Let’s take a trip back to the early 90s as we check out the best movies from 1992!
The year that brought us the Phillips CD-i and Bill Clinton to the Whitehouse (probably both as successful as each other) also brought us some stellar performances from the likes of Al Pacino, Wesley Snipes, and Michelle Pfeiffer.
I was 2 when all of these films came out, so it’s safe to say that I didn’t see any of them bar the title at Number 3 till later in life.
But rest assured, I’ve now watched them more times than I’ve had hot dinner… and that’s a heck of a lot!
200 films passed through the Box Office in my second year on Earth, but which were the top 10?
Let’s find out, shall we?
10. White Men Can’t Jump
White Men Can’t Jump kickstarts this list of the best movies from 1992, bringing Wesley Snipes and Woody Harrelson together for a sporting comedy that I challenge you not to laugh at.
It’s a quality piece of cinema too; it was one of Stanley Kubrick’s favourite flicks!
And the soundtrack… seriously, it’s worth watching this film just for the tunes alone. Boyz II Men, Aretha Franklin, The O’Jays; the list goes on.
Racking in over $90 million (yes, you read that right), this film ended up being the 16th highest grossing film of 1992. I can’t even comprehend that amount of money!
9. Lethal Weapon III
Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, and Joe Pesci – do I need to say anything else?
Riggs and Murtaugh are on the hunt for an LAPD lieutenant gone bad, with Getz, aka Pesci, tagging along for the ride.
It might be taking the 9th spot in our list, but the film was the fifth-highest-grossing film of the year making a mammoth $320 million. And, as buddy cop films go, no one does it like Gibson and Glover.
Surprisingly, critics didn’t go mad for this film. I just can’t see why as it’s an absolute classic and one that we tend watch the morning after Retro Dodo parties while munching down on a bacon sandwich.
Chaplin takes the 8th spot in this list of the best movies from 1992!
I know it’s hard to believe, but Robert Downey Jr has actually played other characters than Iron Man in his life thus far, and it’s nice to see him playing someone that’s not a cocky billionaire for once.
His role as Charlie Chaplin in his film about Chaplin’s life is both comedic and moving, with Downey Jr absolutely smashing the role. Mixed with clips of Chaplin himself and featuring his actual daughter as part of the cast, this biopic, though receiving mixed reviews from reviewers, more than won over the general public.
7. The Mighty Ducks
I can remember the very first time I saw the Flying V in this Walt Disney classic. This was the film that made me want to play Ice Hockey as a kid, and though there wasn’t a hockey team anywhere near where I grew up, it at least spurred me on to play some of the best Ice Hockey games on some of my old consoles.
When Gordon Bombay is given 500 hours of community service and charged with coaching a local underachieving hockey team, little does he know that he’ll end up playing against his old team and bringing the Mighty Ducks to the top of the championships.
This is a cult classic feel-good film that never fails to make me smile. It’s perfect for families to watch and, like Cool Runnings, promotes the true nature of sportsmanship, something that we could all do with keeping more in mind.
6. Batman Returns
While Micheal Keaton is undoubtedly my least favourite Batman, you can’t deny that Batman Returns is one of the best movies from 1992, especially for Danny Devito and Michelle Pfeiffer’s performances.
Plus any film that has Christopher Walken in it is worth a watch no matter how long he’s in it for, the man is a genius!
A success in the box office, Tim Burton’s Batman Returns made $266.8 million at the box office, which is about half as much as the previous film made. It’s not a surprise, however, as the film is super dark and much more sexualised than the family-friendly film that came before it.
Batman is The Dark Knight though, so I guess we should expect his films to be a little risqué from time to time, right?
5. Scent Of A Woman
Scent of a Woman takes the 5th spot in this list of the best movies from 1992, and Pacino’s role in this film is, as you might already expect, completely outstanding.
So good, in fact, that he won an Oscar for Best Actor. The man has some serious class!
If you read our list of the best movies from 2004 and had a good cry over The Notebook, then get ready for another absolute tearjerker. A retired blind Lieutenant Colonel aided by his guide, Pacino and Chris O’Donnel embark on a journey that has a profound effect on both mens lives, a journey, as the DVD cover advises, is filled with good food, good wine, beautiful woman, and a loaded 45.
Hows that for a summary!
4. Wayne’s World
Anyone who’s ever listened to Rock Music of any description will have undoubtedly seen Mike Myers and Dana Carvey in Waynes World, the SNL sketch turned cult film that is still just as popular today as it was back in 1992.
If you love unashamedly silly movies that you can quote, then look no further than Wayne’s World. It’s one of this titles that even though you’ve watched it hundreds of times, you can just stick on in the background and laugh along with.
Fast paced and filled with jokes, you can see the SNL origins throughout, which can only ever be a good thing for a comedy movie. And to this day it’s still the highest-grossing film based on an SNL sketch, of which there are a grand-total of 11!
Are you ready to enter a whole new world as we take on the third movie in our list of the best movies from 1992, Aladdin.
Robin Williams incredible role voicing the Genie of the Lamp will forever be one of the greatest pieces of cinema for every 90s kid, and the story of Jasmine and Aladdin is timeless.
It won 2 Academy Awards and a grammy for A Whole New World, taking home ‘Song of the Year’.
If that isn’t enough of a reason for it to be in this list, then how about the fact that it made $500 million in VHS sales alone?
2. Reservoir Dogs
If we’re talking about the greatest cult films of all time, then Reservoir Dogs has to be up there. Tarrantino’s titles never fail to amaze me, and this violent crime-fest will forever be up there as one of my favourite movies of all time.
And when you see the cast of Roth, Buscemi, Tierney, Keitel, Penn, and Madsen, it’s not hard to see why this was one of the most successful titles of 1992.
The soundtrack was phenomenal, and although the film was a little slow to gain momentum sales-wise in the beginning, the release of Pulp Fiction brought more people back to Tarrantino’s first film, giving it legendary status as one of the best films of the 90 and one of the best titles of all time!
1. Malcolm X
Denzel Washington’s seminal role as Malcom X takes the top spot in our list of the best films from 1992. This Spike Lee film has one of the most impressive casts of any film from the decade, especially considering Bobby Seale of the Black Panther Party and Nelson Mandela make appearances, alongside Revered Al Sharpton.
As a pivotal figure in the Civil Rights movement, Malcom X played a huge role, especially in his final years, when it came to promoting unity and tolerance as opposed to racial separation, and while he and Martin Luther King Jr often disagreed on the methods of their messages, they were both responsible for driving the Civil Rights movement and making a lasting difference in the world.
For anyone who hasn’t seen this film, it’s understandably not an easy watch. It is, however, a classic title and one that everyone should watch at least in their lives and a worthy winner of our best movies form 1992 not just because of the fact that it won countless awards, but because of its poignant message and the true story of a man who not only turned his life around, but touched so many lives others in the process.
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Seb Santabarbara has bought every Nintendo console that has ever been released in his 31 years on Planet Earth. His favourite game franchise is Zelda, and he’s patiently waiting for Banjo-Kazooie to come back to the fold. When he’s not playing games, he’s travelling the world in his self-converted camper van.