Best Movies of 1993

1.

Schindler's List

7.2

The true story of how businessman Oskar Schindler saved over a thousand Jewish lives from the Nazis while they worked as slaves in his factory during World War II.

Starring: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes, Caroline Goodall, Jonathan Sagall
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1993-12-15
2.

Jurassic Park

6.9

A wealthy entrepreneur secretly creates a theme park featuring living dinosaurs drawn from prehistoric DNA. Before opening day, he invites a team of experts and his two eager grandchildren to experience the park and help calm anxious investors. However, the park is anything but amusing as the security systems go off-line and the dinosaurs escape.

Starring: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum, Richard Attenborough, Bob Peck
Directed by: Steven Spielberg
Release date: 1993-06-11
3.

The Nightmare Before Christmas

6.5

Tired of scaring humans every October 31 with the same old bag of tricks, Jack Skellington, the spindly king of Halloween Town, kidnaps Santa Claus and plans to deliver shrunken heads and other ghoulish gifts to children on Christmas morning. But as Christmas approaches, Jack's rag-doll girlfriend, Sally, tries to foil his misguided plans.

Starring: Chris Sarandon, Danny Elfman, Catherine O'Hara, William Hickey, Glenn Shadix
Directed by: Henry Selick
Release date: 1993-10-09
4.

Philadelphia

6.4

Two competing lawyers join forces to sue a prestigious law firm for AIDS discrimination. As their unlikely friendship develops their courage overcomes the prejudice and corruption of their powerful adversaries.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Denzel Washington, Jason Robards, Mary Steenburgen, Antonio Banderas
Directed by: Jonathan Demme
Release date: 1993-12-22
5.

True Romance

6.3

Clarence marries hooker Alabama, steals cocaine from her pimp, and tries to sell it in Hollywood, while the owners of the coke try to reclaim it.

Starring: Christian Slater, Patricia Arquette, Michael Rapaport, Bronson Pinchot, Gary Oldman
Directed by: Tony Scott
Release date: 1993-09-09
6.

Groundhog Day

6.3

A narcissistic TV weatherman, along with his attractive-but-distant producer and mawkish cameraman, is sent to report on Groundhog Day in the small town of Punxsutawney, where he finds himself repeating the same day over and over.

Starring: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott, Stephen Tobolowsky, Brian Doyle-Murray
Directed by: Harold Ramis
Release date: 1993-02-11
7.

The Fugitive

6.3

Wrongfully accused of murdering his wife, Richard Kimble escapes from the law in an attempt to find her killer and clear his name. Pursuing him is a team of U.S. marshals led by Deputy Samuel Gerard, a determined detective who will not rest until Richard is captured. As Richard leads the team through a series of intricate chases, he discovers the secrets behind his wife's death and struggles to expose the killer before it is too late.

Starring: Harrison Ford, Tommy Lee Jones, Sela Ward, Julianne Moore, Joe Pantoliano
Directed by: Andrew Davis
Release date: 1993-08-06
8.

What's Eating Gilbert Grape

6.3

Gilbert has to care for his brother Arnie and his obese mother, which gets in the way when love walks into his life.

Starring: Johnny Depp, Leonardo DiCaprio, Juliette Lewis, Mary Steenburgen, Darlene Cates
Directed by: Lasse Hallström
Release date: 1993-12-17
9.

Falling Down

6.1

On the day of his daughter's birthday, William "D-Fens" Foster is trying to get to the home of his estranged ex-wife to see his daughter. His car breaks down, so he leaves his car in a traffic jam in Los Angeles and decides to walk. He goes to a convenience store and tries to get some change for a phone call, but the Korean owner does not oblige, tipping Foster over the edge. The unstable Foster, so frustrated with the various flaws he sees in society, begins to psychotically and violently lash out against them.

Starring: Michael Douglas, Robert Duvall, Barbara Hershey, Rachel Ticotin, Frederic Forrest
Directed by: Joel Schumacher
Release date: 1993-02-26
10.

Mrs. Doubtfire

5.9

Loving but irresponsible dad Daniel Hillard, estranged from his exasperated spouse, is crushed by a court order allowing only weekly visits with his kids. When Daniel learns his ex needs a housekeeper, he gets the job -- disguised as an English nanny. Soon he becomes not only his children's best pal but the kind of parent he should have been from the start.

Starring: Robin Williams, Sally Field, Pierce Brosnan, Harvey Fierstein, Polly Holliday
Directed by: Chris Columbus
Release date: 1993-11-24
11.

In the Name of the Father

5.8

A small time thief from Belfast, Gerry Conlon, is falsely implicated in the IRA bombing of a pub that kills several people while he is in London. He and his four friends are coerced by British police into confessing their guilt. Gerry's father and other relatives in London are also implicated in the crime. He spends fifteen years in prison with his father trying to prove his innocence.

Starring: Daniel Day-Lewis, Pete Postlethwaite, Emma Thompson, John Lynch, Corin Redgrave
Directed by: Jim Sheridan
Release date: 1993-12-12
12.

The Wrong Trousers

5.7
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Starring: Peter Sallis
Directed by: Nick Park
Release date: 1993-12-17
13.

Bound by Honor

5.6

Based on the true life experiences of poet Jimmy Santiago Baca, the film focuses on half-brothers Paco and Cruz, and their bi-racial cousin Miklo. It opens in 1972, as the three are members of an East L.A. gang known as the "Vatos Locos", and the story focuses on how a violent crime and the influence of narcotics alter their lives. Miklo is incarcerated and sent to San Quentin, where he makes a "home" for himself. Cruz becomes an exceptional artist, but a heroin addiction overcomes him with tragic results. Paco becomes a cop and an enemy to his "carnal", Miklo.

Starring: Damian Chapa, Jesse Borrego, Benjamin Bratt, Enrique Castillo, Victor Rivers
Directed by: Taylor Hackford
Release date: 1993-02-05
14.

A Bronx Tale

5.6

Set in the Bronx during the tumultuous 1960s, an adolescent boy is torn between his honest, working-class father and a violent yet charismatic crime boss. Complicating matters is the youngster's growing attraction - forbidden in his neighborhood - for a beautiful black girl.

Starring: Robert De Niro, Chazz Palminteri, Lillo Brancato, Francis Capra, Taral Hicks
Directed by: Robert De Niro
Release date: 1993-09-14
15.

Tombstone

5.6

Legendary marshal Wyatt Earp, now a weary gunfighter, joins his brothers Morgan and Virgil to pursue their collective fortune in the thriving mining town of Tombstone. But Earp is forced to don a badge again and get help from his notorious pal Doc Holliday when a gang of renegade brigands and rustlers begins terrorizing the town.

Starring: Kurt Russell, Val Kilmer, Sam Elliott, Bill Paxton, Powers Boothe
Directed by: George P. Cosmatos
Release date: 1993-12-25
16.

Naked

5.5

An unemployed Brit vents his rage on unsuspecting strangers as he embarks on a nocturnal London odyssey.

Starring: David Thewlis, Lesley Sharp, Katrin Cartlidge, Greg Cruttwell, Claire Skinner
Directed by: Mike Leigh
Release date: 1993-09-14
17.

Dazed and Confused

5.5

The adventures of a group of Texas teens on their last day of school in 1976, centering on student Randall Floyd, who moves easily among stoners, jocks and geeks. Floyd is a star athlete, but he also likes smoking weed, which presents a conundrum when his football coach demands he sign a "no drugs" pledge.

Starring: Jason London, Rory Cochrane, Wiley Wiggins, Sasha Jenson, Michelle Burke
Directed by: Richard Linklater
Release date: 1993-09-24
18.

The Sandlot

5.5

Scotty Smalls moves to a new neighborhood with his mom and stepdad, and wants to learn to play baseball. The neighborhood baseball guru Rodriquez takes Smalls under his wing. They fall into adventures involving baseball, treehouse sleep-ins, the desirous lifeguard at the local pool, the snooty rival ball team, and the travelling fair.

Starring: Tom Guiry, Mike Vitar, James Earl Jones, Patrick Renna, Chauncey Leopardi
Directed by: David M. Evans
Release date: 1993-04-07
19.

Demolition Man

5.4

Simon Phoenix, a violent criminal cryogenically frozen in 1996, escapes during a parole hearing in 2032 in the utopia of San Angeles. Police are incapable of dealing with his violent ways and turn to his captor, who had also been cryogenically frozen after being wrongfully accused of killing 30 innocent people while apprehending Phoenix.

Starring: Sylvester Stallone, Wesley Snipes, Sandra Bullock, Nigel Hawthorne, Benjamin Bratt
Directed by: Marco Brambilla
Release date: 1993-10-08
20.

Short Cuts

5.4

Many loosely connected characters cross paths in this film, based on the stories of Raymond Carver. Waitress Doreen Piggot accidentally runs into a boy with her car. Soon after walking away, the child lapses into a coma. While at the hospital, the boy's grandfather tells his son, Howard, about his past affairs. Meanwhile, a baker starts harassing the family when they fail to pick up the boy's birthday cake.

Starring: Julianne Moore, Andie MacDowell, Tim Robbins, Jack Lemmon, Anne Archer
Directed by: Robert Altman
Release date: 1993-09-05

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