REWIND & RANK: TOP 10 Movies of 1992

RANKING THE YEAR’S BEST: FROM OSCAR MOVIES TO BLOCKBUSTERS

Walk down memory lane… And let the movie nerd debate begin.

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Let’s REWIND to the year 1992.

These are personal TOP 10s ranking Oscar-nominated movies right alongside popcorn-munching blockbusters, indie films, b-movies, and cult classics. You never know, you might even uncover a hidden gem or two.

1992 had a good mix of blockbusters and award-winning dramas. The #1 movie at the box office was ALADDIN with $504 million worldwide (not adjusted for inflation). Aside from the noteworthy films there were also some box office duds like Brad Pitt’s COOL WORLD and the disappointing FAR & AWAY starring Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman with Ron Howard directing.

My TOP 10 is followed by HONORABLE MENTIONS and the Best of ART VS POPCORN.

Let’s dig in…


THE TOP 10

10. A LEAGUE OF THEIR OWN

Good mixture of fun and drama. Solid message. Avoids melodrama. Tom Hank’s last big comedy. Rosie O’Donnell and Madonna provide some extra laughs. Geena Davis co-stars.

9. BASIC INSTINCT

Super sexy. Super stylish. Super twisted adult thriller. Made a star out of Sharon Stone. Michael Douglas stars in this Paul Verhoven cult classic.

8. WHITE MEN CAN’T JUMP

A fantastic blend of sports and comedy. Rivalry and competition form strong bonds. Stars Woody Harrelson, Wesley Snipes, and Rosie Perez.

7. BRAM STOKER’S DRACULA

Incredible cinematography. Francis Ford Coppola directs, dripping this Gothic horror movie with style. Over-the-top in all the best ways. Stars Gary Oldman as Dracula, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins, and Keanu Reeves (with one of the worst accents ever put to film).

6. MALCOLM X

Spike Lee’s biopic. Moving performances. Important commentary. Denzel Washington stars alongside Angela Bassett.

5. ALADDIN

Pure fun adventure. Filled with comedy, action, and spectacle. With songs that aren’t totally annoying. Robin Williams steals the show as the genie.

4. A FEW GOOD MEN

Helped solidify Tom Cruise’s rise to super stardom. Compelling court room drama co-starring Jack Nicholson and Demi Moore. Written by Aaron Sorkin (STEVE JOBS, THE SOCIAL NETWORK, NEWSROOM).

 3. WAYNE’S WORLD

One of the best SNL movies. Hilarious. Amazing joke per minute counter. Helped make Mike Myers a star.

2. UNFORGIVEN

Eastwood directs his final Western. Brutal. Hard-hitting. Cinematic. Strong storytelling. Co-starring Morgan Freeman and Gene Hackman.

1. RESERVOIR DOGS

Quentin Tarantino burst onto the scene with this twisting thriller about a heist gone wrong. Dialogue drips with flavour. Writing crackles. Phenomenal debut feature. Broke Steve Buscemi into independent cinema. Stars Harvey Kietel, Tim Roth, Chris Penn, and Michael Madsen. One the best movies of the decade!


HONORABLE MENTIONS

ranked alphabetically

AMERICAN ME / BATMAN RETURNS / ENCINO MAN / GLENGARRY GLENROSS / THE LAST OF THE MOHICANS / MY COUSIN VINNY / PATRIOT GAMES / THE PLAYER / SCENT OF A WOMAN / SISTER ACT


THE BEST OF ART VS POPCORN

listed alphabetically

3 NINJAS / ALIEN 3 / BAD LIEUTENANT / BEETHOVEN / BOOMERANG / BUFFY THE VAMPIRE SLAYER / CANDYMAN / THE CRYING GAME / DEATH BECOMES HER / FERNGULLY / FREEJACK / HOME ALONE 2 / INNOCENT BLOOD / JUICE / LETHAL WEAPON 3 / MEDICINE MAN / THE MIGHTY DUCKS / MR. SATURDAY NIGHT / OF MICE & MEN / PASSENGER 57 / RADIO FLYER / RAPID FIRE / A RIVER RUNS THROUGH IT / SCHOOL TIES / SINGLES / SINGLE WHITE FEMALE / STAY TUNED / UNDER SIEGE / UNIVERSAL SOLDIER


MY MUST-WATCH LIST

THE BODYGUARD / CHAPLIN / CONSENTING ADULTS / DAMAGE / FINAL ANALYSIS / HOFFA / HOWARD’S END / HUSBANDS & WIVES / INDOCHINE / THE MAMBO KINGS / RAISE THE RED LANTERN / WHISPERS IN THE DARK


What do you think?

Stay Tuned for REWIND & RANK: 1982.


 

 

18 thoughts on “REWIND & RANK: TOP 10 Movies of 1992

    1. As a teen, it was just a movie to fast forward, but as an adult I actually liked the story. Basic Instinct is a really solid thriller. Sexy. Impressive performances for the genre. Plus, a great score too. This is director, Verhoven, in his element. If you haven’t already seen it, I encourage you to find Black Book.

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  1. Dracula was gorgeously Gothic and quite faithful to the book. Loved the way Coppola employed an array of techniques, old and new, to bring an unusually romantic spin to the often told story. Man, I really want to see it again now.

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  2. Another great Top 10. Thanks for all the sexy photos too. I’ve got a soft spot for The Bodyguard so I hope you enjoy it. I kind love Scent of a Woman too. Alright I’ll have a crack at a Top 10 again. Let’s see, The Bodyguard, Scent of a Woman, Reservoir Dogs, Unforgiven, Wayne’s World, Patriot Games, Glengarry Glen Ross, Candyman, The Last of the Mohicans, A Few Good Men. I really should have Damages or Dracula but the car chase and hospital scene in Patriot Games just is first class filmmaking and I got a soft spot for Harrison Ford.

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    1. Looks like you treat all genres fairly too. Right on! I need to track down Bodyguard one day. I dismissed it at the time, but I’m loving your Top 10. Thanks for taking the time to chime in with that!

      And if I remember a movie for it’s nudity, dammit I’m gonna show it 😉 Hehehe.

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  3. The 1990s, for me, is the best decade in film. (This one remains to be seen.) Every year there were exciting, thrilling, sexy, lovely films throughout. 1992 was no exception. I reckon Last of the Mohicans followed by 1993 The Piano as two of my favorite gorgeous films (the scores!). Loved Dracula and 10 others on your list. I was very impressed with Michael Downey Jr.’s performance as Charlie Chaplin. He nailed it.

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    1. Such a great decade. That’s a bold statement calling it the best, but I think I kinda sorta almost definitely agree 😉 Another amazing movie for cinematography is Thin Red Line (1999?) from Terrence Malick. I love the picks you mentioned though. And Downey was really impressive as Chaplin. Thanks again for chiming in. Happy Holidays!

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