Jurassic Park, Home Alone and The Matrix among the greatest movies of the 1990s

SAM | 19th March 2019

Steven Spielberg’s ground-breaking dinosaur hit continues to spawn sequels and Home Alone is loved all year-round movie – despite being a festive flick.

The Matrix, which turns 20 years old this year, has been lauded for taking CGI to a new level and influencing a host of movies including countless comic book movies.

Other popular films in the top 40 include; Pulp Fiction, The Lion King and 10 Things I Hate About You – along with Terminator 2: Judgement Day, Clueless and Titanic.

A study commissioned by CHILI, subscription-free movie and TV streaming service, found we just can’t enough of films from 1990s.

Eighteen per cent of all movies watched by them were released in the 1990 and 35 per cent said that decade is ‘unquestionably’ their favourite era of cinema.

According to those polled, this is partly down to their catchy soundtracks, quotable lines and shocking plot twists.

Giorgio Tacchia, CEO of CHILI, said: “With Captain Marvel jam-packaged with nineties nostalgia, we aren’t surprised these classic cult 90s films are still in demand 20 years on.”

Despite not getting top spot for one of his movies – that honour goes to The Shawshank Redemption – Brits are in no doubt Steven Spielberg is the best director of the 90s.

And with Spielberg’s Jurassic Park, Schindler’s List and Saving Private Ryan all featuring in the top 40 it’s hard to argue.

Tom Hanks, who worked with Spielberg on the latter and also won two successive Oscars in the 90s, was declared best male actor of that period by those polled.

And best female actor went to Julia Roberts who produced a star-turn in Pretty Woman – which came second in the best films of the 90s.

Among our favourite movie scenes of this era are – spoiler alert – when Andy escapes in The Shawshank Redemption and the ‘life is like a box of chocolates’ moment from Forrest Gump.

The ‘ya filthy animal’ scene from Home Alone and the ‘I’ll never let you go’ scene from Titanic were close behind.

These two movies are also among the biggest guilty pleasures from this time – joined by the likes of Alien 3, Cruel Intentions and Liar Liar.

Thanks to the likes of Groundhog Day, Dumb and Dumber and The Big Lebowski, the research also found the 90s did comedy movies better than any other genre.

Although those polled believe there was a purple patch for action films during this period too – perhaps best exemplified by The Rock, The Matrix and the second Terminator flick.


Nearly a fifth adorned their bedrooms with posters of their favourite movie stars – with posters featuring Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp and Keanu Reeves the most popular.

Inspired by warm fuzzy feelings of a bygone era, 48 per cent said they’d actively encourage their children to watch 1990s films.

Giorgio Tacchia added: “Having movie posters plastered over bedroom walls are still a part of growing up.”

CHILI has a huge collection of official merchandise from some of Hollywood’s biggest studioS and 97.5 per cent of the top 40 mighty nineties films are available to stream on the service now.

TOP 40 – 1990s MOVIES:

1. The Shawshank Redemption
2. Pretty Woman
3. Jurassic Park
4. Titanic
5. Home Alone
6. Toy Story
7. Pulp Fiction
8. Schindler’s List
9. Forrest Gump
10. The Lion King
11. Mrs Doubtfire
12. Four Weddings and a Funeral
13. Saving Private Ryan
14. Terminator 2: Judgment Day
15. The Silence of the Lambs
16. The Matrix
17. Goodfellas
18. Trainspotting
19. Braveheart
20. Groundhog Day
21. Independence Day
22. American Pie
23. 10 Things I Hate About You
24. Romeo + Juliet
25. The Big Lebowski
26. Fight Club
27. Edward Scissorhands
28. Wayne’s World
29. Dumb and Dumber
30. Speed
31. The English Patient
32. Thelma and Louise
33. Good Will Hunting
34. Clueless
35. Starship Troopers
36. The Blair Witch Project
37. There’s Something About Mary
38. Aladdin
39. Casino
40. The Rock