If you are like most people and think the 90s was ten years ago, wait until you meet someone born in the year 2000. Your favorite 90s crushes have already aged and kids today don’t even know what a Tamagotchi is. Then it hits you: it’s been two decades since the Great Jubilee.
Yup, you’re old.
And to make things worse, here are your favorite 90s movies that are already 20 years old this year, which you swear just yesterday you were quoting a few iconic lines from.
Good Will Hunting
Written by Matt Damon and Ben Affleck, Good Will Hunting is a multi-awarded film about an underachieving genius and his journey towards self-realization. It earned praises from both critics and audience, and cemented Damon and Affleck as Hollywood’s A-List celebrities. It was included in Hollywood Reporter’s Top 100 Movies of All Time.
Gattaca is a groundbreaking science fiction film about Vincent Freeman, a man living in a society that classifies humans and their capabilities based on their genes. He wants to travel to the stars, but his imperfect genes limit him to menial jobs. It wasn’t until he assumed the identity of Jerome Eugene Morrow, a former swimmer with perfect genes but has become a paraplegic, that he gets to do the things he’s not allowed to do before, and even met the love of his life. It flopped at the box office, but the critics loved it and it got nominations in the Academy and Golden Globes.
Before Shrek, we knew Mike Myers as the comical and outrageous geek in the film Austin Powers, who was frozen some 20 years ago and comes back to “save the world.” In the movie, he finds himself having zero knowledge about the present decade while hilariously fighting evil forces. His suave character is basically a combination of parodies of James Bond, Jason King, Derek Flint and other pop culture references of the 90s. It’s a solid hit then, no wonder it was followed by two sequels.
If you want to feel even older, let’s talk about Wayne’s World.
Home Alone 3
If you still can’t accept the fact that Macaulay Culkin was replaced in Home Alone 3, well, you have to move on. It’s been 20 years since.
Home Alone 3 is basically like the first two films, but with a new set of characters and an equally funny plot. The enemies this time are internationally wanted hitmen, who seemed scary at first, but end up even more gullible that the two burglars from the preceding films. It’s a surprisingly delightful retelling of Home Alone that got us laughing until the credits rolled. Plus, Scarlett Johansson is also part of the cast.
The Fifth Element
A sci-fi action film about humans, aliens and a “great evil” force invading the universe, The Fifth Element was the embodiment of a blockbuster 20 years ago. Milla Jovovich stars as Leeloo, a genetically-modified human from the remains of the Fifth Element, and is the only hope of mankind in defeating the “great evil”. A young Bruce Willis plays Major Korben Dallas and helps Leeloo in accomplishing her mission. A true classic.
My Best Friend’s Wedding
Films about being friendzoned may be mainstream now, but it was lit twenty years ago; especially when Julia Roberts played the relatable and iconic Julianne Potter. Guy and girl as best friends, girl is in love with guy but he doesn’t know, guy finds someone else and girl struggles to break them apart and admits she loves the guy. This film set itself apart from most romantic comedies in the 90s, as it turned out to be (spoiler alert! Though it is 20 years old) more heartbreaking than people expected.
Men In Black
If you watch this film now, you wouldn’t believe it is already 20 years old. Filled with stunning CGI and visual effects that are ahead of its time, this sci-fi comedy about two men whose job is to protect the earth from intergalactic species was the third highest grossing film in 1997. Tommy Lee Jones and Will Smith hilariously portrayed their agent roles, earning high praises from critics and thumbs up from the audience. It was followed by two sequels: Men in Black II in 2002 and Men in Black 3 in 2012.
If you ask people about the best movie of all time, Titanic would always be one of the top-of- mind choice. This film was a love story set in a ship that everyone in the theater knew (can’t say the same to be true now) was doomed. The film was a huge success; titanic, even (sorry). It won every award there was, and it made Leonardo DiCaprio and Kate Winslet household names.
Any other great films from 20 years ago that flew off our radar? Share them with us below!