An Awesome, Far Out List of Top Movies of the 1990′s

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Do you remember the 90′s? Big, poofy flower dresses, big, poofy hair and lots of great movies? We’ve gathered a list of the top movies of the 1990′s to help take you back. Lots of these bring back great memories for me. How many of these movies have you seen?

A List of the Best Movies of the 90's - Top Family-Friendly 1990's Movies

#30 – Simple Life of Noah Dearborn

Grade A-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This story is sweet and touching. It is heartwarming to watch this old man fight for everything he has. It is inspiring and makes you think about the things that really matter the most in life.

Summary – An Extraordinary Tale About An Ordinary Man In the small Southern community of Twin Pines, GA, lives Noah Dearborn (Poitier), a master craftsman and farmer who cherishes his solitude almost as much as the local townspeople cherish him – especially restaurant owner Sarah McClellan (Wiest). But when greedy real estate developers set their sights on Noah’s land and he rejects their six-figure offer, this taciturn man is forced to summon all his strength in order to defend not only his property and way of life…but his sanity. From start to finish, this inspiring story of one man’s struggle to preserve an uncomplicated existence in today’s all-too-complicated world is a feast for the senses and a banquet for the soul.

#29 – Ever After

Grade A-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is a great modern version of the story Cinderella. Drew Barrymore does an excellent job playing Danielle and the rest of the cast is great too. It is definitely a chick flick that women of all ages will enjoy.

Summary – Drew Barrymore and Angelica Huston star in this enchanting adventure about having the courage to make your dreams come true. A “modern” young woman of the 16th Century, Danielle is as independent and wise as she is beautiful and kind. Against remarkable odds, she stands up to her scheming stepmother and works miracles on the lives of everyone around her, including the crown prince of France.

#28 – A Bug’s Life

Grade A-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This movie is well done. It is great for children and is a really fun movie for the whole family.

Summary – On behalf of “oppressed bugs everywhere,” an inventive ant named Flik hires “warrior bugs” to defend his colony from a horde of freeloading grasshoppers led by hopper. But when Flik’s cavalry turns out to be a ragtag group of flea circus performers, the stage is set for comic confusion…as well as unlikely heroes!

#27 – Mulan

Grade A-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – Mulan is one of the best Disney movies ever! It has very awesome music. The story is great and is empowering.

Summary – Embraced for her lovable, spirited nature, Mulan is a young girl who doesn’t quite fit into her tradition-bound society. When the invading Hun army comes charging over China’s Great Wall, Mulan’s aging father is ordered to battle! To spare him from harm, Mulan disguises herself as a soldier with a comical, ragtag troop, led by the courageous Captain Shang. Never far away are Mulan’s hilarious guardian dragon, Mushu, and lucky cricket, Cri-Kee. But Mulan will need more than razor-sharp wit to defeat the ruthless Hun leader, Shan-Yu. Only by staying true to herself will she bring victory to her country and honor to her family!

#26 – Fly Away Home

Grade A-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – It is a cute good movie to watch with the whole family because it has animals and has stuff going on to keep the adults interested. It is an inspiring story that teaches your children to follow through with your goals.

Summary – The soaring adventure of a 13-year-old girl and her estranged father who learn what family is all about when they adopt an orphaned flock of geese and teach them to fly!

#25 – Matilda

Grade A-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – I love this movie! It is one of my favorite movies I have ever seen. Matlida is such a fun character! There are a lot of good quotes from this movie. I also think it has a great message. The whole movie is about how we need to make good relationships with the ones we love and hold them close. It also shows that things will work out if we just hold on and keep trying. It also has a lot of humor that is very fun.

Summary – Mrs. Doubtfire’s Mara Wilson stars as Matilda, a super-smart little girl who’s woefully misunderstood by her parents (Danny Devito and Rhea Perlman), her brother, and an evil school principal. But with the help of a brave best friend and a wonderful teacher, Matilda discovers she doesn’t have to get mad to get even. Filled with a subversive sense of wit and whimsy, Matilda is a “great comedy with a great message. The adults laugh as much, if not more, than the kids.” – Elaine Blythe Film Advisory Board

#24 – A Little Princess

Grade A-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is a classic movie, everybody should see this at least once. It is a very good story for about 10 -15 year old girls because they might relate better to the story. I think it is good for everyone though!

Summary – From the beloved classic by the author of The Secret Garden, A Little Princess has storytelling magic to unlock imaginations & inspire dreams. Sara Crewe (Leisel Matthews) shares a life of wonder in exotic India with her devoted father (Liam Cunningham). But war draws Sara’s father into the military & Sara is sent to a New York boarding school run by the strict Miss Minchin (Eleanor Bron), to whom exuberant Sara is a troublemaker. But with courage, imagination & kindness, Sara overcomes her hardships – & changes her life & the fortunes around her.

#23 – Babe

Grade A-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is a cute story that is very fun. The little children love this one. You get spend time on the farm with Babe the pig and all of the other fun farm animals.

Summary – Academy Award winner and Best Picture nominee Babe is the inspirational story of a shy Yorkshire piglet who doesn’t quite know his place in the world. But when Farmer Hoggett (James Cromwell) wins him at the county fair, Babe discovers that he can be anything he wants to be-even an award-winning sheepdog! With the help of a delightful assortment of barnyard friends, the heroic little pig is headed for the challenge of his life in this endearing and fun-filled tale the whole family will love.

#22 – Little Women

Grade A-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is a very good movie. It is truly a classical that I could watch over and over. It is such a great plot. I love it so much!

Summary – Louisa May Alcott’s classic coming-of-age story follows the childhood adventures of the four free-spirited March sisters: beautiful Meg (Trini Alvarado), fragile Beth (Claire Danes), romantic Amy (Kirsten Dunst) and impetuous Jo (Winona Ryder), who’s determined to defy social conventions by seeking her fame and fortune as a writer. As Jo chronicles the family’s struggle during the war, their turbulent romances and their lasting friendship, her story unwraps a gift of humor and heartfelt emotions that no one – young or old, male or female – can resist.

#21 – Gettysburg

Grade A-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – I personally find this genre of movie to be boring but if you enjoy history and wars this would be a great movie for you.

Summary – Summer 1863. The Confederacy pushes north into Pennsylvania. Union divisions converge to face them. Two great armies will clash at Gettysburg, site of a theology school. For three days, through such legendary actions as Little Round Top and Pickett’s Charge, the fate of “one nation, indivisible” hangs in thebalance. The bloodiest battle fought on American soil comes to the screen in a powerful production “about the strategies, calculations, mistakes and heroism that turned the tide of the Civil War – a film Civil War buffs will find indispensible” (Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times).

#20 – The Secret Garden

Grade A-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – I remember seeing this movie as a little girl and watching very intensely in anticipation of what would happen for the fate of Mary. It is a very special movie.

Summary – It’s a special garden where friendships blossom, illnesses fade away and sorrows flee. There troubled orphan Mary (Kate Maberly), her spoiled, sickly cousin Colin (Heydon Prowse) and kindly county boy Dickon (Andrew Knott) discover that a world of caring can make a world of difference. “If you look the right way,” Mary says, “you can see the whole world is a garden.”

#19 – Jurassic Park

Grade A-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This movie is epic. The dinosaurs are so realistic and carry true character. You feel for the people in the film. I recommend this movie to everyone but don’t think it is good for young children. It can be frightening it is so realistic!

Summary – Jurassic Park takes you to a remote island where an amazing theme park with living dinosaurs is about to turn deadly, as five people must battle to survive among the prehistoric predators.

#18 – Fried Green Tomatoes

Grade A-

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This has some of the best acting ever. It has a lot of people that are just wonderful. It has a unique story line. In my opinion, everyone should see this movie!

Summary – Unites Academy Award winners Kathy Bates and Jessica Tandy in a comedy/drama about family, marriage, friendship, abuse and murder in rural Alabama.
Step back in time to the sleepy little Southern town of Whistle Stop. This heartwarming tale depicts the strength of the human spirit through laughter, devotion, and a special friendship that defies all obstacles.

#17 – The Hunt for Red October

Grade A

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is totally a guy movie. Most men would enjoy this. This is one of my husband’s all time favorite movies even though he falls asleep during it every time.

Summary – A new, technologically-superior Soviet nuclear sub, the Red October, is heading for the U.S. coast under the command of Captain Marko Ramius (Connery). The American government thinks Ramius is planning to attack. A lone CIA analyst (Baldwin ) has a different idea: he thinks Ramius is planning to defect, but he has only a few hours to find him and prove it-because the entire Russian naval and air commands are trying to find him, too. The hunt is on!

#16 – October Sky

Grade A

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – It is a clean and inspiring movie. It is based on a true story. This movie is pretty good I have seen it several times.

Summary – In Coalwood, West Virginia, 1957, coal mining is king and no one can escape life underground. But when high schooler Homer Hickam, Jr. (Jake Gyllenhaal) sees the Soviet satellite Sputnik streak overhead, he aims for the stars and a new destiny in this incredible true story of hope, determination and triumph. With the help of his teacher (Laura Dern) and three buddies, Homer sets out to build his own rocket. How Homer overcomes seemingly impossible obstacles-poor education, a disapproving father (Chris Cooper) and a series of misfires that threaten to flatten his dreams and the town- and fulfills his vision is the launching pad for one of the most timeless, inspirational stories ever brought to the screen.

#15 – Toy Story 2

Grade A

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is my and my children’s favorite Toy Story movie by far. We have watched this one probably close to 100 times.

Summary – While Andy is away at summer camp, Woody is toynapped by Al, a greedy collector. Before you can say “to infinity and beyond,” Buzz Lightyear, Mr. Potato Head, Hamm, Rex and Slinky Dog spring into action in a thrilling and hilarious rescue mission that will have everyone cheering!

#14 – Princess Mononoke

Grade A

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is my friend’s all time favorite. Although she loves all of these Japanese anime. She admires the main characters in this film a lot.

Summary – Inflicted with a deadly curse, a young warrior named Ashitaka (Billy Crudup – Without Limits) sets out to the forests of the west in search of the cure that will save his life. Once there, he becomes inextricably entangled in a bitter battle that matches Lady Eboshi (Driver) and a proud clan of humans against the forest’s animal gods…who are led by the brave Princess Mononoke (Danes), a young woman raised by wolves!

#13 – Life is Beautiful

Grade A

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is a very dramatic movie. It is in Italian but has English subtitles. It is a story about World War II . If you like this kind of movie it would be great for you.

Summary – In this extraordinary tale, Guido (Benigni) – a charming but bumbling waiter who’s gifted with a colorful imagination and an irresistible sense of humor – has won the heart of the woman he loves and created a beautiful life for his young family. But then, that life is threatened by World War II…and Guido must rely on those very same strengths to save his beloved wife and son from an unthinkable fate! Honored with an overwhelming level of critical acclaim, this truly exceptional, utterly unique achievement will lift your spirits and capture your heart!

#12 – Hamlet (Kenneth Branagh)

Grade A

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is an intense drama that is based on the play Hamlet. It is more of adult material and would probably be too heavy of a story for young children.

Summary – In this first-ever full-text film of Shakespeare’s greatest work, the power surges through every scene. The timeless tale of murder, corruption and revenge is reset in an opulent 19th-century world, using sprawling Blenheim Palace as Elsinore and staging much of the action in shimmering mirrored and gold-filled interiors. The energy is electrifying, due to a luminous cast. The excitement of the Bard’s words and an adventurous filmmaking style lift the story from its often shadowy ambience to fully-lit pageantry and rage.

#11 – Hidden in Silence

Grade A

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – I haven’t seen this movie. It seems kind of interesting but I just haven’t gotten around to see it. Has anyone seen it? Family Movie Reviews?

Summary – Przemysl, Poland WWII. Germany emerges victorious over the Russians, and the city comes under Nazi control. The Jewish are sent to the ghettos. While some stand silent, Catholic teenager Stefania Podgorska (portrayed by ER’s Kellie Martin as Fusia) chooses the role of a savior and sneaks 13 Jews into her attic. Every day, she risks detection – and immediate execution – by smuggling food and water to the silent group living above her. And when two German nurses are assigned to her living quarters, the chances of discovery become dangerously high. This is the true story of a young woman’s selfless commitment and unwavering resolve in the face of war.

#10 – Sense and Sensibility

Grade A

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is a long movie and parts of it are boring, but overall I quite enjoy it. It is a great love story and the acting is superb! If you haven’t seen it I would recommend you at least watch it once!

Summary – Based on Jane Austen’s classic novel, Sense and Sensibility tells of the Dashwood sisters, sensible Elinor (Thompson) and passionate Marianne (Winslet), whose chances at marria ge seem doomed by their family’s sudden loss of fortune. Rickman, Grant, and Greg Wise co-star as the well-intentioned suitors who are trapped by the strict rules of society and the conflicting laws of desire.

#9 – Apollo 13

Grade A

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is a great movie that is based off a true story. It shares lots of information that is accurate and interesting to learn. I like how it keeps you on your toes wondering what will happen next. I think it is has great context and the actors do an awesome job as well. Everyone should see this movie at least once.

Summary – It had been less than a year since man first walked on the moon, but as far as the American public was concerned, Apollo 13 was just another “routine” space flight- until these words pierced the immense void of space: “Houston, we have a problem.”
Stranded 205,000 miles from Earth in a crippled spacecraft, astronauts Jim Lovell, Fred Haise and Jack Swigert fight a desperate battle to survive. Meanwhile, at Mission Control, astronaut Ken Mattingly, flight director Gene Kranz and a heroic ground crew race against time-and the odds- to bring them home.

#8 – Whisper of the Heart

Grade A

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – An honest, realistic, beautiful moving film. It has a great message and positive role models. I just don’t think younger children will appreciate the storyline so much so I recommend it for older children.

Summary – During summer vacation, a schoolgirl named Shizuku, who longs to discover her true talents, observes an ordinary-looking cat riding by himself on the train. Intrigued, she decides to follow him. This chance encounter leads her to the mysterious Seiji, a boy who is determined to follow his dreams, and The Baron, a magical cat figurine who helps her listen to the whispers in her heart. Soon, Shizuku’s exciting adventures carry her far beyond the boundaries of her imagination.

#7 – The Lion King

Grade A

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – The Lion King is a wonderful Disney classic with a brilliant plot and great animation! However, I would not recommend it to children under 5 because there are some scary/intense scenes.

Summary – One of the most popular Disney animated musicals, The Lion King presents the story of a lion cub’s journey to adulthood and acceptance of his royal destiny. Simba begins life as an honored prince, the son of the powerful King Mufasa. The cub’s happy childhood turns tragic when his evil uncle, Scar, murders Mufasa and drives Simba away from the kingdom. In exile, the young lion befriends the comically bumbling pair of Pumbaa the warthog and Timon the meerkat, and lives a carefree jungle life. As he approaches adulthood, however, he is visited by the spirit of his father, who instructs him to defeat the nefarious Scar and reclaim his rightful throne.

#6 – The Fugitive

Grade A

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is a very good movie with actors and actresses. How can it not be good with Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones? The movie is very suspenseful and exciting.

Summary – Catch him if you can. The Fugitive is on the run! Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones race through the breathless manhunt movie based on the classic TV series. Ford is prison escapee Dr. Richard Kimble, a Chicago surgeon falsely convicted of killing his wife and determined to prove his innocence by leading his pursuer to the one-armed man who actually committed the crime. Jones is Sam Gerard, an unrelenting bloodhound of a U.S. Marshal. They are hunted and hunter. And as directed by Andrew Davis, their nonstop chase has one exhilarating speed: all-out. So catch him if you can. And catch an 11-on-a-scale-of-10 train wreck (yes, the train is real), a plunge down a waterfall, a cat-and-mouse jaunt through a Chicago St. Patrick’s Day Parade and much more. Better Hurry. Kimble doesn’t stay in one place very long!

#5 – Groundhog Day

Grade A

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – I think this movie is funny and entertaining. I think that Phil Connors is clever and it is fun to see what he will do next. It is not boring that is for sure.

Summary – TV weatherman Phil Connors (Bill Murray) is sent to Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania, to cover the annual Groundhog Day festivities. But on his way out of town, Phil is caught in a giant blizzard, which he failed to predict, and finds himself stuck in small-town hell. Just when things couldn’t get worse, they get worse; Phil wakes the next morning to find it’s Groundhog Day all over again…and again…and again.

#4 – Remains of the Day

Grade A

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is a dramatic movie that has a lot of romance elements in it. It wasn’t my favorite movie but not really my type of movie either.

Summary – Hopkins stars as Stevens, the perfect English butler, an ideal carried by him to fanatical lengths, as he serves his master Lord Darlington, beautifully played by James Fox (The Servant). Darlington, like many other members of the British establishment in the 1930s, is duped by the Nazis into trying to establish a rapport between themselves and the British government. Thompson stars as the estate’s housekeeper, a high-spirited, strong-minded young woman who watches the goings-on upstairs with horror. Despite her apprehensions, she and Stevens gradually fall in love, though neither will admit it, and only give vent to their charged feelings via fierce arguments. The film is marvelously acted by a supporting cast that includes Christopher Reeve and Hugh Grant.

#3 - Nightmare Before Christmas

Grade A

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is a classic movie that is fun to watch with friends. It has an interesting story and the graphics in this movie are great. It is creative and is an adventure through out.

Summary – Can Christmas be saved? Bored with the same old scare-and-scream routine, Jack Skellington, the Pumpkin King of Halloween Town, longs to spread the joy of Christmas. But his merry mission puts Santa in jeopardy and creates a nightmare for good little boys and girls everywhere!

#2 – Aladdin (Currently not available on DVD)

Grade A

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is one of my favorite Disney movies. I love the storyline, the songs, the characters, and everything else about it! Robin Williams does a phenomenal job as the voice of the Genie and makes the movie even more wonderful. There are some scenes that younger children could get scared, but this is definitely a must see for children 7 and older.

Summary – In the heart of an enchanted city, a commoner named Aladdin and his mischievous monkey Abu battle to save the free-spirited Princess Jasmine from the schemes of the evil sorcerer Jafar. Aladdin’s whole life changes with one rub of a magic lamp as a fun-loving, shape-shifting Genie appears and grants him three wishes, setting him on an incredible journey of discovery.

#1 – Beauty and the Beast

Grade A

Mommy Bear’s Family Movie Review – This is one of my all time favorite movies! It is a Disney classic with great songs, characters, and engaging storyline. Both parents and children will love this movie and it is definitely a must own movie!

Summary – Follow the adventures of Belle, a bright young woman who finds herself in the castle of a prince who’s been turned into a mysterious beast. With the help of the castle’s enchanted staff, Belle soon learns the most important lesson of all – that true beauty comes within.

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