Lost Classics: Must-Watch Movies From the 1990s You Might Have Missed

By Jack Ripley | March 14, 2024

He Got Game

There's never been a better time to immerse yourself in the colorful world of 1990s cinema, where timeless classics and hidden treasures await discovery. While many films from this era have cemented their place in cultural history, there exists a wealth of lesser-known gems that deserve recognition.

Come along as we shine a light on these forgotten treasures, and celebrate the most popular movies from the 1990s that have faded from our collective memory. From offbeat comedies to gripping dramas, these films may have been overshadowed by their more prominent counterparts, but they hold a special charm that is waiting to be rediscovered and appreciated.

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Buena Vista Pictures Distribution

One of Spike Lee’s more under-the-radar films in the 90’s, "He Got Game" should be more popular as a predictor of the NBA’s future. The film centers on Jake Shuttlesworth, played with swagger by Denzel Washington, a convict who is granted a temporary release from prison to persuade his basketball prodigy son, Jesus (real NBA player Ray Allen), to sign with the
governor's alma mater.

The film was one of the first to show an audience the high-stakes world of college basketball recruiting, exploring themes of family, ambition, and the exploitation of young athletes. Through its raw portrayal of
inner-city life and powerful performances, "He Got Game" offers a poignant
reflection on the American Dream and the pursuit of success.

Being John Malcovich

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USA Films

Spike Jonze’s surreal comedy "Being John Malkovich" follows a puppeteer named Craig Schwartz (John Cusack) who discovers a portal into the mind of actor John Malkovich. This movie is an early example of meta celebrity culture examination. As Craig explores this strange phenomenon, he becomes entangled in a web of identity crises, desire, and manipulation. With quirky humor and philosophical undertones, the movie delves into themes of existentialism, the nature of identity, and the boundaries of human
consciousness. Featuring standout performances from Cusack, Cameron Diaz,
Catherine Keener, and of course a dizzying John Malchovich.

"Being John Malkovich" is a thought-provoking exploration of the complexities of human existence and the quest for self-discovery.