Greatest Year of Summer Movies: 1990s Edition

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Greatest Year of Summer Movies:1980s Edition

Top Grossing Films Each Year

Ghost
Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Batman Returns
Jurassic Park
Forrest Gump
Batman Forever
Independence Day
Men in Black
Saving Private Ryan
Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace

1990
1 Ghost
2 Total Recall
3 Die Hard 2: Die Harder
4 Dick Tracy
5 Back to the Future Part III
6 Presumed Innocent
7 Days of Thunder
8 Another 48 HRS.
9 Bird on a Wire
10 Flatliners
11 Problem Child
12 Arachnophobia
13 Robocop 2
14 The Jungle Book (re-issue)
15 Young Guns II
16 Gremlins 2: The New Batch
17 Darkman
18 Air America
19 Cadillac Man
20 The Exorcist III
21 Navy Seals
22 Ghost Dad
23 My Blue Heaven
24 The Freshman
25 The Adventures of Ford Fairlane
26 Jetsons: The Movie
27 Taking Care of Business
28 Betsy's Wedding
29 Duck Tales: The Movie
30 Tales From the Darkside: The Movie

1991
1 Terminator 2: Judgment Day
2 Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves
3 City Slickers
4 The Naked Gun 2 1/2: The Smell of Fear
5 Backdraft
6 Hot Shots!
7 What About Bob?
8 101 Dalmatians (Re-issue)
9 Boyz N the Hood
10 Doc Hollywood
11 The Rocketeer
12 Thelma and Louise
13 Point Break
14 Regarding Henry
15 The Doctor
16 Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey
17 Dead Again
18 Soapdish
19 Dying Young
20 Jungle Fever
21 Double Impact
22 Don't Tell Mom the Babysitter's Dead
23 Problem Child 2
24 Pure Luck
25 Only the Lonely
26 F/X 2
27 Mobsters U
28 Hudson Hawk
29 Switch
30 Madonna: Truth or Dare
31 Child's Play 3

1992
1 Batman Returns
2 Lethal Weapon 3
3 Sister Act
4 A League of Their Own
5 Unforgiven
6 Patriot Games
7 Boomerang
8 Far and Away
9 Honey, I Blew Up the Kid
10 Housesitter
11 Death Becomes Her
12 Unlawful Entry
13 Alien 3
14 Single White Female
15 Encino Man
16 Mo' Money
17 Universal Soldier
18 Honeymoon in Vegas
19 3 Ninjas
20 Raising Cain
21 Prelude to a Kiss
22 Pinocchio (Re-issue)
23 Pet Sematary II
24 Buffy the Vampire Slayer
25 Rapid Fire
26 Cool World
27 Class Act
28 Enchanted April
29 A Stranger Among Us
30 Whispers in the Dark
31 Stay Tuned

1993
1 Jurassic Park
2 The Fugitive
3 The Firm
4 Sleepless in Seattle
5 In the Line of Fire
6 Cliffhanger
7 Free Willy
8 Dave
9 Rising Sun
10 Rookie of the Year
11 Dennis the Menace
12 Last Action Hero
13 Made in America
14 Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (Re-issue)
15 Hocus Pocus
16 What's Love Got to Do with It
17 Hot Shots! Part Deux
18 Son-in-Law
19 Sliver
20 Robin Hood: Men in Tights
21 Dragon: The Bruce Lee Story
22 Hard Target
23 The Secret Garden
24 Menace II Society
25 Poetic Justice
26 The Man Without a Face
27 Guilty as Sin
28 Much Ado About Nothing
29 Coneheads
30 Super Mario Bros.
31 Another Stakeout

1994
1 Forrest Gump
2 The Lion King
3 True Lies
4 The Flintstones
5 Clear and Present Danger
6 Speed
7 The Mask
8 Maverick
9 The Client
10 Wolf Col.
11 The Little Rascals
12 The Crow
13 Natural Born Killers
14 Angels in the Outfield
15 City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold
16 Beverly Hills Cop III
17 It Could Happen to You
18 The Shadow
19 I Love Trouble
20 Blown Away
21 In the Army Now
22 Wyatt Earp
23 Renaissance Man
24 The Cowboy Way
25 Corrina, Corrina
26 Color of Night
27 Getting Even With Dad
28 Milk Money
29 Baby's Day Out
30 Andre
31 Crooklyn
32 Little Big League
33 3 Ninjas Kick Back

1995
1 Batman Forever
2 Apollo 13
3 Pocahontas
4 Casper
5 Die Hard: With A Vengeance
6 Crimson Tide
7 Waterworld
8 Dangerous Minds
9 Congo
10 Braveheart
11 The Bridges of Madison County
12 Mortal Kombat
13 Nine Months
14 Babe
15 Species
16 Clueless
17 Something to Talk About
18 The Net
19 Under Siege 2: Dark Territory
20 A Walk in the Clouds
21 French Kiss
22 Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers
23 First Knight
24 The Indian in the Cupboard
25 Judge Dredd
26 Forget Paris
27 Free Willy 2: The Adventure Home
28 Desperado
29 Operation Dumbo Drop
30 Virtuosity
31 The Usual Suspects
32 Il Postino
33 Johnny Mnemonic

1996
1 Independence Day
2 Twister
3 Mission: Impossible
4 The Rock
5 The Nutty Professor
6 A Time to Kill
7 Phenomenon
8 Eraser
9 The Hunchback of Notre Dame
10 The Cable Guy
11 Courage Under Fire
12 Jack
13 Tin Cup
14 Dragonheart
15 Matilda
16 Striptease
17 Eddie
18 The Island of Dr. Moreau
19 Spy Hard
20 Harriet the Spy
21 First Kid
22 Escape From L.A.
23 Kingpin
24 The Craft
25 Emma
26 A Very Brady Sequel
27 Chain Reaction
28 Multiplicity
29 Flipper
30 Kazaam
31 The Fan
32 The Crow: City of Angels
33 The Phantom

1997
1 Men in Black
2 The Lost World: Jurassic Park
3 Air Force One
4 My Best Friend's Wedding
5 Face/Off
6 Batman and Robin
7 George of the Jungle
8 Con Air
9 Contact
10 Hercules
11 Conspiracy Theory
12 The Fifth Element
13 Spawn
14 Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery
15 Breakdown
16 Speed 2: Cruise Control
17 G.I. Jane
18 The Full Monty
19 Cop Land
20 Nothing to Lose
21 Money Talks
22 Addicted to Love
23 Picture Perfect
24 Out to Sea
25 Father's Day
26 Event Horizon
27 Mimic
28 Good Burger
29 Hoodlum
30 Air Bud
31 Gone Fishin'

1998
1 Saving Private Ryan
2 Armageddon
3 There's Something About Mary
4 Doctor Dolittle
5 Deep Impact
6 Godzilla
7 Lethal Weapon 4
8 The Truman Show
9 Mulan
10 The Mask of Zorro
11 The X-Files
12 The Horse Whisperer
13 six Days, Seven Nights
14 Blade
15 A Perfect Murder
16 The Parent Trap
17 Ever After: A Cinderella Story
18 Hope Floats
19 Snake Eyes
20 Halloween: H20
21 Small Soldiers
22 The Negotiator
23 Mysteries of Egypt (IMAX)
24 How Stella Got Her Groove Back
25 Out of Sight
26 Madeline
27 Bulworth
28 Can't Hardly Wait
29 The Avengers (1998)
30 Quest for Camelot
31 He Got Game
32 Mafia!
33 Disturbing Behavior
34 54

1999
1 Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace
2 The Sixth Sense
3 Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
4 Tarzan
5 Big Daddy
6 The Mummy
7 Runaway Bride
8 The Blair Witch Project
9 Notting Hill
10 Wild Wild West
11 The General's Daughter
12 American Pie
13 Inspector Gadget
14 The Haunting
15 Deep Blue Sea
16 The Thomas Crown Affair
17 Bowfinger
18 Eyes Wide Shut
19 South Park - Bigger, Longer and Uncut
20 Instinct
21 Mickey Blue Eyes
22 The 13th Warrior
23 Lake Placid
24 Mystery Men
25 The Wood
26 Arlington Road
27 The Iron Giant
28 Summer of Sam
29 An Ideal Husband
30 Muppets from Space
31 A Midsummer Night's Dream
 
For me, it's 1999. It was the first year that I really got into the whole summer movie phenomenon. I was 11 years old, so The Phantom Menace and Austin Powers were pretty big for me that summer.
 
Independence Day stands out the most. It was just a really iconic movie and still is for me. I was a major X-Files nerd back then and still am. 90s ruled.
 
You forgot to vote.

For me it was 1993, prior that year I had only seen mainly Disney films in theaters along with Hook, Ninja Turtles and the Home Alones. I had to watch all the big films on VHS either from renting (Terminator 2, Dick Tracy) or getting to own (Batman, Robin Hood).

So to go from a handful of films, mainly animated, to Jurassic Park was something else. I actually saw Last Action Hero first, and that was my first experience with a sold out show. Huge lineup just to buy tickets, packed theater, I was just with my dad. JP had been out for a few weeks when I saw it and it was amazing, one of the most memorable movie going experiences. Top that off with The Fugitive, which is still great to this day.

From that year on I payed attention more to what films were coming out, either from trailers or reading magazines to see what was in development or coming soon. I followed all of the Batman Forever news as best I could in 1994/1995.
 
My main disney film is Aladdin. Didn't know there was a poll lol, surfing the mobile version. Also my first rated R was AIR FORCE ONE. First PG-13, at home due to some very awesome cousins, was Ace Ventura.
 
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Jurassic Park was THE summer event film of the 90s. I have to vote 1993.
 
Jurassic Park was THE summer event film of the 90s. I have to vote 1993.

My parents felt like I wasn't old enough to see it when it came out in theaters. I was devastated. I had to settle for watching "Free Willy" at the movies instead. You know what it's like to be a 5 year old boy and have your parents tell you you're not allowed to see a movie about DINOSAURS? It's like saying, "Hey, Christmas is cancelled. Also, we're not celebrating your birthday again. Oh, and here's a punch in the face. Enjoy that." The wait for that one to come out on video was excruciating.
 
1999 gets my vote. Star Wars mania restarted, and wether u liked it or hated it it was an event to experience for sure.
 
The wait for that one to come out on video was excruciating.

October 4, 1994. I remember that well as my younger brother was born four days later but we watched it the night before. Plus the anticipation for it to come out just on VHS was huge, probably the most anticipated of all time.

Well 20 years later you can finally see it on the big screen when its' out in 3D next summer.
 
Quality-wise, 1994 was the best. We got Speed and True Lies within the same summer. Plus, The Lion King and Jim Carrey's The Mask. And as a bonus, "children classics" like The Little Rascals and Angels in the Outfield (starring a young Joseph Gordon-Levitt).
 
October 4, 1994. I remember that well as my younger brother was born four days later but we watched it the night before. Plus the anticipation for it to come out just on VHS was huge, probably the most anticipated of all time.

A 16 month wait? Holy ****, that is just unreasonable. I don't remember it being that long.
 

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