The 100 Best Films of the 1990s

By the current timetable of cultural recycling, pop artifacts tend to look their most dated--no longer fresh and new, but also not yet easily filed as products of their time--roughly 15 to 20 years following their initial conception. That became painfully clear when, and this isn't to speak for the rest of the Slant writers, I set about the task of re-watching some of the '90s movies I've long considered favorites, and even more so as I finally set about to catch up with some of the other movies my colleagues were endorsing. Beyond the leftover '80s-hangover effect, there's also the fact that some of the most beloved and influential '90s movies helped kick off trends that have, in the years since, curdled into cliche and downright annoyance. Hence, over-familiarity and premature antiquity form a minefield that makes determining the last analog decade's best films uniquely tricky.

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