another top 5. But until then, this has been my 5 favorite movies of the 90s.