These Movies From 1992 Are All 20 Years Old

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A few weeks back while deep into hours upon hours of research for a Pauly Shore blog post -- joking -- I came to realize that 1992 was a big year for movies. It's unsettling to think that all of these movies are two decades old, because in 1992 when these flicks were released, 1972 was only twenty years in the past.

Did you know that kids born in 1992 can now vote, buy cigarettes, be in porn films, and buy industrial paint and glue from a hardware store? Where is my cane? Do I even need a cane? Who am I kidding, I'm only 28.

Just a few weeks ago, I chronicled the influence of Wayne's World -- a '92 baby -- here on Art Attack. This past week Dana Carvey teased ideas for a Wayne's World 3, getting our hopes up way too much.

Even freakier is that Quentin Tarantino's Reservoir Dogs turns 20 this year, meaning that we have now had to deal with cheesy QT knockoffs for two decades and change. Be original and steal from Jackie Brown, young filmmakers.

1992 was a big year for children's movies, too, both animated and live-action. I remember the hard environmental messages of Ferngully angering adults back then, and Aladdin was Disney's muscle that year. I saw a bit of it a few months back, and I can't say it was my favorite Disney feature, though the music was catchy. All of those songs were imprinted into my brain the next year from a fifth grade play I was in.

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Basic Instinct

SPOILER ALERT: You get to see Sharon Stone's lady business. Google it. Nothing else matters about Basic Instinct. This one gave rise to a new era of erotic thrillers like Jade and countless soft-core Cinemax deals (which I know all by heart).

Unforgiven

Possibly the last great western to come to American cinema, unless you count Wild Wild West with Will Smith.

Chaplin

When people question the genius of Robert Downey Jr., show them this biopic.

Aladdin

Jafar was one of Disney's most evil villains ever, and Robin Williams was one of the most annoying genies ever. If finding a magic lamp means being harassed by a cavalcade of voices, count me out.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer

Who knew that just a few years later it would be turned into one of the WB's most successful shows and launch the career of Sarah Michelle Gellar?

Wayne's World

WW is without question the second-best film to be made of a Saturday Night Live sketch, the first being the star-packed The Blues Brothers. The story of Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar's misadventures with corporate America was also extremely influential on teen culture at the time, with the massive amount of catchphrases, cameos and hipness pummeling audiences in '92. Sphincter says what?


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26 comments
MeanGranny
MeanGranny

Well shoot.  In 1992, it had only been 20 years since I graduated from high school.  Now I REALLY feel old.  

Nauval
Nauval

Where's The Bodyguard?

ksand
ksand

how could you possibly forget The Last of the Mohicans???

Randy Pan
Randy Pan

Death Becomes Her remake: Uma Thurman in the Meryl Streep role, Heather Graham in the Goldie Hawn role, and Matt Damon in the Bruce Willis role.

Kyle
Kyle

 I'm glad you included Death Becomes Her and Reservoir Dogs.But No love for Pet Sematary 2?

Eydis
Eydis

I was born in 1992 :D

Nyrunner10
Nyrunner10

The two best films of 1992 were Altman's The Player and Howard's End, yet neither are mentioned.  Amusing, perhaps, but also ignorant and fooliish.

Dude from Texas
Dude from Texas

I actually think "Open Range" was the best western to be released in recent times...

Guest
Guest

Newsies's 20th anniversary is coming up on the 10th, and I'm really excited for it!

Stephen Gilberg
Stephen Gilberg

Actually, if you haven't seen TCG, you probably don't know anything but "the twist."

Barbarascy385
Barbarascy385

I have to agree that 1992 was a GREAT year for films. Another great year was 1997. I spent a small fortune on going to the movies both those years. One of the things that was so great about them was the variety. Everything from Alien 3 to Bram Stoker's Dracula in 1992. 1997 offered Titanic, Alien:Ressurection and a lot more. Nothing like variety and a little originality.

Stygian
Stygian

"Aladdin" was a huge hit because of Robin Williams.  I don't understand all this hate toward him lately.

Sanguinis Libra
Sanguinis Libra

Mixed menu here. Enjoyed Dracula, Reservoir Dogs and a couple of others. The crying game was a good movie, but I wouldn't say it was anything close to enjoyable. Most of the rest must be fillers.

Leifcommenthere
Leifcommenthere

Dear Craig, your grammar is atrocious. Please have some one proof read your work before you turn it in.

Bigdaddyjeffc
Bigdaddyjeffc

I'm going to do you a favor and assume you're being sarcastic half the time. Wh-what happened? Now it's a good article and you sound smart! Huh.

Nachi_d
Nachi_d

The Shawshank Redemption!?

How can you forget that ? :-o

RWeber108
RWeber108

Unforgiven was a good movie, but the last great western? No way, Tombstone came out in 1993. 

MadMac
MadMac

You type this--"and Monica Bellucci being Monica Bellucci"--as if it's a bad thing.

Seriously, came here to bag on RD, then I read the rest of the turkey served at the 1992 deli counter and I'm thinking QT's original formula, (repeated again and again and...) really might've been something great. 

Guest
Guest

"Someone" is one word.

Frank Ringhofer
Frank Ringhofer

The author didn't forget The Shawshank Redemption.  It's not a 1992 film.

zandusku
zandusku

Open Range was pretty good too.

Craig Hlavaty
Craig Hlavaty

 Oh no, I meant that in the best way about MB.

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