The 10 best films of the 90s to watch as soon as possible

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The Criterion Collection is one of the most loved organizations among moviegoers. The company specializes in restoring and distributing classic and contemporary features that are important to the history of cinema.

Among the hundreds of productions available at the distributor, we have separated the ten best from the 1990s. Remembering that the ranking of the films on this list was made according to their scores on IMDb.

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10. The Stranger (1991) – 8.1

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This is the latest work by renowned Indian director Satyajit Ray. The film was a great critical success in India and won several awards there, including Best Film and Direction.

Based on a short story by Ray himself, the production follows a wealthy family who is visited by a man who claims to be his relative and tells stories of his travels.

9. The Fraternity is Red (1994) – 8.1

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The film is considered one of Krzysztof Kieslowski’s best works and was nominated for three Oscar categories, including Best Director.

In The Fraternity is Red an unlikely friendship begins between a model and a retired judge who has a strange habit of invading the privacy of others.

8. The hate (1995) – 8.1

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Another critical success and with 100% approval on Rotten Tomatoes, the production won Best Director at the Cannes Film Festival and three César Awards, including Best Picture.

The film follows three young men who live in the Paris suburb and suffer daily from discrimination and abuse by the police. In yet another confrontation with the law, one of them threatens to kill the police if his friend dies as a result of the beatings.

7. Express Loves (1994) – 8.1

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Although it is not director Wong Kar-Wai’s most acclaimed production, Express Loves won praise from critics and the public.

The film tells two stories: one is that of a policeman who cannot overcome the end of his relationship and ends up meeting with a strange drug smuggler.

The second accompanies another police officer, who is apparently drawing the attention of an employee of the bar he frequents.

6. Before Dawn (1995) – 8.1

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The first film in the iconic trilogy Before has 100% approval on Rotten Tomatoes. The film shows the first time Jesse and Celine met on a train in Europe. The two decide to stop in Vienna and, while exploring the city, fall in love.

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5. Paris is Burning (1990) – 8.2

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The documentary follows a group of drag queens from New York preparing to compete. The production surprised and won multiple awards, including at the Sundance Film Festival.

4. Blues Basketball (1994) – 8.3

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The documentary Blues Basketball enchanted the critics and the public, guaranteeing an Oscar nomination for Best Editing.

The film shows the daily lives of two African-American teenagers who dream of becoming professional basketball players.

3. Close Up (1990) – 8.3

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Iranian production was not well received in its own country, but it was acclaimed when launched abroad.

Combining elements of documentary and fiction, the film portrays the true story of a man who passed himself off as director Mohsen Makhmalbaf and deceived an entire family with the promise that they would star in his next work.

two. A Hot Summer Day (1991) – 8.4

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Directed by Edward Yang, A Hot Summer Day also won 100% on Rotten Tomatoes, in addition to several awards at film festivals in Asia.

The production takes place between 1950 and 1960 and follows a young middle class man who gets involved with gangs of criminals and juvenile delinquents.

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1. The Silence of the Lambs (1991) – 8.6

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Absolute critical and public success, The Silence of the Lambs was the third film to win in the five main Oscar categories: Best Film, Best Director (Jonathan Demme), Best Adapted Screenplay (Ted Tally), Best Actor (Anthony Hopkins) and Best Actress (Jodie Foster).

Based on the book of the same name, the feature tells the story of FBI agent Clarice Starling. To understand how the serial killer she is investigating thinks, the agent seeks out the dangerous psychopath, Hannibal Lecter, who was arrested on charges of cannibalism.

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