The 90’s were a weird decade. We’d just had the legendary 80’s, most commonly known as society’s puberty, and the 90’s were our first steps into adulthood and real life as a modern civilization. The movies and pop culture we had back then played heavily on this, with a much darker and depressing feel and tone than the over-the-top decade that came before it.
And while a touch of the macabre isn’t for everyone, that decade did produce some of the best movies we’ve ever seen. Let’s take a look.
Schindler’s List (1993)
It’s hard to not love this movie. The acting, the visual style, the story, … Everything just falls into place perfectly in this Spielberg film. Having an IMDB score of 8,9 after nearly 1,3 million votes should tell you what you need to know about how generally awesome this movie is.
The Silence of the Lambs (1991)
If there’s ever a movie to perfectly illustrate the somewhat darker and more mature vibe of the 90’s, it’ll be this one. Anthony Hopkins doesn’t even get 10 minutes of screentime in this one and still bagged an Academy Award because his presence on screen as Hannibal Lecter is just unreal.
Here goes society’s first attempt at a slasher horror movie where the characters are actually connected and develop from one movie to the next. Where the general slasher horror movie plot was easily reduced to “bad guy appears, kills everyone, last person kills bad guy”, Scream was a different beast altogether. Not all the movies in the series were good, but the first one is a classic that you should at least try to watch.