1993 in Film

When I was doing research for the piece I did on the movie Groundhog Day I started looking at other movies that came out in 1993. The list was very interesting and made me want to go through the list and re-live the movies of the year. So I decided I would go through various years in random order and give a line or two about the moves that stood out.

Best of the Best

If these are on, life stops

  1. The Fugitive – Might crack my all-time top 20. Infinitely re-watchable. Harrison Ford as his best.
  2. Groundhog Day – Might be the best comedy of the last 20 years. As I said, the end of an era.
  3. Rudy – As a Michigan fan, this is painful, but this movie is great. If you count partial viewings I bet I have seen this nearly 50 times.
  4. Dazed and Confused – 1970s high school kids celebrating summer. Iconic movie for a generation, but about their parent’s generation.
  5. In the Line of Fire – John Malkovich with a great performance.


These are movies that I like and still watch if the opportunity arises.

  • Cool Runnings – “Some people say you know they can’t believe.”
  • Dave – Not a big Kevin Kline or Signourney Weaver fan, but I like this movie.
  • The Firm – Great twist. Tom Cruise before he was crazy.
  • Grumpy Old Men – Matthau and Lemmon like no one else could pull off. Burgess Meredith is also hilarious.
  • Jurassic Park – Cutting edge special effects at the time. Still scary when the Raptor pops through the ceiling.
  • Mrs. Doubtfire – I am not a Robin Williams fan, but I have still seen this movie 10 times.
  • Robin Hood: Men in Tights – It’s been a while since I have seen this, but I am sure I would get more of the jokes now.
  • The Sandlot – Another childhood favorite that is on all the time.
  • Wayne’s World 2 – Almost as good as the original.
  • What’s Eating Gilbert Grape – DiCaprio spreads his wings. “Match in the gas tank, boom-boom.”

Guilty Pleasures

  • Demolition Man – “Whats your boggle?” No seriously, not a Stallone fan, but this movie has it’s moments.
  • Free Willy – Loved it as a kid, I am sure it doesn’t hold up.
  • Rookie of the Year – See above.
  • Weekend at Bernie’s II – I remember watching this on HBO when I was kid. It’s such a bad movie, and I have only seen the first one once.

List of Shame

Movies that I have not seen

  • Indecent Proposal – One of the top 10 grossing movies of the year. Demi, Redford, Woody1.
  • The Nightmare Before Christmas – Tim Burton’s best? Just not my thing.
  • The Pelican Brief – I have this on my list of things to see.
  • The Piano – Anna Paquin’s breakout role. I like her.
  • Schindler’s List – On my DVR right now.
  • Surf Ninjas – Kind of tongue-in-cheek because some guys at work love this movie.
  • This Boy’s Life – Never even heard of this. DeNiro, DiCaprio, Barkin.
  • Tombstone – Also on my list to see.

Other Films of Note

Films that jumped out at me or have significance that I haven’t seen or don’t have particularly strong feelings for

  • Carlito’s Way – Not sure if this movie is any good, but DePalma, Pacino and Penn it must have got hype.
  • Cliffhanger – Another Stallone, top 10 grosser.
  • Coneheads – An SNL spinoff, tons of cameos.
  • Gettysburg – Another movie on my DVR. Not sure if it’s any good.
  • Last Action Hero – Arnold, in another movie I remember watching on HBO as a kid.
  • Philadelphia – Hanks and Denzel. Enough said.
  • The Program – Best college football movie ever?2
  • Sleepless in Seattle – Classic romantic comedy.
  • So I Married an Axe Murdered – Never saw it. Mike Myers. Remember being saying it was funny.

(Source: Wikipedia)

  1. Harrelson, not Allen []
  2. It’s a short list []