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  • Best films turning 25 in 2019
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    Best films turning 25 in 2019

    Like the 1970s, the 1990s represented an extraordinary time for serious, groundbreaking cinema. Thanks to the emergence of studios like Miramax, auteurs such as Quentin Tarantino struck a deft balance between commercial viability and artistic vision. In the process, they redefined the possibilities of narrative, content, and style. Meanwhile, directors like Martin Scorsese experienced a second wind of sorts and churning out some of their best work in over a decade.

    Naturally, 1994 was no exception to the rule. Put simply, this was not a year belonging to big-budget franchise installments or formulaic sequels. That's not to say those didn't exist—as they most certainly did—rather that they weren't exclusively what people talked about at the water cooler on Monday. Indeed, a seminal work like “Pulp Fiction” garnered just as much traction as an action-packed thriller like “Speed.”

    To celebrate the 25th birthday of these movies, Stacker is ranking 1994's best films. IMDb user ratings were used as the data source, and each film needed at least 15,000 votes to qualify. In the case of a ratings tie, the title with more votes ranked higher on the list. Counting down from 50, here are the best films turning 25 in 2019.  

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  • #50. The Ref
    2/ Touchstone Pictures

    #50. The Ref

    IMDb user rating: 6.9
    Votes: 21,825
    Director: Ted Demme
    Runtime: 96 min.

    After fleeing from a botched heist, a cat burglar (Denis Leary) takes a dysfunctional couple hostage (Kevin Spacey and Judy Davis) in this R-rated comedy. Things are going poorly enough until the couple's conniving son and obnoxious in-laws enter the picture. Leary's rapid-fire comedic style is on full display as he squares off against spoiled members of the elite class.  

  • #49. Clear and Present Danger
    3/ Mace Neufeld Productions

    #49. Clear and Present Danger

    IMDb user rating: 6.9
    Votes: 79,946
    Director: Phillip Noyce
    Runtime: 141 min.

    Harrison Ford reprises his role as Jack Ryan for this Tom Clancy adaptation, which came on the heels of 1992's “Patriot Games.” Facing enemies on all sides, Ryan gets embroiled in an illegal conflict between the U.S. government and the Colombian drug cartel. Willem Dafoe co-stars.

  • #48. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective
    4/ Morgan Creek Entertainment

    #48. Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

    IMDb user rating: 6.9
    Votes: 250,128
    Director: Tom Shadyac
    Runtime: 86 min.

    Jim Carrey co-wrote and stars in this wildly idiosyncratic comedy, which launched his career as a bankable movie star. It finds his character—a downright goofy pet detective named Ace Ventura—on the hunt for a stolen NFL team mascot. The movie was a veritable box office smash in 1994, though some of its scenes aren't exactly politically correct by today's standards.  

  • #47. The Mask
    5/ New Line Cinema

    #47. The Mask

    IMDb user rating: 6.9
    Votes: 308,055
    Director: Chuck Russell
    Runtime: 101 min.

    Jim Carrey's hot streak continued with this blockbuster comedy, about a cowardly bank clerk (Carrey) who discovers an ancient mask. Whenever he wears the mask, the timid clerk transforms into a hyperactive and boldly confident superhero. Not only did the movie cement Carrey's A-list status, but it helped turn actress Cameron Diaz into an overnight star.

  • #46. Maverick
    6/ Donner // Shuler-Donner Productions

    #46. Maverick

    IMDb user rating: 7.0
    Votes: 93,512
    Director: Richard Donner
    Runtime: 127 min.

    Mel Gibson and Jodie Foster were on top of the world when they starred in this action comedy, which re-teamed Gibson with “Lethal Weapon” helmer Richard Donner. Based on a once-popular TV show, the movie follows Bret Maverick (Gibson) as he finagles his way into a high-stakes poker game. Look for a cameo and some adjoining meta-jokes from Gibson's “Lethal Weapon” co-star Danny Glover.

  • #45. Exotica
    7/ Alliance Entertainment

    #45. Exotica

    IMDb user rating: 7.1
    Votes: 16,378
    Director: Atom Egoyan
    Runtime: 103 min.

    Set largely inside an exclusive strip club, Atom Egoyan's gripping drama explores a range of psycho-sexual themes. Similar to other films from the same director, this one uses traumatic past events to explain the behavior patterns of its main characters. Critic Emanuel Levy called it an “engaging tale of sexual desire and alienation.”

  • #44. The Last Seduction
    8/ Incorporated Television Compay

    #44. The Last Seduction

    IMDb user rating: 7.1
    Votes: 18,646
    Director: John Dahl
    Runtime: 110 min.

    The 1990s was quite simply a great time for independent films, including this one from John Dahl. It centers on a scheming con artist named Bridget Gregory (Linda Fiorentino), who uses both her body and her brains to lure in her next mark. The project was originally pitched as a “skin-e-max”-type flick in order to secure financing, though the intention was always to make a quality art house movie.

  • #43. Swimming with Sharks
    9/ Cineville

    #43. Swimming with Sharks

    IMDb user rating: 7.1
    Votes: 20,753
    Director: George Huang
    Runtime: 93 min.

    A young Hollywood assistant turns the tables on his sadistic boss in this ruthlessly dark comedy. Writer and director George Huang reportedly based some of the material on his own experiences working for uber-producer Joel Silver. The movie doesn't render the same impact 25 years later, though Kevin Spacey's performance is as cringe-inducing as ever.   

  • #42. Four Weddings and a Funeral
    10/ PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

    #42. Four Weddings and a Funeral

    IMDb user rating: 7.1
    Votes: 123,823
    Director: Mike Newell
    Runtime: 117 min.

    British actor Hugh Grant was just one year away from a very public scandal when he headlined this romantic comedy-drama. It follows him and his friends to four weddings and one funeral, where he keeps crossing paths with the same American woman (Andie MacDowell). Made on a budget of under $5 million, the movie earned over $245 million at the worldwide box office.

  • #41. Stargate
    11/ Canal +

    #41. Stargate

    IMDb user rating: 7.1
    Votes: 163,353
    Director: Roland Emmerich
    Runtime: 116 min.

    What would eventually become a full-blown franchise began as this popular sci-fi film, in which a group of humans travel through an interstellar teleportation device. Upon their arrival on a distant planet, the humans discover an alien civilization with strong ties to ancient Egypt. James Spader and Kurt Russell star.  

  • #40. Cemetery Man
    12/ Audifilm

    #40. Cemetery Man

    IMDb user rating: 7.2
    Votes: 18,239
    Director: Michele Soavi
    Runtime: 105 min.

    Originally titled “Dellamorte Dellamore,” this Italian horror comedy stars Rupert Everett as a cemetery caretaker in the small town of Buffalora. As zombies rise from their graves, the caretaker dutifully goes about destroying them. Overlooked by the masses, the film endures as a cult classic for those who have actually seen it.

  • #39. Muriel's Wedding
    13/ CiBy 2000

    #39. Muriel's Wedding

    IMDb user rating: 7.2
    Votes: 31,814
    Director: P.J. Hogan
    Runtime: 106 min.

    This romantic comedy-drama hails from Australia, and centers on an ABBA-loving outcast named Muriel Heslop (Toni Collette). After stealing money from her parents, Muriel takes off for the tropics to reinvent herself and find happiness. With help from her kooky friends, she might even have the fancy wedding of which she has always dreamed.

  • #38. In the Mouth of Madness
    14/ New Line Cinema

    #38. In the Mouth of Madness

    IMDb user rating: 7.2
    Votes: 52,148
    Director: John Carpenter
    Runtime: 95 min.

    Horror legend John Carpenter (of “Halloween” fame) still had some tricks up his sleeve by the 1990s. Enter this twisted effort, in which an elusive writer's terrifying visions spring to life. Carpenter considered “In the Mouth of Madness” to be the final film in a trilogy of apocalypse-themed works.

  • #37. True Lies
    15/ Twentieth Century Fox

    #37. True Lies

    IMDb user rating: 7.2
    Votes: 215,944
    Director: James Cameron
    Runtime: 141 min.

    On the heels of “Terminator 2: Judgment Day” came this comedic spy thriller from James Cameron. Based on a French film, it finds a fearless secret agent (Arnold Schwarzenegger) struggling to balance his dangerous work and his stifled marriage. When he decides to recruit his wife (Jamie Lee Curtis) for a fake assignment, the situation goes from bad to worse.

  • #36. Speed
    16/ The Mark Gordon Company

    #36. Speed

    IMDb user rating: 7.2
    Votes: 296,932
    Director: Jan de Bont
    Runtime: 116 min.

    Actress Sandra Bullock got her big break when she starred alongside Keanu Reeves in this adrenalizing blockbuster. Most of the action takes place aboard a speeding bus, which will blow up if it goes below 50 mph. Monitoring from afar is a devious mastermind, played by Dennis Hopper.

  • #35. Death and the Maiden
    17/ Fine Line Features

    #35. Death and the Maiden

    IMDb user rating: 7.3
    Votes: 20,070
    Director: Roman Polanski
    Runtime: 103 min.

    Based on a play of the same name, this Roman Polanski film confines most of its action to one location. The story centers on a political activist named Paulina Escobar (Sigourney Weaver), who's convinced her new guest (Ben Kingsley) is the same man who once tortured and raped her. A taut and tightly wound showdown ensues.  

  • #34. Little Women
    18/ Columbia Pictures Corporation

    #34. Little Women

    IMDb user rating: 7.3
    Votes: 42,874
    Director: Gillian Armstrong
    Runtime: 115 min.

    Both preceded and followed by a string of adaptations, this romantic family drama brought Louisa May Alcott's timeless novel onto the big screen. It tells the story of the March sisters, who come of age in post-Civil War America. Winona Ryder, Kirsten Dunst, Christian Bale, Claire Danes, Susan Sarandon, and Gabriel Byrne star.

  • #33. Shallow Grave
    19/ channel Four Films

    #33. Shallow Grave

    IMDb user rating: 7.3
    Votes: 52,023
    Director: Danny Boyle
    Runtime: 89 min.

    Danny Boyle's directorial feature debut—not counting TV movies—offers a gripping take on a classic premise. When three close friends discover a dead roommate and a bag full of cash, it kicks off a series of chaotic events. Whether the film still holds up is for viewers to decide, but Boyle's late father always considered it his personal favorite.

  • #32. The Hudsucker Proxy
    20/ PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

    #32. The Hudsucker Proxy

    IMDb user rating: 7.3
    Votes: 71,876
    Directors: Joel Coen, Ethan Coen
    Runtime: 111 min.

    Filmmaking legends the Coen Brothers aimed for commercial viability with this comedy-drama, only to see it flounder on all fronts. Set in the late 1950s, it follows naive mailroom employee Norville Barnes (Tim Robbins) to the top of the corporate ladder. His quick ascension is part of an unethical stock scheme, but little do the schemers realize that Barnes has a game-changing idea up his sleeve.

  • #31. Natural Born Killers
    21/ Warner Bros.

    #31. Natural Born Killers

    IMDb user rating: 7.3
    Votes: 196,743
    Director: Oliver Stone
    Runtime: 118 min.

    Adapting a story by Quentin Tarantino, director Oliver Stone delivered what's arguably his darkest and most hallucinatory work. It chronicles the exploits of two serial killers named Mickey and Mallory (Woody Harrelson and Juliette Lewis), whose brutal killing spree captures the heart of America. The movie's themes of celebrity and exploitation remain prescient, to say the least.

  • #30. Dumb and Dumber
    22/ New Line Cinema

    #30. Dumb and Dumber

    IMDb user rating: 7.3
    Votes: 324,094
    Directors: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
    Runtime: 107 min.

    Jim Carrey capped off an extraordinary year with one of his most iconic performances, playing a dim-witted limo driver named Lloyd in this Farrelly Brothers comedy. Desperate to reconnect with a beautiful passenger (Lauren Holly), Lloyd and his brainless friend Harry (Jeff Daniels) embark on a road trip of disastrous proportion. Despite its well-earned title, the movie's signature brand of raunchy comedy remains quite clever.

  • #29. Nobody's Fool
    23/ Capella International

    #29. Nobody's Fool

    IMDb user rating: 7.4
    Votes: 16,645
    Director: Robert Benton
    Runtime: 110 min.

    Based on a novel, this lowkey comedy-drama finds a stubbornly independent man (Paul Newman) grappling with a range of conflicts as he nears retirement age. Newman received multiple award nominations for his performance, including Best Actor at the Academy Awards. This was also the last film to star actress Jessica Tandy before she died.

  • #28. Pom Poko
    24/ Hakuhodo

    #28. Pom Poko

    IMDb user rating: 7.4
    Votes: 18,891
    Director: Isao Takahata
    Runtime: 119 min.

    Studio Ghibli co-founder Isao Takahata wrote and directed this animated fantasy, adapting an idea from fellow legend Hayao Miyazaki. It tells the story of a shape-shifting raccoon dog community, which struggles to survive in the face of urban development. As with a number of Studio Ghibli productions, this one examines the fragility of the natural world.

  • #27. Heavenly Creatures
    25/ WingNut Films

    #27. Heavenly Creatures

    IMDb user rating: 7.4
    Votes: 55,400
    Director: Peter Jackson
    Runtime: 99 min.

    Years before helming “The Lord of the Rings Trilogy” and its prequels, Peter Jackson churned out this dark drama. Based on a true story, it sees the relationship between two teenage girls turn deadly when their parents interfere. In addition to directing, Jackson co-wrote the script with his wife, Fran Walsh.

  • #26. Queen Margot
    26/ Renn Productions

    #26. Queen Margot

    IMDb user rating: 7.5
    Votes: 15,092
    Director: Patrice Chéreau
    Runtime: 159 min.

    Based on a novel by Alexandre Dumas, Patrice Chéreau's period drama takes place in late 16th-century France. In hopes of quelling a violent war between Catholics and Protestants, Catherine de' Medici arranges for her daughter, Margot de Valois, to marry King Henri de Navarre. Despite the arrangement, Margot embarks on a dangerous love affair with another man.

  • #25. Hum Aapke Hain Koun...!
    27/ Rajshri Productions

    #25. Hum Aapke Hain Koun...!

    IMDb user rating: 7.5
    Votes: 16,459
    Director: Sooraj R. Barjatya
    Runtime: 206 min.

    The highest-grossing Bollywood film of all time (when adjusted for inflation) clocks in at just under three-and-a-half hours. Awash with epic song and dance numbers, the story brings two big families together at a young couple's wedding. Not only did the film change India's cinematic landscape and turn its lead actors into stars, it even influenced local wedding traditions.

  • #24. Immortal Beloved
    28/ Icon Entertainment International

    #24. Immortal Beloved

    IMDb user rating: 7.5
    Votes: 21,362
    Director: Bernard Rose
    Runtime: 121 min.

    Gary Oldman plays the legendary composer Ludwig van Beethoven in this highly fictionalized biopic. The movie takes viewers behind the music to explore the man and his many female lovers, hoping to uncover his true immortal beloved. Oldman spent serious amounts of time preparing for the role, so he could play all the piano pieces with perfect technique.  

  • #23. Bullets Over Broadway
    29/ Miramax

    #23. Bullets Over Broadway

    IMDb user rating: 7.5
    Votes: 32,787
    Director: Woody Allen
    Runtime: 98 min.

    The 1990s saw Woody Allen exploring new ground with a slate of narrative-based films, including this acclaimed crime comedy. Set in the late 1920s, it follows a struggling playwright (John Cusack) as he tries to secure financing for his latest effort. That means cutting a deal with a local mobster, and casting the mobster's slow-witted girlfriend (Jennifer Tilly) in the lead role.

  • #22. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert
    30/ PolyGram Filmed Entertainment

    #22. The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

    IMDb user rating: 7.5
    Votes: 42,417
    Director: Stephan Elliott
    Runtime: 104 min.

    Australian filmmaker Stephan Elliott sends two drag-queens (Hugo Weaving and Terence Stamp) and a transgender woman (Guy Pearce) across the desert in this celebrated comedy. Along the way they meet a bevy of quirky characters, and some aggressively ignorant ones, too. The movie earned accolades for its positive representation of members of the LGBTQ+ community.

  • #21. Quiz Show
    31/ Baltimore Pictures

    #21. Quiz Show

    IMDb user rating: 7.5
    Votes: 59,929
    Director: Robert Redford
    Runtime: 133 min.

    Nominated for four Academy Awards, this historical drama tells the true story of the 1950s quiz show scandal. Ralph Fiennes plays real-life quiz show contestant Charles Van Doren, who receives all the answers in advance. A lawyer named Richard Goodwin (Rob Morrow) is tasked with investigating the matter.  

  • #20. Legends of the Fall
    32/ TriStar Pictures

    #20. Legends of the Fall

    IMDb user rating: 7.5
    Votes: 130,249
    Director: Edward Zwick
    Runtime: 133 min.

    Actor Brad Pitt was one of Hollywood's brightest new stars when he appeared in this sweeping melodrama. Set in the early 1900s, it chronicles the bitter rivalry between two brothers who are in love with the same girl. The film has its moments, but fails to reach the same heights as 1989's “Glory,” director Edward Zwick's previous historical drama.

  • #19. Fist of Legend
    33/ Eastern Productions

    #19. Fist of Legend

    IMDb user rating: 7.6
    Votes: 20,691
    Director: Gordon Chan
    Runtime: 103 min.

    Martial artist Jet Li hadn't yet penetrated the American mainstream when he starred in this acclaimed remake out of Hong Kong. It takes place in 1937, and explores historical tensions between the Chinese and Japanese. Upon returning to Shanghai in the wake of his master's death, a kung fu prodigy (Li) settles the score.

  • #18. Drunken Master II
    34/ Golden Harvest Company

    #18. Drunken Master II

    IMDb user rating: 7.6
    Votes: 39,426
    Director: Chia-Liang Liu
    Runtime: 102 min.

    Jackie Chan is one of the biggest names in the kung fu game, and this Hong Kong actioner finds him reprising the role of folk hero Wong Fei-hung. Against his father's wishes, Fei-hung gets embroiled in a violent conflict over the exportation of precious artifacts. A series of sensational showdowns helped make this one of the 10 best action movies of all time, according to the British Film Institute.

  • #17. The Crow
    35/ Crowvision Inc.

    #17. The Crow

    IMDb user rating: 7.6
    Votes: 152,840
    Director: Alex Proyas
    Runtime: 102 min.

    Since a new remake appears to be dead in the water (for now), viewers will simply have to make do with this 1994 original. Thankfully, it provides a dark and refreshing alternative to the standard superhero fare. Against a backdrop of gothic architecture and industrial sound, a young man (Brandon Lee) rises from the dead to avenge his and his fiancée's murder.

  • #16. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles
    36/ Geffen Pictures

    #16. Interview with the Vampire: The Vampire Chronicles

    IMDb user rating: 7.6
    Votes: 270,075
    Director: Neil Jordan
    Runtime: 123 min.

    Tom Cruise stars opposite a “miserable” Brad Pitt in this adaptation of Anne Rice's best-selling novel. Under the tutelage of Lestat (Cruise), a newly christened vampire (Pitt) learns how to become a creature of the night. Hulu is reportedly launching a TV series reboot in the near future.

  • #15. Il Postino: The Postman
    37/ Cecchi Gori Group Tiger Cinematografica

    #15. Il Postino: The Postman

    IMDb user rating: 7.7
    Votes: 30,049
    Directors: Michael Radford, Massimo Troisi
    Runtime: 108 min.

    It's love, Italian style, in this award-winning romantic comedy-drama. With help from the famous Chilean poet Pablo Neruda, an uneducated postman uses his newfound love of poetry to woo a local beauty. Co-director, co-writer, and star Massimo Troisi delayed heart surgery so he could complete the film, and died just 12 hours after shooting wrapped.

  • #14. Three Colors: White
    38/ MK2 Productions

    #14. Three Colors: White

    IMDb user rating: 7.7
    Votes: 54,184
    Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
    Runtime: 92 min.

    The second installment in Polish filmmaker Krzysztof Kieslowski's beloved “Three Colours Trilogy” blends comedy, drama, romance, and revenge. After the collapse of his marriage, a man loses his livelihood and moves back to Warsaw. It's only when he devises a payback scheme against his ex-wife that the man is able to restore balance.

  • #13. Eat Drink Man Woman
    39/ Ang Lee Productions

    #13. Eat Drink Man Woman

    IMDb user rating: 7.8
    Votes: 16,241
    Director: Ang Lee
    Runtime: 124 min.

    Taiwan-born filmmaker Ang Lee trained as an actor and director in the United States before shooting this romantic comedy-drama in his homeland. It tells the story of a widower chef and his three daughters, all of whom live under one roof and commune for dinner every Sunday. As each respective family member pursues his or her personal desires, it disrupts the household dynamic.

  • #12. Clerks
    40/ View Askew Productions

    #12. Clerks

    IMDb user rating: 7.8
    Votes: 199,042
    Director: Kevin Smith
    Runtime: 92 min.

    Armed with a budget of just $27,575, director Kevin Smith created one of cinema's most iconic independent films. It takes place inside (and outside) a New Jersey strip mall, and chronicles the hilarious exploits of two clerks named Dante and Randal. As the clerks discuss everything from movies to personal relationships, a series of life-changing events subtly unfold.

  • #11. Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa
    41/ Vikram Mehrotra

    #11. Kabhi Haan Kabhi Naa

    IMDb user rating: 7.9
    Votes: 15,680
    Director: Kundan Shah
    Runtime: 158 min.

    Bollywood legend Shah Rukh Khan headlines this romantic comedy-drama, which he later described as his all-time favorite film. Tackling the rare role of underdog, he plays a happy-go-lucky musician named Sunil. When he discovers the girl of his dreams is hitting it off with another man, Sunil tries to keep the two apart to disastrous results.

  • #10. Once Were Warriors
    42/ Communicado Productions

    #10. Once Were Warriors

    IMDb user rating: 7.9
    Votes: 28,858
    Director: Lee Tamahori
    Runtime: 102 min.

    Based on a best-selling novel, this New Zealand crime drama tells the story of Grace Heke and her troubled family. Descended from a warrior tribe, the Hekes live as outcasts under the guardianship of a violent, alcoholic father. After Grace is raped by her uncle, an already tenuous situation falls apart at the seams.

  • #9. Ed Wood
    43/ Touchstone Pictures

    #9. Ed Wood

    IMDb user rating: 7.9
    Votes: 155,575
    Director: Tim Burton
    Runtime: 127 min.

    Tim Burton's award-winning biopic follows incompetent director Edward D. Wood Jr. (played by Johnny Depp) as he miraculously gets a number of projects off the ground. Among them are campy cult classics like “Plan 9 From Outer Space” and “Glen or Glenda.” Burton makes deft use of black and white to invoke the era in which the film takes place.   

  • #8. Chungking Express
    44/ Jet Tone Production

    #8. Chungking Express

    IMDb user rating: 8.1
    Votes: 51,034
    Director: Kar-Wai Wong
    Runtime: 102 min.

    Divided into two sections, Kar-Wai Wong's colorful comedy-drama tells the story of two lovesick policemen. One is recovering from a breakup and pining over a mysterious drug smuggler, while the other is likewise on the rebound and falling for a snack bar employee. Wong enhances the experience by way of kinetic visuals and his brilliant use of music as motif.  

  • #7. Three Colors: Red
    45/ MK2 Productions

    #7. Three Colors: Red

    IMDb user rating: 8.1
    Votes: 77,748
    Director: Krzysztof Kieslowski
    Runtime: 99 min.

    The final film in Krzysztof Kieslowski's “Three Colours Trilogy” also is the best, according to critics and audiences. When she discovers that a retired judge has been eavesdropping on his neighbors, a beautiful model (Irène Jacob) finds herself grappling with secrets new and old. Stars from the two preceding films make cameos toward the end.  

  • #6. Andaz Apna Apna
    46/ Vinay Pictures

    #6. Andaz Apna Apna

    IMDb user rating: 8.2
    Votes: 44,693
    Director: Rajkumar Santoshi
    Runtime: 160 min.

    Despite a star-studded cast, this Indian slapstick comedy was a major flop at the time of its release. Nowadays, it's considered an influential and highly rewatchable cult classic, which makes clever use of an identity-swapping premise. The story pits two scheming slackers against one another as they try to marry the same heiress, only to end up embroiled in a series of chaotic events.  

  • #5. The Lion King
    47/ Walt Disney Pictures

    #5. The Lion King

    IMDb user rating: 8.5
    Votes: 809,974
    Directors: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
    Runtime: 88 min.

    With a live-action remake slated to drop later this year, now is the perfect time to revisit Disney's original animated classic. It tells the story of a lion cub prince named Simba, who gets tricked into thinking he killed his father. Years later, Simba returns from exile to reclaim the throne.

  • #4. Léon: The Professional
    48/ Gaumont

    #4. Léon: The Professional

    IMDb user rating: 8.6
    Votes: 898,799
    Director: Luc Besson
    Runtime: 110 min.

    Natalie Portman was just 11 when she auditioned for this dramatic thriller from Luc Besson, landing the role of Mathilda. At the heart of the film is a reclusive hitman named Léon (Jean Reno), who helps Mathilda seek revenge on the men who killed her family. Recent revelations about Besson's personal life have prompted some folks to re-evaluate the movie's illicit undertones.  

  • #3. Forrest Gump
    49/ Paramount Pictures

    #3. Forrest Gump

    IMDb user rating: 8.8
    Votes: 1,562,221
    Director: Robert Zemeckis
    Runtime: 142 min.

    It's American history as seen through the eyes of Forrest Gump (Tom Hanks) in this eponymous Best Picture Academy Award winner. Talking to just about anyone who will listen, Gump recounts his extraordinary story while spouting off a number of iconic colloquialisms. Even 25 years later, the film remains a timeless and emotionally draining masterpiece.

  • #2. Pulp Fiction
    50/ Miramax

    #2. Pulp Fiction

    IMDb user rating: 8.9
    Votes: 1,596,607
    Director: Quentin Tarantino
    Runtime: 154 min.

    Quentin Tarantino's most quintessential work is also one of the decade's best films, juxtaposing sharp dialogue and gritty violence to downright seminal effect. Set in Los Angeles, the movie conjures a bevy of cool characters as it interweaves three crime-related stories over a killer soundtrack. Thanks to its vibe and rewatch-worthiness, this one hasn't aged a day.   

  • #1. The Shawshank Redemption
    51/ Castle Rock Entertainment

    #1. The Shawshank Redemption

    IMDb user rating: 9.3
    Votes: 2,043,477
    Director: Frank Darabont
    Runtime: 142 min.

    Adapted from a Stephen King novella, Frank Darabont's exceptional prison drama kicks off in 1947 and unravels over the course of two decades. After being wrongly imprisoned for murder, a once-successful banker (Tim Robbins) changes the lives of all those around him. The movie currently holds the #1 spot on IMDb's “Top 250,” so it's position here is a given.

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