27 Movies From The 90s You May Have Missed

Kids of the 90s might not remember those movies after all…

Many great movies found their audiences throughout the 1990s, whether on the big screen, on a video shelf, or on late-night cable TV. Still, there are an even greater number of distant movies that have fallen through the cracks, and they might just be worth your precious time in the present.

1.

Drop Squad (1994)

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Produced by Spike Lee in the shadow of Malcolm X, Drop Squad is an ambitious and provocative drama that follows a group of African Americans who turn to kidnapping and psychological torture to “deprogram” a headstrong publicist (Eriq La Salle) accused of betraying and exploiting his community.

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No leak (1994)

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An exciting and impactful mix of madmax and Escape from New York, No leak follows a dystopian future in which a convict (Liotta) is exiled to a remote island, where he is caught between warring tribes of fellow criminals.

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death machine (1994)

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The fun and frenetic debut of special effects wizard Stephen Norrington, death machine follows eco-warriors (John Sharian, Martin McDougall and Andreas Wisniewski), a whistleblower (Ely Pouget) and a number of corporate employees who find themselves hunted down in their office building by a deranged weapons designer (Brad Dourif) and his robotic killer creation.

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rapid fire (1992)

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Although Brandon Lee’s tragically short career is still defined by The crowLee also impresses in this harrowing and action-packed film as a federal witness who decides to fight against the criminal organizations in search of his head in Chicago.

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Dirty work (1998)

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Directed by the late great Bob Saget, Dirty work is an outrageous, fun comedy about two best friends (Artie Lange and Norm MacDonald) who learn they’re secretly brothers and turn to a revenge business to pay for their father’s (Jack Warden) life-saving surgery.

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Joe’s apartment (1996)

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MTV’s mature and crude response to Alvin and the Chipmunks, Joe’s apartment is a cult classic that follows a New York City transplant who befriends a litany of well-meaning musical cockroaches in hopes of better fortune (with, of course, mixed results).

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tall tale (1995)

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A star-studded and surprisingly violent Disney affair, tall tale follows a young farmer (Nick Stahl) who enlists the aid of legendary American figures Pecos Bill (Patrick Swayze), Paul Bunyan (Platt) and John Henry (Roger Aaron Brown) to help fight off a villainous real estate developer (Scott Glenn).

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Moon of blood (1997)

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An overdone and often bonkers mix of martial arts action flick and pick-’em-off slasher flick, Moon of blood tells the story of ex-cop Ken O’Hara (Gary Daniels) who teams up with a magic-loving detective (Chuck Jeffreys) to track down a maniacal serial killer (Darren Shahlavi) targeting New York’s greatest fighters. York.

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Definitely by Temptation (1990)

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In this surreal and gory cult film, two best friends (James Bond III and Kadeem Hardison) cross paths with a vampiric succubus (Cynthia Bond) in a local New York bar while coping with the weight of their own aggressive religious upbringing.

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Four bedrooms (1995)

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An absurd anthology film directed by Allison Anders, Alexandre Rockwell, Robert Rodriguez and Quentin Tarantino, Four bedrooms follows a shy and anxious bellhop (Tim Roth) as he navigates a number of bizarre scenarios at his hotel over New Year’s Eve, including those involving witches, abandoned lovers, mischievous children and gamblers high stakes.

11.

The Guyver (1991)

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Equal parts Power Rangers, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, Ultramanand Garbage Pail Kids, The Guyver adapted Yoshiki Takaya’s manga series of the same name, in which an unwilling, mild-mannered man (Jack Armstrong) finds himself in the middle of a bio-corporate war after he merges with an alien supersuit.

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Soufflé (1994)

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A heart-pounding cat-and-mouse thriller with a number of authentic settings at the edge of your seat, Soufflé tells the story of a bomb squad lieutenant (Jeff Bridges) whose past comes to haunt him when he is personally targeted by a relentless terrorist (Jones).

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Once upon a time there was a forest (1993)

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A surprisingly eco-friendly animated film from Hanna-Barbera Productions, Once upon a time there was a forest is the story of three “furlings” who embark on a dangerous journey to a distant prairie in an attempt to find the herbs needed to save their badly poisoned friend.

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The Vagabond (1992)

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Produced by Mel Brooks, The Vagrant is a sadly forgotten but manic twisted horror-comedy about a new owner (Paxton) who is constantly tormented by a murderous drifter (Marshall Bell).

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Intrusion (1992)

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From Walter Hill, the director behind The Warriors and 48 hours, Intrusion is an intense and ferocious film about a pair of firefighters (William Sadler and Bill Paxton) who seek to steal stolen treasure from an abandoned building in St. Louis, only to find themselves at an impasse with a violent territorial gang, led by King James (Ice-T).

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But I’m a cheerleader (1999)

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A satirical romantic comedy that has become a cult favorite among queer film fans, But I’m a cheerleader shares the story of a high school teenager (Lyonne) who is sent to a conversion therapy camp, where she begins to fall for a fellow inductee (DuVall).

17.

National Lampoon 1 Charged Weapon (1993)

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A hilarious and hugely underrated parody film caught in the tide of a shifting genre landscape, Loaded weapon 1 brings together an incredible cast to help spoof a number of high-profile action films, such as lethal weapon, Primary instinctand die hardamong others.

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Six-String Samurai (1998)

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A post-apocalyptic action-musical hybrid, Six-String Samurai follows Buddy (Jeffrey Falcon), a guitarist and swordsman who aims to become the new king of rock ‘n’ roll as he battles cannibals, roaming gangs, and rival musicians in the wasteland of “Lost Vegas.”

19.

Panic (1993)

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An outrageously subversive and biting comedy from the creators of The idiot box, Panic tells the story of a former child star (Winter), whose endorsement by a mega-corporation leads him into the hands of a maniacal scientist and freak show owner (Randy Quaid).

20.

judgment night (1993)

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In this compelling and underrated action thriller, four wealthy friends (Emilio Estevez, Gooding Jr., Jeremy Piven and Stephen Dorff) accidentally run over a man who is then executed by a local crime lord (Denis Leary), forcing them to run for their lives through a hostile urban landscape.

21.

Linden (1999)

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From filmmaker Steven Soderbergh, Linden is a hard-hitting, slow-burn crime film that follows an English career criminal (Stamp) who comes to America to exact revenge on a corrupt record producer (Peter Fonda) whom he believes is responsible for the death of his daughter (Melissa George). ).

22.

I come in peace (a.k.a Black Angel) (1990)

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Dolph Lundgren and Brian Benben team up to fight deadly intergalactic drug traffickers in Houston, Texas, in I come in peacean explosive, SFX-rich action movie unlike anything else.

23.

Warriors of Virtue (1997)

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Even if you’ve never seen Warriors of Virtueyou’ve probably seen the incredible trailer for the martial arts fantasy film, which follows a young handicapped boy who is transported to a forest kingdom in which he encounters anthropomorphic kangaroo ninjas.

24.

Survive the game (1994)

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A truly great action movie backed up by an excellent cast and spectacular sets, Survive the game is a fun variation The most dangerous gamein which a homeless man (Ice-T) uses his wits and cunning to defend himself against the group of sadistic businessmen who chase him into the remote wilderness.

25.

state of grace (1990)

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Unfortunately overshadowed by Freedmen on his first outing, state of grace tells the story of two brothers navigating the murky waters of an Irish criminal network in New York, one of whom is a consummate mobster (Oldman) while the other operates as an undercover cop (Penn).

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In the mouth of madness (1994)

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The final film in John Carpenter’s ‘Apocalypse Trilogy’ In the mouth of madness tells the terrifying story of a headstrong insurance agent who learns that a prominent horror author has gone missing, with all the evidence pointing to a disturbing fictional location from his novels.

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Arlington Road (1990)

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A suspenseful and unpredictable thriller that has gained strong popularity in the national media, Arlington Road follows a history professor (Bridges) who suspects that his well-to-do neighbors (Robbins and Joan Cusack) may in fact be part of a domestic terrorism cell.

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