The 90s produced some of the most iconic movies in history, but some hidden gems were overshadowed by blockbusters. In this post, we’ll showcase the top 18 most underrated movies from the 90s that deserve more recognition, from indie favorites to forgotten cult classics.
Steven Spielberg’s Hook, a reimagining of the Peter Pan tale, received mixed reviews upon its release. However, the film’s imaginative visuals, memorable performances (particularly from Robin Williams and Dustin Hoffman), and emotional depth have since garnered it a beloved status among fans.
The Cable Guy (1996)
When first released, Jim Carrey’s darker comedic turn in The Cable Guy was met with mixed reviews and underperformed at the box office. Over time, however, the film has been appreciated for its satirical portrayal of television’s impact on society.
Empire Records (1995)
Empire Records failed to make a significant impact at the box office and with critics. But thanks to its charismatic cast, great music, and exploration of teen angst, it has since become a cult classic.
The post-apocalyptic film Waterworld, starring Kevin Costner, was panned by critics and viewed as a box office bomb. However, its unique setting and exciting action sequences have attracted a dedicated fan base.
Showgirls was initially panned by critics and audiences for its explicit content and perceived poor quality. Over time, however, it has become a cult classic, with many viewers appreciating its campy excess and sharp critique of showbiz.
Death Becomes Her (1992)
Death Becomes Her, a black comedy about vanity and the quest for eternal youth, was met with mixed reviews. But its over-the-top performances, led by Meryl Streep and Goldie Hawn, and inventive visual effects have won it a dedicated following.
The Fifth Element (1997)
Despite mixed reviews, Luc Besson’s The Fifth Element has become a cult classic. Its unique blend of sci-fi, action, and comedy, coupled with its vibrant visual style and memorable performances (especially from Bruce Willis and Milla Jovovich), make it an unforgettable cinematic experience.
Hocus Pocus (1993)
Hocus Pocus was initially considered a box office flop and received mixed reviews. Over time, however, the Halloween-themed film has become a cult classic due to its memorable performances, particularly from Bette Midler, and nostalgic charm.
Starship Troopers (1997)
Starship Troopers received mixed reviews and underperformed at the box office upon release. Since then, its political satire, thrilling action sequences, and over-the-top performances have earned it cult status.
Wild Wild West (1999)
Despite being a box-office disappointment and critically panned, Wild Wild West has gained a cult following. The film’s blend of Western and steampunk aesthetics, combined with Will Smith’s charisma, makes it an enjoyable watch for many.
Jennifer’s Body (2009)
Initially dismissed by critics and audiences, Jennifer’s Body has been reappraised as a feminist horror classic. The film, starring Megan Fox, is now lauded for its exploration of female friendship and its critique of objectification.
Practical Magic (1998)
Despite mixed reviews on release, Practical Magic – a romantic comedy about witch sisters – has found a devoted fanbase. Its unique blend of romance, comedy, and supernatural elements, along with performances from Sandra Bullock and Nicole Kidman, has resonated with many viewers.
Batman & Robin (1997)
Batman & Robin was heavily criticized upon its release for its campy tone and over-the-top performances. However, it has since gained a cult following with fans appreciating its colorful aesthetic and unabashedly goofy approach to the superhero genre.
Spice World (1997)
Spice World, featuring the Spice Girls, was initially panned by critics. However, its vibrant energy, cheeky humour, and nostalgic soundtrack have since made it a beloved guilty pleasure for many.
Josie and the Pussycats (2001)
Despite bombing at the box office and being panned by critics, Josie and the Pussycats has developed a cult following. The film, a sharp satirical take on consumer culture and the music industry, is celebrated for its clever humour and catchy soundtrack.
The Room (2003)
Tommy Wiseau’s The Room is often dubbed “the best worst movie ever made.” Despite its countless flaws, audiences have embraced its bizarre narrative, wooden performances, and unforgettable dialogue, making it a cult classic.
While Ishtar is often considered one of the biggest box office flops, it has gained a cult following over the years. The film, about two inept songwriters who become embroiled in a geopolitical drama, is appreciated for its comedic performances and absurdist humour.
Drop Dead Gorgeous (1999)
Drop Dead Gorgeous didn’t receive much attention upon its release, but it’s now considered a cult classic. Its mockumentary style, sharp social satire, and memorable performances make it a standout among comedies of the ’90s.
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