1991, part 2 of my 21-part list counting down my 10 favorite movies of each year since the year of my birth. I'll try to make it a light read.
#10 - City Slickers
Directed by: Ron UnderwoodOne of the funnier Billy Crystal comedies, City Slickers is a humorous mid-life crisis modern-time western with a fun cast and great writing.
#9 - Terminator 2: Judgment Day
Directed by: James Cameron
Arguably a better movie that it's predecessor, T2 marks a high-point in director James Cameron's career. Great action sequences, cutting-edge CGI, and Arnie playing the perfect role.
#8 - Bugsy
Directed by: Barry Levinson
Aided by some of the strongest performances of Beatty, Bening, Kingsley, and Keitel's careers, Bugsy is a well-made, well-written crime drama. Not the most memorable entry in the crime drama genre, but very good nonetheless.
#7 - The Fisher King
Directed by: Terry Gilliam
One of Gilliam's least oddball directorial efforts, The Fisher King is a surreal, often funny, and emotional tale of a radio show host developing a friendship with a delusional homeless man who's obsessed with finding the holy grail.
#6 - Delicatessen
Directed by: Jean-Pierre Jeunet
Jeunet's first directorial effort thus far, Delicatessen is a visually terrific post-apocalyptic pseudo-comedy with an entertaining script and enjoyable performances. Still the best movie to come from Jeunet.
#5 - Boyz N The Hood
Directed by: John Singleton
A very powerful look at the lives of two friends growing up in a rough urban neighborhood. Great performances from the principal cast, which include Cuba Gooding Jr, Ice Cube, and what should have been an Oscar-nominated performance by Laurence Fishburne.
#4 - Beauty And The Beast
Directed by: Gary Trousdale & Kirk Wise
The first and only animated Best Picture nominee (until they added an extra 5 slots in 2009), Beauty And The Beast is a beautifully-made, hilarious, and romantic movie, with a great cast of characters. Still remains one of my favorite Disney movies.
#3 - JFK
Directed by: Oliver Stone
Often cited as one of the greatest movies of the '90s, JFK is the ultimate conspiracy theory movie. Whether or not it's true is completely beside the point -- it's still very interesting to watch; Which makes it too bad Costner was given the lead role.
#2 - Barton Fink
Directed by: Joel Coen
Aided by a strong cast and an equally compelling script, Barton Fink is an unpredictable comedy-drama about a screenwriter suffering from writer's block. Turturro, Goodman, and Lerner are all excellent.
#1 - The Silence Of The Lambs
Directed by: Jonathan Demme
It may be the obvious choice, but that doesn't make it any less fantastic. One of only 3 movies to win all 5 major awards, The Silence Of The Lambs is one of the greatest movies of the '90s, and contains two of the best lead performances of it's time.