Worldwide Box Office
1. Die Hard with a Vengeance $366,101,666
2.Toy Story $361,958,736
3.Apollo 13 $355,237,933
Oscar Best Picture: Braveheart
BAFTA Best Picture: Sense and Sensibility
1995 is a belting year for films, with quite a few that you wouldn’t argue being called 5 star classics spanning numerous genres. Interestingly, box office wise nothing did massive numbers with no film reaching above $375,000 worldwide.
1st at the box office is Bruce Willis and Sam Jackson teaming up in Die Hard with a Vengeance which was reworked to a Die Hard film from a script that had been hanging around Hollywood for a while. 5th is Disney’s Pocahontas which may or may not get a live action remake. 6th is Batman Forever as Val Kilmer takes over from Michael Keaton, Joel Schumacher takes the directing chair and well, it’s pretty bad, but it would get much worse next time. 8th is Christina Ricci and Bill Pullman in Casper. 9th is Kevin Reynolds directing Kevin Costner in big budget disaster Waterworld. 10th is Robin Williams in likeable jungle board game flick, Jumanji which has now spawned two likeable reboot/sequels.
Ang Lee directs Sense and Sensibility which won best picture at the Globes and BAFTAs as well as Best Actress and Supporting Actress awards for Emma Thompson and Kate Winslet. Tim Roth won a Best Supporting Actor BAFTA for Rob Roy and Mina Sorvino took Best Support Actress at the Oscars and Globes in Woody Allen’s Mighty Aphrodite. Mike Figgis directs Nicholas Cage to a Best Actor Oscar in Leaving Las Vegas and Tim Robbins directs his wife, Susan Sarandon to a Best Actress Oscar opposite Sean Penn in Dead Man Walking.
Rob Reiner directs Michael Douglas and Annette Bening in The American President which, written by Arron Sorkin, leads to the creation of The West Wing. Kathryn Bigelow directs Strange Days with Ralph Fiennes and Angela Bassett. Tony Scott directs Denzel Washington and Gene Hackman in submarine thriller Crimson Tide with added Tarrantino script polish.
Meg Ryan and Kevin Kline had a French Kiss while Billy Crystal was trying to Forget Paris. John Singleton writes and directs Omar Epps and Kristy Swanson in Higher Learning. Marc Rocco gives us Murder in the First with Christian Slater and Kevin Bacon. Christopher Lambert stars in Highlander 3 and The Hunted.
Sarah Jessica Parker were in Miami Rhapsody with Antonio Banderas. Whoopi Goldberg and Mary-Louise Parker left Boys on the Side. John Carpenter directs Sam Neill who is In the Mouth of Madness and he directs Christopher Reeve in Village of the Damned.
Sam Raimi directs Sharon Stone, Gene Hackman, Russell Crowe and Leonardo DiCaprio in the great fun quick draw Western The Quick and the Dead. Betty Thomas directs and spoofs The Brady Bunch with Gary Cole and Shelley Long. Adam Sandler's begins as he takes his first lead role in Billy Madison.
Sean Connery and Laurence Fishburne had a Just Cause. Chevy Chase was Man of the House. Dustin Hoffman and Rene Russo deal with an Outbreak in Wolfgang Peterson's thriller. Alan Rickman and Hugh Grant had An Awfully Big Adventure. Grant was also The Englishman Who Went up a Hill but Came down a Mountain.
Tony Gilroy directs Kathy Bates in Stephen King adaptation, Dolores Claiborne. Jerry Lewis and Lee Evans had Funny Bones. Chris Farley was Tommy Boy. Rachel Talalay directs Lori Petty in Tank Girl. Marlon Brando and Johnny Depp star in Don Juan DeMarco. Clint Eastwood directs and stars in The Bridges of Madison County with Meryl Streep. Jean-Pierre Jeunet directs The City of Lost Children.
Scott Kalvert directs Leonardo DiCaprio and Lorraine Bracco in The Basketball Diaries. David Caruso starred with Nicolas Cage in Kiss of Death and next to Linda Fiorentino in Jade. Jon Turteltaub directs Sandra Bullock and Bill Pullman in While You Were Sleeping. Ice Cube and Chris Tucker were in comedy, Friday
Danny Cannon directs Sylvester Stallone in the terrible Judge Dredd. We'd wait 12 years for a good one. Bryan Spicer directs Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie. Keanu Reeves was Johnny Mnemonic.
Jerry Zucker directs First Knight with Sean Connery and Richard Gere. Connery also stars with Laurence Fishburne in Just Cause. Natasha Henstridge was an alien in Species alongside Michael Madsen. Chris Columbus directs Hugh Grant and Julianne Moore in Nine Months. Steven Seagal was back in Under Siege 2: Dark Territory. Danny Glover and Ray Liotta dealt with Operation Dumbo Drop.
Chris Noonan directs James Cromwell and a cute pig in Babe. Lasse Hallstrom directs Julia Roberts in Something to Talk About. Denzil Washington and Russell Crowe did VR stuff in Virtuosity. Edward Burns writes, directs and stars in the The Brothers McMullen. Michelle Pfeiffer tried to help some Dangerous Minds. Paul W.S Anderson gives us Mortal Kombat. Frank Marshall directs Congo. Harvey Keitel stars in Smoke.
Robert Rodriguez directs Antonio Banderas in Desperado. Christopher Walken stars in The Prophecy. Beeban Kidron directs Wesley Snipes and Patrick Swayze in To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything Spike Lee writes and directs Clockers with Harvey Keitel and John Turturro.
Iain Softley directs Jonny Lee Miller and Angelina Joilie in Hackers while Sandra Bullock was in The Net. Michael Moore directs and writes John Candy (in his final released film) in Canadian Bacon.
Paul Verhoeven directs the terrible Showgirls with Elizabeth Berkley and Kyle MacLachlan. Wes Craven directs Eddie Murphy in the awful Vampire in Brooklyn and Mel Brooks directs Leslie Neilsen in another awful Dracula movie in Dracula: Dead and Loving it. William Baldwin and Cindy Crawford were Fair Game.
The Hughes Brothers direct crime flick Dead Presidents. Richard Donner directs Sylvester Stallone and Antonio Banderas in Assassins. Banderas also stars in Robert Rodriquez's Desperado. Winona Ryder learnt How to Make an American Quilt. Rose McGowan stars in The Doom Generation. Jeff Goldblum stars in Powder. Jon Amiel Directs Sigourney Weaver in Copycat. Jodie Foster directs Holly Hunter and Robert Downey in Home for the Holidays. Jim Carrey stars in Ace Ventura: When Nature Calls. Demi Moore wore The Scarlet Letter.
Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson were on the Money Train. Johnny Depp and Christopher Walken were in The Nick of Time. Gary Fleder directs Andia Garcia in Things to Do in Denver When You're Dead. Jeff Bridges was Wild Bill. Steve Martin was Father of the Bride Part II.
Oliver Parker directs Laurence Fishburne and Kenneth Branagh in Othello while Ian McKellan is Richard III. Sydney Pollock directs Harrison Ford and Julia Ormond in Sabrina. Oliver Stone directs Anthony Hopkins as Nixon. Renny Harlin sends Geena Davis, and Matthew Modine in Cutthroat Island in another water themed bomb.
Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau were Grumpier Old Men. Jean-Claude Van Damme faced Sudden Death. Forest Whitaker directs Whitney Houston and Angela Bassett in Waiting to Exhale. Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez direct parts of 4 film anthology thing, Four Rooms.
Michael Bay directs Will Smith and Martin Lawrence in buddy Cop explosionorama, Bad Boys with the 3rd film in the series out this week-end.
Larry Clark directs the controversial Kids which saw Rosario Dawson and Chole Sevigny make their big screen debuts.
Allan Moyle directs Liv Tyler abd Anthony LaPaglia in comedy, Empire Records.
Jim Jarmusch directs Johnny Depp in ‘psychedelic Western’ Dead Man.
Philip Davis directs Reece Dinsdale, Warren Clarke and Gumbo in enjoyable football hooligan flick, I.D.
Gus Van Sant directs Nicole Kidman to one of her best performances in black comedy, To Die For opposite Joaquin Phoenix and Matt Dillon.
Shinya Tsukamoto directs himself and Kahori Fujii in dark boxing flick, Tokyo Fist
Barry Sonnenfeld directs John Travolta, Gene Hackman and Rene Russo in a great Elmore Leonard crime caper, film industry comedy in Get Shorty which won Travolta a golden globe.
Mel Gibson directs and stars in the epic, Braveheart picking up Best film and director at the Oscars which surprisingly finished outside the top ten at the box office.
Stanley Tong directs Jackie Chan in Rumble in the Bronx which brought Chan to mainstream attention in the U.S.
Todd Haynes directs Julianne Moore in drama, Safe.
Bond is back in the form of Pierce Bronson in his first and best role as 007 alongside Sean Bean in Goldeneye. The film would also spawn a brilliant, fondly remembered N64 shooter.
Amy Heckerling writes and directs Alicia Silverstone in High school comedy, Clueless.
Wong Kar-wai directs Hong Kong, Action flick Fallen Angels with Leon Lai and Michelle Reis.
The Quay brothers direct an adaptation of novel, Jakob von Gunten with Institute Benjamenta starring Mark Rylance.
Mamoru Oshii directs anime Ghost in the Shell adapted from the Manga of the same name,
Terry Gilliam directs Bruce Willis and Brad Pitt (who won the globe for Best Supporting Actor) in his time travelling, mindending, 12 Monkeys.
Ron Howard directs the true life story of the Apollo 13 near space disaster. It is s thrilling, brilliantly acted tale starring Tom Hanks, Kevin Bacon and Bill Paxton and was third at the global box office.
Mathieu Kassovitz directs Vincent Cassel in the brilliantly bleak, Paris drama, La Haine
Kevin Smith writes and directs his 2nd film in Mallrats with Jason Lee and Ben Affleck which is best described as a funny mess, that was critically panned on release and is sort of the first film of the MCU.
Richard Linklater directs Ethan Hawke and Julie Delpy in minimilistic, romantic comedy, Before Sunrise which would eventually turn into an unlikely trilogy.
Pixar begins as John Lasseter directs Tom Hanks and Tim Allen in Toy Story, which as well as being excellent, pretty much changed the face of American animation and Disney creating a smash hit franchise, the beginning of Pixar having a spectacular run of success as a studio and opening the doors to a massive influx of animated films from numerous studios that would start to feature highly at the box office. Hanks managed to have the 2nd and 3rd biggest films of the year as his star power continued following two years of Best Actor Oscar wins.
Martin Scorsese directs Robert De Niro and Joe Pesci in another excellent crime flick as he heads to to Nevada for Casino. It isn’t as good as Goodfellas (but, what is), but it is still excellent as Sharon Stone (winning Best Actress at the Globes) and James Woods also star in this lengthy violent tale with a great soundtrack.
De Niro fails to get third place with Scorsese and instead gets it by starring in Michael Mann’s crime thriller, Heat as he appears opposite Al Pacino and Val Kilmer in this great tale of cops and robbers which gave us Pacino and De Niro’s first appearance on screen together.
David Fincher directs Brad Pitt and Morgan Freeman hunting down a serial killer in his brilliant and extremely bleak (and that’s an understatement) thriller, Seven. Kevin Spacey was uncredited as John Doe to not spoil the surprise when the killer arrives on screen, but it is the ending that lingers long in the memory.
The Usual Suspects
A film unfortunately partly tarnished by recent revelations regarding its director and one star, The Usual Suspects remains a fantastic thriller as Bryan Singer directs Kevin Spacey (who wins Best Supporting Actor at the Oscars), Gabriel Byrne and Benicio Del Toro in this twisting crime mystery drama. Shout out to Kevin Pollak who starred in this and Casino in 1995. Writer, Christopher McQuarrie would go onto write and direct the latter Mission Impossible films amongst other screenwriting hits. As with 2nd place, another film with an ending not easily forgotten.
That was quite the top ten! Brilliant films, some fantastic directors and performances.