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Top Fifty Films of the 90s — Number One

#1 — Goodfellas (Martin Scorsese, 1990) For me, the moment that best demonstrates the brilliance of Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas isn’t one of the most commonly cited. It’s not Joe Pesci’s Tommy DeVito asking “Funny how?” to Ray Liotta’s Henry Hill,

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Top Fifty Films of the 90s — Number Two

#2 — Rushmore (Wes Anderson, 1998) In Max Fischer's dreams he can liberate his classmates from the tyranny of homework with some concerted strokes of a piece of a piece of chalk. In the waking world, triumph is a little

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Top Fifty Films of the 90s — Number Three

#3 — Pulp Fiction (Quentin Tarantino, 1994) Before he was a brand, Quention Tarantino was just a filmmaker, and when Pulp Fiction arrived in 1994 he still had the capacity to surprise. It was only his second movie, after all.

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Top Fifty Films of the 90s — Number Four

#4 — Schindler’s List (Steven Spielberg, 1993) In Empire magazine a couple of years ago, Francis Ford Coppola condescendingly asked Steven Spielberg (buffered by the safe distance afforded by an interlocutor) if he was going to ever make a “personal”

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Top Fifty Films of the 90s — Number Five

#5 — The Silence of the Lambs (Jonathan Demme, 1991) It didn’t occur to me at the time, but, looking back, Jonathan Demme wasn’t the most obvious choice to helm the film adaptation of Thomas Harris’s grim novel about an

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Top Fifty Films of the 90s — Number Six

#6 — Fargo (Joel Coen (and Ethan Coen) Fargo begins with a sly gag. Maybe it’s more appropriate to say it begins with a bit of a prank. A title card appears, asserting that the film that follows is based

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Top Fifty Films of the 90s — Number Seven

#7 — Hoop Dreams (Steve James, 1994) There are an abundance of reasons why sports stories work so well in the movies. The nature of the games themselves offers up a nice clean narrative line, and the duel of opposing

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