Films 1990s

I’ll always have a soft spot for the 90s. It’s the decade when I grew up and started watching films. Looking back its a bridge decade. Hollywood films moved from the brash emptiness of the 80s towards smarter blockbusters, where we expected good acting and writing. There was also a revival of the more imaginative and interesting work of the 70s.

1990

Dances with Wolves – Best Picture winning revisionist Western epic, as a soldier finds a bond with Native Americans he never knewDirector: Kevin Costner
Cast: Kevin Costner, Graham Greene, Mary McDonnell
Goodfellas – Scorsese (and the 90’s?) high-point, as jobbing gangsters make scores an betray each otherDirector: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Robert De Niro, Ray Liotta, Joe Pesci
The Hunt for Red October – Connery makes for a Scots Soviet in this superb Clancy adaptation, a personal favDirector: John McTiernan
Cast: Sean Connery, Alec Baldwin, Scott Glenn, Sam Neill
Miller’s Crossing – one of my favourite Coen films, a fixer falls out with his gangster boss and plays all sides against the middleDirector: Coen Brothers
Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Albert Finney, Marcia Gay Harden
Pretty Woman – landmark romantic comedy as a businessman falls in love with a hooker. Director: Garry Marshall
Cast: Richard Gere, Julia Roberts, Ralph Bellamy
Rosencrantz and Guildernstern are Dead – Stoppard directs his landmark play (‘because if I don’t no one else would’)Director: Tom Stoppard
Cast: Tim Roth, Gary Oldman, Richard Dreyfuss
The Russia House – a publisher with contacts in the USSR is roped into espionage in this solid Le Carré thrillerDirector: Fred Schepisi
Cast: Sean Connery, Michelle Pfeiffer, Klaus Maria Brandauer
Total Recall – action satire; in a dytopian future, a man has a fantasy of being a spy on Mars: but what if its actually true?Director: Paul Verhoeven
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Rachel Ticotin, Sharon Stone
Wild at Heart – a released killer and his girl go on the run in this dark and irritating Lynchian filmDirector: David Lynch
Cast: Nicolas Cage, Laura Dern, Diane Ladd

1991

Beauty and the Beast – absolutely heart-breakingly perfect Disney musical, from when the House of Mouse was top of the worldDirector: Gary Trousdale, Kirk Wise
Cast: Paige O’Hara, Robby Benson, Angela Lansbury
Bugsy – a Beatty passion project, luscious biopic of Bugsy Siegel, the gangster who started Las VegasDirector: Barry Levinson
Cast: Warren Beatty, Annette Bening, Ben Kingsley
Cape Fear – a psychopathic released killer goes after the family of the lawyer who failed to get him off: OTT thrillerDirector: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Robert De Niro, Nick Nolte, Jessica Lange
The Fisher King – a fired shock-jock gets wrapped up in a homeless man’s quest for the Holy GrailDirector: Terry Gilliam
Cast: Robin Williams, Jeff Bridges, Mercedes Ruehl
JFK – granddaddy of conspiracy movies, Stone’s epic (mad) fantasia on the death of KennedyDirector: Oliver Stone
Cast: Kevin Costner, Tommy Lee Jones, Kevin Bacon
The Silence of the Lambs – masterful Best Picture winner: a young FBI profiler recruits a serial killer to track another killerDirector: Jonathan Demme
Cast: Jodie Foster, Anthony Hopkins, Scott Glenn
Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country – one of my all-time favs: Kirk and McCoy are framed for murder during a peace conferenceDirector: Nicholas Meyer
Cast: William Shatner, Leonard Nimoy, Christoper Plummer
Terminator 2: Judgment Day – superior sequel: a cyborg travels back in time to save the future leader of the human resistanceDirector: James Cameron
Cast: Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton, Edward Furlong
Thelma and Louise – iconic feminist movie, as two women go on the run after killing a would-be rapistDirector: Ridley Scott
Cast: Susan Sarandon, Geena Davis, Harvey Keitel

1992

Alien 3 – not-so-good Alien film, as Ripley crashlands on a prison planet with an Alien queen growing inside herDirector: David Fincher
Cast: Sigourney Weaver, Charles S Dutton, Charles Dance
Bram Stoker’s Dracula – overblown and camp Gothic horror, full of colours, silly accents and lots of sexDirector: Francis Ford Coppola
Cast: Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Anthony Hopkins
The Crying Game – an IRA killer on the run, falls in love with a nightclub singer in this daring film with a killer twistDirector: Neil Jordan
Cast: Stephen Rea, Jaye Davidson, Miranda Richardson
Howards End – masterful Merchant-Ivory Forster adaptation, as ownership of a house causes problems between two familiesDirector: James Ivory
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, Helena Bonham Carter
Husbands and Wives – uncomfortably close-to-home divorce story from Allen, surely inspired by his own impending oneDirector: Woody Allen
Cast: Woody Allen, Mia Farrow, Judy Davis, Sydney Pollack
Malcolm X – passionate and epic biopic of Malcolm X, brilliantly made and wonderfully performedDirector: Spike Lee
Cast: Denzel Washington, Angela Bassett, Albert Hall
The Muppet Christmas Carol – my Christmas watch of choice, beautiful (and best) version of the Dickens storyDirector: Jim Henson
Cast: Michael Caine, Kermit, Miss Piggy, Gonzo the Great
The Player – vicious Hollywood satire, as a Producer kills a writer and desperately tries to get away with itDirector: Robert Altman
Cast: Tim Robbins, Greta Scacchi, Whoopi Goldberg
Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me – spin-off of the TV series, Lynch reclaims it with added weirdness and darknessDirector: David Lynch
Cast: Sheryl Lee, Ray Wise, Mädchen Amick
Unforgiven – brilliant Best Picture winning Western: a retired killer is lured back and slowly finds he can still killDirector: Clint Eastwood
Cast: Clint Eastwood, Gene Hackman, Morgan Freeman

1993

Addams Family Values – much-better sequel as the kids deal with summer camp Director: Barry Sonnenfeld
Cast: Anjelica Huston, Raúl Juliá, Christine Ricci
The Age of Innocence – James’ adaptation as a man in 1890s New York falls in love with a disgraced woman. Lush but coldDirector: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Michelle Pfeiffer, Winona Ryder
Carlito’s Way – a criminal, out from prison, wants to go straight, but is pulled in one for one-last-job before he canDirector: Brian de Palma
Cast: Al Pacino, Sean Penn, Penelope Ann Miller
Farewell My Concubine – boy actors grow to men in pre-Revolutionary China. Complex, challenging, brilliantDirector: Chen Kaige
Cast: Leslie Cheung, Fengyi Zhang, Gong Li
The Firm – a cocksure laywer works for a big firm – and finds out its up to no good, in this not-very-good Grisham plotboilerDirector: Sydney Pollack
Cast: Tom Cruise, Gene Hackman, Jeanne Tripplehorn
Groundhog Day – a misanthropic weatherman lives the same day over and over again, trapped in a small town. Great comedyDirector: Harold Ramis
Cast: Bill Murray, Andie MacDowell, Chris Elliott
Jurassic Park – dinosaurs walk the earth… in a theme park. What could go wrong? Designed for the dino-loving kid in all of usDirector: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Sam Neill, Laura Dern, Jeff Goldblum
Much Ado About Nothing – vibrant and funny Shakespeare adaptation, sun-kissed and sexyDirector: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Emma Thompson, Denzel Washington
The Remains of the Day – a repressed butler looks back on a life of misplaced duty, in an adaptation of one of my fav novelsDirector: James Ivory
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Emma Thompson, James Fox
Schindler’s List – heartbreaking, Best-picture winning story of the Austrian businessmen who saved thousands of JewsDirector: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Liam Neeson, Ben Kingsley, Ralph Fiennes
Shadowlands – heartbreaking tearjerker, as CS Lewis finds love and loss very late in lifeDirector: Richard Attenborough
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Debra Winger, Joseph Marzello
Short Cuts – a number of lives intersect over a few days in Los Angeles in this epic ensemble dramaDirector: Robert Altman
Cast: Andie MacDowell, Bruce Davison, Julianne Moore
Three Colours: Blue – first of this legendary trilogy: the wife of a composer is consumed with grief by his deathDirector: Krzysztof Kieślowski
Cast: Juliette Binoche, Benoît Régent, Emmanuelle Riva

1994

Clear and Present Danger – Clancy’s Jack Ryan finds himself at the centre of a War on Drugs conspiracy that goes to the topDirector: Philip Noyce
Cast: Harrison Ford, Willem Dafoe, Joaquim de Almedia
Forrest Gump – tiresome Best Picture winner about a man with learning difficulties, smug, sanctimonious and smackableDirector: Robert Zemeckis
Cast: Tom Hanks, Gary Sinise, Robin Wright, Sally Field
Interview with the Vampire – an ancient vampire talks to a journalist about his life. Director: Neil Jordan
Cast: Tom Cruise, Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst
Leon – a hitman befriends a girl whose family are killed by corrupt copsDirector: Luc Besson
Cast: Jean Reno, Natalie Portman, Gary Oldman
Little Women – brilliant adaptation of Alcott, perfectly cast, wonderfully shot and leaves a tear in the eyeDirector: Gillian Armstrong
Cast: Winona Ryder, Susan Sarandon, Gabriel Byrne
The Madness of King George – George III loses his mind, leading to a crisis in the monarchy in this superb Bennett adaptationDirector: Nicholas Hytner
Cast: Nigel Hawthorne, Helen Mirren, Rupert Everett
Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein – overblown and try-too-hard version, operatic and overly dynamicDirector: Kenneth Branagh
Cast: Kenneth Branagh, Robert De Niro, Helena Bonham Carter
Quiz Show – Redford’s best film: quiz show scandal from the 50s, when telegenic contestants were given the answersDirector: Robert Redford
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Rob Morrow, John Turturro, Paul Scofield
The Shawshank Redemption – most popular film ever made: a man struggles to keep his spirit alive in prisonDirector: Frank Darabont
Cast: Tim Robbins, Morgan Freeman, William Sadler
Speed – a bus can’t drop below 50mph in this brilliant, high-concept action thriller, one of the best of its kindDirector: Jan de Bont
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Dennis Hooper, Sandra Bullock
Three Colours: White – a husband has everything taken from him by his cheating wife and plans revengeDirector: Krzysztof Kieślowski
Cast: Zbigniew Zamachowski, Julie Delpy, Janusz Gajos
Three Colours: Red – final, and greatest, film in the trilogy: a student and a retired judge form an unlikely bondDirector: Krzysztof Kieślowski
Cast: Irène Jacob, Jean-Louis Trintignant, Jean-Pierre Lorit

1995

The American President – a widowed President’s falls in love with a lobbyist, in Sorkin’s West Wing dry run Director: Rob Reiner
Cast: Michael Douglas, Annette Bening, Martin Sheen
Apollo 13 – superb dramatisation of the near disastrous space mission, one of the best true-life stories ever madeDirector: Ron Howard
Cast: Tom Hanks, Bill Paxton, Kevin Bacon, Ed Harris
Braveheart – Best picture winning epic on the life of William Wallace, a big, silly film that works hard to look importantDirector: Mel Gibson
Cast: Mel Gibson, Sophie Marceau, Patrick McGoohan 
Casino – gangsters set up Las Vegas, make loads of money, but quickly turn on each other and destroy themselvesDirector: Martin Scorsese
Cast: Robert De Niro, Joe Pesci, Sharon Stone
Clueless – smart version of Emma, set among the mean girls of a high schoolDirector: Amy Heckerling
Cast: Alicia Silverstone, Paul Rudd, Stacey Dash
Crimson Tide – the captain and first officer of a nuclear sub disagree over an unclear message about launching missilesDirector: Tony Scott
Cast: Gene Hackman, Denzel Washington, George Dzundza
Die Hard with a Vengeance – it’s Die Hard – but across the whole of New York, as Hans Gruber’s brother looks for revengeDirector: John McTiernan
Cast: Bruce Willis, Samuel L Jackson, Jeremy Irons
First Knight – old-fashioned, romantic retelling of the Arthurian legend that focuses on the love triangleDirector: Jerry Zucker
Cast: Sean Connery, Richard Gere, Julia Ormond
Heat – a samurai robber and a high-octane cop go toe-to-toe in this dramatic action thrillerDirector: Michael Mann
Cast: Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Val Kilmer
Land and Freedom – left-wing radicals find betrayal while fighting for the cause in the Spanish Civil WarDirector: Ken Loach
Cast: Ian Hart, Rosana Pastor, Frédéric Pierrot
Nixon – Oliver Stone makes a surprisingly sympathetic biopic on America’s most infamous PresidentDirector: Oliver Stone
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Joan Allen, James Woods
Othello – traditional version of Shakespeare, lacking in inspirationDirector: Oliver Parker
Cast: Laurence Fishburne, Kenneth Branagh, Irène Jacob
Il Postino – sentimental fable about a postman who idolises a Chilean poet in 1950s Italy. Comforting viewingDirector: Michael Radford
Cast: Massimo Troisi, Philippe Noiret, Maria Grazia Cucinotta
Rob Roy – big swashbuckling, highlander struggle for justice, unfairly overshadowed by BraveheartDirector: Michael Caton Jones
Cast: Liam Neeson, Jessica Lange, Tim Roth, John Hurt
Sense and Sensibility – simply perfect Jane Austen film, one of the landmarks of classic literature adaptationsDirector: Ang Lee
Cast: Emma Thompson, Kate Winslet, Hugh Grant, Alan Rickman
12 Monkeys – a time-travelling criminal is sent back 40 years to 1996 to find the origins of a world-ending virusDirector: Terry Gilliam
Cast: Bruce Willis, Madeleine Stowe, Brad Pitt
The Usual Suspects – a mismatched gang of crooks are recruited by a mysterious mastermind. But who is he?Director: Bryan Singer
Cast: Gabriel Byrne, Kevin Spacey, Chazz Palminteri
WaterWorld – a mutant mariner helps a woman and child in a water-soaked dystopian world. Legendary box office bomb.Director: Kevin Reynolds
Cast: Kevin Costner, Dennis Hopper, Jeanne Tripplehorn

1996

The Crucible – wonderful adaptation of Arthur Miller’s classic play, a masterclass in re-working theatre for the screenDirector: Nicholas Hytner
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Winona Ryder, Joan Allen, Paul Scofield
The English Patient – Best Picture winning romantic epic: a badly burned man retells his love for a married woman in 1930s Director: Anthony Minghella
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Kristin Scott-Thomas, Juliette Binoche
Fargo – superb, blackly-comic, murderous farce about a kidnapping and blackmail plot gone wrong Director: Coen Brothers
Cast: Frances McDormand, William H Macy, Steven Buscemi
Michael Collins – wonderfully shot biopic of the Irish terrorist leader, makes passionate points about the gun in politicsDirector: Neil Jordan
Cast: Liam Neeson, Julia Roberts, Alan Rickman, Aiden Quinn
Mission: Impossible – huge fun spy action adventure, as a secret agent has to clear his name. Spawned an excellent franchiseDirector: Brian de Palma
Cast: Tom Cruise, Emannuelle Beart, Jon Voight
Primal Fear – a hotshot lawyer defends a choir boy with a split personality disorder accused of murderDirector: Gregory Hoblit
Cast: Richard Gere, Edward Norton, Laura Linney
Ransom – solid thriller: a millionaire’s son is kidnapped – but he decides to turn the tables on the kidnappersDirector: Ron Howard
Cast: Mel Gibson, Rene Russo, Gary Sinise
Trainspotting – iconic film about addiction: Scottish youngsters cope with drug dependenceDirector: Danny Boyle
Cast: Ewan McGregor, Jonny Lee Miller, Robert Carlyle
Twister – storm chasers flirt and flee from the winds in this deeply silly disaster filmDirector: Jan de Bont
Cast: Bill Paxton, Helen Hunt, Jami Gertz, Cary Elwes

1997

Amistad – courtroom drama covering the dispute on ‘ownership’ of the cargo of the ship Amistad: that cargo being slaves. Director: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Djimon Hounsou,
Matthew McConaughey, Anthony Hopkins
As Good As It Gets – a misanthropic writer with OCD has to make a bond with a waitress and gay artist in this sitcom set-upDirector: James L. Brooks
Cast: Jack Nicholson, Helen Hunt, Greg Kinnear
The Boxer – a man released from prison wants to return to his dream of a boxing career – but the IRA won’t let himDirector: Jim Sheridan
Cast: Daniel Day-Lewis, Emily Watson, Brian Cox
Donnie Brasco – an FBI agent goes undercover with gangsters and finds his loyalties dividedDirector: Mike Newell
Cast: Al Pacino, Johnny Depp, Michael Madsen
The Edge – two men, one with a photographic memory, are stranded in the Alaskan forest, hunted by a bearDirector: Lee Tamahori
Cast: Anthony Hopkins, Alec Baldwin
Face/Off – an FBI agent and a master terrorist exchange faces and take over each other’s lives in this insane but fun actionerDirector: John Woo
Cast: John Travolta, Nicolas Cage, Joan Allen
The Full Monty – unemployed Sheffield steelworkers decide to become strippers who go ‘the full monty’ in this Brit mega-hitDirector: Peter Cattaneo
Cast: Robert Carlyle, Mark Addy, Tom Wilkinson
Lost Highway – Lynchian oddness that defies easy explanation. Only for people who like that sort of thingDirector: David Lynch
Cast: Bill Pullman, Patricia Arquette, Balthazar Getty
The Peacemaker – totally routine “nuclear crisis” film, as mismatched agents hunt a missing bombDirector: Mimi Leder
Cast: George Clooney, Nicole Kidman, Marcel Iureş
Speed 2: Cruise Control – terrible from start-to-finish sequel, as a cruise liner ‘speeds’ towards destruction. Everyone sinksDirector: Jan de Bont
Cast: Sandra Bullock, Jason Patric, Willem Dafoe
Starship Troopers – attractive young men and women volunteer to fight a war against space bugs. Actually a satire on fascismDirector: Paul Verhoeven
Cast: Casper Van Dien, Dina Mayer, Denise Richards
The Sweet Hereafter – after a tragic school bus accident, an ambulance chasing lawyer arrives in a small town to build a caseDirector: Atom Egoyan
Cast: Ian Holm, Sarah Polley, Bruce Greenwood
Tomorrow Never Dies – Bond goes up against a media tycoon, planning to start a war for ratings. Brosnan on top formDirector: Roger Spottiswoode
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Jonathan Pryce, Michelle Yeoh
Volcano – dreadful, predictable and very silly disaster film as a volcano erupts under LA. What are the odds?!Director: Mick Jackson
Cast: Tommy Lee Jones, Anne Heche
Wilde – biopic, with a perfectly cast Fry, that sometimes feels a little uncertain on its attitudes and toneDirector: Brian Gilbert
Cast: Stephen Fry, Jude Law, Jennifer Ehle

1998

Armageddon – a meteor heads to Earth – and only oil rig drillers can stop it apparently. Loudest space film everDirector: Michael Bay
Cast: Bruce Willis, Ben Affleck, Liv Tyler
Deep Impact – a meteor heads to Earth…sound familar? This disaster film is serious rather then funDirector: Mimi Leder
Cast: Téa Leoni, Robert Duvall, Morgan Freeman
Elizabeth – influential costume drama, that retells Tudor history as if was The Godfather, with added sex Director: Shekhar Kapur
Cast: Cate Blanchett, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush
Enemy of the State – ahead-of-its-time surveillance thriller, as Will Smith runs from the powers of the stateDirector: Tony Scott
Cast: Will Smith, Gene Hackman, Jon Voight
Fallen – a detective finds himself chasing after a murderer who is in fact a body possessing demonDetective: Gregory Hoblit
Cast: Denzel Washington, John Goodman, Donald Sutherland
Life is Beautiful – a father shelters his son from the horrors of a concentration camp as Chaplin meets Schindler’s ListDirector: Roberto Benigni
Cast: Roberto Benigni, Nicoletta Braschi, Giorgio Cantarini
Love is the Devil: Study for a Portrait of Francis Bacon – dark and daring artist biopicDirector: John Maybury
Cast: Derek Jacobi, Daniel Craig, Tilda Swinton
The Mask of Zorro – hugely enjoyable version of the Zorro story, perfect swashbuckling entertainmentDirector: Martin Campbell
Cast: Antonio Banderas, Anthony Hopkins, Catherine Zeta Jones
Primary Colors – satirical political drama about the Clinton election campaignDirector: Mike Nichols
Cast: John Travolta, Emma Thompson, Adrian Lester
The Prince of Egypt – luscious animated version of the Moses storyDirector: Brenda Chapman, Steve Hickner, Simon Wells
Cast: Val Kilmer, Ralph Fiennes, Michelle Pfeiffer
Ronin – ex-spies are hired to steal a mysterious suitcase. I don’t care what people think, one of my favourite filmsDirector: John Frankenheimer
Cast: Robert De Niro, Jean Reno, Natasha McElhone
Saving Private Ryan – the war film that changed the whole genre, a landmark piece of film-makingDirector: Steven Spielberg
Cast: Tom Hanks, Tom Sizemore, Matt Damon
Shakespeare in Love – Best Picture winning clever comedy, as Shakespeare falls in love with a would-be actressDirector: John Madden
Cast: Gwyneth Paltrow, Joseph Fiennes, Geoffrey Rush
The Truman Show – a man unwittingly lives in an invented world and is actually the star of a reality TV showDirector: Peter Weir
Cast: Jim Carrey, Ed Harris, Laura Linney, Natasha McElhone

1999

American Beauty – a depressed man becomes fixated on an attractive teenager. Looked like a landmark classic in 1999. Director: Sam Mendes
Cast: Kevin Spacey, Annette Bening, Chris Cooper
Being John Malkovich – a puppeteer finds a secret portal into John Malkovich’s brain in this iconic, oddball comedy satireDirector: Spike Jonze
Cast: John Cusack, John Malkovich, Cameron Diaz
The Cider House Rules – a young man is raised as a doctor’s protege, but leaves to find out more about the worldDirector: Lasse Hallström
Cast: Tobey Maguire, Michael Caine, Charlize Theron
Deep Blue Sea – Scientists try to cure Alzheimer’s by breeding hyper intelligent sharks. What could go wrong?Director: Renny Harlin
Cast: Thomas Jane, Saffron Burrows, Samuel L. Jackson
Election – a teenager is determined to win a high school election at all costs. Her teacher is just as determined to stop herDirector: Alexander Payne
Cast: Matthew Broderick, Reece Witherspoon
The End of the Affair – solid Greene adaptation, as a man can’t understand why his relationship with a married women endedDirector: Neil Jordan
Cast: Ralph Fiennes, Julianne Moore, Stephen Rea
The General’s Daughter – dreadful army drama about an investigation into a raped and murdered soldierDirector: Simon West
Cast: John Travolta, Madeline Stowe, James Cromwell
The Green Mile – Stephen King adaptation: a gentle black man on death row has amazing powers to heal. Can his life be saved?Director: Frank Darabont
Cast: Tom Hanks, Michael Clarke Duncan, David Morse
An Ideal Husband – semi-decent Wilde adaptationDirector: Oliver Parker
Cast: Rupert Everett, Julianne Moore, Cate Blanchett
Magnolia – lives intersect over a few days in LA in this Altman tributeDirector: Paul Thomas Anderson
Cast: John C Reilly, Tom Cruise, Julianne Moore
The Matrix – iconic sci-fi action, as an office drone discovers the world is not what it seemsDirector: The Wachowskis
Cast: Keanu Reeves, Carrie-Anne Moss, Laurence Fishburne
The Mummy – huge-fun, old-fashioned adventure as archaeologists accidentally bring to a life a terrible mummyDirector: Stephen Somers
Cast: Brendan Fraser, Rachel Weisz, John Hannah
Sleepy Hollow – a detective is called into investigate supernatural beheadings in a small townDirector: Tim Burton
Cast: Johnny Depp, Christina Ricci, Christopher Walken
Star Wars Episode I: The Phantom Menace – long-awaited Star Wars prequel, possibly the most disappointing film of all timeDirector: George Lucas
Cast: Liam Neeson, Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman
The Talented Mr Ripley – a closeted man envies and loves his rich friend so much he murders him and takes his identityDirector: Anthony Minghella
Cast: Matt Damon, Jude Law, Gwyneth Paltrow
Topsy-Turvy – brilliant Gilbert and Sullivan biopic, also a wonderful celebration of the power and magic of theatreDirector: Mike Leigh
Cast: Jim Broadbent, Allan Corduner, Timothy Spall
The Winslow Boy – handsome, faithful Rattigan adaptation as a father works for justice for his sonDirector: David Mamet
Cast: Nigel Hawthorne, Jeremy Northam, Rebecca Pidgeon
The World is Not Enough – Bond gets involved in mysterious threats to a pipeline – but who can he trust?Director: Michael Apted
Cast: Pierce Brosnan, Sophie Marceau, Robert Carlyle