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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: 17611%
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.
Batgirl joins the caped crusaders (George Clooney, Chris O'Donnell) to stop Mr. Freeze (Arnold Schwarzenegger) and Poison Ivy from wreaking... [More]
Adjusted Score: 19889%
Critics Consensus: Without compelling characters or heart, Godzilla stomps on everything that made the original (or any monster movie worth its salt) a classic.
Nuclear testing in the South Pacific produces a giant mutated lizard that wreaks havoc upon New York City.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 22537%
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.
Secret agent James T. West (Will Smith) and his partner (Kevin Kline) fight evil inventor Dr. Loveless (Kenneth Branagh) who... [More]
Adjusted Score: 23035%
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.
Betty's Barney (Rick Moranis) helps Wilma's (Elizabeth Perkins) Fred (John Goodman) move up the ladder at Slate & Co. in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 22565%
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.
The battered wife (Julia Roberts) of a yuppie neat-freak (Patrick Bergin) fakes her death at sea and flees from Cape... [More]
Adjusted Score: 25124%
Critics Consensus: Contrived performances and over-the-top sequences offer little real drama.
Two investigators (John Travolta, Madeleine Stowe) find an underworld of sex and cover-ups behind an Army captain's murder.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 25148%
Critics Consensus: Syrupy performances and directing make this dramedy all too obvious.
A doctor (Robin Williams), once a psychiatric patient, uses humor and unconventional methods in his practice.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 26440%
Critics Consensus: Nature Calls in this Ace Ventura sequel, and it's answered by the law of diminishing returns.
A sacred white bat's disappearance begets bloodshed between African tribes and puts the goofy pet sleuth (Jim Carrey) on the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 29951%
Critics Consensus: A talented cast fails to save this unremarkable thriller.
While in jail for murdering her husband (Bruce Greenwood), a woman (Ashley Judd) discovers he is living under a new... [More]
Adjusted Score: 33627%
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.
Aided by Tinker Bell (Julia Roberts), a corporate lawyer (Robin Williams) turns into Peter Pan to rescue his children from... [More]
Adjusted Score: 38075%
Critics Consensus: The Bodyguard is a cheesy, melodramatic potboiler with occasional moments of electricity from Whitney Houston.
An ex-Secret Service agent (Kevin Costner) falls for his client, an actress/singer (Whitney Houston) someone wants dead before the Academy... [More]
Adjusted Score: 38670%
Critics Consensus: This is an insult to its genre with low humor and cheap gags.
A water boy's (Adam Sandler) temper tantrums spur an addled football coach (Henry Winkler) to sign him on as defensive... [More]
Adjusted Score: 38053%
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.
Once again left behind by his family, the boy hero (Macaulay Culkin) lands in Manhattan and battles two burglars (Joe... [More]
Adjusted Score: 38132%
Critics Consensus: Lurid but acted with gusto, Indecent Proposal has difficulty keeping it up beyond its initial titillating premise.
A Las Vegas mystery man (Robert Redford) offers a desperate couple (Demi Moore, Woody Harrelson) $1 million for a night... [More]
Adjusted Score: 46177%
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.
A NASA rep (Billy Bob Thornton) recruits an oil driller (Bruce Willis) and his team of mavericks to save Earth... [More]
Adjusted Score: 40962%
Critics Consensus: Eraser's shoot-'em-up action might show off some cutting edge weaponry, but its rote story is embarrassingly obsolete.
A Witness Protection Program agent (Arnold Schwarzenegger) hides a woman (Vanessa L. Williams) who knows about defense-field traitors planning to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 42925%
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.
The Caped Crusader (Val Kilmer) woos a criminal psychologist, takes on a sidekick and battles Two-Face (Tommy Lee Jones) and... [More]
Adjusted Score: 43403%
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.
Hoping to lure back his exasperated girlfriend, a goofy slacker (Adam Sandler) gains custody of a 5-year-old boy.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 43230%
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.
The four superturtles team up with a TV newswoman (Judith Hoag) and her boyfriend (Elias Koteas) against the ninja Foot... [More]
Adjusted Score: 41937%
Critics Consensus: Neat performance from Glenn Close aside, 101 Dalmatians is a bland, pointless remake.
London fashion maven Cruella DeVil (Glenn Close) steals pups for her newest creation, a Dalmatian coat.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 44873%
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.
A 20th-century San Francisco doctor (Eddie Murphy) rediscovers his ability to communicate with animals.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 50411%
Critics Consensus: A tidal wave of melodrama sinks Deep Impact's chance at being the memorable disaster flick it aspires to be.
Troubled people attempt to mend their lives as they brace themselves for a comet that threatens Earth.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 49006%
Critics Consensus: Cliche story with lack of chemistry between Richard Gere and Julia Roberts.
A New York reporter (Richard Gere) travels to Maryland to profile a woman (Julia Roberts) who left three bridegrooms at... [More]
Adjusted Score: 54716%
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.
Three 50-ish college friends (Goldie Hawn, Bette Midler, Diane Keaton) plot revenge after their husbands dump them for younger women.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 51892%
Critics Consensus: No consensus yet.
An amiable, small-town Everyman (John Travolta) is inexplicably transformed into a genius with telekinetic powers.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 52488%
Critics Consensus: A meandering, mindless family movie that frequently resorts to special effects and transparent sappiness.
A teen (Christina Ricci) who lost her mother befriends friendly ghost Casper while staying at a mean heiress's (Cathy Moriarty)... [More]
Adjusted Score: 55690%
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.
The archer (Kevin Costner) and his Moorish sidekick (Morgan Freeman) join Sherwood Forest outlaws against the sheriff of Nottingham, who... [More]
Adjusted Score: 63343%
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.
As an enemy threatens the peaceful Galactic Republic, 9-year-old Anakin Skywalker comes under the tutelage of young Obi-Wan Kenobi (Ewan... [More]
Adjusted Score: 56173%
Critics Consensus: Provides lots of laughs with Myers at the healm; as funny or funnier than the original.
The secret agent (Mike Myers) travels back in time to the 1960s to rescue his stolen mojo from Dr. Evil.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 59261%
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 (Pierce Brosnan) serves as bodyguard to the daughter (Sophie Marceau) of a late friend and faces a villain... [More]
Adjusted Score: 56064%
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.
Los Angeles police partners (Mel Gibson, Danny Glover) take on members of a Chinese triad who are smuggling families from... [More]
Adjusted Score: 57384%
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.
Mercenaries and scientists (Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore) pursue genetically engineered dinosaurs inhabiting a Costa Rican island.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 56915%
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.
A Washington reporter (Denzel Washington) helps an on-the-run law student (Julia Roberts) who knows too much about a government cover-up.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 61512%
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.
An erotic writer (Sharon Stone) toys with a San Francisco detective (Michael Douglas) who thinks she might be an ice-pick... [More]
Adjusted Score: 57307%
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.
A magic board-game brings forth African perils and a guy (Robin Williams) who disappeared in 1969 while playing it.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 58880%
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.
Based on a story of John Smith, a Powhatan Indian stops a war between her tribe and the British by... [More]
Adjusted Score: 58431%
Critics Consensus: George of the Jungle is faithful to its source material -- which, unfortunately, makes it a less-than-compelling feature film.
A man (Brendan Fraser) raised by apes in fictional Bukuvu saves an heiress (Leslie Mann) from death and travels with... [More]
Adjusted Score: 60402%
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.
A wrongly convicted parolee (Nicolas Cage) on a flight with a group of vicious prisoners tries to stop their violent... [More]
Adjusted Score: 62280%
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 (Pierce Brosnan) and female agent Wai Lin (Michelle Yeoh) pursue a megalomaniacal tycoon (Jonathan Pryce) trying to start... [More]
Adjusted Score: 60805%
Critics Consensus: Charming characters; loads of fun for kids and adults.
Tommy and his plucky pals go on a forest adventure in his father's latest invention, the Reptar Wagon.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 65539%
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.
Suspended from the police force, John McClane (Bruce Willis) enlists a Harlem shopkeeper (Samuel L. Jackson) to help stop a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 64230%
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.
Storm-chasers (Helen Hunt, Bill Paxton) finalizing their divorce try to place equipment inside a tornado on the Oklahoma plains.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 64221%
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.
Los Angeles police detectives (Mel Gibson, Danny Glover) crush a guns-to-gangs operation with a wild woman from internal affairs.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 65805%
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.
A young man (Brendan Fraser) opens a tomb unleashing a mummy seeking revenge for a curse laid upon him 3,000... [More]
Adjusted Score: 64517%
Critics Consensus: A kick-ass addition to the cop-buddy film genre.
A Hong Kong detective (Jackie Chan) and a wisecracking L.A.P.D. detective (Chris Tucker) choose to work together to find the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 67422%
Critics Consensus: So embarrassing it's believable, American Pie succeeds in bringing back the teen movie genre.
Four teenagers nearing graduation make a pact to lose their virginity by prom night.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 66930%
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.
The immortal Louis (Brad Pitt) tells of his life as a vampire recruited by Lestat (Tom Cruise) in 1791 Louisiana.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 66299%
Critics Consensus: Dick Tracy is stylish, unique, and an undeniable technical triumph, but it ultimately struggles to rise above its two-dimensional artificiality.
The comic-strip detective (Warren Beatty) woos Tess Trueheart, dodges Breathless Mahoney (Madonna) and chases nicknamed crooks.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69913%
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.
Branded a traitor, an elite intelligence agent (Tom Cruise) investigates a failed Prague mission to retrieve a computer disk.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 66358%
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.
An obese scientist (Eddie Murphy) drops the pounds and his poor self-image when a secret formula turns him into a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 66788%
Critics Consensus: The movie is peppered with amusing sight gags and one-liners, but the disjointed script doesn't cohere into a successful whole.
Gomez (Raul Julia), Morticia (Anjelica Huston) and their ghoulish household are prey to a scam involving long-lost Uncle Fester (Christopher... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69874%
Critics Consensus: Pretty Woman may be a yuppie fantasy, but the film's slick comedy, soundtrack, and casting can overcome misgivings.
A corporate raider (Richard Gere) pays a gorgeous hooker (Julia Roberts) to be his escort for a business week in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 71388%
Critics Consensus: For visceral thrills, it can't be beat. Just don't expect The Rock to engage your brain.
A scientist (Nicolas Cage) and a British spy (Sean Connery) who once escaped from Alcatraz are sent to the former... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69484%
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.
A scientist (Jodie Foster) seeks alien beings after receiving mysterious messages from deep space via radio telescope dishes.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69753%
Critics Consensus: It isn't terribly deep, but it's witty and undeniably charming, and the cast is obviously having fun.
A lawman (James Garner), a lady (Jodie Foster) and a gambler (Mel Gibson) head to a poker championship, where conning... [More]
Adjusted Score: 70438%
Critics Consensus: Overlong and superficial, A Time to Kill nonetheless succeeds on the strength of its skillful craftsmanship and top-notch performances.
A Southern lawyer (Matthew McConaughey) and his legal assistant (Sandra Bullock) defend a black man (Samuel L. Jackson) for killing... [More]
Adjusted Score: 71581%
Critics Consensus: Critics say Stuart Little is charming with kids and adults for its humor and visual effects.
Adopted by the Littles (Geena Davis, Hugh Laurie, Jonathan Lipnicki), a mouse has various adventures which make him appreciate love... [More]
Adjusted Score: 72102%
Critics Consensus: The plot is thin and so is character development, but as a thrilling, spectacle-filled summer movie, Independence Day delivers.
A fighter pilot (Will Smith), a computer whiz (Jeff Goldblum) and others fight back after 15-mile-wide alien ships zap Earth's... [More]
Adjusted Score: 69691%
Critics Consensus: Home Alone uneven but frequently funny premise stretched unreasonably thin is buoyed by Macaulay Culkin's cute performance and strong supporting stars.
Accidentally left by his Paris-bound family, an 8-year-old (Macaulay Culkin) makes mincemeat of two burglars (Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern) in... [More]
Adjusted Score: 70750%
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.
An inept dog groomer (Jeff Daniels) and a limousine driver (Jim Carrey) chase the latter's dream girl (Lauren Holly) cross... [More]
Adjusted Score: 74156%
Critics Consensus: Analyze This is a satisfying comedy with great performances by De Niro and Crystal.
To get a handle on his insecurities, a powerful New York gangster (Robert De Niro) sees a therapist (Billy Crystal).... [More]
Adjusted Score: 74019%
Critics Consensus: It isn't Tim Burton's best work, but Sleepy Hollow entertains with its stunning visuals and creepy atmosphere.
A Colonial-era constable (Johnny Depp) probes a series of grisly decapitations in an upstate New York hamlet.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 73280%
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.
The sequel's police hero (Bruce Willis) spots military terrorists while waiting for his wife (Bonnie Bedelia) at a Washington, D.C.,... [More]
Adjusted Score: 74640%
Critics Consensus: Great chemistry between the leads made this a warm and charming delight.
Professional rivalry threatens to thwart romance when anonymous e-mail pals (Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan) meet each other.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 74438%
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.
Disney's musical version of the Victor Hugo classic centers on a disfigured man who rings the bells of Notre Dame... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79326%
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.
JFK, LBJ, Vietnam, Watergate and other history unfold through the perspective of an Alabama man (Tom Hanks) with an IQ... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75947%
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.
Estranged from his wife (Sally Field), an out-of-work actor (Robin Williams) masquerades as a nanny to be with his children.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 74661%
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.
A Washington wife (Jamie Lee Curtis) discovers her computer-salesman husband (Arnold Schwarzenegger) is a spy out to stop nuclear terrorists.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 77416%
Critics Consensus: An entertaining, topical thriller that finds director Tony Scott on solid form and Will Smith confirming his action headliner status.
A former NSA operative (Gene Hackman) aids the innocent victim (Will Smith) of a politically motivated assassination cover-up.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 76199%
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.
An adman (Tim Allen) takes over for the bearded, big-bellied fellow after a rooftop mishap on Christmas Eve.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75829%
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.
A writer (Julia Roberts) realizes that she is in love with her best friend (Dermot Mulroney) and tries to stop... [More]
Adjusted Score: 75937%
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 Reno lounge singer (Whoopi Goldberg) on the run plays nun and shows a San Francisco convent's chorus how to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80261%
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.
A slain Manhattan yuppie (Patrick Swayze) reaches out to his lover (Demi Moore), with a medium (Whoopi Goldberg) as his... [More]
Adjusted Score: 79716%
Critics Consensus: Directed with propulsive intensity by Ron Howard, Ransom is a fiery thriller packed with hot-blooded performances and jolting twists.
A self-made millionaire (Mel Gibson) stuns his wife (Rene Russo) and the FBI with a televised threat to his son's... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80359%
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.
A law-school grad uncovers a sinister secret about the Tennessee firm that made him an offer he couldn't refuse.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80694%
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.
A recently engaged newswoman (Meg Ryan) becomes obsessed with meeting a grieving widower (Tom Hanks) she heard on a late-night... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82750%
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.
An ancient mask transforms a drab bank clerk (Jim Carrey) into a grinning Romeo with superhuman powers.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84710%
Critics Consensus: Though The Green Mile is long, critics say it's an absorbing, emotionally powerful experience.
In 1935 a head prison guard (Tom Hanks) realizes a man (Michael Clarke Duncan) on death row may be innocent... [More]
Adjusted Score: 80829%
Critics Consensus: This late-period Harrison Ford actioner is full of palpable, if not entirely seamless, thrills.
Demanding the release of a political prisoner, a terrorist (Gary Oldman) and his gang hijack the U.S. president's (Harrison Ford)... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84972%
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 secret weapon's theft sends Agent 007 (Pierce Brosnan) to Russia, where a pretty computer programmer (Izabella Scorupco) helps him... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86581%
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.
Metal-head friends Wayne (Mike Myers) and Garth (Dana Carvey) sell their basement cable-access TV show to a city slicker (Rob... [More]
Adjusted Score: 82954%
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.
A psycho killer targets a past victim's daughter (Neve Campbell), while a tabloid TV reporter (Courteney Cox) homes in on... [More]
Adjusted Score: 85783%
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 begins in 1943 with a major-league has-been as a manager (Tom Hanks).... [More]
Adjusted Score: 84635%
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.
Saved from pharaoh's infanticide, Israelite Moses grows to manhood and becomes a revered leader.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83033%
Critics Consensus: Perfecting the formula established in earlier installments, Clear and Present Danger reunites its predecessor's creative core to solidly entertaining effect.
An acting CIA chief (Harrison Ford) learns the president has triggered a war with Colombian drug cartels.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87080%
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.
The Caped Crusader (Michael Keaton) clashes with Catwoman (Michelle Pfeiffer) and saves gloomy Gotham City from the foul Penguin's (Danny... [More]
Adjusted Score: 83162%
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.
In Miami Beach a gay couple (Robin Williams, Nathan Lane) pretend to be man and wife when a son's future... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87150%
Critics Consensus: A brutal, relentlessly grimy shocker with taut performances, slick gore effects, and a haunting finale.
A meticulous detective (Morgan Freeman) and the young officer (Brad Pitt) about to replace the veteran probe serial murders based... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86462%
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.
A masked killer continues to pursue a California student (Neve Campbell) and her friends at an Ohio college.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 86074%
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.
A boy's birthday wish comes true that his neglectful father (Jim Carrey), a fast-talking lawyer, will not be able to... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88261%
Critics Consensus: Under Paul Verhoeven's frenetic direction, Total Recall is a fast-paced rush of violence, gore, and humor that never slacks.
Recurring nightmares of the planet Mars lead a confused earthling into the center of an intergalactic conspiracy.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87008%
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.
An Atlanta widow (Jessica Tandy) and her chauffeur (Morgan Freeman) reflect the changing times, from 1948 to 1973.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 87747%
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.
A man's (Hugh Grant) life changes when an international star (Julia Roberts) walks into his bookshop.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88256%
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.
A geek (Ben Stiller) hires a sleazy private eye (Matt Dillon) to report on a woman (Cameron Diaz) he has... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88907%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by dazzling performances from Tom Cruise, Cuba Gooding Jr., and RenÃ©e Zellweger, as well as Cameron Crowe's tender direction, Jerry Maguire meshes romance and sports with panache.
A Los Angeles sports agent (Tom Cruise) finds love with a pretty accountant (Renee Zellweger) after an attack of conscience... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89018%
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.
Navy lawyers (Tom Cruise, Demi Moore) defend two Marines accused of killing a private at the naval station at Guantanamo... [More]
Adjusted Score: 88458%
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.
Costner's epic vision of the American frontier as seen through the eyes of a 19th-century U.S. Cavalry officer.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 90543%
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.
A New York City waitress (Helen Hunt), a gay painter (Greg Kinnear) and a dog help a misanthropic author (Jack... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94091%
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.
A child psychologist (Bruce Willis) tries to help a boy (Haley Joel Osment) who is traumatized by visitations from troubled... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93374%
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.
A filmmaking crew (Heather Donahue, Michael C. Williams, Joshua Leonard) hikes into Maryland's Black Hills Forest seeking clues about a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 89832%
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.
A Chinese maiden disguises herself as a man to take her father's place in battle against invading Huns.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 95927%
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 man (Kevin Spacey) in midlife crisis and at odds with his wife (Annette Bening) begins working out to impress... [More]
Adjusted Score: 94918%
Critics Consensus: Thanks to the Wachowskis' imaginative vision, The Matrix is a smartly crafted combination of spectacular action and groundbreaking special effects.
A computer hacker (Keanu Reeves) joins forces with rebel warriors (Laurence Fishburne, Carrie-Anne Moss) to battle a malevolent cyberintelligence.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93035%
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 apes in the African jungle encounters a professor, his daughter and a suspicious hunter.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102786%
Critics Consensus: A mostly unqualified triumph for James Cameron, who offers a dizzying blend of spectacular visuals and old-fashioned melodrama.
A society girl (Kate Winslet) abandons her haughty fiance (Billy Zane) for a penniless artist (Leonardo DiCaprio) on the ill-fated... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93154%
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.
Moscow, Washington and a CIA analyst (Alec Baldwin) track a renegade Soviet captain (Sean Connery) and his new submarine.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 93292%
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.
On vacation, three men (Billy Crystal, Daniel Stern, Bruno Kirby) get to play cowboy on a dude-ranch cattle drive, but... [More]
Adjusted Score: 104675%
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.
An entrepreneur invites scientists (Sam Neill, Laura Dern), a mathematics theorist (Jeff Goldblum) and others to his jungle theme-park featuring... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97561%
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.
An inventor ant teams up with other insects to keep a gang of grasshoppers from terrorizing his colony.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 98284%
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.
A veteran agent (Tommy Lee Jones) and a rookie (Will Smith) protect mankind from dangerous extraterrestrials roaming the Earth.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 97120%
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.
An FBI agent (John Travolta) and his nemesis (Nicolas Cage) trade physical identities.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 101519%
Critics Consensus: Endlessly witty, visually rapturous, and sweetly romantic, Shakespeare in Love is a delightful romantic comedy that succeeds on nearly every level.
Young William Shakespeare (Joseph Fiennes) falls for Viola (Gwyneth Paltrow), reawakening his creativity, but she is betrothed to Wessex.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99680%
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.
Two hit men (John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson), a boxer, a crime boss and others meet their fates over the... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103657%
Critics Consensus: Emotionally stirring, richly drawn, and beautifully animated, The Lion King is a pride within Disney's pantheon of classic family films.
After the death of his royal father, a young lion returns to battle his scheming uncle for the jungle throne.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99379%
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.
Two cyborgs from the future battle over the life of a teen (Edward Furlong) who will someday lead humanity against... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102650%
Critics Consensus: Anchored by another winning performance from Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg's unflinchingly realistic war film virtually redefines the genre.
A World War II captain (Tom Hanks) and his squad (Edward Burns, Tom Sizemore) risk all to locate and send... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105021%
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.
A French maiden takes the place of her captured father in the enchanted castle of an accursed prince, and her... [More]
Adjusted Score: 99187%
Critics Consensus: A terrific popcorn thriller, Speed is taut, tense, and energetic, with outstanding performances from Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, and Sandra Bullock.
A SWAT team ace (Keanu Reeves) must keep the speed of a Santa Monica bus above 50 mph, or a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 100999%
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.
Disney's version of a tale about an Arabian thief who finds a magic lamp and tries to win a princess's... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102991%
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.
An unwitting man's (Jim Carrey) life is arranged for him, captured on hidden cameras and broadcast internationally.... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102025%
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.
An assassin (John Malkovich) toys with a White House Secret Service agent (Clint Eastwood) haunted for 30 years by his... [More]
Adjusted Score: 103893%
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.
A U.S. marshal (Tommy Lee Jones) hunts a doctor (Harrison Ford) on the run who was convicted of murdering his... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102119%
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.
Astronauts Jim Lovell (Tom Hanks), Fred Haise (Bill Paxton) and Jack Swigert (Kevin Bacon) try to return to Earth after... [More]
Adjusted Score: 105409%
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.
An FBI trainee (Jodie Foster) seeks advice from a brilliant, psychopathic prisoner (Anthony Hopkins) to catch a killer who skins... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106458%
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.
An old gunslinger (Clint Eastwood), his ex-partner (Morgan Freeman) and a quick-draw kid go bounty hunting in a town called... [More]
Adjusted Score: 102789%
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.
A therapist (Robin Williams), a mathematician and working-class roughs vie for the soul of a janitor (Matt Damon) with a... [More]
Adjusted Score: 106934%
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.
A flashy new action hero's arrival creates upset in a community of toys that comes to life when people are... [More]
Adjusted Score: 108723%
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.
When a toy collector kidnaps Woody, Buzz Lightyear and the other toys band together to bring him home.... [More]