It really makes you feel old when you realise that one of your favourite movies was surprisingly released 20 years ago, it’s amazing how time flies by so quickly.

So to celebrate 20 years of amazing movies, we’re taking a look back at 20 movies that were released 20 years ago, some you may be surprised about and some you may have seen in the cinema when they were released, I’ve listed the movies in popularity according to the website Letterboxd which I’ve been using recently to build my movie watch list.

Titanic

The movie that almost everyone attempts to mimic when then get on to a ship, no I’m not talking about the steamy scene in the car, I’m talking about the scene with Rose (Kate Winslet) and Jack (Leonardo DiCaprio) at the front of the ship, arms stretched out looking out to sea. James Cameron’s epic movie also brought us probably one of the most annoying songs ever! One that many have used at their weddings.

Not so much the story of the sinking of the Titanic, but more of a love story of two people brought together on the 15th April 1912, when love was found and lost during a terrifying and shocking disaster in history.

The movie was later re-released in 2012 when Titanic was converted into 3D.

Good Will Hunting

Will Hunting (Matt Damon), a janitor at M.I.T., has a gift for mathematics, but needs help from a psychologist to find direction in his life. The film, directed by Gus Van Stant, also starred Robin Williams, Ben Affleck

Boogie Nights

Based on the 70s, Boogie Nights was a film about a certain style of movies! The movie tells the story of porn producer Jack Horner aspires to elevate his craft to an art form. Horner discovers Eddie Adams, a hot young talent working as a busboy in a nightclub, and welcomes him into the extended family of movie-makers, misfits and hangers-on that are always around. Adams’ rise from nobody to a celebrity adult entertainer is meteoric, and soon the whole world seems to know his porn alter ego, “Dirk Diggler”. Now, when disco and drugs are in vogue, fashion is in flux and the party never seems to stop, Adams’ dreams of turning sex into stardom are about to collide with cold, hard reality.

The movie was directed by Paul Thomas Anderson (Magnolia) and starred Mark Wahlberg, Burt Reynolds, Thomas Jane and Philip Seymour Hoffman.

Jackie Brown

Just before the amazing Kill Bill was released in 2003, Quentin Tarantino brought us the world of Jackie Brown (played by Pam Grier). Jackie Brown is a flight attendant who gets caught in the middle of smuggling cash into the country for her gunrunner boss. When the cops try to use Jackie to get to her boss, she hatches a plan, with help from a bail bondsman, to keep the money for herself. Based on Elmore Leonard’s novel “Rum Punch”.

This was the movie that got me into Tarantino’s movies.

Princess Mononoke

Ashitaka, a prince of the disappearing Ainu tribe, is cursed by a demonised boar god and must journey to the west to find a cure. Along the way, he encounters San, a young human woman fighting to protect the forest, and Lady Eboshi, who is trying to destroy it. Ashitaka must find a way to bring balance to this conflict.

A truly amazing Anime movie, directed by Hayao Miyazaki, who also brought us the delightful Spirited Away and the delightful Howl’s Movie Castle.

L.A. Confidential

Three detectives in the corrupt and brutal L.A. police force of the 1950s use differing methods to uncover a conspiracy behind the shotgun slayings of the patrons at an all-night diner. A violent movie that saw Russell Crowe kicking the living daylights out of people, but along with that the film pulled you in to find out more about the conspiracy and the corrupt L.A. Police, a brilliant movie and one that is still a joy to watch 20 years later.

The Fifth Element

It may have had a rough time at the box office when it was released, but years later, The Fifth Element has become a cult movie. Set in n 2257, a taxi driver (Bruce Willis) is unintentionally given the task of saving a young girl (Milla Jovovich) who is part of the key that will ensure the survival of humanity. With some clever editing, brilliant special effects and an amazing soundtrack from Eric Serra, the movie is one of those Sci-Fi movies that is still fun to watch.

MIB (Men In Black)

Men in Black follows the exploits of agents Kay (Tommy Lee Jones) and Jay (Will Smith), members of a top-secret organisation established to monitor and police alien activity on Earth. The two Men in Black find themselves in the middle of the deadly plot by an intergalactic terrorist who has arrived on Earth to assassinate two ambassadors from opposing galaxies. In order to prevent worlds from colliding, the MiB must track down the terrorist and prevent the destruction of Earth. It’s just another typical day for the Men in Black.

The Game

In honour of his birthday, San Francisco banker Nicholas Van Orton, a financial genius and a coldhearted loner, receives an unusual present from his younger brother, Conrad – a gift certificate to play a unique kind of game. In nearly a nanosecond, Nicholas finds himself consumed by a dangerous set of ever-changing rules, unable to distinguish where the charade ends and reality begins.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park

As sequels go, this wasn’t that bad, the movie is set four years after Jurassic Park’s genetically bred dinosaurs ran amok, multimillionaire John Hammond (Richard Attenborough) shocks chaos theorist Ian Malcolm (Jeff Goldblum) by revealing that Hammond has been breeding more beasties at a secret location. Malcolm, his palaeontologist ladylove and a wildlife videographer join an expedition to document the lethal lizards’ natural behaviour in this action-packed thriller.

Karen Woodham
Karen Woodham is the founder and owner of the Blazing Minds, an avid blogger and photographer. She is also a Cinema reviewer, based at the Scala in Prestatyn and at the many Cineworld screens, where she reviews the latest movies, she has also had several articles published in various publications. In 2015 she became an Award Winning Blogger and also has her website listed as one of the UKs Top 10 Film Blogs.
Karen Woodham
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