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90s Exile II // 10 Movies That Changed Your Life In The 90s


Another list, another bunch of movies that we’re claiming may/may not have changed your life. 

10. Boyz In The Hood

Boyz In The Hood is John Singleton in his directorial debut and one of many similar certain ‘themed’ films in this list. Three friends struggle to survive in South Central Los Angeles in this Cuba Gooding Jr’s breakthrough film, a powerful drama set around the backdrop of growing up in black urban America. The music soundtrack is as important as the movie, as Death Row records was establishing, the album was very successful, making it to #12 on the Billboard 200 and #1 on the Top R&B Albums.

9. Singles

Every ‘scene’ that goes by must have a ‘quintessential’ movie set around it and with Singles was the grunge film of the 90s with so many references. A group of twenty-something friends, most of whom live in the same apartment complex, search for love and success in a grunge-era Seattle.

8. True Romance

A film about two young people, one a four day old call girl, the other working in a dead end comic book store. After falling head-long in love and when going to collect Alabama’s clothes from her pimp Drexel, Clarence accidentally picks up the wrong suitcase full of drugs, cue a wildwind roadtrip romance, filled with iconic songs along the way. Tarantino produced, Scott directed. The perfect combination.
 7. The Doom Generation

Greg Araki’s drama explores sexual inhibitions (no surprises there then). A late-night stop at a convenience store leaves the three main characters on the run when the mysterious 'X' goes all psycho. Leave your conscious at the door, threesomes and rebellious activity a plenty here. Live fast die young and all that.

6. Clerks

The film that introduced Kevin Smith to the world, also introduced some of his recurring characters like Jay and Silent Bob ans spawned a pilot for a TV series, an animated series, comics, a not so successful sequel and a possible second sequel in the making. 

5. Empire Records

You cannot deny that every college kid’s dream is to work in a record store. So really, to base a comedy around the eventful day in the lives of the young within a music store was the movie’s unique selling point alone. ER was (the once recognizable) Renee Zellweger’s breakthrough and chances are you had this taped for your journey to/from college yourself.

4. American History X

American History X was a movie we all could identify with when growing up, it helped us recognize the temptation of falling in with the wrong crowds and the implications of it. Still to this day Ed Norton’s best performance.

3. Dazed and Confused

Way before setting his goals to experiment in a long-term project that came to be Boyhood, Richard Linklater made an excellent coming of age film with a cast of stars in the making and a hard rocking soundtrack. The vibrant 70s aesthetics and the film’s overall playfulness make it one of Tarantino’s all time favourite movies and - dare to say - Linklater’s best film. 

2. The Basketball Diaries

Carroll’s biopic movie was centered on a teenager’s inner-city life troubles and his addiction to class-a drugs. It’s not just the battle with drug addiction that the story focuses on; the movie takes you on a journey through life, death and resurrection. 

1. Pulp Fiction

The overstylized masterpiece of Quentin Tarantino is over 20 years old now, but still it feels fresh and colourful with every re-watch. Coming off the well-deserved success of Reservoir Dogs, Tarantino confidently created an exploitation film of unaligned storytelling that was favoured by critics and audience, based on a more than excellent cast and scored by a breathtaking soundtrack with no new, original music that even entered the pop charts. Pulp Fiction is a triumph of a movie from the great mind of a groundbreaking writer and director at the top of his game.


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