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50 best movies turning 25 in 2018

  • 50 best movies turning 25 in 2018

    1993 was a year to remember. Bill Clinton was sworn in as the 42nd president of the United States, “The X-Files” premiered on Fox, and Snoop Dogg released “Doggystyle.”

    It was also a great year for Hollywood, with monster blockbusters, rom coms, housekeeper disguises, and orca whale tales topping the charts. It was the year Leonardo DiCaprio became a star of the silver screen, and when Tom Hanks proved he could carry a drama. It brought us a feature by the esteemed creators of “South Park” and tag lines like “I’m your huckleberry.” There were witches, talking dogs, and grumpy old men.

    In honor of 1993's movies turning 25 this year, Stacker has compiled a list ranking the year's 50 best films, based on their IMDb rankings. To be considered, films must have originated in the U.S., and have at least 10,000 votes.

    Read on to see if your favorite film of the year made the list.

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  • #50. Hocus Pocus

    IMDb rating: 6.8

    Director: Kenny Ortega

    Runtime: 96 min.

    This Halloween cult classic was neither a hit with critics nor moviegoers when it first hit theaters in 1993. But the Disney film, which tells the story of teenager Max, who moves to Salem and awakens a trio of witches killed in the Salem Witch Trials. The film is very much a ‘90s kids movie, but the cast stands out: Bette Midler, Sarah Jessica Parker, and Kathy Najimy play the witches, and Thora Birch plays Max’s sister.  


  • #49. The Firm

    IMDb rating: 6.8

    Director: Sydney Pollack

    Runtime: 154 min.

    This movie, based on the bestseller by John Grisham, follows a young lawyer (Tom Cruise) who takes a lucrative gig at a firm with a dirty secret. Direction from Sydney Pollack gave this movie a true ‘90s thriller sheen. This stacked cast also features Ed Harris, Jeanne Tripplehorn, Holly Hunter, Gary Busey, and Wilford Brimley. In 2012, NBC attempted to retell the story as a one-hour drama, without much success.


  • #48. Sleepless in Seattle

    IMDb rating: 6.8

    Director: Nora Ephron

    Runtime: 105 min.

    A true rom com classic, directed by Nora Ephron, the film follows the story of a widower (Tom Hanks) who is spurred back into romance when his son calls a radio show. On the other side of the country, a news reporter (Meg Ryan) hears the broadcast, and falls in love. The rest of the film is a master class in near-misses, fate, and the complications of later-in-life modern love. 


  • #47. Heart and Souls

    IMDb rating: 6.9

    Director: Ron Underwood

    Runtime: 104 min.

    This fantasy comedy tells the story of a businessman (Robert Downey Jr.) who works on behalf of four guardian angels to help tie up loose ends they’ve left on earth. Downey Jr.’s character is born near a fatal trolley crash, and the four passengers (Tom Sizemore, Kyra Sedgwick, Alfre Woodard, and Charles Godin) look after the throughout his childhood—for better or worse. 


  • #46. Six Degrees of Separation

    IMDb rating: 6.9

    Director: Fred Schepisi

    Runtime: 112 min.

    Based on a true story (and Pulitzer Prize-nominated play), “Six Degrees of Separation” tells the story of a conman (Will Smith) who convinces affluent New Yorkers that he is the son of actor Sidney Poitier. Stockard Channing and Donald Sutherland play a rich couple who become his marks. The film earned Channing a nomination for Best Actress at the 1994 Academy Awards.  


  • #45. The House of the Spirits

    IMDb rating: 6.9

    Director: Bille August

    Runtime: 140 min.

    Based on the novel by Isabel Allende, “The House of the Spirits” follows a young woman (Meryl Streep) with the ability to predict the future. Her husband (Jeremy Irons), gains power in Chile during its revolution. The story is told by the woman's daughter (Winona Ryder), who falls in love with a revolutionary (Antonio Banderas). The book, “La Casa de los Espíritus,” is one of the great debut novels of the 20th century. The film, on the other hand, was panned by critics disappointed that the cast and director could make a “hugely, grandiosely, pompously bad” film.   

  • #44. Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey

    IMDb rating: 6.9

    Director: Duwayne Dunham

    Runtime: 84 min.

    Based on a novel by Sheila Burnford (and a 1963 film), “Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey” helped a generation of kids fall (even deeper) in love with their cats and dogs. In the 1993 Disney version, Michael J. Fox, Don Ameche, and Sally Field voice three lost pets—an immature pit bull, a wise Golden Retriever, and a cat with an attitude, respectively—who set out to find their owners in San Francisco. The film is a classic story of an unlikely group thrust together for a common cause.

  • #43. Cool Runnings

    IMDb rating: 6.9

    Director: Jon Turteltaub

    Runtime: 98 min.

    Due to an accident, a Jamaican sprinter doesn’t qualify for the 1988 Olympics. Instead, he recruits a coach (John Candy) to start the first-ever Jamaican bobsled team, bent on qualifying for the games even though they've never seen snow. The movies benefited from a score by Hans Zimmer, and a breakout hit on its soundtrack by Jimmy Cliff. His cover of “I Can See Clearly Now” hit #18 on the charts. 


  • #42. Mrs. Doubtfire

    IMDb rating: 6.9

    Director: Chris Columbus

    Runtime: 125 min.

    Roger Ebert was not a fan of this film, and many critics made sure to note that this film would never reach the heights of Dustin Hoffman’s cross-dressing classic “Tootsie." Nevertheless, everyone else loved this heartwarming comedy about a divorced dad who disguises himself as a British housekeeper to spend more time with his kids. Sally Field plays Williams’ ex-wife, and Pierce Brosnan plays the man seemingly poised to replace him.

  • #41. Red Rock West

    IMDb rating: 7.0

    Director: John Dahl

    Runtime: 98 min.

    This small "neo-noir" movie was not widely seen, but was loved by critics. Nicholas Cage stars as a drifter mistaken for a hitman hired by Wayne (J.T. Walsh) to kill his wife Suzanne (Lara Flynn Boyle). Cage’s character plays along, takes the money, and tries to save the wife. Things spiral when the real hitman (Dennis Hopper) finally arrives.