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I'm writing up the below results as we speak and I'm conscious that starting 2010 to 2019 too early may not work if everyone hasn't seen their 2019 picks. Plus I started and never finished the 90's poll in 2016 and I'm annoyed I never finished it and I'm off work for a bit so plenty of time to write film stuff (plus I can recycle some of the write ups on the first couple of years for a quick turnaround).

 

So - lets do the 90's poll. Same rules as the 21st Century Poll

 

Pick your top 3 films for 1990 to 1994. Favourite gets 3 points, 2nd gets 2, 3rd gets 1. Film with most points is the best of the year (and in the event of any ties then the film with most first place picks wins).

 

IMDB determines release date (whatever year is in brackets against the film title).

 

Deadline is 11.59pm on Sunday 1st December 2019.

 

Template below:

 

1990

1. Favourite

2. 2nd favourite

3. 3rd favourite

 

1991

1.

2.

3,

 

1992

1.

2.

3.

 

1993

1.

2.

3.

 

1994

1.

2.

3.

 

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1990

1. Goodfellas

2. Millers Crossing

3. Wild at Heart

 

1991

1. Raise the Red Lantern

2. Barton Fink

3. Naked Lunch

 

1992

1. Twin Peaks

2. The Player

3. Reservoir Dogs

 

1993

1. Naked

2. Short Cuts

3. Three Colours Blue

 

A good year, honourable mentions (Dazed and Confused, Menace II Society)

 

1994

1. Pulp Fiction

2. Chungking Express

3. Satan's Tango

 

An even better year when these couldn't make the grade (The Last Seduction, Leon, Three Colours White, Three Colours Blue, Drunken Master 2, Fresh, Dellamorte Dellamore, Shallow Grave)

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1990

1. Miller's Crossing

2. Edward Scissorhands

3. Ju Dou

 

1991

1. The Double Life of Veronique (best film of the entire decade)

2. Point Break

3. Beauty and the Beast

 

1992

1. The Muppet Christmas Carol

2. Glengarry Glen Ross

3. Orlando

 

1993

1. Jurassic Park

2. Three Colours Blue

3. Dazed and Confused

 

1994

1. Three Colours Red

2. Exotica

3. Shallow Grave

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1990

1. Total Recall

2. Die Hard 2

3. Jacob's Ladder

 

1991

1. Terminator 2 

2. Bill and Ted's  Bogus Journey

3. The Commitments

 

1992

1. Batman Returns

2. Army of Darkness

3. Sneakers

 

1993

1. Jurassic Park

2. Groundhogs day

3. Naked

 

1994

1. Clerks

2. Star Trek: Generations

3. The Shawshank Redemption

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This is crazy unfair. Its too hard.

1990
Millers Crossing
Trust (Hal Hartley)
The adventures of Ford Fairlane

1991
Terminator 2
Boyz n the Hood
Silence of the Lambs/Jacobs Ladder

1992
Glengarry Glen Ross
Hard Boiled
Reservoir Dogs

1993
Naked
Dazed & Confused
True Romance

1994 
The Shawshank Redemption
Leon
Pulp Fiction


 

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1990

1. Goodfellas

2. Total Recall

3. Tremors

 

1991

1. Terminator 2 Judgement Day

2. The Last Boy Scout

3. The Silence of the Lambs

 

1992

1. Hard Boiled

2. Reservoir Dogs

3. Sneakers

 

1993

1. Jurassic Park

2. Schindler's List

3. Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers

 

1994

1. Pulp Fiction

2. The Shawshank Redemption

3. Speed

 

This era has a lot more films I could have put in each year.

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1990

1. Close-Up

2. Days of Being Wild

3. The Match Factory Girl

 

1991

1. A Brighter Summer Day

2. The Double Life of Veronique

3. La Belle Noiseuse

 

1992

1. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me

2. Hard Boiled

3. The Quince Tree Sun

 

1993

1. Naked

2. Three Colors: Blue

3. Dazed and Confused

 

1994

1. Chungking Express

2. Pulp Fiction

3. Vive L'Amour

 

Much more difficult than the 2000s for me, on the whole.. Barton Fink would've topped half those years and I couldn't even find a place for it in 1991.

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45 minutes ago, Commander Jameson said:

1990

1. Goodfellas

2. Total Recall

3. Tremors

 

1991

1. Terminator 2 Judgement Day

2. The Last Boy Scout

3. The Silence of the Lambs

 

1992

1. Hard Boiled

2. Reservoir Dogs

3. Sneakers

 

1993

1. Jurassic Park

2. Schindler's List

3. Wallace & Gromit: The Wrong Trousers

 

1994

1. Pulp Fiction

2. The Shawshank Redemption

3. Speed

 

This era has a lot more films I could have put in each year.


When i complain about the quality of modern cinema, look at 1994 to see what I'm talking about. That year was insane. Although, by the same token, look at the highest grossing films of the year to see why the popular vote has always been a joke.

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1990

1. Goodfellas

2. Edward Scissorhands

3. Total Recall

 

1991.

1. Terminator 2: Judgement Day

2. Silence of the Lambs

3. Beauty & the Beast

 

1992.

1. Muppets Christmas Carol

2. Aladdin 

3. Reservoir Dogs

 

1993.

1. Jurassic Park

2. Schindler's List

3. Groundhog Dog

 

1994.

1. Pulp Fictions

2. The Lion King

3. Shawshank Redemption

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1990

1. Goodfellas

2. Tremors

3. Misery

 

1991

1. Silence of the Lambs

2. Terminator 2

3, Hot Shots!

 

1992

1. Wayne's World

2. Reservoir Dogs

3. Muppet's Christmas Carol

 

1993

1. Jurassic Park

2. Schindler's List

3. Groundhog Day

 

1994

1. Pulp Fiction

2. The Shawshank Redemption

3. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

 

This was much harder than the 2000's IMO.

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1990

1. Total Recall - one of the best Arnie Films. A thoroughly exciting ride from beginning to end, and so good of course it got pointlessly remade.

2. Back to the Future Part III - I know it's not as good as the first one, and there are a few too many forced jokes from what I remember, but gosh darn it is fun.

3. Goodfellas - the second scariest performance from Joe Pesci this year.

 

1991

1. Only Yesterday - absolutely perfect in every way. Isao Takahata's story of a young woman rediscovering her roots is one of the warmest films you will ever watch.

2. Once Upon a Time in China - Tsui Hark's first film in what would become an epic wuxia trilogy is by far the best. Stunning work from Jet Li and a highly gripping yarn.

3. Terminator 2: Judgement Day - is it the best action movie ever made? It's certainly up there with the best. Maybe even the top 5. It's also the last good Terminator film.

 

1992

1. Unforgiven - unforgettable. A typically superbly directed Clint Eastwood rumination on and deconstruction of the Cowboy film.

2. Hard Boiled- the one-take shootout sequence is possibly one of the finest action scenes ever put on film. The rest isn't half bad either.

3. Alladin - RIP Robin Williams

 

1993

1. Groundhog Day - I think I've watched this more times than Phil heard "I got you babe". Murray beasts it.

2. Iron Monkey - shut up, some ropey martial arts films are actually triumphs of action cinema and this is one of them. Watch it to realise why the Wachowski's hired Yuen Woo-ping

3. Jurassic Park - I mean, how could you not have it in your list?

 

1994

1. The Legend of the Drunken Master - the 90s were just great for martial arts films and this is one of the best Jackie Chan films ever made. Just poetry in motion.

2. The Shawshank Redemption - Roger Deakins cinematography is an auto pick, sorry.

3. Leon - I could watch Gary Oldman chewing scenery all day.

 

Speed is also further evidence that the great action movie decade could well be the 90s rather than the 80s.

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1990

1. Goodfellas

2. Total Recall

3. Back to the Future III

 

1991

1. The Silence of the Lambs

2. Terminator 2: Judgement Day

3. My Own Private Idaho

 

1992

1. Malcolm X

2. Reservoir Dogs

3. Wayne's World

 

1993

1. Groundhog Day

2. Demolition Man

3. Falling Down

 

1994

1. The Shawshank Redemption

2. Dumb and Dumber

3. Pulp Fiction

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1990
1. Wild at Heart
2. Miller's Crossing
3. Cry Baby

 

1991
1. Point Break
2. Les Amants du Pont Neuf
3. Night on Earth

 

1992
1. Muppet Christmas Carol
2. Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me
3. Orlando

 

1993
1. Groundhog Day
2. Dazed and Confused
3. Jurassic Park

 

1994
1. Satantango (I watched the whole bastard thing in one sitting - it goes on the list)
2. Three Colours: Red
3. Vive l'Amour

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1990

1. Jacob's Ladder

2. Goodfellas

3. King Of New York

 

1991

1. Terminator 2

2. The Last Boy Scout

3. Bad Lieutenant

 

1992

1. Reservoir Dogs

2. Army Of Darkness

3. Aladdin

 

1993

1. Falling Down

2. True Romance

3. Menace II Society

 

1994

1. Pulp Fiction

2. True Lies

3. Shallow Grave

 

 

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1990

1. Goodfellas 

2. Dreams

3. Wild At Heart

 

1991

1. The Fisher King

2. Only Yesterday 

3, Beauty And The Beast

 

1992

1. Unforgiven

2. Hard Boiled

3. Reservoir Dogs

 

1993

1. Carlito’s Way

2. Dazed And Confused 

3. Naked

 

1994

1. Chungking Express

2. The Last Seduction 

3. Leon

 

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1990

1. Miller's Crossing

2. Goodfellas

3. Tremors

The 90's always seemed to me to have a lot of really good gangster films. Starting with millers and goodfellas.

 

1991

1. T2 Judgement day

2. Delicatessen

3. Point Break

 

1992

1. Reservoir Dogs 

2. Batman returns

3. Army of Darkness

Film of the decade at number one here, 92 is when the decade really kicks off. Hard boiled, bad lieutenant, el mariachi, romper stomper, the player, glengarry glen ross, etc etc 

 

1993

1. Carlito's way  

2. Tombstone

3. Jurassic park 

 

1994

1. Pulp Fiction 

2. Leon

3. Swimming with Sharks

Another ridiculous year, no room for the crow (which was number three until i remembered the excellent swimming with sharks, ) shawshank, shallow grave, speed, NBK, Clerks, Stargate, patriot games, I could go on.  

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7 minutes ago, And said:

The 90's always seemed to me to have a lot of really good gangster films. Starting with millers and goodfellas.

 

... and ending with Analyse This and Mickey Blue Eyes. :eyebrows:

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1990

1. Goodfellas

2. Predator 2

3. Home Alone (come on, it's a classic Christmas movie!)

 

1991

1. Terminator 2: Judgement day

2. Point Break

3. The Last Boy Scout

 

1992

1. Unforgiven

2. White Men Can't Jump 

3. Batman returns

 

1993

1. Tombstone 

2. Jurassic park

3. The Fugitive

 

1994

1. Pulp Fiction 

2. The Shawshank Redemption

3. Interview with the Vampire (proper guilty pleasure this one, haven't seen it in years though!)

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1990

1. Total Recall

2. RoboCop 2

3. Gremlins 2: The New Batch

 

1991

1. Terminator 2: Judgment Day

2. Point Break

3. Out For Justice

 

1992

1. Reservoir Dogs

2. Batman Returns

3. Lethal Weapon 3

 

1993

1. Last Action Hero

2. Cliffhanger

3. Carlito's Way

 

1994

1. The Crow

2. Shawshank Redemption

3. Leon

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