Best Movies of 1994

1.

The Shawshank Redemption

7.3

Framed in the 1940s for the double murder of his wife and her lover, upstanding banker Andy Dufresne begins a new life at the Shawshank prison, where he puts his accounting skills to work for an amoral warden. During his long stretch in prison, Dufresne comes to be admired by the other inmates -- including an older prisoner named Red -- for his integrity and unquenchable sense of hope.

Starring: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, Bob Gunton, Clancy Brown, Mark Rolston
Directed by: Frank Darabont
Release date: 1994-09-23
2.

Forrest Gump

7.3

A man with a low IQ has accomplished great things in his life and been present during significant historic events—in each case, far exceeding what anyone imagined he could do. But despite all he has achieved, his one true love eludes him.

Starring: Tom Hanks, Robin Wright, Gary Sinise, Mykelti Williamson, Sally Field
Directed by: Robert Zemeckis
Release date: 1994-07-06
3.

The Lion King

7.2

A young lion cub named Simba can't wait to be king. But his uncle craves the title for himself and will stop at nothing to get it.

Starring: Matthew Broderick, Jonathan Taylor Thomas, James Earl Jones, Jeremy Irons, Moira Kelly
Directed by: Roger Allers, Rob Minkoff
Release date: 1994-05-07
4.

Pulp Fiction

7.1

A burger-loving hit man, his philosophical partner, a drug-addled gangster's moll and a washed-up boxer converge in this sprawling, comedic crime caper. Their adventures unfurl in three stories that ingeniously trip back and forth in time.

Starring: John Travolta, Samuel L. Jackson, Uma Thurman, Bruce Willis, Ving Rhames
Directed by: Quentin Tarantino
Release date: 1994-09-10
5.

Interview with the Vampire

6.2

A vampire relates his epic life story of love, betrayal, loneliness, and dark hunger to an over-curious reporter.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Tom Cruise, Kirsten Dunst, Antonio Banderas, Christian Slater
Directed by: Neil Jordan
Release date: 1994-11-11
6.

Clerks

6.2

Convenience and video store clerks Dante and Randal are sharp-witted, potty-mouthed and bored out of their minds. So in between needling customers, the counter jockeys play hockey on the roof, visit a funeral home and deal with their love lives.

Starring: Brian O'Halloran, Jeff Anderson, Jason Mewes, Kevin Smith, Lisa Spoonhauer
Directed by: Kevin Smith
Release date: 1994-09-13
7.

The Crow

6.1

Exactly one year after young rock guitarist Eric Draven and his fiancée are brutally killed by a ruthless gang of criminals, Draven -- watched over by a hypnotic crow -- returns from the grave to exact revenge.

Starring: Brandon Lee, Rochelle Davis, Ernie Hudson, Michael Wincott, Bai Ling
Directed by: Alex Proyas
Release date: 1994-05-11
8.

True Lies

6.0

Harry Tasker is a secret agent for the United States Government. For years, he has kept his job from his wife, but is forced to reveal his identity and try to stop nuclear terrorists when he and his wife are kidnapped by them.

Starring: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis, Tom Arnold, Bill Paxton, Tia Carrere
Directed by: James Cameron
Release date: 1994-07-15
9.

Hoop Dreams

5.9

Every school day, African-American teenagers William Gates and Arthur Agee travel 90 minutes each way from inner-city Chicago to St. Joseph High School in Westchester, Illinois, a predominately white suburban school well-known for the excellence of its basketball program. Gates and Agee dream of NBA stardom, and with the support of their close-knit families, they battle the social and physical obstacles that stand in their way. This acclaimed documentary was shot over the course of five years.

Starring: William Gates, Arthur Agee, Steve James
Directed by: Steve James
Release date: 1994-09-12
10.

Stargate

5.9

An interstellar teleportation device, found in Egypt, leads to a planet with humans resembling ancient Egyptians who worship the god Ra.

Starring: Kurt Russell, James Spader, Jaye Davidson, Viveca Lindfors, Alexis Cruz
Directed by: Roland Emmerich
Release date: 1994-10-27
11.

Natural Born Killers

5.9

Two victims of traumatized childhoods become lovers and psychopathic serial murderers irresponsibly glorified by the mass media.

Starring: Woody Harrelson, Juliette Lewis, Robert Downey Jr., Tommy Lee Jones, Tom Sizemore
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Release date: 1994-08-25
12.

Speed

5.8

Los Angeles SWAT cop Jack Traven is up against bomb expert Howard Payne, who's after major ransom money. First it's a rigged elevator in a very tall building. Then it's a rigged bus--if it slows, it will blow, bad enough any day, but a nightmare in LA traffic. And that's still not the end.

Starring: Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hopper, Sandra Bullock, Joe Morton, Jeff Daniels
Directed by: Jan de Bont
Release date: 1994-06-09
13.

Dumb and Dumber

5.7

Lloyd and Harry are two men whose stupidity is really indescribable. When Mary, a beautiful woman, loses an important suitcase with money before she leaves for Aspen, the two friends (who have found the suitcase) decide to return it to her. After some "adventures" they finally get to Aspen where, using the lost money they live it up and fight for Mary's heart.

Starring: Jim Carrey, Jeff Daniels, Lauren Holly, Teri Garr, Mike Starr
Directed by: Peter Farrelly, Bobby Farrelly
Release date: 1994-12-16
14.

Four Weddings and a Funeral

5.7

Four Weddings and a Funeral is a British comedy about a British man named Charles and an American woman named Carrie who go through numerous weddings before they determine if they are right for one another.

Starring: Hugh Grant, Andie MacDowell, James Fleet, Simon Callow, John Hannah
Directed by: Mike Newell
Release date: 1994-03-09
15.

Crumb

5.7
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This movie chronicles the life and times of R. Crumb. Robert Crumb is the cartoonist/artist who drew Keep On Truckin', Fritz the Cat, and played a major pioneering role in the genesis of underground comix. Through interviews with his mother, two brothers, wife, and ex-girlfriends, as well as selections from his vast quantity of graphic art, we are treated to a darkly comic ride through one man's subconscious mind.
Starring: Robert Crumb, Aline Kominsky, Charles Crumb, Maxon Crumb, Martin Muller
Directed by: Terry Zwigoff
Release date: 1994-09-10
16.

The Mask

5.7

When timid bank clerk Stanley Ipkiss discovers a magical mask containing the spirit of the Norse god Loki, his entire life changes. While wearing the mask, Ipkiss becomes a supernatural playboy exuding charm and confidence which allows him to catch the eye of local nightclub singer Tina Carlyle. Unfortunately, under the mask's influence, Ipkiss also robs a bank, which angers junior crime lord Dorian Tyrell, whose goons get blamed for the heist.

Starring: Jim Carrey, Cameron Diaz, Nancy Fish, Tim Bagley, Johnny Williams
Directed by: Chuck Russell
Release date: 1994-07-29
17.

Once Were Warriors

5.7

A drama about a Maori family lving in Auckland, New Zealand. Lee Tamahori tells the story of Beth Heke’s strong will to keep her family together during times of unemployment and abuse from her violent and alcoholic husband.

Starring: Rena Owen, Temuera Morrison, Mamaengaroa Kerr-Bell, Julian Arahanga, Taungaroa Emile
Directed by: Lee Tamahori
Release date: 1994-09-02
18.

Ed Wood

5.6

The mostly true story of the legendary "worst director of all time", who, with the help of his strange friends, filmed countless B-movies without ever becoming famous or successful.

Starring: Johnny Depp, Martin Landau, Sarah Jessica Parker, Patricia Arquette, Jeffrey Jones
Directed by: Tim Burton
Release date: 1994-09-27
19.

Ace Ventura: Pet Detective

5.5

He's Ace Ventura: Pet Detective. Jim Carrey is on the case to find the Miami Dolphins' missing mascot and quarterback Dan Marino. He goes eyeball to eyeball with a man-eating shark, stakes out the Miami Dolphins and woos and wows the ladies. Whether he's undercover, under fire or underwater, he always gets his man… or beast!

Starring: Jim Carrey, Sean Young, Courteney Cox, Tone Loc, Dan Marino
Directed by: Tom Shadyac
Release date: 1994-02-04
20.

Legends of the Fall

5.4

An epic tale of three brothers and their father living in the remote wilderness of 1900s USA and how their lives are affected by nature, history, war, and love.

Starring: Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn, Julia Ormond, Henry Thomas
Directed by: Edward Zwick
Release date: 1994-12-16

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