Best Movies of 1991

1.

The Silence of the Lambs

6.9

Clarice Starling is a top student at the FBI's training academy. Jack Crawford wants Clarice to interview Dr. Hannibal Lecter, a brilliant psychiatrist who is also a violent psychopath, serving life behind bars for various acts of murder and cannibalism. Crawford believes that Lecter may have insight into a case and that Starling, as an attractive young woman, may be just the bait to draw him out.

Starring: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn, Ted Levine, Anthony Heald
Directed by: Jonathan Demme
Release date: 1991-02-01
2.

Terminator 2: Judgment Day

6.9

Nearly 10 years have passed since Sarah Connor was targeted for termination by a cyborg from the future. Now her son, John, the future leader of the resistance, is the target for a newer, more deadly terminator. Once again, the resistance has managed to send a protector back to attempt to save John and his mother Sarah.

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Robert Patrick, Edward Furlong, Michael Edwards
Directed by: James Cameron
Release date: 1991-07-03
3.

Beauty and the Beast

6.6

Follow the adventures of Belle, a bright young woman who finds herself in the castle of a prince who's been turned into a mysterious beast. With the help of the castle's enchanted staff, Belle soon learns the most important lesson of all -- that true beauty comes from within.

Starring: Paige O'Hara, Robby Benson, Richard White, Jerry Orbach, David Ogden Stiers
Directed by: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Release date: 1991-11-13
4.

Thelma & Louise

6.1

Whilst on a short weekend getaway, Louise shoots a man who had tried to rape Thelma. Due to the incriminating circumstances, they make a run for it and thus a cross country chase ensues for the two fugitives. Along the way, both women rediscover the strength of their friendship and surprising aspects of their personalities and self-strengths in the trying times.

Starring: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel, Michael Madsen, Christopher McDonald
Directed by: Ridley Scott
Release date: 1991-05-24
5.

Cape Fear

6.0

Sam Bowden is a small-town corporate attorney. Max Cady is a tattooed, cigar-smoking, bible-quoting, psychotic rapist. What do they have in common? Fourteen years ago, Sam was a public defender assigned to Max Cady's rape trial, and he made a serious error: he hid a document from his illiterate client that could have gotten him acquitted. Now, the cagey, bibliophile Cady has been released, and he intends to teach Sam Bowden and his family a thing or two about loss.

Starring: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange, Juliette Lewis, Joe Don Baker
Directed by: Martin Scorsese
Release date: 1991-11-15
6.

Point Break

5.8

In the coastal town of Los Angeles, a gang of bank robbers call themselves The Ex-Presidents commit their crimes while wearing masks of Reagan, Carter, Nixon and Johnson. The F.B.I. believes that the members of the gang could be surfers and send young agent Johnny Utah undercover at the beach to mix with the surfers and gather information.

Starring: Patrick Swayze, Keanu Reeves, Gary Busey, Lori Petty, John C. McGinley
Directed by: Kathryn Bigelow
Release date: 1991-07-12
7.

JFK

5.8

New Orleans District Attorney Jim Garrison discovers there's more to the Kennedy assassination than the official story.

Starring: Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Gary Oldman, Kevin Bacon, Michael Rooker
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Release date: 1991-12-20
8.

Hearts of Darkness: A Filmmaker's Apocalypse

5.8

A chronicle of the production problems — including bad weather, actors' health, war near the filming locations, and more — which plagued the filming of Apocalypse Now, increasing costs and nearly destroying the life and career of Francis Ford Coppola.

Starring: Francis Ford Coppola, Eleanor Coppola, John Milius, George Lucas, Sam Bottoms
Directed by: Eleanor Coppola, Fax Bahr, George Hickenlooper
Release date: 1991-09-06
9.

The Addams Family

5.7

Uncle Fester has been missing for 25 years. An evil doctor finds out and introduces a fake Fester in an attempt to get the Addams Family's money. The youngest daughter has some doubts about the new uncle Fester, but the fake uncle adapts very well to the strange family. Can the doctor carry out her evil plans and take over the Addams Family's fortune?

Starring: Raúl Juliá, Anjelica Huston, Christopher Lloyd, Christina Ricci, Carel Struycken
Directed by: Barry Sonnenfeld
Release date: 1991-11-22
10.

Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves

5.7

When the dastardly Sheriff of Nottingham murders Robin's father, the legendary archer vows vengeance. To accomplish his mission, Robin joins forces with a band of exiled villagers (and comely Maid Marian), and together they battle to end the evil sheriff's reign of terror.

Starring: Kevin Costner, Morgan Freeman, Christian Slater, Mary Elizabeth Mastrantonio, Alan Rickman
Directed by: Kevin Reynolds
Release date: 1991-06-14
11.

Hook

5.7

The boy who wasn't supposed to grow up—Peter Pan—did just that, becoming a soulless corporate lawyer whose workaholism could cost him his wife and kids. But a trip to see Granny Wendy in London, where the vengeful Capt. Hook kidnaps Peter's kids and forces Peter to return to Neverland, could lead to a chance at redemption, in this family-oriented fantasy from director Steven Spielberg.

Starring: Robin Williams, Dustin Hoffman, Julia Roberts, Bob Hoskins, Maggie Smith
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1991-12-11
12.

Fried Green Tomatoes

5.6

Amidst her own personality crisis, southern housewife Evelyn Couch meets Ninny, an outgoing old woman who tells her the story of Idgie Threadgoode and Ruth Jamison, two young women who experienced hardships and love in Whistle Stop, Alabama in the 1920s.

Starring: Kathy Bates, Mary-Louise Parker, Jessica Tandy, Cicely Tyson, Mary Stuart Masterson
Directed by: Jon Avnet
Release date: 1991-12-27
13.

Boyz n the Hood

5.6

Boyz n the Hood is the popular and successful film and social criticism from John Singleton about the conditions in South Central Los Angeles where teenagers are involved in gun fights and drug dealing on a daily basis.

Starring: Laurence Fishburne, Cuba Gooding Jr., Ice Cube, Morris Chestnut, Angela Bassett
Directed by: John Singleton
Release date: 1991-07-12
14.

Night on Earth

5.6

An anthology of 5 different cab drivers in 5 American and European cities and their remarkable fares on the same eventful night.

Starring: Winona Ryder, Gena Rowlands, Lisanne Falk, Alan Randolph Scott, Anthony Portillo
Directed by: Jim Jarmusch
Release date: 1991-12-12
15.

Barton Fink

5.5

A renowned New York playwright is enticed to California to write for the movies and discovers the hellish truth of Hollywood.

Starring: John Turturro, John Goodman, Judy Davis, Michael Lerner, Tony Shalhoub
Directed by: Joel Coen
Release date: 1991-08-01
16.

The Fisher King

5.4

Two troubled men face their terrible destinies and events of their past as they join together on a mission to find the Holy Grail and thus to save themselves.

Starring: Jeff Bridges, Robin Williams, Mercedes Ruehl, Amanda Plummer, Michael Jeter
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
Release date: 1991-09-09
17.

The Commitments

5.4

Jimmy Rabbitte, just a tick out of school, gets a brilliant idea: to put a soul band together in Barrytown, his slum home in north Dublin. First he needs musicians and singers: things slowly start to click when he finds three fine-voiced females virtually in his back yard, a lead singer (Deco) at a wedding, and, responding to his ad, an aging trumpet player, Joey "The Lips" Fagan.

Starring: Robert Arkins, Michael Aherne, Angeline Ball, Maria Doyle Kennedy, Dave Finnegan
Directed by: Alan Parker
Release date: 1991-08-14
18.

Rosencrantz & Guildenstern Are Dead

5.3
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Two minor characters from the play "Hamlet" stumble around unaware of their scripted lives and unable to deviate from them.
Starring: Gary Oldman, Tim Roth, Richard Dreyfuss, Iain Glen, Donald Sumpter
Directed by: Tom Stoppard
Release date: 1991-02-08
19.

My Own Private Idaho

5.2

In this loose adaptation of Shakespeare's "Henry IV," Mike Waters is a gay hustler afflicted with narcolepsy. Scott Favor is the rebellious son of a mayor. Together, the two travel from Portland, Oregon to Idaho and finally to the coast of Italy in a quest to find Mike's estranged mother. Along the way they turn tricks for money and drugs, eventually attracting the attention of a wealthy benefactor and sexual deviant.

Starring: River Phoenix, Keanu Reeves, James Russo, William Richert, Rodney Harvey
Directed by: Gus Van Sant
Release date: 1991-09-29
20.

Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country

5.2

On the eve of retirement, Kirk and McCoy are charged with assassinating the Klingon High Chancellor and imprisoned. The Enterprise crew must help them escape to thwart a conspiracy aimed at sabotaging the last best hope for peace.

Starring: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, DeForest Kelley, Kim Cattrall, Christopher Plummer
Directed by: Nicholas Meyer
Release date: 1991-12-05

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