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Every ’90s Blockbuster Movie Ranked
Thirty years on, the 1990s has solidified its stature as one of the magical decades in filmmaking, much like how we view the ’30s and the ’70s. Precisely, this Gen X-decade pulled together the Hollywood studio power of the ’30s and the groundbreaking creativity of the ’70s, crocheting commercialism and art into the movie behemoths we speak of in legend as the ’90s blockbuster — which we’ve now ranked all by Tomatometer!
First off, in putting together this list, we didn’t want no scrubs: We defined the ’90s blockbuster as any film that made over $100 million at the box office — movies that had people literally lining up around the block to spend their easy-earned cash. (The economy was booming after all.) This, of course, ushers in all those films synonymous with ’90s blockbusterism, including Jurassic Park, Speed, Twister, Independence Day, Terminator 2: Judgment Day, The Phantom Menace, Armageddon, Wild wild West, and Batmans with three different guys.
But the ’90s blockbuster was more than just fast buses, exploding White Houses, and bat nipples. Audiences opened up wallets and handbags (they’re European!) on brazen independent films (Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, The Blair Witch Project), big comedies (Sister Act, The Nutty Professor, The Waterboy, Dumb & Dumber, The Birdcage), and romances both funny and dramatic (Pretty Woman, Shakespeare in Love, Jerry Maguire, Ghost).
It was the era of the Disney renaissance (Aladdin, Beauty and the Beast, The Lion King), special-effects breakthroughs (Toy Story, Total Recall, The Matrix), and where the most popular movies of the year could reasonably expect a Best Picture statue come next February (Unforgiven, Titanic, Dances With Wolves). A scintillating ’90s blockbuster can transport us to that moment before cinematic universes, before CGI overload, and before ubiquitous cell phones and Internet; today, Lloyd Christmas can just DM Mary Samsonite and say “Hey, I have your briefcase :)” if he weren’t still illiterate.
Now, relive the rush of the decade without the searing sting of slap bracelets, or shotgunning Fruitopia, with our guide to every ’90s blockbuster ranked by Tomatometer!
Adjusted Score: 17.659%
Critics Consensus: Joel Schumacher's tongue-in-cheek attitude hits an unbearable limit in Batman & Robin resulting in a frantic and mindless movie that's too jokey to care much for.
Batman & Robin try to keep their relationship together even as they must stop Mr. Freeze and Poison Ivy from... [More]
Adjusted Score: 19.069%
Critics Consensus: Without compelling characters or heart, Godzilla stomps on everything that made the original (or any monster movie worth its salt) a classic.
Toho's fire-breathing monster is back, but his roar is the only thing that hasn't changed. The computer-generated Godzilla threatens to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 22.708%
Critics Consensus: Bombastic, manic, and largely laugh-free, Wild Wild West is a bizarre misfire in which greater care was lavished upon the special effects than on the script.
Special government agent James West, long on charm and wit, and special government agent Artemus Gordon, a master of disguises... [More]
Adjusted Score: 22.426%
Critics Consensus: The Flintstones wastes beloved source material and imaginative production design on a tepid script that plunks Bedrock's favorite family into a cynical story awash with lame puns.
The good (if not fully evolved) citizens of Bedrock make their way to the big screen in this live-action adaptation... [More]
Adjusted Score: 22.031%
Critics Consensus: A game Julia Roberts gives it her all, but Sleeping with the Enemy is one stalker thriller that's unlikely to inspire many obsessions of its own.
In this thriller, the unhappy Laura Burney (Julia Roberts) attempts to escape her miserable marriage and her obsessive, violent husband... [More]
Adjusted Score: 24.557%
Critics Consensus: Contrived performances and over-the-top sequences offer little real drama.
A murder on a military base unearths a netherworld of corruption in this thriller based on the novel by Nelson... [More]
Adjusted Score: 25.427%
Critics Consensus: Syrupy performances and directing make this dramedy all too obvious.
Based on the true story of a misfit medical student whose unconventional approach to healing causes headaches for the medical... [More]
Adjusted Score: 26.119%
Critics Consensus: Nature Calls in this Ace Ventura sequel, and it's answered by the law of diminishing returns.
Looking for an evening of high-brow, intellectually stimulating, cinematic entertainment done with sophistication and panache? Look elsewhere! This riotous sequel... [More]
Adjusted Score: 30.404%
Critics Consensus: A talented cast fails to save this unremarkable thriller.
A woman, who has served six years of a prison sentence for killing her husband (after he faked his own... [More]
Adjusted Score: 33.629%
Critics Consensus: The look of Hook is lively indeed but Steven Spielberg directs on autopilot here, giving in too quickly to his sentimental, syrupy qualities.
Steven Spielberg filters J. M. Barrie's Peter Pan through a distinctly 1990s sensibility in Hook. Peter Pan has become Peter... [More]
Adjusted Score: 37.061%
Critics Consensus: The Bodyguard is a cheesy, melodramatic potboiler with occasional moments of electricity from Whitney Houston.
Lawrence Kasdan originally wrote his script for The Bodyguard in the late 1960s as a vehicle for Steve McQueen; by... [More]
Adjusted Score: 37.876%
Critics Consensus: This is an insult to its genre with low humor and cheap gags.
Despite being the constant target of gross jokes and public humiliation from the university football team players he serves, lowly... [More]
Adjusted Score: 37.839%
Critics Consensus: A change of venue -- and more sentimentality and violence -- can't obscure the fact that Home Alone 2: Lost in New York is a less inspired facsimile of its predecessor.
In this sequel to the highly successful Home Alone, child-star Macaulay Culkin returns, in the role that made him famous,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 38.15%
Critics Consensus: Lurid but acted with gusto, Indecent Proposal has difficulty keeping it up beyond its initial titillating premise.
Adrian Lyne buffs the premise of Honeymoon in Vegas to a fine gloss in this yuppie melodrama that poses the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 44.828%
Critics Consensus: Lovely to look at but about as intelligent as the asteroid that serves as the movie's antagonist, Armageddon slickly sums up the cinematic legacies of producer Jerry Bruckheimer and director Michael Bay.
Michael Bay (The Rock) directed this science fiction action thriller in the When Worlds Collide tradition. After astronomy students discover... [More]
Adjusted Score: 40.365%
Critics Consensus: Eraser's shoot-'em-up action might show off some cutting edge weaponry, but its rote story is embarrassingly obsolete.
Top-notch action sequences and exciting stunt work highlight this fast-moving thriller. John Kruger (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a top agent in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 42.147%
Critics Consensus: Loud, excessively busy, and often boring, Batman Forever nonetheless has the charisma of Jim Carrey and Tommy Lee Jones to offer mild relief.
Director Joel Schumacher inherited the Batman franchise from Tim Burton and began steering it in the campier direction of the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 42.813%
Critics Consensus: Adam Sandler acquits himself admirably, but his charm isn't enough to make up for Big Daddy's jarring shifts between crude humor and mawkish sentimentality.
Prospective parents everywhere, meet the world's least likely paternal role model: Adam Sandler! In Big Daddy, Sandler plays 30-year-old bachelor... [More]
Adjusted Score: 43.288%
Critics Consensus: Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles is exactly as advertised: one-liners, brawls, and general silliness. Good for the young at heart, irritating for everyone else.
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: The Movie is the live-action, feature film adaptation of the cult comic book and the popular... [More]
Adjusted Score: 42.49%
Critics Consensus: Neat performance from Glenn Close aside, 101 Dalmatians is a bland, pointless remake.
Cruella De Vil dognaps all of the Dalmatian puppies in London and Pongo leads a heroic cast of animal characters... [More]
Adjusted Score: 44.336%
Critics Consensus: Doctor Dolittle finds some mirth in the novelty of wisecracking critters, but this family feature's treacly tone is made queasy by a reliance on scatological gags that undercut the intended warmth.
Betty Thomas directed this adaptation of the classic children's stories by Hugh Lofting (1886-1947), updating the original concepts into the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 49.518%
Critics Consensus: A tidal wave of melodrama sinks Deep Impact's chance at being the memorable disaster flick it aspires to be.
Mimi Leder (The Peacemaker) directed this science-fiction disaster drama about the possible extinction of human life after a comet is... [More]
Adjusted Score: 49.455%
Critics Consensus: Cliche story with lack of chemistry between Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.
A columnist fired by his editor/ex-wife for being too chauvinistic tries to redeem himself by chasing a story on spec... [More]
Adjusted Score: 53.846%
Critics Consensus: First Wives Club is headlined by a trio of comedic dynamos, but the script lets them down with tepid plotting and a fatal lack of satirical bite.
In this comedy-drama, a former classmate's suicide reunites three middle-aged college friends from the class of '69. These classmates have... [More]
Adjusted Score: 51.423%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
A small-town auto mechanic of average intelligence suffers a mysterious mishap and suddenly becomes the world's smartest man in this... [More]
Adjusted Score: 52.028%
Critics Consensus: A meandering, mindless family movie that frequently resorts to special effects and transparent sappiness.
Based on the popular cartoon character, this family-oriented "ghost story" is about a not-so-scary spirit who bonds with a little... [More]
Adjusted Score: 54.763%
Critics Consensus: Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves brings a wonderfully villainous Alan Rickman to this oft-adapted tale, but he's robbed by big-budget bombast and a muddled screenplay.
This film is a '90s version of the classic Robin Hood story, with Kevin Costner starring as the good-guy thief.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 62.931%
Critics Consensus: Burdened by exposition and populated with stock characters, The Phantom Menace gets the Star Wars prequels off to a bumpy -- albeit visually dazzling -- start.
In 1977, George Lucas released Star Wars, the ultimate sci-fi popcorn flick-turned-pop-culture myth machine. It quickly became the biggest money-making... [More]
Adjusted Score: 55.609%
Critics Consensus: Provides lots of laughs with Myers at the healm; as funny or funnier than the original.
Austin Powers -- fashion photographer, denizen of Swingin' London, international espionage agent, and bane of dental hygienists everywhere -- returns... [More]
Adjusted Score: 58.323%
Critics Consensus: Plagued by mediocre writing, uneven acting, and a fairly by-the-numbers plot, The World Is Not Enough is partially saved by some entertaining and truly Bond-worthy action sequences.
James Bond, the world's greatest secret agent, is sent once more into the breach in the name of Queen, Country,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 56.363%
Critics Consensus: Jet Li's arrival breathes fresh life into a tired franchise formula -- but not enough to put Lethal Weapon 4 on equal footing with its predecessors.
Detectives Martin Riggs (Mel Gibson) and Roger Murtaugh (Danny Glover) re-teamed for their fourth foray together in this buddy-cop action... [More]
Adjusted Score: 57.585%
Critics Consensus: The Lost World demonstrates how far CG effects have come in the four years since Jurassic Park; unfortunately, it also proves how difficult it can be to put together a truly compelling sequel.
Just when you'd think that scientists would realize dinosaurs and humans don't mix, along comes The Lost World: Jurassic Park... [More]
Adjusted Score: 56.782%
Critics Consensus: Julia Roberts and Denzel Washington are a compelling team in the overlong Pelican Brief, a pulpy thriller that doesn't quite justify the intellectual remove of Alan J. Pakula's direction.
Embroiled in an affair with Thomas Callahan (Sam Shephard), her alcoholic professor, precocious 24-year-old Tulane University law student Darby Shaw... [More]
Adjusted Score: 58.789%
Critics Consensus: Unevenly echoing the work of Alfred Hitchcock, Basic Instinct contains a star-making performance from Sharon Stone but is ultimately undone by its problematic, overly lurid plot.
Michael Douglas stars with red-hot Sharon Stone in this groundbreaking and controversial film that redefined the genre of the sexy... [More]
Adjusted Score: 56.876%
Critics Consensus: A feast for the eyes with a somewhat malnourished plot, Jumanji is an underachieving adventure that still offers a decent amount of fun for the whole family.
When young Alan Parrish discovers a mysterious board game, he doesn't realize its unimaginable powers, until he is magically transported... [More]
Adjusted Score: 58.239%
Critics Consensus: Pocahontas means well, and has moments of startling beauty, but it's largely a bland, uninspired effort, with uneven plotting and an unfortunate lack of fun.
History gets the Disney kiddie treatment and a politically correct interpretation in the studio's 33rd feature-length animated movie, the first... [More]
Adjusted Score: 58.866%
Critics Consensus: George of the Jungle is faithful to its source material -- which, unfortunately, makes it a less-than-compelling feature film.
With its deft blend of slapstick, sharp humor and movie satire Jay Ward's late '60s cartoon George of the Jungle,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 59.725%
Critics Consensus: Con Air won't win any awards for believability - and all involved seem cheerfully aware of it, making some of this blockbuster action outing's biggest flaws fairly easy to forgive.
Former war hero Cameron Poe (Nicolas Cage) is sentenced to eight years in prison when he accidentally kills a man... [More]
Adjusted Score: 62.301%
Critics Consensus: A competent, if sometimes by-the-numbers entry to the 007 franchise, Tomorrow Never Dies may not boast the most original plot but its action sequences are genuinely thrilling.
James Bond is back Ñ gasp! Ñ to thwart a mad media mogul trying to start a third world war.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 61.272%
Critics Consensus: Charming characters; loads of fun for kids and adults.
Based on the popular Nickelodeon TV series Rugrats, this is the first full-length feature animated movie to star the little... [More]
Adjusted Score: 63.601%
Critics Consensus: Die Hard with a Vengeance benefits from Bruce Willis and Samuel L. Jackson's barbed interplay, but clatters to a bombastic finish in a vain effort to cover for an overall lack of fresh ideas.
Bruce Willis returns as misfit cop John McClane in the third film in the Die Hard series. McClane has fallen... [More]
Adjusted Score: 63.375%
Critics Consensus: A high-concept blockbuster that emphasizes special effects over three-dimensional characters, Twister's visceral thrills are often offset by the film's generic plot.
Bill Paxton, Helen Hunt and Carey Elwes may be billed as the stars of Twister, but the film's real attractions... [More]
Adjusted Score: 63.147%
Critics Consensus: Murtaugh and Riggs remain an appealing partnership, but Lethal Weapon 3 struggles to give them a worthy new adventure as it cranks up the camp along with the mean-spiritedness.
Riggs and Murtaugh are back again. This time, they must stop a former cop who has become an arms dealer... [More]
Adjusted Score: 65.172%
Critics Consensus: It's difficult to make a persuasive argument for The Mummy as any kind of meaningful cinematic achievement, but it's undeniably fun to watch.
Loosely adapted from the classic 1932 horror film starring Boris Karloff, The Mummy is set in Egypt, where over 3,000... [More]
Adjusted Score: 64.748%
Critics Consensus: A kick-ass addition to the cop-buddy film genre.
Brett Ratner directed this action-comedy that found box-office success by teaming Chris Tucker with Jackie Chan -- performing his own... [More]
Adjusted Score: 66.606%
Critics Consensus: So embarrassing it's believable, American Pie succeeds in bringing back the teen movie genre.
In this wild Unrated version of the hit comedy, follow the raging hormones of four teenage boys and their girls... [More]
Adjusted Score: 66.112%
Critics Consensus: Despite lacking some of the book's subtler shadings, and suffering from some clumsy casting, Interview with a Vampire benefits from Neil Jordan's atmospheric direction and a surfeit of gothic thrills.
Anne Rice's best-selling romantic horror tale about the origins of a centuries-old vampire inspired this popular, atmospheric chiller. One of... [More]
Adjusted Score: 66.453%
Critics Consensus: Dick Tracy is stylish, unique, and an undeniable technical triumph, but it ultimately struggles to rise above its two-dimensional artificiality.
Based on the famed detective hero of the comics, the story finds Dick Tracy in 1938 Chicago attempting to stop... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69.173%
Critics Consensus: Full of special effects, Brian DePalma's update of Mission: Impossible has a lot of sweeping spectacle, but the plot is sometimes convoluted.
After he is framed for the death of several colleagues and falsely branded a traitor, a secret agent embarks on... [More]
Adjusted Score: 66.702%
Critics Consensus: The Nutty Professor falls back on juvenile humor eagerly and often, but Eddie Murphy's consistently funny work in dual roles means more for audiences to love.
Comedian/actor Eddy Murphy makes a comeback in this at times hilarious remake of the 1963 Jerry Lewis classic. Whereas Lewis'... [More]
Adjusted Score: 67.07%
Critics Consensus: The movie is peppered with amusing sight gags and one-liners, but the disjointed script doesn't cohere into a successful whole.
The eccentric lifestyle of the Addams family is threatened when the family attorney and a greedy mother/son team conspire to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 68.69%
Critics Consensus: Pretty Woman may be a yuppie fantasy, but the film's slick comedy, soundtrack, and casting can overcome misgivings.
Edward is a rich and sophisticated businessman who specializes in corporate raiding - buying up businesses to break them up... [More]
Adjusted Score: 70.442%
Critics Consensus: For visceral thrills, it can't be beat. Just don't expect The Rock to engage your brain.
The sophomore film from former music video and commercial director Michael Bay, this fast-paced action yarn featured rapid-fire editing, a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69.797%
Critics Consensus: Contact elucidates stirring scientific concepts and theological inquiry at the expense of satisfying storytelling, making for a brainy blockbuster that engages with its ideas, if not its characters.
She's known it since she was a young girl, when she would magically connect with distant voices on her father's... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69.035%
Critics Consensus: It isn't terribly deep, but it's witty and undeniably charming, and the cast is obviously having fun.
This witty western follows the exploits of card sharp Brett Maverick. Needing to raise enough cash to enter a major... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69.702%
Critics Consensus: Overlong and superficial, A Time to Kill nonetheless succeeds on the strength of its skillful craftsmanship and top-notch performances.
Carl Lee Hailey takes the law into his own hands after the legal system fails to adequately punish the men... [More]
Adjusted Score: 70.967%
Critics Consensus: Critics say Stuart Little is charming with kids and adults for its humor and visual effects.
He's clever, enthusiastic, a 'can do' guy with attitude-and he's a mouse. Combining live-action with groundbreaking visual effects technology by... [More]
Adjusted Score: 71.048%
Critics Consensus: The plot is thin and so is character development, but as a thrilling, spectacle-filled summer movie, Independence Day delivers.
A group of intrepid humans attempts to save the Earth from vicious extraterrestrials in this extremely popular science-fiction adventure. Borrowing... [More]
Adjusted Score: 70.7%
Critics Consensus: Home Alone uneven but frequently funny premise stretched unreasonably thin is buoyed by Macaulay Culkin's cute performance and strong supporting stars.
Home Alone is the highly successful and beloved family comedy about a young boy named Kevin (Macaulay Culkin) who is... [More]
Adjusted Score: 71.035%
Critics Consensus: A relentlessly stupid comedy elevated by its main actors: Jim Carrey goes bonkers and Jeff Daniels carries himself admirably in an against-type performance.
Jim Carrey and Jeff Daniels play the title roles (though viewers may find themselves debating which is which) in this... [More]
Adjusted Score: 73.479%
Critics Consensus: Analyze This is a satisfying comedy with great performances by De Niro and Crystal.
Paul Vitti is one of New York's most powerful gangsters. He's grown up in the Mob life and has been... [More]
Adjusted Score: 74.247%
Critics Consensus: It isn't Tim Burton's best work, but Sleepy Hollow entertains with its stunning visuals and creepy atmosphere.
Washington Irving's tale of Ichabod Crane and the Headless Horseman gets a few new twists in a screen adaptation directed... [More]
Adjusted Score: 73.277%
Critics Consensus: It lacks the fresh thrills of its predecessor, but Die Hard 2 still works as an over-the-top -- and reasonably taut -- big-budget sequel, with plenty of set pieces to paper over the plot deficiencies.
"Another basement, another elevator...how can the same thing happen to the same guy twice?" asks John McClane (Bruce Willis), in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 74.71%
Critics Consensus: Great chemistry between the leads made this a warm and charming delight.
The film tells of Kathleen Kelly, who owns a children's bookstore in New York. It is a small but profitable... [More]
Adjusted Score: 73.769%
Critics Consensus: Disney's take on the Victor Hugo classic is dramatically uneven, but its strong visuals, dark themes, and message of tolerance make for a more-sophisticated-than-average children's film.
After the critical and commercial success of The Little Mermaid, Beauty and the Beast and The Lion King, the Walt... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77.919%
Critics Consensus: Forrest Gump may be an overly sentimental film with a somewhat problematic message, but its sweetness and charm are usually enough to approximate true depth and grace.
"Stupid is as stupid does," says Forrest Gump (played by Tom Hanks in an Oscar-winning performance) as he discusses his... [More]
Adjusted Score: 74.692%
Critics Consensus: On paper, Mrs. Doubtfire might seem excessively broad or sentimental, but Robin Williams shines so brightly in the title role that the end result is difficult to resist.
After out-of-work actor Daniel Hilliard (Robin Williams) loses custody of his three children to his ex-wife Miranda (Sally Field), he... [More]
Adjusted Score: 73.959%
Critics Consensus: If it doesn't reach the heights of director James Cameron's and star Arnold Schwarzenegger's previous collaborations, True Lies still packs enough action and humor into its sometimes absurd plot to entertain.
Borrowing liberally from the French film La Totale, this is an action picture, domestic comedy, and political thriller rolled into... [More]
Adjusted Score: 76.518%
Critics Consensus: An entertaining, topical thriller that finds director Tony Scott on solid form and Will Smith confirming his action headliner status.
The action producing-directing team of Jerry Bruckheimer and Tony Scott is back with another thrill-a-minute ride called Enemy of the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75.416%
Critics Consensus: The Santa Clause is utterly undemanding, but it's firmly rooted in the sort of good old-fashioned holiday spirit missing from too many modern yuletide films.
Television sitcom star Tim Allen made his big screen debut with this light, family-friendly holiday comedy. Allen stars as Scott... [More]
Adjusted Score: 76.224%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to a charming performance from Julia Roberts and a subversive spin on the genre, My Best Friend's Wedding is a refreshingly entertaining romantic comedy.
Essentially an old-fashioned romantic comedy with a few dark twists, My Best Friend's Wedding marks the return of Julia Roberts... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75.333%
Critics Consensus: Looking for a sweet musical comedy about a witness to a crime hiding out from killers in a convent? There's nun better than Sister Act.
A sleeper hit that received a lukewarm reception from critics but was a success with audiences, Sister Act (1992) was... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79.102%
Critics Consensus: Ghost offers viewers a poignant romance while blending elements of comedy, horror, and mystery, all adding up to one of the more enduringly watchable hits of its era.
An interesting hybrid of popular film genres, Ghost showcases the talents of its entire cast. While out on the town... [More]
Adjusted Score: 78.846%
Critics Consensus: Directed with propulsive intensity by Ron Howard, Ransom is a fiery thriller packed with hot-blooded performances and jolting twists.
Ron Howard directed this thriller which stars Mel Gibson as Tom Mullen, a former fighter pilot who built a ramshackle... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79.143%
Critics Consensus: The Firm is a big studio thriller that amusingly tears apart the last of 1980s boardroom culture and the false securities it represented.
In this drama, based on the best-selling novel by John Grisham, Mitch McDeer (Tom Cruise) is a young man from... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79.323%
Critics Consensus: Sleepless in Seattle is a cute classic with a very light touch and real chemistry between the two leads -- even when spending an entire movie apart.
It's Christmas Eve and radio talk show psychologist Marcia Fieldstone has asked her listening audience what they are wishing and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81.959%
Critics Consensus: It misses perhaps as often as it hits, but Jim Carrey's manic bombast, Cameron Diaz' blowsy appeal, and the film's overall cartoony bombast keep The Mask afloat.
Hyperactive mayhem results when a mild-manned banker discovers an ancient mask that transforms him into a zany prankster with superhuman... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.862%
Critics Consensus: Though The Green Mile is long, critics say it's an absorbing, emotionally powerful experience.
Director Frank Darabont, who made an acclaimed feature film debut with The Shawshank Redemption (1994), based on a Stephen King... [More]
Adjusted Score: 81.224%
Critics Consensus: This late-period Harrison Ford actioner is full of palpable, if not entirely seamless, thrills.
In this action drama, Harrison Ford plays James Marshall, a onetime combat hero in the Vietnam War who is now... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82.98%
Critics Consensus: The first and best Pierce Brosnan Bond film, GoldenEye brings the series into a more modern context, and the result is a 007 entry that's high-tech, action-packed, and urbane.
A beautiful Russian mobster and the evil General Ourumov take over a Space Weapons Control Station and arm an attack... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84.603%
Critics Consensus: An oddball comedy that revels in its silliness and memorable catch phrases, Wayne's World is also fondly regarded because of its endearing characters.
Originally a skit on "Saturday Night Live" during the late '80s and early '90s, "Wayne's World" is about two teenage... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.048%
Critics Consensus: Horror icon Wes Craven's subversive deconstruction of the genre is sly, witty, and surprisingly effective as a slasher film itself, even if it's a little too cheeky for some.
The sleepy little town of Woodsboro just woke up screaming. There's a killer in their midst who's seen a few... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84.048%
Critics Consensus: Sentimental and light, but still thoroughly charming, A League of Their Own is buoyed by solid performances from a wonderful cast.
The All-American Girls' Professional Baseball League was founded in 1943, when most of the men of baseball-playing age were far... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84.71%
Critics Consensus: The Prince of Egypt's stunning visuals and first-rate voice cast more than compensate for the fact that it's better crafted than it is emotionally involving.
"My son, I have nothing I can give, but this chance that you may live." With these words, Yocheved, a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82.426%
Critics Consensus: Perfecting the formula established in earlier installments, Clear and Present Danger reunites its predecessor's creative core to solidly entertaining effect.
This is the third film based on Tom Clancy's high-tech espionage potboilers starring CIA deputy director Jack Ryan. Harrison Ford,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.258%
Critics Consensus: Director Tim Burton's dark, brooding atmosphere, Michael Keaton's work as the tormented hero, and the flawless casting of Danny DeVito as The Penguin and Christopher Walken as, well, Christopher Walken make the sequel better than the first.
In the second of the blockbuster Batman films, the legendary hero does battle against the mysterious Cat Woman and the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83.5%
Critics Consensus: Mike Nichols wrangles agreeably amusing performances from Robin Williams and Nathan Lane in this fun, if not quite essential, remake of the French comedy La Cage aux Folles.
Armand Goldman owns a popular drag nightclub in South Miami Beach. His long-time lover, Albert, stars there as Starina. "Their"... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.056%
Critics Consensus: A brutal, relentlessly grimy shocker with taut performances, slick gore effects, and a haunting finale.
Director David Fincher's dark, stylish thriller ranks as one of the decade's most influential box-office successes. Set in a hellish... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85.656%
Critics Consensus: As with the first film, Scream 2 is a gleeful takedown of scary movie conventions that manages to poke fun at terrible horror sequels without falling victim to the same fate.
The crafty Wes Craven follows up lastÕs yearÕs surprise hit with another supremely self-referential but satisfyingly droll thriller.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85.439%
Critics Consensus: Despite its thin plot, Liar Liar is elevated by Jim Carrey's exuberant brand of physical humor, and the result is a laugh riot that helped to broaden the comedian's appeal.
An attorney who tells the truth for 24 hours straight? This has got to be the movies! Fletcher Reede (Jim... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.019%
Critics Consensus: Under Paul Verhoeven's frenetic direction, Total Recall is a fast-paced rush of violence, gore, and humor that never slacks.
In Paul Verhoeven's wild sci-fi action movie Total Recall, Arnold Schwarzenegger plays a 21st-century construction worker who discovers that his... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86.917%
Critics Consensus: While it's fueled in part by outdated stereotypes, Driving Miss Daisy takes audiences on a heartwarming journey with a pair of outstanding actors.
Based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning play by Alfred Uhry, Driving Miss Daisy affectionately covers the 25-year relationship between a wealthy,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.121%
Critics Consensus: A rom-com with the right ingredients, Notting Hill proves there's nothing like a love story well told -- especially when Hugh Grant and Julia Roberts are your leads.
Can a beautiful and internationally famous American actress find happiness with a frumpy British bookstore clerk? She can -- at... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.389%
Critics Consensus: There's Something About Mary proves that unrelentingly, unabashedly peurile humor doesn't necessarily come at the expense of a film's heart.
The Farrelly Brothers set this romantic comedy in their home state of Rhode Island. In 1985, when teen-nerd Ted Stroehmann... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.654%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by dazzling performances from Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., and Renée Zellweger, as well as Cameron Crowe's tender direction, Jerry Maguire meshes romance and sports with panache.
Jerry Maguire is a man who knows the score. As a top agent at Sports Management International, Jerry is unquestionably... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87.53%
Critics Consensus: An old-fashioned courtroom drama with a contemporary edge, A Few Good Men succeeds on the strength of its stars, with Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, and especially Jack Nicholson delivering powerful performances that more than compensate for the predictable plot.
A fast-talking, charming Navy defense attorney must prove that a pair of Marines are innocent of murdering a fellow fighter... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88.267%
Critics Consensus: Dances with Wolves suffers from a simplistic view of the culture it attempts to honor, but the end result remains a stirring western whose noble intentions are often matched by its epic grandeur.
A historical drama about the relationship between a Civil War soldier and a band of Sioux Indians, Kevin Costner's directorial... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89.656%
Critics Consensus: James L. Brooks and Jack Nicholson, doing what they do best, combine smart dialogue and flawless acting to squeeze fresh entertainment value out of the romantic-comedy genre.
Jack Nicholson is hilariously funny as a compulsive-obsessive, homophobic romance novelist who is compelled by circumstances to get to know... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.091%
Critics Consensus: M Night Shayamalan's The Sixth Sense is a twisty ghost story with all the style of a classical Hollywood picture, but all the chills of a modern horror flick.
In this chilling psychological thriller, eight-year-old Cole Sear is haunted by a dark secret: He is visited by ghosts. A... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.347%
Critics Consensus: Full of creepy campfire scares, mock-doc The Blair Witch Project keeps audiences in the dark about its titular villain, proving once more that imagination can be as scary as anything onscreen.
Combining Hi-8 video with black-and-white 16 mm film, this film presents a raw look at what can happen when college... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90.005%
Critics Consensus: Exploring themes of family duty and honor, Mulan breaks new ground as a Disney film, while still bringing vibrant animation and sprightly characters to the screen.
Disney's cross-cultural retelling of a popular Chinese folk tale about a peasant girl who disguises herself as a man and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95.729%
Critics Consensus: Flawlessly cast and brimming with dark, acid wit, American Beauty is a smart, provocative high point of late '90s mainstream Hollywood film.
A biting, penetrating and often humorous take on contemporary life in suburban America, Lester Burnham becomes intrigued by a young... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94.937%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to the Wachowskis' imaginative vision, The Matrix is a smartly crafted combination of spectacular action and groundbreaking special effects.
What if virtual reality wasn't just for fun, but was being used to imprison you? That's the dilemma that faces... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.377%
Critics Consensus: Disney's Tarzan takes the well-known story to a new level with spirited animation, a brisk pace, and some thrilling action set-pieces..
A man raised by gorillas must decide where he really belongs when he discovers he is a human.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.818%
Critics Consensus: A mostly unqualified triumph for James Cameron, who offers a dizzying blend of spectacular visuals and old-fashioned melodrama.
This spectacular epic re-creates the ill-fated maiden voyage of the White Star Line's $7.5 million R.M.S Titanic and the tragic... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93.937%
Critics Consensus: Perfectly cast and packed with suspense, The Hunt for Red October is an old-fashioned submarine thriller with plenty of firepower to spare.
The first of several films based on Tom Clancy's "Jack Ryan" technothrillers, Hunt for Red October stars Alec Baldwin as... [More]
Adjusted Score: 92.637%
Critics Consensus: With a supremely talented cast and just enough midlife drama to add weight to its wildly silly overtones, City Slickers uses universal themes to earn big laughs.
City Slickers blends sight gags, one-liners, and sincerity, with both humor and drama arising from the characters and their situations.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.549%
Critics Consensus: Jurassic Park is a spectacle of special effects and life-like animatronics, with some of Spielberg's best sequences of sustained awe and sheer terror since Jaws.
Steven Spielberg's phenomenally successful sci-fi adventure thriller is graced by state-of-the-art special effects from the team of Stan Winston, Phil... [More]
Adjusted Score: 96.646%
Critics Consensus: A Bug's Life is a rousing adventure that blends animated thrills with witty dialogue and memorable characters - and another smashing early success for Pixar.
John Lasseter, director of Pixar's movie phenomenon Toy Story, has set new standards in computer animation with this effort, another... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.372%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to a smart script, spectacular set pieces, and charismatic performances from its leads, Men in Black is an entirely satisfying summer blockbuster hit.
For his fifth effort as a feature-film director, one-time cinematographer Barry Sonnenfeld brought his cartoonish visual style and darkly humorous... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97.229%
Critics Consensus: John Travolta and Nicolas Cage play cat-and-mouse (and literally play each other) against a beautifully stylized backdrop of typically elegant, over-the-top John Woo violence.
The third of John Woo's American-made feature films, Face/Off stars John Travolta as Sean Archer, an FBI agent obsessed with... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.047%
Critics Consensus: Endlessly witty, visually rapturous, and sweetly romantic, Shakespeare in Love is a delightful romantic comedy that succeeds on nearly every level.
William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) is on a cold streak. Not only is he writing for Philip Henslowe (Geoffrey Rush), owner... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99.223%
Critics Consensus: One of the most influential films of the 1990s, Pulp Fiction is a delirious post-modern mix of neo-noir thrills, pitch-black humor, and pop-culture touchstones.
Outrageously violent, time-twisting, and in love with language, Pulp Fiction was widely considered the most influential American movie of the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.898%
Critics Consensus: Emotionally stirring, richly drawn, and beautifully animated, The Lion King is a pride within Disney's pantheon of classic family films.
One of the most popular Disney animated musicals, The Lion King presents the story of a lion cub's journey to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99.101%
Critics Consensus: T2 features thrilling action sequences and eye-popping visual effects, but what takes this sci-fi/ action landmark to the next level is the depth of the human (and cyborg) characters.
A sequel to the sci-fi action thriller that made him and star Arnold Schwarzenegger A-list Hollywood names, writer/director James Cameron... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.175%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by another winning performance from Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg's unflinchingly realistic war film virtually redefines the genre.
Steven Spielberg directed this powerful, realistic re-creation of WWII's D-day invasion and the immediate aftermath. The story opens with a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103.219%
Critics Consensus: Enchanting, sweepingly romantic, and featuring plenty of wonderful musical numbers, Beauty and the Beast is one of Disney's most elegant animated offerings.
Walt Disney Animation Studios' magical classic Beauty and the Beast returns to the big screen in Disney Digital 3D(TM), introducing... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98.254%
Critics Consensus: A terrific popcorn thriller, Speed is taut, tense, and energetic, with outstanding performances from Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, and Sandra Bullock.
If you don't think Speed is the fastest-moving adventure film ever made, we challenge you to find a faster one.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100.394%
Critics Consensus: A highly entertaining entry in Disney's renaissance era," Aladdin is beautifully drawn, with near-classic songs and a cast of scene-stealing characters.
Robin Williams's dizzying and hilarious voicing of the Genie is the main attraction of Aladdin, the third in the series... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102.469%
Critics Consensus: A funny, tender, and thought-provoking film, The Truman Show is all the more noteworthy for its remarkably prescient vision of runaway celebrity culture and a nation with an insatiable thirst for the private details of ordinary lives.
Jim Carrey gives a remarkable performance as a man learning that his entire life in a storybook coastal village has... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.406%
Critics Consensus: A straightforward thriller of the highest order, In the Line of Fire benefits from Wolfgang Peterson's taut direction and charismatic performances from Clint Eastwood and John Malkovich.
Clint Eastwood delivers one of his finest performances, as a secret service agent haunted by his past in Wolfgang Petersen's... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102.128%
Critics Consensus: Exhilarating and intense, this high-impact chase thriller is a model of taut and efficient formula filmmaking, and it features Harrison Ford at his frantic best.
This 1993 box-office smash partly adheres to the 1960s TV series on which it is based and partly goes off... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101.964%
Critics Consensus: In recreating the troubled space mission, Apollo 13 pulls no punches: it's a masterfully told drama from director Ron Howard, bolstered by an ensemble of solid performances.
"Houston, we have a problem." Those words were immortalized during the tense days of the Apollo 13 lunar mission crisis... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104.007%
Critics Consensus: Director Jonathan Demme's smart, taut thriller teeters on the edge between psychological study and all-out horror, and benefits greatly from stellar performances by Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster.
In this multiple Oscar-winning thriller, Jodie Foster stars as Clarice Starling, a top student at the FBI's training academy whose... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104.159%
Critics Consensus: As both director and star, Clint Eastwood strips away decades of Hollywood varnish applied to the Wild West, and emerges with a series of harshly eloquent statements about the nature of violence.
Dedicated to his mentors Sergio Leone and Don Siegel, Clint Eastwood's 1992 Oscar-winner examines the mythic violence of the Western,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102.799%
Critics Consensus: It follows a predictable narrative arc, but Good Will Hunting adds enough quirks to the journey -- and is loaded with enough powerful performances -- that it remains an entertaining, emotionally rich drama.
The most brilliant mind at America's top university isn't a student, he's the kid who cleans the floors. Will Hunting... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105.813%
Critics Consensus: Entertaining as it is innovative, Toy Story reinvigorated animation while heralding the arrival of Pixar as a family-friendly force to be reckoned with.
Woody, a traditional pull-string talking cowboy, has long enjoyed a place of honor as the favorite among six-year-old Andy's menagerie... [More]
Adjusted Score: 107.654%
Critics Consensus: The rare sequel that arguably improves on its predecessor, Toy Story 2 uses inventive storytelling, gorgeous animation, and a talented cast to deliver another rich moviegoing experience for all ages.
"Toy Story 2" is the exciting, all-new sequel to the landmark 1995 computer-animated blockbuster from Walt Disney Pictures and Pixar... [More]