The 1990s were a golden era for film, with a range of classics that are still celebrated today. This November, Paramount+ is taking you on a nostalgic journey back in time with an array of iconic ’90s movies joining their streaming lineup. Here’s what you can look forward to:
Reservoir Dogs (1992)
Kick off your trip down memory lane with Quentin Tarantino’s directorial debut, “Reservoir Dogs.” This gritty heist film became an instant classic with its raw dialogue and non-linear storytelling, marking the emergence of a filmmaking powerhouse. Get ready for the suits, the soundtrack, and the suspense that only Tarantino can deliver.
Tarantino’s “Reservoir Dogs” revolutionized the indie film scene with its innovative structure and dialogue. It wasn’t just the movie’s narrative that left an indelible mark. The film’s soundtrack, with tracks like “Stuck in the Middle with You,” has become iconic. Though it earned a modest sum at the box office, it later became a cult classic, earning its status through home video and word of mouth. The cultural impact R.D. had is evident in its influence on subsequent generations of filmmakers and its perpetual presence in discussions about the greatest directorial debuts of all time.
Runaway Bride (1999)
Julia Roberts and Richard Gere rekindled their on-screen chemistry in “Runaway Bride,” a rom-com that charmed its way into the hearts of ’90s moviegoers. Follow the story of a notorious bride who’s made a habit of running from the altar and the journalist determined to uncover her reasons why.
This film re-teamed Julia Roberts and Richard Gere nine years after their smash hit “Pretty Woman,” and audiences flocked to see the magic happen again. The movie grossed over $300 million worldwide, capitalizing on the duo’s palpable chemistry. Its portrayal of a woman wary of commitment struck a chord in a decade that redefined romance and relationship dynamics, contributing to the cultural conversation about the societal expectations placed on marriage and personal freedom.
The Truman Show (1998)
Jim Carrey delivered one of his most acclaimed performances in “The Truman Show,” a thought-provoking tale about a man whose life is a continuous TV show. This movie’s blend of comedy, drama, and social commentary has left a lasting impression on audiences and filmmakers alike.
Carrey’s departure from slapstick comedy to the more nuanced role of Truman Burbank in “The Truman Show” earned him critical acclaim and the movie over $264 million at the global box office. Its exploration of reality TV, privacy, and the media’s role in our lives was prescient, coming at a time when reality television was just beginning to gain momentum. Today, it’s seen as an eerie foreshadowing of the social media age, with its themes more relevant than ever in a world where surveillance and oversharing are the norms.
The English Patient (1996)
For those in the mood for a sweeping romance, “The English Patient” tells an epic story set against the backdrop of World War II. Winner of nine Academy Awards, including Best Picture, this film’s beautiful cinematography and heartbreaking narrative are as impactful now as they were upon its release.
Set against the tumult of WWII, “The English Patient” wove a complex narrative that won it both critical and box office success, with a global take of over $230 million. It became synonymous with epic romance dramas of the ’90s, heralded for its rich storytelling and sweeping cinematography. The film’s impact on the film industry was underscored when it dominated the 69th Academy Awards, securing nine Oscars, including Best Picture. Its success cemented the careers of its stars and remains a benchmark for cinematic romance.
Grumpy Old Men (1993)
Comedy legends Jack Lemmon and Walter Matthau prove that humor isn’t just for the young with “Grumpy Old Men.” This beloved comedy about feuding neighbors and late-in-life romance is sure to bring the laughs, along with a warm dose of nostalgia.
“Grumpy Old Men” found its audience among those looking for humor in the everyday squabbles of life. The film was a commercial success, grossing over $70 million domestically. It struck a chord for its lighthearted take on aging and the enduring nature of rivalry and friendship. It spawned a sequel and helped to popularize the “grumpy old” trope in film and television, reinforcing the idea that compelling stories can be told at any stage of life.
Menace II Society (1993)
For a more serious tone, “Menace II Society” offers a powerful look into the urban struggles of early ’90s America. This influential film is renowned for its stark portrayal of inner-city life and its impact on a generation.
“Menace II Society” was a stark contrast to the romantic and comedic films of the era, providing a raw portrayal of life in Watts, Los Angeles. The Hughes Brothers’ directorial debut stunned audiences with its gritty realism, contributing to a shift in the cultural narrative about inner-city experiences. The film was a box office success, earning over $29 million domestically against a $3.5 million budget. Its unflinching look at the consequences of violence and poverty has kept it relevant as a cultural touchstone and a crucial part of the conversation about social issues in America.