By Joey Morona, cleveland.com | Posted October 10, 2018 at 07:38 AM | Updated October 10, 2018 at 05:00 PM
CLEVELAND, Ohio — As far as movie decades go, the 1990s is underrated.
From “Silence of the Lambs” and “Schindler’s List” to “Forrest Gump” and “Titanic,” the ’90s produced some of the best films ever made.
The decade, to be sure, also had its share of clunkers like “Mortal Kombat: Annihilation,” “Battlefield Earth,” “Bio-Dome” and “Kazaam,” to name a few.
But in the space between those two groups, there exists a treasure trove of hidden gems and guilty pleasures waiting to be rediscovered: movies that are better than you actually remember, movies we like but don’t want to admit it, or movies we love to hate.
Here’s 25 of them.
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Joe vs. the Volcano
Starring: Tom Hanks, Meg Ryan, Lloyd Bridges, Robert Stack, Abe Vigoda
Director: John Patrick Shanley
Comment: The premise — a dying man travels across the world accompanied by three characters all played by Meg Ryan to kill himself — is a tough sell. But give it a shot and you’ll find a deftly written and beautifully shot film full of symbolism and subtext.
Starring: Bill Campbell, Jennifer Connelly, Timothy Dalton, Alan Arkin, Paul Sorvino, Terry O’Quinn
Director: Joe Johnston
Comment: This wonderfully retro action-adventure had all the ingredients for a big hit: a superhero who could fly, a strong female lead, and a scene-chewing nazi villain played by Timothy Dalton. Perhaps it was just ahead of its time. If “The Rocketeer” was made today, it would’ve spawned several sequels by now.
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Starring: Bruce Willis, Danny Aiello, Andie McDowell, Richard E. Grant, Sandra Bernhard
Director: Michael Lehmann
Comment: A big-budget action comedy from the writer and director of “Heathers?” What could go wrong? Turns out, plenty. This train wreck of a movie is considered one of the biggest flops of the decade. If you can get beyond that, though, the movie just might surprise you with some bizarre moments and memorable lines.
Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
Starring: Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Alan Rickman, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Christian Slater
Director: Kevin Reynolds
Comment: Kevin Costner is totally unbelievable as Robin Hood and his accent is terrible in this big, bloated action movie. Still, it ticks all the boxes on the classic tale and features the great Alan Rickman doing his best Alan Rickman impression.