The 1990s. A time of relative peace and prosperity in the world, after the Cold War but before 9/11. A time of grunge, rave, Britpop, East Coast vs. West Coast and Britney vs. Christina. A time of “Frasier,” “The X-Files” and “Buffy The Vampire Slayer.” A time of dungarees, plaid, garish color, crop tops, and asking your hairdresser for The Rachel.
And cinematically speaking, as we’ve been showcasing in the last few weeks, a very fruitful time indeed. It saw all kinds of great international filmmakers emerge or make their masterpieces, it saw the independent American film movement in its most exciting time in its history thanks to the explosion of the Sundance Film Festival and Miramax (among other factors), it saw the blockbuster reach new financial (if not critical) heights with “Titanic,” “Jurassic Park” and “Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace,” it saw Paul Rudd look exactly the same as he does now, and it saw the release of Pauly Shore’s “Bio-Dome.”
We spent the last few weeks of March going over, year by year, the 10 greatest movies of every year of the 1990s to mark the recent surge of ’90s revivals and reboots, and now, for your convenience, we’ve collected links to the whole series below to make it as easy as possible for you to look through the pieces. Find the links below, and let us know your absolute favorites of the 1990s in the comments.