1993: The Greatest Year for Movies in the History of Movies Ever?

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The year 1993 was awesome.
I mean, in what other year could cinema reach the heights of Schindler's List, Philadelphia, The Piano, Tombstone, The Fugitive, True Romance and Short Cuts while also providing us with Demolition Man, Leprechaun and Surf Ninjas?

Let's see, 1993, of course, that year after 1992 and before 1994, when gangster rap and grunge were still king and we were begging our parents for Zubaz pants.

And I haven't even mentioned Falling Down, Groundhog Day, What's Eating Gilbert Grape?, Grumpy Old Men, Dazed And Confused and Mrs. Doubtfire.


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In just weeks, Jurassic Park will be re-released in 3D for nostalgic Gen-Y dopes like me to enjoy all over again. Hold on to your butts.

How many of these movies from 1993 could I watch over and over again? Almost all of them. Even the underrated presidential comedy Dave, with Kevin Kline and Sigourney Weaver. That film introduced me to the magic of Frank Langella, Kevin Dunn and Ving Rhames.

Sure, 1993 also featured Cop & A Half, Mr. Nanny and Super Mario Bros. stinking up the theaters, but if you see any of those on basic cable, you stop folding laundry for at least five minutes.

What about the '93 movies that didn't win Oscars? The ones that don't feature a naked Harvey Keitel or Tom Hanks with AIDS, that is....

Last Action Hero

The heartwarming tale of Danny Madigan finding a father figure in the hard-bitten Jack Slater gets me every time, and I listen to AC/DC's "Big Gun" to cheer myself up on bad days. Plus, it's an Arnold movie, which immediately makes it better than most things.

Dennis The Menace

Mason Gamble and Walter Matthau (rocking a late-career renaissance) breathe life into the Menace world, while Christopher Lloyd plays the grodiest pedophile around. Gamble would spend the late '90s in Houston filming Rushmore and Arlington Road, oddly enough.

Free Willy

A new Michael Jackson song, the lovely Lori Petty and another nickname for fat kids all over the world to endure was all we got out of Free Willy.

My Boyfriend's Back

Johnny Dingle was a teen zombie before teen zombie could be sexy. Look for Philip Seymour Hoffman and Matthew Fox as high school kids, too. Let's hope no one ever remakes this one. Wait, did Warm Bodies count?

Surf Ninjas

The '90s loved ninjas. There were 3 Ninjas, a Beverly Hills Ninja, turtles that were ninjas, and even American ninjas.

Addams Family Values

The sequel to the surprise 1991 hit was a bit forced (the title alone), but Joan Cusack made it watchable.

Swing Kids

I get this one and Newsies mixed up all the time. They both had Christian Bale in them, right?

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1994 hands down over 93. Pulp Fiction, Forrest Gump, Hoop Dreams, NBK, Shawshank Redemption, Ed Wood, THE LION KING... True Lies (beats Last Action Hero by a mile), The Mask, SPEED, Dumb and Dumber... The Crow, Reality Bites..


1993 maybe for worst year in Movies

Try 1939 Gone with the Wind, Goodbye Mr. Chips, Stagecoach, Ninotchka, The Wizard of OZ, Mr. Smith Goes to Washington, Beau Geste, Dark Victory, Gunga Din, Intermezzo, Of Mice and Men for just a few.


"Men in Tights" hasn't aged well? Nonsense.

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